Video: Fabian Moreau, Josh Woods and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

Cornerback Fabian Moreau talks about how he shut down UNLV receiver Devonte Boyd in the second half last Saturday and the UCLA secondary.

Linebacker Josh Woods talks about his first career start and where the UCLA defense needs to improve.

Defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner talks about how he moves from position to position and the appendicitis that hampered him this summer.

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By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 9 days

Eddie Vanderdoes (47) talks with Kenny Young (42) at practice. Photo by Steve McCrank/Daily Breeze

Eddie Vanderdoes (47) talks with Kenny Young (42) at practice. Photo by Steve McCrank/Daily Breeze

Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.

10 receiving touchdowns scored by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team

9 RETURNING STARTERS ON DEFENSE

UCLA sent two big stars on defense to the NFL, but the Bruins are set to reload quickly with nine returning starters.

Eddie Vanderdoes replaces first-round pick Kenny Clark in the starting lineup after a season-ending knee injury last year. Vanderdoes had never missed a game in his college career prior to his injury and made 19 combined starts during his first two years with the Bruins.

Cameron Judge is set to take a starting outside linebacker role opposite Jayon Brown. Judge, a senior, played in 12 games last season and made one start while Myles Jack left school early to prepare for the NFL Draft and recover from a meniscus injury.

Deon Hollins started 12 games last season as an outside linebacker in UCLA’s 3-4 front, but with the team’s switch to a 4-3, defensive end Matt Dickerson worked mostly with the No. 1 unit during training camp. Dickerson played in every game last year and made one start, against Washington State.

The Bruins could have 10 (or possibly 11) upperclassmen starting on defense:

  • Defensive line: Takkarist McKinley (Sr.), Eli Ankou (R-Sr.), Vanderdoes (R-Jr.), Dickerson (Jr.)
  • Linebackers: Brown (Sr.), Kenny Young (Jr.) or Isaako Savaiinaea (Sr.), Judge (Sr.)
  • Defensive backs: Fabian Moreau (Sr.), Randall Goforth (R-Sr.), Jaleel Wadood (Jr.), Marcus Rios (R-Sr.) or Nate Meadors (So.)

The group’s experience is “golden,” Vanderdoes said.

“That’s the biggest asset we have right now,” he continued. “We’ve been through everything. … We’ve experienced big losses, small losses, everything, so I don’t think anything can faze us at this point. We’ve seen it all, we’ve experienced it all. We know what it’s like.”

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VIDEO: Jim Mora, Fabian Moreau, Randall Goforth

Head coach Jim Mora talks about the first week of training camp, the defensive backs and moving on to San Bernardino.


Defensive back Fabian Moreau talks about returning to the field and how badly it hurt to play on his broken foot last year.


Defensive back Randall Goforth talks about having Fabian Moreau back, playing with Jaleel Wadood and how he survives San Bernardino.

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Eddie Vanderdoes named to Outland, Nagurski Trophy watch lists

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is out for the season after tearing his ACL in UCLA's 2015 season opener vs. Virginia. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was named to two watch lists on Thursday. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List on Thursday. He is returning from a season-ending ACL tear suffered in the 2015 season opener. Earlier this week, Vanderdoes was made the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Offensive tackle Conor McDermott was also named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which honors the nation’s top interior lineman (on offense or defense), as voted on by the Football Writers Association of America. The senior returned for his final year of eligibility with the Bruins after starting 12 games last season.

Defensive back Fabian Moreau was also watch-listed for the Nagurski Award, which is awarded by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club to the best defensive player in the nation. Like Vanderdoes, Moreau is also returning from injury. He broke his foot three games into the season, but was a team co-captain.

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