Backup QB Bre­haut on alert

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - Chris Fos­ter

UCLA was with­out its start­ing quar­ter­back again Wed­nes­day, though Kevin

Prince said, “I ex­pect to play” Satur­day against Washington State. But, he added, “You al­ways ex­pect to play.”

Whether he can re­mains un­cer­tain be­cause of an in­jured right knee. That has thrust backup

Richard Bre­haut into a fa­mil­iar wait­ing game. He has been on the cusp of mak­ing his first col­lege start on a hand­ful of oc­ca­sions when Prince has been in­jured.

A year ago, af­ter Prince suf­fered a bro­ken jaw, Bre­haut seemed on track to start, but coaches went with

Kevin Craft in­stead. This sea­son he was get­ting ready to play against Kansas State in the opener, but Prince over­came a torn mus­cle in his back.

“Last year, I got all ex­cited be­fore the Kansas State game and had a letdown when I didn’t get the start,” said Bre­haut, a sopho­more. “I learned you can’t do that. You have to stay level and be ready if you’re called.”

Bre­haut la­bored through prac­tice Wed­nes­day, with a few passes be­ing in­ter­cepted. Coach Rick Neuheisel said the of­fense was “a lit­tle slug­gish, but we can fix that.”

Bre­haut has ap­peared in one game off the bench this sea­son, com­plet­ing five of nine passes for 42 yards against Stan­ford.

Even if Bre­haut starts against Washington State, the Bru­ins may give some time to Dar­ius Bell. The game plan could also be al­tered, with the Bru­ins re­ly­ing on the run more. UCLA av­er­ages 219 yards per game rush­ing.

Prince update

Prince, who in­jured his knee against Texas on Satur­day, said there was less swelling and his leg felt bet­ter.

He had an MRI exam that re­vealed no struc­tural dam­age, Neuheisel said, but the swelling re­quired the knee to be drained Sun­day night. “I’m able to ex­tend my leg more and the full range of mo­tion is bet­ter,” Prince said.

Prince was un­sure whether he could prac­tice Thurs­day, but Neuheisel said, “He has enough ex­pe­ri­ence to han­dle the chores on Satur­day” even if he doesn’t prac­tice. Ma­iava’s prospects

Cen­ter Kai Ma­iava, out with a frac­tured left an­kle, said he is un­likely to re­turn this sea­son.

Ma­iava, a ju­nior, was in­jured dur­ing train­ing camp and had surgery last month. He will get out of the cast next week but said, “I have to wear a boot for six weeks. I don’t think I’ll be back.”

Ma­iava will have one year of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing.

Quick hits De­fen­sive end Da­tone

Jones, who suf­fered a bro­ken bone in his right foot dur­ing train­ing camp, will have an MRI exam on Tues­day. If it is neg­a­tive, he could re­turn to prac­tice in two weeks. ... F-back Chris­tian

Ramirez was given leave from the team for per­sonal rea­sons, Neuheisel said. ... How bad is 1-3 Washington State? The Bru­ins were 27point fa­vorites Tues­day and they re­mained 27-point fa­vorites even af­ter Prince’s in­jury was made known. chris.fos­ter@latimes.com twit­ter.com/cfos­ter­la­times

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