Originally expected to miss all of fall after undergoing hip surgery, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa could return in time for UCLA’s season opener.
The rising senior had missed spring practice after offseason surgery to repair damage in his left hip. Last Tuesday, he had surgery to repair what was feared to be a tear in his right hip, but the operation revealed only fraying. Head coach Jim Mora said Odighizuwa could return in as soon as two or three months.
“I think it’s conceivable that he could be ready for the start of the year,” Mora said. “I think what’s important is that we make sure he’s 100 percent before we ask him to go back out there. We’ve got to move slowly and efficiently.”
Even if Odighizuwa’s recovery stretches into the season, the possibility of a redshirt is still uncertain. UCLA’s back-to-back trips to Stanford and Oregon aren’t until late October, so the defensive end could at least be available for the most crucial part of the schedule.
“We just have to decide,” Mora said. “We have to think about that and figure out what we want to do. I don’t know the answer to that. I can’t even think about that yet.”