David Koral gets a chance to make an NFL roster (despite being the no. 3 QB in UCLA's depth chart), and he is stoked:
"I'm so excited to have a chance to play in the league," said Koral, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 124 yards in two years at UCLA after transferring from Santa Monica City College. "It's been kind of crazy how this all came about."
Koral spent two seasons as Olson's understudy, getting most of his playing time in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl against Wyoming after Olson suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. Koral completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards, including two touchdowns to Craig Bragg in that game, which the Bruins lost.
"I had never been sick before and really didn't know how to handle it," said Koral, who also lost two friends in a motorcycle accident in November. "I was depressed and lost a lot of weight. It got to the point before the SC game where Coach [Karl] Dorrell told me to stay away because I was a distraction to the team."
We are glad for Koral. Obviously he will probably not be the next great QB out of UCLA. But if he keeps his head straight, works hard, and earns a spot he will make the Bruins look good (despite the tom foolery of Karl Dorrell).