October 23, 2008

Practice has special guests

The unfortunate news of Jeff Baca's injury is another challenge for this UCLA football team. With Baca probably out for at least the Cal game someone is going to have to step up and turn this challenging situation into an opportunity.

While there is nothing set in stone it appears that Mike Harris is ready to get his opportunity. He has had two days running with the ones so Harris seems to be the front runner.

Micah Kia is running at left tackle. Lining up next to Kia at left guard was Micah Reed. Jake Dean remains at center and Nick Ekbatani are at right guard.

Harris' first cousin, Brandon Bennett was taking backup snaps behind Kia. Darius Savage and Scott Glicksberg are supplying depth.

The Bruins had special guests at practice. Yvonne Johnson read stories in our local newspapers about Bruin true freshman running back Derrick Coleman overcoming his hearing problems.

Johnson's son, Ramon Johnson has a hearing problem as well, but doesn't like to wear his hearing aid during his Pop Warner games. The youngster was able to get some time after practice with Coleman, who Johnson's Mom hopes will be able to talk him into wearing his hearing aid. Ramon Johnson plays quarterback for his Pop Warner team.

Coach Ed Kezirian was a surprise visitor at yesterday's practice to do his annual and famous Ducky Drake impersonation to fire the troops up for the Cal game. The players always get a kick out of his speech and yesterday were no different.

As always UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel met with the media to go over injuries and other things regarding the Bruin program.

Neuheisel: "Good practice, but not as good as I had hoped or as good as yesterday so we have to figure out exactly why. We have to make sure that we are a lot more urgent tomorrow, but I thought we got a lot done today and I think our guest speaker here at the end (Coach Ed Kezirian AKA Coach K) made it clear to the guys that this isn't just an ordinary game when you play Cal. Hopefully they understand that and they'll come back and be ready to roll tomorrow on a day when we will have to be razor sharp."

Can you talk about the speaker (Coach K) and what he means to the team?

Neuheisel: "Ed Kezirian has been at UCLA since he played in the early 70's and he's very, very popular figure here in the athletic department. He was a coach, a player, he worked in the administration for several years and there isn't a player out here that doesn't love Ed Kezirian.

For the rest of the interview please go to BruinBlitz.com...

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