LOS ANGELES (AP) – Backup UCLA quarterback Ben Olson has a small fracture in his throwing hand and won’t be available to play in Saturday night’s season-opener at San Diego State.

“It’s a week-to-week situation, we should know more next week,” UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said Wednesday.

Olson, a freshman, was injured Aug. 23 when he hit a teammate’s helmet while following through after throwing a pass in practice. X-rays afterward didn’t show a fracture.

“The swelling was going down, he was making progress,” Dellins said. “On Monday, when he tried to throw the football, he experienced pain, so we decided to do an MRI that revealed the small fracture.”

The left-handed Olson transferred to UCLA after a two-year Mormon mission and a redshirt season at Brigham Young University.

UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, who named Drew Olson as the starter over Ben Olson last weekend, said senior David Koral will be the Bruins’ backup quarterback at San Diego State.

AP-ES-08-31-05 1629EDT


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