Former UCLA Bruins lineman Kevin McReynolds never truly found a niche during his four years within the Bruins program, and has decided to pursue his final season of eligibility elsewhere.
McReynolds announced on Saturday that he intends to enroll in graduate school at the University of Nevada. The Silver Spring, Maryland native will graduate from UCLA in the spring before enrolling in the Wolfpack graduate school, making him immediately eligible to play in the fall.
The former four star recruit began his career with the Bruins on the defensive line under former head coach Rick Neuheisel, earning the Outstanding Defensive Scout Team Player honor. The following year, current head man Jim Mora Jr. decided to transition McReynolds to the other side of the line, and during his sophomore campaign, McReynolds saw the field in all 13 of the team’s games. Nonetheless, McReynolds saw his playing time steadily diminish during his final two seasons, and was never able to earn key minutes for the Bruins. In his final season, McReynolds was used primarily on special teams, but both he and the Nevada staff believe he can contribute more than special teams reps.
“We’re looking forward to having a veteran like Kevin join our defensive front,” head coach Brian Polian said in a news release. “Kevin is a quality young man who has experience playing Pac-12 football and we’re excited to have him join our program and continue his education at Nevada.”
Nevada enters the 2015 campaign coming off of a 7-6 season and with the necessary talent to qualify for a top tear bowl game. Still, players like McReynolds will be integral to the team’s overall success and could take the program to new heights.
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