Alright, this is what I had been waiting to see since Spring Practice started yesterday. Thankfully I saw it on the second day, and I arrived just at the right time to see it 15 minutes into practice: UCLA Quarterback Rick Neuheisel throwing spirals to his players. Yup, the secondary was working on intercepting the long throws, and guess who decided to be the one who threw them?
And mind you, this wasn't just the quarterback coach throwing to the players in jest. This was a serious drill working the entire dozen or so secondary. "Go!" *run* *long bomb* *catch*...and repeat in rapid succession with the next cornerback or safety ready to go. And of course, Coach Neu wasn't simply just standing there throwing the ball. When he yelled "Go!," he himself also went into perfect quarterback motion, with a quick dropback, look left/right, maybe a pump fake for good measure, and then a perfect 40 yd+ spiral. He has for sure not lost what he once had, and I only wish I had my video camera with me.
Speaking of which, that makes me now want to see/own a copy of the amazing 1984 Rose Bowl Game where QB Rick Neuheisel was the MVP of the 45-9 thrashing of the Fighting Illini. 300 yards and four touchdowns? Really? Even two of them to a wide receiver named Karl Dorrell? I really have to see this now.
Do any of you fellow Bruins Nation guys/girls know how I can acquire such a thing?
As a side note, there were far fewer spectators today at practice than yesterday. Even though its Friday, I think the overcast, cold and windy day kept fans away. Here's to believing that what with Saturday's practice at 1 PM, literally 2 hours before the very important Final Four game, there will be ZERO Bruin spectators tomorrow at Spaulding Field. But after our Ben Ball warriors win the big one on Monday, let's all divert our full attention to the amazing things that our happening on the turf field outside.