October 18, 2006

UCLA preparing for Notre Dame

There was a seriousness in the eyes of this team after practice that is hard to explain. The UCLA team had that look of intense focus. Like a group that has a job to do and they want to get to it. The energy was surprisingly high when you consider to a man the Bruins feel they could have won that game in Oregon and now that chip on their shoulder has returned.

This team wants a little respect, but they know they must earn it and a good showing in South Bend with a victory could be just what the doctor ordered to get this team's well being back.

There was a plethora of media at Tuesday's practice and as always Coach Karl Dorrell met with them after practice.

"We did cadence today with Osaar Rasshan behind [/db]Patrick Cowan[/db] is find of how we our practice today, but Patrick Cowan is progressing," Dorrell said. "He does have a light voice but the doctor did say to try and give him another day of rest without him saying much and he (Cowan) hardly said anything today at all.

"We got through today with our center (Robert Chai) calling the snap count and with Osaar in back of him calling the snap count.

"We anticipate, he (Cowan) is feeling a lot better, he's eating more, which is always a good sign. When you have a bad sore throat you don't want to eat or drink or anything like that so all of his symptoms are improving.

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