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Tailback Bell out for season

UCLA REPORT

October 30, 2007|Chris Foster | Times Staff Writer

UCLA lost more Saturday than football game it was capable of winning.

Tailback Kahlil Bell, who was injured in the first quarter of a 27-7 loss to Washington State, is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Coach Karl Dorrell said Monday. Surgery will be scheduled once the swelling goes down.

Also, wide receiver Brandon Breazell has bruised ribs and his chances of playing against Arizona on Saturday are "50-50," Dorrell said.

"We're going to have young players that are going to step up and have opportunities to play," Dorrell said. "They will have to come in and fill in some shoes. Not only fill in, but prove they are the quality player that can help this team improve."

Dorrell said sophomore tailback Christian Ramirez and receivers Ryan Graves, a junior, and Jamil Turner, a sophomore, could see more game time.

With Bell out, Chris Markey is expected to start. Dorrell said Markey has completely recovered from a toe injury that has limited him since the Oregon State game Sept. 29. He has had only 17 carries since that game.

Ramirez and Chane Moline will be used as backups, Dorrell said.

The wide receiver situation is a more difficult if Breazell misses the game. The Bruins are already without Marcus Everett, who is probably out for the season with a high ankle sprain. That leaves the Bruins without two of their three senior receivers.

Sophomores Terrence Austin and Dominique Johnson will have their time increased, while Graves and Turner are put into the mix.

"We all have to take responsibility," Austin said. "The whole receiver corps is accountable this week."

Linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion) has been cleared to resume practice, though he will be held out of contact drills today. . . . Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) will try to increase his workload. "We'll see what he can do this week in terms of productivity," Dorrell said. . . . Quarterback Patrick Cowan was, "no worse for wear," after playing on a sore knee, Dorrell said. But, the coach added, "We will monitor him pretty well at the beginning of the week." . . . Quarterback Ben Olson, out with a knee injury, will begin light individual drills but is expected to be out at least another two games.

UCLA's Nov. 10 game against Arizona State will be played at 12:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl and be televised on Channel 7.

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chris.foster@latimes.com

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