Baca fractures ankle, out for…how long?

UCLA junior offensive lineman Jeff Baca had surgery on Thursday night to repair a fractured left ankle and is out indefinitely, the school announced on Friday.

Baca was injured during the Bruins’ second spring practice during a team drill after a teammate fell on his leg. The school release added that his status for fall camp is in doubt, as well.

Baca was expected to anchor a veteran offensive line after returning from a season on the sidelines, as he was deemed academically ineligible and missed the 2010 campaign. Baca was slated to go as the team’s starting weak side tackle, but now redshirt sophomore Stanley Hasiak and redshirt junior Connor Bradford will get the reps.

Last season, the UCLA offensive line was one of the few bright spots for a 4-8 team, paving the way for the Bruin running game to rank 32nd in the country in rushing offense at 175.58 yards per game, despite the losses of Baca and center Kai Maiava. Maiava is back at center after missing the 2010 season after fracturing his ankle in fall camp.

Baca has started 21 games for UCLA, and he and Maiava are considered the nucleus of a deep offensive line that also includes senior tackle Mike Harris, sophomore guard Chris Ward and senior Sean Sheller.

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  • saxylady

    Not again with the injuries!!! What the heck is going on here?!?!?!!!

  • spedjones

    yes, what’s with football players getting hurt? Unheard of!

  • Reformed Droog

    Let me save the cry wolf contingents the trouble and preemptively blame Adidas, Spaulding field, the strength and conditioning team and Barack Obama for the *OMFG* injuries(!!!!) that we are sure to see.

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me this is an April Fool’s joke. I am getting serious deja vu.

  • rejn

    Of course…

    What took so long?

  • Slippery Pete

    This happened because he doesn’t like Howland

  • BruinFaithful

    What else is new? The Bruins are the Clippers of the NCAA.

  • PV Bruin

    This is starting to sound like a broken record…

    How about bubble wrap the players through the spring training…or take the players to get blessed with holy water or something…

  • Coach Thom

    L. Ron Hubbard predicted this rash of injuries that have recently racked the UCLA football program in his book ‘Science of Survival.’ There are also thinly veiled references to the Dark Vortex that is centered over Westwood in his books ‘Knowingness’ and ‘Have You Lived Before This Life?’. Apparently, several alien life forms built a temple of Primordial Scientology 672 million years ago on what is now Spaulding Field. The remains of the temple were unearthed when construction began in late 1928 and have since disappeared. According to some Inner Circle Scientology members, the Dark Vortex will not be removed until Tom Cruise is installed as Chancellor/Head Coach/Director of Recruitment and John Travolta becomes Head Cheer Leader. We must ALL act now to save our football program!

  • BruinBrent

    I understand that you are joking, and I even chuckled a little bit, but Coach Thom, I think that post is not ok. I should note that I often enjoy reading your comments as well.

    I am a Scientologist, a Bruin, and a frequent reader on this blog. Using religion to crack jokes is really inappropriate. Imagine if someone put some anti-Semitic crack on this post. Just because some people are overtly bigoted against my religion, doesn’t make it ok to jump on the bandwagon. I’d ask you refrain from such a intolerant talk.

    I understand that you might not consider Scientology a religion, but I do. I hope you’d show the same respect that I would to whatever deeply held beliefs you may have. And I don’t believe in Aliens. I bothers me that I would even have to clarify that.


  • PV Bruin

    Yes, let’s keep religion and politic out this blog. Aftter it is all about Bruins sports.

    After have said that, I just want you guys to know that I do beleive in parallel universe, after life and aliens, and I really think Steve Job is one of them for coming up with mac, iphone, ipad etc…

  • FG

    I’m a UW fan who has enjoyed following this blog periodically.

    My non-UCLA perspective is that your program is somehow cursed. Seriously. You have my sympathy.

  • Anonymous

    Mocking a lunatic extortion-as-religion is not the same as Jew-hatred.

    Shame on you for making the false moral equivalence.


    How did this suddenly become a forum on religion, but since the subject has been opened, how about Afghan Muslims leaving a volatile last Friday night prayer session where they were so enraged at what they perceived as slights to the Koran and Islam, that they went out and killed several non-Muslim people for retribution.

    How did the ancient and simple form of loving one God (and a female version at that), one people, one love, indivisible, turn into a thousand different “correct” religions, most, if not all, of which have little tolerance for diverse views?

    Wouldn’t it be more sane to return to one religion– the simple love of God, love for people and nature, and let it go at that.

    What is the old joke of “Dear God, save me from your worshipers.”


  • BruinBrent

    “Mocking a lunatic extortion-as-religion is not the same as Jew-hatred.”

    Really. The 8 million + Scientologists around the world might see that differently. When Scientologists are forbidden from opening bank accounts or are fired from their jobs because of their religion (as has been going on in France) and the government sanctions it, it sure sounds like the same type of religion-hating that has plagued Europe for centuries. Unquestionably, the worst is what happened during the holocaust. But before the holocaust the same intolerant people accused the Jews of conspiracy, subversion, extortion and, yes, being lunatic. Intolerance is intolerance.

    Shame on me? I am the one espousing tolerance. You, fueling the flame of intolerance. I only ask that people show some respect to others’ beliefs and not parade insults about them so cavalierly.

    I’ve been a Scientologist my whole life. I’ve never extorted anyone nor been extorted. Whether I am a lunatic, however, remains to be seen. šŸ™‚

  • PV Bruin


    Through out the history, it has been the same thing: people in general are afraid of unknown and secrecy.

    Since nobody outside of Scientology really knows what is going on inside of your religion,maybe it has created some kind of speculation and fear….

    Personally I am cool with any religion as long they don’t incite violence…. peace!