UCLA 2005 Pre-Season Football Release

Aug. 2, 2005

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KEY DATES --

Mon.,Aug.8 -UCLA Media Day

  • Coach Dorrell Media Briefing at 8:30 a.m.on campus;
  • Players available near gates 8/9 of Pauley Pavilion beginningat 9:00 a.m.(All interviews must be completed by 10:30 a.m.)
  • Practice Phase-In begins --Spaulding Field at 3:00 p.m.Sat.Aug.13 -Two-a-Day Practices Begin (9:15 a.m.and 3:30 p.m.)
    (practice sessions are approximately two hours in length)
    Sat.,Aug.20 -Public Scrimmage in Drake Stadium (11:00 a.m.)
    Mon.,Aug.29 -Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf.(1:30 p.m.)
    Tues.,Aug.30 -Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
    Wed.,Aug.31 -Last day to interview all other players
    Sat.,Sept.3 -UCLA at San Diego State (7:00 p.m./ESPN2)

    SEASON OPENER -- UCLA opens the 2005 season on Sept.3 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego against the Aztecs ofSan Diego State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m PDT.Thecontest will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

    XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts allof the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens inthe booth. Wayne Cook will work the sidelines.

    This begins UCLA's 87th season of football. The Bruins are 55-26-5 overall in openers. Oklahoma State bested the Bruins,31-20,in the Rose Bowl in last season's opener.

    THEN AND NOW --The Bruins finished the 2004 season witha 6-6 mark after dropping a 24-21 decision to Wyoming in thePioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl. It was the seventh timein the last eight seasons that the Bruins concluded the regu-lar season qualified to play in a bowl. The Bruins went 4-4 inthe Pac-10 to tie for fifth place.

    UCLA returns 15 positional starters from 2004 -- seven on of--fense,eight on defense,plus its placekicker. All but one ofthe projected offensive starters,offensive tackle BrianAbraham,started at least one game last season. Free safetyand a cornerback spot are the only defensive positions not toreturn a player who made at least one start a year ago.Key losses from last season include RB Manuel White (secondon team in rushing,764 yds.),WR Craig Bragg (all-time re-ceiving leader at UCLA,193 catches),WR Tab Perry (all-timeschool leader in kickoff returns),OG Steven Vieira (43 careerstarts),CB Matt Clark (first-team All-Pac-10),S Ben Emanuel(39 career starts),P Chris Kluwe (Ray Guy Award finalist).

    WHO's BACK --UCLA returns its:

  • Leading Passer (Drew Olson -2,565 yards)
  • Leading Rusher (Maurice Drew -1,007 yards)
  • Two of Top Three Leading Receivers (tied at No.2 WR JuniorTaylor -32 catches /TE -Marcedes Lewis -32)
  • Two of Top Three Receiving Yards Leaders (No.2 WR JuniorTaylor -463 yards;No.3-TE Marcedes Lewis -402 yards)
  • Three of Top Four Leading Scorers (No.1 PK Justin Medlock -87 points;No.2 RB Maurice Drew -72;No.4 TE MarcedesLewis -42)
  • Top Kickoff Returner (RB Chris Markey-18 returns for 399 yds.)
  • Top Two Total Offense Leaders (No.1 QB Drew Olson -2,671yds.;No.2 RB Maurice Drew -1,054 yds.)
  • Two of Top Three Leaders in All-Purpose Yards (No.1 RBMaurice Drew -1,606 yds.;No.3 RB Chris Markey -854 yds.)
  • Three of Top Four Interception Leaders (No.1 S Jarrad Page -3;tied for No.3 Trey Brown -2;LB Spencer Havner -2)
  • Four of Its Top Five Tacklers (No.1 LB Spencer Havner -125;No.2 S Jarrad Page -79;No.4 LB Justin London -57,No.4LB Wesley Walker -57)
  • Leading Field Goal Kicker (Justin Medlock -15/20 fgs,threefield goals of 50 or more yards)

