2005 Bruins Football Season-Opener
Aug. 29, 2005
Football Contacts: Marc Dellins/Steve Rourke
SID Phone: 310/206-6831
Web Page: www.uclabruins.com
DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
2005 Season-Opener: Bruins at San Diego State
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
Thu., Sept. 1 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
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. Pam Ward andDavid Norrie (former Bruin quarterback, '82-85) will call theaction. Alex Flanagan will be on the sidelines.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 regularseason 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 offense,eight on defense, plus its placekicker. All but one ofthe offensive positions (tackle) returns a player who startedat least one game last season. Free safety and a cornerbackspot are the only defensive positions not to return a playerwho made at least one start a year ago.
Key losses from last season include RB Manuel White (secondon team in rushing, 764 yds.-Redskins camp), WR CraigBragg (all-time receiving leader at UCLA,193 catches-Packerscamp), WR Tab Perry (all-time school leader in kickoffreturns-Bengals camp), OG Steven Vieira (43 career starts-Bengals-camp), CB Matt Clark (first-team All-Pac-10-Saintscamp), S Ben Emanuel (39 career starts-Panthers camp), PChris Kluwe (Ray Guy Award finalist-Seahawks camp).
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)