UCLA’s Jordan Zumwalt gets in scooter accident
Outside linebacker Jordan Zumwalt was involved in an accident while riding his motor scooter Sunday, but he is expected to play when UCLA travels to Boulder for a game against Colorado on Saturday.
Zumwalt was on his way to his apartment when he was hit by a car in Westwood, according to a person close to the situation who was not authorized to speak on the matter. Zumwalt was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries but was released that evening.
Zumwalt was not at practice Tuesday.
The junior from Huntington Beach Edison High is tied for fifth on the team with 16 tackles and is third in tackles for a loss with three.
Keenan Graham, Aaron Wallace and Aramide Olaniyan have played outside linebacker off the bench this season. Freshman Kenny Orjioke is another option at outside linebacker.
Orjioke became the 11th first-year freshman to play for UCLA this season. He was on special teams against Oregon State.
“We’re looking for competition every day,” Coach Jim Mora said. “We put guys in positions and say, ‘OK, whoever practices better this week is the guy who gets a chance to play on special teams.’ Kenny has been that guy consistently over the last couple weeks.”
Orjioke, who is 6 feet 4, 222 pounds, could also earn time on defense.
“Right now, he is working on the scout team, giving us a look at Colorado,” Mora said. “He runs fast and he’s very smart. We would never want to limit what a kid can do. The last couple weeks, he’s come on.”
The Bruins began their new regimen Tuesday, with practice starting at 7 a.m. UCLA has practiced late in the afternoon in previous seasons. Classes start this week.
“It feels good to be done now,” safety Tevin McDonald said after practice, "[but] I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard to get up this morning.”
The Bruins will have morning workouts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. They will meet for an hour in the afternoon.
“They get up and we have their full attention,” Mora said. “We can make sure they get out of bed, get to practice and are getting to classes. We can get a good meal in them after practice. They are motivated at that early hour.”
UCLA guard Jeff Baca missed practice because of a routine medical checkup. A camera was inserted through Baca’s right leg, allowing doctors to check the blood vessels in his head after he had complained of headaches.
The recovery time for Baca was said to be a week, but he could be available against Colorado.
Greg Capella, who didn’t play against Oregon State, did not practice Tuesday because of a concussion, leaving the Bruins thin at guard.
Brett Downey started in Baca’s spot against Oregon State, but was replaced by Alberto Cid. Downey and Cid were in scout team numbers Tuesday.
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