Dorrell tabs Moore as UCLA starter against Colorado

Updated: August 29, 2003, 8:11 PM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Quarterback Matt Moore edged out fellow sophomore Drew Olson and will start the UCLA Bruins' opener at Colorado on Sept. 6.

"Both Matt Moore and Drew Olson have performed well during fall camp, and the competition has been very close," first-year coach Karl Dorrell said Friday. "I am pleased with the continued development of both quarterbacks, and I am sure we will need contributions from both players during the upcoming season."

Olson seemed to have moved ahead in the quarterback competition during spring practice, but Moore, a rangy 6-foot-4, 186-pounder, came back to win the starting job in fall camp.

"After last Saturday's scrimmage, Matt had the edge based on his consistency throughout camp, and he has practiced well this week. Drew has played well this week, but Matt still has the edge and it is time to begin preparing for the Colorado game," Dorrell said.

Moore ran 29 plays to Olson's 24 in the Bruins' scrimmage last weekend. Moore went 8-of-11 for 118 yards, with one interception. Olson completed 6-of-9 for 144 yards.

Both quarterbacks got playing time last season after Cory Paus went out with a season-ending ankle injury.

Moore finished the year completing 33 of 62 passes for 412 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Olson, who missed some playing time with a separated right shoulder, was 53-of-104 for 702 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

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