2003 Season Opener - Dorrell Era Begins
Aug. 29, 2003
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER
Mon., Sept. 1 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 2 - Coach Dorrell Pac-10 Teleconf. (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 3 - Last day to interview UCLA players
Thur., Sept. 4 - Team leaves for Colorado (early afternoon)
Sat., Sept. 6 - UCLA at Colorado - 12:30 (ABC-TV)
SEASON OPENER - UCLA will open the 2003 season on the road on Saturday, Sept. 6 when it travels to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes (1-0). Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m MDT.
The game will be televised live on a split-national basis (53% of the country)by ABC Sports. Tim Brant, Ed Cunningham and Samantha Ryan will call the action.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. John Ireland will host pre- and post-game shows.
FOR OPENERS - This week's game begins UCLA's 85th season of football. The Bruins have won five straight season openers and are 55-24-5 overall. UCLA handed Colorado State a 30-19 loss in last year's opener in the Rose Bowl.
HONORARY CAPTAINS - This season, two Bruin stars of the past will serve as hononary captains at each game and participate in the pre-game coin flip.
For the home opener against Illinois, Chuck Doud and Rudy Feldman, captains of the 1953 Pacific Coast Conference championship team that played in the 1954 Rose Bowl,will serve as the honorary captains. The 1953 team is having a 50th reunion dinner on Friday, Sept. 12, and will be on the field prior to the game.
THEN AND NOW - The Bruins finished the 2002 season with an 8-5 mark after posting a win in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. It was the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Bruins concluded the regular season qualified to play in a bowl game.
UCLA returns 13 positional starters from last season - six on offense and seven on defense.
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999. Following a loss at Ohio State (#14), the Bruins defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama (#3), Fresno State and Michigan (#3) in 2000, Alabama (#25), Kansas and Ohio State (#21) in 2001 and Colorado State (#19), Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002. The lone loss came at the hands of Colorado, last year in the Rose Bowl.
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The loss to Colorado last season in the Rose Bowl also snapped a streak of five straight wins over Big 12 Conference opponents by the Bruins (Oklahoma State - 2002, Kansas - 2001, Texas - 1998, Texas A&M - 1998, Texas - 1997).
The Bruins have not lost a non-conference road game since the 1999 season - at Ohio State.
No Bruin has ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Craig Bragg. His nine touchdowns last season averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards).
Calendar years ending in '3' have been good for the Bruins. The 1983 and 1993 UCLA teams ended their seasons by celebrating the New Year in the Rose Bowl game.
Starting Streaks - Cornerback Ricky Manning ended his Bruin career last season having started in 45 straight games (the record is 46 by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky, 1990-93). Offensive left tackle Bryce Bohlander ended with 38 straight starts. Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle had a 28-game streak stopped when he did not suit up for the Oregon game due to a broken foot. He leads the team with 30 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware is the new leader entering the 2003 season with 24 consecutive starts. Wide Receiver Craig Bragg has started the past 17 games and offensive lineman Steven Vieira has started the last 16 contests.
The following players have changed numbers from those listed in this year's media guide --- Maurice Drew now #21; Jimmy Stephens now #48; Nikola Dragovic now #40; Jacques Lazarus now #83; Mark Manglesdorf now #44; Chris Steck, now #86.
Other new numbers for this season include --- Justin London, now #9; Brett Mitchell, now #10; Xavier Burgess, now #18; Jason Harrison, now #28; Tommy Bright, now #37.Sophomore defensive back Glenn Ohaeri has changed his name during the off-season. He will now be known as Nnamdi Ohaeri.
True senior wide receiver Tab Perry will miss the 2003 season. He is not eligible to compete this season because he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Perry has indicated that he will redshirt in 2003 and return for the 2004 season.
UCLA has won 15 of its last 25 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at No. 11 Texas and has posted a 24-9 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
The 2003 season will be UCLA's 22nd in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 85-39-2 on their home field.
Tyler Ebell became the first freshman (true or redshirt) and only the second player in school history to rush for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games. Gaston Green is the only player in school history to rush for over 100 yards in seven straight games in one season (1986).
UCLA played 10 true freshmen in the 2002 season, the most since freshmen became eligible for varsity play in 1972.
