UCLA's first extensive spring scrimmage was overshadowed by tight end Logan Paulsen hobbling on his right foot on his first catch.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Prince ran a bootleg early in the scrimmage and connected with Paulsen down the left sideline. Paulsen caught the ball and as soon as he landed was hobbling on the right foot, the same one in which he had season-ending surgery last year. Paulsen had an X-ray Saturday afternoon but it was inconclusive for a fracture, according to UCLA.
"I'm hopeful Logan's OK," Rick Neuheisel said. "It's scary. He's going to have X-rays. Hopefully, it's good news."
The injury isn't good news for the Bruins, although it's unclear if it's serious. Paulsen is expected to play a pivotal role in UCLA's offense as a pass blocker and reliable catcher.
While the X-ray didn't reveal a fracture, Paulsen will undergo more tests if he continues to experience pain in the foot.
The defense was clicking in Saturday's scrimmage. Datone Jones had two of UCLA's six sacks and the Bruins offense scored only one touchdown. Running back Johnathan Franklin's score was the only time the Bruins were inside the 30-yard line.
"The first drive we were kind of pounded by the defense and we never really got back on track," quarterback Kevin Prince said.
Franklin, who ran with the second team, made a fine pitch to become UCLA's starting running back. He had the best day of the running backs with nine carries for 45 yards and a 5-yard touchdown.
"He may be the No. 1 running back," offensive coordinator Norm Chow said. "We'll have to see. He's fearless. He had a nice day. But you always have to learn how to pass protect. Once they learn how to do that, they'll be fine."
Derrick Coleman, who ran with the first team, had five carries for 13 yards, and Aundre Dean and Milton Knox had seven carries each for 19 and 18 yards, respectively.
Christian Ramirez is out with a hamstring injury.
"As far as putting it out there for the coaches to see, I felt I did what I had to do," Franklin said.
"You have to with eight, seven running backs. You have to give it all you've got. You have few opportunities to show what you can do. What you do today is going to stay in the coaches' minds. Are you the guy for San Diego State?"
There were a few highlights for UCLA's offense but not many.
Prince, who quarterbacked the first team, completed 8 of 14 passes for 91 yards and had one fumble. Richard Brehaut was 6-for-13 passing for 61 yards and Kevin Craft was 3 of 6 for 25 yards and one interception. Prince's longest completion was to Paulsen.
"I felt I controlled the offense, but I didn't feel the offense was very motivated, and that's something I've got to work on," Prince said. "Get the team going, make some plays and get ready to go."
Asked how he would accomplish this, Prince said: " You have to make plays, plain and simple."
Overall, Prince wasn't happy with his outing. Asked if he experienced any shoulder problems, Prince said no.
"No, I didn't feel like the offense was clicking," Prince said. "I felt we were very enthusiastic out there, and that's mostly my fault. It wasn't a good day for me."
Kai Forbath made three of four field goals - Maurice Jones-Drew attended the scrimmage and talked to the team afterward - Defensive end Damien Holmes suffered an AC sprain on Thursday and could be lost for the rest of spring - Chris Forcier returned to practice Saturday but didn't play.
He is scheduled to be tested for mononucleosis, Neuheisel said.