Los Angeles — Myles Jack, No. 9 UCLA’s versatile linebacker and running back, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, coach Jim Mora announced Wednesday.
Jack injured his knee during a non-contact drill near the end of Tuesday’s practice, and had surgery that evening.
The junior is the third key Bruins defensive starter lost for the season with injuries this month, joining defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and cornerback Fabian Moreau.
Jack might be the biggest loss of all for UCLA (3-0) heading into the start of Pac 12 play Saturday at No. 16 Arizona.
With his two-way skills and incredible athleticism, Jack was the most prominent player on the Bruins roster along with freshman quarterback Josh Rosen.
Jack is one of the nation’s top linebackers, finishing second on the roster last season with 88 tackles.
Mora and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley reacted dispassionately to Jack’s absence.
“We’ve got some depth,” Bradley, the first-year coordinator, told reporters. “We’ve got to develop it.”
Jack has 15 tackles in UCLA’s first three games. He also lines up in the slot to cover receivers. He made the victory-clinching interception late in UCLA’s victory over BYU last weekend.
He also carries the ball occasionally for the Bruins. Jack scored seven rushing touchdowns as a freshman — averaging 7.0 yards per carry — and three last season.
Jack has carried the ball twice this season, but scored his 11th career touchdown in the season opener against Virginia.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced junior Cardale Jones will remain the team's starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Western Michigan.
... Nate Peterman will be Pittsburgh's starting quarterback, coach Pat Narduzzi said during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference.
Peterman started in last week’s 27-24 loss at Iowa, unseating Chad Voytik, who had started 15 straight games. Pittsburgh is off this week.
... Walk-on Zack Mahoney is in line to start at quarterback for Syracuse on Saturday against No. 8 LSU.
Orange offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday that Mahoney, a junior college transfer who enrolled in January and had been the scout team quarterback as recently as last week, was taking most of the first-team reps in practice ahead of Austin Wilson.
Lester said Mahoney is “the guy that’s shown the most” and can execute all facets of the Orange offense.
If Mahoney gets the nod, he’ll be the third player to start at quarterback for Syracuse (3-0) this season.
Cellphone videos and a witness will help exonerate suspended Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo of a domestic violence charge, his attorney said.
William Fetky appeared with Carroo at a court hearing where a woman Carroo is accused of attacking Sept. 12 was seeking a permanent restraining order against him.
“All of the evidence will show that she is not the victim. She is the aggressor,” Fetky said.
Carroo, 21, pleaded not guilty to an assault charge related to domestic violence.
... Florida suspended quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor for Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
Coach Jim McElwain said Harris and Tabor made “choices.” The sophomores are suspended one game for an undisclosed violation of University Athletic Association policy.
Without Harris, redshirt freshman WillGrier will start against the Volunteers.
... Miami linebacker Marques Gayot is expected to make a full recovery after injuring his neck during practice.