Five Bruins on the 2003 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed, played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic, played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John, played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game); DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).UCLA's projected starting lineup for the Colorado contests includes just two players (excluding kickers) who will be making the first start of their careers - inside linebacker Justin London and cornerback Matt Clark. Four Bruins made their first career starts in last season's opening game against Colorado State - LG - Paul Mociler, C - Mike McCloskey, LB Spencer Havner, LB Marcus Reese. Sixteen Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado State, including eight true freshmen - FB-J.D. Groves, TE Marcedes Lewis, LB-Justin London, DB-Nnamdi (Glenn) Ohaeri, QB-Drew Olson, DB-Jarrad Page, WR-Junior Taylor, LB-Wesley Walker. Six redshirt freshmen - RB-Tyler Ebell, RB-Jason Harrison, LB Spencer Havner, RB-Wendell Mathis, C-Mike McCloskey, LB-James Jessen - and two junior college transfers - DL-Ryan Boschetti and DL David Tautofi - all saw their first action.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 21 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only six schools in the nation (Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won more bowl games in that span.
During the last 21 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. Washington is the only other school in the Pac-10 to be ranked in the Top 25 on 11 occasions.
In the last 21 seasons (1982-2002), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only six schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
SERIES NOTES - The Bruins lead the series against Colorado 4-1, losing the third contest of the 2002 season, 31-17, in a game played in the Rose Bowl.
In that game, the Buffaloes totaled 325 yards rushing and scored 21 straight points after UCLA had jumped to a 7-0 second quarter lead. It marked Colorado's first win in the series.
The Bruins have not played in Boulder since a 33-16 win in the 1984 season. Freshmen running backs James Primus and Gaston Green combined for 169 yards on the ground. Quarterback Matt Stevens threw for 193 more yards and one touchdown. John Lee booted four field goals on the day and became UCLA's career scoring leader after converting an extra point in the fourth quarter. Current Bruin assistant head coach Jon Embree caught eight passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in that contest while playing for Colorado.Up Next -- Illinois leads the series with the Bruins 5-4. The Illini last appeared in the Rose Bowl in the 1984 Rose Bowl game and dropped a 45-9 decision to UCLA before a crowd of 103,217 fans. Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell played in that game as a wide receiver and caught a pair of touchdown passes. For the game, Dorrell totaled five catches for 61 yards and ran one reverse for 23 yards.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell - One of the rising stars in the coaching profession, former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is in his first season as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He returns 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.
Dorrell is back at UCLA after working for the Denver Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers for the previous three seasons. 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 12 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated crosstown rival USC four times in five seasons. His 108 career receptions still rank in the all-time school Top 10 and his receiving yards total of 1,517 rank No. 12 on that list.
Dorrell's coaching experience at the collegiate level includes six seasons at the University of Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, the University of 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 graduate assistant.
He became receiver 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 the University of Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, two 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 receiver 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 the University of 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, 2003. In his first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smith earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the team record with 1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout Ed McCaffrey caught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In 2001, Smith set a new team mark with 113 catches.
#77 DT Rodney Leisle - Senior tackle Rodney Leisle started seven games a year ago, but missed five contests due to a broken right foot suffered at Oregon State. The game against the Beavers was his 28th straight starting assignment. He returned to action off the bench against USC and started the final two contests against Washington State and New Mexico. Leisle enters 2003 with 30 career starts.He entered the 2002 season as a pre-season second-team All-America choice and had also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. In 2001, Leisle was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News.Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
#17 CB Matt Ware - The true junior has started every game (24) of his career at either cornerback or safety. Last season, he started the first three games of the season at free safety and the last 10 at cornerback. He is expected to man one of the conrerback positions for the 2003 Bruins.
Last season, he ranked fifth on the team with 51 tackles. He made one interception and had one blocked punt and two forced fumbles. Ware also took one snap at quarterback in the Cal game and pitched the ball on an option play.
In 2001, Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season game since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety Kenny Easley started the final 10 games of his freshman season). He was named a first-team Freshman All-American and finished with 32 tackles and five interceptions.
He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregon and USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught one pass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitched the ball on both occasions.
He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fall football camp and played in their minor league organization the past two summers as an outfielder.
