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Randall Goforth played extensively as a freshman last season.
The secondary is bar none the biggest question mark heading into the fall camp.
UCLA will have to replace it's entire starting four from a year ago. The current members of the secondary aren't incredibly experienced, and a majority of them have been battling injuries for the past couple seasons.
Of the returning options, Randall Goforth looks like the surest bet to start. He played a decent amount at safety last year as a true freshman. There were times where he definitely looked like a freshman. However, his instincts for such a young player were impressive. He wasn't afraid to come up in the box and smack someone in the mouth.
He's versatile enough that he could play either as a safety or a corner, depending on where depth is needed the most.
After an impressive spring camp, it seems as if Anthony Jefferson can finally contest for playing time this year. He's a long, slender athlete with good athletic ability. He's been plagued by injury throughout his time in Westwood, but his upside is undeniable.
Also at corner is Ishmael Adams. The Oaks Christian product looked to be the starting nickelback last season as a true freshman. He ultimately had to succumb to shoulder surgery and was forced to miss the majority of last season.
Now healthy, he's expected to be in the running for a starting spot at corner. Fabian Moreau also expects to provide depth at corner. He's probably the best athlete of any returner at the position and possesses good size. Moreau is new to the position and needs more polishing before he can be considered a concrete option.
At safety, expect Stan McKay and the now-healthy Dietrich Riley to battle it out for the "mini" 'backer, or hybrid safety/linebacker spot. When UCLA sets up in the nickel, defensive coordinator Lou Spanos likes to get more speed out on the field. Speedy senior Brandon Sermons will also offer depth at safety and on special teams.
UCLA signed an ultra-talented secondary class in 2013. The likes of Tyler Foreman, Tahaan Goodman, Johnny Johnson and Priest Willis all figure to see action this season as true freshmen.
Johnson is a shorter, compact corner, but he makes up for his lack of size with great cover ability. He's also a very physical player and is somewhat reminiscent of former Bruins great Ricky Manning.
Willis might be the most talented of the bunch. He's an elite athlete with great anticipatory skills. He can also play as a safety and as a corner. He'll most likely start off as a corner due to the lack of depth. Willis isn't enrolled as of now, but figures to be by the start of fall camp.
Both Goodman and Foreman enter as safeties. Foreman is the more physical prospect, while Goodman is rangier and more athletic. Both are talented enough not only to see time as freshmen, but also conceivably start.
UCLA will start the year with an extremely green secondary. There will undoubtedly be a period of adjustment for the younger players, and mistakes will be made. While the lack of experience is apparent, the talent level should be in some respects better than it was a year ago.