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UCLA's Steven Manfro out with torn ACL

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA running back Steven Manfro will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, a school spokesman said Wednesday.

Manfro was taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his knee Tuesday. The junior was part of the No. 11 Bruins' three-man rotation at the position with Paul Perkins and Jordon James, and he often was featured as a receiver out of the backfield. UCLA spokesman Steve Rourke confirmed Manfro's injury Wednesday.

Manfro caught 37 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns over the past two seasons and was featured on special teams.

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said Manfro is "an awesome young man that was very valuable to this football team, but there will be somebody that steps up."

When the Bruins host Memphis at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, freshman Nate Starks is likely to take Manfro's spot in the offense, offering more size than Perkins and James at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds.

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