No. 14 Bruins Host Arizona State
Nov. 7, 2005
KEY DATES --
Mon., Nov. 7 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 8 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Nov. 9 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Nov. 10 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Nov. 12 - Arizona State at UCLA (4:00 p.m. PT on ABC)
GAME 10: UCLA (8-1, 5-1, ranked No. 14 by AP and USA Today/Coaches) returns to the Rose Bowl to host Arizona State(5-4, 3-3) this Saturday afternoon. The game will be televisedregionally by ABC Sports. Terry Gannon and JamalAnderson will call the action from the booth and Jim Graywill work the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts allof the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens inthe booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.
The Arizona State game will be the ninth annual Veterans andArmed Forces Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl. Currentor former members of the Armed Forces with ID can get freegeneral admission tickets or two-for-one reserved ticketswhile supplies last.
It is also I'm Going to College Day.
The first 10,000 fans arriving at the Rose Bowl wearing bluewill receive UCLA Football Trading Cards.
HONORARY CAPTAIN ROMAN PHIFER -- In three of the lastfour seasons, veteran linebacker Roman Phifer has endedhis season with a Super Bowl ring as a member of the NewEngland Patriots. Phifer lettered at UCLA in 1987, '88 and'90, earning All-America and All-Pac-10 honors as a seniorin 1990 when he ranked fourth on the team with 71 tacklesand led the Bruins with nine TFLs. In the 1991 NFL Draft, hewas selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams.
In his pro football career, Phifer played for the Rams andJets as well as the Patriots before retiring after last's season'sSuper Bowl victory.
SENIOR SALUTE -- Fifteen Bruins will be suiting up for theirlast regular season home game -- OT Ed Blanton, QB/HBrian Callahan, CB Marcus Cassel, OG Robert Cleary, DEMarko Dragovic, LB Spencer Havner, QB David Koral, TEMarcedes Lewis, LB Justin London, C Mike McCloskey, DEKyle Morgan, QB Drew Olson, S Jarrad Page, TE Matt Raney,LB Wesley Walker.
2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS --
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the ButkusAward as nation's top linebacker; one of 12 semifinalists forthe Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; one of12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's topdefender; one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy fornation's top defensive player.
Drew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Awardas the nation's top senior quarterback.Maurice Drew, RB - One of 12 semifinalists for the MaxwellAward as nation's outstanding player.Karl Dorrell, head coach - One of 12 semifinalists for the MaxwellClub's George Munger Award as the nation's outstandingcoach.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Arizona State,which dates back to 1976, by a 13-7-1 count. UCLA haswon the last two meetings played in the Rose Bowl (2003,2001), but lost the last meeting a year ago in Tempe.
Drew Olson threw for a career-best 325 yards in last season'scontest against ASU, but was intercepted four times. TheBruins took a 42-31 lead with 7:12 to play in the game on anine-yard Olson to Tab Perry pass. The host Sun Devilsthen scored 17 uanswered points over the next four minutesto come back and win the game by a score of 48-42.
In the 2003 contest at the Rose Bowl, UCLA increased itswinning streak to five straight games at the time with a 20-13 win. The victory improved the Bruin record to 4-0 in Pac-10 play. The UCLA defense held the Sun Devils to 253 netoffensive yards. Offensively UCLA totaled 403 yards, including213 yards on the ground. Maurice Drew ran for 176yards, the second-highest total ever by a Bruin true freshman.
NOTING ARIZONA STATE -- The Sun Devils have won theirlast two games after losing three in a row. Last Saturday,they defeated the Washington State Cougars, 27-24, inPullman, WA. The Sun Devils had 548 yards of total offense-- 424 passing and 124 rushing while allowing 506 -- 283 in the air and 223 on the ground.
On the year, ASU is averaging 518.4 yards of offense (thirdhighest in the nation) -- 381.6 in the air (second in the nation)and 136.9 on the ground. It is allowing 450.7 yards(107 in NCAA) -- 263.4 passing and 187.2 rushing.
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES -- Maurice Drew's 299 all-purposeyards against California are the second-most in anNCAA game this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score fivetouchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004at Washington and 2005 versus California).
Maurice Drew already holds the UCLA career record for allpurpose yards with 4,365. He passed former No. 1 GastonGreen, 1984-87, (4,283 yards) on a 10-yard fourth-quarterpunt return this season at Stanford.
Maurice Drew already ranks No. 9 in UCLA career scoringwith 222 points and No. 10 in career rushing with 2,317 yards.
Drew Olson has tied the school record for touchdown passes.He has 25 this season, tying the mark of 25 set by CadeMcNown in 1998.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 19) is tied for fourth place (CraigBragg/Danny Farmer) on the all-time UCLA TD reception list.He need one to tie for second with Jojo Townsell and BrianPoli-Dixon (20 each).
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 116) will tie for ninth on the alltimeschool list for receptions with three more catches.
Spencer Havner (currently with 379) moved into third placeahead of Kenny Easley (374) on the career tackles list atArizona. He needs 21 tackles to become the third Bruin inhistory with 400 or more tackles for a career.
Quarterback Drew Olson has been named one of seven finalistsfor the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback) with thewinner to be announced on Nov. 30. Spencer Havner hasbeen named one of the 12 semifinalists for the RotaryLombardi Award (four finalists announced on Nov. 15, awardpresented Dec. 7) and one of 10 semifinalists (three finalistsannounced on Nov. 10, award presented Dec. 10) for theButkus Award. Havner is also one of 12 semifinalists for theBednarik Award (nation's top defender) and one of 15quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy (semifinalists announcedNov. 11, trophy presented Dec. 11).
Maurice Drew is averaging 25.4 yards on his 18 touchdownsthis season. In the first game of the 2005 season, Drewscored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length).
On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yardsfor a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the secondquarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a fouryardrun and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard avg). He hadone touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown(one yard) versus Washington. Against California, hescored five touchdowns for the second time in his career --12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard receptionand two-yard run (24.8 yards avg). At WSU, he scoredtwo touchdowns -- a 45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- (23.0 yard avg). Against Oregon State, he scored on receptionsof 43 and 20 yards, an average of 31.5 yards per score.At Stanford, he scored on runs of six and one yard (3.5 average).He did not score at Arizona.
In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushingtouchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 andthree yards and a punt return for 68 yards.
Drew Olson, currently with 25 scoring passes in nine games(2.77 average), has already tied the UCLA single-seasonschool record. Olson has thrown at least one scoring pass in17 of his last 18 games (only miss was at San Diego Statein the season opener).
Maurice Drew's 43-yard scoring reception versus Oregon Statewas the 16th time in his career he has scored on a playwhich measured at least 40 yards. Drew's 81-yard scoringpunt return against California tied the UCLA and Pac-10single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt returntouchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return againstWashington erased by penalty.
Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixthkick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice,2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004).Against Oregon State, Drew Olson set a school record with sixtouchdown passes, breaking the record of five he tied theprevious week at Washington State. Cade McNown alsothrew five touchdown passes at Texas in 1997 and at Miamiin 1998.
Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rankNo. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versusUSC in 1998.
In Drew Olson's last 17 games, he has completed 336 of 531(.633) passes for 4,224 yards, 41 TDs and 11 interceptions.Drew Olson has led four fourth-quarter comebacks this season(Washington, 10 points; Cal, 12 points; WashingtonState,17 points; Stanford, 21 points). In those four games, hecompleted 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards and six touchdownsin the fourth quarter/overtime. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 58 of 82 (.707)for 736 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.In thesecond half of all games this season, Olson is 101 of 145(.697) for 1,198 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego Stateand at Arizona are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002,when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon Stateand 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yardsversus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tightends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the mostever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havnerhas three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.
Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahomapushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had twointerception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner('85-88) who had three interception returns and TommyBennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.NOTE:(Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumblereturn for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns forscores, four punts / two kickoffs).
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004,Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goalsof at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever tokick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same seasonand is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) tohave four career field goals of 50 or more yards. Medlock isnow fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 39.
UCLA senior quarterbacks have won 23 of the last 29 games(79.3%) in which they have started a contest.
Running back Maurice Drew's 120 rushing yards against OregonState marked the ninth time in his career he has toppedto century mark. Drew's total of nine 100-yard games rankstied for eighth on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San DiegoState, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 120 v. OregonState, 2005; 142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004;161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v.Wyoming, 2004; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003)
Tight end Marcedes Lewis has set a school record for tightends with eight touchdown catches in 2005, breaking themark of seven he set last year. He also holds the careermark with 19, including his two scoring receptions versusArizona. Lewis ranks ranks fourth (tied) on the overall schoolcareer touchdown reception list, just one TD reception shyof a tie for second place at 20.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 8-0 five times-- 2005, 1998, when it started the year with 10 straightwins and went to the Rose Bowl, 1954, when it earned aNational Championship, 1952 and 1946 (Rose Bowl).
UCLA has compiled an eight-game winning streak during theseason eight times --2005 (won first eight), 1998 (won first10), 1997 (won last 10), 1987(won eight in a row mid-season),1973 (won nine in a row mid-season), 1954 (won allnine), 1952 (won first eight), 1946 (won first 10). Two teamswent on to play in the Rose Bowl game (1998, 1946). Onewon the national championship (1954).
UCLA has won six regular season games in the Rose Bowl(dating back to 1982 season) in just one previous season,1987, when it posted a 6-0 mark. The Bruins enterthe Arizona State contest with a 5-0 record at home thisseason.
Only 16 previous UCLA teams have won as many as ninegames in a season -- 1998 (10), 1997 (10), 1991 (9), 1988(10), 1987 (10), 1985 (9), 1984 (9), 1982 (10), 1980 (9), 1976(9), 1975 (9), 1973 (9), 1966 (9), 1955 (9), 1954 (9), 1946(10).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, inthe 2001 season.
UCLA's No. 7 ranking by AP and USA Today/Coaches onOct. 30 was its highest since Oct. 21, 2001 when the 6-0Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls.
In nine games, UCLA's offense has produced 28 touchdowndrives of 64 yards or longer -- three vs. San DiegoState, four vs. Rice, one vs. Oklahoma, two vs.Washington, four vs. California, five vs. WashingtonState, five vs. Oregon State, three vs. Stanford and onevs. Arizona.
Five have measured between 64 and 69 yards, 12 between70 and 79 yards, nine between 80 and 89 yards and twohave measured at least 90 yards, including the gametyingdrive at Washington State (96 yards).
In its last six games, UCLA has outscored its opponents78-20 in the fourth quarter and 12-6 in overtime, including71-13 in the four come-from-behind wins. AgainstWashington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarterand outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California,UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscoredthe Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At WashingtonState, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth andoutscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime. At Stanford, UCLA trailed by 21 points inthe fourth quarter and outscored the Cardinal 21-10 (thefinal 21) and 6-3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 126-34 in thefourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scoredby San Diego State, Oklahoma, Oregon State andStanford.
UCLA's defense has given up an average of 3.9 yards perplay (167 plays - 652 yards) this season in the fourthquarter and overtime periods. Overall, the Bruin defensehas yielded an average of 5.9 yards per play (652 plays- 3,839 yards). It has given up an average of 6.8 yardsper play in the first half (330 plays - 2,257 yards) of gamesthis season. In the second half, including overtime, ofgames, the defense has given up an average of 4.9 yardsper play (322 plays - 1,582 yards). In the Stanford game,the defense allowed the Cardinal an average of 2.73yards per play in the fourth quarter and overtime (22plays - 60 yards). In the Washington State contest, thedefense allowed the Cougars an average of 3.06 yardsper play in the fourth quarter and overtime (17 plays -52 yards).
UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as aranked team since defeating California in the sixth game ofthe 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP enteringthat contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in an eighth straight week for thefirst time since 2001 when it took the field for the season'sfirst 10 games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the firsttime since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USC week(Nov. 18).
UCLA is 12-0 in games in which it has won the turnover battleunder head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 this season(SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma, Oregon State).
UCLA's eight straight wins to open the 2005 campaign markedthe first time the Bruins had compiled an eight-game winningstreak under head coach Karl Dorrell.
California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47versus the Golden Bears.
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 30-27single overtime win at Stanford and the 44-41 single overtimewin at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and WashingtonState and Stanford this season.
Opponents have scored just four touchdowns on UCLA's seventurnovers this season. UCLA has scored 53 points this seasonoff of 14 opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three gamesand has scored at least 40 in six of its first nine.
Comeback Stories--(21 points in 4th quarter) UCLA trailedStanford 24-3 when the Cardinal scored with 8:26 remainingin the fourth quarter (UCLA began its comeback with a scorewith 7:04 to play in the fourth quarter), rallied to tie the gamewith 46 seconds left in regulation and won, 30-27, in the firstovertime.
(21 points in 2nd quarter) UCLA trailed Arizona State 21-0 afterthe Sun Devils scored with 11:54 remaining in the 2nd quarter(2000) before rallying for a 38-31 win (UCLA began itscomeback with a score with 2:38 remaining in the 2nd quarter).
(21 points in 2nd Quarter) UCLA trailed at Washington State28-7 after the Cougars scored with 5:36 remaining in the2nd quarter (2005) before rallying for a 44-41 win in overtime(UCLA began its comeback with a score with 26 secondsremaining in the 2nd quarter).
(21 points in 2nd Quarter) UCLA trailed at Michigan 21-0 afterthe Wolverines scored with 9:56 remaining in the 2nd quarter(1982) before rallying (UCLA began its comeback with ascore with 4:34 remaining in the second quarter) for a 31-27win.
(17 points in fourth quarter) UCLA trailed USC 38-21 after theTrojans scored with 11:06 remaining in the 4th quarter (1996)and rallied (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 6:12remaining in the fourth quarter) to win 48-41 in the secondovertime.
(17 points in fourth quarter) UCLA trailed at Washington State38-21 early in the fourth quarter (2005) and rallied (UCLAbegan its comeback with a score with 14:32 remaining inthe 4th quarter) to win, 44-41 in the first overtime.The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.
UCLA's 51 points against Oregon State was the highest pointtotal by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating ArizonaState, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the KarlDorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66-10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of totaloffense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the mostsince the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 37 for 42 in the Red Zone (31 touchdowns, six fieldgoals, one end-of-game kneeldown, three possessionsturned over on downs and one missed field goal) in 2005.
In nine games, UCLA has committed just seven turnovers whileforcing 14 (12 on defense and two on special teams).
In 2005, UCLA has produced 70 plays of at least 20 yards -- 10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns,two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return andone punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes andtwo runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoffreturns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns,two punt returns and one run), seven versus WashingtonState (five passes, two kickoff returns), 13 against OregonState (five passes, three kickoff returns, three runs, onepunt return and one interception), six at Stanford (five passes,one run) and two at Arizona (both passes). Fifteen have resultedin touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 22 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs, fivepunt returns, 10 receptions and one kickoff return) and eighthave resulted in touchdowns. Drew Olson has 36 completionsof at least 20 yards and Marcedes Lewis has ninereceptions of at least 20 yards.
In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes,22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interceptionreturns), including 21 for touchdowns.
UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its bestsince 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game wasits highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In nine games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.10 yards perplay, 420.4 yards of total offense and 39.4 points.
With the win at Washington State, the Bruins qualified to playin a bowl game following the 2005 season. The Bruins havenow qualified to play in a bowl game in eight of the last nineseasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season having played in17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in thelast 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State,Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan havewon more bowl games 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, Michigan,Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowlgames than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- UCLA fell behind early and could not mount acomeback, dropping a 52-14 decision to the University ofArizona in Tucson. UCLA entered the game 8-0 for the firsttime since 1998 and ranked No. 5 in the BCS poll and No. 7by AP and USA Today/Coaches.
The Wildcats scored the first four times they touched the football,building a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. TheBruins then mounted two long drives but scored only on thesecond and trailed 31-7 at halftime.
Arizona scored on its oening drive of the second half and whenUCLA was forced to punt on the ensuing drive, Arizona re5turned it 63 yards for a 45-7 lead with over 11 minutes remainingin the third quarter. UCLA scored one additionaltouchdown in the fourth quarter.
On the day, UCLA generated 328 yards of offense while yielding519 yards. Drew Olson completed 23 of 38 passes for232 yards and two touchdowns with 11 of the receptions,including both touchdowns, being made by Marcedes Lewis.
Olson tied the UCLA season record with his 25th touchdownpass while Lewis set a record for season receptions by atight end. His 11 catches tied for the second-highest singlegametotal in school history.
DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listedon the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter.
To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 gradepoint average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell'sfirst recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and ontrack to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-GraduateScholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans,eight National Football Foundation and Hall of FamePost-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholarand three members of the Academic All-America Hall ofFame.
Offensive guard Chris Joseph was nominated for the ESPNThe Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruinstandouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played runningback from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, playedoffensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career,winning two Super Bowl titles).
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.
According to the NFL, the Bruins were first among Pac-10schools with 25 active players on 2005 opening weekendNational Football League rosters. UCLA ranked 15thamong all universities.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC forthe most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlyeight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michigan,Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked inthe AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
2005 FIRSTS -- Five Bruins made their first career starts againstSan Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and BrianAbraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and NikolaDragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter AaronPerez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respectivespots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle ChaseMoline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya andlinebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers.In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive endWilliam Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver AndrewBaumgartner made the first starts of their careers. True freshmanGavin Ketchum made his first career start at WashingtonState. Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland made hisfirst career start against Oregon State. Robert Chai made hisfirst start of the year at center against Stanford.
Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San DiegoState -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WRGavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL ChaseMoline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-sixtrue freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the lastfour seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmenplayed for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time againstSDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who madetheir debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh,CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H BrianCallahan, WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C AaronMeyer, OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT ScottKearney and P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland,who played defensive tackle a year ago, made his debut atoffensive tackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruin widereceiver Karl Dorrell is now in his third season (20-14) as the15th head 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 the collegiateand professional levels. He is the first UCLA coach togo to bowls in each of his first two seasons and has qualifiedfor a bowl in 2005.
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 arrival in Denver,Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, includingseven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell hasparticipated in 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls,two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teamsthat won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four timesin five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank in the all-timeschool career Top 11and his total of 1,517 receiving yardsranks No. 14.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes sixseasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, andone year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and CentralFlorida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986season and began his coaching career in the 1988 seasonas a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next seasonand moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. Hethen embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrellserved as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. Duringthat tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and MichaelWestbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on thesame team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receiverscoach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receiverscoach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that fouryearspan and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spentthe 1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinatorand wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks andserved as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 untilthe time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2002.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- One of the top players in thenation, junior tailback Maurice Drew has played himself intoHeisman Trophy consideration. He is on the Watch List forthe 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstandingplayer and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to thenation's best running back.
Drew leads the nation in punt return average (29.07) andhas scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He alsohas non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65-yard touchdown return negated by penalty. His 407 puntreturn yards have already set a new UCLA single-seasonrecord while his three punt return touchdowns have tiedthe UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records.
Drew is fifth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 12.00 pointsper game. He has scored a career-high 18 touchdowns-- 11 running, four receiving and three on punt returns.Drew ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yards (171.11)with only 20 yards on kickoff returns.
He is averaging 25.4 yards per touchdown this season andscores every 10.39 times he touches the football.
In nine games, he has accounted for 1,540 all-purpose yards(171.11 average) and is averaging 8.24 yards every timehe touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing(80.88). He has scored 18 touchdowns, No. 3 on UCLA'ssingle-season list, and is averaging 25.4 yards on thosetouchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards. He isthird (tied) on the squad with 26 receptions and is averaging14.8 yards per catch, highest among players withat least seven receptions.
In UCLA's wins over Washington, California and WashingtonState, all come-from-behind victories, he scored thewinning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored thewinning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California,his 28-yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLAthe lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdownon the last play of the game. Against Washington State,he scored the winning touchdown in overtime. In thecome-from-behind win at Stanford, he scored the tyingtouchdown on a one-yard run with 46 seconds left in regulation.This season, Drew has 22 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs,five punt returns, 10 receptions and one kickoff return) andeight have resulted in touchdowns.
In his 33-game career, he has scored 37 touchdowns, includingseven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoffreturns. Sixteen scores have measured at least 40yards. His 4,365 all-purpose yards are a new schoolrecord, his 37 touchdowns rank No. 4 in school history,his 222 points rank ninth and his 2,317 rushing yards rank10th on that UCLA career list.
In the 21-point comeback win at Stanford (Oct. 29), he accountedfor 175 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushedfor 82 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts, tied for theteam lead with a career-best six receptions for a team-high87 yards and netted six yards on two punt returns. He scoredUCLA's first touchdown on a six-yard run with 7:04 remainingin the fourth quarter and tied the game with 46 secondsremaining in regulation on a one-yard run.
In the win over Oregon State (Oct. 22), he accounted for 250all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 120 yards on21 attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and hemade three receptions for 67 yards, including UCLA's firsttwo touchdowns on catches of 43 and 20 yards. He alsoreturned two punts for 63 yards, including a return of 59 yardsto set up his second scoring reception.
In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State (44-41 inovertime) on Oct. 15, he accounted for 187 all-purpose yards.He ran for 109 yards (on career-high 29 carries), including19 of UCLA's 20 yards in overtime, scoring the winning touchdownon a one-yard run, and made three receptions for 78yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-run for a third quartertouchdown.
He was at his best in the Oct. 8 victory over No. 10 (AP) California.Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards -162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on akickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns-- three rushing, one receiving and one on a puntreturn. He averaged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touchesagainst the Golden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rankNo. 2 in the NCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard lineand they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12-yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His oneyardrun with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought theBruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when hereturned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night.It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longestscoring punt return in school history. It was also his thirdscoring punt return of the year and fourth of his career, tyingUCLA and Pac-10 records in both categories.
In the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass from Drew Olson inthe right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline fora 28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead withjust 1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown'sinterception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the twoyardline on the game's final play for the margin of victory.
For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp Football FoundationNational 1-A Offensive Player of the Week, The SportingNews National Player of the Week, the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and thePac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, Drew showedwhy he is one of the best and most exciting players in thenation. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he brokethrough the line and sped 64 yards for a touchdown. In thesecond quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and then brokethe game open by taking a punt back up the middle for a 72-yard score.
Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finishedthe night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the groundon 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92yards each time he touched the ball and scored three timeson those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and twotouchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yardtouchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries.
He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purposeyards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week afterthe death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following anOklahoma touchdown that cut the lead to 10 points (34-24).
Against Washington (Oct. 1), he accounted for 101 all-purposeyards. He rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries and scored thewinning touchdown with 1:08 remaining on a one-yard blast.
He also made five receptions for 43 yards and returned twopunts for 25 yards. In the second quarter, he had a 65-yardtouchdown on a punt return wiped out due to a penalty andwas credited with a six-yard return.
