Injuries Become Key

The season had been relatively injury-free so far, but Tuesday they began to mount to the point that two defensive starters will be out Saturday against Oregon...

Someone had mentioned that Oregon's opponents have suffered a good amount of injuries the week before the play the Ducks. It looks like UCLA is now no exception to that trend.

UCLA will start the game without three starters due to injuries and one more because of a half-game suspension. There are also other injuries among key personnel that are possibly a concern.

Head Coach Bob Toledo said that running back Manuel White is out for the Oregon game on Saturday. Even though he was dressed for practice Monday and Tuesday, he didn't participate. Toledo said they didn't want to rush back While since there is a concern with a hamstring pull that the recovery period sometimes tends to expand. Toledo said, "He has a pretty bad pull. He's definitely out this week and it's quite possible that he's out next week, too."

Starting safety Ben Emanuel was working with the second team defense in all non-contact drills on Tuesday. Emanuel re-injured his shoulder Saturday against Oregon State. Jibril Raymo was working with the first team at free safety and the indication was that Raymo would start on Saturday in Emanuel's place. "We're going to have to see how Ben responds with his shoulder by game time." Matt Ware, who the coaches indicated could also play some safety on Saturday, worked out solely as a corneback on Tuesday.

The surgery on Rod Leisle's foot went well yesterday, having a screw implanted in the broken foot. He's expected to be out for five weeks, which could conceivably have him ready to return in time for the USC game. Ryan Boschetti worked with the starters at Leisle's tackle position. The loss of Leisle then elevated true freshman C.J. Niusulu to the second team defensive tackle spot. The plan was to redshirt Niusulu but if he's needed to play the coaches won't hesitate to use him the rest of the season.

Dave Ball was ejected from the Oregon State game and will sit out the first half of the Oregon game due to NCAA rules.

It was revealed after practice that Cory Paus injured his shoulder severely enough in the Oregon State game that he was close to coming out of the game. "Drew Olson was warming up in the fourth quarter, but Cory wanted to stay in," Toledo said. Paus didn't throw in practice on Monday, but did on Tuesday, for a limited amount. He will start on Saturday.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories