UCLA 2004 Preseason Notes
July 29, 2004
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER -
Mon., Aug. 9 - Coach Dorrell Media Briefing (1:00 p.m.)
Wed., Aug. 11 - Practice Phase-In begins at UCLA (3:45 p.m.)
Thur., Aug. 12 - UCLA Media Day (9:00 a.m.) and Practice (3:00 p.m.)
Mon. Aug. 16 - Two-a-Day Practices Begin (9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
Sat., Aug. 21 - Scrimmage (10:00 a.m.)
Mon., Aug. 30 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
SEASON OPENER - UCLA will open the 2004 season athome in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 4 when it playshost to Oklahoma State. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.mPDT and the contest will be televised on a regional basisby ABC Sports.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcastsall of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and MattStevens in the booth. Wayne Cook will work the sidelines.John Ireland hosts the pre- and post-game shows.
This begins UCLA's 86th season of football. The Bruins are55-25-5 overall in openers. Colorado snapped UCLA'sfive-game winning streak in season-opening games withlast year's 16-14 decision in Boulder.
THEN AND NOW - The Bruins finished the 2003 seasonwith a 6-7 mark after dropping a 17-9 decision to FresnoState in the Silicon Valley Football Classic. It was the sixthtime in the last seven seasons that the Bruins concludedthe regular season qualified to play in a bowl game. TheBruins went 4-4 in the Pac-10 to tie for fifth place.
UCLA returns 13 positional starters from last season - eighton offense and five on defense. Each projected offensivestarter has made at least one previous start in his career.Five defensive positions (defensive linemen Kyle Morgan,Kevin Brown, C.J. Niusulu, Bruce Davis and cornerbackJebiaus Brown/ Marcus Cassel) are expected to featurea player making his first career start.
WHO'S BACK - UCLA returns its:
RANKING PAC-10 RETURNEES -
No. 2 Kickoff Returns - Maurice Drew - 26.6 avg.
No. 4 Punting - Chris Kluwe - 42.9 avg.
No. 4 Field Goals Per Game - Justin Medlock 1.08 fg/g
No. 6 Receptions - WR Craig Bragg - 5.62 catches/game
No. 7 All-Purpose Yardage - WR Craig Bragg - 106.8 ypg
No. 7 Receiving Yardage - WR Craig Bragg - 81.9 ypg
No. 8 Punt Returns - WR Craig Bragg 7.9 avg.
No. 8 Tackles - LB Justin London 7.5 avg.
No. 9 Total Offense - QB Drew Olson - 157.2 ypg
No. 10 Passing Efficiency - QB Drew Olson - 111.3 Rating
COACHING MOVES - The Bruins have added three newoffensive coaches to the staff for the 2004 season. TomCable, former head coach at Idaho, will serve as the offensivecoordinator and offensive line coach. Cable hasbeen an assistant coach at Colorado (offensive coordinator),California, UNLV and Cal State Fullerton.
Dino Babers will mentor the Bruin wide receivers. He comesto UCLA after serving as an assistant coach at Pittsburghlast season and in previous seasons at Texas A&M, Arizona(offensive coordinator), San Diego State, Purdue,Northern Arizona, UNLV and Eastern Illinois.
Jim Svoboda will serve as quarterbacks coach. He comesto UCLA after serving as offensive coordinator at NorthwestMissouri State University where his units led the nation(Div. II) in scoring in 1998 and 2000. Svoboda hadpreviously served as head coach at Nebraska WesleyanUniversity.
In conjunction with the new hires, Assistant Head CoachJon Embree will now coach the tight end position. Lastseason, he was the wide receivers coach. Defensive linecoach Don Johnson will now also serve as recruiting coordinator.In addition, outside linebacker / nickel backcoach Brian Schneider will take charge of all of the Bruinspecial teams units.
DID YOU KNOW? -
Craig Bragg will become the first Bruin ever to record threestraight 1,000-plus all-purpose yardage seasons shouldhe reach that level in 2004. Bragg had 1,388 yards lastseason and 1,194 yards in 2002.
After his first two seasons of play, linebacker SpencerHavner has totaled 178 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss andsix interceptions to rank with some of UCLA's best everplayers.
Maurice Drew's all-purpose yardage total of 1,219 in 2003was the most ever by a Bruin true freshman.
Marcedes Lewis' 30 catches in 2003 ranked among thebest by a UCLA tight end since 1980. Only Mike Seidman,41 in 2002, Charles Arbuckle, 33 in 1989 and PaulBergmann, 44 in 1983 and 41 in 1982, have caught moreballs in a season than Lewis.
