LOS ANGELES -- As expected, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell
announced Monday that Ben Olson has beaten out Patrick Cowan and
will start at quarterback for the Bruins on Sept. 2 when they open
the season against Utah at the Rose Bowl.
Olson played briefly in relief of starter Drew Olson last
season, completing 2-of-4 passes for 11 yards.
"I think everything considered, it was very good competition
between both those guys," Dorrell said. "Pat did a nice job of
developing and taking steps forward and pushing [Ben]. I told the
quarterbacks my decision last night. Pat was disappointed, but I
know he's a fighter and he'll be ready to go when his name is
called upon if need be.
"We are fortunate to have two really good, solid quarterbacks.
Unfortunately, you can only use one of them."
The 23-year-old Olson enrolled at UCLA last winter after
transferring from BYU. He had been on a church mission for the
previous two years after redshirting as a freshman in 2002.
Olson, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, was one of the country's
top recruits before deciding to attend BYU. The left-hander passed
for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior at Thousand Oaks High