UCLA On The Road At Oregon
Nov. 8, 2004
UCLA ON THE ROAD AT OREGON
GAME 10 -- UCLA travels to Oregon for the first time sincethe 2000 season. The Bruins are 5-4 overall and 3-3 (T-5th) in the Pac-10. The Ducks are coming off of a 28-27loss to California that snapped a four-game winningstreak and own a 5-4 overall mark and are 4-2 (T-3rd) inthe Pac-10.
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.The game can be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.The game will be televised on a regional basis by ABC withKeith Jackson and Dan Fouts in the booth and Todd Harrison the sidelines.
DID YOU KNOW? --
Senior Chris Kluwe has been selected as one of 10 semifinalistsfor the Ray Guy Award as the nation's toppunter. He has helped UCLA lead the nation in net puntingand he leads the Pac-10 with his 47.73 average.Despite missing almost the entire Washington Stategame, Maurice Drew still ranks 14th in the nation andthird in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (159.56) andranks 27th in the country and third in the Pac-10 inrushing (98.44).
Drew, with 886 yards, could become the 10th Bruin torush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It would bethe 17th time in Bruin history that a back has rushedfor at least 1,000 yards in a season.
Only four UCLA players have ever scored more than 14touchdowns in a season -- 26 Skip Hicks - 1997; 20 SkipHicks - 1996; 17 - J.J. Stokes - 1993; 17 - Gaston Green -1986; 16 Kermit Johnson - 1973. Maurice Drew has scored12 this season.
UCLA's 21-0 shutout of Stanford on Oct. 30 was its firstsince defeating Northeast Louisiana 44-0 on Sept. 14,1996. The last time UCLA blanked a Pac-10 opponentwas 1987 (49-0 at Stanford on Oct. 3). The last timethe Bruins shut out a Pac-10 school at home was in1985 (Oregon State, 41-0 on Nov. 16).
Against Washington State, Craig Bragg became UCLA'scareer receiving leader with 180 catches. He entersthis week's game needing just 338 receiving yards torank No. 1 on that career chart. He has scored 20 careertouchdowns and 11 have measured at least 40yards.
Last season, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 average)and 11 touchdowns in 13 contests. In nine games thisyear, the Bruins have rushed for 1,849 yards (205.4average) and 15 touchdowns. UCLA has not averaged200 yards rushing per game since 1995.
The Bruins, with 17 passing touchdowns this season, havealso exceeded last year's passing touchdown total of12, reached in 13 games.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown formore than 18 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown -1998; 24 - Troy Aikman 1988; 24 - Cade McNown - 1997;21 - Tom Ramsey - 1982. Drew Olson has thrown 17 scoringpasses this season.
UCLA is averaging 6.24 yards per offensive play, its bestsince 1998 (6.81). Its average of 430.2 yards per gameis its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring averageof 31.3 is also its best since 1998 (39.7).Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdownsat Washington on Sept. 18, setting UCLA records in bothcategories. Only two players in Pac-10 history (ReubenMayes of Washington State and Ricky Bell of USC) everrushed for more yards in a single game.
His 384 all-purpose yards that afternoon is still the best markin the country. In fact, he owns three of the top efforts inthe nation this year with 384 vs. Washington, 222 vs. SanDiego State and 221 vs. Stanford.
Maurice Drew is averaging 40.63 yards on each of hiseight rushing touchdowns this season (47, 47, 62, 58,15, 37, 57, 2 for 325 yards). He also has scoring receptionsof 27, 43 and three yards and a punt returnfor 68 yards.
In Drew Olson's last five games, he has completed 102of 171 passes (59.65%) for 1,236 yards, 13 touchdownsand six interceptions.
The four teams to which UCLA has lost have a record of24-10. Three of those teams have a combined recordof 20-6 and are ranked in the Top 25. Five of those sixlosses are to teams in the Top Ten.
In his last five games, tight end Marcedes Lewis has made17 receptions for 217 yards and five touchdowns. Lewis,with six touchdown catches this season, has tied TimWrightman's UCLA record for most career touchdownreceptions by a tight end (10). His six touchdowns thisyear are tied for fourth in the Pac-10 among receiversand first (tied) among league tight ends.
Spencer Havner is one of 12 semifinalists for the ButkusAward, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.He is also one of the 12 semifinalists for theRotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's toplineman. Both awards will name finalists this week -the Lombardi on Tuesday and the Butkus on Thursday.Linebacker Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois werethe most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 atWashington State in 2001. He has made 110 tackles innine games this season (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 17 atIllinois, 13 at Washington, 14 vs. San Diego State, 11 vs.Arizona, 5 vs. California, 6 vs. Arizona State, 16 vs. Stanford,12 vs. Washington State) and leads the Pac-10 Conference(12.22 per game). He ranked tied for fifth in thenation entering last week's game against WashingtonState. His current average projects to 134 for an 11-game season, the highest total by a Bruin since 1989.Havner leads the nation in solo tackles (8.11) and is sixthin total tackles (12.22).
According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first amongPac-10 schools with 25 active players on opening dayNational Football League kickoff rosters.
Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (Arizonaand California) tied the UCLA record for most TDpasses in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw fouragainst BYU and four against Washington in 1993). Therecord for three games is 11 (3 v. San Diego State-4-4) byCook and Olson had 10 in a three-game span.
Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank secondon UCLA's single-game list, trailing only Troy Aikman's32 completions versus USC in 1988. His 44 attempts areseventh (tied) on that list. His 325 yards were a careerhigh.
A school-record 12 true freshmen have played for the Bruinsthis year. Nine made their debut against the Cowboys-- OL Brian Abraham; WR Brandon Breazell; DE BrighamHarwell; LB Fred Holmes; OL Chris Joseph; DT KennethLombard; WR/DB Michael Norris; OL Shannon Tevaga; andCB Rodney Van. Two more played at Illinois -- WR MarcusEverett and RB Chris Markey. DT Chris Johnson made hisdebut against San Diego State. UCLA played five truefreshmen, including returners Mil'Von James, MauriceDrew, Joe Cowan and Kevin Brown, in 2003. Ten truefreshmen played in 2002.
The 2004 season is UCLA's 23rd in the Rose Bowl. Sincemoving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are93-42-2 (.686) on the home field. They are 8-3 at homeunder head coach Karl Dorrell, 5-2 in Pac-10 play.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma Stateis the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourthlongestin school history. His four field goals against SanDiego State are the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailerkicked five against Stanford in 2002.
The 546 yards of total offense gained at Washington is thehighest total under head coach Karl Dorrell, bettering theprevious high of 481 yards in the previous game at Illinois.The last time the Bruins totaled more yards was Oct.5, 2002, when they piled up 625 yards at Oregon State.
UCLA gained 535 yards of total offense against ArizonaState, the second time this year the Bruins have gained atleast 500 yards (546 at Washington). The last time theBruins had at least 500 yards in two different games wasin 2001 (531 vs. California and 536 vs. Arizona State).
UCLA scored at least 30 points in four straight games (Illinois,Washington, San Diego State, Arizona). The last timethat happened was in 1998-99 when the Bruins scoredat least 30 in the final five games of the 1998 season andthe first game of the 1999 season. UCLA has scored atleast 30 points five times this season.
UCLA compiled at least 400 yards of total offense in the firstfour games this season. The last time that happened wasin 1998, when the Bruins had at least 400 in each of thefirst five games.
UCLA has rushed for at least 200 yards in five games thisseason. The last time that happended was in 2001 (fivegames).
UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington is its best effortsince November 17, 1979, when it ran for 446 yards atOregon in a 35-0 victory.
The Bruins' five offensive touchdowns against Arizona State,Arizona, Washington and Illinois are the most since Dec.1, 2001, when the offense produced seven touchdownsagainst Arizona State.
Shannon Tevaga became the fifth true freshman to starta game this season when he opened at strong guardagainst Arizona State. Brandon Breazell and MarcusEverett each started the game with San Diego State atwide receiver. Everett also started the Arizona and ArizonaState games. Kenneth Lombard started the gamesagainst Illinois and Washington at defensive tackle.
Brigham Harwell has started the last four games (California,ASU, Stanford and WSU) at defensive end.
UCLA has allowed just five fourth-quarter touchdowns innine games -- all five in the last three games.UCLA's 378 yards and 28 points were season opponenthighs against California. The Golden Bears entered thegame ranked fifth in total defense (247.5) and 16th in scoringdefense (14.5).
Marcedes Lewis' 30 catches in 2003 (he has 26 this season)ranked among the best by a UCLA tight end since1980. Only Mike Seidman, 41 in 2002, Charles Arbuckle,33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann, 44 in 1983 and 41 in 1982,have caught more balls in a season than Lewis since 1980.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 scoring offense (40.8) andscoring defense (4.4). The team still holds the schoolrecords for fewest rushing yards allowed (659), total defense(1,708) and scoring defense (40). Its 40.8 scoringmark ranks second in school history. Jack Ellena, JimSalsbury, Bob Davenport and Primo Villanueva all earnedfirst-team All-America honors that season.
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.The following players have changed numbers from thoselisted in last year's media guide --- safety Eric McNeal,now #2; wide receiver Tab Perry, now #3; fullback SteveSeigel, now #35; linebacker Aaron Whittington, now #42;defensive lineman Bruce Davis, now #44; defensive linemanKevin Brown, now #75.
The following players have changed numbers from thoselisted in this year's media guide --- wide receiver BrandonBreazell, now # 1; safety Dennis Keyes, now #11; defensiveback Rodney Van, now #12; wide receiver MichaelNorris, now #22; defensive back Trey Brown, now #23;linebacker Mark Mangelsdorf, now #23; fullback JimmyStephens, now #45; offensive tackle Tony Lee, now #70.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.
Defensively, cornerback Matt Clark and linebacker SpencerHavner have each started the last 20 straight games.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).
Six Bruins made their first career starts in the opener againstOklahoma State -- junior Robert Cleary at weak guard;sophomore Justin Hickman and redshirt freshman BruceDavis at defensive end; sophomore Robert Garcia at defensivetackle, sophomore Danny Nelson at linebackerand junior Marcus Cassel at cornerback. In addition,sophomore Kevin Brown made his first start on defense(tackle) after starting three times at offensive guard in2003.
Three more Bruins made their first career starts at Illinois --true freshman Kenneth Lombard at defensive tackle;redshirt freshman Aaron Whittington at outside linebackerand sophomore Eric McNeal at strong safety. Lombard isthe first true freshman defensive lineman to start a gamesince Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher started the 1999Rose Bowl.
