first_imgBy Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER With UCLA ahead by 19 points and less than four minutes remaining in last week’s 26-point win at Oregon State, Bruins tailback Chris Markey carried three straight times to finish a scoring drive. Instead of getting experience for sophomore tailbacks Chane Moline and Christian Ramirez, an already hurting Markey scored with 2:12 to play to put UCLA ahead, 40-14. The repercussions could be felt Saturday when the Bruins host Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said it is “unlikely” Markey will play because of turf toe, so the inexperienced duo of Ramirez and Moline will step in to back up Kahlil Bell. “I’m anxious to watch (Ramirez and Moline) play,” Dorrell said. “I’m pretty confident they’ll do well.” Markey, who is averaging nearly 16 carries a game, did not practice this week because of turf toe, which, according to Wikipedia, is a sprained metatarsalphalangeal joint. After carrying three times in the first half at Oregon State, Markey took an injection in his right big toe and carried 16 times in the second half. The injection numbs the pain, but also can cause a player to do more damage to his injury. The Bruins also received another scare when Ramirez took a hit from an overzealous scout teamer while fielding a kickoff in Thursday’s practice, and had his right knee examined. Ramirez was limited the rest of practice, but Dorrell said he expected Ramirez to play. Since carrying five times in UCLA’s opener, Ramirez has one carry. In practice he worked on running with his pads lower. “When you have a big ‘ol linebacker smacking you in the mouth every play, you have to learn to get lower,” Ramirez said. “And it’s also taking care of the ball. When I first started out, I was running too high, and the ball was getting stripped out. Now, get lower and hold the ball tighter, it’s not a problem any more.” Moline missed UCLA’s first two games of the season because of a broken hand, and has seven carries this season. “I haven’t been getting many carries, but I feel like I can step in and run the ball,” Moline said. “I’ve been practicing for so long with it, it’s normal.” Dynamic duo ready Dorrell said senior receiver Marcus Everett (ankle) and left guard Shannon Tevaga (knee) would both be available against the Irish. Both missed the last two games. Tevaga will play, but Micah Reed will make his first career start at left guard, Dorrell added. Bruin bits Defensive end Nikola Dragovic (groin) was limited in practice, but may play, Dorrell said. … Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) and quarterback Patrick Cowan (knee) continue to rehab, but remain at the minimum, a few weeks away from returning, according to Dorrell. … An MRI on receiver Gavin Ketchum’s sprained ankle was normal. He could return Oct. 20 against Cal. Around the nation Michigan: The Wolverines won’t have to forfeit any football games for using an ineligible freshman player, the Big Ten ruled. Michigan last month reported an administrative error involving safety Artis Chambers to the Big Ten. Chambers played in three games, including a 14-9 victory over Penn State, but wasn’t eligible under the conference’s freshman rules. He can continue practicing, but he will miss the rest of the season, the university said. Florida: The State Attorney’s Office has started processing the felony burglary case involving Florida safety Tony Joiner, but it’s still unclear whether the senior starter will play at top-ranked LSU on Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer said the charge would have to be reduced today for Joiner to play for the Gators. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more