UCLA Pre-Season Football Notes
July 24, 2007
2007 SEASON SCHEDULE - There are six home games and six road matchups on the 2007 schedule. The Bruins play back-to-back home games on two occasions --- Oct. 6 vs. Notre Dame and (bye week in between) Oct. 20 vs. California (homecoming); and Nov. 10 vs. Arizona State and Nov. 24, following a bye week, vs. Oregon. UCLA will play back-to-back road contests once this season, on Oct. 27 at Washington State and on Nov. 3 at Arizona. The Bruins posted a 6-5 record against teams it played in the 2006 season and will meet again in 2007.The Bruins will square off against five opponents who won at least 10 games in the 2006 season (BYU 11-2, USC 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, California 10-3, Oregon State 10-4). Overall, UCLA will meet 10 opponents which won at least six contests last season (above teams, plus Utah 8-5, Arizona State 7-6, Oregon 7-6, Arizona 6-6, Washington State 6-6). Three opponents earned at least a share of a conference title (BYU - Mountain West champion; USC and California were co-champions of the Pac-10).
The combined 2006 records of the teams that UCLA will play this season are 92-61 (.601). The teams UCLA will meet on the road this season posted a record of 42-34 (.553) last year. The combined record of the teams that the Bruins will host in the Rose Bowl this season was 50-27 (.649).
The combined record of the three nonconference opponents UCLA will meet in 2007 was 29-10 (.744) last season (BYU 11-2, Notre Dame 10-3, Utah 8-5).
Notre Dame makes just its second visit ever to the Rose Bowl this season on Oct. 6. The Irish last played in Pasadena in the Jan. 1, 1925 Rose Bowl game. Notre Dame's victory over Stanford that day earned the Irish and coach Knute Rockne the school's first-ever national championship.
BYU returns to the Rose Bowl for the first time since a 1993 game with the Bruins. UCLA will play at Utah for the first time since the 1974 season. The Bruins will battle the Beavers in Corvallis for the first time since a 2002 contest.
WHO's BACK - UCLA Returns:
UCLA's Pac-10 Top-10 RANKED RETURNEES -
No. 1t Sacks-Bruce Davis-12.5
No. 2 Tackle for Loss-Bruce Davis-1.35/g
No. 4 Rushing-Chris Markey-85.2 yds/g
No. 4 Punting-Aaron Perez-42.6 avg.
No.6t Tackle for Loss-Christian Taylor-1.04/g
No. 7t Interceptions-Trey Brown-0.31/g
No. 7 Total Offense-Patrick Cowan-157.5/g
No.8 Passing Efficiency-Patrick Cowan-113.4
No. 8 All-Purpose-Chris Markey-105.9 yds/g
No. 9 Tackles-Chris Horton-7.3/g
UCLA's Top-4 RANKED TEAM RANKINGS -
No.1t Rushing Defense-91.1 yds./g
No. 1 3rd Down Conversion Def.-28.4 Pct.
No.2 Total Defense-314.5 yds./g
No. 2 Quarterback Sacks- 40
No. 4 Rushing Offense-129.8 yds./g
No. 4 Scoring Defense-19.9 pts./g
No. 4 Pass Efficiency Defense - 121.9 rating
No. 4 Net Punting - 36.1 yds.
SEASON OPENER - UCLA opens its 89th season of football with a Pac-10 conference game at Stanford on Sept. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net (FSN Prime Ticket in Los Angeles). AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin Radio Network will broadcast all of the Bruin games.
For the first time since 1997, the Bruins will square off with a Pac-10 opponent in the season opener when they travel to play at Stanford (1-11, 1-8 in 2006) on Sept. 1. The Bruins lost that 1997 season-opening battle to Washington State, in the Palouse, by a score of 37-34. In other past seasons, UCLA has also begun its schedule with a Pac-10 opponent in the 1993 season (lost to Cal in the Rose Bowl, 25-27); 1981 season (won at Arizona, 35-18); 1978 season, the first year of Pac-10 play (won at Washington, 10-7).
The last two times the Bruins have opened up with a conference opponent they have gone on to tie for the league championship. In 1997, the Bruins tied for first in the Pac-10 standings with WSU. In 1993, UCLA also tied for first in the Pac-10 with Arizona and USC.
The Bruins began the season with a conference (Pac-8) opponent in the 1970 season (won at Oregon State, Pac-8, 14-9); 1969 season (won at home against Oregon State, Pac-8, 37-0).
The Bruins are 57-26-5 overall in season openers. UCLA bested Utah 31-10 last season in the Rose Bowl to open the 2006 campaign and has won its last two season-openers (won 44-21 at San Diego State in 2005).
2006 RECORD - UCLA finished the 2006 season with a record of 7-6, winning the final three regular-season games. The Bruins placed fourth in the Pac-10 Conference with a record of 5-4 and went on to participate in their fourth straight bowl game under head coach Karl Dorrell, playing in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, CA.
COACHING MOVES - The Bruins welcomed four new assistant coaches to the staff during the off-season.
Jay Norvell is the new offensive coordinator. He spent the previous three seasons in that capacity at the University of Nebraska. He spent two seasons on the staff of the Oakland Raiders prior to joining the Nebraska staff.
Bob Connelly joined the staff from the University of Alabama and will serve as the new offensive line coach. Connelly spent the last four seasons tutoring the Crimson Tide offensive linemen.
Angus McClure joins the Bruin staff as tight ends coach after spending last season at the University of Buffalo and the two seasons prior to that at the University of Nebraska.
Eric Scott, a former Bruin player (1995-97), also has joined the coaching staff as the coach of the wide receivers. Scott made 27 career receptions as a wide receiver for the Bruins and also played on special teams as a punt returner.
NUMBER CHANGES - The following players have changed numbers from last season's media guide for the 2007 season: #18 TE William Snead was #48; #24 DB Christian Ramirez was #21; #24 RB Ryen Carew was #35; #56 C Andy Keane was #94; #65 OL Scott Glicksberg was #66; #90 DL Jerzy Siewierski was #56.
2007 FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE - Practices will be held on campus at Spaulding Field. The Bruins will practice once daily from August 6-10 as part of the standard NCAA acclimatization process. The first practice in pads will be on Friday, August 10. Two-a-day practices will commence on Saturday, August 11. NCAA rules instituted in 2003 prohibit two practices on back-to-back days. On Saturday, August 18, the Bruins will hold a major scrimmage at Drake Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. Practices held from August 6-18 are scheduled to be open to the public.
Monday, Aug. 6 - 3-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 - 3-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8 - 3-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9 - 3-5:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10 - 9:45 a.m.-Noon
Saturday, Aug. 11 - 9:15-11:30 a.m. / 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12 - 9:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 13 - 9-11:15 a.m. / 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 9-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - 9:15-11:30 a.m. / 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16 - 9:45 a.m.-Noon
Friday, Aug. 17 - 9:15-11:30 a.m. / 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 18 - 11 a.m. (Scrimmage - Drake Stadium)
(note---practice schedule is subject to change)
BOWLING - The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl game in nine of the last 10 seasons. UCLA has played in a bowl in each of the last five seasons (only USC among Pac-10 schools has a streak as long).
UCLA has played in a bowl game in 18 of the last 25 years. It has compiled a record of 11-7 in its last 18 appearances. UCLA's 11 bowl wins in the last 25 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, and Michigan have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span. UCLA leads all Pac-10 schools in bowl victories during that span, two more than USC and Washington (nine each).
