David Norrie will be the starting quarterback for UCLA in the Bruins’ Pacific 10 opener Saturday at Washington. Coach Terry Donahue had no trouble making that decision, considering that Norrie led the Bruins to an easy victory over San Diego State last Saturday. The Bruins are 2-0-1 going into the game at Washington.
The question now is who will start at tailback if, as the coaches fear, Gaston Green is still unable to play. Green sat out the San Diego State game because of a knee injury. His replacement, sophomore James Primus, rushed for 75 yards in 17 carries. But redshirt freshman Eric Ball came off the bench to carry 23 times for 94 yards and a record-tying four touchdowns.
The most serious injury last Saturday was suffered by outside linebacker Tony Phillips, who was coming back from a knee injury and reinjured the same knee on his first play. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and was expected to miss at least three more games.
Starting center Joe Goebel twisted a knee, starting offensive tackle Rob Cox aggravated his injured ankle, starting guard Jim McCullough also aggravated his injured ankle, starting split end Mike Sherrard left the game with a deep thigh bruise, starting flanker Karl Dorrell left the game when he aggravated an old hamstring pull, backup flanker Paco Craig left the game with a shoulder injury, and backup safety Alan Dial reinjured his wrist.