Bruins Tabbed For High Pac-10 Finish
June 22, 2005
The 2005 UCLA football team has been picked to finish in third place in the Pac-10 this year by most of the pre-season football magazines currently on newsstands.
Street & Smith's, Lindy's and Athlon have all picked the Bruins third in the Pac-10 while Sporting News has selected UCLA for fourth place. Blue Ribbon, which will not be on sale until next month, has the Bruins as the Pac-10's No. 2 team.
Blue Ribbon ranks the Bruins the highest nationally -- No. 19. Lindy's has UCLA at No. 24 while Sporting News and Athlon both have the Bruins at No. 27.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Spencer Havner have both been selected first-team All-Americans by the various magazines. Lewis is a first-team selection by Sporting News, Lindy's and Blue Ribbon and a second-team choice by Street & Smith's. Havner is a first-team choice by Street and Smith's and a third-team selection by Athlon.
In addition, Street and Smith's named safety Jarrad Page a second-team All-American and tailback Maurice Drew was a third-team selection as a kick returner. The magazine also named kicker Justin Medlock, center Mike McCloskey, offensive tackle Ed Blanton, linebacker Justin London and defensive tackle Kevin Brown honorable mention All-America.
Lewis, Havner, Drew, Page, Medlock and McCloskey were all named first-team All-Pac-10 by at least one publication. Blanton, London, Brown and offensive guard Shannon Tevaga earned second-team All-Pac-10 pre-season honors while defensive end Justin Hickman was a third-team selection.