UCLA center Jake Brendel still on the mend

UCLA center Jake Brendel could miss the Bruins' seasion-opening game in Virginia because of a knee injury

UCLA center Jake Brendel continues to wear a brace on his left knee and limp into practice.

Asked whether Brendel would available for Saturday's season opener at Virginia, Coach Jim Mora said, “we’ll see.”

Brendel, who has started 27 consecutive games, suffered a sprained knee two weeks ago during training camp.

If Brendel is unable to go, sophomore Alex Redmond could move to center. Redmond started 13 games last season at guard and has spent considerable time at center since Brendel was injured.

“He looks good,” Mora said. “Alex can play anywhere up front.”

Scott Quessenberry probably would fill Redmond’s guard spot. He started five games at guard after injuries depleted the line last season.

“Last year at this time, we were going to redshirt him, but he played well against Oregon so we continued with him there,” Mora said. “He’s stronger and more physical now. He’s always been an intelligent player.”

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