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Kevin Prince to start Saturday

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaut may be returning to practice this week, but that doesn't mean he will be ready to play this weekend, coach Rick Neuheisel said Monday, when he also erased any doubt about Kevin Prince starting for the Bruins game Saturday at Utah.

"Kevin will be the starter," Neuheisel said Monday afternoon on the "Mason & Ireland" show on 710 ESPN radio. "We don't know that Richard will even be available this week. He just gets to start working out (Tuesday). And we'll find out exactly where he is with respect to his conditioning and his ability to run and all the different things that go along with the healing of a broken foot."

Brehaut broke his leg Oct. 8 during UCLA's victory over Washington State, but has been cleared to return to practice. Neuheisel said he wasn't expecting much from Brehaut, who had completed 66 of 119 passes for 935 yards and six touchdowns without an interception before his injury.

"He's going to be back in some limited capacity," Neuheisel said earlier at his weekly news conference. "What he's capable of doing and how much he's capable of doing remains to be seen, but he's going to get to go out there and run around and throw some routes. I don't know that he'll be involved in team stuff tomorrow."

Brehaut is listed as questionable on the team injury report, indicating that there is a possibility that he can play. Neuheisel said he's listed that way because nobody knows for sure how Brehaut's leg will respond to the practice action.

"Questionable means that he's 50-50 and again, I won't have any answer on that until I see what he's capable of doing tomorrow," Neuheisel said. "I know what he tells me is coach, I'll be ready. Which you love about young people. They're 10 feet tall and they're bullet proof, but we'll wait and see."

Prince began the season as the starter, but he injured his shoulder during the season opener and sat out the next game. He returned against Texas, but had three first-quarter interceptions and was benched in favor of Brehaut, who started the next three games before the injury. UCLA was 2-1 when Brehaut played the entire game.

Prince relieved Brehaut against Washington State and led a comeback victory. The Bruins were shellacked the next week at Arizona, but Prince has led impressive victories over California and Arizona State the last two weeks, rushing for a combined 224 yards in those games, as UCLA has averaged 257 yards rushing and 30 points in those games.

Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.