    RANKING PAC-10 RETURNEES --
    No.1 Tackles -LB Spencer Havner -11.4 tackles/g
    No.3 Rushing -Maurice Drew 91.5 yds./g
    No.3 All-Purpose Yardage -RB Maurice Drew-146.0 yds/g
    No.4 Field Goals -Justin Medlock,1.25 fg/g
    No.4 Pass Efficiency -Drew Olson -132.4 rating
    No.6 Total Offense -Drew Olson -222.6 yds.avg.
    No.6 Scoring -PK Justin Medlock -7.2 ppg
    No.7 Kickoff Returns -RB Chris Markey -22.2 yds.avg.
    No.9 Scoring -RB Maurice Drew -6.5 ppg

    TOP THREE 2004 TEAM RANKINGS in PAC-10 --
    sacks against: 2nd in Pac-10 (23);
    fewest penalty yards: 1st in Pac-10 (40.7);
    yards per offensive play: 3rd in Pac-10 (6.0);
    scoring offense: 3rd in Pac-10 (30.08),(29th in NCAA);
    rush offense: 2nd in Pac-10 (184.92),(27th in NCAA);
    net punting: 1st in Pac-10 (40.66),(4th in NCAA);
    punt returns: 1st in Pac-10 (15.03),(9th in NCAA).

    2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS --
    Marcedes Lewis,TE -Mackey Award as nation's top tight end
    Maurice Drew,RB -Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player
    Spencer Havner,LB -Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player
    ...Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender ...Bednarik Award as
    nation's top defender ...Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
    Justin London,LB -Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player
    Kyle Morgan,DL -Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
    Jarrad Page,DB -Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back

    COACHING MOVES -- Thurmond Moore ,who comes toUCLA from the University of Tulsa,will serve as the defen-sive line coach. Moore,a graduate of San Jose State,joinedthe Bruin staff for 2005 Spring practice. He has also been anassistant coach at Buffalo,Syracuse,Colorado State,SanJose State,North Texas,Utah State,Northern Arizona,Dela-ware State,Wyoming,California and Cal State Sacramento.

    BOWLING --The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl inseven of the last eight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowlgames in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowlgame appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 yearsrank No.1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State,Tennessee,PennState,Alabama,Miami and Michigan have won more bowlgames in that span.

    UCLA has more bowl wins (10)in the last 23 years than anyother school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact,only eightschools (Florida State,Miami,Tennessee,Georgia,Michi-gan,Auburn,Alabama,Penn State)have won more bowlgames than the Bruins in that span.

    INDIVIDUAL NOTES --Only three quarterbacks in UCLA his-tory have thrown for more than 20 scores in a season --25Cade McNown-1998;24-Troy Aikman 1988;24-CadeMcNown-1997;21-Tom Ramsey -1982. In 2004,Drew Olsonthrew 20 scoring passes to rank fifth on that UCLA list.

    Despite missing almost the entire Washington State and USCgames and not playing at Oregon,Maurice Drew still ranked17th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards(146.0/g). He ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing (91.5/g).

    Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois were the most bya Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington Statein 2001. Havner made 125 tackles in 11 games in 2004,in-cluding at least 13 in five games (16 vs.Oklahoma State,17at Illinois,13 at Washington,14 vs.San Diego State,16 vs.Stanford)and led the Pacific-10 Conference (11.36 per game).

    Tight end Marcedes Lewis ,with seven touchdown catches in2004,set a new UCLA record for most career scoring recep-tions by a tight end (11),breaking Tim Wrightman's mark.Maurice Drew ,with 1,007 yards,became the 10th Bruin to rushfor at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time inBruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.

    By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon,JustinMedlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goals of atleast 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kickthree field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season.Only John Lee has done it more times in his career (four).

    In Drew Olson's last eight games,he completed 140 of 238(.588)passes for 1,825 yards,16 TDs,eight interceptions.Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns atWashington on Sept. 18,2004,setting two UCLA records.

    Only two players in Pac-10 history (Reuben Mayes of Wash-ington St. and Ricky Bell of USC)ever rushed for more yardsin a single game. Drew's 384 all-purpose yards that after-noon was the best mark in the country for the 2004 season.

    In fact,he owned three of the top efforts in the nation with 384vs.Washington,222 vs. San Diego State and 221 vs. Stanford.

    Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (vs.Ari-zona and California)tied the UCLA record for most TD passesin a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYUand four against Washington in 1993). The record for threegames is 11 (3 v.San Diego State-4-4)by Cook. Olson had10 in a three-game span.

    Maurice Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rush-ing touchdowns in 2004 (47,47,62,58,15,37,57,2)for 325yards). He also had scoring receptions of 27,43 and threeyards and a punt return for 68 yards.

    Marcedes Lewis ' 32 catches in `04 rank among the best by aUCLA tight end since 1980.Only Mike Seidman,41 in 2002,Charles Arbuckle,33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann,44 in 1983and 41 in 1982,have caught more balls in a season.

    Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank sec-ond on 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 passing that day atArizona State were a career-high total.

    Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma Statewas the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourth-longest in school history.His four field goals against San Di-ego State were the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailer kickedfive against Stanford in 2002.

    TEAM NOTES -- In the final five games of 2004,UCLA's de-fense allowed a total of 11 touchdowns (six rushing and fivepassing),after allowing 25 TDs in the first seven games.TheBruins allowed just six rushing touchdowns in the last sixgames and five passing touchdowns in the final five.

    UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards in the 2004 season,including 21 for touchdowns.Of the 100 plays,44 werepasses,22 were runs,23 were kickoff returns,seven werepunt returns and four were interception returns.

    In 2003,UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 avg.)and 11 touch-downs in 13 contests.Last season,the Bruins rushed for 2,219yards (184.9 avg.)and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.The Bruins,with 22 passing touchdowns in 12 games in 2004,exceeded the 2003 total of 12,reached in 13 games.

    UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (10 passes,seven runs,three interception returns,two punt returns andtwo kickoff returns)and 15 of those were for touchdowns.

    Twenty-six Bruin defensive players made either their first ca-reer starts or saw their first varsity action during the 2004season.Eleven made their first career starts on the defen-sive side of the ball in the first three games of the season.Over the balance of the year,four more would make theirinitial defensive starts.In all,nine redshirt freshmen,six truefreshmen and three junior college transfers saw their first Di-vision I action on defense in 2004.

    UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play,its best since1998 (6.81).Its average of 410.0 yards per game was itshighest since 1998 (487.25).It's scoring average of 30.1 wasalso its best since 1998 (39.7).

    UCLA's 21-0 shutout of Stanford on Oct.30 was its first sincedefeating Northeast Louisiana 44-0 on Sept.14,1996.Thelast time UCLA had blanked a Pac-10 opponent was in 1987(49-0 at Stanford on Oct.3).The last time the Bruins shut outa Pac-10 school at home was in 1985 (Oregon State,41-0on Nov.16).

    The six teams to which UCLA lost in 2004 had a record of 51-21.Three of those teams had a combined record of 32-5.The 2005 season will be UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl.Sincemoving to Pasadena for the 1982 season,the Bruins are 93-43-2 on their home field,8-4 under coach Dorrell.

    UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington was its best effortsince November 17,1979,when it ran for 446 yards at Or-egon in a 35-0 victory.

    Twenty-seven true freshmen have played for the Bruins duringthe last three seasons.A school-record 12 true freshmenplayed for the Bruins in 2004.Nine made their debuts againstOklahoma State --OL Brian Abraham;WR Brandon Breazell;DL Brigham Harwell;LB Fred Holmes;OL Chris Joseph;DLKenneth Lombard;WR/DB Michael Norris;OL ShannonTevaga;and CB Rodney Van.Two more played at Illinois --WR Marcus Everett and RB Chris Markey.DL Chris Johnsonmade his debut against San Diego State.UCLA played fivetrue freshmen in 2003.Ten true freshmen played in 2002.

    Chris Markey became the sixth true freshman to start a game in2004 when he opened at tailback against Oregon.Strongguard Shannon Tevaga became No.5 against Arizona Stateand started the final six games of the year. Brandon Breazelland Marcus Everett each started at wide receiver against SanDiego State.Everett also started the Arizona,Arizona Stateand Wyoming games.Kenneth Lombard started the gamesagainst Illinois and Washington at defensive tackle. BrighamHarwell started four games (California,Arizona State,Stanfordand Washington State)at defensive end.

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