Tony Dye’s MRI on his left knee came out *relatively* clean, as he just has a mild knee sprain and is listed as day-to-day. Still a bad break for a guy who has really come into his own as THE leader of the UCLA defense, particularly the defensive backfield, but it does give guys like Dietrich Riley, Stan McKay, Tevin McDonald and the surprising Alex Mascarenas even more reps. Dye is not a finished product by any means, but he’ll be OK missing a few practices, and as Joe Tresey says, he wants 22 defenders, not 11, so the extra reps are important for the second-stringers.
The news is not as good for John Young, who has not had an MRI, but is likely out for the rest of spring because of a sublexed left shoulder, the same shoulder that he had surgery on last year.
Also, the UCLA scrimmage scheduled for Friday is now going to be held tomorrow, as Rick Neuheisel is flying back east for Homer Smith’s funeral. UCLA will practice on Friday, though, and the practice will be run by Tresey and Mike Johnson and open to the public as usual.