UCLA's Quarterback Situation Looking Bleak

Jeff ContizanoCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2008

After already losing projected starting quarterback Patrick Cowan to knee surgery in the offseason, things have taken a turn for the worse for Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

Quarterback Ben Olson broke his fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice on Saturday.  Whether or not he will have surgery will be decided in a few days.  Regardless, Olson is expected to miss at least eight weeks, or two months, of the season.

Neuheisel was hired in the offseason to guide a very talented but underachieving UCLA team back into success and contention in the Pac-10.  But now, with the season opener only a few weeks away, Neuheisel will have to choose between redshirt freshman Chris Forcier and JUCO transfer Kevin Craft to lead the Bruins offense this year.

Fortunately for whoever gains the starting nod, Norm Chow, considered by many to be an offensive genius, will be there to mentor the Bruins' starter, and most of UCLA's top receivers and running backs return this year as well.

After an impressive spring, it looks like Kevin Craft will be the starter for the Bruins.  He has a cannon for an arm, and with some work he may actually prove to be a better fit than Cowan or Olson.  Only time will tell.