Without being prompted, football coach Rick Neuheisel began talking about his frustrations on Monday afternoon.
There wasn't a particular play that provoked the vent session. There was no on-field outburst that signaled his discontent.
"I come over here and I'm pleased," Neuheisel said as soon as he approached reporters. "But it's important that these kids understand, whether it's their time here at UCLA or whatever business opportunities that they go on into -- whether it's the NFL or Wells Fargo bank -- that you have to seize your opportunity."
No word on whether any of UCLA's players are thinking about becoming bankers. Neuheisel did not want to elaborate on those players who are failing to leave an impression on him, but he did mention that center Ryan Taylor, defensive tackle Nate Chandler, linebacker Patrick Larimore and defensive back Dalton Hilliard are making the best of their opportunities.
"Other than that, I had a great day," Neuheisel said, drawing a few laughs from reporters.
Some news and notes from Monday's practice session:
Center Kai Maiava will miss the remainder of the spring with an MCL sprain in his left knee. Maiava, who started every game last season with the exception of the EagleBank Bowl (academically ineligible), had been relegated to backup before collapsing during Friday afternoon's scrimmage. Maiava is scheduled to be out for six weeks. "It is labeled as moderate, but it cancels Christmas as far as spring is concerned," Neuheisel said. That leaves Taylor, a redshirt senior, at center. "Ryan Taylor is taking advantage of a great opportunity," Neuheisel said. "I think he's having a great spring."
Redshirt senior Christian Ramirez was back on the offensive side of the ball on Monday, adding depth to UCLA's new F-back position. He had been playing safety the whole spring after seeing time as a running back last season. "We've got this position, a moving tight end slash running back," Neuheisel said. "I wanted to take a look at him and I thought he was terrific... He's a good football player. I want to find a place." Neuheisel added that Ramirez is not done at safety.
Junior receiver Nelson Rosario tweaked his knee during one-on-one drills, according to Neuheisel. Rosario seemed to be walking normally following practice.
Quarterback Kevin Prince had another solid day under center. Prince's best throw came late on a fade route down the sideline, as he lofted a pass to a diving Jerry Johnson in the end zone. Johnson appeared to catch it for a score, but he lost control of the ball when he landed.
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