- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Citrus College transfer Albert Cid worked with the first team offensive line Tuesday, ascending the depth chart only one week after his transfer to UCLA was approved.
Cid (6-2, 330) replaced sophomore Chris Ward at the strong side guard position.
"I was happy because it was an opportunity and I didn’t want to let this opportunity slip away," Cid said. "I want to make the most of it."
Offensive line coach Bob Palcic used junior college transfers Ryan Taylor and Eddie Williams the last two seasons, but he said Cid got up to speed much more quickly than expected.
"He’s coming along faster than I thought he would," Palcic said. "It took Eddie Williams three or four games to get going and same thing with Ryan Taylor, but Alberto is progressing faster than I anticipated, to be honest."
Cid acknowledged that he wasn't yet in playing shape, but said it's easier to play when you line up next to experienced linemen such as center Kai Maiava and string side tackle Mike Harris.
"Today I felt really comfortable with Kai and Mike Harris," Cid said. "Kai was making all the calls and he was doing all the thinking, I just have to play."
And he did that just fine, according to Palcic.
"I think he can be a real good player," Palcic said. "I thought he did a decent job in there. He’s going to be a good football player. He’s a big strong kid and has good mobility and likes to play. He’s everything I thought he was when I watched him on junior college tape."