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    [h=3]Colorado Daily – UCLA [/h]October 28th
    UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley coming off of worst game of his career
    From the Los Angeles Daily News … Brett Hundley isn’t himself.
    Since throwing 12 touchdowns against four picks in his first five games, the UCLA quarterback’s performance has spiraled downward. Against Stanford and Oregon, currently ranked No. 6 and 2 in the Associated Press poll, the redshirt sophomore mustered just two combined touchdown throws. His interception count is up to eight, third-worst in the conference.
    His showing in Saturday’s 42-14 loss to the Ducks was arguably the worst of his career; he passed for 64 yards on 19 attempts.
    Asked if Hundley’s confidence is shaken, head coach Jim Mora didn’t disagree.
    “I’m not going to dance around it,” Mora said Sunday. “I do (worry). When you absorb the offensive line losses that we’ve absorbed, and you’re a quarterback, whether you want it to or not, it has an effect on you.”
    If Hundley was affected, it was most likely a lingering haze. While injuries have forced three or four different iterations of the line over past weeks, the version that took the field at Autzen Stadium performed surprisingly well — paving the path for 219 rushing yards. UCLA had failed to clear 80 in its last two outings.
    True freshman Scott Quessenberry made his career debut, sliding in at left guard after working primarily as a center. He held his own against the Ducks’ defensive front, even drawing on his background in the middle of the line to make reads. Throughout the game, he was seen communicating with center Jake Brendel.
    “He was kind of making all the calls that I couldn’t make, couldn’t see,” said Brendel, whose recurring struggles with low snaps almost disappeared. “As a freshman, just as a player, he did a really good job.”
    Mora was hopeful that the performance will help repair Hundley’s swagger moving forward.
    CU injury report unchanged from Saturday night
    From the Daily Camera … Colorado receiver Paul Richardson left Saturday’s game late with a sprained ankle. After the game, CU said Richardson is day-to-day.
    “I think he’s fine,” Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “He said he was fine. Hopefully it doesn’t swell up or something tonight.”
    Richardson finished with 132 yards on seven catches, including a 75-yard touchdown. He has 50 catches for 914 yards on the season. His seven touchdown catches this year have covered 405 yards.
    Starting tailback Michael Adkins suffered a concussion and is listed as day-to-day.
    UCLA injury report
    Linebacker Eric Kendricks, who took an anesthetic shot to play through a back bruise on Saturday, suffered a mild AC joint (shoulder) sprain at Oregon. Defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy banged up his knees and is recovering from soreness. Neither injury is expected to be serious.
    Mora said running back Jordon James (ankle) and left tackles Simon Goines (MCL) and Conor McDermott (shoulder) could potentially return this week. James has missed three full games, while the two linemen were both injured over a week ago at Stanford.
    Senior running back Damien Thigpen was also held out after he injured his hamstring on Thursday. Third-best on the roster in all-purpose yards last season, Thigpen is working back from a torn ACL and also has a history of hamstring problems.
    “You really feel for the kid,” Mora said. “It’s so important to him.”
    The injury that most concerns Mora, though, is running back and kick returner Steve Manfro’s sore ankle. He is questionable after returning three kickoffs for 83 yards in Eugene.

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