UCLA’s Martin Andrus Jr. out for the season

LOS ANGELES — UCLA football coach Chip Kelly revealed on Monday morning that Martin Andrus Jr. suffered a season-ending injury in Saturday’s game against South Alabama.

Andrus has dealt with adversity throughout his career at UCLA, including comebacks from two ACL injuries. He returned to play two games in the 2021 season and was poised to be a key piece for the Bruins on the defensive line this season.

“It’s crushing because you’ve watched him rehab,” Kelly said. “He’s a sixth-year kid that came back, took advantage of the COVID year and has worked hard and was playing really, really well for us.”

Andrus was helped off the field in the third quarter against South Alabama. Kelly said he spoke with Andrus on Sunday, but they haven’t explored the option of a medical redshirt yet. If he were to be granted the redshirt, it would be his seventh season as a Bruin. Kelly didn’t specify what kind of injury Andrus suffered Saturday.

“I think he’s got great resolve,” Kelly said. “He’s going to be successful. That’s just because of I think the life lessons and the persistence that he has and he’s continued to develop, so it hurts our team. He was a real critical member of our team up front.”

In other Monday injury updates, Kelly said that freshman running back TJ Harden will practice, defensive lineman Gary Smith will try to practice and offensive lineman Siale Taupaki is unavailable.

More receivers involved

Three different UCLA receivers scored on Saturday against South Alabama: Jake Bobo, Kam Brown and Logan Loya. For all three, it was the first touchdown of the season. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson said he was happy to see the effort from all the receivers early this season.

“In previous years, maybe guys weren’t running routes as hard because they know you’re not gonna get the …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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