LOS ANGELES -- UCLA reserve cornerback Librado Barocio has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be out indefinitely, coach Jim Mora said Thursday.
Barocio, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound sophomore walk-on, injured his knee Tuesday during practice when his planted his foot during a coverage drill. He tried to get up and walk it off, but immediately slumped back to the ground. He will have surgery to repair the knee as soon as the swelling goes down.
"It’s really unfortunate when anyone gets hurt, but a kid like that -- he dies out here every day to be great," Mora said. "He's a great kid, he's a hard worker and this means a lot to him. I don't know that there's anybody that's been around that works much harder than him."
Barocio played limited minutes last season, mostly on special teams, and had one tackle in five games. His injury leaves an already depleted secondary even thinner as he joins safeties Andrew Abbott, Dietrich Riley and Alex Mascarenas as those who are out for at least the spring.