Thursday practice report

A few notes from Thursday's light practice:

-- The Bruins weren't in full-pads and tried to stay on their feet. No need risking injuries as UCLA prepares for an opponent. The team will hold a scrimmage Friday at the Rose Bowl, closed to everyone.

-- A number of dropped balls had Rick Neuheisel on a yelling spree. After one particular drop, Neuheisel ran from his spot near the quarterback to the sideline, telling the receiver over and over to catch the ball.

-- Defensive back Andrew Abbott, the team's newest scholarship player, had a nice interception on Richard Brehaut near the end of the team's seven-on-seven drills. Abbott has emerged as the clear-cut favorite to land the nickel spot and also plays an important role on special teams.