UCLA PRE-SEASON RANKINGS - Here are the pre-season rankings for UCLA and individual player honors:
UCLA Team Rankings:
National - scout.com/collegefootball news.com No. 7; Sporting News No.10; cbssportsline.com No.12; Athlon No.15; Street & Smith's No.17; Phil Steele No. 21; Lindy's No. 22; rivals.com No. 25Pac-10 - cbssportsline.com No. 2; scout/collegefootballnews.com No. 2; Sporting News No. 2; Phil Steele T-No. 2; Lindy's No. 3; Athlon No. 3; Street & Smith's No. 3; rivals.com No. 3; Blue Ribbon No. 6
Defensive Line: No. 8 Lindy's, No. 6 Phil Steele; No. 10 Athlon
Offensive Line: No. 19 Phil Steele
Linebackers: No. 27 Phil Steele
Defensive Backs: No. 11 Phil Steele; No. 6 Athlon
Special Teams: No. 21 Phil Steele
DE Bruce Davis
All-America First Team - Sporting News, cbssportsline.com, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com
All-America Second Team - Lindy's, Athlon, Street & Smith's
All-America Fourth Team - Phil Steele
Defensive Ends - No. 1 Sporting News, No. 5 Lindy's, No. 8 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith's, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com, cbssportsline.com
Best Pac-10 Pass Rusher - Lindy's
Pac-10 Most Disruptive End - Sporting News
DB Chris Horton
All-America First Team - Playboy, Blue Ribbon
Safety - No. 5 Lindy's
Strong Safety - No. 2 Sporting News, No. 8 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon, Street & Smith's, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com, cbssportsline.com
OG Shannon Tevaga
All-America Second Team - Sporting News
All-America Third Team - Street & Smith's
Guard - No. 8 Lindy's, No. 4 Sporting News, No. 14 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Sporting News, Blue Ribbon, scout.com/collegefootballnews.com
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Phil Steele, Athlon
DB Dennis Keyes
All-America Fourth Team - Phil Steele
Free Safety - No. 4 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Phil Steele
RB Chris Markey
Running Back - No. 25 Lindy's, No. 39 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team - Sporting News
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Athlon
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele
DB Trey Brown
Cornerback - No. 25 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Lindy's, Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon
QB Patrick Cowan
Pac-10 Toughest to bring down - Lindy's
P Aaron Perez
Punter - No. 8 Sporting News, No. 17 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Sporting News, Phil Steele, Athlon
QB Ben Olson
Quarterback - No. 24 Phil Steele
TE Logan Paulsen
Tight End - No. 13 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
FB Michael Pitre
Fullback - No. 9 Phil Steele
OL Aleksey Lanis
Offensive Tackle - No. 25 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
DL Kevin Brown
Defensive Tackle - No. 18 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Second Team - Phil Steele
DL Brigham Harwell
Defensive Tackle - No. 21 Phil Steele
Pac-10 First Team -Phil Steele
LB Christian Taylor
Inside Linebacker - No. 26 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele, Athlon
DB Rodney Van
Cornerback - No. 42 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Fourth Team - Phil Steele
DB Alterraun Verner
Cornerback - No. 61 Phil Steele
Pac-10 Third Team - Athlon
LB Reggie Carter
Outside Linebacker - No. 62 Phil Steele
PK Kai Forbath
Pac-10 Third Team - Phil Steele
WR Terrence Austin (punt returns)Pac-10 Fourth Team - Phil Steele
THE 26TH YEAR
The 2007 season marks the 26th year that the Rose Bowl has served as the home of the Bruins. UCLA moved from the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 1982 and went 6-0-1 in that first year, capping the season with a victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl game.
The 2006 season-opening win against Utah was UCLA's 100th at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins own a record of 105-44-2 since moving to Pasadena, including a 3-2 record in Rose Bowl games. UCLA is 20-5 overall at home under head coach Karl Dorrell and 12-1 in the last two seasons.In July, the Rose Bowl was selected the No. 1 sports venue by SI.com/SIonCampus.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL
Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $9.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
UCLA PLAYER / COACH NOTES -
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis is the nation's leading returning sack specialist, based on his sacks in the 2006 season. Davis ranked fourth (tied) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (12.5 - 0.96 average) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35 average). In 2006, he was named first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com. On the year, Davis made 47 tackles, seventh (tied) on the squad. He also ranked tied for first on the team with 12.5 sacks and second on the team behind Justin Hickman with 17.5 tackles for loss.
In 2006, senior running back Chris Markey became the third Bruin and first since 1962 to lead the team in both rushing (1,107 yards) and receiving (35 receptions). He is just the 11th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (it has been done a total of 18 times). On the year, he ranked 32nd nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (85.15). He also ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (105.92). His 208 yards rushing against Rice were a career high and the most by a Bruin since Maurice Drew ran for 322 at Washington in 2004.
Redshirt senior safety Chris Horton was the Bruins' leading tackler in 2006 with 95 and was second on the team with three interceptions. He led the team (or tied for the lead) in tackles in four of the last six games, including a career-high 12 stops versus Arizona State (Nov. 18) to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made six stops in the Emerald Bowl.
Senior wide receiver Marcus Everett has caught at least one pass in 22 of the last 23 games and has an active streak of 18 games in a row.
True senior Shannon Tevaga is considered one of the top offensive guards in the West. He has started 31 straight games, the longest streak on the team.
Redshirt senior cornerback Trey Brown is the defensive player with the most consecutive starts (30).
Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell helped guide the Bruin team to the seventh 10-win season in school history in 2005. Dorrell has been a part of three of the seven record-tying seasons. In 1982, he was a freshman wide receiver on a Bruin team that went 10-1-1 and handed Michigan a 24-14 loss in the Rose Bowl. In 1988, Dorrell served as a graduate assistant coach on the Bruin squad that went 10-2 and bested Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
Karl Dorrell was named co-Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 for the 2005 season. He was the fourth UCLA coach to receive the honor, joining Bob Toledo (1998), Terry Donahue (1993, 1985) and Dick Vermeil (1975).
Redshirt senior linebacker Christian Taylor made a total of 83 tackles to rank second on the team and also ranked third with 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He made eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Emerald Bowl. In 2005, he appeared in all 12 games and made one start (USC).
Redshirt senior safety Dennis Keyes was third on the team with 79 tackles in 2006 and tied for the team lead in three of the last six games.
The interception return for a touchdown against Utah in the 2006 opener by Alterraun Verner was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards for a score versus Washington. Verner's 89-yard scoring return versus Arizona made him one of just six Bruins, the only freshman, to have two scoring interception returns in the same season.
Karl Dorrell is the first Bruin head coach to lead his team into a bowl game in each of his first four years on the job (2003-Silicon Valley Classic; 2004-Las Vegas Bowl; 2005-Sun Bowl; 2006-Emerald Bowl).
Patrick Cowan's 78-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Breazell in the Emerald Bowl was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage and UCLA's longest since the 2005 Arizona State game, when Drew Olson and Joe Cowan combined for a 91-yard touchdown.
Chris Markey's 70-yard touchdown run versus California was UCLA's longest run of the 2006 season.
Patrick Cowan's 329 passing yards at California rank 23rd on UCLA's single-game list and fourth among sophomores. His 351 yards of total offense rank 19th on that single-game list and third among sophomores. Both totals were 2006 season highs for the Bruins.
TEAM NOTES -
Eight of UCLA's 2007 opponents played in a bowl game following the 2006 season. Only Florida had more regular-season opponents earn bowl berths (10) and nine other schools also played eight bowl opponents during the regular season.
UCLA was the only school to defeat Oregon State in the Beavers' last nine games. UCLA's win over USC ended the Trojans' four-game winning streak.
UCLA was one of eight schools to have two or more consensus All-Americans (Justin Hickman and Justin Medlock) in 2006 and the only school not ranked in the final Top 25. The others schools were: Michigan and Ohio State, three each; California, Tennessee, Texas, USC and West Virginia, two each.
UCLA started two seniors in 2006 -- center Robert Chai and defensive end Justin Hickman -- on a regular basis. Wide receiver Junior Taylor started five of 13 games. UCLA had just eight scholarship seniors (six position players, one place kicker and one long snapper) on the roster in the 2006 season.
UCLA's 516 yards total offense against California was a 2006 season high and the most by the Bruins since Nov. 10, 2005 (660 versus Arizona State).
In 2006, UCLA limited its first five opponents to 300 or less yards in offense. Dating back thru the 1966 season, UCLA had recorded five straight games when it allowed 300 or less yards on defense only one other time (1992).
During the regular season, UCLA ranked 33rd in the nation in total defense (304.83) and held seven of 12 opponents to less than 300 yards and two more under 350 (total of nine). UCLA's defense produced eight games under 300 yards in 1985 and 1992 and seven games under 300 yards in 2003, 1976 and 1966.
In the 2006 opener, UCLA held Utah to 287 yards of total offense, including 79 in the second half. Utah had three offensive plays longer than 20 yards and was zero for 11 on third-down conversions. Rice was held to 184 yards of total offense, including 89 on two plays. Washington accounted for 249 yards, 200 passing and 49 rushing.Stanford was held to 166 net yards (117 passing and 49 rushing), the lowest total by a Bruin opponent since Washington State had 150 net yards in 1990. The longest run by the Cardinal was eight yards and it was four for 13 on third down conversions.Arizona was held to 223 yards, including minus 13 on the ground and 235 in the air. Arizona's longest run from scrimmage was seven yards. Notre Dame had 345 yards -- 41 on the ground. Oregon State had 260 yards -- 175 in the air and 85 on the ground. Arizona State had 264 total yards -- 149 passing and 115 rushing -- and no touchdowns. USC had 329 -- 274 passing and 55 rushing -- and one touchdown.
