UCLA has two areas with big questions when the Bruins open spring practice Tuesday.
Who will replace running back Johnathan Franklin?
Who will play in the secondary?
The Bruins have lost their entire starting secondary. Cornerback Aaron Hester, cornerback Sheldon Price and safety Andrew Abbott graduated. Mora announced Tuesday that safety Tevin McDonald has been released from the team after violating team policy.
“We’re light at cornerback and we’re really light at safety,” said Coach Jim Mora, who was 9-5 in his first season. “Reinforcements are coming in the fall, but they’re not here yet.”
There is talent already here, but key players have health issues.
Ishmael Adams, who saw time as a freshman last season, is coming off shoulder surgery. Cornerback Marcus Rios, another contributor as a freshman, spent time in the hospital with a severe sinus problem during the off-season.