We aren’t very panicky when it comes to rumors about anything, and we could care less if an unsubstantiated rumor involves UCLA’s football team.
But this rumor is a biggy, and it has to be discussed, even if the damn thing is unsubstantiated.
That rumor? DT Ellis McCarthy may be redshirted because of a right knee injury sustained in a game against Arcadia High School in 2011 back when McCarthy played at Monrovia High. From a random post at Bruin Gold Forums:
Ellis Mcarthy will be red-shirted do to a knee injury he sustained in the game against Arcadia Hi last season. Ironically the injury was caused by his current room mate.
Again, we can’t be sure if this is a real thing, especially since a quick Google/Twitter search doesn’t back anything like that up. That said, McCarthy did, indeed, suffer that right knee injury to Arcadia last season and it was considered somewhat serious at the time.
Although true freshmen are redshirted often — did I really have to tell you that, dear reader? — many expected Ellis McCarthy to start on UCLA’s defensive line, which was considered the Bruins’ strong-point during Spring Practice, an opinion that head honcho Jim Mora validated back in May. McCarthy would’ve been incredibly valuable at the defensive line now that the Bruins are running a 3-4 and McCarthy is a big enough dude to clog space as the squad’s nose tackle.
The implications are that the defensive line will suffer a significant setback, even if it was pretty strong before McCarthy stepped foot in Westwood.
We’ll see, though. These, again, are rumors (I have to re-iterate since some assholes will think to themselves, “that’s not true, this guy is a crappy journalist”), and though we all love a rumor now and again, hopefully this one’s incorrect.
Update: Ellis McCarthy says he’s alright.
@BiGbAdBeNyO yea I’m fine
— Ellis McCarthy (@footballgod18) July 24, 2012
For real, though, let’s be vigilant since one of our faithful readers had something to say about this:
@GoJoeBruinUCLA He tweeted something to Simon goines a few days ago saying he couldn’t be some where cuz he wouldn’t be able to walk.
— Frank Rivera (@bruinfrank2327) July 24, 2012
Interesting. Our boy Frank noticed this tweet:
@footballgod18 yes you can
@goines_simon no I won’t be able to walk
— Ellis McCarthy (@footballgod18) July 19, 2012
We’ll see, guys.