April 28, 2009
Rick Neuheisel talks scrimmage
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media after the scrimmage to give his view of the evening's events. Topics discussed were the state of the offense and defense. He did not skirt the issue that his team has a long way to go, but he is also optimistic that the pieces are or will be there by preseason camp to be ready to go come September 5th.
The following is what was discussed between the media and Neuheisel.
Neuheisel: "It was a great night for UCLA football, if not a great night for looking as sharp as you would like to look, but it was a treat to have coaches Terry Donohue and Dick Vermeil here and all the ex-players enjoying a night, great support, beautiful evening and all of that, but it is evident that we have a long way to go between now and September 5th to build ourselves the kind of offense that can be consistent.
"Now you have to be fair and evaluate that there's a number of guys, key performers that we are counting on that aren't participating. Kai Maiava, on the offensive line. You hope our junior college player Eddie Williams will be ready to go. We believe that Christian Ramirez will be a factor at tailback, both as receiver and as a running back. Chane Moline, an experienced fullback that we can have three wide receivers and still have him be the one-back. Taylor Embree, so there's a host of guys and that's without even mentioning any freshmen coming in and what they may add to the pot.
"So I do believe there is reason for optimism. I trust in our coaching staff. They're great coaches so I know good things are on the horizon. So we will just hope for that.
"On the bright side, the defense, I think our first string defense is growing fast. They run like a Pac 10 team. they fly around like a Pac 10 team and I think they are only going to get better, remembering that most of those guys are very young.
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