Prince's start a 'game-day decision'

Updated: August 31, 2010, 11:44 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said Tuesday that his decision on a starting quarterback for the season opener against Kansas State would be a "game-day decision."

Returning starter Kevin Prince practiced at full speed for the second consecutive day Tuesday, the first time he has made long passes on consecutive days since camp started, and it looks as though the strained oblique that has sidelined him will not be a factor in his ability to play Saturday.

"I don't think there's anything that tells us he can't play," Neuheisel said. "We'll see if there are any lingering effects. There were none from yesterday. That's a positive sign. If we get that same result tomorrow, then we've got to feel like he's out of the woods."

Richard Brehaut and Prince have split time running the first team offense the last two days. Prince said he still felt some tightness in his back, but not as much as he did on Monday.

"It's progressing," Prince said. "Just being able to come out two days in a row and be able to throw as much as I did is exciting."

Prince, a team captain, said he understands Neuheisel's hesitation in naming a starter.

"[Monday] was my first practice in three weeks and Rich has been doing really well," Prince said. "We don't want to make any decisions now because my injury -- even though it's feeling better -- isn't completely healed up."

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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