Two Bruins -- defensive end Kyle Morgan and defensivetackle C.J. Niusulu -- made the first starts of their careersat Washington. Linebacker Benjamin Lorier and wide receiversMarcus Everett and Brandon Breazell made theirfirst career starts and Eyoseph Efseaff made his first defensivestart against San Diego State. At California, truefreshman defensive end Brigham Harwell made his firstcareer start. True freshman Shannon Tevaga made hisfirst career start at strong guard against Arizona State.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Trey Brown, redshirt freshmanfullback Michael Pitre and sophomore wide receiverJoe Cowan made their first career starts against Stanford.Ten redshirt freshmen saw their first career action in the season-opener -- CB Trey Brown; DL Bruce Davis; DL NikolaDragovic; DB Chris Horton; DB Dennis Keyes; DBOlukayode Oredugba; FB Michael Pitre; DL William Snead;DL Noah Sutherland; and LB Aaron Whittington. Three juniorcollege transfers also saw their first action in the OklahomaState game -- DL Justin Hickman; DL Kyle Morgan;and LB Danny Nelson. Redshirt freshman WR MatthewSlater made his first appearance in the Illinois game. Runningback Derrick Williams made his debut against SanDiego State. QB David Koral, a JC transfer, redshirt freshmanoffensive guard P.J. Irvin, redshirt freshman fullbackJimmy Stephens and redshirt freshman tight end WillPeddie made their debuts against Arizona.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Oregon,which dates back to 1928, 37-21, but has lost the lastfour meetings. The Bruins have not played in Eugenesince the 2000 season. The last Bruin win in the seriescame in the 1999 season, a 34-29 victory in the Rose Bowl.The last Bruin win at Oregon came in the 1997 season, a39-31 decision.
Last season, the Ducks grabbed the early lead and went onto enjoy a 31-6 halftime advantage. The Bruin defenselimited the Ducks to just 228 yards and two touchdowns,but UCLA yielded touchdowns on an interception returnand a kickoff return to help dig a first-quarter hole thatthe team could not get out of. Quarterback Drew Olsonreturned to the starting lineup in this game, after comingoff the bench for three games, and completed 29 of 49passes for 249 yards. His 49 attempts were the secondhighest total in school history. Craig Bragg matched hiscareer-best with 10 catches.
In 1999, the Bruins started slow and then exploded for 31points in less than a 13-minute stretch in the second andthird quarters and then held on to deal the Ducks a defeat.UCLA took a 34-10 lead into the fourth quarter of thecontest, but had to withstand a 19-point fourth quarterDuck rally. With 1:16 remaining in the contest, Oregon begana drive on its 11-yard line. The drive ended with acompleted pass to UCLA's one-yard line as time expired.Wide receiver Danny Farmer enjoyed the second-bestgame in school history at the time, with 196 receiving yardson seven catches.
In 1997, the Bruins piled up 513 yards of total offense behindquarterback Cade McNown, but still had to comefrom behind in the second half to beat the Ducks. On acold, windy day in Eugene, both teams came out hot andOregon led 21-17 at the end of a wild first quarter. UCLAtrailed 24-20 at the half and needed scores on threestraight fourth quarter possessions to secure the win.NOTING THE DUCKS -- Oregon ranks 21st nationally andthird in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (114.33) and 24thnationally and third in the Pac-10 in total defense (314.56).On offense, the Ducks rank 25th in the NCAA and third inthe Pac-10 (421.67) and they rank 27th nationally and fourthin the league in passing (255.89). Oregon is third (tied) inquarterback sacks (26) but have allowed a league-high32 sacks. Terrence Whitehead ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing (101.1) and ninth in receptions per game (4.11).Quarterback Kellen Clemens ranks third in the Pac-10 inpassing efficiency (137.5), thid in passing yards (247.8) andfirst in totasl offense (271.6).
GAME 9 -- UCLA twice rallied from deficits but couldn'tcome all the way back the last time and dropped a 31-29decision to Washington State at the Rose Bowl.The Bruins found themselves trailing just 18 seconds intothe contest when they fumbled the opening kickoff andJerome Harrison scored from 25 yards out on the Cougar'sfirst snap.
UCLA tied the game later in the quarter when C.J. Niusulustripped Harrison of the ball and Brigham Harwell recoveredthe ball in the end zone for the first touchdown of hiscareer, evening the score at 7-7. The Cougars then built a21-7 second-quarter lead and still led 21-10 at halftime.The Bruins outscored WSU 6-3 in the third quarter but theCougars scored a touchdown on the second play of thefourth quarter to build a 31-16 lead. UCLA countered bygoing 69 yards on three plays, the final 47 yards comingon a pass from Drew Olson to Tab Perry to make the score31-23. Five punts later, a 34-yard return by Craig Bragggave the Bruins possession at their own 46-yard line with2:33 remaining.
UCLA moved down field and on third-and-one from the fouryardline, running back Manuel White made an acrobaticcatch of an Olson pass for a touchdown to make the score31-29 with 42 seconds remaining. UCLA was unable toconvert a two-point pass attempt and when an onsidekick attempt was unsuccessful, the game was over.Offensively, the Bruins played most of the game without twoof their main weapons. Tailback Maurice Drew sprainedhis right ankle on a first-quarter punt return and was finishedfor the day. Tight end Marcedes Lewis suffered abruised tailbone on a second-quarter reception and didnot return to the game. UCLA had just 308 yards of totaloffense, 201 passing and 107 rushing. Olson accountedfor 251 yards of offense (201 passing, 50 rushing) andWhite added 46 on the ground.
Craig Bragg led the Bruins with five receptions and becameUCLA's career receiving leader (180) with a nine-yard catchon UCLA's final drive. Tab Perry added four receptions for80 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 506 yards -- 321 on the groundand 185 in the air. Spencer Havner led the Bruins with 12tackles while Justin London and Trey Brown added nineeach and Jarrad Page made eight stops. Brigham Harwellalso scored the first touchdown of his career when herecovered a fumble caused by C.J. Niusulu for UCLA's firstscore.
Chris Kluwe averaged 50.3 yards on seven kicks with justtwo returned for a total of six yards and Justin Medlockmade all three field goal attempts, including two from 47yards, and both PATs for 11 points.
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. His record is 11-11 overall, 7-7 inPac-10 play.
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 participated in 13 bowl games, including three RoseBowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He playedon teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeatedUSC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rankin the all-time school career Top 10 (tied for 10th) and hisreceiving yards total of 1,517 yards ranks No. 13.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includessix seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona,and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona Stateand Central Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree fromUCLA following the 1986 season and began his coachingcareer in 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 Washington, servingas offensive coordinator and wide receivers 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.
COACHING MOVES --
The Bruins have added three newoffensive coaches to the staff for the 2004 season. TomCable, former head coach at Idaho, serves as the offensivecoordinator and offensive line coach. Cable has beenan assistant coach at Colorado (offensive coordinator),California, UNLV and Cal State Fullerton.
Dino Babers is mentoring the Bruin wide receivers. He cameto 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 is serving as quarterbacks coach. He cameto 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 is now coach ing the tight end position. Lastseason, he was the wide receivers coach. Defensive linecoach Don Johnson is now serving as recruiting coordinator.In addition, outside linebacker / nickel back coachBrian Schneider is in charge of all of the Bruin specialteams units.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- A powerful back with abreakaway burst of speed, the spectacular sophomoreis having an outstanding season. On the year, despiteleaving the Washington State game in the first quarterand not returning, Drew ranks third in the Pac-10 and14th in the nation in all-purpose yards (159.56). His 384-yard effort at Washington is the nation's top total ofthe year and he also had 222 yards vs. San Diego Stateand 221 against Stanford.
Drew ranks third in the Pac-10 and 27th nationally inrushing with his average of 98.44 yards per gamedespite carrying the ball just once against WSU. Healso ranks 28th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10in scoring (8.00 points per game). He is averaging 15.2yards on 10 punt returns and would rank second inthe Pac-10 but is one return shy of qualifying.
Drew is averaging 8.83 yards every time he touches thefootball (1,483 yards on 168 touches). He is averaging 6.7yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdownsthis season have been at least 47 yards (40.63 average,325 yards), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards. Overall,he has 12 touchdowns this season -- eight rushing,three receiving and one punt return.
His 1,436 all-purpose yards in eight games already rankNo. 8 on UCLA's single-season list and at his current paceover 11 games, he would finish in the top three in this category.He is the first player in school history to have atleast 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in thesame season.
In his 22-game career, he has rushed for 1,468 yards(5.5 average) and 13 touchdowns. He has scored 19touchdowns overall, including three receptions, twokickoff returns and one punt return, and nine of those19 have measured at least 47 yards.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA historyin the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington. UCLA ralliedfrom a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew.On the afternoon, the 5-8 dynamo rushed for a schoolrecord322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301yards, set in 2001 against Washington. He also scored aschool-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns onruns of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards thanks to huge holes,great moves, broken tackles and outstanding speed tothe outside.
Drew's 322 yards also rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 forWashington State in 1984 and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC in1976. He also tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns,held by five players. His effort was the 75th 300+game in NCAA history. On the day, he compiled 384 allpurposeyards.
For his efforts at Washington, he was named the WalterCamp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Playerof the Week. He was also named National Player of theWeek by The Sporting News magazine and radio, USAToday and collegefootballnews.com. He was also SportsIllustrated's Five-Star Player. In addition, he was selectedPac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside andraced 47 yards to tie the game at 7-7. On his second carry,with UCLA trailing 24-7 and 2:30 remaining in the firstquarter, he raced 62 yards, the second-longest run of hiscareer, for his second score of the quarter. On his fourthcarry, a third-and-12 with 40 seconds left in the quarter,he sped 58 yards for his third touchdown. Overall in thefirst quarter, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdownson four attempts.
He gave the Bruins the lead for good (27-24) with 4:16 remainingin the half when he scooted around right end fora 15-yard touchdown. He finished the half with 235 yardsand four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
In the third quarter, he broke several tackles en route to hisschool-record fifth touchdown, a 37-yard run on the Bruins'first possession of the half. Despite suffering calfcramps, he broke Foster's record on a two-yard run inthe fourth quarter. Late in the game, he helped the Bruinsrun over five minutes off the clock by picking up two firstdowns on third-down runs.
On the day, he had eight runs of at least 12 yards, 13 of atleast five yards and only one for negative yardage andone for zero yards.
Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins in rushing withhis third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 161 yardsand one touchdown on 21 carries. He had four doublefigureruns and just two for negative yardage. His touchdown,which measured 57 yards, gave UCLA a 7-3 leadand included a 360-spin, two broken tackles and a footraceto the end zone.
In addition, he made one reception for nine yards, returnedone kickoff for 27 yards and returned three punts for 25yards, giving him 222 all-purpose yards. He also completedthe first pass of his career for 47 yards to MichaelPitre.
Drew saw limited action against Arizona, carrying the balljust 11 times for 22 yards. He also made one reception for31 yards on UCLA's first scoring drive.
At California, he accounted for 128 all-purpose yards andtwo touchdowns. In the second quarter, he tied the gameat 14-14 when he took a screen pass and raced 27 yardsfor a score. In the fourth quarter, he turned another screeninto a 43-yard touchdown, his sixth of at least 40 yardsthis season. On the day, he made three receptions for 76yards, rushed for a team-high 42 yards on 14 carries andadded 10 yards on two punt returns.
At Arizona State, Drew had 118 all-purpose yards. He rushedfor 54 yards on 15 attempts, made three receptions for23 yards, returned one kickoff for 22 yards and returnedone punt for 19 yards. He scored his 10th touchdown ofthe year on a two-yard run in the second quarter.