The 2004 season will be UCLA's 23rd in the Rose Bowl. Sincemoving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are90-40-2 on the home field. UCLA posted a 5-1 record inthe Rose Bowl last season.
UCLA owns a 29-10 (.744) record in regular-season gamesplayed in the Rose Bowl since a loss to Tennessee in thehome opener in 1997.
UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks - TroyAikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, JaySchroeder - to have played on a Super Bowl team.Football stars Dennis Dummit (1969-70), Carlton Gray (1989-92) and James Owens (1975-78) will head a 2004 classof eight Bruins being inducted into the UCLA Hall of Famethis Fall. Also in the class are Henry Bibby-basketball, SteveLewis-track, Sigi Schmid-soccer, Fred Slaughter-basketballand Natalie Williams-volleyball / basketball. The inducteeswill be honored at halftime of the Arizona gameon October 9.
This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Bruins' 1954National Championship won under coach Red Sanders.UCLA compiled a perfect 9-0 record that season, includinga 12-7 win over defending national champion Marylandin the Coliseum. The Bruins did not play in the RoseBowl game following that magical season because of the'no repeat' rule. The team was voted No. 1 on the UnitedPress International Poll and shared the national championshipwith Rose Bowl winner Ohio State, the AssociatedPress champion. The 1954 team led the nation in scoringoffense (40.8) and scoring defense (4.4). The team stillholds the school records for fewest rushing yards allowed(659), total defense (1,708) and scoring defense (40). Its40.8 scoring mark ranks second in school history. JackEllena, Jim Salsbury, Bob Davenport and Primo Villanuevaall earned first-team All-America honors that season.Members of the national championship team will be honoredduring the weekend of the Homecoming gameagainst Stanford on October 30.
The Bruins have posted a record of 5-2 in their last sevengames against Big 12 Conference opponents (wins overOklahoma State - 2002, Kansas - 2001, Texas - 1998, TexasA&M - 1998 Cotton Bowl, Texas - 1997; and losses to Coloradoin 2002 and 2003).
The Bruins have won the last three regular season matchupsagainst Big 10 Conference opponents - Illinois - 2003,Ohio State - 2001, Michigan - 2000.
The following players have changed numbers from thoselisted in last year's media guide --- receiver Idris Moss,now #1; safety Eric McNeal, now #2; fullback Steve Seigelnow #35; linebacker Aaron Whittington, now #42; defensivelineman Bruce Davis, now #44; defensive linemanKevin Brown, now #75.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 22 years rank No. 1 in thePac-10. Only seven schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee,Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State) have wonmore bowl games in that span.
During the last 22 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions the most of anyPac-10 school (Washington and USC are second with 10).In the last 22 seasons (1982-2003), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlyseven schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami,Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma) have been ranked inthe AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.Starting Streaks - Steven Vieira has started the last 29straight games along the offensive line at either guard ortackle. Eyoseph Efseaff has started 25 straight games atleft guard. Ed Blanton has started the last 13 games attackle. Robert Chai has started eight games in a row atcenter. Matt Clark has started the last 11 straight gamesat cornerback. Spencer Havner has started 11 straightgames at linebacker. Justin London has started the lastnine games at linebacker. Jarrad Page has started thelast seven games at safety.
UCLA played five true freshmen, including returners Mil'VonJames, Maurice Drew, Joe Cowan and Kevin Brown, in2003. A school record 10 true freshmen played in 2002.Two Bruins on the 2004 roster are the sons of former Bruinfootball players - DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, playedrunning back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards torank No. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce,played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a longNFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).
Four Bruins who made their first career starts in last season'sopening game against Colorado return - LB - JustinLondon, CB-Matt Clark, P-Chris Kluwe, PK-Justin Medlock.Three true freshmen made their debuts in Boulder - RBMauriceDrew, DL-Kevin Brown, DL-Junior Lemau'u. Fiveredshirt freshmen who return saw their first action in lastyear's season opener - LS-Riley Jondle, DL-Kevin Harbour,OL-Robert Chai, WR-Idris Moss, PK-Justin Medlock. TransferLB- Benjamin Lorier also saw his first action.
SERIES NOTES - The Bruins lead the series against OklahomaState 1-0, after topping the Cowboys 38-24 inStillwater in the second contest of the 2002 season.The 23rd ranked Bruins rallied from a 10-0 first quarter deficit,scoring 31 straight points, and went on to defeat theCowboys in the previous meeting. UCLA totaled 466 totalyards of offense on the day. Quarterback Cory Paus threwfor 277 yards and three touchdowns. Akil Harris ran for83 yards. The Bruin defense forced five turnovers, includinga Spencer Havner interception return for a touchdown.