UCLA held Arizona to minus 13 yards rushing, its best effort since holding Stanford to minus 34 yards on Nov. 1, 1997.
UCLA ended USC's streak of 63 straight games of scoring 20 or more points on Dec. 2, when it held the Trojans to nine points in a 13-9 victory.
In 2006, the Bruins held six of their 13 opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing, including four straight (Rice 53, Washington 49, Stanford 49, Arizona minus 13).
UCLA ranked fifth nationally in third-down conversion defense (28.4%), having allowed its 13 opponents to convert 50 of 176 third-down opportunities. Utah was zero for 11, Rice was two of 13, Washington was three of 10, Stanford was four of 13, Arizona was five of 15, Oregon was three of 11, Notre Dame was four of 19, Washington State was four of 15, Cal was the first school over 35% (six of nine), Oregon State was four of 12, Arizona State was four of 17, USC was six of 17 (three of 10 in the second half) and Florida State was five of 14.
UCLA ranked tied for ninth in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (91.08).
In 13 games, UCLA allowed 91.1 yards per game, 2.83 yards per rush and just nine touchdowns on the ground. The last time the Bruins allowed fewer yards per game on the ground was in 1985, when they averaged 71.25 yards. The last time they allowed fewer rushing touchdowns was in 1987, when they allowed just seven in 12 games.
UCLA's defense allowed 27 touchdowns in 13 games in the 2006 season (nine rushing, 18 passing) -- seven in the first five games (one by Utah, two by Rice, three by Washington, one by Arizona and none by Stanford) and two in the last three regular-season contests. In 2005, UCLA's defense allowed 48 touchdowns (29 rushing and 19 passing).
Under Karl Dorrell, UCLA's home record is 20-5 (.800). That percentage ranks 20th in Football Bowl Subdivision for home record during the last four years. UCLA's 10-game home winning streak was its longest since 1997-1999, when it won 13 consecutive home games.
UCLA's 31-0 shutout of Stanford on Sept. 30, 2006 was its first since 2004, when it shut out Stanford, 21-0.
UCLA is 18-2 when it wins the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 5-2 in 2006 (wins over Utah, Stanford, Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State, losses at Washington and Oregon). It is 11-19 when it ties or loses the turnover battle, including 2-4 in 2006 (defeating Rice and USC and losing to Notre Dame, Washington State, California and Florida State).
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including a couple of 2005 wins in extra time --- a 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and a 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford in 2005.
In the last seven seasons (2000-2006), UCLA has produced seven consensus All-Americans (2000, WR Freddie Mitchell; 2001, LB Robert Thomas; 2003 DE Dave Ball; 2005 TE Marcedes Lewis and KR Maurice Drew; 2006 DE Justin Hickman and PK Justin Medlock). Only one other school (USC) in the Pac-10 has produced more and UCLA's total is two ahead of third-place California.UCLA has produced 16 consensus All-America selections in the last 15 years (1992-2006), just two fewer than USC and eight more than No. 3 Arizona.
FRESHMEN - Eight true freshmen played for the Bruins in the 2006 season. Seven played in the opener against Utah (DB Alterraun Verner, DB Jeremy McGee, WR Terrence Austin, WR Dominique Johnson, DB Christian Ramirez, RB Chane Moline, OL Micah Kia). DL Jerzy Siewierski made his debut against Stanford.
Thirty-four true freshmen have now played for coach Dorrell during his four seasons as head coach. A school-record 12 played for the Bruins in 2004. Nine played in the 2005 season and five saw the field in 2003.
FIRST ACTION - In addition to the true freshmen, 12 players saw action in their first game in the 2006 season-opener against Utah (WR Ryan Graves, WR Jamil Turner, DB Aaron Ware, RB Ryen Carew, LB Reggie Carter, LB Korey Bosworth, OL Nick Ekbatani, OL Alexsey Lanis, TE Adam Heater, OL Micah Reed, TE Travis Martin, LB Chad Moline). Two others, DL Jess Ward and DL Chinonso Anyanwu, made their debuts versus Stanford. LB Shawn Oatis saw his first action against Arizona. FB Trevor Theriot took the field for the first time at California.
- Twenty-three members of the 2007 Bruin football squad were listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring '07 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Eight Bruins were selected to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Joseph and Kenneth Lombard were first-team selections for the second straight year, offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis and fullback/special teams performer Dan Nelson were named to the second team and quarterback Ben Olson, wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner and tight ends Logan Paulsen and Ryan Moya earned honorable mention.
Thirteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program (one is already playing in the NFL) and on track to graduate (two other seniors are injured-retired but still in school). In fact, 73 of the 80 freshmen in Dorrell's first four classes (this does not include the 2007 class) are still in school and progressing towards a degree -- 69 are still active players and four others are injured-retired but still in school.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 15 first-team Academic All-Americans (26 overall), eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
In 2005, offensive guard Chris Joseph was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District-8 team. Joseph and defensive tackle Kenneth Lombard were named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic. Offensive guard Bob Cleary and defensive back Michael Norris were named to the second team while receiver Andrew Baumgartner and linebacker Dan Nelson earned honorable mention.
HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell
The 2005 Pac-10 co-Coach of the Year, Karl Dorrell is his fifth season as UCLA's head coach. His record is 29-21 overall, 19-14 in Pac-10 play. Dorrell is 17-8 in the last two seasons. He is the 15th head coach in UCLA history. Dorrell has led the Bruins to a bowl game in each of his four seasons as head coach.
In 2005, the Bruins compiled a record of 10-2 and finished the season with a victory in the Sun Bowl. They won their first eight games of the year and were ranked as high as No. 5 by the BCS and No. 7 on the Associated Press poll. A Bruin team won at least 10 games for only the seventh time in school history. Dorrell was a finalist for several national Coach of the Year awards.
Dorrell returned home to Westwood, where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowl games, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He is the first UCLA coach to go to bowls in each of his first four seasons.
He came to UCLA after working the previous three seasons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell has participated in 16 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls, two Cotton Bowls and this season's Emerald Bowl. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank No. 11 (tied) on UCLA's career list and his total of 1,517 receiving yards rank No. 15.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes six seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Central Florida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986 season and began his coaching career in the 1988 season as a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next season and moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receivers coach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks and served as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 until the time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2002.
QUARTERBACK - Redshirt sophomore Ben Olson started the first five games of the 2006 season, before he suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Arizona game. He completed 64% of his passes during those five contests and totaled five scoring passes for his season's work. Olson's performance in the 2007 Spring practices merited his return to the starting lineup as the team prepares to start Fall drills on August 6.
Olson made the most of his first career start in the 2006 opener against Utah. Under center to open a game for the first time since his senior year in high school (2001), he showed the poise of a veteran, leading the Bruins on a 79-yard touchdown drive on the first possession of the game.
On the afternoon, Olson completed 25 of 33 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. He had four completions of at least 20 yards and 14 of at least 10 yards.Olson completed his first nine passes. His first eight completions were to eight different receivers. He was 15 of 20 for 159 yards and one touchdown in the first half and 10 of 13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the second.
His 318 yards rank No. 3 on UCLA's all-time list for quarterbacks starting their first game and were the most-ever in a victory. Steve Bono passed for 399 yards in his first start (a loss to BYU in 1983) and Tommy Maddox passed for 353 in a loss at Michigan in 1990.At Washington, in his first career road start, he completed 18 of 31 passes for 135 yards but had two intercepted, including one that was returned for a touchdown. In the win over Stanford, he connected with eight different receivers on his 20 completions. He completed passes of at least 20 yards to three different receivers and produced 12 first downs.
Against Arizona, he completed three of four passes prior to suffering a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on UCLA's second series. He returned to practice on Nov. 7 but did not appear in a game the remainder of the season. On the year, he completed 79 of 124 passes (63.7%) for 822 yards with five touchdowns, all to different receivers, and five interceptions.
In 2005, he played in two games as the backup quarterback. He made his debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State game (game seven) and threw his first career pass. He also played the final series at Arizona and completed two of three passes for 11 yards. He was sidelined for the first three games of the 2005 season due to a small fracture in his left (throwing) hand. Olson entered UCLA in January of 2005 following his transfer from Brigham Young University.
