The UCLA football team brought back the pads Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's intrasquad scrimmage. Coach Rick Neuheisel was pleased with the effort a day after having a light session.
Some observations from Spaulding Field:
Tight end Joseph Fauria left the field grimacing in pain as a trainer held his right hand. He will have X-rays to see if anything is broken. Neuheisel called it a "major jam," but expected Fauria to be ready to go for Thursday's scrimmage.
Sophomore Morrell Presley, who has been playing a combo receiver-back position this spring, paved the way for a long Derrick Coleman run with a loud block on linebacker Jared Koster near the end of practice. "He embraces the physical nature of the position," Neuheisel said. The coach was so excited that he posted a comment on his Twitter account shortly after practice -- "Bruins had a productive practice today. Big play highlight: 4th and 1, Morrell Presley earholes a blitzing LB to clear the way for a TD."
Quarterback Richard Brehaut seemed to be off rhythm with some throws late. Defensive back Andrew Abbott telegraphed a Brehaut dump off and took it all the way back for a score as defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and grad assistant Daronte' Jones chased after him to show appreciation.
Kevin Prince continues to separate himself from the other quarterbacks. He has been sharp and on-point with many of his throws -- no matter how short or how long. Here's what Neuheisel had to say:
Rising junior Nelson Rosario will be competing at the UCLA-Oregon men's track and field dual meet in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday. The football team is scheduled to practice at 4 p.m. on Friday, so Rosario will probably fly out that evening following practice. Click here for a brief report on his decision to join the track and field team.
Rick Neuheisel tweeted that New England Patriots Tom Brady and Wes Welker stopped by practice at Spaulding Field.