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 Manuel White (born July 2, 1982) is an American football running back. 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 Ryan Boschetti (born October 7, 1981 in Belmont, California) is an American football player who currently plays defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins. High School Career , who will replace Rodney Leisle Rodney Allen Leisle (born February 5, 1981) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the New Orleans Saints. College career
Leisle played defensive tackle at UCLA from 2000-2003. (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 Benjamin F. Emanuel (born on June 18, 1982 in Texas City, Texas) is a player in the National Football League. He plays the free safety position. He went to UCLA. He attended Clear Brook High School. , who missed one series with a sore shoulder, did not practice Monday. Matt Ware Matthew Jesse Ware (born December 2, 1982 in Santa Monica, California) is currently an American football defensive back in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals. He was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles on September 2, 2006 and picked up by the Cardinals. moved back to safety and was replaced at corner by Joe Hunter Joe Hunter or Joseph Hunter may refer to:
The Bruins did get some good news, however. Linebacker Marcus Reese Marcus Reese (born June 15, 1981 in San José, California) is an American football linebacker He is currently a Free Agent.
Marcus Reese played high school football in San Jose, CA at Oak Grove High School. , 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 (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005. 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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