Olson was on a church mission for two seasons (2003 and 2004) after redshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season. He had not seen action in a competitive game since his senior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA High School (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). During his prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for 6,401 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Redshirt junior Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiver Joe) took over the starting duties in the 2006 season following an injury to Ben Olson in the fifth game of the year against Arizona. He played in all 13 games last season and started the final eight contests.Cowan saw his first career action in the fourth quarter of the 2005 game against Rice, but did not attempt a pass. In the 2006 opener against Utah, he entered the game on the third series of the fourth quarter. He played nine snaps and threw his first career pass. He also held on all place kicks. Against Rice, he attempted one pass from field goal formation but did not play quarterback. He performed the holding chores at Washington. Against Stanford, he played the final series and completed the first pass of his career.Against Arizona, Cowan entered the game in the first quarter, in place of an injured Ben Olson, and went on to complete 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He also netted 16 yards rushing. He gave UCLA its first lead with a seven-yard scoring pass to Marcus Everett and his 15-yard strike to Matt Willis, with 7:25 left in the first half, gave the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7.He made his first career start at Oregon and completed 16 of 31 passes for 112 yards. UCLA scored first half field goals and took advantage of turnovers in the second half to score two touchdowns. He grossed 20 rushing yards. At Notre Dame, he completed 16 of 32 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, he connected with Everett for a 54-yard scoring play. Later in the quarter, he found William Snead over the middle for a 36-yard score and a 14-7 lead. Both of his touchdown passes came on third down situations (third-and-10 and third-and-seven). Against Washington State, he completed 17 of 37 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown (36 yards to Junior Taylor). He had five completions of at least 24 yards.
At California, he completed 22 of 40 passes for 329 yards -- all career highs. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and threw nine completions of at least 15 yards. He netted 22 yards on four carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run. On third down, he completed six of 11 passes for 117 yards, including 35 yards to J. Taylor, 24 yards to Willis and 29 yards to Logan Paulsen. His 329 passing yards at California ranked 23rd on UCLA's single-game list and fourth among sophomores. His 351 yards of total offense ranked 19th on that single-game list and third among sophomores.
In the win over Oregon State, he completed 12 of 23 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, both to Everett. On third down, he completed six of eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. At Arizona State, Cowan completed 14 of 24 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns. Both scoring passes were to Brandon Breazell -- 56 yards to give UCLA a 7-0 lead and 35 yards with 6:41 remaining in the game with the Bruins leading 17-12.
In the win over USC, he completed 12 of 21 passes for 114 yards. In addition, he was the team's leading rusher with 55 net yards on 10 carries and scored UCLA's only touchdown. On the 91-yard touchdown drive, UCLA's longest of the year, he ran for 55 yards on four carries, including runs of 29 and 16 yards, and scored on a one-yard run. He completed both of his pass attempts (19 yds.) on the drive.
In the Emerald Bowl versus Florida State, he completed 15 of 36 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was a first-quarter 78-yard catch-and-run strike down the middle to Breazell. It was the longest play of Cowan and Breazell's career. It was also UCLA's longest offensive play of the year and the 15th (tied) longest pass play in school history. Cowan also threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to J. Taylor in the second quarter.
On the year, he completed 145 of 276 passes (52.5%) for 1,782 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His 145 completions rank No. 17 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list.
Chris Markey - The true senior tailback is one of the top backs on the West Coast, if not the nation. He is on the pre-season Watch List for the Maxwell Award, presented to the nation's top player.
A member of the Doak Walker Award Pre-Season Watch List in 2006, Markey was named UCLA's co-Most Valuable Player and was also All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a junior.
In 2006, Markey averaged 85.15 yards on the ground and 105.92 all-purpose yards. He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 32nd nationally in rushing yards (85.15) and 56th in the NCAA and eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (105.92). He also led the team with 35 receptions and became the first Bruin since Kermit Alexander in 1962 to lead the team in both rushing and receptions.
His 1,107 rushing yards rank 11th on UCLA's single-season list and were the most by a Bruin since 2001, when DeShaun Foster ran for 1,109. He is the 11th Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, which has been done a total of 18 times. He also finished with 1,377 all-purpose yards to rank No. 14 on that single-season list.
Markey is the 14th Bruin to rush for 2,000 yards in a career and finished the year with 2,018 yards. He enters his senior season with 3,454 career all-purpose yards and ranks 10th (tied) on that UCLA list. He also has 60 career receptions to rank 33rd on that list and second only to Maurice Drew (64) among running backs on that list.
Markey enjoyed a career night against Rice, rushing for a career-high 208 yards (14th highest total in school history) on 23 carries. He had four runs of at least 20 yards -- 43, 36, 31 and 20 -- and three others of at least 10 yards. His previous career high was 161 yards versus Northwestern in the 2005 Sun Bowl.
At Washington, he rushed for 124 yards on 19 carries, including a 63-yard first-quarter run which set up a field goal. In the win over Stanford, he led the team in rushing for the third straight game, finishing with 88 yards on 18 carries. He topped the team for the fourth straight game versus Arizona (40 yards).
At Oregon, he rushed for a team-high 97 yards on 17 attempts and made four receptions. At California, he accounted for 199 all-purpose yards and was the game's leading rusher with 136 yards on 20 carries. He had eight runs of five or more yards. On a fourth-and-one, he popped through and raced 70 yards for a touchdown, the longest run of his career. He also made a career-high six receptions for 63 yards. In the win over Oregon State, he carried 23 times for 84 yards and made three receptions. At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with four catches and rushed for 49 yards on 18 attempts. Against USC, he rushed for 51 yards on 20 carries. Against Florida State in the Emerald Bowl, Markey rushed for a game-high 144 yards (103 in first half) on 19 carries.
In 2005, Markey, who saw action in all 12 games with a start against USC, finished 57th in the nation and eighth in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (22.53). He was 14th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (101.92) in 2005. He was second on the team in rushing with 561 yards, second with 1,223 all-purpose yards and fourth with five touchdowns. He was at his best against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl. He rushed for 161 yards on 24 carries to win co-MVP honors.
Redshirt senior fullback Michael Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2005, has established himself as an outstanding blocking back. In the 2006 game against Rice, he made a career-high tying four receptions for 43 yards, best on the team, including one catch-and-run for 17 yards. In the win over Arizona, he made four receptions for 32 yards. At Arizona State, he made three receptions for 30 yards. Against USC, he caught one pass and carried once. In the Emerald Bowl, he made one reception and carried once. On the year, he made a career-high 16 receptions.In 2005, he appeared in all 12 games in 2005 and made five starts. Versus Rice, he scored the first rushing touchdown of his career. Against Washington, he made four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. At Arizona, he carried seven times for 39 yards and made one reception. He caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the Sun Bowl against Northwestern.
True sophomore Chane Moline tied for the team lead with five overall touchdowns. He made his debut versus Utah and accounted for 29 yards. He ran for 17 yards on seven attempts and also made one reception for 12 yards. Against Stanford, he scored UCLA's only offensive touchdowns, hitting paydirt from two yards away in the third quarter and from one-yard out in the fourth. Against Washington State, Moline led the Bruins with 32 yards on six carries and made one reception. At California, he carried the ball eight times for 25 yards, including seven carries for 21 yards in the second half. He carried four times for 10 yards versus Oregon State. In the win at Arizona State, he scored a one-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 14-3 lead. He carried twice versus USC. In the Emerald Bowl, he scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run to give UCLA a 27-23 lead with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter.
True junior tailback Kahlil Bell ranked second on the team in rushing in 2006 with his 239 yards over seven games. He led the Bruins in rushing against Utah, finishing with 34 yards. Against Rice, he carried 19 times for 102 yards, the second-highest total of his career. At Washington, he carried nine times for 27 yards. In the win over Stanford, he gained 53 yards on eight carries. He also made two receptions. At Oregon, he scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on one-yard blasts. He suffered a sprained left ankle at Notre Dame and was unable to play against Washington State, California, Oregon State and Arizona State. Bell was suspended for the final two games of the year.In 2005, he appeared in 10 games. He had six games with 20 or more yards of rushing, including a season-ending 136-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Northwestern which helped earn him a share of the Sun Bowl game MVP honors.
WIDE RECEIVERS - True senior Marcus Everett tied for the team lead with five touchdowns and led the squad with five receiving touchdowns. He also led the team with 450 receiving yards and ranked second with 31 receptions. His 14.5 average was second on the team among players with more than two receptions. He led the team with 21 receptions that resulted in first downs.Everett finished the year with 72 career receptions and ranks No. 23 on that list entering his senior season.
