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UCLA notes: Receivers pitch in to fill Darren Andrews’ role; Rosen says he’ll play

By in Press Enterprise on November 8, 2017

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

Christian Pabico does anything he can to help Darren Andrews out.

The walk-on receiver gets food for Andrews, UCLA’s leading receiver. He helps him walk to the elevator because he can’t take the stairs since tearing his ACL against Utah last Saturday.

And sometimes, he’s just there to talk.

By Pabico’s account, Andrews is still doing well considering the circumstances. UCLA’s remaining receivers will try to lift the redshirt senior even more with a good performance Saturday against Arizona State at 6:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl.

“We’ve got to find a way to come together and find another leader, basically, because D.A. was our leader,” Pabico said. “So I think it’s just going to build the receiver corps as a unit.”

The Bruins (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) are trying to replace Andrews’ production by committee. His team-leading 60 catches, 774 yards and 10 touchdowns are a hole too big for just one player to fill.

Aside from sophomore Theo Howard and Pabico, UCLA’s fourth- and fifth-leading receivers, respectively, the Bruins will look toward senior Eldridge Massington and redshirt freshman Demetric Felton.

Massington has six catches, 50 yards and two touchdowns. Felton has only two catches for minus-2 yards, but has rushed for 54 yards on six carries with a touchdown. The 5-foot-10 former four-star recruit is UCLA’s “Swiss army knife,” receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty said.

“He’s dynamic when the ball is in his hand because he can really cut on a dime and make guys miss,” Dougherty said.

Rosen says he’ll play Saturday

Despite ongoing concern at receiver, the Bruins are solid again at quarterback as Josh Rosen said Wednesday he will play Saturday. He missed last week’s game with a concussion and is expecting to pass the final test in the concussion protocol this week.

Rosen said he sustained the concussion on the first drive against Washington after getting sacked […]    

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