Against Stanford, Drew accounted for 221 all-purpose yards.He rushed for 105 yards on 12 attempts, made five receptionsfor 23 yards and one touchdown (three yards) andreturned three punts for 93 yards, including a 68-yardtouchdown that gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead early in thesecond quarter. It was his first touchdown ever on apunt return and the fourth different type of touchdownin his career (rushing, receiving, kickoff return, puntreturn). Five of his 12 rushes measured in double figures,including runs of 30 and 20 yards. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.Against Washington State, he suffered a sprained right ankleon a five-yard punt return midway through the first quarterand never returned. He rushed the ball just once andcaught only one pass.
In the season opener, Drew rushed for 44 yards on 12 carriesagainst Oklahoma State. He also made three receptionsfor 92 yards, including a 57-yard catch-and-run thatgave the Bruins a first down at the 12-yard line with justunder seven minutes remaining in the contest. On theafternoon, he had 136 all-purpose yards.
At Illinois, Drew showed his speed and strength, rushingfor 142 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts. OnUCLA's second possession, he broke a couple of tacklesand ran away from the defense for a 47-yard touchdown,the second longest scoring run of his career. He had fourruns of at least 10 yards. Drew also returned one kickofffor 25 yards and added one reception for nine yards tototal 176 all-purpose yards.
In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and alsoexcelled as a kick returner (two kickoff returns for touchdown).He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10as 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 against ArizonaState was the longest of the season in the conference.His total of 176 yards rushing (18 carries) for the gameagainst the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best totalever by a UCLA true freshman. Drew made the first startof his career at Washington State and rushed for 80 yards.He also started in the bowl game against Fresno Stateand led the team with 65 yards rushing.
#14 QB Drew Olson --Through nine games, the junior quarterback has completed158 of 274 passes (57.7) for 1,976 yards, 17touchdowns and 11 interceptions (four on deflections).He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 38th in the NCAA intotal offense (229.56 yards), sixth in the Pac-10 in passing(219.56 yards), and fifth in the Pac-10 and 41st inthe NCAA in passing efficiency (130.69 rating). In thePac-10, his average of 12.51 yards per completion isthird among players with at least 100 completions andhis completion percentage of 57.66% is fourth.This season, Olson has thrown 17 touchdown passes,tying him for fifth on that UCLA single-season list. OnlyCade McNown (25 in 1998 and 24 in 1997), Troy Aikman(24 in 1988) and Tom Ramsey (21 in 1982) have thrownfor more touchdowns in a season.In Olson's last five games, he has completed 102 of 171passes (59.65%) for 1,236 yards, 13 touchdowns andsix interceptions. Olson's eight touchdown passes in atwo-game span tied the UCLA record for most TD passesin a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYUand four against Washington in 1993). Olson had 10 in athree-game span and the record is 11 by Cook (3-4-4).
Olson now has 384 completions in his 30-game career(23 starts). That total ranks No. 6 in UCLA history, justbehind No. 5 Tommy Maddox (391). In addition, his4,745 passing yards rank No. 6 on that UCLA list. Healso ranks No. 7 in career total offense (4,569 yards).
In the opener against Oklahoma State, the true junior completed16 of 36 passes for 252 yards. He completedpasses to six different receivers, including seven to widereceivers, seven to running backs and two to tight ends.
He also had two fourth-quarter interceptions, both ontipped passes. His 57-yard pass play to Maurice Drew inthe fourth quarter was the longest of his career.He enjoyed an outstanding afternoon at Illinois. He recordeda career best (at the time) with three touchdown passes(41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg and 15 yards to MarcedesLewis). On the day, he completed 14 of 21 passes for 208yards with one interception (tipped pass). He led UCLAon scoring drives of 96 and 65 yards on its first two possessionsto build a first-quarter lead of 14-0. He also hada career-long 29-yard run and finished with 29 net rushingyards.
At Washington, the site of his first career start in 2002, hehelped rally the Bruins from a 24-7 deficit. On the afternoon,he completed 12 of 17 passes for 122 yards andone interception on a deflected pass. In the second half,he completed nine of 10 passes, including his final seven,for 97 yards and five passing first downs.
Against San Diego State, Olson completed 14 of 29 passesto eight different receivers for 158 yards with one touchdownand one interception. His 23-yard scoring strike toTab Perry on third-and-16 gave UCLA a 27-3 lead on itsfirst possession of the second half. He also led the Bruinsto a touchdown on their opening possession of the game.
In the second half, he completed seven of 10 passes (sixof eight in third quarter) for 90 yards and one touchdown.He was at his best in the win against Arizona. With the runninggame not as effective as it has been, Olson completed17 of 25 passes for 234 yards and a career-highfour touchdowns with no interceptions. Three of his fivescoring drives measured at least 70 yards. In the first half,he completed 10 of 13 passes for 148 yards and threetouchdowns as UCLA built a 23-3 halftime lead.With UCLA leading 2-0, Olson capped UCLA's opening possessionwith a pass to fullback Michael Pitre, who rambled28 yards for the score. Leading 16-3 with 5:03 remainingin the first half, Olson and the Bruins drove 95 yards tomake the score 23-3, the final 12 yards coming onMarcedes Lewis' second touchdown reception. In the thirdquarter, following an Arizona touchdown, he drove theBruins 80 yards to make the score 30-10, throwing an 18-yard strike to Lewis for the score.
At California, Olson threw four touchdown passes for thesecond straight week, finding Marcedes Lewis for 15yards, Maurice Drew for 27 and 43 yards and Joe Cowanfor 46 yards. The final TD pass brought the Bruins to within10 points (38-28) with 2:39 remaining in the game.On the afternoon, he completed 20 of 36 passes for 299yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He hadfive completions of at least 25 yards, including three of atleast 40 yards.
At Arizona State, Olson rallied the Bruins from a 14-3 deficitto a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead. On the afternoon, he completed30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards withtwo touchdowns and four interceptions. He completedpasses to 10 different receivers. It was the second straightweek he set a career best in passing yardage. His secondtouchdown pass, a nine yarder to Tab Perry, gavethe Bruins the 42-31 lead.
The 30 completions rank No. 2 in UCLA history, toppedonly by Troy Aikman's 32 against USC in 1988. The 44 attemptstied for No. 7 on that list (Aikman attempted 44 vs.Washington State in 1988 and Steve Bono threw 44 passesvs. Oregon in 1984) and is the second-highest total of hiscareer (he threw 49 passes against Oregon last year).The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002,when Cory Paus had 378 against Oregon State.
Against Stanford, the junior completed 17 of 28 passes for177 yards with one touchdown (three yards) and one interception.Against Washington State, he completed 18 of 38 passesfor 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.Both touchdown passes came in the fourth quarteras the Bruins tried to rally from a 15-point deficit.The second TD pass came with 42 seconds remainingin the game but the Bruins were then unsuccessful ontheir two-point conversion pass attempt.
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback,but found himself thrust to the forefront for the secondstraight year because of injury. He replaced an injuredMatt Moore in the first half of the opener at Colorado andwent on to appear 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 in passingefficiency rating (111.27). His 173 completions ranked12th on UCLA's single-season list. He became the 14thBruin overall and just the fourth sophomore to pass formore 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.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Junior transfer David Koralgained valuable experience during Fall camp, becomingmore familiar with the offensive scheme. He entered UCLAin January of 2004 following a transfer from Santa MonicaCollege and participated in Spring Practice. He completed55% of his passes for 2,202 yards and had 18 touchdownsand six interceptions last season at SMC. Koral made hisdebut against Arizona, playing the final two snaps. Heplayed three snaps versus Stanford.
Third-year sophomore walk-on Brian Callahan possessesan excellent knowledge of the offense and is alsocompeting for playing time behind Olson.
#87 WR Craig Bragg -- One of the best receivers in UCLAhistory, Craig Bragg enjoyed a second consecutivestandout season in 2003. A big-play performer (11 touchdownsof at least 40 yards during his career), he is theonly player in school history to make at least 50 receptionsin two different seasons.
Bragg returned to action at Arizona State after havingmissed the San Diego State, Arizona and Californiagames with a dislocated left shoulder suffered at Washingtonon Sept. 18. He currently has a streak of 42 consecutivegames in which he has played and caught apass. He had a string of 34 games in which he madeat least two receptions ended at ASU.
Bragg is now UCLA's career receiving leader and needs338 receiving yards to rank No. 1 on that career chart.His 180 career catches now rank first on UCLA's careerlist, having passed Kevin Jordan versus Washington State.His 2,683 receiving yards rank second on the career list,trailing only Danny Farmer (3,020). He has 20 careertouchdowns (17 receiving, two rushing and one punt return),including 11 (nine receptions, one run and one puntreturn) of at least 40 yards.
He has also moved into fourth place on UCLA's careerall-purpose yardage list with 3,840 yards. Only runningbacks Gaston Green (4,283), DeShaun Foster(4,028) and Theotis Brown (3,944) have accounted formore all-purpose yards.
His 2,683 career receiving yards rank eighth among allactive Division IA players, his 80 career punt returnsrank fifth (tied) and his 799 punt return yards rankeighth. His 180 receptions rank 12th, his 17 receivingtouchdowns rank T-19th and his 3,840 all-purposeyards rank 15th.
Bragg has a career touchdown average of 39.8 yards (37.8on 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 76, three behind No. 2 RonCarver (79).
In the opener against Oklahoma State, he made four receptionsfor 87 yards, all in the first half. Three of his fourcatches resulted in first downs (his fourth was a 13-yardgain on which he fumbled so no first down is credited)and he had receptions of 38 and 33 yards in the secondquarter, the former setting up UCLA's field goal on the finalplay of the half. He also returned three punts for 47yards, including one for 33 yards in the fourth quarter.
At Illinois, his diving catch in the end zone for a 41-yard touchdowngave the Bruins a 7-0 lead on their first offensivepossession. He also made a 14-yard scoring grab with3:58 left in the second quarter to give UCLA a 21-7 halftimelead. His third reception also produced a first down,making him three for three in that category.
At Washington, he made five receptions for 57 yards. On afourth-quarter reception, he suffered a dislocated leftshoulder. Four of his five receptions produced first downs.He also returned four punts for 26 yards.After missing three games, he saw limited action at ArizonaState and made one reception for 28 yards and afirst down.
Against Stanford, he tied for the team lead with five receptions,good for 48 yards and four first downs.Against Washington State, he made a team-high fivereceptions for 28 yards and one first down. The receptionthat broke the record was a nine-yard catch thatgave the Bruins the ball at the four-yard line on theirfinal touchdown drive and UCLA scored on the nextplay. He also returned four punts for 50 yards, includinga 34-yard return to start that final touchdown drive.On the year, he is third on the team with 23 receptionsfor 321 yards (second), a 14.0 average, two touchdownsand 16 first downs.
If he had played enough games to qualify, here is wherehe would rank in various Pac-10 categories: fourth (tied)in punt returns (10.25), 10th in receiving yards (53.5),10th in receptions (3.83) and 17th in all-purpose yards(74.33).
