Is there any separation under center in Westwood?
The annual quarterback competition is underway in Westwood, as Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince battle for the starting job under center at UCLA.
And according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times, there hasn’t been much separation despite a notable day for Brehaut during a mini-scrimmage Saturday afternoon.
Brehaut tossed a three-yard touchdown to tight end Joseph Fauria to finish off a drive, but Prince produced a touchdown as well to keep pace. However, the oft-injured Prince also threw an interception when his screen pass was tipped by linebacker Sean Westgate and intercepted by defensive end Datone Jones, who took it to the house.
ICONKevin Prince could be UCLA's best quarterback option if he remains healthy.
After the mini-scrimmage, head coach Rick Neuheisel complimented Brehaut’s play, calling it “very sharp.”
Brehaut was 3-of-4 passing for 12 yards.
"I think I've shown I can handle everything [the coaches] throw at me," Brehaut said. "I have really cut down on my mental mistakes."
As for Prince’s effort, the embattled leader of the Bruins wasn’t so thrilled with the signal-caller's play while leading the first-team offense.
“Kevin wasn't sharp this afternoon,” Neuheisel said, adding that the competition will continue to be evaluated.
It should be noted that Prince was facing live action for the first time since having knee surgery in October. He completed 2-of-4 passes for minus-two yards along with his interception.
"We've been practicing pretty hard, so the tempo felt the same to me," Prince said. "The only difference was guys were getting tackled."
One of the benefits to having Prince run the offense is his ability to direct the pistol offense's running game. He finished with 22 yards on three carries Saturday, and he’s arguably the most efficient option under center — if healthy.
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