HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- One of the most menacing defensive tackles in Los Angeles is also the happiest. At 6-foot-3 and a chiseled 270 pounds, Owamagbe Odighizuwa bounded around the UCLA practice field all spring with seemingly endless energy.
After a year away from the game with multiple hip surgeries, Odighizuwa's love for the game and his team has been renewed.
"Having it taken away for a year because of injury I think will crystallize how much he loves this game," head coach Jim Mora said Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days from Hollywood's Paramount Studios. "You see him this offseason, he's just different. He's happy, smiling more. He's engaged. He works his tail off."
Odighizuwa, a redshirt-senior, competed with Cassius Marsh for a starting spot on the end of the defensive line for most of his career until he was ruled out last spring with a hip injury. Marsh went on to fill that position last season while Odighizuwa rehabbed and was a key member of the Bruins' defense. But with the ...