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) thanBragg. His nine touchdowns in 2002 averaged 43.6 yardsper play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yardsand 10th in receptions. He also led the league in puntreturn average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoon's in UCLA historyagainst Oregon in 2002 when he caught nine passes (tiedfor eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on schoollist) with three touchdowns. Bragg was named the MostValuable Player in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl aftercatching four passes for 38 yards and returning a punt74 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.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true junior, who is one ofthe nation's best at his position thanks to a great combinationof size, speed and athletic ability entered the seasonon the 'Watch List' for the John Mackey Award. In theopener against Oklahoma State, Lewis made two receptionsfor 23 yards. Both of his catches came on third downand both moved the chains, one on UCLA's first touchdowndrive and one on the field goal drive at the end ofthe half.
At Illinois, he led the team with four receptions for 62 yardsand one touchdown. He made a 23-yard catch and runon UCLA's first play from scrimmage and a 16-yard receptionon UCLA's first series of the second half, both drivesthat ended in touchdowns. He also made a 15-yard scoringcatch in the fourth quarter on which his second effortmoved the ball into the end zone. On the day, he producedthree first downs.
At Washington, he made two receptions for 21 yards andone first down. He made a key 19-yard reception on theBruins' field goal drive that gave them a 37-31 lead.Against San Diego State, he made one reception for nineyards.
Lewis had a breakout game in the win over Arizona, makingsix receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns,tying his career high for receptions and setting new bestsfor yardage and touchdowns. His touchdowns measured16, 12 and 18 yards and he also had catches of 23 and 21yards on scoring drives. Dating back to 1965, his threetouchdown receptions are the most by a Bruin tightend in a game. All six catches produced first downs.
On the first touchdown (16 yards on third down), he tippedit, was hit but stayed focused to regrab the ball for thescore. On his second touchdown (12 yards), he made thecatch, bounced off a would-be tackler, regained his balanceand forced his way into the end zone for a 23-3lead. His third scoring catch was on a 18-yard strike fromOlson down the middle, again on third down. He alsomade a reception with a defender draped all over himand another on which he leaped high in the air for thecatch. For his efforts, he was named the Mackey CommitteeNational Tight End of the Week.
At California, he made four receptions for 22 yards andUCLA's first touchdown, a 15-yard strike from Drew Olson.He also had two first downs.
At Arizona State, he made four receptions for 44 yards andhis sixth touchdown of the year, a one-handed grab inthe back right corner of the end zone. His other three receptionsresulted in first downs.
Against Stanford, he made one reception for 26 yards anda first down on UCLA's first touchdown drive.Against Washington State, he made two receptions for26 yards and two first downs. On his second catch,good for 19 yards with over 8:30 left in the first half, hesuffered a bruised tailbone and was unable to returnto the game.
On the year, he leads the Bruins with 26 receptions, 332yards and six receiving touchdowns and is averaging12.8 yards per reception. He has produced 20 firstdowns to go with his six touchdowns.
His six receiving touchdowns rank fourth (tied) in the Pac-10 and first (tied) among tight ends. He ranks 17th (tied)in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (2.89).In his last five games, he has 17 receptions (217 yards)and five touchdowns.
His 10 career touchdown receptions tie the UCLA tightend record of 10, set by All-American Tim Wrightman.He now ranks No. 5 on UCLA's career tight end receivinglist. The other five tight ends in the Top Six playedin the NFL. He is also tied for 24th place overall onUCLA's career receiving list.
The lone returner at tight end, Lewis finished the 2003 seasonwith 30 receptions for 377 yards (12.6 average) andthree touchdowns. Those 30 catches rank fifth amongBruin tight ends since 1980. He ranked second on the teamin receptions, 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 the benchand led all Bruin receivers with four catches for 67 yards,including a 31-yard touchdown grab, against California.All four of his receptions produced first downs, two onthird-down situations. At USC, he started in a two-tightend formation and made one reception, a 17-yardtouchdown. He made two receptions for 13 yards in theSilicon Valley Football Classic against Fresno State.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE -- One of two season captainselected by his teammates, White is a big back who hasthe speed to play tailback, the strength to play fullbackand the receiving skills to contribute at either position.He enjoyed a career game in the opener against OklahomaState. He rushed for a career-high 145 yards on 20 carriesand scored both Bruin touchdowns. His first, on whichhe broke several tackles and crossed the field from left toright for a 60-yard score, the longest run of his career,tied the game at 7-7. The second, a four-yard blast throughthe left side, gave UCLA a 14-7 lead. He also made fourreceptions for 40 yards, giving him 185 all-purpose yardson the afternoon. His previous career-high in rushing (102)was against Illinois in 2003.
At Illinois, White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries, and hisone-yard touchdown on UCLA's opening possession ofthe second half gave the Bruins a 28-7 lead. He gained64 of his yards (12 carries) in the final half. He also madetwo receptions for 16 yards.
At Washington, he broke 80 yards for the third straight game.He finished with 84 yards on 23 carries, including 60 yardson 14 attempts in the second half. He had 10 runs of atleast four yards and two in double figures. Against SanDiego State, he gained 35 yards on 13 attempts and alsocaught two passes for eight yards.
Against Arizona, White led the team in rushing with 62 toughyards on 17 attempts. His longest run was eight yardsand he converted five into first downs. He also made tworeceptions for 10 yards. At California, he gained 29 yardson eight rushing attempts.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 81 yards rushingand one touchdown. In the third quarter, his long run (55yards) and fumble resulted in a 12-yard touchdown byTab Perry. White then caught a pass on the two-point conversionattempt to tie the game at 28-28. His three-yardtouchdown run gave the Bruins their first lead of the day(35-31). On the afternoon, he also made four receptions.
Against Stanford, he rushed for 87 yards and one touchdownon 12 attempts (7.2 average) and did not have asingle run for negative yards. His long run was 32 yardsand his two-yard touchdown with 3:01 left in he first quartergave the Bruins a lead they would never relinquish.In the Washington State game, he rushed for 46 yardson 13 attempts. With 42 seconds remaining in thegame, he made a leaping, one-armed grab of DrewOlson's four-yard pass for a touchdown to bring theBruins to within two points, 31-29.
White ranks second on the team in rushing with a career-high 666 yards (74.0 per game) and is averaging5.0 yards per attempt. He is also sixth with 16 receptions.He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing (74.0) and14th in all-purpose yards (83.44).
For his career, White has rushed for a total of 1,716 yards,tied for No. 17 with Mel Farr, Sr. on UCLA's career list,and 16 touchdowns.
In the Karl Dorrell Era, UCLA is 11-6 in games in whichWhite plays and 0-5 in games in which he does notplay.
In 2003, White missed the final five games of the seasondue to a fractured right scapula suffered in the first half ofthe Arizona State contest. The Bruins did not win a gamethe rest of the season without him in the backfield.White rushed for a career-high (at the time) 102 yards on 18carries in the win over Illinois. In the fourth quarter, hecarried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards,including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final nineplaypossession. At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins inrushing with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yardscoring run.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for the fourthstraight game when he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.His 56-yard run in the fourth quarter was UCLA'slongest 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.
#3 WR Tab Perry -- The senior returned to practice withthe team on August 18 after being academically ineligiblefor the 2003 season. He was readmitted to UCLA onAugust 17 and began practicing with the team on the nextday. On Sept. 3, the afternoon before the opener againstOklahoma State, the NCAA granted UCLA's request for aprogress-towards-degree waiver for Perry, allowing himto compete this season.
He made one reception for no yards against Oklahoma Stateand returned one kickoff for 32 yards in his first actionsince the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl. At Illinois, he made onecatch for 10 yards. At Washington, he did not make areception but returned one kickoff for 24 yards to give theBruins the football at their own 39-yard line on their firstpossession of the game.
Against San Diego State, he made three receptions for 34yards. His 23-yard touchdown catch on third-and-16 onUCLA's first possession of the second half gave the Bruinsa 27-3 lead. He started for the first time against Arizonabut did did not make a reception. At California, he madethree catches for 61 yards, including one play of 41 yardson which he carried a defender at least 10 yards afterinitial contact.
At Arizona State, he tied for the team lead with five receptionsfor 66 yards and one touchdown, a nine-yard pass fromDrew Olson to give the Bruins a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead.He also scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter whenhe picked up Manuel White's bouncing fumble and racedthe final 12 yards for the TD. He also made a diving 28-yard grab at the two-yard line to set up Maurice Drew'stouchdown run and returned a kickoff 23 yards.Against Stanford, he started and made two receptions for46 yards and one first down. His 40-yard receptionimmediately preceeded Manuel White's two-yardtouchdown run that gave UCLA a 7-0 lead.
Against Washington State, he made four receptions for ateam-high 80 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown earlyin the fourth quarter and three first downs. He alsoreturned three kickoffs for 67 yards.
In his last four games, he has made 14 receptions for253 yards with catches of 47, 41, 40 and 38 yards. Onthe year, he has made 19 receptions, fourth on theteam.
Perry now has 81 career catches (18th on the all-timeschool list) for 1,469 yards (16th on the school list) andsix touchdowns. He ranks second in career kickoffreturns (62) and kickoff return yardage (1,408) andneeds just four returns and eight yards to tie thoseschool records. He also holds the single-season schoolrecord in both categories.
Perry has 2,897 all-purpose yards (1,469 receiving, 1,408on kickoff returns and 20 rushing yards) and ranks 15thon that UCLA career list.
MORE WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Junior Taylorstarted the opener against Oklahoma State at split endbut did not make a reception. At Illinois, he made twocatches for 34 yards, producing first downs with bothreceptions. His 24-yard second-quarter catch wasimmediately followed by Craig Bragg's second touchdowncatch that gave UCLA a 21-7 lead.
At Washington, he made four receptions for 41 yards -- allin the second half. He made a key third-down reception(seven yards) for a first down on UCLA's fourth quarterfield goal drive. On UCLA's final possession, he made an18-yard catch-and-run on third down to help the Bruinsrun over five minutes off the clock.
Against San Diego State, he made three catches for 16 yardsand one first down. Against Arizona, he made threereceptions for 21 yards and one first down. At California,he made two receptions for 15 yards. At Arizona State, hetied for the team lead with five receptions for 63 yards.Against Stanford, he made three receptions for 29 yardsand one first down. Against Washington State, he madetwo receptions for 29 yards, including a long of 20,and two first downs.
On the year, Taylor ranks second on the team with 24receptions for 248 yards (10.3 average) and 11 firstdowns. He has made 62 career receptions and is tiedfor 24th place on UCLA's career chart.
In 2003, Taylor ranked fourth on the squad with his 24receptions and third with his 302 yards. He had abreakthrough evening against San Diego State, recordingcareer highs in receptions (seven) and yards (110). He alsoscored UCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception.True sophomore Joe Cowan caught two passes for 10yards in the opener and did not make a reception at Illinoisor at Washington. Against San Diego State, he had onereception for 25 yards.
He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yardsand one touchdown. His 46-yard scoring catch from DrewOlson made the score 38-28 with 2:39 remaining and healso had a 25-yard reception. At Arizona State, he madethree receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, andthree for first downs. He did not make a reception versusStanford and made one catch for 15 yards versusWashington State. In his last four games, he has madenine catches for 181 yards (20.1 average) and onetouchdown. In 2003, he made seven receptions,including one for a touchdown versus USC.
