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UCLA football: Carroll, Nelson and Flowers leave Bruins' program

January 9, 2012 |  9:32 am

Jim Mora began reshaping the UCLA football program by dismissing two players, while a third left school because of academic issues, the school announced Monday.

Tight end Raymond Nelson and defensive tackle Wesley Flowers were both let go for violating team rules. Randall Carroll is academically ineligible and is no longer enrolled at UCLA.

Carroll was allowed to play in the bowl game after filing an appeal. Carroll had come to UCLA with great fanfare, as former Coach Rick Neuheisel had lured him away from USC.

He was also outspoken and was one of the vocal critics when UCLA temporarily withheld players’ bowl checks last month.

Carroll was the California 100- and 200-yard champion as a senior at Los Angeles Cathedral High School in 2009. He came to UCLA as wide receiver but had only 21 receptions in three seasons and was
making the transition to defensive back.

Nelson, a freshman, appeared in eight games. Flowers, a redshirt freshman, has struggled with injuries since he came to UCLA.

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Photo: Randall Carroll, left, Wesley Flowers and Raymond Nelson. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times