By Tim Polzer
May 14, 2013

Owamagbe Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his sophomore season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Owamagbe Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his sophomore season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

UCLA will be without Owamagbe Odighizuwa for the 2013 season after the defensive end had surgery on his right hip Tuesday.

Odighizuwa, who will be a junior this fall, experienced pain in his right hip before spring practice began. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

UCLA coaches had expected Odighizuwa to replace Datone Jones -- the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick -- at defensive end after he posted 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season.

Odighizuwa's absence is another hit to a Bruins defense that's experienced key injuries in the offseason. Nose tackle Brandon Tuliaupupu was declared out for the 2013 season after suffering a knee injury during spring practice. Nose tackle Ellis McCarthy and defensive end Sam Tai are still recovering from knee surgeries.

heralded freshman defensive end Kylie Fitts

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