UCLA running back Steve Manfro suffers serious knee injury

UPDATE: Steve Manfro suffered a torn ACL.
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UCLA may have lost junior running back Steve Manfro to a serious knee injury. The redshirt junior — who was third on the depth chart behind Paul Perkins and Jordon James — was carted off Spaulding Field on Tuesday afternoon.

“Sometimes, they don’t end up being as serious as they look, but that looked serious to me,” said head coach Jim Mora, adding that it changed the entire mood of practice.

The 5-foot-9 back rushed 107 yards on 24 carries last season, rushing and catching for his only two touchdowns in a 59-13 blowout of New Mexico State. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 446 yards, including a 70-yarder against the Aggies.

However, Manfro only touched the ball twice during Saturday’s 28-20 win at Virginia, losing five yards and a fumble.

Either Nathan Starks and Adarius Pickett, both true freshmen will likely move up as the Bruins’ No. 3 running back. Starks was a four-star recruit who was ranked the third-best 2014 prospect in Colorado, while Pickett was a four-star cornerback who converted to offense in training camp.

  • Tommy B Low Us

    I feel bad for steve, but he did not look like he had his head in the game the other day…. dropped passes and gave up that one swing pass. Get well steve but get your head back into the game.

  • TF

    Whatever happened with Craig Lee? Why wouldn’t he move up the ladder? Is he in the doghouse?

    • ProbationU

      Craig Lee had a lousy camp. It was reported that he could not find the hole when handed the ball. That’s kind of a problem for a running back.

    • ProbationU

      Craig Lee had a lousy camp. It was reported that he could not find the hole when handed the ball. That’s kind of a problem for a running back.

  • Danny

    Tough break. Get well soon Manfro.

  • Danny

    Tough break. Get well soon Manfro.

  • drakejr

    Those things are not even worth bringing up at this juncture. And yes, it is a loss to the team.

  • facescar

    Dude, lay off the guy already.

    Sure, he had a bad game on Saturday. That’s no reason to kick him while he’s down.

  • Sark and the Seven Win Wonders

    That truly does sound like something that one of the Hit*ler youth would say on BN.

  • Moises Rosiles

    Get well soon White Mamba!