#11 LB Brandon Chillar - True senior Brandon Chillar, who is on the Butkus Award pre-season Watch List, started all 13 games last season and has started 22 of the last 24 Bruin games. In 2002, he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles and ranked second with five sacks and third with 11 tackles for loss.
In 2001, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 42 stops. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss.
In 2000 as a true freshman, Chillar saw action as a backup linebacker and special teams performer. He appeared in a total of seven games.
#43 DE Dave Ball - Senior Dave Ball has been named to the pre-season Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. In 2002, he was named to the second-team All-Pac-10 Conference team after starting 12 games. He has now started in 26 of the last 29 Bruin games. Ball led the team with 11.5 sacks, fourth on the school season list and most since Donnie Edwards recorded 12.5 in 1994. At one point during the season, he recorded sacks in eight straight games. Dave also led the Bruins with 15 tackles for loss (seventh on the school season list).
In 2001, Ball started each game at right end. He finished the year with 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tackles for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Ryan Boschetti has emerged as the starter alongside Rodney Leisle at a defensive tackle position. Boschetti started five games last season after Leisle was sidelined with a broken foot. He made his first career start against Oregon and was credited with four tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss.
Senior Mat Ball made a smooth transition back to the defensive line from linebacker last season and totaled a career-best 18 tackles. He appeared in all 13 games. In 2001, Mat Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.
Seniors Asi Faoa and David Tautofi are also competing for playing time along the defensive line. Faoa played in all 13 games a year ago at a defensive end spot, making 24 tackles, including three for losses and two sacks. Tautofi also appeared in all 13 games last season and made five tackles, including two quarterback sacks.
#41 LB Spencer Havner - The redshirt sophomore, who has been named on the Butkus Award pre-season Watch List, had an outstanding freshman season a year ago.
A first-team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News), he started all 13 games and recorded 96 tackles. That total was second on the team and ranked as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (behind James Washington's 119 in 1984). Havner's average of 7.4 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10 Conference while his seven pass defenses and his three forced fumbles led the team and his 12 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad.
Havner recorded three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns (against Oklahoma State and Washington) to tie an NCAA record for most touchdowns on interceptions in one season by a linebacker. He was at his best against the Bay Area schools, making a career-high 11 tackles in games against both California and Stanford.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL - This redshirt junior ranked fourth on the team last season in tackles with 58 stops and tied for first in interceptions with four. He has played both free and strong safety during his career, but has found a home at free safety. He has been a starter in 15 of the last 17 games, six at strong safety and nine at free safety.
Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first three games last season at strong safety. He started nine of the last 10 games at that position. Emanuel picked off two passes each in games against Oklahoma State and Washington State. He also returned a fumbled extra point attempt for two points against Colorado State.
#87 WR Craig Bragg - The redshirt junior had a breakout season in 2002, leading the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbing a school sophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. No Bruin has ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Bragg.
Bragg enters the 2003 season with a string of 23 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all the but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 18 games.In 2002, Bragg topped the Bruins in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His nine touchdowns last season averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards and 10th in receptions. He also led the league in punt return average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoon's in UCLA history against Oregon last season when he caught nine passes (tied for eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on school list) with three touchdowns.Bragg was named the Most Valuable Player in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl after catching four passes for 38 yards and returning a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
#2 Tyler Ebell - The redshirt sophomore rushed for 994 yards, a UCLA freshman record, on the season and earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition, he was a second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News.
Ebell, who is on the Doak Walker Award pre-season Watch List, ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (76.5), fifth in punt returns (11.4), ninth in all-purpose yards (106.3) and 13th in total offense. In eight Pac-10 games, he carried 197 times for 876 yards. Ebell ended the season just six yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards.
Ebell came off the bench in the Oregon State contest, the fifth game of the season, after carrying just 13 times in prior games. He rushed for 203 yards in that game on 29 carries. He then made the first start of his career the following week against Oregon and ran for 119 yards. The following week at California, he started and ran for 102 yards. Against Stanford, he totaled 160 yards on 39 carries. He carried the ball on 25 of UCLA's 33 offensive snaps in the second half of the game. At Washington, Ebell reached the 100-yard plateau for the fifth straight week with 102 yards and three touchdowns. At Arizona, he became only the second UCLA player in history to rush for over 100 yards in six consecutive games in the same season, finishing with 124 yards.
#7 Matt Moore - True sophomore Matt Moore did not see action in the first seven games of the 2002 season because UCLA was hoping to redshirt him. That all changed after injuries to Cory Paus and Drew Olson at California.
Moore was called into action for the first time, as the starter, in the game against Stanford. He showed great poise in leading the Bruins to a win, rallying the team from a 15-0 first-quarter deficit to a 28-18 victory. Moore directed seven scoring drives in his first taste of collegiate action.Moore also came off the bench to rally the Bruins to a victory in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. In the win over Stanford, he became the first UCLA true freshman quarterback since Cade McNown (1995) to start a game and the first since Tom Ramsey (1979) to win his first start.
#14 QB Drew Olson - True sophomore Drew Olson began the 2002 season as the No. 2 quarterback to four-year starter Cory Paus. He ended the year by starting in the final five games after a season-ending ankle injury to Paus against California. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford before returning to start the final five games of the season.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and became the first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 to win his initial road start. He completed 13 of 27 passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start against USC, joining Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown. Against Washington State, he had the first multiple touchdown game of his career.
MORE QUARTERBACK - Redshirt freshman John Sciarra made his debut last season on a late series at San Diego State (five snaps) and that was his only action prior to the fourth quarter of the California game. Against the Golden Bears, he completed one of seven passes for 10 yards with one interception. He also played the final series at Arizona but did not attempt a pass.
Sciarra played UCLA's final possession against USC and drove the Bruins 60 yards on six plays, completing four of five passes for 65 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Marcedes Lewis, the first for both quarterback and receiver.
He also saw action on the last two series of the bowl game win over New Mexico but did not attempt a pass.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Junior left guard Eyoseph Efseaff has started 23 of his 24 career games, including the final 12 games of 2002. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season and has made the honor roll of several pre-season national magazines this year.
In 2001, his first in action after redshirting in 2000, he started all 11 games at left guard and was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News.Junior StevenVieira is set as the starting left tackle after starting 18 of the last 19 games, including all 13 a year ago at right guard. Vieira made a smooth transition to tackle in the Spring and Fall practices. He began his Bruin career at tackle and shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season.
Sophomore redshirt Mike McCloskey won the center job a year ago in a competition during fall camp. He went on to start all 13 games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.Junior Paul Mociler and senior Shane Lehmann battled for the starting spot at right guard throughout Fall camp with Mociler emerging as the starter. Lehmann, who will also contribute at tackle, saw action in five games off the bench last season and started six games in the 2001 season. Mociler made his first career start last season in the opener against Colorado State and made appearances in seven games.Sophomore redshirt Ed Blanton emerged from the Spring drills as the starter at the right tackle position. He made one start last season against San Diego State, playing the entire contest in place of injured Mike Saffer, and made an appearance in four games overall.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2002 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (13/18), Tab Perry (10/18), Junior Taylor (3/3), Ryan Smith (1/3); OL:Eyoseph Efseaff (12/23), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (13/18), Mike McCloskey (13/13), Ed Blanton (1/1), Paul Mociler (1/1); TE: Keith Carter (4/4), Marcedes Lewis (2/2); QB: Drew Olson (5/5), Matt Moore (1/1); RB: Tyler Ebell (8/8), Manuel White (6/7), Akil Harris (4/7); PK:.
Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (8/30), Dave Ball (12/26), Mat Ball (0/6, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (1/2, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (5/5); LB: Brandon Chillar (13/22), Spencer Havner (13/13); DB: Matt Ware (13/24), Ben Emanuel (12/15), Jarrad Page (10/10), Kevin Brant (0/1), Jibril Raymo (1/1); P:.
RED ZONE - UCLA finished the season by going 18 for 18 in the Red Zone over its last six games, with 10 touchdowns and eight field goals. Quarterback Drew Olson finished the year 12/12 in Red Zone opportunities while Matt Moore was 8/8.
UCLA scored 35 times (18 rushing touchdowns, four passing touchdowns and 13 field goals) in 44 Red Zone trips (192 points). Three other Red Zone possessions ended at the final gun, three with missed field goals, two on downs and one on a fumble lost.
