UCLA football coach Jim L. Mora Mora immediately knew linebacker Isaiah Bowens suffered a serious injury to his right knee earlier this week, so much so that he didn’t even want to watch the replay of the helmet crashing into it.
“I couldn’t even watch the video,” Mora admitted.
And with good reason.
Turns out Bowens suffered a season-ending ACL injury to the knee that will require surgery and a long rehabilitation.
“It’s a bad deal,” Mora said Saturday. “That’s a big loss for us and you just feel for the kid. He was making progress and working hard and it’s tough that had to happen.
“It’s part of the game, but it’s a part you don’t like.”
With three practices left, including the scrimmage, Mora and his staff continues to monitor the quarterback battle headlined by Richard Brehaut, Kevin Prince and Brett Hundley.
And while progress is being made by all the candidates, Mora is in no rush to indicate a winner or even indicate who may be nudging ahead of whom.
“Not that I’m willing to talk about,” Mora said. “Not yet.”
As far as a timetable on making a decision, Mora is not ready yet share any sort of contingency plan.
“I’ll announce it when it’s appropriate to announce it, when it becomes apparent,” Mora said.
Running back Malcolm Jones suffered a ding to his head during Saturday’s scrimmage session but seemed fine afterward.
“You never want to minimize those thinks but I think he’ll be fine,” Mora said.
Meanwhile, linebacker Eric Kendricks was held out of the scrimmage with a sore shoulder and Tevin McDonald was limited due to a hip pointer.
McDonald, incidentally, has caught the attention of Mora.
“That guy, I’ve been around a lot of safeties in my life – including his dad – and this kid is an outstanding football player. Man is he good.”