Hickman Out; Harwell to Start

UCLA gets more bad news about injuries to its defensive line, with defensive end <b>Justin Hickman</b> now out and having surgery on his knee. A true freshman will start in his place...

Justin Hickman, the sophomore starting right defensive end, will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery today.

Hickman injured his knee against Arizona, and sat out this week of practice, even though Head Coach Karl Dorrell had said all week that Hickman would very likely play this Saturday against California.

Dorrell said Thursday that Hickman will miss the Cal game and the Arizona State game October 23rd, and that they hoped to have him back in time to face Stanford in the Rose Bowl October 30th.

"It's just the luck of the draw," Dorrell said. "Justin's injury occurred in the Arizona game, where he got chopped, ironically. They did that to him, and they got called for it, a personal foul. But those things happen. It wasn't something that we did out here (on the pratice field)."

The irony Dorrell refers to is that UCLA has been accused of chop-blocking this season.

Hickman was the only defensive lineman to have started all five games so far this season.

True freshman Brigham Harwell, who had the same type of surgery during fall camp, will make his first start, with redshirt freshman Bruce Davis backing him up.

More from Dorrell: "Hickman was playing the most consistent and we're going to miss that consistency. I'm excited about Brigham Harwell and Bruce Davis, two young players. They're going to play hard. I feel good about what they're going to do for our defense."

Defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard will more than likely redshirt because of his shoulder injury, according to Dorrell. "They did an MRI and all of those things. The anthrogram showed there's some damage that needs to be healed. Right now there's a strong chance he might not play the rest of the year, so we'll look for a redshirt."

Lombard played in just the first three games of the season, so due to an injury, he'd be able to petition the NCAA to be granted a redshirt year.

Dorrell said that middle linebacker Justin London will start.


Marcedes Lewis was selected the John Mackey Award for Tight End of the Week nationally.

Linebacker Spencer Havner made the list of 12 semi-finalists for the Butkus Award.

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