Tag:Chris Ward
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:55 pm
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UCLA starting center suspended for one game

Posted by Bryan Fischer

An already perilous offensive line situation has somehow gotten worse for UCLA. According to a report in the LA Times, starting center Kai Maiava will be suspended for the Bruins upcoming home game against San Jose State after testing positive for marijuana.

UCLA's drug policy stipulates that an athlete will be suspended for their next game after testing positive for a third time, according to the report. Surprisingly, four players were suspended last year for testing positive for marijuana for a third time.

"We had to suspend Kai Maiava for this week's game for a violation of team rules," head coach Rick Neuheisel said. "No other comment to be made on that point."

Redshirt sophomore Greg Capella is expected to take Maiava's place at center, which is undergoing several changes following UCLA's loss to Houston last week. Capella played guard in the season opener but with him sliding over, Chris Ward, Sean Sheller or recent junior college transfer Albert Cid will fill the guard spots this week. Injured offensive lineman Jeff Baca has recently began practicing with the team and could be in the mix at either guard or tackle as well.

"I'm not happy about the situation, but at the same time I'm not going to sit here and cry about it," Maiava told the Times. "Everybody makes choices. Everybody makes mistakes. I'm a grown man now and I'm going to learn from them."

The Bruins were already extremely thin along the line and losing one of, if not the, best offensive lineman will be a blow regardless who the opponent is. Following the home opener, UCLA will play Texas so it's imperative for Neuheisel to get his line situation - and marijuana issue - under control sooner rather than later.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Guard Hasiak out at UCLA

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Stop us if you've heard this one before: a formerly highly-touted recruit has left UCLA following a brief, turbulent tenure for reasons related to academics (as opposed to injury, this time), leaving Rick Neuheisel's Bruins perilously thin at a key position.

We can't believe you didn't stop us. Because surely you've heard that story before, right? This time, the main character is offensive lineman Stanley Hasiak, who the Los Angeles Times reported today has been declared academically ineligible and is expected to transfer to a community college.

A 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard from Hawaii, Hasiak was considered one of the nation's top offensive line prospects in the class of 2009 and would see action in three games as a true freshman that fall. But after being expected to challenge for a starting position in 2010, Hasiak was declared academically ineligible and missed the entire season. He returned to the practice field this spring and drew positive notices, sparking hope he might contribute again in 2011.

That won't happen, and now the Bruins could be one injury away from disaster at guard (again).

With senior Sean Sheller starting at one guard position and sophomore Chris Ward pegged for the other, UCLA should be OK in the starting five. But behind those two are nothing but redshirt freshmen, meaning an injury could cause a major reshuffling along the entire line if those newcomers can't hack it.

Of course, those kinds of reshufflings won't be anything new for the snakebitten Bruins -- another major reason Neuheisel is facing a make-or-break 2011 season, one Hasiak's departure won't do anything to help "make."
 
 
 
 
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