Football News & Notes

Manuel White

It's the Monday football news, including some stats on Tyler Ebell, the naming of the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the week, and the weekly injury report. All signs look like they're a go for Manuel White...

There is no quarterback controversy this week. Drew Olson sits atop the depth chart at quarterback and will start against Arizona. Olson, who didn't know he was the starter Monday afternoon at the weekly press conference, said he was just going to work hard all week and keep getting better and wouldn't worry about starting. Head Coach Bob Toledo said that he also intends to play co-freshman Matt Moore. Toledo intended to play Moore against Washington sometime in the third quarter, but said that the situation changed and he couldn't. He went up to Moore after the game to apologize for not playing him, and Toledo said that Moore was very congenial about it, telling Toledo that he understands that Toledo has to do whatever he had to do to win the football game.

Dave Ball was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Washington.

Toledo said that Manuel White is expected to play Saturday, and White practiced without any visible limitation Monday. White will be used in much the same way he was previous to his injury – at both tailback and fullback.

Matt Ware didn't practice Monday, but expects to play Saturday.

Tab Perry also didn't practice, and it was unknown why. In his absence, other receivers got more reps with the first team offense, including Junior Taylor and Josh Roenicke.

Offensive guard Shane Lehman didn't practice for an undisclosed reason.

Ryan Smith sat out, continuing to be hampered by his lingering ankle injury. A source at UCLA is skeptical about how much Smith would be able to contribute for the rest of the season.

Jibril Raymo, who sat out last week because of a separated shoulder, practiced Monday, as did Matt Clark, who recovered from a broken toe.

Ryan Boschetti practiced, but in a limited basis because of what looked to be a thigh injury.

Tyler Ebell is 336 yards away from setting the freshman Pac-10 season record for rushing. Ebell has 734 yards to date. The record holder is Stanford's Darrin Nelson, who ran for 1069 in 1977. If he breaks 1,000, he'll be only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to do it, along with Nelson and Ken Simonton from Oregon State, who ran for 1028 in 1998.

Washington has only suffered two home losses in the last 20 home games.

Toledo said that the team was so exhausted after the Washington game that it was hard to get them even to work up enough energy to sing the UCLA fight song, which is the traditional thing to do after the game. He pointed out that many of the defensive starters played for upwards of 120 plays, if you include their special team duties. "They were totally exhausted. But there is no quit in this team," Toledo said of this year's Bruins. "They've never given up and they've never quit. They play extremely hard until the very end."

Players of the Game for Washington –

Offense: Guard Steve Vieira
Defense: Dave Ball
Special Teams: Jon Dubravac

A testament to how good of camaraderie there is on this team: On the plane ride home, Joe Hunter was still nursing an injured sternum and depressed about his performance. A number of his teammates, though, talked to him and told him to keep trying and keep playing hard.

UCLA fell from being the #1 passing defense in the Pac-10 after giving up 425 yards passing against Washington. UCLA is now fourth, averaging 211.2 yards a game. The Bruins, though, are third in total defense, allowing 345.7 yards per game. Oregon State and USC are the only teams allowing less yards per game in the conference.

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