UCLA Football: Eddie Vanderdoes Suffers Injury, Torian White Kicked off Team

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014

UCLA defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes, left, puts pressure on Nevada quarterback Devin Combs during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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A couple bits of bad news came out of UCLA camp on Tuesday afternoon—one concerning injury, and another concerning disciplinary action. 

Firstly, rising sophomore defensive tackle and former 5-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes will miss the rest of spring practice with a broken bone in his foot, according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times:

Vanderdoes originally committed to Notre Dame, signing to play for the Fighting Irish in February 2013. However, he got cold feet that summer and was released from his national letter of intent to transfer nearer to home and be closer to his family, which led the Auburn, Calif., native to Westwood.

After joining the team late and struggling to find his footing early, Vanderdoes slowly emerged as one of the best players on UCLA's defense and was named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team.

Now missing his second consecutive spring practice, Vanderdoes will forfeit a great opportunity to improve his technique under defensive line coach Angus McClure. However, provided his foot is healthy by the fall, he has the build and skill to compensate for the lost reps.

Elsewhere, offensive tackle Torian White has been dismissed from the team for an unspecified reason, according to Bruin247:

White started all 14 games at left tackle for the Bruins as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and kept that role for the first four games in 2013 before breaking his ankle against Utah and missing the rest of the season. According to Foster, he was arrested for suspicion of sexual assault in November 2013, though it's currently unclear whether that incident was indeed the cause for his dismissal.

While not entirely unexpected, White's absence hurts the depth of UCLA's offensive line, as he was tentatively being counted on to reassume a starting role if eligible.

With fellow tackle Simon Goines out recovering from a broken leg he suffered before the regular-season finale in late November, the Bruins are now dangerously thin at the position.