Everett made two receptions for 25 yards and one touchdown (fourth quarter) in the opener versus Utah. Against Arizona, he started and made one catch, a seven-yard reception in the end zone to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead. At Notre Dame, he made a career-high tying six receptions for a career-best 102 yards, including a career-long 54-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
He scored both Bruin touchdowns in the win over Oregon State and made a team-best (tied) three receptions for a team-high 64 yards. The first, following a fourth-down stand by the Bruin defense in the third quarter, was a 45-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, he worked himself free in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard score. His third reception set up a field goal.
In the win over USC, he led the team with five receptions for 72 yards. He made three key third down receptions. On the field goal drive that gave UCLA a 10-9 lead, he twice made receptions on third-and-eight for 13 and seven yards, the later reception set up the 22-yard field goal. On the fourth-quarter field goal drive, he made a 21-yard reception on third-and-15.
He ranked third on the team in 2005 with 32 receptions for 390 yards. He saw action in 10 games and made six starts. He had four games with five or more catches. After not suiting up for the first two games of 2005 due to a sprained shoulder, he came off the bench against Oklahoma to lead the Bruins with six receptions, good for 66 yards. At Washington State, Everett's nine-yard scoring catch (first of his career) in the back of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation completed UCLA's 17-point fourth-quarter comeback.
True senior Brandon Breazell made 21 catches in 2006, ranking fifth (tied) on the the team. His 389 yards ranked second on the squad, his four receiving touchdowns ranked second and his 18.5 average was the best on the team among players with more than two receptions. His 21 receptions produced 16 first downs and/or four touchdowns.
In the 2006 opener against Utah, he made three catches for 49 yards and three first downs. He made one catch against Rice for an 18-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 26-10 lead. Against Arizona, he led the team with a career-best five catches for 57 yards and four first downs. Against Washington State, he strained a muscle in his rib area prior to the game and only played a few early snaps. He came off the bench but did not make a catch against either Cal or Oregon State.
At Arizona State, he made two receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns. On the first one, just 6:36 into the game, he outran a defender to the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown. His second TD, a 35-yard one-handed grab, came with 6:41 left in the game and put UCLA up 24-12. They were his first receptions since making one catch on Oct. 21.
In the Emerald Bowl, he scored UCLA's first touchdown on a 78-yard catch-and-run. It was the longest reception of his career, UCLA's longest offensive play of the season and ranked 15th (tied) on UCLA's list of longest pass plays in history.
Five of his seven career touchdown receptions have measured at least 23 yards -- 46, 23, 56, 35, 78 -- and he has also scored on kickoff returns of 42 and 45 yards.
He totaled 24 receptions in 2005 to rank fifth on the squad while his four receiving touchdowns ranked second (tied). Overall, he ranked third on the squad with six touchdowns. Breazell scored the first touchdown of his career against Rice. At Stanford, he made three receptions for 28 yards, including a 23-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown grab in overtime which gave the Bruins the victory. In the Sun Bowl, he earned Special Teams Player of the Game honors after returning two onside kicks for scores. He also made two receptions.
True junior Gavin Ketchum saw action against Utah and Rice and made his first reception of the 2006 season (14 yards) at Washington. In the first quarter against Stanford, he blocked a punt that was returned for a 12-yard touchdown. At Notre Dame, he had one reception for 13 yards and a first down. He made one catch for six yards at California. In the win over Oregon State, he made a 21-yard catch-and-run on third-and-19 that led to a field goal. He made a three-yard reception versus Florida State.
He saw action in all 12 games during the 2005 season and had three starts. He ranked seventh on the squad with 11 catches. Ketchum had a career-best three catches, including his first scoring grab, in the game at Washington State. He also had three receptions versus Arizona State.
True sophomore Terrence Austin saw action in 10 games as a receiver and punt returner. He saw most of his action early in the season on special teams. Austin averaged 13.8 yards on eight punt returns, including a spectacular 79-yard return at Washington He missed three games in the middle of the season (Oregon, Notre Dame, Washington State) due to a hamstring injury. He returned from that setback to make the first two receptions of his career against California. On UCLA's first possession of the game, he made receptions of 16 and 13 yards and produced a first down. He played down the stretch against Oregon State, Arizona State, USC and Florida State but did not make a reception.
Redshirt senior Joe Cowan suffered an injured right knee (posterior cruciate ligament) in practice on August 8 and missed the entire 2006 season.
In 2005, he ranked second on the squad with 35 catches for 469 yards (13.4 average) and three touchdowns. Twenty-two of Cowan's receptions accounted for first downs (21) or touchdowns (three). He had five games (Oklahoma, Washington, Wash. State, Stanford, Arizona) with four or more catches. He had a big game against Arizona State, making three receptions for a career-high 109 yards and one touchdown. On the first play of the game, he caught a short slant pass and outran the defense for a 91-yard touchdown (fourth longest pass play in UCLA history).
OFFENSIVE LINE - True senior Shannon Tevaga is considered one of the top offensive guards in the West. He was named a second-team pre-season All-America selection by some publications. Tevaga has started 31 straight games at the strong guard position and played virtually every snap during the 2006 season. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention for his efforts in 2006.
True senior Chris Joseph was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2006. In addition, he earned first-team All-Academic District VIII and All-Academic Pac-10 honors for the second straight year. He was co-winner of UCLA's Paul I. Wellman Award for All-Around Excellence. Joseph started all 13 games at weak guard in 2006, but will line up at center in 2007. He is on the 2007 Rimington Award Watch List. He played the entire contest in 11 ballgames and came out only for the final series against Stanford and Arizona. He made his first career start against San Diego State in 2005. In game five of that season against California, he suffered an injury to his left knee and missed the remainder of the year.
Redshirt senior Noah Sutherland has shifted to right guard for the 2007 season. He started all 13 contests in 2006 at tackle. Sutherland, who played defense in 2004, saw action in a total of seven games at tackle in 2005, starting three of the last five games.
Redshirt sophomore Aleksey Lanis started the first 12 games of 2006, but missed the Emerald Bowl due to a fracture in his left ulna. He was named second-team Pac-10 All-Academic and was selected second-team Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com. Lanis was also selected to the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was Freshman All-America honorable mention. He was co-winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
True senior Brian Abraham played in all 13 games in 2006. He saw some action in the 2006 opener versus Utah and played the entire second half versus Rice at tackle in place of Aleksey Lanis. He also played the entire second half at Oregon for Lanis. In the Emerald Bowl versus Florida State, he started at strong tackle in place of the injured Lanis and played the entire contest. He saw action in 11 of the 12 games in 2005 and made nine starts on the strong side. He made his first career start in the 2005 season-opener at San Diego State.
True sophomore Micah Kia saw action in all 13 games in the 2006 season. He saw the bulk of his action on special teams as a regular on the PAT/FG unit. Kia played offensive tackle versus Utah, Stanford and Arizona. He enters Fall camp as a contender for the starting spot at left tackle.
Paulsen, who is listed on the 2007 John Mackey Award Watch List, saw action in all 13 games in 2006 and started 12 times. He was fourth on the squad with 27 receptions and third (tied) with 331 receiving yards. He produced 18 first downs. He was co-winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
Paulsen made his first career start in the 2006 opener against Utah and responded by leading the Bruins with five receptions for 90 yards, including a 46-yard reception. Two of his receptions were for at least 20 yards and he produced four first downs. Against Stanford, he came off the bench (the Bruins did not open with a tight end) and tied for the team lead with four receptions for 40 yards. Versus Washington State, he made three receptions for 27 yards. At California, he made four receptions for 74 yards and four first downs. Against USC, he made four receptions for 21 yards and two first downs, one on UCLA's go-ahead field goal drive. He made two receptions for 18 yards and one first down versus Florida State in the Emerald Bowl.
Snead made the switch to tight end from defensive end prior to last year's Stanford contest (game four of 2006). He played in the opener versus Utah and also saw action against Rice and Washington on defense. During the week of practice prior to the Stanford game, he worked at tight end and saw action at that position the remainder of the season.
He made two catches in 2006 and served as the second tight end in many formations. At Notre Dame, Snead made the first reception of his career, a 36-yard tackle-breaking catch-and-run that resulted in his first touchdown. He also had a reception for 10 yards at California.In 2005, he appeared in all 12 games on defense and made five starts (two at RE and three at LE). He made his first career start versus California and recorded a career-high seven tackles. His two fumble recoveries on the year ranked fifth (tied) in the Pac-10.
