August 10, 2008

Neuheisel talks about Olson's injury

The big news was UCLA senior quarterback, Ben Olson was taken off the field on a cart and that put a damper on an otherwise good and spirited practice in front of a very good crowd. This team is developing a swagger on both sides of the ball.

While you would expect the defense to strut their stuff, after all they have earned it by their performance on the field, but the offense led by senior running back Kahlil Bell has backed down.

Bell has been very feisty and giving the offense some guts. Though it is early, it is very good see. Bell is an amazing story.

Coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media, as always, after practice. Most of the questions had to deal with Olson and the quarterback situation.

Neuheisel: "Ben obviously hurt himself again today and we don't know the extent of the injury. He said he felt discomfort again in the foot so we told him to go in to take an x-ray and we will here before long what the extent of that injury is. It's too bad, he was getting better and all that kind of stuff, but hopefully it's just going to be one of those things where we have to rest it again.

"It's ironic that it happens after a day we rested him, but aside from that I liked the spirit of the practice. I like the tenacity of the guys. We just have to eventually whittle it down until we find guys who know exactly what to do and that is always the case and develop a team and shore that down to what the team does well.

"I have full confidence in all the coaches to get that done. I'm excited about where we are and we will keep our fingers crossed about Ben."

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