So the team is in the "hunt" for the Rose Bowl. Everyone is feeling good after a win over Cal. And the players are wearing pretty bracelets reminding them how they need to "finish" and win the Pac-10. So one would think the football team is having some intense practices out at Spaulding Field (while their basketball counterparts are killing each other inside Pauley). One would think. Except for the fact that this is a football team led by a Doofus and they have to constantly remind them of being focused. From Jill Painter in the Daily News
Players said they agreed with the message he sent.
"He wanted to keep our focus more, moreso than anything," senior cornerback Rodney Van said. "He felt our focus lacked a little bit. As a senior group, we all noticed it, and we addressed it. We need to practice like we did for Cal."
The Bruins (5-2) could collectively hang their heads for many reasons. Quarterback Patrick Cowan didn't practice Wednesday - although Dorrell said he'd practice today - and UCLA is taking just five healthy defensive tackles to Washington State.
But UCLA is tied for first in the Pacific-10 Conference at 4-0, and players want to keep that undefeated conference mark in tact. That starts in practice.
"Practice was not up to our standards," senior guard Shannon Tevaga said. "Focus was the main thing we talked about."
Patrick Cowan didn't practice Wednesday - he didn't even participate in drills with the other quarterbacks - raising obvious questions about the health of his right knee. What was even more telling was that true freshman Chris Forcier practiced with the second team, a day after quarterbacking the scout team, and Cowan spent a considerable amount of time tutoring Forcier on the side.
Karl Dorrell said Cowan will play against Washington State on Saturday, and that he'll return to practice today.
"We're trying to get some other quarterbacks ready to play, just in case," Dorrell said. "Pat, I did not want to practice him today to get him more rest time. He could have practiced, but I chose not to have that happen just to get him more rest. He did a lot of reps (Tuesday) and we pulled him back at the end of practice. (The knee) started getting a little bit tight on him."
Meanwhile, with QB situation in a little flux, this would be another week to get Osaar some action. Right? From the LA Times:
Osaar Rasshan, who moved back to quarterback after switching to wide receiver during the summer, watched. Rasshan, who came to UCLA as a quarterback, is No. 3 on the depth chart for now.
"We're preparing Osaar to play," Dorrell said. "He still needs work, just like all those guys. We wanted Forcier to get more reps today. We'll evaluate the situation."
"Not entirely, but there are certain things guys do well," said Jay Norvell, offensive coordinator. "There are things you pattern for certain guys."
Forcier and Rasshan have good speed, which can make them effective as runners.
It’s BS like this that makes it so difficult to root hard for this program led by a clueless Doofus. Everyday we get subjected to more of the same nonsense out of Spaulding.