UCLA has holes to fill on defense as spring practice opens

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Kenny Young #42 of the UCLA Bruins returns his interception as he looks for a block from Adarius Pickett #6 during the first quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Rose Bowl on September 24, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UCLA starts spring practice Tuesday, April 4, looking to fill about half of its defensive starting positions. The Bruins lost impact players on every level of the defense, from potential first-round edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, to the Pac-12’s leading tackler Jayon Brown, to shutdown corner Fabian Moreau.

Here’s a position-by-position look at what the Bruins are losing and who might step up this month to grab a starting spot.

Each position group has two pie charts. The yellow slices of the pies reflect production from returners, while the blue slices represent production from graduating seniors.

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PHOTOS: Day 13 of UCLA spring practice

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Click the photo above (or here) for a photo gallery of Wednesday’s practice from photographer Brad Graverson.

Above, from clockwise from upper left: tight end Austin Roberts; running back Bolu Olorunfunmi; wide receiver Stephen Johnson III; quarterback Josh Rosen.

Also from Day 13:

Soon to come HERE is a notebook coming about Theo Howard, who made his media debut Wednesday, and the returns of Mique Juarez and Josh Woods.

Here are video interviews with Howard, Woods, Deon Hollins and Cameron Judge.

Here is the practice report for the day.