True freshman Marcus Everett made the first start of hiscareer against San Diego State and responded with tworeceptions for 49 yards and two first downs. His 33-yardreception was a key play on UCLA's field goal drive at theend of the half that made the score 20-3.
Against Arizona, he started and made a career-best fourreceptions for 45 yards and two first downs, including onefor 21 on a third down during UCLA's final touchdown driveof the first half. He also made a 20-yard catch on the finaltouchown drive of the game. He did not make a catch atCalifornia. At Arizona State, he started in a three widereceiver set and made two catches for 13 yards. He madeone reception for three yards versus Stanford. He did notmade a catch versus Washington State.
MORE TIGHT ENDS --
Junior Keith Carter participatedin Fall camp on a limited basis. He saw action againstOklahoma State on five snaps, his first action since the2002 Las Vegas Bowl. He has played more extensively atIllinois, at Washington and against San Diego State, Arizona,California, Arizona State and Stanford, especiallyin double-tight end formations. He played more extensivelyversus Washington State after Marcedes Lewis' injury.Carter, who was expected to compete for a startingspot in 2003, suffered a fractured and dislocated righthip in a motorcycle accident on April 3, 2003. He sat outthe 2003 football season after undergoing a series of surgicalprocedures.
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.
Redshirt sophomore J.J. Hair played versus OklahomaState and Washington. Against San Diego State, he madea reception good for eight yards and a first down. He alsosaw action at Arizona State and played the most snapsof his career versus Washington State in place of Lewis.Junior college transfer Matt Raney made his debut withtwo snaps versus Arizona. He also played two snapsagainst Stanford.
MORE RUNNING BACK --
Junior Jason Harrison,redshirt freshmen Michael Pitre and Derrick Williamsand true freshman Chris Markey each had theirmoments to impress the coaches in the pre-season.Pitre has established himself as an outstanding fullback aftermissing all of last season with neck problems. He is astandout blocker who excels at opening holes for thetailbacks. Against Washington, he was a key contributorto Maurice Drew's record-setting day. Against San DiegoState, he carried the ball once (the only carry by a Bruinfullback) and made a 47-yard reception. Against Arizona,he scored UCLA's first touchdown, taking a screen passfrom Drew Olson and rumbling 28 yards down the rightsideline for the score. He made one reception for 15 yardsat California. At Arizona State, he made two receptionsfor eight yards. Against Stanford, he made the first startof his career. He caught one pass for 13 yards versusWashington State.
Markey, who totaled 2,837 rushing yards and 46 touchdownslast season as a prep senior, played one seriesagainst Illinois and had five net yards on two attempts.Against San Diego State, he returned one kickoff for 24yards and carried once for 12 yards. He carried the ballsix times (32 yards) in the fourth quarter against Arizona,including the final five plays of UCLA's final touchdowndrive, scoring on a two-yard run. He also returned a kickoff35 yards. At California, he carried once for seven yardsand returned five kicks for 98 yards, including one for 31yards.
At Arizona State, Markey, playing much of the second half,rushed for a career-high 80 yards on five attempts. His61-yard run in the third quarter immediately preceededManuel White's three-yard scoring run to give the Bruinstheir first lead. Markey also had one kickoff return for 15yards and one reception for five yards. Against Stanford,he rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries and also had tworeceiving yards on a lateral from Craig Bragg. AgainstWashington State, he carried five times for 17 net yardsand returned two kickoffs for 56 yards.
Williams has run hard this Fall and has a chance to alsohelp on kickoff returns. He carried twice for minus-twoyards against San Diego State. At California, he forced afumble on a Golden Bear kickoff return that UCLA convertedinto a touchdown. At Arizona State, he recordedhis first career kickoff return (19 yards).
Harrison missed the entire 2003 season after injuring a kneein the 2002 regular-season finale against WashingtonState. He finally made his return against Arizona, carryingthe ball once for two yards on the first play of UCLA'sfinal possession. He also saw action on special teams atArizona State.
OFFENSIVE LINE --
The line has helped the Bruins average205.44 yards on the ground (18th in the NCAA and secondin the Pac-10) and 430.22 yards overall (22nd in the NCAAand second in the Pac-10). It has also protectedquarterback Drew Olson extremely well, allowing just 11sacks in the nine games.
Senior Steven Vieira has been in the starting lineup in 40of the past 41 games, including 38 straight. He is at adifferent position along the line for the third straightseason. Against Arizona State, he started at weak guardafter starting the first six games at strong guard. He alsoplayed at weak guard against Stanford and WashingtonState. He also played a few snaps at weak tackle versusWSU. Last year, he played left tackle. In 2004, he playedevery snap in the first four games and all but the final twoagainst Arizona. He played every snap against California,Arizona State and Stanford.
In 2003, he was 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.Against Oklahoma State, redshirt junior Mike McCloskeyreturned to the starting lineup for the first time since thefifth game of the 2003 season. He played every snap ofthe first four games but missed the Arizona game due toa sprained ankle suffered in practice. He returned againstCalifornia and played the entire contest and did the sameagainst Arizona State and Stanford. He did not playagainst Washington State due to headaches. McCloskeyhas not allowed a sack all season. He originally won thecenter job in a competition during 2002 Fall camp. Hethen started all 13 games and earned second-teamFreshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.McCloskey started the first five games of last seasonbefore suffering a fractured ankle in the Washington gamewhich sidelined him for the remainder of the year.Senior Paul Mociler started 10 games at right guard in2003 and performed well at center after moving there inSpring 2004. During the off-season, he moved to strongtackle, won the job in Fall camp. He played every snapagainst Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington and SanDiego State. Against Arizona, he missed one play in themiddle of the game and the final two snaps of the contest.He played every snap at California and Arizona State andmissed one snap versus Stanford. He started at strongtackle versus Washington State and also took a few snapsat center. Mociler made his first career start in the 2002opener against Colorado State and made appearancesin seven games that season.
Redshirt junior Ed Blanton is in his second season as astarter. He played the entire contests against OklahomaState, Illinois, Washington and San Diego State at weaktackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. Heplayed every snap against California, Arizona State andStanford and missed a couple of snaps versusWashington State. He has now started 22 straight games.
He emerged from 2003 Spring drills as the starter at theright tackle position and started all 13 games a year ago.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 junior Robert Cleary made his first career startat weak guard against Oklahoma State and played theentire contest. He took advantage of Eyoseph Efseaff'sinjury during Fall camp and earned the starting position.He also started against Illinois, Washington, San DiegoState, Arizona and California. Against Arizona State,Stanford and Washington State, he came off the benchand alternated throughout the games.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Chai started eight games atthe center position a year ago after McCloskey went downwith a season-ending ankle injury. He did not play in theopener but alternated with Cleary at the weak guard slotagainst Illinois, Washington and San Diego State. Hestarted and played virtually the entire Arizona contest atcenter in place of the injured McCloskey. He did not playagainst California or Arizona State and played three snapsat center versus Stanford. He started and played almostthe entire Washington State contest in place of McCloskey.True freshman Shannon Tevaga, who spent most of thefirst six weeks playing on the PAT-FG squad, started atstrong guard against Arizona State and did a good job inhis first extensive action (he had played two snaps againstArizona and four snaps at tight end at California). He isthe fifth true freshman to start a game this season. Tevagaalso started and played a majority of the contests againstStanford and Washington State.
Two other true freshmen --
Brian Abraham (tackle) andChris Joseph (tackle) have been listed No. 2 on the depthchart at their respective positions. Both played on the PATfieldgoal team in the first five games before Josephsuffered a partially torn knee ligament. Abraham andJoseph each played a couple of offensive snaps at theend of the Arizona contest (Abraham also played one inthe middle of the game against Arizona and Stanford anda couple versus Washington State). In addition, redshirtfreshman guard P.J. Irvin made his debut on the finaltwo snaps versus Arizona.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- Junior inside linebacker SpencerHavner, a candidate for All-America honors, is one of12 semifinalists for both the Butkus Award and the RotaryLombardi Award. He was also selected a mid-season All-American by SI.com and collegefootballnews.com. Thethird-year starter has also been selected one of two seasoncaptains by a vote of his teammates.
Havner leads the nation in solo tackles (8.11) and is sixthin total tackles (12.22). In nine games, he has made110 tackles and his average of 12.22 leads the Pac-10by 1.22 stops per game. He also leads the Bruins with7.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the lead with twointerceptions.
Havner has made 288 tackles in his career and now ranksNo. 13 on that all-time UCLA list. In addition, he has eightcareer interceptions and has returned three for touchdowns,including one this season. He averages 31.6 yardsper interception and his touchdowns have measured 52,42 and 23 yards.
He recorded 16 tackles, including 11 solos and five assists,in the opener against Oklahoma State despite playing witha bruised shoulder that caused him to miss time in thesecond quarter. Two of his stops were for losses (fouryards) and 11 were made in the second half.At Illinois, he made a career-high 17 tackles (seven solosand 10 assists), the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomasmade 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked afield goal for the third time in his career and broke up onepass.
At Washington, he led the team in tackles for the third straightgame, finishing with 13 stops (10 solos), including one forloss.
Against San Diego State, he led the team for the fourth consecutivegame, finishing with 14 (six solos), including onefor loss. In addition, with the Bruins leading just 7-3 in thesecond quarter, Havner picked off a pass and returned it52 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead. He was selectedPac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.He made 11 tackles (10 solos) to tie for the team lead versusArizona. He also made a five-yard quarterback sack. AtCalifornia, he recorded five solo tackles. At Arizona State,he made six tackles, including five solos.
In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles(his third game of at least 16 stops), including 11 solos andfive assists. He also had two tackles for loss and his secondinterception of the year (21 yards). He was namedPac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles forthe seventh time in nine games, finishing with 12 tackles(11 solos).
In 2003, he ranked third on the squad with 82 tackles, tiedfor the team lead with three interceptions and ranked 25thin the Pac-10 with his average of 6.3 tackles. Havner wasselected honorable mention all-conference.
Havner recorded seven tackles in the Oklahoma game andreturned an interception 72 yards. He recorded seventackles against San Diego State with one sack and aninterception. He was credited with eight tackles, an interceptionand a forced fumble at Arizona. He earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performancein the Cal game after he blocked two field goals, one ofwhich was returned for a touchdown. Havner made acareer-best (at the time) 13 tackles at Washington State,including two for losses.
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 ranked 11th in the conference.His 12 tackles for loss were second on the team. He rankedthird on the team with three interceptions, two of whichhe returned for touchdowns to tie an NCAA record forlinebackers. Havner was selected first-team Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by TheSporting News.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL -- This fifth-year senior made 10tackles, including four solos and six assists, in the 2004season opener against Oklahoma State. Against Illinois,he added eight stops (five solos), tied for second on thesquad. In the victory at Washington, he made four stops(three solos) and combined to stop Husky receiver CharlesFrederick at the two-yard line on the game's final play topreserve the win. Against San Diego State, he added sixtackles (three solos).
