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Kevin Prince cleared for practice

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince has been cleared by medical staff to resume practice this week and will be the starter Saturday against California if his injured right knee allows, coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday.

"My thought is he’ll be ready to go," Neuheisel said.

Prince sat out UCLA's victory over Washington State after injuring his right knee the previous week at Texas.

In his absence, Richard Brehaut filled in admirably, leading the Bruins to their most productive offensive output of the season with 42 points and 565 total yards--the most since Neuheisel took over as coach in 2008.

Still, there is no quarterback controversy.

"Kevin’s still got the lion’s share of experience and he’s performed well enough for us to have great confidence that’s he’s the best quarterback right now," Neuheisel said.

The biggest benefit of Brehaut's performance on Saturday, Neuheisel said, is that it raises the level of play at the position.

"Because of the way Richard played, Kevin will be more excited to go back in there," Neuheisel said. "That kind of competition raises the level for everybody."