UCLA returned to the practice field after taking two days off and appeared to lose some of the intensity that highlighted practice last week.
Gone was the yelling and jumping and trash talking that led to some heated practice sessions and a few minor skirmishes, but coach Rick Neuheisel said the Bruins hadn't lost their edge.
"We went back to scout practices so there isn’t quite the competitive back and forth as there is when you’re going good on good," Neuheisel said. "But I thought the intensity was fine. We were at it and we benefitted greatly from the day."
A few tidbits:
Linebacker Steve Sloan fully practiced for the first time since a strained hamstring knocked him out of the Arizona game Oct. 30. He worked with the second team at middle linebacker while freshman Jordan Zumwalt continued to get the first-team reps. "It was a pretty bad strain," Sloan said. "It popped and did all that stuff. I was supposed to be out a lot longer, but I feel great." Sloan says he is not concerned about whether he gets his starting spot back. "When I went out, Zumwalt stepped right up to the plate and played a great game," he said. "Coach is going to do what’s best for the team. I have full faith in Zumwalt how he played."
Middle linebacker Patrick Larimore, out since dislocating his shoulder Oct. 21 against Oregon, spoke to a family doctor about the possibility of surgery and Neuheisel said they would make a decision early this week. "He’s hopeful that he can hang around and make something still of this season," Neuheisel said. Neuheisel added that no matter the decision, Larimore is questionable to play Thursday against Washington.
Tight end Cory Harkey was back at practice after missing two days last week because of food poisoning.
Eddie Williams was back at his usual spot with the first team offensive line. Williams sat out last week because of a sprained foot.
Dalton Hilliard is fully recovered from a concussion he suffered in practice two weeks ago and practiced without the red no-contact jersey he had been wearing last week. He saw some reps with the second team defense and made a nice interception during seven on seven drills.