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UCLA football on The Drive: Marcus Rios survives infection, makes big plays for Bruins

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More from the Los Angeles Daily News on Rios:

After spending much of his freshman season on that football practice field, his vantage point offered a fresh perspective on life.

After a rare fungal infection nearly took his life, Rios was infused with a new antidote.

Motivation.

He overcame a life-threatening illness that still requires monitoring.

He rebuilt his body from virtually the ground up.

And he not only regained his place on a nationally ranked college football team, but he delivered a season-saving interception mere months after getting the upper hand on a most unforgiving medical condition.