Aug. 29, 2005
UCLA Head Football Coach Karl Dorrell addressed the media following the conclusion of Monday's practice at Spaulding Field. In addition, UCLA All-Access reporter Jeff Siegel interviewed defensive tackle Nathaniel Skaggs. Click the following links to view Dorrell and Skaggs.
Good afternoon everyone. We are finally into game week. We are excited about getting out of camp and getting ready for an opponent. We've already started some of our preliminary game planning for San Diego State. We did that over the weekend. Thinks are going to shape up pretty nicely for us. We plan on doing some things a little bit differently this week because of the night game. We will probably have two practices at night - Tuesday and Wednesday - just to get a feel of the light particularly for the skill positions because we normally don't play at night all that much. It should give those guys a chance to adjust to the ball.
In terms of camp, we had a very good camp. I'm really excited about how things have turned out. The only disappointment was Kevin Brown with the injury that he had and the length of time that he will be out. He is obviously a very talented football player and we are not going to have him early on in the season. But we have some very capable people who are going to come up and do a nice job for us. We've been used to this type of pattern before. We had a young defensive line last year and some guys who had to play. We are not as young as we were a year ago. We're a little bit better in terms of our technique, size, strength and those types of things. We still might have a young player or two that will have to play for us, which better than having six or seven new guys having to play for you. But camp went great. We had great battles in every position on the field. I think the last battle that everyone was concerned about was quarterback and we had that cleared up. I was really happy with how everything turned out. The corner position is still very competitive. We have four or five really good corners who will get playing time through this game. We don't think like there when those guys are playing. I'm excited that the depth at corner is the best it's been since I've been here. Other than that, we're in pretty good shape health wise. We are just hoping to get everything going and ready to go by Saturday night.
Complete press conference can be accessed by clicking on the audio link at the top of this page