Center Kai Maiava will miss at least half the season with a fractured ankle.
Always a bad sign when two of the biggest losses of fall camp happen to your team.
But that's been UCLA's lot in life this fall, as junior center Kai Maiava and junior defensive end Datone Jones both went down with injuries considered to be season-ending.
Jones was the only returning starter on UCLA's defensive line, which also saw the departure of all Pac-10 defensive tackle Brian Price to early NFL draft entry. Jones broke his foot and will use his redshirt year, according to Neuheisel.
The ankle fracture to Kai Maiava, the oft-laid-up center for UCLA, capped a wave of other forced vacancies for the Bruins, who also lost lineman Jeff Baca (to academics), Stanley Hasiak (academics) and Mike Harris (suspension for team rules).
Maiava is only expected to be out for half the season. But add in Kevin Prince's lingering back injury and the loss of other starters, and that could spell another slow start. With their schedule, that's more than possible. Just hope all the optimism for Neuheisel's third year doesn't evaporate with it.