December 20, 2007

Walker looking to overcome adversity

One more practice for the Bruins later today at UNLV and then it will be Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium when UCLA will take on BYU in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl. The Bruins may have to go the game without the services of junior quarterback Ben Olson who may have tweaked his injured knee.

Maybe this season was already written in the stars and this year was to be a character building year. This team sure has faced some adverse things in 2007 so one more probably wouldn't faze them.

The battered Bruins will be taking on the BYU Cougars, a school that interim head coach DeWayne Walker once coached at adding another little wrinkle to the game.

The following is what transpired when Walker met with the media after Wednesday's practice.

What are the things you are working on?

Walker: "Really just o play tempo and a sense of urgency, that's all. We are just trying to get them to play faster and just try to spread the aggressiveness that we use on defense across the whole team.

"So that's it. We tweaked a little bit here and there. We had a lot of good talks behind closed doors. Nothing major, we're just trying to get them excited to try and win one more game.

Have they responded?

Walker: "I think so, I really do. This is a great group of guys. You couldn't tell that they lost their head coach. Karl Dorrell set the foundation and these kids have responded and they want to win so hope to get that done.

What are your plans for quarterback right now?

Walker: "Well you know Ben Olson tweaked his knee so Osaar Rasshan, if Ben doesn't improve from now until Saturday, Ben may have to play more of a backup role and we will just go with Osaar.

How did Osaar look today?

Walker: "Not bad, I like to go back and watch the tape. I have learned as a coach it's not as good as you think it is or as bad so I like to watch the tape first.

Is that going to be a game time decision?

Walker: "I would have to think it's going to be a game day decision. We want to give him a couple more days to see how he feels. We have to go with whoever is healthy.

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