UCLA Opens 2003 Home Schedule vs. Illinois
Sept. 8, 2003
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER
Mon., Sept. 8 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 9 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 10 - Last day to interview UCLA players
Sat., Sept. 13 - Illinois at UCLA - 5:00 p.m. (ABC-TV)
HOME OPENER - UCLA (0-1) will open the 2003 home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 13 when it welcomes the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1) to the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
The game will be televised live on a regional basis by ABC Sports. Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts and Todd Harris 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.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free 2003 UCLA schedule poster.
FOR HOME OPENERS - 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. In home openers, the Bruins have won five straight - 2002 vs. Colorado State, 2001 vs. Ohio State, 2000 vs. Alabama, 1999 vs. Boise State, 1998 vs. Texas. The last team to beat the Bruins in the home opener was third-ranked Tennessee in 1997.
HONORARY CAPTAINS - This season, two Bruin stars of the past will serve as honorary captains at each game and participate in the pre-game coin flip.
For 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.
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA has won 10 of its last 12 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 two losses were both to Colorado, last year at the Rose Bowl and in the 2003 opener at Boulder. Note - ( ) indicates AP ranking.
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).
Thus far in 2003, he has made four receptions for 63 yards, including his eighth touchdown of at least 40 yards (two in 2001, five in 2002 and one in 2003).
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). 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 31 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware is the team leader with 25 consecutive starts. Wide Receiver Craig Bragg has started the past 18 games and offensive lineman Steven Vieira has started the last 17 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.
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 26 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.
Last season, 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. Thus far in 2003, the Bruins have played three true freshmen -- running back Maurice Drew and defensive linemen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u.
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).
Five Bruins made their first career starts in the season opener at Colorado - tight end Blane Kezirian, inside linebacker Justin London, cornerback Matt Clark, punter Chris Kluwe and place kicker Justin Medlock. Three Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado, including three true freshmen - running back Maurice Drew and defensive linemen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u. Seven redshirt freshmen made their debut against Colorado - long snapper Riley Jondle, defensive lineman Kevin Harbour, linebacker Xavier Burgess, offensive lineman Robert Chai, wide receiver Idris Moss, defensive back Joe Garcia and place kicker Justin Medlock. Linebacker Ben Lorier, a transfer from Cal State Northridge, also made his debut.
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.
LAST WEEK - UCLA opened the 2003 season with a tough 16-14 loss at No. 22 (USA Today/ESPN) Colorado. The Buffaloes scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:15 remaining in the contest.Colorado took a 7-0 lead with 2:21 left in the first quarter when Bobby Purify's one-yard run capped a 98-yard drive. On the second play of UCLA's ensuing possession, quarterback Matt Moore was hit on his left knee by a helmet after throwing a 17-yard pass and was sidelined for the remainder of the game.
UCLA tied the game early in the second quarter (13:04). After an 11-yard punt return by Craig Bragg to the Colorado 42-yard line, Drew Olson found Bragg down the right sideline for a 42-yard touchdown. However, Colorado's final possession of the half resulted in a 40-yard field goal and a 10-7 halftime score.
The Bruins missed a chance to tie the score with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter when Justin Medlock's 35-yard field goal attempt was wide left. But UCLA' defense forced a fumble on CU's next possession and Olson and tight end Marcedes Lewis gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead with eight seconds left in the quarter. First, they connected on a 38-yard play on third-and-30 and after a five-yard penalty, the connected on a 13-yard touchdown.
Late in the game (5:00), Colorado took over on its own 37-yard line and mounted a 63-yard drive to take a 16-14 lead with 2:15 remaining. UCLA's ensuing possession began at its own 10-yard line with no timeouts remaining and the Bruins could not rally.
Olson came off the bench to complete 13 of 23 passes (13 of 19 prior to the final possession) for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis made six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown and Bragg had four catches for 63 yards and one score. Tyler Ebell led the rushers with 47 yards on 18 attempts. Overall, UCLA passed for 205 yards but netted just 38 yards on 26 attempts on the ground. Bruin quarterbacks were sack only twice.
Defensively, UCLA allowed just 245 yards (157 passing and 88 rushing) on 78 plays, an average of 3.1 yards per snap. The Bruins recorded six sacks, including two each by Dave Ball and Rodney Leisle. Brandon Chillar led the team with a career-high 13 tackles, including one sack, and also recovered a fumble and blocked a PAT. Ben Emanuel (12 tackles), Leisle (nine including his two sacks), Matt Clark (eight), Ryan Boschetti (seven, including a forced fumble), Matt Ball (seven, including one for loss) and Wesley Walker (seven) also recorded career highs in tackles.
