Olson took some snaps yesterday. And per Foster in the LAT, indications are that he will be able to play against Oregon "if needed":Ben Olson was allowed to speak to the media after practice Tuesday. That's a sure sign the UCLA junior quarterback is getting close to returning from a knee injury that has sidelined him since Oct. 6.
He showed the most mobility since suffering the injury, getting under center for about 25% of the repetitions during team offense and leaving the rest for starter Osaar Rasshan and backup McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
"It felt pretty sore going to my right and things like that," Olson said. "Hopefully, tomorrow it won't be too sore and I'll be able to practice and do a little bit more."
Olson threw seven touchdown passes in five games before the injury. In the five games since, Rasshan and Patrick Cowan, who is recovering from a concussion and collapsed lung, combined for only three touchdown passes. More important, the Bruins (5-5, 4-3) have lost four of five since Olson went down.
If needed, Olson said he could play against Oregon on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl, although he has not yet been named the backup, Coach Karl Dorrell said.
"I'm definitely not 100%," Olson said. "But if I'm needed, I'd love for the opportunity to be out there." Same scoop in the Daily News as well.
If I were Olson or anyone associated with Olson, I'd advise the kid to save himself and not jeopardize his long term healthy by playing in the Doofus's joke schemes. He should save himself for the next head coach and start new this spring. Rest of the season mean jack and I am not sure why he would want to risk his health by playing for a total Doofus.