OC Register’s Mark Saxon gave an update on Ben Olson. Olson is still recovering from his broken foot. As Kevin Craft is slowly developing from week to week, it looks like even if Olson comes back in the last few weeks, he will not get back his starting spot. Being a competitive athlete naturally Olson is a little bummed out:
UCLA quarterback Ben Olson said he was disappointed to hear that he is being slotted as the backup to Kevin Craft when he returns from a broken foot, but that he believes his football career is not over.
Doctors originally estimated Olson would miss eight weeks, meaning he could have returned this week. Olson said an X-ray taken Tuesday revealed the bone still is not entirely healed.
He said he isn't conceding the job yet.
“In my eyes, I think I'll get an opportunity to play, so I'm just going to prepare myself to do that,” Olson said. “I've never heard that until now. It's news to me.”
Coach Rick Neuheisel said the “realistic situation” was that Olson would be in a reserve role if he comes back this season. Olson, a senior, went into fall camp as the starter then broke his foot in a non-contact drill Aug. 9.
We can’t fault CRN (and Chow) for taking that position. They have no choice but to look out for the team’s interesting. They have to stay with Craft, especially if he continues to develop in next few weeks. Per CRN from the same report the coaches will try to give Olson as many reps as they can without compromising their game preparations. Meanwhile, Olson thinks he will have a shot at the next level even if it doesn’t work out for him here in Westwood this last season:
In his UCLA career, Olson has completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,873 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He said he will attempt to play in the NFL even if he does not return to UCLA's starting lineup.
“I'm going to give it a shot,” Olson said. “It's one of those things where I'd like to think my career has been hampered by a lot of injuries. I feel there's a lot of football left in me.”
Man, I wish him nothing but luck. I can only imagine how his career would have turned out, if he had received competent and steady coaching from his first year at UCLA.