The series with Illinois is tied at 5-5 after the Bruins capturedlast season's contest by a 6-3 score in a gameplayed at the Rose Bowl. It was the third straight win inthe series for UCLA. Bruin coach Karl Dorrell played in the1984 Rose Bowl game against the Illini and caught a pairof touchdown passes. For the game, Dorrell totaled fivecatches for 61 yards and ran one reverse for 23 yards.BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell - Former Bruin widereceiver Karl Dorrell is in his second season as the 15thhead coach in UCLA history. He returned to Westwood,where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowlgames, after serving as an assistant coach at both thecollegiate and professional levels. The Bruins qualified fortheir sixth bowl game in the past seven seasons in Dorrell'sfirst season at the helm.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasonsfor Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistantcoach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrivalin Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level,including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrellhas now participated in 13 bowl games, including threeRose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. Heplayed on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeatedUSC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptionsstill rank in the all-time school career Top 10 (tied for 10th)and his receiving yards total of 1,517 yards ranks No. 13.Dorrell's previous coaching experience at the collegiate levelincludes six seasons at the University of Colorado, twoyears at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA,the University of Washington, Arizona State and CentralFlorida. He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA followingthe 1986 season and began his coaching careerin the 1988 season as a graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next seasonand moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receiverscoach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado.Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnsonand Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair ofwideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulatemore than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receiverscoach at Arizona State before going back to Coloradofor the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinatorand receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowlgames in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of47 games. He spent the 1999 season at the University ofWashington, serving as offensive coordinator and widereceivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks andserved as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000until the time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2003.In his first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smithearned a spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the teamrecord with 1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout EdMcCaffrey caught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In2001, Smith set a new team mark with 113 catches.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL - This fifth-year senior finishedfourth on the team in tackles last season with 80. Emanuelhas started 27 of the last 30 Bruin games, six at strongsafety and 21 at free safety. He made a career-high 12stops in the season-opener at Colorado. Emanuel recorded10 tackles in the Illinois contest. He tied for theteam lead with 10 stops at Arizona. Ben made five tackles,recovered two fumbles, forced one fumble and madean interception in the game at Washington State.
Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first threegames of 2002 at strong safety and had 58 tackles forthe season. He picked off two passes each in gamesagainst Oklahoma State and Washington State. He alsoreturned a fumbled extra point attempt for two pointsagainst Colorado State.
#9 LB Justin London - True junior Justin London started12 games last season and ranked second on the teamwith 98 tackles. He also ranked second with 8.5 tacklesfor loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his averageof 7.67 tackles per contest and was selected honorablemention all-conference.
London made his first career start in last season's openerat Colorado. He made the first interception of his careerin the Illinois game. Justin was credited with eight tacklesat Oklahoma. He came off the bench against SanDiego State and made a team-best 11 tackles. Londonpicked off his second interception against Washington.He tied for the team lead with 10 stops, forced a fumbleand picked off another pass in the game at Arizona. Londonmatched his career-best with 11 tackles, three forlosses, against Cal, including a tackle for a key nine-yardloss on the Bears' second possession in overtime. Londonled the Bruins with nine tackles and forced a fumbleat USC, including one tackle for loss.
London saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2002and made five tackles while playing at linebacker andon special teams.
#41 LB Spencer Havner - Junior linebacker SpencerHavner, a two-year starter, ranked third on the squadwith 82 tackles in 2003. He tied for the team lead withthree interceptions and ranked 25th in the Pac-10 withhis average of 6.3 tackles. Havner was selected honorablemention all-conference.
Havner recorded seven tackles in the Oklahoma gameand returned an interception 72 yards. He recordedseven tackles against San Diego State with one sack andan interception. He was credited with eight tackles, aninterception and a forced fumble at Arizona. He earnedPac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performancein the Cal game after he blocked two field goals,one of which was returned for a touchdown. Havner seta career-best with 13 tackles at Washington State, includingtwo for losses. He made six tackles against USC.
In 2002, he started all 13 games and his 96 tackles rankedsecond on the team and as the second-most ever by aBruin freshman player (James Washington - 119 in 1984).His average of 7.4 tackles per game ranked 11th in theconference. His 12 tackles for loss were second on theteam. He ranked third on the team with three interceptions,two of which he returned for touchdowns to tie anNCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected firstteamFreshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Playerof the Year by The Sporting News.
