Video: UCLA Defensive End Takkarist McKinley Outlines His Goals

Aug. 11 -- UCLA's Takkarist McKinley says he wants to be the No. 1 defensive end in the country and outlines other goals for the position...

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On Eddie Vanderdoes return:

It’s great to have him back.  Real great. We missed him last season. This year, with the switch to the 4-3, we have bigger bodies out there.  We’re going to make it happen. He’s the same Eddie. His legs are stronger. He’s gotta get back in football condition, but that will come. But he’s EV 47. It’s good for him to be back.

On the key to the DL:

Stop the run, get sacks.  Simple as that. We can do that, we can be in the college final four.

On their comfort level with Bradley:

He brings a different kind of attitude.  At the end of the day, its what you do on the field.  Stop the run, get after the quarterback.  He makes it a fun sport.

On his shoulder:

It’s good. It’s just training camp.

On what he did in the offseason:
The switch to the 4-3 helped me a lot. I was playing more 4i last year.  I had to suck it up and do it for the team.  I want to be the best pass rusher in the country.

On if he can be the best in the country:
Without a doubt. Especially because my dreads grew longer.  Now they’re shaking.

On what he needs to lead the country:

15+.  Me, Deon and Keisean, we want to lead the Pac-12 in sacks and tackles for loss. We’re out there working each day. We talk all the time.  We know we can do much better.  We’re improving.

On his offseason:

I had to get bigger up front.  Last season in the 4i, it was kind of difficult. I looked back on my JC highlight film and saw what I was doing. I led the state in sacks. I watched a lot of tape on that and what I did compared to last season. I wasn’t getting off as explosive.  I have to fix that.  Now that it’s fixed, I could see myself getting 10-15 sacks. Plus we have the best tackle in the country, Connor McDermott. If I can beat him.  Plus his twin Kolton, they make me better, I make them better.



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