Scout team rises to the occasion

Most of the big news out of practice today dealt with Jeff Baca learning that he is academically ineligible and Kevin Prince acknowledging that there is a chance he might not play the season opener.

On the field, the Bruins began specific game-plan preparation for the season opener against Kansas State. Third- and fourth-team players dressed in scout team jerseys, and the result was one of the more intense, high-energy practices of the season.

"Really pleased with the way the scout teams performed for their first day out and the tempo that they provided," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "The attitudes that the kids had were terrific. We’ve just got to keep setting that as a standard. We can improve, certainly, but if we don’t ever dip below what we did today, we’ll be a good football team with the work that we’re getting from those demonstration teams."

Some of the battered bodies are beginning to return. Running back Jordon James practiced with the team for the first time in nearly two weeks. He had been out because of a hamstring strain. Offensive lineman Stan Hasiak, who is academically ineligible, dressed in full pads for the first time since re-joining the team Monday. He had missed most of fall camp because of personal reasons. Safety Rahim Moore returned to practice after missing two days because of a strained groin. Receiver Ricky Marvray ran on the side, but did not participate for the second consecutive day. He is recovering from back spasms.