UCLA offensive guard Alberto Cid will likely take a medical retirement after suffering multiple concussions. The rising senior and former Citrus College transfer has missed nearly all of spring camp, and Tweeted yesterday that he thinks his career is over.
Cid started seven games in two seasons with the Bruins, including December’s Holiday Bowl loss to Baylor. He was listed as a starter at the beginning of spring before being sidelined.
“We’ve had discussions. As of last night, he was sitting down with his family and discussing where they wanted to go,” head coach Jim Mora said today. “I haven’t talked to him yet this morning. If that’s what he tweeted, and it’s the official Alberto Cid Twitter page, I guess I’ll address it on Saturday when I talk to him.”
» Rising sophomore linebacker Kenny Orjioke stood out to Mora as one player who has stood out over the latter half of spring camp.
“He’s still 17 years old,” Mora said. “He’s still maturing, but you’re starting to see it. … All of a sudden, he looks like an outside linebacker who can play and help you win at this level. We’re hoping he keeps developing.”
Mora also mentioned offensive lineman Ben Wysocki as someone who has “jumped.” Position coach Adrian Klemm also said he was impressed with Wysocki last week.
» UCLA spent its last spring practice out of pads and running through situation drills. By the end, however, Mora lit into his players for not being as focused as they needed to be.
“Sometimes, you kind of gotta leave them with freakin’ a sense of … you know what I mean,” Mora said.
» Defensive end Kylie Fitts, recovering from a sprained ankle, will be ready for Saturday’s spring game.