So it looks like tomorrow's scrimmage is going to be a little more interesting than your usual run of the mill pre-season scrimmage. It could quiet possibly decide (if KD actually can make a decision that is) which Olson will be starting for the Blue and Gold. So says our favorite beat writer, Dohn:
Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said incumbent Drew Olson and redshirt freshman Ben Olson would work exclusively with the first-team offensive unit in the scrimmage. David Koral and Patrick Cowan will work with the second unit.
"It's a pretty good competition," Dorrell said of the battle between the unrelated Olsons. "(Ben) is still learning; he's still growing. Drew has an edge because he has a lot more experience. Both of those guys have performed very, very well, so I'm anxious to see how they perform under scrimmage circumstances."
It's been quite a turnaround for Ben Olson, who had a sluggish spring in his return to football after a two-year absence because of a Mormon mission. He said better knowledge of the offense is the difference in his much-improved play.
"We're still putting in new stuff, so some of the stuff I'm grasping better than others," Ben Olson said. "But overall, as a whole, I know a lot more of what I'm doing out there, and I feel like a completely different player. I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunities that I'm given."
One critical aspect of the quarterback competition, and the scrimmage, could be the utilization of tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is expected to be the central figure of UCLA's passing attack.
Ben Olson showed he wasn't afraid to throw over the middle when he took advantage of linebacker Justin London trying to cover Lewis on a seam pattern in Thursday's practice.
A source of frustration in the offense last season was, at times, when Lewis was not thrown to often enough.
Although Drew Olson has 26 career starts and ranks fourth in school history with 422 completions and fifth with 5,334 yards, Dorrell made it clear the best performer will get the job.
"It comes down to what's best for the team, and who can elevate everyone's game," Dorrell said. "I've said that from the very beginning, and both of them are trying to do those things."
Lonnie White meanwhile has nothing new in his daily UCLA notes in the Times, except for talking about one of Dorrell's key offensive strategy from last two years, punting. May be Lonnie will be doing his DO v. BO take tomorrow, since he always seems to be one step behind Dohn et al.