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Brehaut Has The Southland Buzzing

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From Eric Sondheimer in the LA Times:

Quarterbacks Richard Brehaut of Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos and Josh Nunes of Upland are throwing passes with so much power and accuracy this summer that some UCLA and Tennessee fans probably wish they'd skip their senior years and enroll immediately at their future colleges.

On Friday at La Verne Bonita, Brehaut and Nunes were on adjacent fields playing in a seven-on-seven passing tournament, and it was fun going back and forth to watch two quarterbacks who I'd label as can't-miss college prospects.

Both have raised their skills to an elite level, and fans of UCLA and Tennessee have started showing up to see what they'll offer when they arrive in Westwood and Knoxville, respectively, in 2009.

Let me provide some insight. Now I understand why UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow made the decision to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-3 Brehaut. A year ago at the same Bonita tournament, I thought Brehaut was a quarterback with promise but hardly a standout.

He has improved dramatically in terms of arm strength and accuracy.

"It's totally different," Brehaut said of his throwing power.

The ball bursts out from his arm with speed and precision.

"I think it's natural growth," Coach Tom Martinez said.

What's scary is that Brehaut also can run, and Martinez has plans this fall to turn him loose with "quarterback counters, quarterback sweeps and quarterback options."

Again it is worth mentioning that Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow had Brehaut and Nunes compete directly against each other for one scholarship spot slotted for the QB in the class of 2009. Simply amazing.

Nunes sound like a terrific kid and a great get for the Tennessee Volunteers. While Brehaut once again has me thinking of number 18. It will be a great fall not just watching our football program develop in Westwood, but also track recruits such as Brehaut who has the Southland buzzing about what he could do at UCLA.

GO BRUINS.