A Step Forward For Ben Olson

We have some encouraging news from the football front:

UCLA quarterback Ben Olson was cleared by doctors on Thursday, paving the way for his return to the field after missing two months with a broken bone in his foot.

Olson sustained a break in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on April 24, the final day of spring practice before UCLA's scrimmage. He had a screw inserted on May 6 and was expected to be out until the beginning of July.

"It's a huge relief," Olson said. "Any time you get hurt, you never know how long it will take. You question if you will ever be back. It's nice to feel that it's progressing and we're moving forward."

After being cleared to begin running, Olson began his rehab. He ran six minutes on the treadmill, going in two-minute increments while walking for one minute in between.

Olson said he has been throwing recently but was doing so while stationary. After running on the treadmill, he said threw to several teammates and did some drop-backs, though not at full speed.

Despite all the recent setbacks and the drama he has had to endure since his arrival at UCLA, Olson finally sounds at peace with himself wrt his situation in the football program:

"I'm happy with where I'm at," Olson said. "I'm excited for the chance we have this season and to make the most of it."

That's all we can ask from him at this point.

Let's hope he keeps chipping away and following Chow's advice for UCLA QBs this long off season, which is to spend as much time as possible "in the film room."

GO BRUINS.

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