At Arizona on Nov. 5, he had just 15 touches (12 rushes, threereceptions) and accounted for 66 all-purpose yards (41 rushing,25 receiving).
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched thefootball (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yardsper rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were atleast 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58and 57 yards. Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns -- eight rushing,three receiving and one punt return. Drew, with 1,007yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush for at least1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin historythat a back has had a 1,000-yard season.
Drew ranked T-ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points/game).He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would haveled the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury, Drew ranked second in the nationand led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). Healso ranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 inrushing (111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second inthe Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game). Overall in 2004,he ranked third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in allpurposeyards (146.0). Drew achieved that ranking despiteleaving the Washington State game in the first quarter(sprained ankle) and carrying twice against USC. His total of384 all-purpose yards at Washington was the best in thenation.
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, tworeceptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on sevenof them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, fivereceptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including ninetouchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards ranked No. 4 on UCLA'ssingle-season list. He was the first UCLA player to have atleast 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the sameseason.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA historyin the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLArallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drewwho totaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaunFoster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington.
Drew also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) fivetouchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In thefirst quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdownson four attempts. He finished the first half with 235yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Drew's 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference,bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for WashingtonState (1984) and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC (1976). He tiedthe Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players,and compiled a Pac-10 record 384 all-purpose yards.In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and returnedtwo kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). Hewas named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returnerby The Sporting News. Drew's 83-yard touchdown runfrom scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest ofthe 2003 season in the conference. His total of 176 yardsrushing against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-besttotal ever by a UCLA true freshman.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true senior has been namedto several first-team pre-season All-America teams and isconsidered by most to be the top tight end in the country. Hewas one of three '04 finalists, and the lone returner in '05, forthe John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tightend, and is also on the watch lists of the Walter Camp Playerof the Year Award and the Lombardi Award.
Lewis leads the Bruins with 48 receptions and 603 yards --both career highs -- and eight receiving touchdowns. His48 catches rank No. 1 on UCLA's single-season tight endlist (since 1965) while his 603 yards rank No. 2 on thatlist. His eight touchdown receptions are a school-recordfor tight ends, breaking the mark of seven he set last year.In the last four games, he has made 25 receptions for 299yards and six touchdowns.
He ranks sixth (tied) in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.33receptions and eighth with his average of 67.00 yardsper game. He ranks first in the league among tight endsin both categories. His average of 5.33 receptions is tiedfor second nationally among tight ends.
His 19 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA recordby a tight end and are tied for No. 4 in school historyoverall. His 116 receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's careertight end receiving list and 10th on the school career receptionslist. His 1,433 yards also rank No. 1 among tightends and 18th overall.
Lewis started the 2005 season in great form, making sevenreceptions for 131 yards -- both career highs at the time --against the Aztecs. Five of his catches accounted for doublefigures in yards and first downs, including receptions of 22,31 and 40 yards, the longest of his career. The 31-yard receptionwas a leaping, acrobatic grab that put the Bruinsinside the one-yard line. Against Rice, he made two receptionsfor 27 yards, including one for 19 yards. In the win overOklahoma, he made five receptions for 61 yards, including a19-yard touchdown with 12:32 remaining in the game thatgave UCLA a 10-point lead (27-17).
Against Washington, he made eight receptions for 77 yardsand one touchdown, a four-yard catch to begin UCLA's comeback.Seven of his receptions came in the second half asUCLA rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and three producedfirst downs. He was named Mackey Committee NationalTight End of the Week. He made just one reception for sixyards versus California but it produced a first down on UCLA'stouchdown drive at the end of the first half.
At Washington State, he made five receptions for 66 yards andtwo touchdowns (four and nine yards). His second touch9down, a nine-yard grab, started UCLA's 17-point fourth quartercomeback, cutting the deficit to 10 points. He was againnamed Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week.In the victory over Oregon State, he led the Bruins with six receptionsfor 63 yards and two touchdowns (two and threeyards). His TDs, one at the end of the half and one at thestart of the third quarter, built UCLA's advantage from 10 to24 points. He also had a spectacular one-handed leaping21-yard reception that led to a third-quarter field goal.
At Stanford, he made three receptions for 39 yards and twofirst downs. Two of his catches came in the fourth quarter,including a 20-yard reception on third-and-five on UCLA'sgame-tying drive. He also drew a pass interference call thatgave UCLA a first down at the Stanford 14-yard line on thatsame drive.
At Arizona, he made a career-high 11 receptions for 131yards (ties his career high) and two touchdowns. The 11receptions are tied for second on UCLA's single-gamelist (J.J. Stokes made 14 catches in the 1994 Rose Bowl)and the most ever by a tight end.
His 131 yards against SDSU and Arizona are the most by aBruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had gamesof 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State.Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is theschool record for tight ends.
Lewis led the Bruins with seven touchdown catches (a tightend record total at the time) in 2004. He caught 32 passesoverall (tied for fifth-best among Bruin tight ends since 1980),for 402 yards. In addition, Lewis produced a team-best 25first downs and averaged 12.6 yards per catch. His seventouchdown receptions ranked fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 whilehis 2.67 receptions/ game ranked T-22nd.
Lewis had a breakout game in the 2004 win over Arizona, makingsix receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Histouchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards. He also hadcatches of 23 and 21 yards on scoring drives. Dating back to1965, his three touchdown receptions are the most by a Bruintight end in a game. He was named Mackey Committee NationalTight End of the Week.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- The senior, who was named one ofseven finalists for the Unitas Award (nation's top senior quarterback)the week of Oct. 17, is playing like an All-Americanwhile leading the Bruins to an 8-1 start.
On the year, he has completed 196 of 295 passes (66.4) for2,399 yards and 25 touchdowns with three interceptions. Hispassing efficiency rating of 160.68 ranks seventh nationallyand second in the Pac-10. He also ranks fifth in theleague in passing yards (266.67) and sixth in total offense(260.78).
Olson has thrown 25 touchdown passes this season, tying theschool record set by Cade McNown in 1998 (12 games). Athis current pace, he could shatter the school record forcompletions in a season (his 196 are already tied for fifthand project to 261 over 12 games, the record is 228). Hecould also become only the second player in school historyto pass for over 3,000 yards (Cade McNown did it twice).
In his 42-game career (35 starts (22-13) / last 24 straight), Olsonhas 618 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. Inaddition, his 7,773 career passing yards rank No. 2 and hiscareer total offense of 7,521 yards also ranks No. 2. His 58touchdown passes rank No. 2 on the UCLA career list.In his last 17 games, he has completed 336 of 531 (.633)passes for 4,224 yards, 41 TDs and 11 interceptions.
In the four come-from-behind victories, he completed 45 of61 passes (.738) for 539 yards, six touchdowns and nointerceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime. In thefourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 58of 82 (.707) for 736 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.In the second half of all games this season, Olson is101 of 145 (.697) for 1,198 yards, 13 touchdowns and nointerceptions.
At Arizona, he completed 23 of 38 passes for 232 yards andtwo touchdowns with no interceptions. On UCLA's final scoringdrive (91 yards), he completed five of six passes (lastfive) for 70 yards, including his second touchdown pass toMarcedes Lewis (16 yards).
In the Oct. 29 21-point comeback at Stanford, he completed 24of 35 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and nointerceptions. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he completed15 of 20 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, a31-yard strike to Joe Cowan in the fourth quarter and thegame-winning 23-yard connection with Brandon Breazell inovertime.
In the fourth quarter, he led UCLA on touchdown drives of 65,72 and 66 yards after Stanford took a 24-3 lead with 8:26remaining. The three scoring drives took just 3:40. In overtime,he hit Breazell for the winning score after a two-yardrun by Maurice Drew.
He was at his best in the Oct. 22 victory over Oregon State.That afternoon, he set a school record by throwing six touchdownpasses -- two each to Maurice Drew and MarcedesLewis and one each to Ryan Moya and Brandon Breazell.
On the day, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards, sixtouchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Bruinsto a 51-28 win. He moved into second place on UCLA's careertouchdown passes list, passing Tom Ramsey. He wasnamed Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
He also set a school record with 11 touchdown passes in twoconsecutive games, breaking the previous record of eight.He had 13 in a three-game span, breaking the record of 11by Wayne Cook in 1993.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, hecompleted six of nine passes for 103 yards.
Against Rice, he completed 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296yards and three touchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions.
The 296 yards rank third in his career. He threw fivecompletions of at least 20 yards and had 302 yards of totaloffense. He completed passes to eight different receivers. Inthe first half, he led the Bruins to touchdowns on all six oftheir offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for263 yards and three scores.
In the victory over Oklahoma, Olson completed 28 of 38 passesfor 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
He completed passes to 10 different receivers and both timesOklahoma scored in the second half, he responded by leadinga touchdown drive. When Oklahoma closed to within 20-17 with 3:25 left in the third quarter, he responded by leadinga 13-play, 83-yard drive, completing six of seven passes for78 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to MarcedesLewis. On UCLA's next possession, he drove the Bruins 45yards for another touchdown, completing three of four passesfor 42 yards, including a seven-yard score to Chris Markey.
Olson was named Sporting News National Player of theWeek and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his effortsagainst the Sooners.
Against Washington, he completed 29 of 44 passes for 287yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 44attempts tied his career high. In the second-half comeback(down 10-0 at half), Olson connected on 20 of 26 passes for210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. In thefourth quarter, he completed 11 of 15 passes for 99 yardsand one score, including his last six attempts for 72 yards onthe winning drive.
In the third quarter, with UCLA starting on the UW 28-yard linefollowing a fumble recovery, he hit Joe Cowan for 24 yardsand after a run for no yards, he found Marcedes Lewis in theend zone for a four-yard touchdown.
After Washington made the score 17-7, he moved the Bruins80 yards, hitting Michael Pitre for a one-yard score on thefirst play of the fourth quarter. With 3:39 remaining in thegame, he drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score,converting a key fourth-and-one from the Bruin 36-yard line.
He completed six of seven passes (the final six) for 72 yardson the drive, which was capped by Maurice Drew's one-yardrun with 1:08 remaining in the game.
Against California, Olson rallied the Bruins to victory for thesecond straight week. He brought them back from a 14-0deficit less than three minutes into the game, pulling theminto a 14-14 tie just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Trailing40-28 with 12:55 remaining, he drove the Bruins 80 yardsto make the score 40-35, scoring on a one-yard sneak. With2:30 remaining, UCLA took possession on its own 25-yardline and Olson drove them 75 yards, completing passes of38 and nine yards to Marcus Everett. On third-and-one at the28-yard line, he found Maurice Drew in the right flat and hesped 28 yards for the winning score. UCLA regained possessionwith 1:01 remaining and Olson helped run the clockuntil Drew scored on the final play of the game.
On the night, Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yardsand two touchdowns with no interceptions and twice ralliedhis team from double-digit deficits for the win. He also movedinto second place on the career total offense list.
At Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficits of 21points in the first half and 17 points in the fourth quarter, tyingschool records in both categories. On the night, he completed31 of 43 passes for a career-high 338 yards, five touchdownsand one interception. His five touchdown passes tiedthe old school record held by Cade McNown (1997 at Texas,1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of TroyAikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). The last time aBruin threw for more yards was in 2002 (Cory Paus-378 vs.Oregon State).
In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourthquarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards andtwo scores.
UCLA trailed 28-7 near the end of the first half, but Olson drovethe Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for four yardswith 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points.