SERIES NOTES - 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.The Bruins and Illini also met in the 1947 Rose Bowl game. It was the game which began the partnership between the Big 10 and the Pac-10 conferences for a season-ending meeting in the Rose Bowl. UCLA had just completed its first undefeated and untied regular season. The Bruins were led by such future pro standouts as Tom Fears, Don Paul, Leon McLaughlin, Burr Baldwin, Moose Myers and Jerry Shipkey, but Illinois won the game 45-14.
The last time the two teams met was in the 1991 John Hancock (Sun) Bowl in El Paso. UCLA won that game, 6-3.
ON THE ILLINI - Coach Ron Turner is in his seventh season at Illinois and owns a record of 32-39. Last season, Illinois ranked 10th nationally in total offense (446.3 yards per game), 17th in passing offense (282.3) and seventh in third down efficiency (45.3%).In two games this season, Illinois is averaging 32.0 points and 436.0 yards per game (245.5 passing and 190.5 rushing) while aloowing 22.0 points and 367.0 yards per game (243.5 passing and 123.5 rushing).
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, who is on the pre-season Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award, enjoyed a very productive 2003 season opener. Making his 31st career start, he made a career-high nine tackles, including seven solos. He also recorded two sacks for nine yards.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.
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 (25) of his career at either cornerback (22) or safety (three). In the opener against Colorado, he made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass. He also tipped a punt on special teams.
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 23 of the last 25 Bruin games. In the opener against Colorado, he recorded a team-high and career-high 13 tackles, including six solos. He also recorded one sack on a fake punt pass attempt, recovered a fumble and also blocked the PAT on Colorado's final touchdown, keeping the Bruins within two points.
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 Lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and 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 27 of the last 30 Bruin games.
In the 2003 season-opener, he made five tackles, including two sacks for 11 yards. he has now recorded a sack in 10 of his last 12 games. He now has 25 career tackles for loss (No. 21 on that list) and 16 career sacks (No. 14 on that list).
In 2002, 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. In the 2003 opener, he made a career-high seven tackles and forced a fumble. 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.
In the 2003 opener, M. Ball recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss.Seniors Asi Faoa and David Tautofi are key reserves 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. He had one tackle against Colorado. Tautofi also appeared in all 13 games last season and made five tackles, including two quarterback sacks.
Sophomore C.J. Niusulu, redshirt freshman Kevin Harbour and true freshmen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u all saw action versus Colorado. Lemau'u was credited with three tackles while Niusulu, Brown and Harbour had one each.
#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.
In the 2003 opener, he made two tackles prior to spraining his right shoulder in the first half. He did not return to the game and is questionable for the Illinois game.
THE LINEBACKERS - True sophomore Justin London made his first career start at inside/middle linebacker and responded with three tackles. Another true sophomore, Wesley Walker, stepped in for injured Spencer Havner at the outside spot and made a career-high seven tackles.
#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.
Emanuel has started 16 of the last 18 games, six at strong safety and 10 at free safety. Against Colorado, he made a career-high 12 tackles (six solos).
Last season, Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first three games 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.
THE DEFENSIVE BACKS - True sophomore strong safety Jarrad Page, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, opened the 2003 season with six tackles against Colorado. He has started 11 straight games over two seasons. True junior MATT CLARK made his first career start at cornerback and responded with eight tackles, including seven solos.
THE OFFENSE #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.In the opener against Colorado, he made four receptions for 63 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown down the right sideline. He also returned three punts for 42 yards, including one for 30 yards. He accounted for two first downs, including the touchdown.
Bragg owns a string of 24 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 19 games.
His 88 career receptions rank 15th on UCLA's career list while his 1,360 yards rank 16th. He has eight touchdowns (seven receptions and one punt return) of at least 40 yards in his career.
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.
In the 2003 opener against Colorado, he rushed for 47 yards on 18 attempts, including a run of 26 yards. He also made one reception for six yards. He has now rushed for 1,041 yards in his career.
Last year, 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 made only the second start of his career against Colorado and had completed four of seven passes for 41 yards prior to suffering an injury to his left knee with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter. He did not return to action, Moore underwent an MRI on Sept. 7 which showed a severe bone bruise of the left tibia. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
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 came off the bench against Colorado and completed 13 of 23 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, giving UCLA a 14-10 lead with 0:08 remaining in the third quarter. His touchdowns measured 42 yards to Craig Bragg in the second quarter and 13 yards to Marcedes Lewis in the third quarter. He tied his career high with 13 completions and his 164 yards rank No. 2 on Olson's career list (he had 189 at Washington last year).