Opponents scored 32 times (22 touchdowns, one two-point conversion and 10 field goals) on 45 Red Zone trips (185 points). The other possessions ended with three interceptions, one fumble, five missed field goals (three blocked) and three on downs.
TURNOVERS - UCLA forced 25 turnovers (17 interceptions and eight fumbles) on the season and converted them into 12 touchdowns and three field goals (93 points). In the eight UCLA wins, the Bruins were +14 in turnover margin. In the five losses last season, they were -12.
UCLA commited 23 turnovers (11 interceptions and 12 fumbles) that were converted into 90 points (11 touchdowns, one two-point PAT and four field goals). UCLA fumbled 31 times during the course of the season, but lost just 12 - eight on offense, three on special teams and one on defense.
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, due to be released this fall, UCLA has a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995 (12 of 16).
In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
CAPTAINS -- The UCLA players have elected four season captains-- wide receiver Craig Bragg, fullback Manuel White, inside linebacker Brandon Chillar and defensive end Dave Ball. A fifth captain will be chosen for each game.
NEW WALK-ONS REPORT - The following walk-ons reported for the start of Fall practices - Edward Douglas, LS Oroville, CA (Butte Community College); Kevin Gamarnik, K Los Alamitos, CA (Los Alamitos HS); Scott Kearney, DL Palm Desert, CA (Palm Desert HS); Kristopher Kiley, FB Fairfax, VA (Michigan State); Olukayode Oredugba, DB Santa Monica, CA (Santa Monica HS); Philip Rauscher, DL Carlsbad, CA (La Costa Canyon HS).
COLORADO CONNECTIONS - UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell served as an assistant coach at Colorado for six seasons, four as offensive coordinator. He also spent three seasons in the state as wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos. Assistant coach Eric Bieniemy is Colorado's career rushing leader (3,940 yards), finished third in the 1990 Heisman Trophy race and served as a Buffalo assistant the past two years. Assistant head coach Jon Embree is a former CU All-Big Eight tight end (he made eight receptions against UCLA in Boulder in 1984) and was an assistant at his alma mater for 10 years. Head strength and conditioning coach Doc Kreis served in the same capacity at Colorado for the last 10 years. Defensive coordinator Larry Kerr served in the same role at Colorado State for 10 seasons while assistant coach Brian Schneider played and coached at Colorado State.
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2003 season is UCLA's seventh on XTRA Sports AM 1150/690. The Superstation, broadcasting on 1150 in Los Angeles and 690 in San Diego, covers all of southern California. XTRAbroadcasts all of the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 12th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his seventh year on the broadcast team and his third as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his second season as sideline reporter and KCAL-TV sportscaster John Ireland, who is in his third season with the crew, will host on the pre- and post-game shows this season.
Stevens, Ireland and Cook will host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Cook will host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Ireland will host a one hour 'Bruin Talk' show following the network broadcast.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); and KNEWS 970/1140 (Palm Springs).
XTRA Sports 690/1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Karl Dorrell interviews during the week of the games.
In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show on a weekly basis during the season. It will generally run on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m..
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com (with a subscription to UCLA College Sports Pass). Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of 8/29 the following 26 former Bruins were listed on the rosters of National Football League teams - Atlanta - Tod McBride; Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Buffalo - Ryan Neufeld; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Mike Seidman, Ricky Manning; Cincinnati - Danny Farmer; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan; Houston - Jason Bell; Jacksonville - J.J. Stokes; Kansas City - Marvcus Patton; Miami - Brendon Ayenbadejo; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Oakland - Kenyon Coleman; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Travis Kirschke; Gabe Crecion, Matt Stanley; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the 2003 season, 112 of UCLA's last 118 games have been televised live, including all 13 in 2002. Four games for 2003 have already been selected for live television - Sept. 6 - @ Colorado (ABC); Sept. 13 - Illinois (ABC); Oct. 25 - Arizona State (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 8 - @ Washington State (ABC).
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, is once again expected to air weekly during the season.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell will have his first weekly press conference on Monday, September 1. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The opposing coach will usually be available on speaker phone at 1:15 or 2:15 p.m..
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