CHENEY - Just over two weeks after being dismissed from the UCLA football program, Tevin McDonald took the practice field for the first time with the Eastern Eagles.
Bruins head coach Jim Mora Jr. dismissed McDonald on March 26th for a violation of team rules. The Fresno native previously was suspended for what was reported to be a failed drug test.
EWU head coach Beau Baldwin says they spoke with Tevin and people close to him after he got his release, and heard enough to give the former Freshman All-American a second chance.
McDonald has appreciated the welcome he's gotten in his short time in Cheney, and plans on taking advantage of the fresh start.
Thursday was Eastern's first day in full pads, with a scrimmage planned for Saturday. McDonald won't take part in any contact drills until next week.
In 2012 McDonald was UCLA's third-leading tackler with 79. He finished his time with the Bruins with 135 tackles, four interceptions, and 14 passes broken up over the course of 27 games.
McDonald is the son of former NFL All-Pro safety Tim McDonald.