LOS ANGELES - UCLA returned to the practice field for the first time Tuesday after the 59-0 shellacking at BYU with questions on whether to rebuild the offense with a dramatic change in personnel before Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference opener against Arizona.
Seven linemen took snaps with the first team at some point, Nate Chandler was back at tight end and got plenty of snaps, and freshman Derrick Coleman was the lead running back in place of the injured Kahlil Bell.
Even the backup quarterback changed, although there was no official acknowledgment from the coaching staff. Kevin Prince, a freshman from Crespi High School, took the snaps with the second-team offense while Chris Forcier worked with the scout team.
"We promised ourselves after last week's game that we were going to grade on effort, and so we're going to look at a lot of people," UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow said. "I think it's something that needs to be done because we need to find the guys that are willing to go to battle with the proper effort and all that kind of stuff. We have to make it all work.
"If I'm equal with you and I'm a senior and you're a freshman, the senior gets (the first) chance to play. Now, we've seen it. I'm not saying we're going to make wholesale changes, but we've got to look at that. I think some of the success we had against Tennessee kind of masked it."
The moves are in response to a lackluster offense.
In 120 minutes of regulation, UCLA's offense produced 17 points. The running game is averaging 19 yards per game, last (119th) in the nation, and the offense is averaging 263.5 yards (111th).
"When you're last in college football rushing the ball, that's a concern," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. "I think Derrick might be able to help us in the running game. He's a big kid, a physical-type player, and I think he might be able to add something to the mix."
The biggest issue remains the offensive line, where true freshman Jeff Baca and senior Scott Glicksberg took turns with the first team at left tackle and left guard, respectively.
But the day ended with Micah Kia (10 career starts) at left tackle, Darius Savage (one start) at left guard, Jake Dean (zero starts) at center, Brandon Bennett (zero offensive college snaps) at right guard and Nick Ekbatani (two starts) at right tackle.
"The perfect scenario is you've got five players and they all know what they're doing and they play with one another," Neuheisel said.
"That is a luxury we have not been able to have. It's certainly a concern."
Micah Reed, UCLA's starting center, will be out two to four weeks with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Bell (ankle sprain) went through half of practice before leaving for treatment. Neuheisel termed him "doubtful to probable" for the Wildcats.
Receiver Nelson Rosario (knee), running back Raymond Carter (knee), linebacker John Hale (neck), running back Aundre Dean and defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski (neck) each missed practice, but Neuheisel said each could return today.