AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Olson said the responsibility falls onto the team leaders to increase the tempo at practice. “I think we, as seniors, tried to motivate people and get them going from the beginning,” Olson said. “You get on people. You let them know just to get moving quicker and to execute faster at the beginning of practice. That’s what I was doing, just encouraging a fast start to practice.” Riding a Benz: Tight end Marcedes Lewis is UCLA’s biggest threat in the passing game, but he still goes through spells where he isn’t utilized much. The Bruins threw to Lewis three times (he caught one) against Cal, and against Washington State the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder had two catches in the first three quarters and three catches in the final quarter. “My coach (assistant Jon Embree) tells me to keep my head in the game, and they’re going to come at me later to make plays,” Lewis said. “That’s what happened. I know when the ball is coming my way, I have to catch the ball and make a big play.” UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner spoke with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr about beginning practice at a higher tempo, and quarterback Drew Olson got on teammates a little more about practicing with increased intensity. It is No. 8 UCLA’s way to try and combat its first-half woes the past three weeks. Although the Bruins won each game, they trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter each time. The goal for Saturday’s homecoming game against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl is not to half the first-half lapses that led to the Bruins being outscored 65-35. “I talked to coach Kerr and talked about that, and he’s open to what I had to say,” Havner said. “I thought maybe that the first three plays in practice, we need to be sharp again, try to make it like that’s the start of the game. I really don’t know. I’m looking for ideas. We need to start faster or it’s going to catch up with us if we don’t. It’s definitely inevitable.” Lewis leads the Bruins with 28 catches and four touchdowns, and his 15 career touchdown receptions are the most by a UCLA tight end. Horton’s return: It took about one play for free safety Chris Horton to make his first hit in his first practice since injuring his right wrist in training camp. “That’s what defenders do, hit people. It felt great,” Horton said. “I wouldn’t say I’m at my best, but I feel great.” Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said he expected Horton to play in the secondary, and possibly on special teams this week. London rests: Linebacker Justin London sat out practice because of soreness in his surgically repaired right ankle, something brought on perhaps by playing Washington State’s artificial surface. “His ankle is really sore,” Dorrell said. “Playing on that surface probably made it more significant.” However, Dorrell said he didn’t expect London to miss any game time. Odds and ends: Receiver Junior Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Taylor is expected to be awarded a medical redshirt and return as a fifth-year senior in 2006. … Havner was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!