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.