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Ben Olson re-injures foot and won't participate in pro day

The former Bruins quarterback, who missed his entire senior season because of a foot injury, is hurt again and won't be able to showcase his talent for NFL scouts.

March 31, 2009|Chris Foster

Ben Olson just can't seem to get the right kind of break.

The former UCLA quarterback has re-injured his right foot and will not be able to participate in UCLA's pro day today for NFL scouts, Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Olson has sustained broken bones in the foot three times in the last year, starting with 2008 spring practice. When he re-injured the foot in August, it knocked him out for his senior season.

Olson was rated the nation's top quarterback recruit as a senior at Thousand Oaks High in 2002 but never reached the level that was expected by those doing the rankings. He spent one season at Brigham Young, then went on a two-year Mormon mission before transferring to UCLA.

Olson suffered knee injuries that required surgery as a sophomore and junior and he played in only 12 games in three seasons.

Olson could not immediately be reached for comment. He said last week that he had spent "five to six days a week," training to prepare for the pro day, hoping to catch the eye of scouts and revive his career.

Said Neuheisel: "He was in a boot here the last couple days, and I don't think he'll be able to participate. It's a real shame. A huge disappointment. He worked hard to get himself ready."

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chris.foster@latimes.com

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