UCLA’s Neuheisel unhappy with defensive start



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although coach Rick Neuheisel saw much that he liked in UCLA’s season opener, most of it happened when the Bruins had the ball.

Neuheisel shared most of his fans’ unimpressed viewpoint of the UCLA defense’s debut under new coordinator Joe Tresey in the Bruins’ 38-34 loss at Houston last weekend.

But while criticizing his linebackers and his entire unit’s tackling skills, Neuheisel says he’s confident the defense can correct many of its mistakes before Saturday’s home opener against San Jose State.

UCLA outgained Houston with 554 yards to the Cougars’ 469, with quarterback Richard Brehaut leading the Bruins’ comeback after Kevin Prince was sidelined with a concussion and a sprained throwing shoulder.

Neuheisel isn’t ready to rule out Prince from Saturday’s game.