Moya saw action in the first six games of the 2006 season before a leg injury ended his year. He started in the 2006 opener vs. Utah, as UCLA went with a one-back set, and made one reception, a 16-yard touchdown catch to cap UCLA's first offensive possession of the year. At Washington, he made two catches for 11 yards. Against Stanford, he made four catches for 63 yards and two first downs, including receptions of 23 and 19 yards. Against Arizona, he started in a two tight-end formation and made four receptions for 34 yards and two first downs. At Oregon, he made one reception for one yard but suffered a fractured left fibula that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Redshirt senior Bruce Davis stepped into the spotlight with his fine play at defensive end. He ranks No. 1 nationally in sacks among returning players based on his 12.5 sack performance in 2006. Davis is a pre-season All-American and a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy for National Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Lombardi Award, which is presented to the nation's top lineman. He is also on the pre-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end.
In 2006, he was named first-team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com. He was selected second-team All-Pac-10 and was co-winner of UCLA's N.N. Sugarman Memorial Award for Best Leadership. On the year, Davis made 47 tackles, seventh (tied) on the squad. He also ranked tied for first on the team in sacks and second, behind Justin Hickman, with 17.5 tackles for loss.
Davis ranked fourth (tied with Hickman) in the NCAA and tied for first in the Pac-10 in sacks (0.96) and 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.35). He was also tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with three forced fumbles. Davis ranked third (tied) on UCLA's single-season sack list and ninth on the single-season tackles for loss list.
Against Rice in 2006, he started and made two tackles, including a 15-yard tackle for loss. He also recovered a bad Owl snap for an 11-yard loss, giving the Bruins a possession they converted into a field goal. At Washington, he started and made two tackles for loss, including a third-quarter sack which caused a fumble. In the win over Stanford, he made 2.5 sacks among his six tackles, accounting for 21 yards in losses. He also caused a fumble. Against Arizona, he made four tackles, including one sack. At Notre Dame, he made five tackles, including 2.0 sacks for 11 yards and a third tackle for loss. Against Washington State, he had 2.0 sacks (11 yards) among his four tackles. At California, he made four tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble. Against Oregon State, he had a seven-yard sack, and also recovered a fumble to set up UCLA's final field goal. At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including one sack. Against USC, he recorded one of UCLA's two sacks. Against Florida State, he made four tackles, including 0.5 for loss.
In 2005, he appeared in all 12 games and made 28 tackles to rank third among the defensive linemen. He was tied for third on the team with two sacks and was sixth with six tackles for losses. He moved to outside linebacker from defensive end during the 2005 Spring practices and played both positions early in the 2005 season before moving back to end.
True senior tackle Brigham Harwell started in 12 games in 2006. He ranked fourth on the squad with 6.5 tackles for losses and finished with 31 tackles.
He made four tackles at Washington and at Oregon. He had three tackle assists at Notre Dame and broke up a pass. Against Washington State, he made two tackles for loss. Against Oregon State, he made a career high-tying six tackles, three for loss (one sack) and forced one fumble. He had two tackles, including one for loss, at Arizona State. Against USC, he had three tackles and broke up a pass. He combined with Chris Horton to stop USC on a fourth-down play in the first quarter to set the tone for the defense.
He switched to defensive tackle during 2005 Spring practices and went on to start 11 of the 12 games in 2005 at that position. He made 35 tackles on the year, most among defensive linemen, and was second on the team with 11.5 tackles for losses. Harwell ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in average tackles for losses/ game.
Kevin Brown, a redshirt senior tackle, returned to action in 2006 after sitting out the 2005 season due to a sprained left ankle. He played in all 13 games and started the final 12 contests. He finished the season with 24 tackles and ranked fifth (tied) on the squad with 6.0 tackles for loss. Brown was on the Lombardi and Bednarik Award Watch Lists in 2006.
In the 2006 opener against Utah, he came off the bench to make three tackles, two for losses. He made three tackles, including one for loss, against Rice. He had three tackles, including one sack, in the shutout of Stanford. At Notre Dame, he made four tackles. Against Washington State, he had four tackles, one for loss. Against Oregon State, he had one tackle for loss.
In 2004, Brown led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for the lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked first among all defensive linemen. Brown made his first career start on the defensive line against Oklahoma State.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sides of the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games of 2003, Kevin switched to the offensive line and started three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
MORE LINEMEN - Redshirt senior end Nikola Dragovic saw action in all 13 games in 2006 after missing the second half of 2005 with a knee inury.
He returned to action in the 2006 opener against Utah and made three tackles off the bench. He made two tackles, including one for loss, in the win over Rice. At Washington, he recovered a fumble.
He sat out the bulk of the 2005 season following knee surgery (right ACL). He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made four tackles, including one sack. Dragovic made two tackles against Washington before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had season-ending surgery on Oct. 20, 2005.
True junior tackle Chase Moline played in 10 games in the 2006 season, missing the Stanford, Arizona and Oregon games due to a back injury. He played at least 24 snaps in eight games.
Against Rice, he made a nine-yard sack. At Washington, he recovered a fumble in the third quarter. Against Notre Dame, he played for the first time in a month and had two tackles. He had one tackle for loss versus Washington State. At California, he made one tackle and recovered a fumble. He made a nine-yard sack at Arizona State. He broke up one pass versus USC. Against Florida State, he made two tackles, including a solo for a six-yard loss.
He saw action in all 12 games in 2005 and made nine starts. He started for the first time against Rice and made a career-best six tackles. He was selected first-team Freshman All-America (rivals, scout.com) and third-team by Sporting News.
Redshirt junior end Kenneth Lombard was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII squad.He was also selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team for a second consecutive year in 2006.
Lombard played in 11 games in 2006 at both the end and tackle positions, missing the final two contests of the season due to a knee injury. He started the first two games of the season and played at least 25 snaps in six of his 11 games. He had a big game versus Rice and made four tackles, including one for loss. Playing end against Stanford, he also recovered a fourth-quarter fumble and returned it five yards for the final Bruin touchdown of the night. Against Oregon State, he had one sack. He had one tackle for loss at Arizona State.He appeared in all 12 games in 2005 and made three starts. He made his first start versus California and was credited with three tackles, including two for losses. Lombard was selected first-team Pac-10 All-Academic.
LINEBACKER - Redshirt senior Christian Taylor played in all 13 contests at middle linebacker last season and made 12 starts. His 83 tackles ranked second on the squad and his 4.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss ranked third. He was fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 in tackles (1.04) for loss and 16th in tackles (6.38). He was named co-winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
In the 2006 win over Rice, he led the squad with eight tackles, including one for loss. At Washington, he made four tackles, including one sack and a second for loss. Against Stanford, he made four tackles, recorded a sack and made an interception. He totaled five tackles in the first half against Arizona but did not play in the second half due to a sprained left ankle. He came off the bench at Oregon and made nine stops, including 1.5 for losses, to tie for the team lead. At Notre Dame, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, one for loss. Against Washington State, he made seven tackles, including one sack and a second for loss. Against Oregon State, he made five tackles, one sack and a second stop behind the line. At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including one-half sack.
Against USC, he made a team-high 11 tackles. He and Alterraun Verner combined on a key fourth-down stop for a loss on the first play of the fourth quarter that led to Justin Medlock's field goal that made the score 13-9. In the Emerald Bowl against Florida State, he made eight tackles, including two for loss.
He appeared in all 12 games in 2005 and finished the year with 43 tackles, tied for sixth on the squad. He made his first career start against USC.
Redshirt senior Aaron Whittington played and started in 10 games during the 2006 season. He missed three games due to an ankle injury (Oregon State, Arizona State, Florida State).
He opened at strong side linebacker against Utah in the 2006 opener and made four tackles, two for losses. Against Stanford, he led the squad with seven tackles. Against Arizona, he had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss. At Notre Dame, he recovered a fumble on the first series but suffered a sprained right ankle and played sparingly the rest of the way. He started against Washington State but only played part of the game due to his ankle. At California, he made four tackles, including 1.5 for losses. He did not play versus Oregon State or Arizona State due to his sprained ankle. He started against USC but left in the first quarter due to the ankle.
