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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Food poisoning sidelines four Bruins

By Peter Yoon

Dietrich Riley, Joe Fauria, Jared Koster and Jerry Johnson all sat out of UCLA's football practice Saturday morning after dealing with food poisoning overnight.

Riley, the team's starting strong safety, was at practice, but Fauria, a tight end, Koster, a linebacker, and Johnson, a receiver, didn't make the morning session of the Bruins' first double day practice. None are starters, but Fauria is expected to get significant time as Cory Harkey's backup.

"I don't know where it came from," Riley said. "It hit around one o'clock last night. I only got two hours of sleep and it was kind of rough. It's my first experience dealing with this."

Riley said he should be able to participate in the team's Saturday afternoon practice, but was unsure about the others.

Also sitting out the Saturday morning session were defensive backs Jamie Graham and Tevin McDonald. Graham injured his knee Friday and McDonald has an ankle injury. Neither injury is considered serious, though it left the Bruins woefully thin in the defensive backfield Saturday with Riley sidelined and starting free safety Tony Dye still nursing a groin pull.

Alex Mascarenas and Dalton Hilliard got most of the first-team reps at the safety positions with Stan McKay and freshman Anthony Thompson taking the second-team reps.

Also sitting out for the second consecutive day were linebackers Jordan Zumwalt and Aaron Wallace, both going through the concussion protocol. F-backs Anthony Barr and Damien Thigpen missed their third consecutive practice with hamstring injuries and Taylor Embree sat out a third consecutive practice with a calf injury.