Malcolm Jones gets the boot

Freshman running back Malcolm Jones, in the mix for a starting role in the Bruins backfield, wore a protective boot and sat out of practice Monday after spraining his ankle in the Fall scrimmage.

Jones, the national high school player of the year at Oaks Christian last year, led the Bruins with 59 yards in 11 carries during the scrimmage, but said he injured his ankle on his last carry. He said it wasn't serious enough to require X-Rays or an MRI exam and he should be back before the end of the week.

"They just wanted me to be safe about it and not hurt it any more so they just want me to take some time off," Jones said. "It’s just a mild sprain, they just want to make sure I don’t walk around with a limp all day so they put me in a boot."

Jordon James, another freshman running back, did some running on the sidelines Monday morning and is close to returning from a hamstring strain that has kept him out for 10 days, Coach Rick Neuheisel said. Offensive lineman Eddie Williams, out with a concussion, sat out practice Monday morning, but is expected to be back Monday afternoon. Linebacker Glenn Love had "a stinger" Neuheisel said, and was in a red jersey Monday morning, but he participated in all drills.