At 6’3" tall and 325 lbs., Eddie Vanderdoes isn’t a guy most people would want to mess with, but, Conor McDermott and Kolton Miller are big enough that it wasn’t an issue on Saturday.
Both of UCLA’s starting tackles were in a pretty good mood Saturday after practice. McDermott was hanging out with Kolton Miller, who McDermott refers to as "Mini-me", mostly because Miller is a redshirt sophomore while McDermott is a redshirt senior.
It certainly isn’t because Miller looks like a smaller version of McDermott. After all, according to the official roster, Miller is actually an inch taller than McDermott.
But, most fans didn’t get to see the fun side of these two guys.
When you’re 6’9" tall and weigh 310 pounds, you can’t exactly sneak up on people. But, that’s exactly what McDermott did to defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes during the post-practice autograph session Saturday afternoon, while Miller stood watching his teammates.
At first, from where I was standing, it just looked like McDermott was trying to be funny by hiding behind Vanderdoes.
It wasn’t until Vanderdoes left the field that it became clear what exactly McDermott had done. He had signed the back of Eddie’s jersey.
As far as I could tell, Vanderdoes had no idea that McDermott had signed his jersey. Heck, he may not have even figured that out after getting back to the locker room.
But, something tells me that Vanderdoes may just look for a little payback this week in San Bernardino.