Midway through the third quarter, his 45-yard touchdown passto Maurice Drew completed a 73-yard drive and brought theBruins to within seven points. However, UCLA still trailed by17 entering the final quarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hookedup for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. UCLAtrailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took overon its four-yard line. He drove the Bruins 96 yards for thetying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of theend zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On thefinal drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards.
During the 2004 season, Olson ranked sixth in the Pac-10 (44th-NCAA) in total offense (222.58 yds.), sixth in the Pac-10 inpassing (213.8 yds.), and fourth in the Pac-10 (43rd-NCAA)in passing efficiency (132.39 rating). In the Pac-10, his averageof 13.09 yards per completion was first among playerswith at least 100 completions and his 57.48% was fourth.
Olson's 2004 season ended in the second quarter of the LasVegas (Dec. 23) Bowl, when he suffered a torn ligament inhis left knee which required surgery.In his last seven regular-season games of 2004, he completed134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdownsand eight interceptions.
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, butfound himself thrust to the forefront for the second straightyear because of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moore inthe first half of the opener at Colorado and went on to appearin 12 games (nine starts). Olson became the fourth sophomoreto pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began 2002 behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olsonstarted the final five games of the year after Paus suffered aseason-ending ankle injury against Cal. Olson was also injuredin that game and sat out the next contest againstStanford, before returning to start the season's last five games.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and becamethe first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 towin his initial road start. He also became just the third UCLAtrue freshman quarterback to start the game against USC,joining Ramsey and Cade McNown.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Joe Cowan started the2005 opener at San Diego State, but did not make a reception.Against Rice, he made two receptions (21 and 17) for38 yards. His 17-yard catch gave the Bruins a first-and-goalat the one-yard line.
Against Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 49 yards andproduced four first downs. Against Washington, he madefour receptions for 49 yards. His 24-yard reception gave theBruins a first down at the four-yard line on their first touchdowndrive.
Versus California, he scored UCLA's first touchdown on a fouryardreception. At Washington State, he led the Bruins witha career-high six receptions for 73 yards and three first downs.He made two receptions for 18 yards versus Oregon State.
At Stanford, he made five receptions for 71 yards and onetouchdown. His 31-yard scoring catch brought the Bruins towithin seven points (24-17) with 4:43 remaining and his fiveyardcatch on fourth-and-one from the six-yard line set upMaurice Drew's game-tying touchdown. His 15-yard catchin the fourth quarter led directly to Drew's six-yard TD run. Hemade four catches for 32 yards at Arizona.
Cowan is now second on the squad with 29 catches for 334yards (11.5 average) and two touchdowns. Twenty of hisreceptions have accounted for first downs (19) ortouchdowns (two).
In 2004, he made two starts and totaled 13 catches for 228yards, a team-high 17.5 average, and one touchdown. Heled the team at California with five receptions for 95 yardsand one touchdown, a 46-yarder. At Arizona State, he madethree receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, andthree first downs. In 2003, one of his catches was good for atouchdown versus USC.
True sophomore Marcus Everett suffered a sprainedshoulder in practice on August 22 and did not suit up for thefirst two games against San Diego State and Rice.
Playing for the first time this year against Oklahoma, he cameoff the bench to lead the Bruins with six receptions, good for66 yards and three first downs -- all in the first half.He started against Washington and made two receptions for41 yards. On UCLA's final drive, he took a flat pass, made acouple of moves and raced 39 yards to the Bruin 20-yardline. UCLA scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
Versus California, he led the team with a career-high tying sixreceptions for a career-high 95 yards. Three of them producedfirst downs and two measured 38 and 26 yards. On UCLA'swinning drive, he made an acrobatic 38-yard reception andmade a nine-yard catch on the next play to set up UCLA'sgo-ahead touchdown.
At Washington State, he made five receptions for 39 yards,one touchdown and three first downs. His nine-yardtouchdown catch in the back of the end zone with 44 secondsremaining in regulation completed UCLA's 17-point fourthquartercomeback and was the first TD of his career. AgainstOregon State, he sprained his left knee early and playedsparingly the rest of the way, not making a reception.
At Stanford, he tied for the team lead with six catches for 61yards and four first downs. Three of his receptions came inthe fourth quarter, including a 15-yard catch on the firsttouchdown drive and a 19-yard catch-and-run to set up thesecond fourth-quarter touchdown. He had one reception fortwo yards at Arizona.
On the year, Everett has made 26 receptions, tied for thirdon the squad with Maurice Drew, for 304 yards in his sevengames. His average of 3.71 receptions per game ranks16th in the Pac-10. In the fourth quarter of the Washington,California, Washington State and Stanford games, hemade 10 catches for 158 yards and one TD.
Everett started four games in 2004 and finished with ninecatches for 110 yards. He made his first career start againstSan Diego State and responded with two receptions for 49yards and two first downs.
Against Arizona, he started and made four receptions for 45yards and two first downs. At Arizona State, he started in athree wide receiver set and made two catches.
True sophomore Brandon Breazell came off the benchto contribute 40 all-purpose yards against San Diego State.He made one reception for 15 yards and ran a reverse for 25yards to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown.
Against Rice, he made four receptions, second-only to JuniorTaylor, for 75 yards and the first touchdown of his career (11yards). He also made a 48-yard reception on UCLA's thirdtouchdown drive, the longest catch of his career.
He made two receptions for 13 yards against Oklahoma,including a big third down catch to pick up a first down on thetouchdown drive which put UCLA up 27-17. He made tworeceptions for 26 yards in the win over Washington. AgainstCalifornia, he made two receptions for 33 yards, including along of 24. At Washington State, he made four receptions for21 yards and ran for 16 on a reverse.
Against Oregon State, he made two receptions for 53 yards,including a 46-yard touchdown. At Stanford, he made threereceptions for 28 yards and one touchdown. His 23-yard overthe-shoulder touchdown grab in overtime gave the Bruinsthe victory. At Arizona, he made one reception for nine yards.
On the year, his 21 receptions rank fifth on the squad whilehis three receiving touchdowns rank third. His averageof 13.0 yards is second only to Maurice Drew's 14.8 amongplayers with more than six receptions.
In 2004, he made two receptions for 15 yards in 2004, both inthe game at California. He made his first start against SanDiego State.
True senior Junior Taylor will miss the remainder of the2005 season after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciateligament in his left knee suffered on the second play (a 16-yard reception) of the Oklahoma game. His 76 career receptionsat the time of his injury rank 20th on the all-time schoollist. In addition, he ranks 22nd on the career receiving yardagelist.
In 2004, he tied for second on the team with 32 receptions and463 receiving yards (14.5 avg.) while starting 11 games. Hehad 17 catches good for first downs.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- In 2004, the offensive line helped Bruinrushers average 184.9 yards on the ground (24th-NCAA/ second-Pac-10) and 410.0 yards overall (26th-NCAA/ fourth-Pac-10).
Thus far in 2005, UCLA is averaging 420.4 yards of total offense.Redshirt senior center Mike McCloskey, a Rimington Awardcandidate, returned to the starting lineup in 2004 after missingthe last seven games of 2003 with a fractured left ankle.
McCloskey earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors afterUCLA rushed for at least 200 yards in six of the 10 games inwhich he played in 2004. In 2005, he started the first sevengames and played well. In the first quarter of the OregonState game, he strained his right shoulder and did not return.He did not play against Stanford or Arizona.
Redshirt senior Ed Blanton is in his third season as a starterand has been a key performer in all nine games this year,playing virtually every snap while the game was on the line.
In 2004, he started 11 games and played the entire contestsagainst Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington, San DiegoState, California, Arizona State and Stanford at weak tackleand all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He had a stringof 22 straight starts snapped last year when he came off thebench versus Oregon.
True sophomore Shannon Tevaga is one of the top younglinemen in the Pac-10. He has now started 15 straight gamesat strong guard, including all nine this season. A year ago,he spent most of the first six weeks of the season playing onthe PAT-field goal squad, started at strong guard againstArizona State and did a good job in his first extensive action(he had played two snaps against Arizona and four at tightend at Cal). He went on to start the final six games of 2004.Tevaga earned third-team Freshman All-America honors andfirst-team Freshman All-Pac-10 acclaim from The SportingNews.
True sophomore Chris Joseph made his first career startagainst San Diego State and helped the Bruins rush for 191yards. He also played well versus Rice, Oklahoma andWashington. Against California, he suffered an injury to hisleft knee in the first quarter and is expected to miss the restof the season. In 2004, he saw action on the PAT-field goalteam in the first five games of 2004 before he suffered apartially torn knee ligament. He sat out the remainder of theseason and had surgery in November of 2004. Joseph hadplayed a couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizonacontest.
True sophomore Brian Abraham also made his first careerstart at the strong tackle position against San Diego State.
He also contributed to the rushing attack against Rice andplayed well versus Oklahoma, Washington, California andWashington State. He did not start and saw limited actionagainst Oregon State due to the flu. He returned to the startinglineup at Stanford and played the entire game. He also playedvirtually the entire Arizona contest. A year ago, he played onthe PAT-field goal team and saw limited action on offense(couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contestand versus Stanford and Washington State).
Redshirt senior Robert Cleary played on offense or specialteams as a reserve in each of the first five games this seasonand has started the last three contests. Against California,he came in during the first half in place of injured Chris Josephand played very well. He started and played the entire contestat Washington State and virtually every snap against OregonState and every snap at Stanford and Arizona. A year ago, hemade his first career start (weak guard) against OklahomaState last season and played the entire contest. He alsostarted against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizonaand California. Against Arizona State, Stanford andWashington State, he came off the bench. He started andplayed extensively at weak guard at Oregon.
Redshirt junior guard Robert Chai has started the last twogames (Stanford and Arizona) in place of injured MikeMcCloskey. He also played as a reserve versus San DiegoState, Rice and Oregon State. Redshirt sophomore NOAHSUTHERLAND, who played defense a year ago, started atstrong tackle against Oregon State in place of an ill BrianAbraham and did a fine job. Redshirt freshman center AARONMEYER played virtually the entire Oregon State game atcenter and did a solid job. Redshirt freshman tackle/guardScott Glicksberg has played against San Diego State,Rice and Oregon State.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Redshirt freshman Ben Olson,who earned the backup quarterback role in Fall camp, madehis debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State gameand threw his first career pass. He also played the final seriesat Arizona and completed two of three passes for 11 yards.He was sidelined for the first three games due to a smallfracture in his left (throwing) hand. Olson entered UCLA inJanuary of 2005 following his transfer from Brigham YoungUniversity.
Olson had been on a church mission the past two years afterredshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season.He had not seen action in a competitive game since hissenior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA HighSchool (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). Duringhis prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for6,401 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threwfor 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Senior David Koral, who entered UCLA in January of 2004following a transfer from Santa Monica College, gained valuableexperience coming off the bench for D. Olson in the LasVegas Bowl. He completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards,including a couple of touchdowns. The pass attempts andcompletions were the first of his UCLA career. He had seenaction in earlier games against Stanford (three snaps) andArizona (two), but had not attempted a pass.
He played in the fourth quarter of the 2005 opener at San DiegoState, completing two of three passes for six yards. Heplayed in the third and fourth quarters against Rice, completingone of two passes for 29 yards. He did not see actionversus Oklahoma or Washington and missed the California,Washington State, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona gamesdue to illness.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiverJoe) spent the 2004 season running the scout team duringpractice. He has shown a rapid level of development duringhis time at UCLA. He saw his first action in the fourth quarteragainst Rice but did not attempt a pass.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Redshirt sophomore MICHAELPITRE and true sophomore Chris Markey each havemade valuable contributions to the Bruins' offense.
