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UCLA CB Rios 'blessed to be alive' after missing 2013 with infection

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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More than a year ago, UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios was hospitalized for more than two months battling a rare fungal infection. This week, Rios finally made his return to the football field as the Bruins opened fall camp.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Rios' parents were there to witness his return to the practice field. The Bruins cornerback appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2012, then what was thought to be a sinus infection was discovered to be a fungus located behind his eye and beneath his brain.

After multiple surgeries and months of hospitalization, Rios told the Times he was "blessed to be alive."

"I have been through enough," Rios said. "I'm just ready to play ball again."

Rios should have an opportunity to see the field in 2014, backing up projected starters Ishmael Adams and Fabian Moreau at cornerback.

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