UCLA links: Randall Goforth tears ACL at Philadelphia Eagles training camp

A second former UCLA player has suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp.

After Atlanta Falcons receiver Devin Fuller tore his ACL in training camp, defensive back Randall Goforth received the same news with the Philadelphia Eagles, suffering the injury last Friday.

Goforth went undrafted after starting 44 games for the Bruins. He opened his first NFL training camp with an interception off starting quarterback Carzon Wentz:

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Video: Randall Goforth on position versatility, Utah QB Troy Williams, WSU WR Gabe Marks

Safety Randall Goforth talks about developing versatility as a defensive back, facing fellow local product Troy Williams this weekend and what WSU receiver Gabe Marks said about UCLA players warming up in the Cougars’ side of the field.

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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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