Markey came off the bench to account for 175 all-purpose yardsat San Diego State. He returned two kickoffs for 91 yards,including one for 71 yards. He also returned a punt 41 yardsand carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards and two one-yardtouchdowns.
Against Rice, he rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts, includingone run of 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown. He alsoreturned two kickoffs for 34 yards and one punt for sevenyards, giving him 110 all-purpose yards.
In the Oklahoma contest, he made three receptions for 31 yards,including a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Healso rushed seven times for 15 yards and returned one kickofffor 16 yards. Against Washington, he rushed four timesfor 21 yards, made two receptions for 19 yards and returnedtwo kickoffs for 47 yards. His 12-yard catch-and-run cametwo plays before the go-ahead touchdown.
Versus California, he accounted for 142 all-purpose yards -- 86on four kickoff returns, 43 rushing yards and 13 yards onthree receptions. His 18-yard run was the longest run by aBruin back in that contest. At Washington State, he rushedfor 59 yards on eight carries (7.4) and made two receptionsfor 13 yards.
Against Oregon State, he had 145 all-purpose yards. He rushedfor 80 yards (6.2 average) on 13 attempts and added 65 yardson three kickoff returns. At Stanford, he had 34 total yards --14 on four rushes, 13 on one kickoff return and seven on onereception. At Arizona, he saw limited action after spendingmuch of the week undergoing tests for illness. He gainedjust seven yards on three attempts and had one punt returnfor no yards.
Markey is 53rd in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoffreturn average (23.47) and is 15th in the Pac-10 in allpurposeyards (92.67). He is second on the team in rushingwith a career-high 351 yards and third with four touchdowns.
Markey was the team's third-leading rusher with 350 yards (5.3avg.) in 2004. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with his 22.2kickoff return average and was third on the team and 17th inthe Pac-10 with 854 all-purpose yards (77.6 avg.). He wasnamed to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman teamand was the offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr.Award for Rookie of the Year.
Markey had a breakout performance at Oregon. Opening inplace of an injured Maurice Drew, he rushed for 131 yardsand had five receptions for 84 yards. Including his 23-yardkickoff return, Markey accounted for 238 all-purpose yardsand was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, appeared in11 games and established himself as an outstanding blockingback.
Against San Diego State, he blocked well for Maurice Drewand Chris Markey and made one reception for eight yards.Versus Rice, he carried twice for 11 yards, including the firstrushing touchdown of his career (six yards) late in the firstquarter. Against Oklahoma, he carried twice for one net yardand made one reception for two yards.
In the win over Washington, he scored on a one-yard touchdownreception on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Onthe night, he made four receptions for 20 yards and one scoreand carried once for one yard. In the victory over California,he had the first double-digit run of his career, gaining 16 yardson a first quarter run which led to UCLA's second touchdown.
At Washington State, he made one reception for eightyards. He carried once for one yard versus Oregon State. AtStanford, he did not touch the ball but blocked well. At Arizona,he carried seven times for 39 yards, more than hisprevious career total and made one reception for 11 yards.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- The senior All-America insidelinebacker is one of the best in the nation. He has alreadybeen selected as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (12players), Butkus Award (10 players) and the Rotary LombardiAward (12). In addition, he is a quarterfinalist for the LottTrophy (nation's top defender). He was also named a firstteampre-season All-American by several publications.
In 2004, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim fromcbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com. He was selectedsecond-team All-America by the Walter Camp FootballFoundation. He was one of 12 semifinalists for both the2004 Butkus and the Rotary Lombardi Awards.
He currently leads the Bruins with 76 tackles (T-6th in Pac-10), 13 tackles for losses and two interceptions and is tiedfor second on the team 2.0 sacks. His average of 1.44 tacklesfor loss per game ranks second (tied) in the Pac-10 andhis average of 0.22 interceptions ranks 16th.
His 379 career tackles rank No. 3 on that all-time school list(he passed Kenny Easley at Arizona) while his 40 tacklesfor loss rank No. 4 on that chart. Havner has 10 careerinterceptions and has returned three for touchdowns (52, 42and 23 yards-31.6 avg.), including one in 2004. He also scoredon a fumble recovery against Oklahoma this season for hisschool record fourth defensive touchdown.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruinswith 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a careerhighthree tackles for losses, including one sack, and returnedthe ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He wasnamed the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. AgainstRice, he was credited with one tackle.
Versus Oklahoma, 'UCLA's Tackling Machine' (Bruce Feldman,ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solos).In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown of his careerjust 1:47 into the second half when he scooped up afumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards togive UCLA a 10-point cushion (27-17).
Against Washington, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles (sevensolos), including one for loss, and also broke up a pass. VersusCalifornia, he made nine tackles (eight solos), secondon the squad. He was credited with three tackles for losses,including one sack.
At Washington State, he led the Bruins for the fourth time, finishingwith 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. Inthe win over Oregon State, he had five tackles (four solos),including one for loss, and his 10th career interception setup the field goal that gave UCLA the lead for good. At Stanford,he led the team for the fifth time, finishing with 12 tackles(nine solos), including one for loss. He also broke up onepass. Seven of his tackles came in the second half and overtime.
At Arizona, he made six tackles (three solos), includingtwo for losses.
Havner's 15 double-digit tackle games: 2002: 10-San DiegoState, 11-Cal, 11-Stanford, 2003:13-Washington State;2004:16-Oklahoma St., 17-Illinois, 13-Washington, 14-SanDiego State, 11-Arizona, 16-Stanford, 12-Washington St.,2005: 13-San Diego State,11-Washington, 10-WashingtonState, 12-Stanford.
In 2004, he ranked second nationally in solo tackles (7.64) andseventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) in 2004. In 11 games,he made 125 tackles (tied for No. 10 on the school singleseason list with Ken Norton, 1987) and his average of 11.37led the Pac-10 by 1.2 stops per game. He also tied for theteam lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third withtwo interceptions.
He recorded 16 tackles in the 2004 opener against OklahomaState and a career-high 17 tackles at Illinois, the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in hiscareer. Against San Diego State, Havner led the team with14 tackles, including one for loss. He also picked off a passand returned it 52 yards for a score. He was selected Pac-10Defensive Player of the Week. In the shutout of Stanford, heled the Bruins with 16 tackles, had two tackles for loss andhis second interception of the year (21 yards). He was againnamed Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against WashingtonState, he led the team in tackles for the seventh timeon the season, finishing with 12.
In 2003, he ranked third on the team in tackles (82), tied for theteam lead in interceptions (3) and was 25th in the Pac-10 intackles per game (6.3).
In 2002, he started 13 games and ranked second on the teamin tackles (96, second-most ever by a Bruin freshman behindJames Washington,1984-119). He ranked 11th in thePac-10 in tackles per game (7.4). His 12 tackles for losswere second on the team. He ranked third on the team withthree interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns,tying an NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selectedfirst-team Freshman All-America and Pac-10 DefensivePlayer of the Year by The Sporting News.
#9 LB Justin London -- True senior Justin London was onthe `Watch List' for the 2005 Lott Trophy, presented to thenation's top defensive player, the Butkus Award, for thenation's top linebacker, and the Lombardi Award, for thenation's top lineman.
On the year, he is fourth on the squad with 38 tackles andseventh with five tackles for losses. He has played ineight of nine games, missing Arizona.
In the opener against San Diego State, he made five tackles(three solos) and broke up one pass. Against Rice, he ledthe team with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.
Against Oklahoma, the emotional London was all over the fieldand tied for the team lead with nine tackles (eight solos),including two for losses. Versus Washington, he was creditedwith one solo tackle.
Against California, London made eight total tackles (five solos),including one tackle for loss. At Washington State, hemade five tackles, including four solos. Against Oregon State,he saw limited action off the bench and had one tackle (forloss). At Stanford, he started and had one solo tackle. He didnot play at Arizona due to his right ankle.
Last year, he was on the pre-season lists for the Lombardi andButkus awards, but sprained his right ankle in practice onAugust 19, 2004. He did not see his first game action untilthe second contest of the year, at Illinois. He started gamethree at Washington, but played only three snaps beforereaggravating his injured ankle.
London returned to action against Arizona (game five), comingoff the bench. He was back in the starting lineup at Cal. Inthe Stanford shutout, London recorded 10 tackles, one forloss. At Oregon, he led the team with 10 stops, including asack. Against USC, he made eight tackles (tied team high).
He had a tackle for loss, forced one fumble and made aninterception. In the Las Vegas Bowl, he led the team withseven tackles, including a sack and two others for losses.
In his final five games of 2004, he totaled 44 tackles. For theseason, he tied for fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, includingtwo sacks and 7.0 for losses.
In 2003, he started 12 games, making his first career start atColorado, and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles.He ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for theteam lead with three interceptions. London ranked eighth inthe Pac-10 with his average of 7.67 tackles.
He saw action in 12 games as a true freshman (linebacker andspecial teams) in 2002 and made five tackles.
#4 S Jarrad Page -- Now a four-year starter at strong safety,Page was on the Watch List for the 2005 Thorpe Award,presented to the nation's top defensive back.
He currently ranks third on the squad with 47 tackles (36solos), including one sack, seven tackles for loss andone forced fumble. He is tied for third on the team withhis seven tackles for losses. In addition, he has 38 rushingyards on a key fake punt in the fourth quarter of the Californiagame.
In the opener at SDSU, he made five tackles, including foursolos. Against Rice, he made one solo tackle. Versus Oklahoma,the hard-hitting safety made eight tackles, one shy ofthe team lead, including seven solos. Two of those tacklesaccounted for losses, including the first sack of his career.
Against Washington, he made six tackles (four solos), includingone for loss, forced a fumble and broke up one pass.
Versus California, Page made five tackles (three solos), includingthree behind the line of scrimmage. With just over nineminutes remaining against California and the Bruins in puntformation with a fourth-and-two at their own 42-yard line, Pagetook a handoff, broke a tackle and raced 38 yards to set upthe first of UCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns. At WashingtonState, he made six solo tackles and broke up twopasses. Against Oregon State, he had three tackles (two solos)and also broke up one pass. At Stanford, he made fivetackles (three solos), including his seventh of the year for aloss. At Arizona, he led the team with eight tackles, includingsix solos.
In 2004, he ranked second on the team in tackles (79), tied forfirst in interceptions (3) and second in passes broken up (7).In 2003, Page ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12games. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions,returning one for a touchdown (Washington). In 2002, Pagesaw action in all 13 games and started the final 10 contestsat strong safety to become the first Bruin safety since KennyEasley in 1977 to start as many as 10 games as a true freshman.He finished sixth on the team in tackles (43). He wasnamed first-team Freshman All-America and to the first-teamFreshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#75 DT Kevin Brown -- Brown suffered a sprained left anklein the August 20 pre-season scrimmage and underwent surgeryon August 22, 2005. It is undetermined as to when hewill be able to return to action.
In 2004, the true junior led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied forthe lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked firstamong all defensive linemen. He earned UCLA's DonnMoomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player againstUSC (four tackles, two sacks). Brown made his first careerstart on the defensive line in the 2004 opener against OklahomaState.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sidesof the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games ofthe 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensive line andstarted three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- True junior Justin Hickman, whois on the Hendricks Award Watch List, leads the defensivelinemen with 26 tackles. He leads the team with four sacksand is fifth (tied) on the squad with six tackles for losses.
