Sept. 22, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Malcolm Agnew (30) hangs on as UCLA Bruins safety Tevin McDonald (7) recovers a fumble in the third quarter of the game at the Rose Bowl. Oregon State won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Tevin McDonald Is Dismissed At UCLA

Edward Lewis of Rivals Network site tweeted UCLA Bruins safety Tevin McDonald is dismissed from the team, per head coach Jim Mora.

McDonald is a huge loss for the Bruin defense. A highly touted class of 2010 prospect, McDonald was a 2011 Freshman All-America team selection, and UCLA’s third leading tackler in 2012.

His redshirt sophomore season ended prematurely with a suspension for the Bruins’ Holiday Bowl loss to Baylor. UCLA surrendered a season high 49 points to the Bears.

McDonald was among the most productive returners to a talented defense for the defending Pac-12 South champion Bruins. Included in that group is linebacker Anthony Barr, a converted running back who evolved into one of the nation’s top sacking defenders.

Sophomore Randall Goforth could see more responsibility with McDonald’s depature. As a freshman, Goforth started five games — all against either spread or frequent passing teams. Senior Brandon Sermons should compete during Bruin spring practices, with four years of experience in the program and three seasons spent in a reserve role.

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  • Pete Gonzales

    McDonald needs to come back home and play for Fresno State! He will have to sit out a year but his first game back would be in the 2014 opener when Fresno State plays USC.

    • Kyle Kensing

      That’s an intriguing possibility. Could have a run like Phillip Thomas in the Bulldog secondary?

      • Pete Gonzales

        Just like Thomas. I agree. He would take the year off to get his head together and train. He would come back in 2014 and put up big numbers for the Bulldogs.