Coach Neuheisel Names a Starting Quarterback
Aug. 30, 2011
UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel announced this evening after team position meetings that Kevin Prince would start at quarterback in the 2011 season-opener at Houston on Saturday. He also indicated that he expected Richard Brehaut to see action in the opener.
"I wanted to create competition during camp and I wanted to give both kids an ample opportunity to win the job," said coach Neuheisel. "Having done that, it was too close to call and I believe that both deserve to play; Kevin will start."
"Both quarterbacks have experience and I feel that both have the team's confidence. The competition will continue though. Having been in this position myself, I will not ask anyone to diminish their goals to be the one and only quarterback at UCLA. Until one separates from the other, both deserve the chance to play. I feel they each bring something valuable to the table for this team."
"I want to compliment both of these young men on how they have handled this situation. They have each continued to support the other throughout and I believe that will continue."
Redshirt junior quarterback Kevin Prince (#4) appeared in five games in 2010, all starts. He was sidelined for the balance of last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Oct. 23.
Prince started and played every snap in last season's opener at Kansas State despite missing the bulk of pre-season camp with a muscle strain (oblique). He scored UCLA's first touchdown (11-yd run) and threw a 29-yard touchdown to Ricky Marvray with 1:19 remaining to bring the Bruins to within two points, 24-22. Against Houston, he directed five scoring drives (four tds, one fg). He passed for 99 yards and was the team's second-leading rusher with 60 net yards, including a two-yard touchdown. At Texas, he ran for 50 net yards and threw a one-yard scoring pass to Ricky Marvray. Prince's knee was sore and swollen the week following the Texas game and he did not see action versus WSU. He returned to the lineup at Cal. He did not play at Oregon due to the injury and decided to undergo surgery.
In 2009, Prince started all 11 games in which he played. He became just the second Bruin freshman (redshirt) quarterback to open a season under center, and the first to win a season-opener, when he took the first snap in the San Diego State game. He became the second freshman quarterback in UCLA history to pass for over 300 yards three times in a season (Tommy Maddox, 1990).He was third on the team in rushing (165 yards) and his 2,229 yards of total offense rank No. 14 on UCLA's single-season list (No. 2 among freshmen behind Maddox), his 179 completions rank T-No. 11 (No. 2 among freshmen) and his 2,050 passing yards rank No. 18 (No. 2 among freshmen). In 2009 at Oregon State, he passed for a career-high 323 yards and rallied the Bruins from a 19-3 deficit. He led touchdown drives of 70 and 94 yards and threw scoring passes of 58 yards to Nelson Rosario (8:06) and seven yards to Taylor Embree, on fourth-and-seven, with 2:06 remaining. He also passed for a pair of two-point conversions. In the final quarter, he completed nine of 13 passes for 198 yards and the two touchdowns.
At Washington State, he recorded his third 300-yard passing game. He completed a career-high 27 passes and led the Bruins in rushing with 76 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown scamper, the longest run by a Bruin quarterback since John Sciarra had a 71-yard non-scoring run against Tennessee in 1971. His 390 yards total offense rank No. 9 (tied) on the single-game total offense list.
Kevin Prince - " ... like coach has said, Richard has done a great job in camp and deserves a chance. Both of us have split reps during most of camp. It is a decision we both knew was possible. We are in this for the team and coach feels this gives the team the best chance for success .
True junior Richard Brehaut (#12) appeared in nine games, with seven starts, in 2010. He started the final six games of the season. On the year, Brehaut ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in passing yards (144.00) and passing efficiency (110.22) and 10th in total offense (150.78).
He saw his first action of 2010 when he came off the bench in game two versus Stanford. Brehaut made his first career start versus Washington State and completed 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards. On the day, he engineered seven scoring drives - five tds and two fgs. He also scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run to cap off a 99-yard drive. All five touchdown drives covered at least 67 yards. At Oregon, he started his first road contest. Against Arizona, he threw for his first two career touchdown passes. His 68-yard scoring toss to Randall Carroll was the team's longest since Ben Olson and Brandon Breazell hooked up on a 69-yard scoring play versus Oregon State in 2007. Brehaut also connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass with Josh Smith on a flea-flicker play. In the win over Oregon State, Brehaut led a last-second game-winning field goal drive. UCLA started its final possession on its own 17-yard line with 48 seconds remaining and he moved the Bruins 49 yards, setting up Kai Forbath's game-winning kick. He completed four of six passes (37 yards) on that drive.
At Arizona State, he set school records with his 33 pass completions (old record, 32 by Troy Aikman v. USC in 1988) and 56 pass attempts (old record, 51 by Dennis Dummit v. Cal in 1970). He also set personal bests with 321 passing yards and three touchdown passes. His three touchdown passes measured 46, 21 and four yards. He also ran for a 12-yard touchdown.
Richard Brehaut - "Both of us have competed for the job and have played well. We both have experience and have played in big games. As long as this helps the team to win, I am all for it."
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