November 16, 2006

Bruins looking forward to challenge

There was a lot of electricity on campus because it was opening night for the UCLA Bruin basketball team. There were people mulling around watching practice, but for the Bruin football team the focus was on practice and the job at hand. They are well aware that the Sun Devils are coming off their best offensive output of the season.

That's the way this season has fallen for the Bruins. They seem to be playing teams at their crest, but for competitors that's the way you want it to be.

Dorrell: "It's a great week. A great opportunity. I like how our defense has some pop and in their step. They're building off a great game last week and it's going to be a great challenge for our defense this week going against an offense that is resurgent and made some big plays and feels like it has made a big step last week against Washington State.

"Offensively we are getting better and we have to keep getting better. We have to be more consistent and we have to be more disciplined. We have to take care of our penalties. Our offensive penalties that have set us back some, but we have been able to overcome at times in games.

"We need red zone production and those are the things that we really want to continue to work on in practice and be hard on it, be aggressive with it so that in a game it can happen for us.

"We have two more preparation days to get us ready to play a game and I know our mindset is where it should be and now it's about performance."

If Kahlil Bell plays, how do you plan to use him and Chane Moline?

Dorrell: "Well right now Chris Markey, Derrick Williams and Moline are the top three.

"Kahlil may play and he may not play. He (Bell) may not get any time at all. To answer your question, right now he is getting himself back to health. He's not 100 percent. It was good to see him out there practicing today, but he's down a little bit in the depth chart right now."

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