Brehaut to focus on football full time

UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut is stepping away from the baseball team. Peter Yoon/ESPNLA.com

PASADENA -- Richard Brehaut will not re-join the UCLA baseball team, choosing to spend the rest of the spring focused on winning the still-open competition for the starting quarterback job, he said Saturday after the spring football game.

Brehaut, who will be a senior next year, joined the baseball team after spring football ended last year but did not get in a game. He was with the baseball team before spring football began this year and had planned on re-joining the baseball team, but had a change of heart while going through spring football.

"For me, football has always been the priority," he said. "I wanted to give baseball the opportunity because I knew I can play baseball, but right now I think my time is going to be best spent with the football team and developing that leadership role."

Brehaut is entrenched in a battle with Brett Hundley and Kevin Prince for UCLA's quarterback job. None of the three was able to separate himself enough to claim the job in spring and coach Jim Mora said the competition will last until two weeks before the August 30 season opener at Rice.

Spring football lasted two weeks later this year than last and as a result, Brehaut would have only three weeks to try and crack the baseball lineup. But his biggest reason for giving up his status as a two-sport athlete is to impress upon the football coaches that he is committed to winning the quarterback job.

"Nobody has separated on the field, so the coaches want to see how everyone does off the field," Brehaut said. "They want to see who works hard in the offseason, who shows leadership."