The UCLA offensive line took a major hit Thursday, as starting left tackle Torian White went down with an injury during the Bruins' 34-27 win over Utah.
LT Torian White is out indefinitely with a broken ankle.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) October 4, 2013
The 6'5", 290-pound tackle started all 14 games for the Bruins last year while UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin ran his way into the record books as the school's all-time leading rusher.
A redshirt sophomore, White joined the Bruins as a 247Sports composite 3-star in 2011, choosing to head to Westwood over offers from USC, Washington State and others.
Fellow redshirt sophomore Ben Wysocki is listed as White's backup, making him the probable replacement.
However, Wang also quoted UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm saying that starting left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo could be moved out to tackle if need be.
OL coach Adrian Klemm said he won't burn more redshirts due to Torian White's injury. Likes who he has. Su'a-Filo can play LT if needed.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) October 4, 2013
Su'a-Filo joined the Bruins in 2009 as one of the most highly touted linemen in the nation and a 247 Sports composite 4-star. He left the program after one year to serve a two-year Mormon mission and returned in 2012 to earn numerous All-American honors.
Wysocki was a 247Sports composite 3-star from 2011 and has filled a reserve role to this point in his career.
If the Bruins move Su'a-Filo to the exterior of the line, his likely replacement at guard is true freshman and former 247Sports composite 4-star Kenny Lacy.
The Bruins also list co-starters Caleb Benenoch and Alex Redmond at right guard, giving them additional options for their new rotation with White out of the lineup.
With White in the lineup, UCLA has had one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, averaging nearly 260 yards on the ground per contest, good for 16th nationally.
That offensive line unit also helps to protect a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Brett Hundley.
Whichever direction the Bruins go on their offensive line rotation, they'll need to gel quickly. UCLA has road trips to No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon looming at the end of October.