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UCLA's Ellis McCarthy is more effective on defense after weight loss
UCLA's Ellis McCarthy is more effective on defense after weight loss

UCLA defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy said he has lost 10 pounds. It looks like more. He certainly has been playing as if it is more. McCarthy was listed at 330 pounds when the season began. His redesigned shape, a combination of diet and redistribution of weight, is showing up on the field. McCarthy, who comes off the bench at defensive end and nose tackle, has 19 tackles, including three sacks, in 12 games this season. He had 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in the last six games. USC felt the brunt of McCarthy's improvement. He had four tackles and one sack in the 38-20 victory. "Getting the weight off was the biggest thing," said McCarthy, a junior. "It got my knees...

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