Gotta say I am having a hard time getting excited for this Oregon State game. Perhaps my mind is on something else this a.m. (for a number of good reasons). So, this roundup may appear very brief. Then again, not much going in with Bruin football these days. Most of the papers are talking about Ben Olson. Looks like Ben may be available as a backup QB for this weekend. Here is Dohn on Ben's health:
"He looked a little rusty, but he's not as rusty as I thought he would be," Dorrell said. "He looked like he was ready to stand in the pocket and take some team reps, which he did. I was really pleased with that. He's still not quite 100 percent, but I was encouraged by what I saw. He's a lot further along than I thought."
Olson said he felt slow on his dropbacks, didn't have the "explosion" he wants and was experiencing expected soreness in his knee after practice.
"I couldn't move all that well, but it will get better," Olson said. "I didn't feel that rusty throwing the ball. I just felt kind of limited physically. I kept up on the offense and what they've been putting in. Right now, it's just a lot of physical limitations that I have. I can't play that fast."
Olson said that, when fully ready, he should return as UCLA's starter.
"That's obviously out of my control," Olson said, "but I got hurt when I was a starting quarterback, so hopefully I'll come back the starting quarterback. But it's not my call."
Meanwhile, there's a little movement over at the defensive side of the personnel at LBs and DBs. From the LA Times:
Speaking of finishing strong, yes, there is a chance Dorrell can still right this sinking ship. Well, at least as much as that one-in-a-million chance Lloyd had with Mary in Dumb and Dumber. But still, you know, a chance. So I, or, I am sure, others here, will try to muster up some enthusiasm to talk about the Beavers. But, hey, if you want to beat us to it and get the conversation going, go right ahead.