#4 SS Jarrad Page - In his second year as a starter,this true junior ranked sixth on the team in tackles with55 in 12 games. He missed the Arizona game due toinjury which snapped a string of 15 straight starting assignments.Page tied for the team lead with three interceptions,returning one for a touchdown (Washington).
He was named to the honorable mention all-conferenceteam.
In 2002, Page saw action in all 13 games and started thefinal 10 contests at strong safety to become the first Bruinsafety since Kenny Easley in 1977 to start as many as 10games as a true freshman. He finished sixth on the teamwith 43 stops, added two interceptions and was namedto the first-team Freshman All-America and first-teamFreshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#6 CB MATT CLARK - The senior started all 12 games inwhich he played in 2003 and was seventh on the teamwith 53 tackles. He made his first career start in the season-opener at Colorado and had seven tackles.Clarkpicked off the first pass of his career in the Oklahomacontest. He registered seven tackles against Washington.Clark made five stops against USC and also returneda blocked extra point for a defensive two-point score.As a sophomore, he appeared in 11 games and had seventackles. He also saw action as a kickoff and punt returner.In 2001, he was one of three freshmen to earn playingtime and saw action in 10 games.
#97 DT C.J. Niusulu - True junior tackle C.J. Niusulu isthe veteran of the defensive front. He appeared in all 13games last season and accounted for 26 tackles, includingfive tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. He totaled five tacklesat Stanford, including one for loss. Niusulu recordedsix stops, including 2.5 for loss, in the game at WashingtonState. He had a career-best seven tackles againstFresno State.
C.J. saw action in five games as a true freshman in 2002.He joined the Bruin defensive rotation after Rodney Leislebroke his foot. Niusulu sat out the final three games ofthe season after an emergency appendicitis attack theweek of the USC contest.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Sophomore Kevin Brown emergedfrom Spring drills as the starter at one defensive tackleposition. In his first year in the program, Brown saw actionon both sides of the ball. After playing on the defensiveside of the ball for the first seven games of the 2003season, Kevin switched to the offensive line and startedthree games (ASU, Stanford, USC) at guard. Brown totaledfour tackles on the year.
Junior transfer Kyle Morgan had an impressive Springpractice and emerged as the leader to start at a defensiveend spot. Morgan played two seasons at Pearl River(MS) Community College and enrolled at UCLA in the 2004winter quarter.
Redshirt freshman Bruce Davis is one of several youngplayers who will compete for a starting spot at defensiveend. A quick and explosive player, he gained valuableexperience in the 2004 Spring drills.
Redshirt sophomores Justin Hickman (DE) and ROBERTGARCIA (DT) and redshirt freshman Noah Sutherland(DE) also caught the eye of the coaching staff in the Spring.LINEBACKER - Redshirt Junior Wesley Walker andredshirt freshman Aaron Whittington are expectedto battle for the starting spot at outside linebacker duringthe Fall. Walker made 15 tackles last season and hadone start against Illinois. Whittington has outstandingpass rushing skills.
Seniors Tim Warfield and Benjamin Lorier each offerexperience and they will battle for a spot in the linebackerrotation. Redshirt freshman William Snead and transferDanny Nelson (Arizona Western College) will alsolook to work their way into the mix.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD - Redshirt sophomore JEBIAUSBROWN, redshirt junior Marcus Cassel and juniorNnamdi Ohaeri will battle it out for the starting spot atthe cornerback spot opened by the departure of MattWare. Brown missed all of last season with concussionlikesymptoms. Cassel has seen spot duty on defenseand been a steady contributor on special teams the lasttwo seasons. Ohaeri missed Spring practice followingknee surgery after totaling 22 tackles last season afterseeing action at nickel back and on special teams.
Redshirt sophomore Eric McNeal and redshirt freshmanChris Horton each injected themselves into the mixat the safety positions with strong Spring performances.Trey Brown and Dennis Keyes, another pair of talentedredshirt freshmen, along with true sophomoreMil'Von James will also compete for playing time inthe defensive backfield and contribute on special teams.
#87 WR Craig Bragg - All-America candidate CraigBragg enjoyed a second consecutive standout seasonin 2003. A big-play performer (10 touchdowns of at least40 yards during his career), the fifth-year senior figuresto own virtually all of UCLA's career receiving records bythe end of his senior season. He is the only player inschool history to make at least 50 receptions in two differentseasons and could become the only player to leadthe team in receiving in four consecutive seasons.
Bragg enters the 2004 season with a streak of 36 consecutivegames in which he has caught a pass and a stringof 31 games in which he has made at least two receptions.He needs just 23 receptions and 659 receivingyards to rank No. 1 on both career charts. His 157 careercatches rank third on UCLA's career list. His 2,362 receivingyards rank fourth on the career list. He has 18 touchdowns(15 receiving, two rushing and one punt return),including 10 (eight receptions, one run and one punt return)of at least 40 yards.
