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UCLA football: Kevin Prince has QB job heading into spring

March 29, 2010 |  3:29 pm
For the first time in four years, UCLA will not have a wide open quarterback derby.

UCLA-logo Kevin Prince, who started 11 games in between injuries in 2009, enters Thursday’s spring practice as the No. 1 quarterback.

It’s the first time since Drew Olson left after the 2005 season that the Bruins have had a clear No. 1 heading into spring. Prince won the job last spring, then suffered through a season where he had a broken jaw, a concussion and a two separated shoulder injuries, but missed only two games.

“The position you usually worry being settled in spring the most in that regards is at quarterback,” Coach Rick Neuheisel said. “But I think we got a quarterback that is coming off a fairly successful freshman season.

‘That’s not to say Richard Brehaut can’t scratch and claw his way into the race. I expect him to do that and would be disappointed if he didn’t.”

Prince had a strong finish to the season and “deserves to be No. 1,” Neuheisel said. Brehaut’s biggest issue, Neuheisel said, is, “coming to an understanding what we’re trying to accomplish. He memorizes things well, but when things don’t go as planned and something catches his attention, too many of the little things are forgotten or misplaced.”

The Bruins have three sophomore quarterbacks, with Nick Crissman third on the depth chart.

--Chris Foster

Chris.foster@latimes.com

Twitter.com/cfosterlatimes.

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