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UCLA freshman quarterback Richard Brehaut has short wait time

Chris Foster Los Angeles Times 16.09.2009 00:20
UCLA freshman quarterback Richard Brehaut has short wait time - UCLA - Football


The 18-year-old, who enrolled early at UCLA so he could take part in spring practice, is expected to get the start against Kansas State as Kevin Prince is sidelined because of a fractured jaw.



Richard Brehaut stood in the Rose Bowl tunnel with the rest of the UCLA team, waiting to take the field against San Diego State two weeks ago. Up to the moment, it had been business as usual.

Then it hit him. This was his first college game.

"I realized this was all I had worked for," said Brehaut, a freshman, who a year ago was playing for Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos High. "This feeling came over me that I can't even describe. I was proud and anxious and ready to get on with it."

The 18-year-old Brehaut may do just that Saturday, coming out of that same tunnel. He is expected to make his first collegiate start against Kansas State, replacing Kevin Prince, who suffered a fractured jaw last weekend against Tennessee.

The Bruins' hierarchy was left with a quarterback decision to make after Prince was injured late in the game. Brehaut, who completed two of two passes in mop-up duty against San Diego State, and Kevin Craft, who started 12 games last season, are the options.

Brehaut was with the first team during practice most of Tuesday. He spent 45 plays with the first team in 11-on-11 drills, including the last 12 against the first-team defense. Craft, who threw a school record 20 interceptions in 2008, had 18 plays with the first team.

"I came in early so I could get this opportunity," said Brehaut, who enrolled at UCLA last April to participate in spring practice. "I'm prepared to go out and have some fun."

He would be another talented freshman quarterback who is insisting that youth be served. Matt Barkley drove USC to a winning touchdown against Ohio State at Columbus on Saturday. On the same day, Tate Forcier engineered Michigan's upset of Notre Dame that propelled the Wolverines back into the top 25.

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