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Spring Football Notes

Our players are getting nicked up (perhaps at an alarming rate). Bruins lose their second tailback in a week as Williams suffers his third concussion:

UCLA tailback Derrick Williams will sit out the rest of spring practice because of a concussion suffered Saturday in practice.

This is the third concussion Williams has suffered since the 2005 season, and his status for the fall is unknown.

"He has had multiple ones so we are going to be very careful with this," Coach Karl Dorrell said. "We're not looking ahead. We just want to take care of this one and then see where he is when fall camp starts."
Injury issues is impacting team on both sides of the field. While the running backs are taking a pounding, the safeties are taking in their share of hits:
UCLA football coaches were hoping spring practice would bring out the best in their free safeties - starters and backups. That game plan has changed. Now they just need to field enough healthy bodies to have a rotation in practice.

Dennis Keyes (Birmigham High) - the starting free safety - sat out Tuesday's practice while wearing a boot on his sprained right ankle. Keyes said he tweaked the ankle twice on Monday but finished practice. He tweaked it on a kickoff return and then when he got tangled up with some offensive linemen. Keyes said he would practice with UCLA on Thursday.

Aaron Ware was out for a second consecutive day with a left hamstring strain. Matt Slater, who was a backup cornerback last year, is listed on the depth chart at free safety, but he's still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

"We feel confident in our safeties," Keyes said. "Me and Chris Horton have been here five years. We have good chemistry. (Bret) Lockett and Ware are learning, and they're constantly improving. They're pushing us and making us better."

When they're all on the field, that is. Ware said he's pulled his hamstring four or five times in his career.

Ware said he injured the hamstring while on a run with his brother, Matt - the former UCLA defensive back - on the day of Matt's wedding.
All these injuries mean someone has to step up. Bret Lockett is one of those guys who per KD is stepping up and making an impression:
UCLA free safeties are dangerous on the field and, apparently, when they're not playing football.

First, Aaron Ware suffers a slight hamstring injury while at his brother's wedding, though it didn't occur while lunging for the bouquet. Then Dennis Keyes sprains his ankle doing some light running before practice.

Neither injury was serious enough to concern Coach Karl Dorrell, but it left the Bruins a little thin at free safety during Tuesday's practice. Bret Lockett filled in and continued to impress Dorrell.

"Lockett has done everything I asked him to do before spring began," Dorrell said. "He is really getting after it."
So all this means we will have added depth at our positions as our young guys get much needed practice time heading into summer training camp. So it all work outs.

Meanwhile amusing note from cross-town. Apparently the racist clowns/jokers from South Central gave a warm reception to their crook Heisman winner. Trojies giving warm welcome to ("alleged") criminals at their practice?

Yeah we are shocked.