Bragg has a career touchdown average of 44.1 yards (42.0on receptions) and has accounted for at least 100 receivingyards in seven games in his career, a total betteredby just four players at UCLA. He also ranks third on UCLA'scareer punt return list with 68.
In 2003, Bragg saw action in all 13 games with 11 starts.With 73 receptions, he became the first Bruin to registerat least 50 catches in two different seasons (55 in 2002).He became the sixth Bruin to break the 1,000-yard plateauwith his total of 1,065 receiving yards. He rankedsixth in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.62 receptionsper game, seventh in receiving yards per game (81.92),seventh in all-purpose yards (106.77) and eighth in puntreturns (7.95 yards). His total of 73 catches ranked thirdon the all-time UCLA list and his 1,065 receiving yardsranked fifth. He also set a school record for punt returnsin a season with 38.
In 2002, he led the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbed aschool sophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. NoBruin had ever entered their junior season with more careerreceptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297)than Bragg. His nine touchdowns in 2002 averaged 43.6yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46and 33 yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receivingyards and 10th in receptions. He also led the league inpunt return average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoon's in UCLA historyagainst Oregon in 2002 when he caught nine passes(tied for eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 onschool list) with three touchdowns. Bragg was namedthe Most Valuable Player in the Sega Sports Las VegasBowl after catching four passes for 38 yards and returninga punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He alsoaveraged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on10 kickoff returns.
#14 QB Drew Olson - True junior Drew Olson beganthe 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, but foundhimself thrust to the forefront for the second straight yearbecause of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moore inthe first half of the opener at Colorado and went on toappear in 12 games and start nine times.
Olson ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in passing yards pergame (172.2), ninth in total offense (157.2) and 10th inpassing efficiency rating (111.27). His 173 completionsranked 12th on UCLA's single-season list. He became the14th Bruin overall and just the fourth sophomore to passfor more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began the 2002 season behind four-year starter CoryPaus. Olson ended the year by starting in the final fivegames after Paus suffered a season-ending ankle injuryagainst California. Olson was also injured in that gameand sat out the next contest against Stanford before returningto start the final five games of the season.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and becamethe first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in1979 to win his initial road start. He completed 13 of 27passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. Healso became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterbackto start the game against USC, joining Tom Ramseyand Cade McNown.
QUARTERBACK - Junior transfer David Koral gainedvaluable experience working on the offensive schemeduring Spring practice after entering UCLA in January of2004 following a transfer from Santa Monica College.He completed 55% of his passes for 2,202 yards andhad 18 touchdowns and six interceptions last season atSMC. Third-year sophomore walk-on Brian Callahanpossesses an excellent knowledge of the offense andwill also compete for playing time behind Olson.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE - A big back who plays bothfullback and tailback, White missed the final four gamesof the regular season due to a fractured right scapulasuffered in the first half of the Arizona State contest. TheBruins did not win a game the rest of the season withouthim in the backfield.
White rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 18 carries inthe win over Illinois. In the fourth quarter, he carried onnine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards, includingeach of the first seven plays of UCLA's final nine-playpossession. At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushingwith 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoringrun.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for thefourth straight game when he rushed for 83 yards and atouchdown. His 56-yard run in the fourth quarter wasUCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage in 2003.On the year, White ranked third on the team with 379 yards(3.9 average) despite not carrying the ball in the openerand missing the final five games of the season. For hiscareer, White has rushed for a total of 1,050 yards.
#21 RB Maurice Drew - A powerful back with abreakaway burst of speed, Drew led the team in rushing(582 yards) and also excels as a kick returner (two kickoffreturns for touchdown). He was named first-team FreshmanAll-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News.Drew ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally inkickoff return average (26.65) and 12th in the conferencein rushing ( 44.77). He returned kickoffs for scores againstOklahoma (91 yards) and USC (99 yards).
Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage againstArizona State was the longest of the season in the conference.His total of 176 yards rushing (18 carries) for thegame against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-besttotal ever by a UCLA true freshman. Drew made the firststart of his career at Washington State and rushed for 80yards. He also started in the bowl game against FresnoState and led the team with 65 yards rushing.
TIGHT END - True junior Marcedes Lewis enters theseason on the 'Watch List' for the John Mackey Award,presented annually to the nation's best tight end. The lonereturner at tight end with any significant playingexperience, he finished the 2003 season with 30receptions for 377 yards (12.6 average) and threetouchdowns. He ranked second on the team inreceptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptionsand tied for second in average per reception (five or morecatches).
Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yardsand one touchdown in the 2003 season-opener againstColorado. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruinsa 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Lewis came off thebench and led all Bruin receivers with four catches for 67yards, including a 31-yard touchdown grab, againstCalifornia. All four of his receptions produced first downs,two on third-down situations. At USC, he started in a twotightend formation and made one reception, a 17-yardtouchdown. He made two receptions for 13 yards in theSilicon Valley Football Classic against Fresno State.
Junior Keith Carter has been cleared to participate inFall practices. Carter, who was expected to compete fora starting spot in 2003, suffered a fractured anddislocated right hip in a motorcycle accident on April 3,2003. He sat out the 2003 football season afterundergoing a series of surgical procedures.
Carter appeared in nine games as a redshirt freshman in2002 and made three starts at tight end. He totaled fivecatches and also saw duty as a H-back and on specialteams.
WIDE RECEIVERS - True junior Junior Taylor rankedfourth on the squad with his 24 receptions and third withhis 302 yards. He had a breakthrough evening lastseason against San Diego State, recording career highsin receptions (seven) and yards (110). He also scoredUCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception in the endzone.
True sophomore Joe Cowan, redshirt sophomore IDRISMOSS and redshirt freshman Matt Slater each turnedin strong performances in the 2004 Spring practices andare expected to be part of the regular rotation at receiver.Cowan made seven receptions in 2003, including onefor a touchdown versus USC. Moss averaged 23.0 yardson his four catches in 2003 and was the most improvedreceiver in the Spring. Slater has sprinter's speed andcould help to stretch defenses.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Senior left guard Eyoseph Efseaffhas proven to be one of the top guards in the West overthe past few seasons. He has started 36 of his 37 careergames, including the last 25 straight. He earned honorablemention All-Pac-10 honors last season and secondteamhonors in 2002.
In 2001, his first in action after redshirting in 2000, Efseaffstarted all 11 games at left guard and was named secondteam Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News.
Senior Steven Vieira has been in the starting lineup in 31of the past 32 games. He is set to begin his secondseason as a starting tackle, having switched to thatposition in the Spring of 2003. Prior to that, he started 18of the previous 19 games at right guard during the 2001and 2002 seasons. He originally began his Bruin careerat tackle and shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season.Redshirt junior Mike McCloskey won the center job in acompetition during 2002 Fall camp. He then started all13 games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. McCloskeystarted the first five games of the 2003 season beforesuffering a fractured ankle in the Washington game whichsidelined him for the remainder of the season. He thenmissed 2004 Spring Practice with a lung condition. Hefigures to battle for a starting position in the Fall.Senior Paul Mociler started 10 games at right guard in2003 and will battle for the starting spot at center aftershifting there in Spring 2004. Mociler made his first careerstart in the 2002 opener against Colorado State andmade appearances in seven games that season.
Redshirt junior Ed Blanton is coming off of a strong 2004Spring effort and has steadily improved each season.He emerged from 2003 Spring drills as the starter at theright tackle position and started all 13 games in 2003.He made one start in the 2002 season against San DiegoState, playing the entire contest in place of injured tackleMike Saffer, and made appearances in four gamesoverall.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Chai came on to start eightgames at the center position after McCloskey went downwith a season-ending ankle injury. He figures to battlefor a starting spot at both the center and guard positionsduring the Fall camp after continuing to showimprovement during the 2004 Spring practices.
True sophomore Marc Villafuerte, a transfer whoplayed one season of football at Santa Ana College, willbattle for playing time at both the guard and tacklepositions during Fall camp. Redshirt freshman P.J. Irvinis an exciting prospect who will compete for playing timeat guard.
KICKERS - One of the premier punters in the nation, seniorChris Kluwe averaged 42.9 yards (3,908) on 91punts with 19 placed inside the 20-yard line in his firstseason as a starter. He set new school records for puntingyardage and kicks, breaking Nate Fikse's mark of3,246 yards (in 2000) and Matt McFarland's mark of 80punts (1978). He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 26th inthe NCAA in punting average.
He earned the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Weekhonors last season against Arizona when he twicepinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory at crucialtimes during the Bruin victory. In the Silicon Valley Classicagainst Fresno State, he was selected the Special TeamsPlayer of the Game after averaging 44.3 yards on ninekicks with a long of 60. He placed three inside the 20.Redshirt sophomore Justin Medlock made his debutas the team's place kicker last season and was namedto The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Hesupplied all the scoring in the win over Illinois, includinga career-best 48-yard field goal. At Oklahoma, hematched his career long with another 48-yarder. AgainstCalifornia, he kicked what proved to be a game-winning41-yard field goal in the first overtime.
