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Cal vs. UCLA injury report: Aaron Cochran, Daniel Lasco, Mustafa Jalil updates

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Some quick news tidbits.

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Quick injury updates before Thursday's game, including the Sonny Dykes post-practice interview.

Running back Daniel Lasco is still up and down. Lasco sounds like he had a rough Friday but rebounded with a solid Sunday of work. It remains to be seen what the rotation will be on Thursday. Khalfani Muhammad started the Utah game and Lasco saw only one carry (a fumble recovered by Utah).

Tony Franklin does not seem certain at all.

"First thing is that he has to physically be ready," Franklin said. "I made a mistake two weeks ago against Washington State because he never showed it in practice that he was ready.

"The medical part said that he was ready, but he didn't look the same."

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"It looks like he's close. I don't know if he is (there) yet or not. I think he understands it better than he did. I don't think he understood," Franklin said. "He wanted to say he was better and he knew he wasn't. I think now he knows to be honest."

The starting left tackle is Aaron Cochran, who appears to be taking over for Brian Farley as he recovers from a bothersome ankle injury. Cochran has been praised for really coming on the last few weeks.

"Aaron just keeps getting better," Dykes said. "I think he gets better week to week. It's exciting to see that because Aaron's such a big kid, such a good athlete and has so much potential."

Defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil will play against UCLA, but expect plenty of Tony Mekari as well. Wide receiver Trevor Davis is good to go after being limited in the second half of the Utah game.

Cal's injuries pale in comparison to what UCLA has had to deal with this season.

  • UCLA left tackle Conor McDermott is questionable with a sprained knee. Redshirt freshman Kolton Miller might have to fill in.
  • UCLA backup running back Nate Starks sustained a head injury against Stanford and hasn't been practicing, which could put more of a load on Paul Perkins and true freshman Soso Jamabo.
  • Also questionable are UCLA outside linebacker Deon Hollins (knee) and offensive guard Alex Redmond (hand).
  • Already out for the season are arguably three of the most talented Bruins in linebacker Myles Jack (torn meniscus), defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (ACL), and cornerback Fabian Moreau (foot).
  • On offense, receiver/safety Mossi Johnson (torn knee ligaments), and receiver Tyler Scott (ACL) are also done for 2015.

Finally, starting cornerback Ishmael Adams will play despite being charged this week in court for a misdemeanor battery for an incident involving an Uber driver just before the season. Adams was accused of this before the season and was suspended for a few games before the LA District Attorney's office decided not to go forward with felony charges. Adams has been reinstated since that point and this misdemeanor charge is not expected to affect his status with the team.