UCLA football: Offense again labors in scrimmage
Another day of struggles for UCLA’s first-team offense.
There were improvements. “We scored a touchdown, that’s an improvement,” offensive coordinator Norm Chow said.
But there were enough problems to prompt Coach Rick Neuheisel to say, “I think guys realize we are not game-ready yet. I think that’s a call to arms over the weekend while they get a little rest.”
The first-team offense did move the ball some, though it played only against the second-team defense. But the red flags -- or yellow ones -- were apparent.
The offense was slow to get on the field for the first play. “It probably would have been a delay of game penalty,” Chow said. The team went up to the line and immediately jumped offsides.
So without running a play, the offense was 10 yards in the hole.
“We started slow as an offense,” Neuheisel said. “We have to learn that you don’t get the feel-out process in games. That’s too important a portion of the game. They have to get their motor running and be ready to go on first down.”
The first-team offense had a respectable 45 yards rushing in 11 carries. Most of that was handled by tailback Johnathan Franklin, who had 34 yards in four carries.
Quarterback Kevin Prince had a wobbly day. He did complete nine of 13 passes for 73 yards. He also had a screen pass intercepted.
“I thought he was better [than in last week’s scrimmage], but there were still a couple balls he should have let go,” Neuheisel said. “But I thought he managed the game well.”
Prince did direct a 50-yard scoring drive, completing three of three passes for 48 yards. Milton Knox scored on a two-yard run.
Other practice notes:
--Kicker Kai Forbath, who had been out the last week because of a sore right leg, kicked field goals of 25 and 47 yards.
--Receiver Morrell Presley, playing on the second team, had a 15-yard touchdown reception and also had a 21-yard reception that set up Knox’s touchdown run.
--Wide receiver Gavin Ketchum is out because of a pulled right hamstring and is doubtful for the Sept. 5 opener against San Diego State.