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UCLA Quarterback Prince On The Mend, Might Start Saturday

As UCLA prepares for their opener with Kansas State, coach Rick Neuheisel still hasn't named his starting quarterback. But, Kevin Prince, who has been nursing an back injury, appears close to being able to play.

"Kevin Prince practiced today and was rusty, but healthy, and we'll see how he comes out of it. He wanted to continue to do more, but we were holding him back like you would hold back a colt at the three-quarter pole," coach Rick Neuheisel said on Monday, "Hopefully he'll feel good again tomorrow but that's great news, if not just for this week than certainly for the rest of the season."

Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times caught up with Prince, who received platelet-rich plasma injections last week:

"I felt like I could have done more throwing today, but [offensive coordinator Norm] Chow  wanted to make sure I wasn't going to aggravate it," Prince said. "Tomorrow, if I come out here and throw without any pain I should be all right."

"Richard Brehaut has been terrific throughout camp, and practiced well again today," said Neuheisel of the quarterback that will start if Prince isn't able to make the call. Per Short:

Neuheisel and Chow said last week that if Prince was healthy and practicing, he would start.

The Bruins' first game is at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday on ABC. UCLA has won their last five season openers.