Wrecked by injuries, UCLA started three true freshmen on its offensive line in a 42-14 loss at Oregon.
Reinforcements are working back. Sophomore Simon Goines (knee) and Conor McDermott (shoulder) both practiced Tuesday, albeit without pads. Goines, who started at right tackle before moving to left, was still limping and had his right knee wrapped.
(Starting left tackle Torian White’s season ended on Oct. 3 when he broke a bone and tore a ligament near his ankle.)
“They develop a sense of urgency to get back,” head coach Jim Mora said. “I feel that with a lot of guys. You look at our injury report and it’s pretty vast. You see a bunch of guys that want to get back out here and do whatever they can, whatever they can.”
Linebacker Eric Kendricks, who played through a back bruise with the help of an anesthetic shot on Saturday, was at practice without pads. He is also recovering from a mild AC sprain he sustained at Oregon, as well as a sore ankle. Mora was hopeful the junior would go full speed in a red jersey later this week.
“When he was leaving that game on Saturday, he was sobbing like a baby,” Mora said. “It hurt him so bad not to be out there with his team. You want that passion in all of your players. … It resonates with everybody else. It’s going to be hard to keep him off the field.”
A number of other Bruins are also recovering from various ails. Starting running back Jordon James, who has missed three games with an ankle injury, left halfway through practice. He was in full pads and was not limping. Sophomore running back and kick returner Steve Manfro (ankle) was not present.
Sophomore defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy (knees) was at practice. Cornerback Marcus Rios and Y-receiver Darius Bell both wore non-contact red jerseys. Rios is still regaining weight after a life-threatening fungus infection.
True freshman cornerback Johnny Johnson also made his first appearance since his season-ending shoulder surgery, participating without pads.