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UCLA NOTEBOOK: EBELL TO GET HIS FIRST START.

Byline: Billy Witz Staff Writer

For all the big runs Tyler Ebell had Saturday against Oregon State, he completed his most impressive one Monday - going from fifth-string tailback to starter in less than a month.

Ebell, coming off a 203-yard, 29-carry performance against Oregon State and with starter Manuel White listed as doubtful with a pulled hamstring, will make the first start of his young career Saturday against seventh-ranked Oregon.

``I'm pretty excited,'' Ebell said. ``Now I have to work a little harder and show them I'm not a one-game wonder.''

Toledo, who expressed surprise the 170-pound redshirt freshman could handle such a heavy load, said Ebell's speed gives the Bruins a dimension that White and Akil Harris, who started the first four games, don't.

``In the first quarter we had things outside that I didn't think we got to,'' said Toledo, who inserted Ebell in the second quarter. ``He gave us a little electricity.''

Also making their first career starts will be defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti, who will replace Rodney Leisle (broken foot), and defensive end Asi Faoa, who replaces Dave Ball - who is suspended for the first half after being ejected for throwing a punch against Oregon State.

Leisle will have surgery, perhaps today, to insert a screw in the break and is expected to be sidelined at least five weeks. The earliest he's likely to return is Nov. 9 against Arizona.

Toledo said Leisle's presence as a pass rusher will be missed the most.

``I think we'll play pretty good run defense,'' Toledo said. ``He is such a force pass rushing that when he went out Saturday it really affected us.''

Also, free safety Ben Emanuel, who missed one series with a sore shoulder, did not practice Monday. Matt Ware moved back to safety and was replaced at corner by Joe Hunter with the first team. Defensive coordinator Phil Snow said he'll have a better idea of Emanuel's status after today's practice.

The Bruins did get some good news, however. Linebacker Marcus Reese, who sprained his foot against Oregon State, practiced Monday and is expected to play against Oregon.

--Getting rattled Toledo said game film backed up the claims of Ball and offensive tackle Mike Saffer that the personal fouls they were called for against Oregon State were the result of retaliating to cheap shots. Ball was punched in the groin and Saffer, who was playing with a broken rib, was punched in the ribs by linebacker Richard Siegler.

``If you look at video, you see why players were getting frustrated,'' Toledo said. ``They did some things in previous games. Sometimes our players saw that. I emphasized it: have discipline, have poise. It finally got to the point where they lost their poise. You can't fight back.''

Oregon State, like coach Dennis Erickson's teams at Miami, won't win any Lady Bing trophies. However, Toledo stopped short of calling them dirty. He did not file a complaint to the Pacific-10 Conference in his weekly report on the officials, nor has he ever mentioned it to Erickson.

``As a coach, you kind of lead your players and tell them what to do,'' said Toledo, whose team doesn't play Oregon State again until 2005. ``I didn't want them to get in that kind of mode. That disappointed me. I don't like to play that kind of football. I don't want to make a big deal out of it. That's (Erickson's) philosophy - his players play aggressive. Dennis is a fierce competitor, too. There's nothing wrong with that personality.''

--Honors: Reese, who dropped OSU tailback Steven Jackson in the end zone for a safety as one of his six tackles, was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.

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