UCLA football: Bruins shuffle roster for spring practice

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Spring practice is a little more than a month away, but UCLA is already undergoing changes. The Bruins, thin at defensive tackle, will move tight end Nate Chandler to defense. Chandler, 6 feet 5 and 270 pounds last season, has played position roulette before. He was moved to offensive tackle in spring of 2008, but moved back after tight end Logan Pauslen was injured in the season opener that September.

David Carter is the Bruins’ player to see significant playing team at defensive tackle last season. Two top recruits, Cassius Marsh (Westlake Village Oaks Christian) and Sealii Epenesa (Honolulu Iolani), are slated for playing time in the fall.

UCLA coaches also looking to fortify the depth at linebacker, moving strong safety Glenn Love to an outside linebacker spot. Meanwhile, Steve Sloan and Patrick Larimore are expected to compete for the middle linebacker spot.

The Bruins also received good news, as linebacker Taniela Maka reached the required SAT score to be admitted at UCLA. He is awaiting NCAA clearinghouse approval. Maka signed a letter of intent with UCLA a year ago. He could be enrolled in time for spring practice.

-- Chris Foster