Ware Suffers Concussion; Player Leaves Team

A few significant developments come out of UCLA Saturday, including freshman defensive back Matt Ware sitting out the scrimmage due to a concussion. And a player leaves the team...

Matt Ware sat out the scrimmage, having suffered a concussion last Tuesday at practice. Apparently, he had the symptoms of a concussion during the week's practice, but only reported it to the team doctors after Marques Anderson had suffered a concussion on Friday. He said he was fine today at the scrimmage, and should be back to practice next week.

The report on Marques Anderson remains the same: he's day-to-day and will more than likely be back at practice next week.

Marcus Reese sat out the scrimmage, the coaches wanting to give him enough time to recover from the hip pointer he suffered this week. Brandon Chillar also sat just to be safe, due to the hamstring pull he suffered this week.

Freshman offensive lineman Ed Blanton is in a walking boot due to the sprained ankle he suffered on Friday.

Freshman running back Wendell Mathis, who had a very good showing in the scrimmage, twisted an ankle toward the end of the day, but Head Coach Bob Toledo said it wasn't serious.

Walk-on quarterback Roman Ybarra has left the team. Ybarra told Toledo after the morning's practice that he was leaving, believing that he could go elsewhere and get a better chance at playing time.

Practices will be closed to the public as of Monday. Coach Toledo said a combination of in-depth reports from fans on the Internet and the fact that he could begin putting in some game plan for the Alabama game led him to close practice.

Som recruits in attendance were linebacker Xavier Burgess from Sacramento (Grant); tight end Marcedes Lewis and offensive lineman Winston Justice from Long Beach Poly; linebacker/fullback Ricky Miller and junior tight end/defensive end Chris Barrett from Tustin.


Head Coach Bob Toledo comments…

On the health of the team post-scrimmage…

"I don't think anyone was hurt. There's no broken bones. We're fine. Mathis sprained his ankle but he could have played at the end. So we're fine health-wise. That was my main concern."

On many starters not playing in the scrimmage…

"A lot of the starters didn't play much. The might have played a series and a half and that's it for some of the key guys."

On what he wanted to accomplish with the scrimmage…

"I wanted to try to run the ball today. I wanted to keep it really simple. I wanted to see if we could execute some things and play hard. Block and tackle. That's what I was looking for, individuals, who could perform individually."

On who stood out…

"I liked the running backs, Mathis, Ebell, and Harrison, too. And the fullbacks, the fullbacks ran well, too. I like the turnovers on defense. We did a good job with our first [defensive] group. I like some of our kicking game. It's hard. We have a 102 players and we try to get them all involved, so it's mass chaos out here. But I thought it went pretty well."

On the readiness of the back-up quarterbacks…

"I'm not too worried. We had the second string offense going against the first team defense. I'm not worried yet."

On DeShaun Foster's readiness and sitting out the scrimmage…

"You know those race horses that you put the blanket on and walk them around a bit to get them ready for the next race? He doesn't need to prove anything to me."

On the prospect of the freshmen running backs redshirting…

"They're not set on redshirting. There's a possibilty that one might play. Then if we get some injuries with the tailbacks we have. There's a possibility that one might play but I'm not quite sure. We're looking at all of them on special teams."

A full review of the scrimmage coming tomorrow...


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