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Golden Nuggets: Jeff Tedford Wants the Team to Stay Focused This Week

After last week's brawl and series of suspensions following the UCLA-Arizona game, Jeff Tedford is worried that it may be a distraction for his team.

"I told the team that has nothing to do with us," Tedford said. "We're not going to get caught up in that. I know there's going to be a lot made of it through the week, but I want us to stay away from that."

The Bruins won two of their first three Pac-12 games but were beaten every way imaginable by Arizona. Leading receiver Nelson Rosario (30 catches, 558 yards) is UCLA's only proven wideout available for Saturday's game. The next most productive receiver who will play is Josh Smith with six catches this season.

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, whose seat has never been hotter after this season's disappointing start, is considering burning the redshirt year of freshman receiver Devin Lucien to give the Bruins more depth.

"I'm sure they'll rally around the people that are playing," Tedford said. "I know how teams typically respond to something like that. There's a rallying cry. Really, anytime you see something like this happen, teams come out stronger than anything because of solidarity and the rallying cry it can bring out."

After the jump the Bears open as favorites over UCLA and Mike Montgomery returns to the office.



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