Bruins still confident in CB Cassel

first_imgUCLA senior cornerback Marcus Cassel never thought the coaches lost confidence in him in past seasons, but he couldn’t say the same about himself. That is the biggest change in Cassel, who said Tuesday his confidence remains high even after watching redshirt freshman ron Velega play much of the fourth quarter against Washington. And the coaching staff’s confidence in Cassel is intact, as well, which is why Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said Cassel will start Saturday when No. 20 UCLA hosts No. 10 California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I play a lot of press coverage, and that’s what teams are going to do,” Cassel said. “I’m ready for that. That’s not a problem. Sometimes they’re going to complete some of those, and the next time it comes up, knock it down. Just keep on going.” Dorrell added UCLA will continue to use Cassel and Velega at right corner, and starter Trey Brown and Rodney Van at left corner. “I have a lot of confidence in all four of those,” Dorrell said. “They’re going to have to make plays on their own and they’re going to have to come up and do some great things. All four of those guys really have the same mindset when they play.” –Brian Dohn Turner’s turn “Cassel played well,” Dorrell said. “He had nine tackles. I wouldn’t read into anything that he’s going to lose his starting job, or we lost confidence in him. He’s still going to start, and Velega is still going to play as his backup.” Opponents have thrown Cassel’s way more often than to the other side of the field, but he said that is a product of his style. center_img After four games, USC is finally ready to unveil freshman wide receiver Patrick Turner in a significant role against Arizona. “We need to play Patrick Turner more,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. “We’re planning on using him more.” A primary reason for Turner’s expanded role is to rest starter Dwayne Jarrett, who participated in 85 plays against Arizona State. “Oh yeah, I was tired,” Jarrett said. “My legs felt like linguini. Patrick and I will be alternating so I can get rejuvenated.” Leinart concussion QB Matt Leinart said he suffered a concussion against ASU, which might explain why he ran a bootleg for no reason against the Sun Devils. “I had one my freshman season (at Mater Dei High),” Leinart said. “This is a lot more serious. I haven’t been hit like that in a long time.” Leinart said ASU coach Dirk Koetter apologized to him after the game, but he felt the hit, which was flagged as a personal foul, was a cheap shot. “It’s uncalled for, but it’s football and people get hit late,” he said. “Maybe it’s out of respect for me as a player. It’s a positive thing they are trying to knock me out of a game.” Ellison out Tests confirmed that safety Kevin Ellison will be lost for the season with a fractured knee and stretched ACL. Ellison said he would undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on the knee and probably face reconstructive surgery later. –Scott Wolf 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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