The oblique injury to starting quarterback Kevin Prince has given other quarterbacks a chance for plenty of repetitions during practice.
Darius Bell, brother of former UCLA running back Khalil Bell, is an intriguing option because he is a running threat who ran an offense similar to UCLA's "Pistol" while at San Francisco City College last season. He passed for 1,905 yards and rushed for 870 in the offense that features, among other things, the threat of a quarterback keeper.
"The offense is very appealing to me and the skill set I have," Bell said. "That's why I came here. "I think I can run this offense pretty well. The big difference is terminology. It’s basically the same stuff I ran at my previous school, but the terminology is kind of different."
Bell did not commit to UCLA until July, so he missed spring practice and is still getting acclimated to the team.
"There is just a lot to handle," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He didn’t have spring ball. He’s got to get it all settled down in his head. If Darius was in the game, we’d have to limit the package."
But Neuheisel has told the quarterbacks that he could envision a situation this season where Bell could relieve Prince for a play or two, or even a series or two, during games to give the team a different look.
"Coach has stated that maybe we’d be both play in the same game, so that’s pretty exciting," Bell said. "I’ll do anything to help the team win. I mean if they want me to play receiver, if they want me to play guard, it doesn’t matter. As long as I get in there and give this team a better chance to win."