UCLA notebook: Josh Woods out for year with shoulder injury
SEATTLE — UCLA’s thinnest position on defense got thinner as linebacker Josh Woods will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday, Coach Jim Mora announced Saturday after UCLA’s 44-23 loss to Washington.
Woods was one of only two linebackers with game experience heading into the year. The Bruins are already without redshirt freshman Breland Brandt, who is out indefinitely with a concussion, and get limited production out of sophomore Lokeni Toailoa (undisclosed injury) and DeChaun Holiday (shoulder). The Bruins had to move defensive end Keisean Lucier-South to linebacker to help alleviate the injuries and the redshirt sophomore led the Bruins with nine tackles Saturday.
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Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley called Woods’ injury a “big loss” for the Bruins, who are already last in the country in rushing defense.
“We were a little bit lean at linebacker anyways, so we’ve got some guys that are playing new positions,” Bradley said. “It’s a totally new world for KLS again, different things happen for him.”
Woods suffered the injury in the first half against Oregon. After going to the locker room, he re-emerged in the second half with tape on his right shoulder to only reinjure it on the second play of the second half.
Linebackers coach Scott White described the 19-year-old junior as “the smartest football player on our team” during spring practice when Woods was learning the weak-side linebacker position.
Last year, Woods played UCLA’s limited strong-side linebacker role and was expected to slide into Jayon Brown’s Will position this season. Woods had 30 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack in his first full season as a starter.
The former Upland High standout will likely not be eligible for a medical redshirt as […]