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UCLA Center Kai Maiava Suspended For San Jose State Game

UCLA Bruins center Kai Maiava has been suspended for the game against San Jose State, according to Bryan Fischer. Maiva will sit out for breaking team rules.

Maiva, a senior this year, had trouble staying on the field last season with injury problems. He fractured his left ankle during a preseason scrimmage and was sidelined for the entire year.

The 318-pound center started this year with high expectations and is off to a bad start. He was placed on the 2011 Rimington Award Preseason Watch List due to his stellar year in 2009 (his sophomore year, during which he started 12 games and played at least 65 offensive snaps in nine of those 12 games). He is considered one of the best centers in the Pac-12 and it would be a shame to watch his season fall apart in the same way that last season did (though for different reasons).

Maiva is only suspended for one game, thankfully. He should be back after the San Jose State game, ready to reclaim his starting center position and return to his dominant form of 2009.