Here are some thoughts by UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel on the Bruins' scrimmage Saturday evening:
"Defensively, I thought we did a great job against the run early."
-- On what that means for the offense:
"Offensively, that raises your nervousness in terms of being able to run because obviously given where we are with the offensive line and an inexperienced quarterback you'd like to not put all the pressure on the throwing game. It would be a huge deal for us to find a way to run the ball with any consistency."
-- On quarterback Kevin Craft's day:
"Kevin had a couple things just kind of go south on him. But sometimes it's important, in scrimmage situations, to see how guys respond to that. So I thought he passed the test in not going in the tank because it wasn't going well... I thought that was encouraging."
-- On training camp going forward, two weeks before the home opener Sept. 1 against Tennessee:
"We've got two more weeks. A lot's happened in the first couple weeks of camp... We've weathered the storm. Now it's trying to find a way to play a good, hard-nosed football game against a very, very tough opponent."
-- On his thoughts on what the running game did:
"Not much. It was not what it needs to be."
"There were enough good things to be encouraged with the offense."
-- On whether Kevin Craft is going to be the starting quarterback:
"He's still ahead. I have yet to make that decision... but he's ahead."
-- On when he would like to make a decision on the quarterback:
"Sooner than later. I would hope to make it some time this week."
-- Senior quarterback Ben Olson of Thousand Oaks, who broke his foot for the second time this year last week, was on crutches on the sidelines. The left-hander even played catch later in the scrimmage to warm up a teammate.