In 2005, he appeared in eight games, starting the first two. In the season-opener against San Diego State, he made a season-high seven tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Reggie Carter started 12 of the 13 games (not Oregon) in the 2006 season. He ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 48 and was fifth on the team with 6.0 tackles for loss. Carter earned first-team Freshman All-America acclaim from Rivals.com, second-team Freshman All-America acclaim by CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com and third-team Freshman All-America and Pac-10 All-Freshman acclaim by the Sporting News.
Carter saw his first action as a Bruin when he started the 2006 opener against Utah. Against Stanford, he recorded five tackles. In the win over Arizona, he made three tackles, including 0.5 sacks. At Notre Dame, he had four tackles, including 0.5 for loss. Against Washington State, he made four tackles, including two for loss. At California, he made six tackles, including 0.5 for loss. At Arizona State, he made a career-high seven tackles. Against USC, he made three tackles, including one for loss. In the Emerald Bowl versus Florida State, he totaled four tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Hale made his 2006 debut versus Rice after sitting out the opener against Utah, seeing action on special teams. He also contributed on special teams at Washington, Stanford, Arizona and Oregon. At Notre Dame, he saw his first defensive action and made two tackles. Against Oregon State, he started in place of Whittington and finished with four tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a field goal. He started at Arizona State and made three tackles, including 1.5 sacks. He played most of the USC contest in place of Whittington and made two tackles. He started the Emerald Bowl and had two tackles, including 0.5 for loss.
In 2005, he appeared in 11 games and made seven starts (four OLB, three ILB). Against Oklahoma, Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999 to start a Bruin game at linebacker. Hale was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team of Sporting News.
True junior Kyle Bosworth saw action in all 13 games during the 2006 season. He was primarily a special teams performer, but did made one start at linebacker against Oregon in place of injured middle linebacker Christian Taylor. Against Arizona, he played the entire second half at linebacker in place of Taylor who had been injured in the first half of the contest.
SECONDARY - Redshirt senior Chris Horton, who figures to be one of the top safeties in the nation in 2007, is a pre-season candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott Trophy, both awarded to the National Defensive Player of the Year. He was also selected a first-team pre-season All-American by two publications.
Horton started all 13 games in 2006 at strong safety and played virtually every defensive snap. He led the team with 95 tackles and his average of 7.31 stops per game ranked ninth in the Pac-10. Horton led the team in tackles in six of the last eight games during 2006. He was second on the team with three interceptions. He tied for third on the squad with two fumbles forced. He was the defensive winner of the Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence.
Horton made interceptions against Washington, Stanford and Florida State. He had a seven tackle game against Rice. Against Stanford, he made five tackles and recovered a fumble. In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles, including one for loss. At Oregon, he made nine tackles to tie for the team lead. At Notre Dame, he made seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass. Against Washington State, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles, including one for loss. At California, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Against Oregon State, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles. He also had one tackle for loss, broke up one pass and forced a fumble.
At Arizona State, he led the team with a career-high 12 tackles, 10 in the first half. In the second quarter with UCLA leading 14-6, ASU had a fourth-and-goal at the Bruin one-yard line, but Horton stuffed the play. Against USC, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles and combined with Brigham Harwell on a fourth-down stop in the first quarter to set the tone for the defense.
In 2005, he suffered a right wrist dislocation in practice (August 17) and underwent surgery the following day. He sat out the first six games of the season, before returning to action on special teams against Oregon State. At Arizona, he played on defense and special teams and made two tackles. He made his first start of the year at USC and made seven tackles.
Trey Brown, a top cover corner, enters his redshirt senior season with a streak of 30 consecutive starts. He was credited with 47 tackles in 2006. Brown totaled four interceptions which ranked seventh in the Pac-10 (0.31/g) and was fifth in the Pac-10 in passes defensed (1.00).
In 2006, Brown made interceptions against Utah, Stanford, Washington State and Arizona State. In the win over Stanford, he made four tackles, including a seven-yard sack. He also made an interception. Against Arizona, he led the Bruins with eight tackles, had 0.5 tackles for loss and broke up three passes. Against Washington State, he made six tackles. At Arizona State, his interception set up UCLA's second touchdown of the game. Against USC, he made four tackles and helped hold the Trojan wide receivers in check. In the Emerald Bowl, he made three tackles and broke up two passes.
In 2005, he made 53 tackles to rank fifth on the squad. He also broke up a team best (tied) 10 passes. He had a big game against California, making five tackles and a game-clinching interception.
Redshirt senior free safety Dennis Keyes started all 13 games at free safety and was in on virtually every defensive snap in 2006. Keyes' 79 tackles ranked third on the squad and he added 5.0 tackles for loss. He was 19th in the Pac-10 in tackles (6.08) and tied for sixth in fumbles caused (three-0.23). He led the team (or tied for lead) in tackles in three of the final six games.
Keyes led the Bruins with seven tackles in the 2006 opener against Utah. He was credited with one tackle for loss and broke up two passes. At Washington, he made seven tackles and forced a fumble. In the win over Arizona, he made six tackles, including 2.0 for losses (six yards). At Oregon, he made three tackles and the first interception of his career, which set up UCLA's first touchdown. At Notre Dame, he ranked second (tied) on the squad with eight tackles, including 0.5 for loss. Keyes tied for the team lead with nine stops versus Washington State. At California, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, had 0.5 tackles for loss and broke up two passes. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles and also forced a fumble versus Oregon State. Against USC, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles, made one tackle for loss and forced his third fumble of the year to tie for the team lead.
His 57 tackles in 2005 ranked fourth overall on the team and made him the leading returning tackler for the 2006 campaign. He was tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and was third (tied) with eight tackles for losses and third (tied) with two sacks. Keyes made the first start of his career in the 2005 season opener at San Diego State and went on to start nine games that year.
True senior Rodney Van started all 13 games last season at cornerback and ranked fifth on the team with 57 tackles. He made his first career start in the 2006 opener versus Utah. He was credited with four tackles each against Utah, Washington, Stanford, California and Arizona State. At Oregon, he made a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss. He made six tackles versus Washington State. Against Oregon State, he made five tackles and broke up a pass. Against USC, he made seven tackles, tying his career high, and helped hold the USC wide receivers in check. In the Emerald Bowl, he made five tackles and broke up one pass.
He appeared in all 12 games in 2005 and played at least 20 snaps seven times.
True sophomore cornerback Alterraun Verner was selected co-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for 2006 and was also named a first-team Freshman All-America by Scripps/FWAA and CollegeFootballNews.com, second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com and first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman by The Sporting News. He was co-winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
Verner ranked fourth on the team with 59 tackles. He was second on the team with two interceptions and became the sixth Bruin, and first freshman, to scored two touchdowns on interceptions in the same season.
With 2:16 remaining in the second quarter of the season-opening Utah game, he stepped in front of a Ute pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown to give the Bruins the lead for good, 14-7. In the fourth quarter, he caused a fumble after a Ute reception, recovered it and advanced it 18 yards.His interception return for a touchdown was the first by a UCLA true freshman since 1989, when Carlton Gray returned one 65 yards versus Washington. At Washington, he led the team with nine tackles, including 0.5 for loss, off the bench. In the win over Arizona, he picked off a fourth quarter Wildcat pass returned it 89 yards for a score. His return was the longest by a Bruin since Nov. 12, 1994, when Abdul McCullough scored on a 98-yard return versus Arizona State. At Oregon, he made his first start (UCLA was in a nickel package) and responded with seven tackles. At Notre Dame, he made six tackles off the bench. Against USC, he made four tackles, including one for loss, combining with Christian Taylor on a fourth-down run on the first play of the fourth quarter. In the Emerald Bowl, he tied his career high with nine tackles and also broke up two passes.
Redshirt junior cornerback Michael Norris did not appear in a game in 2006 due to a knee injury (posterior cruciate ligament) suffered in pre-season camp. He retained his year of eligibility and will be a fourth-year junior in 2007.
He saw action in all 12 games in 2005 and made the first interception of his career in the season-opener versus San Diego State. Against Oklahoma, he recovered a fumbled punt to set up UCLA's first touchdown. Against Northwestern, he played in the nickel package and made six tackles. He was selected second-team Pac-10 All-Academic for his efforts in the classroom.
True junior safety Bret Lockett saw action in all 13 games as a free (nickel) safety and on special teams. On the year, he made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.He played extensively in the 2006 opener against Utah's spread offense and was credited with two tackles. He made one tackle at Oregon, playing defense and special teams. He made two tackles at California, playing defense and special teams. He recovered a fumble in the victory over Oregon State. He played on special teams at Arizona State and played both defense and special teams versus USC and Florida State.
