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Kevin Prince returns, knee "feels a lot better"

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince fully participated in practice Tuesday, the first day UCLA has practiced since defeating Washington State on Saturday, and said his injured knee did not restrict him in any way.

"It feels a lot better," Prince said. "It’s not perfect yet, but it’s well enough to play on and it’s getting better everyday."

Prince injured his knee during UCLA's Sept. 25 victory at Texas. He did not practice last week and sat out the Bruins' victory over Washington State on Saturday. Backup Richard Brehaut started and played the entire 42-28 victory.

Prince said it was difficult to sit out but that it was the right decision.

"It all worked out well," Prince said. "We were able to get a win. Richard got ... some good experience and played well. And it allowed me to heal up and get ready for this week."

Prince ran most of the drills with the first team, with Brehaut also getting some reps. He looked sharp, with zip on his passes, though his running was a bit tentative. Coach Rick Neuheisel said Prince was not limited in any way, even though a steady drizzle fell through most of practice and made for slippery conditions.

"We wanted to know before we spend all of our practice reps," Neuheisel said.

Prince acknowledged that the swelling in his knee had not fully subsided, but said he was confident he'd be 100% by Saturday. The important thing about Tuesday, he said, was that he did not aggravate the injury.

"I wanted to be able to do everything that I normally would do in a practice where I’m preparing to start a game," Prince said. "Just take all the reps I needed to take and not have any setbacks and not have anything go wrong and have to sit out anything. I was pleased that I was able to do that."