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Safety Anthony Jefferson rises with UCLA
Safety Anthony Jefferson rises with UCLA

The rise of safety Anthony Jefferson and of the UCLA football program are on parallel tracks. Jefferson came to UCLA in 2010 and spent nearly two years in the training room, first with a broken foot and then with a back injury. He worried at times that his career was beyond repair. The Bruins football team was equally damaged. It was all but irrelevant and annually took a beating from rival USC. Everything has changed in the last three years. Jefferson, a senior, has become a productive player again, regaining the skills that had allowed him to cover receivers the caliber of Robert Woods, Paul Richardson and Marqise Lee in high school games. Those players are now in the NFL, where...

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