Lockett made his Bruin debut in the 2005 season opener at San Diego State. He saw action in all 12 games that season and recorded two tackles.
Redshirt sophomore safety Aaron Ware appeared in 13 games in 2006. He was credited with four tackles. He saw his first action as a Bruin against Utah in the 2006 opener, playing on special teams, and was credited with one tackle. He made one special teams tackle at Oregon. He had one special teams tackle at California and also made one versus Oregon State.
Redshirt junior Aaron Perez served as the team's punter in all 13 games last season. He averaged 42.56 yards on 62 punts which ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 22nd in the nation. Eighteen of his 62 kicks put opponents inside the 20-yard line.
He had a huge game in the win over USC where he averaged 48.3 yards on six kicks, including two inside the 20-yard line. His 63-yard punt on the next to last play of the game was the longest of his career and only one of his kicks was returned by the Trojans for zero yards. The 48.3-yard average was the highest single-game mark of his career.
In 2005, Perez averaged 39.9 yards (eighth in the Pac-10 on 54 kicks with 19 inside the 20-yard line. Perez made his debut as the Bruin punter in the 2005 opener at San Diego State.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2007/ 2006 /career starts) -Offense - WR:Brandon Breazell (0/10/11), Marcus Everett (0/8/18), Joe Cowan (0/0/14), Gavin Ketchum (0/0/3); OL:Shannon Tevaga (0/13/31), Chris Joseph (0/13/18), Brian Abraham (0/1/10), Noah Sutherland (0/13/16), Aleksey Lanis (0/12/12), Nathaniel Skaggs (0/0/2, 1 at DT); TE: Ryan Moya (0/3/5), Logan Paulsen (0/12/12), William Snead (0/0/5 at DE); QB: Patrick Cowan (0/8/8), Ben Olson (0/5/5); RB:Chris Markey (0/13/15), Michael Pitre (0/9/15); PK: Jimmy Rotstein (0/0/1); PK:noneDefense - DL:Kevin Brown (0/12/26, 3 at OG), Kenneth Lombard (0/2/7), Brigham Harwell (0/12/27), Chase Moline (0/0/9), Bruce Davis (0/13/15), Nikola Dragovic (0/0/4); LB:Aaron Whittington (0/10/14), John Hale (0/3/10), Christian Taylor (0/12/13), Reggie Carter (0/12/12), Kyle Bosworth (0/1/1); DB:Trey Brown (0/13/30), Chris Horton (0/13/15), Dennis Keyes (0/13/22), Rodney Van (0/13/13), Alterraun Verner (0/1/1); P: Aaron Perez (0/13/25).
UCLA IN THE 2006 NCAA, PAC-10 STATS
Chris Markey -- rushing: 32nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (85.15); all-purpose yards: 56th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (105.92); total offense: 12th in Pac-10 (85.15)
Justin Medlock -- field goals: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (2.15); scoring: T-9th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (8.69); kick scoring: 1st in Pac-10 (8.69).
Patrick Cowan -- passing efficiency: 8th in Pac-10 (113.40); passing yards: 7th in Pac-10 (148.50); total offense: 7th in Pac-10 (157.50)
Aaron Perez -- punting: 24th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (42.56)
Justin Hickman -- sacks: T-4th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (0.96); tackles for loss: 10th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (1.46)
Bruce Davis -- sacks: T-4th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (0.96); tackles for loss: 18th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (1.35); fumbles forced: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.23)
Trey Brown -- interceptions: T-70th in NCAA, T-7th in Pac-10 (0.31); passes defensed: T-5th in Pac-10 (1.00)
Chris Horton -- interceptions: 12th in Pac-10 (0.23); tackles: 9th in Pac-10 (7.31).
Christian Taylor -- tackles: 16th in Pac-10 (6.38); tackles for loss: T-5th in Pac-10 (1.04).
Dennis Keyes -- tackles: 19th in Pac-10 (6.08); fumbles forced: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.23)
Alterraun Verner -- interceptions: 22nd in Pac-10 (0.15)
Eric McNeal -- interceptions: 18th in Pac-10 (0.17)
TEAMRushing Offense: 63rd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (129.77)
Passing Offense: 56th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (200.31)
Total Offense: 71st in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (330.08)
Scoring Offense: 64th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (23.00)
Rushing Defense: T-9th in NCAA, T-1st in Pac-10 (91.08)
Yards Allowed Per Rush: 1st in Pac-10 (2.83)
Pass Defense: 87th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (223.38)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 49th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (121.98)
Yards Per Pass Attempt Defense: 4th in Pac-10 (6.90)
Total Defense: 35th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (314.46)
Scoring Defense: 39th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (19.92)
Third Down Conversion Defense: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (28.4%, 50 of 176)
Third Down Conversion Offense: 7th in Pac-10 (36.1%, 66 of 183)
Red Zone Offense: 3rd in Pac-10 (86.7%)
Red Zone Defense: 5th in Pac-10 (79.4%)
Net Punting: 42nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (36.06)
Turnover Margin: T-38th in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (+0.31)
Sacks Allowed: 41st in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (1.62 - 21)
Sacks: T-6th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (3.08 - 40)
Tackles for Loss: T-5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (7.92)
Turnovers Gained: T-29th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (27)
Turnovers Lost: T-56th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (23)
Fumbles Lost: T-30th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (9)
Fumbles Recovered: T-21st in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (14)
Kickoff Coverage: 1st in Pac-10 (42.7)
RED ZONE - In 2006, UCLA was 39 of 45 on Red Zone opportunities (86.7%), with 19 touchdowns (nine pass, 10 rush) and 20 field goals, for 192 points.
In 2006, the Bruin defense allowed opponents inside the Red Zone 34 times, resulting in 27 scores -- 17 touchdowns (seven rush, 10 pass) and 10 field goals -- for 148 points (79.4%).
In 2005, UCLA was 48 for 54 in the Red Zone with 41 touchdowns (19 rushing and 22 passing) and seven field goals for 306 points. Opponents were 51 of 60 in the Red Zone with 39 touchdowns (25 rushing and 14 passing) and 12 field goals for 306 points.
TURNOVERS - In 2006, UCLA caused 27 turnovers (13 interceptions and 14 fumbles) and converted them into 80 points. UCLA committed 23 turnovers (nine fumbles and 14 interceptions) and they were converted into just 34 points (two offensive touchdowns, two defensive touchdowns and two field goals).
In 2005, UCLA forced 22 turnovers (eight interceptions and 14 fumbles), leading to 99 points (12 touchdowns and five field goals). The Bruin defense scored twice on fumble returns (C. Taylor versus Rice and Havner against Oklahoma). UCLA committed 16 turnovers (six interceptions and 10 fumbles for 75 points) and ranked T-24th nationally and third in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+0.50 per game).
BRUINS IN THE NFL
On the opening weekend of the 2006 NFL season, 30 Bruins were listed on various rosters -- 26 on regular rosters, three on the practice squad and one on injured reserve. The 26 Bruins ranked 12th (tied) nationally and tied for first in the Pac-10.
On Opening Weekend of the 2005 National Football League season, 25 former Bruins were active on NFL rosters. That total led the Pacific-10 Conference and ranked 15th nationally.
Here is the list of 31 Bruins on 2007 NFL pre-season rosters:
Arizona - Matt Ware-DB;
Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden-OT, Drew Olson-QB; Matt Willis-WR;
Buffalo - Ryan Neufeld-TE;
Carolina - Dave Ball-DE, DeShaun Foster-RB;
Chicago - Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB, Ricky Manning Jr.-DB;
Cincinnati - Tab Perry-WR;
Green Bay - Spencer Havner-LB;
Houston - Mike Flanagan-C;
Indianapolis - Bryan Fletcher-TE, Mike Seidman-TE;
Jacksonville - Maurice Jones-Drew-RB, Marcedes Lewis-TE;
Kansas City - Donnie Edwards-LB, Justin Medlock-PK, Jarrad Page-S;
Minnesota - Chris Kluwe-P;
New Orleans - Rodney Leisle-DL;
NY Giants - Jason Bell-CB;
NY Jets - Kenyon Coleman-DL, Ed Blanton-OT;
Oakland Raiders - Robert Thomas-LB;
Pittsburgh - Travis Kirschke-DL;
St. Louis - Drew Bennett-WR, Brandon Chillar-LB;
Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece-LB;
Washington - Ryan Boschetti-DT, Justin Hickman-DE.
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