UCLA returned to practice for the first time since their 34-12 upset over Texas on Saturday. Coach Rick Neuheisel said he liked the energy of the team, saying that guys showed they had put the big victory behind them and were focused on the next game against Washington State.
A few tidbits from practice:
Quarterback Kevin Prince sat out because of an injury to his right knee. He said there is pain and swelling but an MRI exam revealed no structural damage. He is day to day.
Backup quarterback Richard Breahut ran most of the first-team drills. He looked a bit rusty in the passing game with a few low throws but also threw some very nice medium-range balls. Darius Bell also got in significant work. He would be the backup if Prince can't go.
Center Ryan Taylor, named the Pac-10 offensive player of the week, said he was honored to be recognized, but said he accepted the award on behalf of the entire offensive line. "It obviously means a lot, but I feel like it’s a group award," Taylor said. "They should have given it to the entire line. It’s not just me. All five of us have to play together for us to be successful."
Linebacker Akeem Ayers, who bruised his shoulder against Texas, participated fully in practice. There wasn't a lot of hitting, but Ayers didn't seemed slowed by the injury.
Owamagbe Odighizuwa got a lot of reps with the first- and second-team defense. The freshman defensive end, a highly-rated recruit out of high school, has played sparingly this season and has one tackle.
Linebacker Sean Westgate was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the week after registering 11 tackles and a forced fumble against Texas. not bad for a 5-foot-11, 217 pound junior who said he has been told he was too small to play since "before day one." "If you let it get to you, you’re going to be too small," he said. "You give that up and you’re done. You can’t listen to what people say. I let it fuel me and say, watch, I’ll get it done."