UCLA coach Terry Donahue believes that true to tradition, redshirt freshman Rob Walker will do just fine at quarterback for the 15th-ranked Bruins.
"One of the things that is part of UCLA football is that when one athlete goes down, another one steps in and does the job," Donahue said Monday in his weekly meeting with reporters. "I've seen it many, many times throughout the years."As tragic as Wayne Cook's loss is, that's as big as the opportunity presented to Rob Walker and the other quarterbacks in our program."
Cook suffered torn ligaments in his right knee late in the second quarter of UCLA's season-opening 37-14 victory over Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday night and underwent surgery Monday at UCLA Medical Center.
The operation went well, and Dr. Gerald Finerman said he was optimistic that Cook, who was making his first career start when he was hurt, could resume playing football next season.
Walker, who entered the game with UCLA leading 20-0, completed 5 of 12 passes for 58 yards.
Walker, who will make his start when the Bruins play at Brigham Young on Saturday, admitted Monday that he doesn't know the team's entire offense.
"That wasn't very encouraging for me to hear that," Donahue said with a smile after being told that Walker said he thought he knew somewhere between 60 and 75 percent of the UCLA offense. "Saturday night (against Cal State-Fullerton), he forgot a play.
"Whatever we do Saturday, he'll know all the plays. He'll know all the offense he'll run on Saturday. We will only put him into the game with weapons he has confidence in."