Injuries Abound: The UCLA Quarterback Problem

Matt SmithSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2008

For the Bruin fans that expected to have a positive upcoming college football season, you may have to wait another year for your time to arrive.

Both the starting and back up UCLA quarterback were injured last week in practice, slowing the progression of the UCLA program and their hopes for a stellar year in-between the white lines.

UCLA starting quarterback Patrick Cowan will miss the entire 2008 season after undergoing knee surgery.  His back-up, Ben Olsen, who Cowan edged out for the starting job this spring was also carted off the field last Thursday will also miss at least 6-8 weeks when he broke his right foot.

Olsen and transfer Kevin Craft will compete for the starting job, but Olsen has been slowed by injuries throughout his career at UCLA, so the position is still up in the air.

New coach Rick Neuheisel is still remaining optimistic for the upcoming season in both his team and coaching staff.  Neuheisel said, "I have full confidence in [offensive coordinator] Norm Chow.  I have full confidence in the kids to give everything they've got."

Only waiting will tell if time heals all wounds, but Bruin fans hope the team will be ready by the start of the season and ready to compete in the always tough Pac-10.