UCLA's Randall Goforth gets year of eligibility back

UCLA's Randall Goforth gets year of eligibility back
UCLA safety Randall Goforth scores on a fumble return during a win over Virginia. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA safety Randall Goforth has been granted an extra season of eligibility.

Goforth, who will be a senior in the fall, missed all but two games last season because of shoulder injuries. He had surgery on both shoulders.

The NCAA granted a waiver for last season, leaving Goforth with two years of eligibility.

Goforth went through the first day of spring practice wearing a red no-contact jersey Tuesday.

"The thing with Randall is keeping the reins on him so he doesn't go too hard," Coach Jim Mora said.

Other changes on the first day of practice:

-- Tackle Colby Cyburt moved to tight end.

-- Linebacker Dwight Williams moved to safety.

-- Guard Najee Toran moved to defensive line.

Outside linebacker Myles Jack is making a subtle shift, as Mora said that they will experiment with him as a middle linebacker. Jack saw considerable time at that position when UCLA was in its nickel defense.

"We play so much nickel defense that it's really an easy adjustment for him to go to that spot," Mora said. "It gets him in the middle of the field. We can utilize speed. If there is disadvantage it's when he's outside, it puts him in man-to-man coverage situations. He is a little less involved with that when he is in the middle of the defense."