After one of the best defensive performances UCLA has ever displayed in the second half of their tilt with Nebraska, one of UCLA’s most touted freshmen decided to voice his displeasure.
Four-star defensive back Tahaan Goodman, who committed to UCLA with Priest Willis as part of a package deal, recently complained about his lack of playing time on Twitter. From Edward Lewis:
— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) September 15, 2013
This isn’t the kind of reaction you’d expect from a freshman two games into the season. It also isn’t the kind of reaction you’d expect from any defensive back who just watched his team hold Nebraska to under 150 yards in a half and no scores all game.
Basically, it’s not the right reaction. As a reminder, the Bruins have played two games and both games, the defense adjusted well, while the secondary has been nowhere near as bad as many thought it would be. With Fabian Moreau and Ishmael Adams keeping up with top targets from Nevada and Nebraska step-for-step, it seems rather petty for Goodman to take to a public space and complain about playing time.
And it isn’t as if this coaching staff is shy about playing youngsters. In the Bruins’ first game against Nevada, UCLA gave minutes to 14 freshmen, 13 of which saw the field in the first quarter. Sure, this coaching staff has its flaws, but favoritism doesn’t appear to be one of them. But this is what happens when you have highly-touted recruits sit on the bench their first year.
The tweet has since been deleted from Goodman’s timeline.