Reports coming out of practice in Westwood suggested that defensive lineman Odua Isibor might be in line to earn a starting role along the Bruin defensive front this upcoming season. After spending his first five seasons with the program filling various roles, Isibor was seemingly having a positive spring.

Defensive coordinator Bill McGovern is going to need to adjust the calculus now. Isibor announced Wednesday he has put his name into the transfer portal.

The number of outgoing UCLA transfers is approaching 20 this offseason, and Isibor joins linebacker Caleb Johnson as the second defender with potentially a significant role to play to enter the portal during spring ball.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound super senior appeared in 42 of a possible 43 UCLA games since redshirting in 2017. He started each of the team’s final 10 games in 2018 as an outside linebacker, but then drew just four starts over his next 30 appearances. This past season, he totaled 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, and a forced fumble. Isibor will leave UCLA with 56 career tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.