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Safety Randall Goforth coming up to make the tackle.
UCLA's young secondary has performed relatively well this season.
Replacing an entire starting secondary unit is never an easy proposition. However, Jim Mora and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin has done a nice job with the inexperienced group. The Bruins are second in the nation in fewest passing yards allowed and No. 19 in passing yards allowed per game.
It's a respectable ranking for a group that had next to no starting experience heading into the season. However, the team hasn't really been tested up to this point.
Both Nevada and Nebraska are teams that rely primarily on running quarterbacks. The Cornhuskers Taylor Martinez, for example, isn't what anyone would call a "prototypical" thrower of the football. He has a tough time passing the ball downfield with any consistency.
In UCLA's third game versus New Mexico State, the talent disparity between the Bruins and the Lobos was too vast. It wasn't the type of game to get a true gauge on how good the Bruins secondary actually is. The No. 19 ranking in pass defense is undoubtedly a solid mark. UCLA's secondary could turn out to be a strength.
But at this point, the unit is still a relative unknown.
As the Bruins get further into conference play, one can be sure that the quartet on the defensive back end will be tested early and often. It would not be a surprise to see quarterback Travis Wilson challenge the Bruins vertically, when UCLA heads to Utah to face the Utes on Thursday.