In the win over Arizona, he tied Spencer Havner for the teamlead with 11 tackles (six solos). At California, he made seventackles (six solos), including one for loss.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, includingseven solo stops and one for a six-yard loss. AgainstStanford, he made two tackles and one interception. Asecond pick was wiped out by a penalty. Against WashingtonState, he made four tackles, including three solos.
On the year, he is third on the team with 62 tackles, including37 solos. His average of 6.89 tackles per gameranks T-13th in the Pac-10. He has started 36 of thelast 39 Bruin games, six at strong safety and 30 at freesafety.Emanuel finished fourth on the team in tackles last seasonwith 80. He made a career-high 12 stops in the seasonopenerat Colorado. Emanuel recorded 10 tackles in theIllinois contest. He tied for the team lead with 10 stops atArizona. Ben made five tackles, recovered two fumbles,forced one fumble and made an interception in the gameat 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, on thepre-season `Watch List' for the Lombardi and Butkusaward, sprained his left ankle in practice on August 19and sat out the opener against Oklahoma State. He returnedto practice on September 7 and saw his first gameaction of the season at Illinois, making three assisted tacklescoming off the bench. He started at Washington butplayed only three snaps before reaggravating his injuredankle. He did not see action against San Diego State. Londoncame off the bench against Arizona and made twotackles.
London started at California (his second start of the year)and played most of the game, finishing with four solo tackles.At Arizona State, he made four tackles, including twosolos, in his second straight start.
In the shutout of Stanford, he enjoyed his best afternoon ofthe season. London ranked second on the squad with 10tackles, including seven solos, and had one tackle for loss.Against Washington State, he again ranked secondon the team with nine tackles, including six solos. Hehas made 19 tackles in his last two games.Last season, he started 12 games and ranked second onthe team with 98 tackles. He also ranked second with 8.5tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his averageof 7.67 tackles and was selected honorable mentionall-conference.
London made his first career start in the 2003 opener atColorado. He made the first interception of his career inthe Illinois game. He came off the bench against San DiegoState and made a team-best 11 tackles. London pickedoff his second pass against Washington. He tied for theteam lead with 10 stops, forced a fumble and picked offanother pass in the game at Arizona. London matchedhis career-best with 11 tackles, three for losses, againstCal, including a tackle for a key nine-yard loss on theBears' second possession in overtime. London led theBruins with nine tackles and forced a fumble at USC, includingone tackle for loss.
London saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2002and made five tackles while playing at linebacker and onspecial teams.
#4 SS Jarrad Page -- Now in his third year as the starterat strong safety, Page was credited with nine tackles (foursolos) in the season opener against Oklahoma State. Dueto a strained heel, he did not start at Illinois but came offthe bench to record three solo tackles. He also forced twofirst-half fumbles before missing much of the second halfdue to muscle cramps.
At Washington, he was second on the squad with 10 tackles(six solos), including one for loss. Against San DiegoState, he contributed six tackles, including five solos. Pagemade nine tackles (four solos) in the win over Arizona.At California, he made six tackles, including four solos. Healso returned a punt 34 yards. At Arizona State, Pagemade five tackles, including three solos. He also made afourth-quarter interception that led to a touchdown anda 42-31 lead.
Against Stanford, he made an interception for the secondstraight week and it led to UCLA's first touchdown. He wasalso credited with seven tackles. Against WashingtonState, he made eight tackles, including four solos.On the year, Page ranks second on the team with 63tackles (34 solos), tied for first in interceptions (two)and second with five passes broken up. He is 10th (tied)in the Pac-10 in tackles (7.00) and 10th (tied) in fumblesforced (0.22).
The true junior ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55in 12 games a year ago. He missed the Arizona gamedue to an injury which snapped a string of 15 straightstarting assignments. Page tied for the team lead withthree interceptions, returning one for a touchdown (Washington).He was named honorable mention all-conference.
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 and added two interceptions. He wasnamed first-team Freshman All-America and first-teamFreshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#6 CB MATT CLARK -- This true senior is having a fine yearat cornerback. In the opener against Oklahoma State, hemade four tackles, including three solos. He recorded sixtackles (five solos) at Illinois. In the win at Washington, hemade five stops (four solos) and helped hold CharlesFrederick to just four receptions. He also combined withEmanuel to stop Frederick at the two-yard line on thegame's final play to preserve the win.
Against San Diego State, Clark was credited with three tackles,including one for loss. He also made his first interceptionof the year and broke up a second pass. AgainstArizona, he added one tackle and helped hold the Wildcatsto 93 yards passing.
At California, he made a team-high nine tackles (eight solos),including two for losses. He also broke up one pass.At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including four solos.He also made an interception and broke up two otherpasses. In the shutout of Stanford, he made two solo tacklesand was credited with three pass break ups. AgainstWashington State, he had five tackles (three solos),including one for loss.
On the year, Clark ranks fifth on the squad with 40 tackles.He leads the team with 10 pass breakups, is tiedfor the lead with two interceptions and is third withfour tackles for losses.
Clark started all 12 games in which he played in 2003 andwas seventh on the team with 53 tackles. He made hisfirst career start in the 2003 season-opener at Coloradoand had seven tackles.Clark picked off the first pass ofhis career in the Oklahoma contest. He made seven tacklesagainst Washington. Clark made five stops againstUSC and returned a blocked extra point for a defensivetwo-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.
#75 Kevin Brown -- The true sophomore made his firstcareer start on the defensive line in the opener againstOklahoma State. He was credited with five tackles, includingone for loss, against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he wascredited with one tackle assist. Brown came off the benchat Washington and was credited with two tackle assists.He started and made one tackle against San Diego State.Brown started and had one tackle assist against Arizona.At California, Brown started and made three solo tackles,including one sack and a second for loss. At Arizona State,he started and made one solo tackle, a five-yard sack.Against Stanford, Brown spent much of the day in theCardinal backfield and made three tackles, including 1.5for losses. Against Washington State, he had two tackleassists.
Brown is second on the team in sacks (two) and is alsosecond with 5.5 tackles for loss. In addition, his 19 tacklesare the most among defensive linemen.
Brown has established himself as one of the two startingdefensive tackles and has the ability to be an outstandingperformer. In his first year in the program, he sawaction on both sides of the ball. After playing defense forthe first seven games of the 2003 season, Kevin switchedto the offensive line and started three games (ASU,Stanford, USC) at guard. Brown totaled four tackles onthe year.
DEFENSIVE LINE --
Junior transfer Kyle Morgan had animpressive Spring practice and was contending for a startingslot at defensive end during the pre-season camp.However, he injured his left knee in practice and underwentarthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus onAugust 16. He came off the bench against Oklahoma Statebut was not credited with a tackle. He saw more actionoff the bench at Illinois and recorded a quarterback hurry.Morgan made his first career start at Washington andmade three solo tackles, including one for loss. He startedagainst San Diego State and had one assist on a quarterbacksack. He started versus Arizona and was creditedwith one assist. In his start at California, he made twosolo tackles. At Arizona State, he started and made threesolo tackles. Against Stanford, he started and made twotackles (one solo) and he also had two tackles (two assists)against Washington State. On the year, he has made14 tackles.
True freshman Brigham Harwell underwent arthroscopicsurgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on August16. He saw limited action in the opener and wascredited with two assists. At Illinois, he made five tackles(three solos), including one for loss. He came off the benchat Washington but was not credited with a tackle. Hemade one tackle off the bench versus San Diego Stateand saw limited action against Arizona.
Harwell started at California and recorded five solo tackles.He also started against Arizona State and Stanford.Against Washington State, he started and scoredUCLA's first touchdown of the game, recovering afumble in the end zone. He also made three tackles(one solo) on the afternoon. On the year, he has made16 tackles, including 1.5 for losses.
Redshirt freshman Bruce Davis made his first career startin his first college game in the season opener versus OklahomaState. A quick and explosive player, he made threetackles (two solos) against the Cowboys. At Illinois, hestarted and recorded two tackle assists. He came off thebench at Washington and made one solo tackle. He alsomade one solo tackle off the bench against San DiegoState. He also played off the bench against Arizona andbroke up a key pass attempt in the fourth quarter. He alsoplayed off the bench at California. At Arizona State, hemade one solo tackle, his first career sack, off the bench.Against Stanford, he had two tackles, including 0.5 sacks.Against Washington State, Davis made five tackles, includingfour solos. Two of his tackles were for losses,including one quarterback sack. On the year, Davisleads the Bruins with 2.5 sacks and has made 15 tackles.
True sophomore Justin Hickman, the only lineman to startin each of the first five games, the first two at left end, therest at right end, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscusin his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Californiaand Arizona State games. He returned to actionagainst Stanford and had one tackle assist for a loss. Hecame off the bench versus Washington State and madethree solo tackles, including one for loss. Hickman issecond (tied) among defensive linemen with 17 tackles,including 3.0 for losses. Against Oklahoma State,he recorded four tackles (all assists), including 0.5 sacks(he shared a sack with Danny Nelson). At Illinois, he madethree tackles (one solo) and had one quarterback hurrythat knocked Jon Beutjer out of the game. At Washington,he started at right end and made two tackles (one solo).Against San Diego State, he made two solo tackles, includingone for a 10-yard loss. He made two tackles (oneassist) against Arizona.
True junior tackle C.J. Niusulu is the veteran of the defensivefront. He was set to make the first start of his careerin the season opener against Oklahoma State, but underwentarthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 1.He returned to limited duty just 10 days later at Illinois,playing about a dozen snaps and disrupting the Illini offensiveline before illness sidelined him.
He made his first career start at Washington and was creditedwith three tackles (two solos) while adding experienceup front. He served a one game suspension for aviolation of athletic department policy against San DiegoState. He started against Arizona and was credited withtwo solo tackles. He did not play at California due to aswollen left ankle. He came off the bench at Arizona Stateand made three tackles (one solo), including one for for asix-yard loss. He started against Stanford and made threetackles, including 0.5 sacks.
Against Washington State, he made a career-high sixtackles, including three solos. On his tackle for loss, hecaused a fumble that Brigham Harwell recovered inthe end zone for a touchdown. On the year, he hasplayed in six games (four starts) and has made 17 tackles,tied for second among the linemen.
Sophomore Robert Garcia started at tackle against OklahomaState and was credited with three tackles. He cameoff the bench at Illinois but did not play at Washington. Hesaw limited action versus San Diego State and Arizonaand made one tackle at California. He did not play at ASU.Against Stanford, he played 11 snaps in relief and alsoplayed versus Washington State.
Senior Eyoseph Efseaff, who had started 36 of his 37 previouscareer games as an offensive lineman, joined themix along the defensive front in the Illinois game. He hadmissed significant practice time due to a groin injury andswitched over the defensive side of the ball during theOklahoma State practice week. In his debut atChampaign, he made three tackles (two solos) off thebench. He also came off the bench at Washington. AgainstSan Diego State, he made his first defensive start and wascredited with two tackle assists. He came off the benchagainst Arizona and made two solo tackles. He startedat California and was credited with two solo tackles. Healso started at Arizona State and made one solo tackle.He came off the bench versus Stanford and made twosolo tackles. He also made one tackle as a reserve versusWashington State.
