UCLA Football: Ben Olsen is Screwed, Pat Cowan is Out for Season

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UCLA Football: Ben Olsen is Screwed, Pat Cowan is Out for Season
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. UCLA's injury free-spring turned disastrous when both UCLA quarterbacks were injured in back-to-back non contact drills. Projected starter, Ben Olson got screwed...literally. He suffered foot injury that will require doctors to put a screw in him. He'll be out six to eight weeks. In a bigger loss to UCLA, 5th year senior Patrick Cowan might see the end to his collegiate football career. As reported on the Bleacher Report Cowan will miss the entire 2008 season due to a major tear in his ACL in his left knee that will require surgery. Cowan will therefore be forced to use a medical redshirt. But due to to NCAA redshirt rule, "the criteria for gaining a sixth year is missing two seasons beyond a player's control. There was no medical issue when [Cowan] red-shirted as a freshman." Pat Cowan will have to petition to get the possibility a sixth year, of which approval seems unlikely. Now the real question...Why do we care? Have you ever been in the coliseum when an opposing player gets seriously injured? You'll see the majority of the Trojan fans put their Vs up. It's a compliment to USC's character. For as much as we rip on these dudes, a possible career ending injury is no joke. Not to mention Cowan's the subject of my favorite Trojan hard-hit, in a rich history of Trojan caused damage.

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