Hasiak out for indefinite period
UCLA freshman guard Stan Hasiak will not be with the team for an indefinite period, as he is “dealing with issues,” Coach Rick Neuheisel said.
Hasiak, one of the top players in the Bruins’ 2009 recruiting class, went home to Hawaii over the weekend. It was not known whether he had returned.
The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Hasiak did not suit up against Washington on Saturday and did not make the trip to Oregon State on Oct. 31.
Hasiak, who has appeared in four games this season, has had a number of anger issues on the practice field, particularly early in the season. He was involved in a handful of near fights with teammates during live scrimmages. He appeared in the first two games but was benched for the Kansas State game and did not play in the next two games.
Hasiak is back in Los Angeles but could not be reached for comment.
UCLA coaches considered Hasiak a key player in rebuilding the offensive line. He was ranked the fourth-best guard nationally by Rivals.com as a senior at Kapolei (Ha.) High. He was recruited by USC and visited Michigan and California before committing to UCLA.
Hasiak came to training camp hoping to earn a starting spot but was used off the bench in the season opener against San Diego State. He saw more time against Tennessee the following week but has played little since. Hasiak had spent last week playing on the scout team in practice.
Guard Ryan Taylor is not expected to play this week after suffering what Neuheisel called a sprained right foot against Washington.
Taylor, who was wearing a walking boot while watching practice, said that X-rays showed no broken bones but that “two of the bones by my toe have separated a little.”
Darius Savage and Jake Dean will compete for the starting guard spot and both may play against Washington State on Saturday.
Savage started seven games at left guard last season. He has spent most of this season on the field-goal and kickoff-return units.
“I was a little rusty today because I have been playing tackle the last two or three weeks,” Savage said. “I have to get my steps more compact and playing inside is more physical, which I prefer.”
Offensive line coach Bob Palcic said, “I had Darius and Jake alternating with the first team, giving them equal time. I need to make sure they understand the proper techniques and assignments.”
Prince looks sharp
Quarterback Kevin Prince, cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against Washington, took nearly all the reps with the first team Tuesday.
One area that Prince will get extra work in this week is sliding at the end of scrambles. He was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington’s Donald Butler.
“We’ll probably get the Slip ‘N Slide out again on Thursday,” Neuheisel said. “We’ll go through those gymnastics again before we get on the plane.”
Wide receiver Nelson Rosario missed practice Tuesday while attending his grandmother’s funeral in Florida. He is expected to be back at practice today. . . . UCLA officials have told running back Darrell Scott, who is leaving Colorado, that they were not interested in having him play for the Bruins. . . . Defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski (foot) was suited up and went through half of practice. He said the schedule was by design, and he hopes to be ready to play Saturday.