Chip Kelly apparently believes in load administration.
Two days after the UCLA coach didn’t play star operating again Zach Charbonnet and pulled quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson in the midst of a sequence, there have been robust indications that each gamers’ workload had been deliberately restricted in opposition to Alabama State.
Thompson-Robinson revealed that he was eliminated early within the second quarter as a result of Kelly wished his backups to play the steadiness of the sport in opposition to an overmatched Soccer Championship Subdivision opponent.
“Garbs acquired his name, it was his time,” Thompson-Robinson stated Monday, referring to backup Ethan Garbers, “so I simply needed to get out of the sport and be the most effective teammate I may be.”
On the second-to-last play earlier than he departed, Thompson-Robinson took successful and grimaced whereas gingerly strolling again to the road of scrimmage, resulting in hypothesis he may need been injured. Thompson-Robinson remained within the sport for yet another play, finishing a 12-yard go to Jake Bobo, earlier than departing throughout an harm delay involving Alabama State’s Naytron Culpepper.
Thompson-Robinson stated he was not damage and acknowledged feeling torn about being taken out of the sport.
“The competitor in me is somewhat annoyed,” Thompson-Robinson stated, “[but] we’ve a terrific backup, in addition to the remainder of the fellows within the quarterback room, so I couldn’t be extra proud of how these guys performed and the way they executed the offense.”
Thompson-Robinson and Charbonnet each practiced Monday with out limitations.
Kelly wouldn’t deal with the specifics of both participant’s scenario after UCLA’s 45-7 victory over the Hornets, saying solely that they had been “unavailable.” His sidestepping questions led to theories about load administration, given the Bruins’ chance of prevailing with out their prime two offensive gamers.
Charbonnet didn’t seem hobbled earlier than the sport and spoke with reporters final Wednesday, indicating he was out there to play at that time.
Thompson-Robinson stated there was no forewarning about his workload being restricted.
“My entire mind-set and aim was to play the entire sport,” stated Thompson-Robinson, who accomplished 9 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a landing. “It didn’t work out that manner, however I’m pondering I’m taking part in the entire sport so far as in pregame.”
Kelly stated Monday that 88 gamers participated within the sport, together with walk-ons and third- and fourth-stringers. UCLA (2-0) gained so handily that three backup quarterbacks performed after Thompson-Robinson’s departure.
The Bruins used 5 operating backs with Charbonnet held out, producing 220 yards and 5 touchdowns on the bottom, together with Garbers’ seven yards and two touchdowns in two carries.