He started at defensive end against San Diego State and madea career-best six tackles (five solos), including one sack(seven yards). Versus Rice, he made one tackle but missedthe second half with an injured left shoulder. Against Oklahoma,he made two tackles. Versus Washington, he madefive tackles, including two solos. Against California, he madethree tackles (one solo), including two for losses. At WashingtonState, he made two solo tackles and recovered afumble. Against Oregon State, he had one solo tackle.
At Stanford, he made five solo tackles, including three quarterbacksacks for 17 yards. He sacked Trent Edwards on thefinal play of regulation and again on third down in overtime,forcing a 42-yard field goal. At Arizona, he had one solo tackle.
In 2004, he played in 10 games and made 22 tackles, tied forfourth-most among defensive linemen, including 4.0 forlosses, second among linemen. He was the only lineman tostart in each of the first five games of 2004, the first two at leftend, the rest at right end. He underwent surgery to repair atorn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Caland Arizona State games. He returned to action againstStanford and started the final three games.
True sophomore Brigham Harwell started at defensivetackle against San Diego State and was credited with twosolo tackles. In his start against Rice, he made four tackles(one solo). He played very well in the win over Oklahoma,making four tackles, including his first career sack (11 yards)and two others for losses, and breaking up one pass. Hissack came on a third and goal situation just before the halfand helped UCLA hold on to the halftime lead. Versus Washington,he made three solo tackles, including two for losses.
Against California, he suffered a sprained right ankle in thefirst half after making one tackle and did not return. He sawlimited action at Washington State. He started and broke upone pass versus Oregon State.
At Stanford, he made a career-best six solo tackles, includingone sack and a second stop for loss. At Arizona, he madethree solo tackles, including one for loss.
On the year, Harwell has made 23 tackles, second (tied)among defensive linemen, and is second on the team with8.0 tackles for losses.
In 2004, he played in all 12 games, starting four at defensiveend. He made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensivelinemen, including 2.5 for losses. He returned fromarthroscopic knee surgery during 2004 Fall camp to see limitedaction in the season opener. At Illinois, he made fivetackles, including one for loss. Harwell started for the firsttime at California and recorded five solo tackles.
MORE LINEMEN -- Senior Kyle Morgan is on the WatchList for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation'stop defensive end. He did not see action against San DiegoState but made two tackles off the bench versus Rice. He alsomade two solo tackles against Oklahoma. He played but didnot make any tackles against Washington, California andWashington State. He made two tackles (one solo) versusOregon State and one solo stop at Stanford. Morgan madetwo solo tackles at Arizona.
Morgan, who started the final 10 games of the 2004 season,made 24 tackles and his 3.5 for losses were tied for thirdamong linemen. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repaira torn meniscus in his knee during 2004 Fall camp. Hereturned to action against Oklahoma State, but was notcredited with a tackle. Morgan made his first career start atWashington and made three tackles, including one for loss.In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made a career-high five tackles.
Redshirt sophomore William Snead appeared in all 12games a year ago as a key reserve and made six tackles,including one sack. In the 2005 opener, he had one tackleassist and added an assist versus Rice. Against Oklahoma,his first-quarter fumble recovery led to the field goal that gavethe Bruins the lead for good, 10-7. Versus Washington, hemade four tackles (three solos), including one sack. He madehis first career start versus California and made a career-highseven tackles, including five solos. He started at WashingtonState but was not credited with a tackle. Against OregonState, he started and recovered a fumble. At Stanford, hemade three tackles (two solos), including 0.5 tackle for loss.He made one solo tackle at Arizona.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive actionin the first three games last season, including startingassignments at Illinois and Washington, before being sidelinedby a shoulder injury for the remainder of the year. At Illinois,he became the first true freshman to start on the defensiveline since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999Rose Bowl. However, he sprained his shoulder at Washingtonand did not play the rest of the season.
In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist. Against Rice, herecorded a solo sack. He also had a solo tackle versusOklahoma. He made two solo tackles in the win overWashington. He made his first start of 2005 versus Californiaand was credited with three tackles (one solo), including twofor losses. At Washington State, he started and made threesolo tackles. He started and had one tackle against OregonState before spraining his left ankle in the first half. He sawlimited action at Stanford and Arizona due to his ankle.
Redshirt freshman Nathaniel Skaggs had an outstandingFall Camp and earned a starting job at defensive tackleagainst San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle inthe opener. He came off the bench against Rice and madetwo tackles, including a 16-yard sack on which he caused afumble that resulted in a Bruin touchdown. He also saw actionin the wins over Oklahoma, California and Stanford.
True freshman Chase Moline played extensively off thebench against San Diego State. He finished with two solotackles. Moline started against Rice and made six tackles,tied for second on the squad, including four solos. He startedversus Oklahoma and helped clog the middle but was notcredited with a tackle. He also started in the victory overWashington and came off the bench versus California. Hestarted at Washington State and made two solo tackles. Hemade two solo tackles, including a sack, off the bench versusOregon State. He started at Stanford and made five tackles(four solos), including 1.5 tackles for losses (three yards). Hestarted at Arizona and made six tackles (three solos),including one for loss. He is tied for second amongdefensive linemen with 23 tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Bruce Davis moved to outside linebackerfrom defensive end during the 2005 Spring practicesand played both positions early this year before moving backto end due to injuries. Against San Diego State, he tied forsecond on the team with a career-high seven tackles, includingone sack (eight yards). Against Rice, he made fourtackles (two solos), including one for loss and also broke upa pass. Versus Oklahoma, he made two tackles, includingone for loss. Against Washington, he made one solo tackle-- a nine-yard sack. Against California, he made one tackleassist. He had one tackle assist at Washington State. AgainstOregon State, he made three tackles, including one for loss,and recovered a fumble. He made two solo tackles atStanford. At Arizona, he made two tackles (one solo), includingone for loss.
On the year, Davis has made 23 tackles, tied for secondamong the defensive linemen. He is tied for second onthe team with two sacks and is fifth (tied) with six tacklesfor losses.
He made his first career start versus Oklahoma State in 2004and totaled three tackles. He also started at Illinois, beforecoming off the bench in the last 10 games of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Nikola Dragovic saw action in ninegames at defensive end in 2004. He started the 2005 openerat San Diego State and made four tackles, including onesack, and was credited with blocking a PAT. Against Rice, hemade three tackles and recovered a fumble. He made twotackles, including one for loss, against Oklahoma. Dragovicmade two tackles against Washington before suffering a tornanterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had surgery onOct. 20 and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
LINEBACKER -- Senior Wesley Walker injured his rightknee on the first day of 2005 Fall camp and underwentarthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage on August12. He missed the first three games and returned toaction against Washington, making three tackles (two solos)and breaking up one pass. In the win over California, hemade three tackles (one solo) off the bench. At WashingtonState, he made two tackles (one solo) in a reserve role. Hestarted versus Oregon State and had two tackle assists.
Walker started at Stanford and made three tackles, includingtwo solos. At Arizona, he made three tackles (two solos),including one for loss as a starter.
Walker appeared in 12 games in 2004, starting 11, while seeingaction at both inside and outside linebacker slots. Hetied for fourth on the team in tackles (57).
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Whittington started the 2005opener against San Diego State and made seven tackles(three solos), one shy of his career high and tied for secondon the team. He made two tackles versus Rice, includingone for a three-yard loss. He came off the bench versus Oklahomaand had one tackle assist and also played versusWashington. At Washington State, he played defense andspecial teams and made one solo tackle. He made one solotackle versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he made four solotackles. He did not play at Arizona due to a thigh contusion.
He finished the 2004 season with 18 tackles and was namedto The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team. He madehis first career start at Illinois and recorded eight tackles andtwo quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington andmade four tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Taylor came off the benchto make two tackles versus SDSU in his first action as aBruin. Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), includingone for loss. In addition, in the fourth quarter, hescooped up an Owl fumble and returned it four yards for hisfirst career touchdown. He made one tackle against Oklahomaand played against Washington, California and WashingtonState. He made four tackles, including three solos,versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he contributed six tackles,including four solos. He made two tackles (one solo) at Arizona.In 2004, he redshirted after transferring from Air Force.
True freshman John Hale made his debut against SDSU,making one solo tackle while playing defense and specialteams. He made one tackle versus Rice. Against Oklahoma,Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999to start a Bruin game at linebacker, finishing with one tackle.
He also started versus Washington and made one tackleassist and recovered a fumble. Hale also started againstCalifornia and Washington State. Hale started inside versusOregon State and made five tackles (three solos). He madeone solo tackle off the bench at Stanford. He started in themiddle at Arizona and made four tackles.
True sophomore Fred Holmes has also been contributingin recent weeks. He played several snaps on defense versusWashington State and played on special teams versusOregon State and Stanford. At Arizona, he made one solotackle playing defense and special teams.
True freshman Kyle Bosworth also made his debut againstSDSU, making one tackle on special teams. He played ineach of the first five games, mostly on special teams, butmissed the Washington State, Oregon State and Stanfordgames due to an injured thumb. He did not play at Arizona.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt senior Marcus Casselstarted the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made onesolo tackle. He started versus Rice and made two solo stops.
Against Oklahoma, he made four tackles and broke up onepass. Against Washington, he made a career-high nine tackles(eight solos), including one for loss. Versus California,he made five tackles, including four solos. He made fourtackles (three solos) at Washington State. He had four solotackles, including one for loss, and broke up a pass versusOregon State. At Stanford, he made three tackles (two solos).
He was not credited with a tackle at Arizona. He currentlyranks sixth on the team with his 32 tackles.
In 2004, he started the first seven games. A steady contributoron special teams in his first two seasons, he earned thestarting nod at cornerback against Oklahoma State and madefive tackles. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles, broke upone pass and made four tackles. At California, he made seventackles.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Brown has started the last 14games at cornerback. He totaled two solo tackles at SanDiego State. He made two solo stops versus Rice. In thevictory over Oklahoma, the physical Brown made three tacklesand broke up two passes. Against Washington, he madefour tackles (three solos).
Against California, he made five tackles, including four solos.With UCLA leading 41-40, Brown also made his first interceptionof the year and returned it 16 yards to the GoldenBear seven-yard line to give the Bruins the ball with 1:01remaining, clinching the victory. In the win at WashingtonState, he made five tackles (four solos) and also forced asecond-quarter fumble. Brown made six solo tackles to tiefor the team lead and broke up two passes against OregonState. At Stanford, he made four tackles (three solos). Hemade four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass at Arizona.
On the year, he has now made 35 tackles to rank fifthon the squad and first among cornerbacks. He has also brokenup a team best eight passes to go with his interception.He ranks fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 with 1.00 passes defensedper game.
In 2004, he started the final five games. He made two interceptions,returning one for a score at Oregon. He saw limitedaction early in the season and made 43 of his 46 tackles,including five for loss, in the last six games of the year. Hewas the defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Awardfor Rookie of the Year.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right cornerand made seven tackles. He also made an interception.In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start andwas credited with eight tackles, including one for loss. AgainstWashington State, he made nine tackles. Against USC, hetied for the team lead with eight tackles, one for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Horton suffered a right wristdislocation in practice on August 17 and underwent surgerythe following day. Horton had the pins removed from the wriston October 12. He sat out the first six games of the 2005season, before returning to action on special teams againstOregon State. He also played on special teams at Stanfordand had one tackle assist. At Arizona, he played on defenseand special teams and made two tackles (one solo).
