April 11, 2010
UCLA held its first full scale scrimmage of the Spring on Sunday afternoon at Spaulding Field and sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince threw two touchdown passes to highlight the scrimmage.
The first of the TDs was a catch-and-run play to junior Nelson Rosario, who turned the play into a 32-yard TD. The second was a 10-yard pass to a leaping Joseph Fauria in the back of the end zone. Fauria is a transfer from Notre Dame who was required to redshirt last season. Prince and Fauria played together at Crespi High School.
On the day, Prince completed eight of nine passes for 84 yards and the two touchdowns. Sophomore tailback Johnathan Franklin led the backs with 44 yards on nine carries, including two double digit runs, while Rosario, Taylor Embree and Antwon Moutra each made three receptions.
The coaches looked at many different combinations on both offense and defense.
`'Obviously, when you get about 75 plays of scrimmage and have very few nicks, that's terrific work," said head coach Rick Neuheisel. "There are a lot of things that still need to get fixed, but I see progress, see a lot of young players step to the fore. "
Pat Larimore is making all kinds of plays. He comes to mind. Joe Fauria looks to be a weapon for us. I'm pleased with where we are, but we have to get a lot more work done in the second half and if we can improve just a little bit more than we did in the first half we'll be right where we need to be at the conclusion of this spring football.''
In response to a question about which unit won the scrimmage, Neuheisel said, "You know, I don't know. I'll have to check the film. Obviously, I usually watch it during the course of the game from an offensive standpoint and there were some good things, but certainly not the level of consistency that we need. And then I'll watch it from the defensive standpoint tonight. It was pretty even. There were a lot of good plays. I'm looking more for individuals right now.''