November 30, 2006

Cowan gets the nod

The decision was made to start Patrick Cowan this Saturday against USC. Ben Olson will be needed if necessary. Starting Olson would have been a tall order for him even though he has looked good in practice. He hasn't been in a game for seven weeks and there is a difference from practice speed to game speed.

Add into the equation the magnitude of this game it is probably wise to ease Olson into the game if need be rather than have the spotlight on him from the get go.

Thus far this has been a very good week of practice and the players are feeling confident. They look like they are ready to play a football game this Saturday.

"I like the focus our team has right now. We're getting closer. We're getting closer to where we want to be," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. "The goal by Friday is to be so salty in what we're doing that they get so ornery 'like I know what I'm doing, I know what I'm doing' that they just let it go and play on Saturday. It was another good day at practice.

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