Redshirt freshmen Noah Sutherland (one solo), NIKOLADRAGOVIC (one assist) and William Snead (three tackles,on solo) all played in the opener. All three played atIllinois with Dragovic recording one assist. Dragovic andSnead both played at Washington. Sutherland and Sneadboth played against San Diego State and Arizona(Dragovic did not due to an ankle sprain). In addition, truefreshman Chris Johnson and senior CHARLES TH19OMPSON made their debuts at tackle versus the Aztecs.Sutherland, Snead, Dragovic and Johnson all played atCalifornia and Snead broke up one pass. All four sawaction at Arizona State. Snead recorded two tackles (onesolo), including a five-yard sack. Against Stanford, Johnsonmade two solo tackles, Dragovic recorded one solo tackle,the first sack of his career, and Snead also saw action.Against Washington State, Johnson had one tackle andDragovic and Snead also saw action.
True freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive actionagainst Oklahoma State off the bench and made onetackle. He started at Illinois, becoming the first true freshmanto start on the defensive line since Ken Kocher andAnthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. He alsostarted at Washington and made one tackle beforespraining his shoulder. He has not played since the Washingtongame and will probably miss the remainder of theyear.
LINEBACKER -- Redshirt Junior Wesley Walker andredshirt freshman Aaron Whittington battled for thestarting spot at outside linebacker during the Fall. Walkerstarted against Oklahoma State and made eight tackles(four assists) while Whittington made one tackle off thebench.
Against Illinois, both started and played well. Walker movedinside and made five tackles (three solos), including a sixyardsack. Walker played most of the Washington contestin the middle in place of injured Justin London, makingfour tackles (three solos) and forcing one fumble.Walker started in the middle against San Diego State andmade a career-high nine tackles (four solos), second onthe squad to Spencer Havner's 14. He also shared a sackwith Kyle Morgan. Walker also started in the middleagainst Arizona and made six tackles (four solos). At California,he started at the outside spot but was not creditedwith a tackle.
At Arizona State, he started outside and made five solostackles, including one for loss. Against Stanford, he madefive tackles, including three solos. He made six tackles,including four solos, against Washington State and hasmade 16 tackles in his last three contests.
On the year, Walker currently ranks fourth on the teamwith 48 tackles (29 solos). He is third on the squadwith 1.5 sacks and fourth (tied) with 3.5 tackles forlosses. He made 15 tackles last season and had one startagainst Illinois in 2003.
Whittington made his first career start against Illinois andrecorded eight tackles (four solos) and two quarterbackhurries. He also started at Washington and made foursolo tackles and forced one fumble before suffering a hippointer in the second half. He did not play against SanDiego State. He had one tackle assist off the bench versusArizona and played against California and ArizonaState. He did not play defense against Stanford or WashingtonState.
Junior college transfer Danny Nelson (Arizona WesternCollege) opened at an inside linebacker position againstOklahoma State when Justin London was not available.Nelson made seven tackles (three solos) against the Cowboysand split a sack with end Justin Hickman. He sawlimited action at Illinois and made two solo tackles. Healso played off the bench at Washington and had twotackle assists versus San Diego State. He saw limited actionversus Arizona and California, mostly on specialteams. He made one special teams tackle at ArizonaState. Against Stanford, he suffered a fractured left claviclein the second quarter and is expected to miss the remainderof the regular season.
Senior Benjamin Lorier made one tackle off the benchagainst both Oklahoma State and Illinois and deflected apunt against the Illini. He had two tackles, including onefor loss, at Washington. Against San Diego State, he madehis first career start and tied his career-best with seventackles (three solos), including one for loss. He also startedversus Arizona and made six tackles (three solos). He sawlimited action at California and Arizona State, mostly onspecial teams. Against ASU, he deflected a punt for thesecond time this year. He broke up a pass in the win overStanford. He made three special teams tackles versusWashington State. On the year, he has made 20 tackles,including 10 solos.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD -- Redshirt freshman Trey Brownsaw limited action early, making one tackle at Illinois andplaying at Washington. Against San Diego State, Browntackled the Aztec punter for a 23-yard loss to set up afield goal and also saw late action at cornerback. Headded one tackle against Arizona.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at rightcorner and made seven tackles. He also made an interceptionthat led to UCLA's field goal with no time left in thefirst half.
In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start andwas credited with a career-high eight tackles (six solos),including one for loss. He also broke up one pass. Onspecial teams, he occupied the punter on Maurice Drew's68-yard punt return for a score. Against WashingtonState, he started and made nine tackles, tied for secondon the squad. Six of his tops were solos and onewas for loss. In his last three games, Brown has made24 tackles.
Redshirt junior Marcus Cassel earned the starting nodat cornerback in the opener against Oklahoma State.Cassel, a steady contributor on special teams the last twoseasons, made five tackles (three assists) against theCowboys. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles in the firsthalf, broke up one pass and made four tackles (one solo).At Washington, he made three solo tackles. Against SanDiego State, he made six tackles (four solos). Against Arizona,he had four tackles (three solos) and forced afumble. At California, he made seven tackles, includingsix solos, and also broke up a pass. He made two solotackles at Arizona State. He came off the bench for a fewsnaps against Stanford and made one tackle. He madeone tackle off the bench versus Washington State. Onthe year, Cassel has 33 stops, sixth on the squad. Histwo fumble recoveries are tied for fourth in the Pac-10(0.22 per game).
Redshirt freshman Chris Horton came off the bench tomake two tackles in the opener against Oklahoma State.Against Illinois, Horton came off the bench to make seventackles (four solos) and made a fourth-quarter interceptionthat led to UCLA's final touchdown on the ensuingplay. At Washington, he came off the bench to make eighttackles, third on the squad. He had four solos and fourassists, including one for loss. Against San Diego State,he made four tackles (two solos) off the bench.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of thegame when he blocked an Arizona punt out of the backof the end zone for a safety. He also made three tacklesand broke up two passes. At California, he made onetackle assist. At Arizona State, he made two solo tacklesbefore leaving the game in the third quarter with asprained right foot. He sat out the Stanford and WashingtonState games due to the foot injury. In seven games,he has made 27 stops (16 solos) and ranks eighth (tied)on the squad.
Redshirt sophomore Eric McNeal (one tackle) and redshirtfreshman Dennis Keyes each played in the openeragainst Oklahoma State on defense or special teams.At Illinois, McNeal made his first career start in place ofJarrad Page at strong safety and responded with threestops. He played in the secondary and on special teamsat Washington. Playing in UCLA's nickel package againstSan Diego State, he made a career-high six tackles, includingfive solos. McNeal made one tackle and his firstinterception late in the game against Arizona. AgainstCalifornia, he recovered a fumble on a kickoff that led toa Bruin touchdown. At Arizona State, he had two solo tackles.Against Stanford, he made three tackles, includingtwo assists. McNeal made six tackles, including foursolos, playing the nickel back against WashingtonState.
Against Illinois, Keyes made five tackles off the bench. Heplayed in the secondary and on special teams at Washingtonbut injured his shoulder. Keyes did not play againstSan Diego State or Arizona due to his injury and saw limitedaction in his return at California. He did not playagainst Arizona State or Stanford due to the shoulder. Hereturned to action against Washington State and madeone tackle with limited snaps.
True freshman Rodney Van made a special teams tackleassist at Washington and, against San Diego State, wasin action at cornerback, making one tackle. He also madeone tackle versus Arizona. At California, he made foursolo tackles, playing much of the second half atcornerback. He saw action on special teams against ArizonaState, Stanford and Washington State and made atackle versus the Cougars.
One of the premier punters in the nation, senior CHRISKLUWE has been named one of 10 semifinalists for theRay Guy Award.
On the year, Kluwe is averaging 43.73 yards on 44 kickswith 17 inside the 20-yard line and just seven touchbacks.He leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th nationallyin punting. Thanks to his long, non-returnable punts,UCLA also leads the nation in net punting (42.32).Only 14 of his 44 punts (31.8%) have been returned foran average of 4.4 yards (62 total) and the longest returnhas been just 13 yards.
In his last six games, since recovering from a sprainedankle, Kluwe is averaging 45.66 on 35 punts (1,598yards) with 12 of at least 50 yards and 13 inside the20-yard line. Only 10 of the 35 punts have been returnedfor 40 net yards for a net average of 44.51.Last week against Washington State, Kluwe averaged50.3 yards on seven kicks and just two were returnedfor a total of 10 yards. Four measured at least 50 yards,topped by a long of 66. Four of the punts forced theCougars to start inside their own 20-yard line (10, 10,12, 13).
In the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State, Kluwe averaged37.0 yards on four punts and had just one returnedfor seven yards. Three of his four punts pinned the Cowboysinside their own 20, including the one-, two- and18-yard lines.
At Illinois, he averaged 33.5 yards on four punts and hadthree returned for a total of only 15 yards. He had onepunt inside the 20-yard line (17).
Kluwe punted just once against Washington, sending one44 yards that resulted in a fair catch at the Washington28-yard line.
Against San Diego State, he averaged 43.7 yards on sixpunts with a long of 51. He also put one inside the 20-yard line (four-yard line). Only three of the kicks were returnedfor a total of 25 yards.
Against Arizona, he averaged 49.8 yards on five kicks witha long of 61. Twice he pinned the Wildcats inside their 20-yard line (13- and 17-yard line). Only two of his kicks werereturned for a total of nine yards.
At California, he averaged 39.6 yards on seven kicks, sacrificingdistance for field position. Three times, he pinnedCalifornia inside its 20-yard line, including the four, 12 and15-yard lines. Only one of his kicks were returned for justfive yards.
Kluwe was at his best against Arizona State. He averageda season-best 52.8 yards on five kicks. His career-long68-yard punt in the fourth quarter pinned ASU at its 18-yard line and led to an interception. Only two of his kickswere returned for a total of minus-five yards, giving theBruins a net punt average of 53.8 yards.
Against Stanford, he averaged 38.8 yards on five punts,twice pinning Stanford inside its own 20-yard line (12, 14).None of his punts were returned.In 2003, he averaged 42.9 yards (3,908) on 91 punts with 19placed inside the 20-yard line in his first season as astarter. He set new school records for punting yardageand kicks, breaking Nate Fikse's mark of 3,246 yards (in2000) and Matt McFarland's mark of 80 punts (1978). Heranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 26th in the NCAA in puntingaverage.
He earned the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honorslast season against Arizona when he twice pinnedthe Wildcats deep in their own territory at crucial timesduring the Bruin victory. In the Silicon Valley Classic againstFresno State, he was selected the Special Teams Playerof the Game after averaging 44.3 yards on nine kicks witha long of 60. He placed three inside the 20.
Redshirt sophomore Justin Medlock, listed on the preseasonLou Groza Award `Watch List,' made his debut asthe team's place kicker last season and was named toThe Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Hesupplied all the scoring in the win over Illinois, including a48-yard field goal. Against California, he kicked whatproved to be a game-winning 41-yard field goal in thefirst 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).
