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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Lineman Albert Cid officially joins UCLA

By Peter Yoon

Depth on the UCLA offensive line is a bit of a concern as fall camp gets underway, but the Bruins got some good news in that regard Tuesday when Citrus College transfer Albert Cid was admitted to UCLA and cleared to practice.

Cid (6-4, 320) committed to UCLA in May after earning all-conference honors as a freshman last season, but needed to clear the UCLA admissions process so he missed the first day of fall camp on Monday. He is expected to practice Tuesday and will have three years of eligibility at UCLA.

His presence will help shore up a line that is already down a man with projected starter Jeff Baca out for at least a month with a broken ankle. The Bruins already have sophomore Chris Ward and freshman Wade Yandall in the first team offensive line and have very little in terms of experienced linemen beyond starters Mike Harris, Kai Maiava and Sean Sheller.

Cid will immediately enter the competition with Ward and Yandall for one of the guard positions. Last year, UCLA used two junior college transfers as offensive line starters: Ryan Taylor and Eddie Williams.