In 2002, he began the 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 24 of his 25 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. He is also on the Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award.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 Steven Vieira made his first start at left tackle and has now started 19 of the last 20 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. He has now started 14 consecutive games.
Junior Paul Mociler and sophomore Ed Blanton round out the starting line. Mociler opened the Colorado game at right guard. It was the second start of his career, having started the 2002 opener at left guard. He appeared in seven games overall. 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.Senior Shane Lehmann has emerged as the No. 1 reserve on the line. He can play both tackle spots and also guard. Redshirt freshman Robert Chai will also see action at guard and center during the year.
TIGHT ENDS - True sophomore Marcedes Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead with 0:08 left in the third quarter. Four of his receptions were for double figures and three produced first downs. On the play prior to his touchdown catch, he made a 38-yard reception on third-and-30 to set up the score.His six receptions against Colorado match his total for all of last season.
Senior Blane Kezirian made the first start of his career and made one receptions for eight yards.
KICKERS - In his first game as a starter, junior Chris Kluwe averaged 41.0 yards on five punts. He had a long of 57 yards, two touchbacks and twice pinned Colorado inside its 20-yard line (two-yard line and four-yard line). None of his five punts were returned.
Redshirt freshman Justin Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker. He made both PATs but was wide on a 35-yard field goal attempt. Two of his three kickoffs reached the end zone and the third was returned just 20 yards.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (1/19), Junior Taylor (0/3), Ryan Smith (1/4); OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (1/24), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (1/19), Mike McCloskey (1/14), Ed Blanton (1/2), Paul Mociler (1/2); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (0/2), Blane Kezirian (1/1); QB: Drew Olson (0/5), Matt Moore (1/2); RB: Tyler Ebell (1/9), Manuel White (1/8), Akil Harris (0/7); PK:Justin Medlock (1/1).
Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (1/31), Dave Ball (1/27), Mat Ball (1/7, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (0/2, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (1/6); LB: Brandon Chillar (1/23), Spencer Havner (1/14), Justin London (1/1); DB: Matt Ware (1/25), Ben Emanuel (1/16), Jarrad Page (1/11), Matt Clark (1/1), Kevin Brant (0/1); P: Chris Kluwe (1/1).
RED ZONE - Against Colorado, UCLA converted one of two Red Zone attempts. UCLA scored seven points (touchdown pass). The other trip ended in a missed field goal.
Colorado converted three Red Zone trips into 13 points (one touchdown run, one touchdown pass). The other possession came at the game's end.
TURNOVERS - UCLA forced one turnover against Colorado (fumble recovery by Brandon Chillar) and it led to a touchdown (seven points).
Colorado forced one turnover (fumble by Maurice Drew) but it led to a punt.
In 2002, UCLA forced 25 turnovers (17 interceptions and eight fumbles) 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, 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, PAC-10 STATS - After one game, UCLA ranks 15th nationally and first in the Pac-10 in total defense (245.0 yards), 16th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 in net punting (41.0 yards), 24th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in pass defense (157.0 yards) and 27th in the NCAA and fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (88.0 yards). The Bruins are also fourth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (136.1) and second in punt return average (14.0).
Individually, Marcedes Lewis ranks 30th nationally and sixth in the Pac-10 with 96.0 receiving yards per game and 38th in the NCAA with 6.0 receptions. Craigg Bragg is 34th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in punt returns (14.0) and seventh (tied) in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (105.0). Drew Olson ranks 35th in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (145.11 rating).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2003 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 61% graduation rate for the freshman class of 1996. The four-year class average (1993-1996) was 63%In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995.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).
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).
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 8/31 the following 22 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; Dallas - Kenyon Coleman; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan; Houston - Jason Bell; Jacksonville - J.J. Stokes; Miami - Brendon Ayenbadejo; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Travis Kirschke; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Illinois game, 113 of UCLA's last 119 games have been televised live, including all 13 in 2002. The Illinois game will be UCLA's second straight on ABC. Two other games have already been selected for television -- Oct. 25 - Arizona State (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 8 - @ Washington State (ABC) -- and several others will be chosen on a 12-day selection basis.The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, will once again 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.
FOOD ZONE - For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Seï¿½or Corn, Event Specialists (Dreyers), In-N-Out, Linde's Old World Almonds, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Subway, T-N-T Gourmet Sausages Co., T-N-T Gourmet Tacos &Burritos, PSI, Now You're Poppin, Lisa's Sweet Stop and Teri and Yaki Chicken House.
PARKING AT ROSE BOWL - Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking is available at the Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $5 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.
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