On the year, he was the team's leading scorer with 68 pointsand his 5.23 average was 11th in the Pac-10. He rankedfourth in field goals per game (1.08) and in field goalpercentage (.737). He made 14 of 19 field goals and all26 PAT attempts.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) -Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (11/29), Junior Taylor (2/5);OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (13/36), Steven Vieira (13/31), MikeMcCloskey (5/18), Ed Blanton (13/14), Paul Mociler (10/11),Robert Chai (8/8), Kevin Brown (3/3); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (7/9); QB: Drew Olson (9/14); RB:Maurice Drew (2/2), Manuel White (8/15), Pat Norton (3/3); PK:Justin Medlock (13/13).
Defense - DL: none; LB: Spencer Havner (12/25), JustinLondon (12/12), Wesley Walker (1/1); DB: Ben Emanuel (12/27), Jarrad Page (12/22), Matt Clark (12/12), NnamdiOhaeri (1/2); P: Chris Kluwe (13/13).
RED ZONE -On the year, UCLA was 25 of 37 for 140 points(10 touchdown runs, six touchdown passes, nine fieldgoals) in the Red Zone. The other possessions resultedin three missed field goals, two end of games, threefumbles, three interceptions and once on downs.On the year, opponents converted 30 of 39 attempts for164 points (10 touchdown runs, seven touchdown passes,11 field goals).
True sophomore quarterback Drew Olson has been successfulon 33 of 42 Red Zone opportunities during hiscareer. In 2003, Olson was 21 of 30 in the Red Zone (ninetouchdown runs, five touchdown passes, seven fieldgoals, three field goal misses, two interceptions, onefumble lost, one on downs and two ends of game).
TURNOVERS - In 2003, UCLA forced 31 turnovers (19 interceptionsand 12 fumbles) and converted them into ninetouchdowns and six field goals (81 points).
On the year, UCLA commited 32 turnovers (15 interceptionsand 17 fumbles) that were converted into 87 points (11touchdowns and four field goals).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2003 NCAA GraduationRate Report, UCLA had a 61% graduation rate fromthe freshman class of 1996 (11 of 18).
Among schools that participated in bowl games followingthe 2003 season, UCLA ranked sixth with its four-year(1993-94 through 1996-97) graduation rate of 63%.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of July 10, 36 former Bruins werelisted on the rosters of National Football League teams.Here is the current list of Bruins on NFL rosters: Atlanta-Tod McBride-DB; Baltimore-Jonathan Ogden-OT; Buffalo-Ryan Neufeld-TE; Carolina-DeShaun Foster-RB; MikeSeidman-TE, Ricky Manning-DB; Chicago-Marcus Reese-LB; Cincinnati-Skip Hicks-RB; Dallas-Kenyon Coleman-DL;Green Bay-Marques Anderson-DB, Mike Flanagan-C;Houston-Jason Bell-DB, Ed Ieremia-Stansbury-FB; Jacksonville-Mat Ball-DL; Miami-Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB;New England-Roman Phifer-LB, J.J. Stokes-WR; New OrleansSaints-Rodney Leisle-DL; New York Giants-MikeSaffer-OL, Shaun Williams-DB; Philadelphia-FreddieMitchell-WR, Matt Ware-DB; Pittsburgh-Tommy Maddox-QB, Travis Kirschke-DL; St. Louis-Brandon Chillar-LB, RobertThomas-LB; San Diego-Donnie Edwards-LB, Dave Ball-DL; San Francisco-Nate Fikse-P, Matt Stanley-FB, GabeCrecion-TE, Brian Poli-Dixon-WR; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece-LB, Danny Farmer-WR; Tennessee-Drew Bennett-WR;Washington Redskins-Ryan Boschetti-DL.
NEW WALK-ONS REPORT - The following walk-ons areexpected to report for practices beginning on August 11th- Jamel Greer, LB (Bishop Amat HS); Travis Martin, DL (St.Francis HS); Micah Reed, OL (Nordoof HS); Justin Sieber,DB (St. Francis HS).