In the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State, he kicked twofield goals and made both PATs for a total of eight points.In the third quarter, he kicked a 52-yard field goal, thelongest of his career. It was also tied for the fourth longestin school history and the longest by a Bruin since 1997,when Chris Sailer kicked a school-record 56-yard fieldgoal against Oregon. Against Illinois, he was five of fiveon PATs but did not attempt a field goal.
At Washington, his 20-yard field goal with 10:35 remainingin the game gave UCLA a six-point lead (37-31) and forcedthe Huskies to score a touchdown to win. He alsoconverted four of five PATs, missing for the first time in hiscareer when his second kick bounced off the left upright.Against San Diego State, he set a career high with four fieldgoals (22, 40, 43, 44) on four attempts, the most by aBruin since Nate Fikse kicked five against Stanford in 2002.His first two, in the second quarter, gave the Bruins a 20-3 halftime lead. He also converted all three PATs for acareer-best 15 points. He was selected Pac-10 SpecialTeams Player of the Week for his efforts.
Against Arizona, he converted all five PAT attempts and didnot try a field goal. At California, he made all four PATs butdid not attempt a field goal.
At Arizona State, he made field goals of 40 and 48 yards,the latter with no time left in the first half, and convertedall four of his PATs for 10 points. Against Stanford, he madeall three PATs but missed his first two field goals of theyear (51 and 38 yards).
Against Washington State, he made all three of his fieldgoal attempts (27, 47, 47) and both PATs for 11 points.On the year, Medlock has made 12 of 14 field goalattempts and 32 of 33 PATs. He is the team's secondleadingscorer with 68 points (7.56) and ranks secondin the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (85.7), first inkick scoring (7.56), fifth in scoring (7.56) and T-second(T-22nd in NCAA) in field goals (1.33).Medlock is already in eighth place on UCLA's career fieldgoal list with 26. Louis Perez is seventh at 29. Medlock'scareer percentage of .788 is second among Bruins withat least 21 career field goals.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2004 starts /career starts) --
Offense -- WR: Craig Bragg (3/32), Junior Taylor (8/13);Tab Perry (5/23), Brandon Breazell (1/1), Marcus Everett(3/3), Joe Cowan (1/1); OL: Steven Vieira (9/40), MikeMcCloskey (7/25), Ed Blanton (9/23), Paul Mociler (9/20),Robert Cleary (6/6), Robert Chai (2/10), Shannon Tevaga(3/3); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (9/18); QB:Drew Olson (9/23); RB: Maurice Drew (8/10), Manuel White(6/21), Michael Pitre (1/1), Pat Norton (0/3); PK: JustinMedlock (9/22).
Defense -- DL: Kevin Brown (8/11, 3 at OG), Justin Hickman(5/5), Bruce Davis (2/2), Robert Garcia (1/1), KennethLombard (2/2), Kyle Morgan (7/7), C.J. Niusulu (4/4),Brigham Harwell (4/4), Eyoseph Efseaff (3/39, 36 at OG);LB: Spencer Havner (9/34), Justin London (5/17), WesleyWalker (8/9), Aaron Whittington (2/2), Benjamin Lorier (2/2), Danny Nelson (1/1); DB: Ben Emanuel (9/36), JarradPage (8/30), Matt Clark (9/21), T. Brown (2/2), MarcusCassel (7/7), Eric McNeal (1/1); P: Chris Kluwe (9/22).RED ZONE -- In the opener against Oklahoma State, UCLAentered the Red Zone four times and scored twice (onerushing touchdown and one field goal) for 10 points. UCLAalso had a fumble and an interception.
Against Illinois, UCLA scored on three of its four trips intothe Red Zone with two passing touchdowns and one rushingtouchdown for 21 points. The other trip ended ondowns.
At Washington, UCLA scored a rushing touchdown and afield goal on its only two Red Zone trips for 10 points.Against San Diego State, the Bruin scored a passing touchdownand two field goals on their three Red Zone tripsfor 13 points.
Against Arizona, the Bruins scored on all four Red Zone trips-- three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown-- for 28 points.
At California, UCLA scored one passing touchdown (sevenpoints) on two Red Zone trips. The other opportunity endedon downs.
At Arizona State, UCLA scored two passing touchdowns,two rushing touchdowns and one field goal for 31 pointson six Red Zone trips. The other opportunity ended withan interception.
Against Stanford, UCLA converted two (touchdown run,touchdown pass) of four opportunities into 14 points. Theother two trips ended on a fumble and a missed fieldgoal.
Against Washington State, UCLA converted both Red Zoneopportunities for nine points (passing touchdown, fieldgoal).
Thus far in 2004, the Bruins are 24 of 31 (11 passing touchdowns,seven rushing touchdowns and six field goals)in the Red Zone for 143 points. UCLA had a streak of 11straight Red Zone conversions ended in the third quarterat California.
Oklahoma State scored on all four of its trips into the RedZone with three rushing touchdowns and one field goalfor 24 points.
Illinois was three of five in the Red Zone (one passing touchdown,one rushing touchdown, one field goal) for 17points. Its other two trips ended on fourth-down stops byUCLA.
Washington was four of four in the Red Zone (two touchdownsrushing, one touchdown passing, one field goal)for 24 points.
San Diego State converted just two of four Red Zone tripsfor 10 points (one rushing touchdown, one field goal). Theother two trips ended on downs.
Arizona was three for three in the Red Zone -- two rushingtouchdowns and a field goal -- for 17 points.California converted all five Red Zone chances -- two rushingtouchdowns, two passingtouchdowns and one fieldgoal -- for 31 points.
Arizona State scored on all five Red Zone trips -- three passingtouchdowns and two field goals -- for 27 points.Stanford did not score (interception, downs) on either of itstwo Red Zone trips.
Washington State converted three of four opportunities(touchdown rushing, touchdown passing, field goal) for17 points. It missed a field goal on its other Red Zone trip.In nine games, opponents are 29 of 36 (12 rushing touchdowns,eight passing touchdowns and nine field goals)in the Red Zone for 167 points.
Last year, UCLA was 25 of 37 for 140 points (10 touchdownruns, six touchdown passes, nine field goals) in the RedZone. The other possessions resulted in three missedfield goals, two end of games, three fumbles, three interceptionsand once on downs.
Last year, opponents converted 30 of 39 attempts for 164points (10 touchdown runs, seven touchdown passes, 11field goals).
TURNOVERS -- UCLA did not force any turnovers in its 2004opener. Oklahoma State converted four turnovers (twofumbles and two interceptions) into two touchdowns and14 points.
The Bruins forced three turnovers (two fumble recoveries byMarcus Cassel and an interception by Chris Horton) atIllinois and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns).UCLA commited just one turnover (interception)against the Illini but it did not result in any points.At Washington, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruinscommitted three turnovers (two fumbles, one on a kickoff,and one interception and converted two of them for10 points (one rushing touchdown and one field goal).Against San Diego State, UCLA made two interceptions andconverted two of them for 10 points (a Spencer Havnertouchdown on a 52-yard return and a field goal). UCLAcommitted just one turnover (an interception) but the Aztecsdid not convert.
Against Arizona, the Bruins made one interception just priorto the game's end. UCLA did not commit a turnover.At California, Eric McNeal recovered a fumble on a kickoffreturn and UCLA converted it into a passing touchdown.The Bruins fumbled once but it was not converted intopoints.
At Arizona State, Jarrad Page, Matt Clark and Trey Brown allmade interceptions and they were converted into a passingtouchdown and two field goals for 13 points. UCLAcommitted four turnovers -- all interceptions -- and ASUconverted them into a passing touchdown and a fieldgoal.
Against Stanford, the Bruins had three interceptions (SpencerHavner, Ben Emanuel and Jarrad Page) and convertedone for seven points (rushing touchdown). UCLA committedtwo turnovers (one fumble and one interception) butneither was converted into points.
UCLA forced one turnover and Brigham Harwell recovereda fumble caused by C.J. Niusulu in the end zone for atouchdown and seven points. UCLA committed three turnovers(two fumbles and one interception) and WSU convertedthem into two touchdowns and one field goal.
Thus far in 2004, UCLA has forced 14 turnovers (fourfumbles, 10 interceptions) and converted 10 of theminto 58 points (seven touchdowns, three field goals).Opponents have received 19 turnovers (11 interceptions,eight fumbles) and converted nine of them into 51points (six touchdowns, three field goals).
In 2003, UCLA forced 31 turnovers (19 interceptions and 12fumbles) and converted them into nine touchdowns andsix field goals (81 points).Last year, UCLA commited 32 turnovers (15 interceptions and17 fumbles) that were converted into 87 points (11 touchdownsand four field goals).
WALK-ONS REPORT -- The following walk-ons reportedfor practices beginning on August 11th -- Jamel Greer, LB(Bishop Amat HS); Travis Martin, DL (St. Francis HS); MicahReed, OL (Nordoff HS); Justin Sieber, RB (St. Francis HS);Steve Melton WR (San Clemente HS). They were joined theweek of the Illinois game by linebacker Nicky Rodriguez(Pasadena Poly HS) and quarterback Tyler Holland (SacredHeart HS) and the week of the San Diego State gameby wide receiver Josh Martin (Junction City, OR HS) andrunning back Brandon Paris (Piedmont, CA HS). Defensivelineman Brian Ruziecki (Huntington Beach, CA HS)was added the week of the Arizona game.
UCLA ON THE RADIO -- The 2004 season is UCLA's eighthon XTRA Sports AM 690/1150. The Los Angeles all-sportsstation broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a twohourpre-game show and a 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 (Mondays between 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.and Thursday's at 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.).
In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour `UCLARoundtable' show every Wednesday night between 7 and8:00 p.m. during the season.
For the first time ever, UCLA games are also available nationallydue to an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio,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 TELEVISION -- This week's game will be televisedby ABC with Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts callingthe action and Todd Harris on the sidelines. This willbe UCLA's fifth appearance of the year on ABC.Entering the Oregon game, 132 of UCLA's last 140 gameshave been televised live. The Arizona State, Washington,Illinois and Oklahoma State games were televisedby ABC. The San Diego State game aired on Fox SportsNet West 2. The Arizona and Stanford games were televisedon Fox Sports Net. TBS televised the game at California.One additional game has been selected for livetelevision -- Dec. 4 - USC (ABC).
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox SportsNet West 2, is once again airing on Wednesday nightsduring the football 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's weekly press conferences are scheduled forMondays at 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Roomadjacent to the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES --The Pac-10 holds a weeklyteleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesdayat 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. KarlDorrell is on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED --
The Pac-10 provides a weeklysatellite feed containing interviews with coaches and playersand game highlight footage. The weekly half-hourfeed airs every Wedensday at 11:00 a.m. PT through Dec.1. The coordinates are: Satellite IA5/14 (formerly Telstar5C, Transponder 14 (C-Band). If problems occur, call DennisKirkpatrick (310/543-1835), Cory Stone (805/231-3229)or Michelle Zumalt (925/932-4411).
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 are closed to the public. Media who regularly coverthe Bruins will be admitted to practices on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday. All Friday practices are closedto the media. Television crews may shoot isolation footageof players to be interviewed during open practices,but not wide-angle formations, only during the first 30(approx.) minutes of practice.