Tevin McDonald Is Dismissed At UCLA

Sept. 22, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Malcolm Agnew (30) hangs on as UCLA Bruins safety Tevin McDonald is dismissed from the UCLA football team. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Edward Lewis of Rivals Network site BruinSportsReport.com 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.

Topics: Football, UCLA Bruins

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pgonzo67 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?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgonzo67 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.