UCLA In the Magazines
WR Craig Bragg
2nd-team All-A: Street & Smith's/WalterCamp;3rd-team All-A: Phil SteelePlayer Position Rankings: No. 7 WR by Lindy's; No. 5 WR byPhil Steele; No. 8 PR by Phil Steele1st-team All-Pac-10: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp, Lindy's,Phil Steele2nd-team All-Pac-10: Athlon, Phil Steele (PR)
RB Manuel White
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp
OG Eyoseph Efseaff
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp2nd-team All-Pac-10: Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon
LB Justin London
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp1st-team All-Pac-10: Phil Steele2nd-team All-Pac-10: Sporting News, Athlon
LB Spencer Havner
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp1st-team All-Pac-10: Sporting News, Lindy's2nd-team All-Pac-10: Phil Steele
Free Safety Ben Emanuel
Hon. mention All-America: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp2nd-team All-Pac-10: Lindy'sThird-team All-Pac-10: Athlon, Phil Steele
Strong Safety Jarrad Page
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp2nd-team All-Pac-10: Sporting News
Punter Chris Kluwe
Hon. Mention All-A: Street & Smith's/Walter Camp
Tailback Maurice Drew
2nd-team All-Pac-10: Sporting News, Athlon (KR), Phil Steele(KR)
Place Kicker Justin Medlock
2nd-team All-Pac-10: Phil Steele
Tight End Marcedes Lewis
Player Rankings: No. 4 tight end by Phil Steele2nd-team All-America: rivals.com4th-team All-America: Phil Steele1st-team All-Pac-10: Phil Steele
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2003 season is UCLA's eighthon XTRA Sports AM 1150/690. The Los Angeles all-sportsstation broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a twohourpre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is inhis 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruinquarterback Matt Stevens is in his eighth year on thebroadcast team and his fourth as the analyst in the booth.Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his third seasonas sideline reporter.
Stevens and Cook will host the one and one-half hour localpre-game show while Roberts, Stevens and Cook will hostthe one-half hour network pre-game show and the networkpost-game show.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 provides ancillary programming duringthe week, including Karl Dorrell interviews during theweek of the games.
In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour 'BruinTalk' show on a weekly basis during the season.
For the first time ever, UCLA games are also available onsatellite radio due to an agreement with Sirius SatelliteRadio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of UCLA Athletics.The games can also be heard via the internet atwww.uclabruins.com (a College Sports Pass is needed).
Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents perminute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen tothe broadcast on the telephone.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the 2004 season,124 of UCLA's last 131 games have been televised live,including 12 in 2003. Four games for 2004 have alreadybeen selected for live television - Sept. 4 - OklahomaState (ABC); Sept. 11 - @ Illinois (ABC); Sept. 18 - at Washington(ABC); Dec. 4 - USC (ABC).
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox SportsNet West 2, is once again expected to air weekly duringthe season.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player informationand results can be found on the school's official website- www.uclabruins.com.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach KarlDorrell will have his first weekly press conference on Monday,August 30. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the MorganCenter Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weeklysatellite feed containing interviews with coaches and playersand game highlight footage.
In addition, the one-hour pre-season feed will run on Wed.,Aug. 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT. The coordinates are: Satellite IA5/19 (formerly Telstar 5C, Transponder 19 (C-Band). The preseasonfeed will also run on Wed., Aug. 18 at 11:00 a.m.PT with the same coordinates.
PRACTICE NOTES -
Players/coaches expect post-practice one-on-one interviewsessions to last no longer than five minutes. If media planscall for a longer interview time, please give the SportsInformation staff at least 24 hours notice. Media shouldplan to have all interviews completed within 20 minutesfollowing the dismissal of players from the field by thecoaches.
Practices beginning August 26 are closed to the public. Mediawho regularly cover the Bruins will be admitted topractices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Televisioncrews may shoot isolation footage of players to beinterviewed but not wide-angle formations only duringthe first 30 (approx.) minutes of practice.
2004 UCLA PRE-SEASON PRACTICE SCHEDULE
TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
AT UCLA (Spaulding Field)
Wed., August 11 - 3:45-5:45 p.m.
Thu., August 12 - 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Fri., August 13 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sat., August 14 - 3:00-5:15 p.m.
Sun., August 15 - 3:00-5:00 p.m. (no Sunday interviews)
Mon., August 16 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tues., August 17 - 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 18 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 19 - 9:00-11:15 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 20 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 21 - Public Scrimmage 10:00 a.m.(Spaulding Field)
Sun., Aug. 22 - 4:00-6:00 p.m. (no Sunday interviews)
Mon., Aug. 23 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 24 - 9:00-11:15 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 25 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Note - The above listed practices will be open to the public(at this time). Practices will be closed to the public whenthe team begins work on executing its specific game planfor the season-opener against Oklahoma State.
Thu 5/25 | 6:00pm PTLive
Fri 5/26 | 10:30am PTLive
Fri 5/26 | 4:00pm PTLive