UCLA transfer Tevin McDonald is drawing praise from Beau Baldwin

UCLA transfer Tevin McDonald, a safety, has been “a great addition.” (Tyler Tjomsland)

UCLA transfer Tevin McDonald brings big-time talent to the safety position, which took a hit with the graduation of Jeff Minnerly and a hip operation to sophomore Jordan Tonani.

McDonald, a two-year starter for a Bruins team that reached the Pac-12 title game the last two seasons, is expected to start opposite senior Allen Brown. In the last two years, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound McDonald had four interceptions and 100 solo tackles. By all accounts, McDonald has blended well with his Eagle teammates since he arrived during spring practice.

“He’s been a great addition in every way,” Baldwin said.

Says, McDonald of moving to Cheney from Los Angles, “It is a lot different, but I’ve adjusted. It’s been a positive experience here in Cheney, and I’m excited to go to war with my teammates.”

For McDonald, the first battle is a renewal of a series with Oregon State; UCLA defeated the Beavers two years ago in Corvallis, Ore., but lost last season in Pasadena.

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