Horton earned a reputation as a playmaker before injuries shortenedhis 2004 season. He saw action in nine games lastyear and totaled 27 stops. Against Illinois, Horton made seventackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA'sfinal touchdown. At Washington, he made eight tackles.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of thegame when he blocked a punt out of the end zone for asafety. At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leavingthe game with a sprained right foot. He returned to actionagainst USC and blocked a punt.
Redshirt sophomore Dennis Keyes has done a fine job asthe Bruins' starting free safety. In the opener at San DiegoState, he made the first start of his career at free safety andtied for second on the team with seven tackles and also brokeup a pass. Against Rice, Keyes made six tackles (five solos),tied for second on the squad.
Versus Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including one quarterbacksack. On that play, he separated quarterback RhettBomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned 13yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on the firstpossession of the second half. He also caused a fumble inthe first quarter that led to a field goal. Against Washington,he made three tackles (one solo).
Against California, Keyes made a team-best 11 tackles (sevensolos), setting a career high. Three of those tackles werebehind the line of scrimmage. At Washington State, he madesix solo tackles, including two for losses. He came off thebench to make five tackles (four solos) versus Oregon State.He started at Stanford and made four tackles (three solos),including one sack for seven yards. At Arizona, he made fivetackles (four solos).
His 52 tackles rank second on the team and 23rd (tied) inthe Pac-10. He leads with two forced fumbles (tied forseventh in the Pac-10) and is third (tied) with seven tacklesfor losses and second (tied) with two sacks.
In 2004, Keyes appeared in eight games off the bench andrecorded 10 tackles.
Redshirt junior Eric McNeal has played well off the bench.Against San Diego State, McNeal playing strong safety, recordedtwo tackles (one solo). Against Rice, McNeal cameoff the bench to make four solo tackles. He had one tackleassist versus Oklahoma and made one solo tackle versusWashington. He also played versus California. Playing bothsafety positions, as well as special teams, at WashingtonState, he made a career-high nine tackles (all solos), oneshy of the team lead, including one for loss. Against OregonState, he started at free safety and tied for the team lead withsix tackles, including two for losses. He also made an interceptionin Beaver territory. At Stanford, he made three solotackles off the bench. He had one tackle assist at Arizona.On the year, he has made 26 tackles, including three forlosses.
In 2004, McNeal saw action in all 12 games as a reserve safetyand special teams player. He finished with 28 tackles andone interception and was named the defensive winner ofUCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most ImprovedPlayer.
True sophomore Rodney Van played well off the benchagainst San Diego State and finished the night with threesolo tackles. Against Rice, he also had three solos, includingone for loss, and broke up a pass off the bench. He madeone outstanding open field tackle against Oklahoma. VersusWashington, his fumble recovery on a punt led to UCLA'sfirst touchdown. He made two solo tackles in the victory overCalifornia. He played in the secondary and on special teamsat Washington State. Against Oregon State, he made a career-high six tackles (four solos) and forced a fumble. Hemade three tackles (two solos) at Stanford. He made onesolo tackle at Arizona.
In 2004, he saw action in 12 games and made 12 tackles andforced one fumble. Last year at California, he saw his mostsignificant action at cornerback, playing most of the secondhalf and making four tackles. He also was a standout throughoutthe season on special teams.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt sophomore cornerbackMichael Norris made the first interception of his career(11 yards) and one tackle versus San Diego State. He alsoplayed against Rice. Against Oklahoma, he recovered afumbled punt to set up UCLA's first touchdown and alsomade three solo tackles. Against Washington, he made twotackles (one solo) and also downed a punt at the two-yardline. He also played in nickle situations and on special teamsagainst California, breaking up on pass. He also broke up apass at Washington State. He had one tackle assist versusOregon State. At Stanford, he made one solo tackle. Hemade one solo tackle at Arizona.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Byron Velega made hisdebut versus San Diego State and had one solo tackle andadded a solo stop versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Velegamade three solo tackles. He made two solo tackles in thevictory over Washington and saw significant time atcornerback. He made one tackle assist versus California. AtWashington State, he made two solo tackles in the win. Hemade four tackles (three solos) versus Oregon State and sawlimited action at Stanford. At Arizona, he made three tackles(two slos) on defense and special teams.
True freshmen safeties Robert Kibble (three tackles, twosolos) and Bret Lockett also made their debuts againstSan Diego State. Kibble had two assists against Rice. Bothplayed on special teams versus Oklahoma. Kibble playedbriefly on defense and both played on special teams versusWashington. Both also played on special teams againstCalifornia with Lockett making one solo tackle. Both playedon special teams at Washington State and both saw actionversus Oregon State. Both played on special teams atStanford and Lockett had one tackle assist.
KICKERS -- Redshirt junior Justin Medlock is consideredone of the premier kickers in the nation. A year ago, he wasone of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award and is on thepre-season list in 2005.
In the opener against San Diego State, he converted three offour field goal attempts (missed from 48 and made from 23,48 and 40) and added five PATs for 14 points.
Against Rice, he tied school records for PATs made (nine) andattempted (nine). Zenon Andrusyshyn (1968 vs. Pittsburgh)and Efren Herrera (1973 vs. Utah) held the record for PATsmade and attempts and Herrera also attempted nine versusWashington in 1973. Medlock missed a 52-yard field goalattempt in the third quarter.
Against Oklahoma, he made two of three field goals and allfive PATs for 11 points. Late in the second quarter, he madea 51-yard field goal, the fourth field goal of his career of over50 yards, tying John Lee's school record. In the win overWashington, he made all three PATs and did not attempt afield goal. Two of his four kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Against California, he converted all five of his PATs and didnot attempt a field goal. In the win at Washington State, hemade a 36-yard field goal, his only attempt, and convertedall five PAT opportunities. Against Oregon State, Medlockkicked three field goals -- 27, 47 and 37 yards -- and madeall six PATs for 15 points. He was named Pac-10 SpecialTeams Player of the Week for his efforts. At Stanford, hemade one of two field goals (made from 32, missed fron 32)and all three PATs for six points. At Arizona, he made bothPAT attempts for two points.
On the year, Medlock has made 10 of 14 field goals (.714)and all 43 of his PATs for 73 points, second on the squadbehind Maurice Drew's 108 points. He ranks fourth (tied)in the Pac-10 in field goals (1.11) and 10th in the league inscoring (8.11). In addition, 31 of his 63 kickoffs have beentouchbacks.
Medlock is fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 39.Medlock's career percentage (.736) is third among Bruinswith at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks eighthon the career scoring list with 228 points. Medlock hasmade 22 of his 30 field goal attempts (.733) from 40 yardsand out.
He is the first UCLA player to kick two field goals of at least 50yards in the same game (at Oregon,2004). He is also thefirst Bruin to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in aseason (52 v. Oklahoma State, 50 at Oregon, 52 at Oregon)and the second to kick four field goals of 50 or more yards ina career. Only John Lee made as many field goals (four) ofat least 50 yards in a career. Against San Diego State in2004, Medlock set a career high with four field goals (22, 40,43, 44) on four attempts, the most by a Bruin since NateFikse kicked five against Stanford in 2002.
In 2004, he was selected first-team All-Pac-10 after making 15of 20 field goals and 42 of 43 PATs. He was the team's leadingscorer (87 pts.) and ranked second in the Pac-10 with a .750field goal percentage, fourth in kick scoring (7.25), sixth inscoring (7.25) and fourth (31st in NCAA) in field goals (1.25).Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker in 2003and was named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshmanteam. He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in field goals per game(1.08) and field goal percentage (.737).
Redshirt freshman Aaron Perez made his debut as the Bruinpunter against San Diego State. He kicked just once, a 45-yard punt in the fourth quarter, and it was returned just threeyards for a net of 42.0 on the game.
Against Rice, he averaged 44.5 yards on two kicks, with a longof 52, and neither was returned. Against Oklahoma, heaveraged 38.2 yards on five kicks, with two inside the 20-yard line. Three were returned for a total of 16 yards. AgainstWashington, he averaged 37.4 yards on eight kicks and onlytwo were returned for a total of four yards. He also placedone inside the 20-yard line.
In the win over California, he averaged 40.9 yards on sevenkicks, placing two inside the 20-yard line. His longest kickwas 52 yards and the Bears returned just one kick for 11yards. At Washington State, he averaged 40.5 yards on fourpunts. He averaged 41.0 yards on three kicks against OregonState, placing all three inside the 20-yard line. One wasreturned for minus six yards (fumble). At Stanford, he averaged42.2 yards on five kicks with one inside the 20-yard line. AtArizona, he averaged 40.1 yards on seven punts. He placedtwo inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 51.
Perez is now averaging 40.2 yards on 42 kicks with 12 insidethe 20-yard line. Sixteen of his punts have been returned fora total of 143 net yards (77 by Arizona).
2005 NUMBER CHANGES -- The following players havechanged numbers for 2005: WR #1 Brandon Breazell was#11; DB #3 Rodney Van was #12; WR #9 Marcus Everettwas #83; DB #11 Dennis Keyes was #22; DB #19 RobertKibble was #26; DB #20 Charlie Schuh was #45; DB #24Byron Velega was #25; RB #28 Chris Markey was #27; LB#31 Jamel Greer was #55; LB #33 Christian Taylor was #46;OL #50 Aaron Meyer was #63; OL #56 Philip Rauscher was#95; OL #64 Brian Rubinstein was #62; OL #66 ScottGlicksberg was #69; DL #74 Nathaniel Skaggs was #66; OL#74 Noah Sutherland was #90; #82 TE Ryan Moya was #15;TE #87 Tyler Holland was #15; WR #88 Matt Willis was #22;TE #92 Travis Martin was #78; DL #93 Brigham Harwell was#99.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS (not includingthose listed on semifinal or final lists) --
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstandingplayer ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back
Spencer Havner, LB - Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... LombardiAward as nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensiveplayer; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; ButkusAward as nation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center;Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensiveend
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensiveback
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2005/ 2004 /career starts) --
Offense -- WR:Junior Taylor (3/11/19), Brandon Breazell (0/1/1),Marcus Everett (4/4/8), Joe Cowan (9/2/11), Andrew Baumgartner(1/0/1, Gavin Ketchum (2/0/2); OL:Mike McCloskey (7/10/35),Ed Blanton (9/11/34), Robert Cleary (4/7/11), Robert Chai (2/2/12), Shannon Tevaga (9/6/15), Chris Joseph (5/0/5), BrianAbraham (80/8), Noah Sutherland (1/0/1); TE:Marcedes Lewis(9/10/28), J.J. Hair (2/0/2), Ryan Moya (1/0/1); QB: Drew Olson(9/12/35); RB:Maurice Drew (9/8/19), Chris Markey (0/1/1),Michael Pitre (5/1/6); PK:Justin Medlock (9/12/34).Defense -- DL:Kevin Brown (0/11/14, 3 at OG), Justin Hickman(9/8/17), Kenneth Lombard (3/2/5), Kyle Morgan (0/10/10),Brigham Harwell (8/4/12), William Snead (5/0/5), Chase Moline(6/0/6), Nathaniel Skaggs (1/0/1), Nikola Dragovic (4/0/4);LB:Spencer Havner (9/11/45), Justin London (7/8/27), WesleyWalker (3/11/15), Bruce Davis (0/2/2, 2 at DL), Aaron Whittington(2/2/4), John Hale (6/0/6), Danny Nelson (0/1/1); DB:Jarrad Page(9/11/42), Trey Brown (9/5/14), Marcus Cassel (9/7/16), DennisKeyes (8/0/8), Eric McNeal (1/1/2); P: Aaron Perez (9/0/9).
