You think KD can hear the Bruins Nation? After saying for last few weeks that he may wait till end of spring (June) to name his starting quaterback, he finally saw the light (relenting to an overwhelming majority in BN?) and named the right guy as UCLA's starting QB:
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Jill Painter from the Daily News has the story on Dorrell's "audible":
It was no surprise that Olson won the job, but an announcement wasn't expected until after tonight's spring game. Dorrell and his staff apparently had seen enough from Olson and Patrick Cowan.
"We felt it was a good time to do it," Dorrell said. "We found out all the information we needed. We're really fortunate to have two caliber guys in our program. Ben was more consistent. He had a higher completion percentage and was a little more productive. That's the difference. We're ready to move forward."
At least one player had no idea Dorrell named a starting quarterback, and he was in team meetings Thursday. It was unclear if the team was told of the decision but the quarterbacks found out Thursday.
Dorrell did not make either quarterback available to the media.
Dorrell said Olson's completion percentage — which he wouldn't reveal — was higher than Cowan's but he wouldn't say by how much. The difference is believed to be big, especially because the decision was made before the most important day of spring.
For instance Dorrell wouldn't reveal the completion percentage of his QBs. That is again pretty remarkable contrast from Howland's comments to press, can just dish out whenever asked not only FG% of every one of his players, but any germane statistics to Ben Ball (such as the number of charges they take). Again can't help but notice presence of these two coaches when they talk to the media.
Anyways there are some numbers out there that allows us to discern the performances of SPJ and St. Patrick this spring. SPJ's numbers (the ones that are available) are better:
Olson held an edge in seven-on-seven and team periods during the week, as well.
"At this point he's been more accurate as a passer, he's done the things we've asked him to do to run the offense, he's moved the team in scrimmages,'' offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said.
Anyways for now let's enjoy SPJ's return. If you guys are heading out to Spalding field tonight (7pm kickoff) take some pictures, give us some reports. Apparently Morgan Center is renting three additional sets of bleacher seats to accommodate a crowd of 2,000. Have fun guys.