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UCLA football: Kevin Prince to start at quarterback for Bruins

October 4, 2010 |  2:23 pm

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince was cleared medically to practice and play, and will start against California on Saturday, providing he does not have a setback.

“He said he feels good, now we have to be careful we don’t overwork him [in practice],” Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Prince missed Saturday’s game against Washington State with a knee injury. Richard Brehaut started in his place.

Bruins’ coaches were waiting to see if Prince was well enough to run with the ball.

Prince said Monday his leg was “fine.”

California has already faced the "pistol" offense once this season, losing, 52-31, to Nevada. Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick had room to run, gaining 148 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

 “Kaepernick had a number of long runs and also made some great plays on third down to keep drives alive,” Neuheisel said.

Prince has not run as much as Kaepernick in the Bruins’ version of the offense. He has 142 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns in four games.

 “I don’t think that is necessarily who we are,” Neuheisel said about relying on Prince to gain large chunks of yards rushing, but he added, “Kevin has shown the ability make plays with his legs.”

Brehaut gained eight yards in five carries and scored one in the 42-28 victory over California.

“The good news is Richard has a little experience under his belt,” Neuheisel said. “We won’t hesitate if we have to put him in the game.”

--Chris Foster