NCAA, PAC-10 STAT LEADERS --
rush offense: 59th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (148.78)passing offense: 21st in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (271.67)completion percentage: 2nd in Pac-10 (65.7)total offense: 31st in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (420.44)offensive yards per play: 5th in Pac-10 (6.1)scoring offense: 6th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (39.44)pass efficiency off.: 8th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (157.82 rating)pass defense: 37th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (202.78)scoring defense: 6th in Pac-10 (30.11)net punting: 38th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (35.33)punt returns: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (26.76)turnover margin: T-21st in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (+0.78)fewest touchdown passes allowed: T-1st in Pac-10 (11)sacks against: T-4th in Pac-10 (19)third down conversions: 4th in Pac-10 (40.7)opponent third down conversions: 4th in Pac-10 (37.1)fourth down conversions: T-5th in Pac-10 (50.0, 6-12)red zone offense: 1st in Pac-10 (88.1)kickoff coverage: 2nd in Pac-10 (44.5)fumbles recovered: T-2nd in Pac-10 (9)fumbles lost: T-1st in Pac-10 (4)fewest interception: T-1st in Pac-10 (3)
Maurice Drew -- punt returns: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10(29.07); scoring: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (12.00); allpurposeyards: 8th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (171.11); rushing:56th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (80.89).
Drew Olson -- passing efficiency: 7th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (160.68 rating); passing yards: 5th in Pac-10 (266.67);total offense: 28th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (260.78)
Marcedes Lewis -- receptions:T- 6th in Pac-10 - most amongtight ends (5.33); receiving yardage: 8th in Pac-10 - mostamong tight ends (67.00).
Marcus Everett -- receptions: 16th in Pac-10 (3.71)
Chris Markey -- kickoff returns: 49th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10(23.47); all-purpose yards: 18th in Pac-10 (92.67); rushing:14th in Pac-10 (39.00).
Justin Medlock -- field goals:T-55th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (1.11); scoring: 39th in NCAA, 10th in Pac-10 (8.11);kick scoring: 3rd in Pac-10 (8.11).
Aaron Perez -- punting: 9th in Pac-10 (40.17)
Spencer Havner -- Tackles: T-6th in Pac-10 (8.4); Tackles forloss: T-2nd in Pac-10 (13.0/1.44 per game); Interceptions:16th in Pac-10 (0.22); Passes defensed : T-5th in Pac-10(1.00)
Dennis Keyes -- Tackles: T-23rd in Pac-10 (5.8); Fumblesforced: T-7th in Pac-10 (0.22)
RED ZONE -- In 2005, UCLA is 37 for 42 in the Red Zonewith 31 touchdowns (15 rushing and 16 passing) and sixfield goals for 233 points. The other five possessions werea one-play kneel down at the end of the victory over Washington,on downs against Oregon State with a 51-28 leadand 2:47 remaining, two possessions on downs at Arizonaand a missed field goal.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, the Bruins were five forfive in the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and twofield goals for 27 points. Against Rice, UCLA was five for fivein the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and two passingtouchdowns for 35 points.
In the win over Oklahoma, the Bruins were four for four in theRed Zone with three passing touchdowns and one rushingTD, for 28 points. In the win over Washington, UCLA wasthree for four in the end zone with two passing touchdownsand one rushing TD for 21 points. The fourth possession wasa one-play kneeldown at the end of the game.
In the win over California, UCLA scored five touchdowns (fourrushing and one passing) and four PATs for 34 points in fiveRed Zone trips.
In the overtime win at Washington State, UCLA scored fourtouchdowns (three passing, one running), three PATs andone field goal for 30 points on five Red Zone trips.
Versus Oregon State, UCLA accounted for 27 points on threepassing touchdowns and two field goals on six Red Zonetrips. The sixth ended on a fourth-down run with a 51-28 leadand 2:47 remaining in the game.
At Stanford, UCLA had 17 points on two rushing touchdownsand a field goal on four Red Zone trips. The other possessionresulted in a missed field goal.
At Arizona, UCLA scored two passing touchdowns (14 points)on four Red Zone possessions.
In 2005, opponents are 33 of 37 in the Red Zone with 24touchdowns (17 rushing and seven passing) and ninefield goals for 194 points. San Diego State was two for threewith two rushing touchdowns and one interception. Ricewas two for two with two rushing touchdowns. Oklahomawas three of four with two rushing touchdowns, one fieldgoal and one missed field goal. Washington was three forfour with two rushing touchdowns, one field goal and a fieldgoal miss. California converted all seven Red Zone trips withthree touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and four fieldgoals. WSU converted all four Red Zone trips with three touchdowns(two passing, one running) and one field goal. OregonState had three touchdowns (two rushing and one passing)on four Red Zone trips. Stanford had three touchdowns(two passing, one rushing) and one field goal - 24 points - onfour Red Zone trips. Arizona converted all five Red Zone tripsinto 31 points (four touchdowns -- three rushing, one passing-- and one field goal).
In 2004, the Bruins were 29 of 37 (13 passing, 10 rushing TDsand six field goals) in the Red Zone for 178 points. UCLAfinished the season converting seven of its last eight RedZone possessions into points.
In 2004, opponents were 37 of 49 (13 rushing, nine passingtouchdowns and 15 field goals) in the Red Zone for 199 points.
TURNOVERS -- In nine games, UCLA has forced 14 turnovers(five interceptions and nine fumbles), leading to 53points (six touchdowns and four field goals). The Bruindefense has scored twice on fumble returns (Christian Taylorversus Rice and Spencer Havner against Oklahoma).
UCLA has committed seven turnovers (three interceptionsand four fumbles for 28 points) and ranks 17th nationallyand second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin(+0.78 per game).
Against San Diego State, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptionsby Havner and Norris) and converted them into afield goal (the half ended after the other turnover). UCLA didnot commit a turnover.
Against Rice, UCLA recovered two fumbles (C. Taylor and N.Dragovic) and both led to Bruin touchdowns (one by C. Taylor).UCLA did not commit a turnover.
Against Oklahoma, UCLA recovered three fumbles (Havner,Snead and Norris, two forced by Keyes) and they led to twotouchdowns (one by Havner) and one field goal. UCLA didnot commit a turnover.
Against Washington, UCLA recovered two fumbles (Hale ondefense and Van on a punt) and converted them into sevenpoints. UCLA threw two interceptions but neither was convertedinto points.
Against California, UCLA intercepted one pass (T. Brown) andconverted it into six points. The Bruins lost one fumble (Markeyon a kickoff return) and it was converted into seven points.Against Washington State, UCLA recovered one fumble(Hickman) but it led to a punt. The Bruins threw one interceptionbut it did not lead to points.
Against Oregon State, UCLA forced three turnovers (interceptionsby Havner and McNeal and a fumble recovery by Snead)and converted them into six points (two field goals). The Bruinsdid not commit a turnover.
At Stanford, UCLA did not cause a turnover. The Cardinal recoveredtwo UCLA fumbles and converted them into 14 points(two touchdowns).
At Arizona, UCLA did not cause a turnover. The Wildcats recovereda Bruin fumble (lateral) in the end zone for a touchdown.In 2004, UCLA forced 19 turnovers (five fumbles, 14 interceptions)and converted 11 of them into 65 points (eight touch24downs, three field goals). Opponents received 26 turnovers(13 interceptions, 13 fumbles) and converted 13 into 71 points(eight touchdowns, five field goals).
BRUINS IN THE NFL -- On Opening Weekend of the 2005National Football League season, 25 former Bruins were activeon NFL rosters. That total led the Pacific-10 Conferenceand ranked 15th nationally.
The following is the list of Bruins who were on NFL rosters forthe opening week of the 2005 season: Baltimore-JonathanOgden-OT; Buffalo-Ryan Neufeld-TE; Carolina-Ben Emanuel-DB (practice roster, now with San Francisco's practice team),DeShaun Foster-RB, Mike Seidman-TE, Ricky Manning-DB; Chicago-Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB, Marcus Reese-LB (injured reserve);Cincinnati-Tab Perry-WR, Steven Vieira, OL(injured list);Dallas-Kenyon Coleman-DL; Denver -Marques Anderson-DB;Green Bay-Craig Bragg-WR (practice roster), Mike Flanagan-C, Robert Thomas-LB; Houston-Jason Bell-DB; Indianapolis-Bryan Fletcher-TE; Minnesota-Chris Kluwe-P; New Orleans-Rodney Leisle-DL; NY Giants-Shaun Williams-DB; Philadelphia-Matt Ware-DB; Pittsburgh-Tommy Maddox-QB, Travis Kirschke-DL; St. Louis-Brandon Chillar-LB; San Diego-Donnie Edwards-LB, Dave Ball-DL; Tampa Bay-Ryan Nece-LB; Tennessee-DrewBennett-WR; Washington-Ryan Boschetti-DT, Manuel White-RB (injured reserve).
UCLA ON THE RADIO -- The 2005 season is UCLA's ninthwith Clear Channel and the games will air on XTRA SportsAM 570. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts theBruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and apost-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his14th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterbackMatt Stevens is in his eighth year on the broadcastteam and his fourth as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruinquarterback Wayne Cook is in his fourth season as sidelinereporter.
Stevens and Cook host the one and one-half hour local pregameshow while Roberts, Stevens and Cook host the onehalfhour network pre-game and network post-game shows.XTRA Sports 570 also provides ancillary programming, includingKarl Dorrell and player interviews during game weeks.Bruin games are also available nationally through an agreementwith Sirius Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite RadioPartner of UCLA Athletics. This week's game will be on Channel123.
Games can also be heard via the internet atwww.uclabruins.com (a UCLA All-Access pass is needed).
Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minuteby dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcaston the phone.
UCLA ON TELEVISION -- Entering this week, 143 of UCLA'slast 151 games have been televised live. All 11 games havebeen selected to be televised this season, Sept. 3 at SanDiego State (ESPN2), Sept. 10 Rice (FSNW2), Sept. 17 Oklahoma(ABC), Oct. 1 Washington (FSNW2), Oct. 8 California(TBS), Oct. 15 at Washington State (FSN), Oct. 22 OregonState (TBS), Oct. 29 at Stanford (FSN), Nov. 5 at Arizona(FSNW2), Nov. 12 Arizona State (ABC), Dec. 3 at USC (ABC).
Each week, Fox Sports Net West 2 produces a one-hour blockof programming on Monday nights (10:30 p.m.) highlightingBruin football. One program (Bruin Rewind) takes a look backat the previous week's game with additional footage shot byFSNW2, and the other features Coach Karl Dorrell's weeklynews conference.
UCLA ON THE WEB -- UCLA releases, player informationand results can be found on the school's official website --www.uclabruins.com. Information on Heisman Trophy candidateMaurice Drew can be found at http://www.uclabruins.com/maurice-drew.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE -- Bruin head coach KarlDorrell will have his weekly press conference on Mondaysat 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacentto the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED -- The Pac-10 provides a weeklysatellite feed on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. PT containinginterviews with coaches and players and game highlightfootage. It begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and runs throughNov. 30. The coordinates are: Satellite IA5/C14.
FOOD ZONE -- For all Bruin home games fans should planon arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic andpicnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring theFood Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participatingrestaurants include American Pretzel, Chandra Thai, FunnelCakes Etc, In-N-Out, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin',PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill and Sepi'sGiant Submarines.