It's not a big secret to anyone (except to delusional Dorrell apologists who have their collective heads in the sand) that Trojans from cross town are in love with Dorrell. Well, those clowns are doing everything in their power to keep Dorrell at UCLA. From the Wizard (emphasis mine):
For now, though, Dorrell is still the coach and he continues to sound like an idiot in the press. Here he is on how the team is preparing mentally for Washington State:
"You really overcome it by getting on to the next one," Dorrell said, referring to the Bruins' game against Washington State Saturday at the Rose Bowl. "We reflected on it, talked about it on Sunday with the team and the staff. We flushed it down the toilet."
In any event, the big news from practice continues to be the health of Ben Olson. Olson will not be back for the game this weekend. He is not taking reps with the first team, however, he is having his own rehab workouts this week. From the OC Register:
The Bruins starting quarterback hoped to be back Saturday against Washington State, but with lingering soreness in his knee he has put off putting any timetable on a return and is focusing on returning to health.
"I wanted to play this week and get back out there, but it's just not cooperating. Hopefully, it will be better next week. I can't say if that's going to be the case or not, but I hope so," Olson said.
"It's kind of a touchy thing because you can't do too much because it's scarring down, it's healing, but yet you can't let it get too loose. So you have to push it, but not push it too far."
The Bruins play at Cal next week then come back to the Rose Bowl on Nov.11 for a game against Oregon State.
"We need to see how he responds (today)," Coach Karl Dorrell said. "If there's going to be any new swelling, any new inflammation or things like that after the workout he did, which was not very much. He's trying to get back on the field, to practice again, and I think that's his goal right now. And that's our goal, to get him back healthy, and we'll just take it from there."
Lastly I mentioned last night how the Wazzu defense has been decimated by injuries. Dohn has more on the Cougar defense:
"We have to prepare for both," Dorrell said. "Because they played both structures in every game this season, we have to (prepare) for both. Whether they decide to (play) one or the other, that remains to be seen." [...]
The injury bug has hit the defensive tackles the hardest. Wazzu's top three defensive tackles Ropati Pitoitua (knee), Feuaea'i Ahmu (foot) and Aaron Johnson (elbow) are out. The Cougars also lost projected starting defensive end Matt Mullennix to a knee injury in training camp.