Lonnie White reports on an impromptu scrimmage. Apparently, Drew Olson "continues to play like a three-year starter in UCLA's West Coast offense." Not good. It looks like DO will be the starter, and when he inevitably falters, we'll have another QB controversy on our hands.
Brian Dohn is back, and he reports on the competition on the OL.
The biggest unknown is strong tackle, with sophomore Brian Abraham and converted defensive lineman Noah Sutherland in contention to protect, at times, the quarterback's blind side.
Also up for grabs is weak guard, with Robert Cleary, who started seven games last season, and Robert Chai, who started twice, as candidates. The competition for the spots is a marked difference from a year ago.
"I've got two guys competing at strong tackle, two guys competing at weak guard," offensive-line coach Tom Cable said. "No question you can (notice the depth). I think we're just better."
Penciled in as starters are center Mike McCloskey, strong-side guard Shannon Tevaga and weak-side tackle Ed Blanton.
Aaron Meyer is competing with Chris Joseph to backup McCloskey.
In the OC Register we learn that there will be more corner on the island this year. Even though Rodney Van and Michael Norris only played a combined 22 defenses plays, "this might not appear to be the best - or safest - time for the Bruins to start packaging more man-to-man coverage into their defense.
But to UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and secondary coach Gary DeLoach, this is the perfect time to do just that."
Kuwada also reports on Pat Cowan's struggles at QB, that WR is transferring, Walker's, Ketchum's and McCloskey's injuries, and that Morgan won't be able to practice until he goes through the NCAA acclimation period because of missing time in camp due to his brother's funeral services. Our thoughts are with the Morgan family.
2 practices today.