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UCLA Football: DL Jaelan Phillips Leaves the Program

The former 5-star defensive lineman becomes the latest casualty for the program.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at UCLA Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep coming for the UCLA Bruins football team.

A few days after the saga of Justin Murphy getting granted a 6th year of eligibility, only to announce he was transferring, the Bruins received more bad news, as Bruin Report Online is reporting that former 5-star defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips has left the program.

Phillips has had a rough time at UCLA, with his two season both being cut short due to injuries, including a concussion last year that ended his season after only 4 games. In fact, BRO is reporting that his leaving the program is due, in part, to those injuries as he has not yet been cleared to return to football by the UCLA medical staff and that the door to returning to the team is open should he be cleared.

That said, it also would not be surprising if Phillips chooses to leave football altogether. Back at the end of November, Phillips announced that he was starting a vlog series with his sister, and the BRO article states he is looking to get more into the music industry. So it is at least an interesting development that the article does not state whether Phillips will transfer somewhere else and play football or just transfer elsewhere, but it does say that he left UCLA during the fall quarter.

In any case, the loss of Phillips has to be considered a blow to UCLA going forward. While oft-injured, Phillips proved he could be a pass-rushing threat when on the field, and UCLA’s ability to rush the passer last year fell off drastically following his injury. The hope going forward is going to be that UCLA’s young defensive line continues to develop and takes a step forward next year.

We do want to wish Phillips the best in his future endeavors.

Go Bruins.