Ex-WR Rasshan to start at QB

first_imgBy Brian Dohn Staff Writer With Patrick Cowan out due to a concussion and a collapsed lung, and with Ben Olson’s left knee still not healed, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said sophomore Osaar Rasshan will start at quarterback Saturday when No. 9 Arizona State visits the Rose Bowl. Dorrell said he didn’t believe the game plan needed to be pared because of Rasshan’s inexperience, or because Rasshan spent training camp and the first six weeks of the season playing receiver. Rasshan was forced into action in Saturday’s 34-27 loss at Arizona after Cowan was injured. He was 3-of-10 passing for 78 yards in his quarterbacking debut but had success moving UCLA’s offense, partly because he ran for 57 yards on eight carries. “He proved to me that he could handle much more than probably we anticipated,” Dorrell said. “He’s gotten better and better the last few weeks that he’s been practicing and playing quarterback. He’s digested more and more information, and now he’s at a point where he’s going to be the guy starting in this particular game. “He’ll get a chance to digest much more information because he’ll get a lot more repetitions (in practice).” Rasshan, who will be the first African-American to start for UCLA since Bernard Quarles in 1979, did provide a spark to a sagging offense. In UCLA’s last 22 possessions with Cowan at quarterback, the offense scored 14 points, and failed to pick up a first down 11 times. In Rasshan’s five possessions, UCLA’s offense scored 13 points and failed to pick up a first down once. “(Rasshan) energized the offense,” UCLA tailback Chane Moline said. “He threw the ball around, ran the ball as well.” Dorrell said he was uncertain how long Cowan would be out. Sources said Olson, who tore a knee ligament Oct. 6 against Notre Dame, is eyeing a Nov. 24 return against Oregon. Tailback update Dorrell said tailback Chris Markey is day-to-day with a sprained left ankle. Markey did not play in the second half, forcing Moline and walk-on Craig Sheppard to carry the ball. Christian Ramirez suffered a concussion in the game, and his status for Arizona State is uncertain. Dorrell said he did not anticipate moving a player from another position to tailback. “We’re going to stay with what we have right now,” Dorrell said. Cowan heading home Dorrell said Cowan, who remained Arizona because of the lung injury, is expected home today. “He’s doing OK. He’s feeling better,” Dorrell said. “They did a last set of X-rays (Sunday) and everything looked OK.” Game review In watching the film, Dorrell said UCLA could not overcome a dismal second quarter in which Arizona outgained the Bruins, 187-27, and outscored UCLA, 14-0. “As I look at the game, we had one bad quarter, I believe,” Dorrell said. “We were ineffective offensively in the second quarter, and they had a couple of big plays where they scored a couple of touchdowns on us in a short amount of time.” Kurtzman passes away Felice Dee Kurtzman, who was at UCLA for 25 years, serving as a nutritionist since 1991, died Saturday after a 14-month battle with cancer. She was 52. Funeral services are scheduled for today at Mount Sinai Memorial Park at 2 p.m. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img