Bruins Host Arizona State For Homecoming
Oct. 20, 2003
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER -
Mon., Oct. 20 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 21 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 22 - Last day to interview UCLA players
Sat., Oct. 25 - Arizona State at UCLA - 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Net
THIS WEEK - UCLA (5-2, 3-0 (tied for first) in Pac-10 play) remains at home this week to host Arizona State (4-3, 1-2 in Pac-10 play) in a Pac-10 contest on Saturday, Oct. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PDT.UCLA has won four straight games and five of six with the lone loss to No. 1 Oklahoma. UCLA is one of just two Pac-10 schools undefeated in league play. Saturday's contest is Homecoming.The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net with Barry Tompkins and John Jackson calling 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 game will also be broadcast nationally on the Westwood One Radio Network.
HONORARY CAPTAINS - This season, Bruin stars of the past will serve as honorary captains at each game and participate in the pre-game coin flip.For the Arizona State game, the two honorary captains are Tony Longo (1958-59-60) and Dave Dabov (1959-60).
DID YOU KNOW? - During UCLA's four-game winning streak, opponents have scored first in three of the games. Only against California did UCLA score first.
UCLA has won four straight home games for the first time since 2000. The last time the Bruins won five straight home games in the same season was 1998. UCLA won five straight between the 1999 and 2000 seasons (last one in 1999, first four in 2000).
UCLA is 4-1 in overtime games, inclduing this season's victory over California.
UCLA has intercepted 14 passes in the last six games. A defensive lineman has made an interception in three of the last four games (four total).
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, Bragg has made a team-high 39 receptions for 573 yards, including his eighth and ninth touchdowns of at least 40 yards (two in 2001, five in 2002 and two 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.
Senior linebacker Brandon Chillar, fast developing into one of the nation's best at his position, leads the Bruins with 81 tackles and his average of 11.6 per game ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10.
On the year, senior defensive end Dave Ball leads the defensive line with 34 tackles, including 11.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, which are also team highs. He also leads the Pac-10 with his 11.5 sacks and fumbles forced (tied at three) and is second in tackles for loss per game (1.93).
Dave Ball has recorded a sack in 14 of his last 18 games. He now ranks No. 2 on UCLA's career sack list (25.5) and is just 1.0 behind No. 1 Eric Smith. His 36.5 career tackles for loss also rank No. 7 on that list.
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Spencer Havner has returned his six career interceptions for 180 yards (30.0 average) and two touchdowns. This season, he is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with his 0.43 interception average.
Wide receiver Craig Bragg owns a string of 30 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 25 games.His 123 career receptions rank eighth on UCLA's career list and he needs just one to tie Mike Farr for the No. 7 spot. His 1,870 yards rank 11th on that UCLA career chart.
Junior offensive left guard Eyoseph Efseaff has started 30 of his 31 career games, including the final 12 games of 2002. Junior StevenVieira made his first start at left tackle this season at Colorado and has now started 25 of the last 26 games, including all 13 a year ago at right guard. His 23-game starting streak is the longest on the team.
UCLA has allowed just three touchdown in the second half of its last four games and only two in the last three.
Washington did not score on its final nine possessions of the game and scored just one field goal on its final 12 possessions. In the second half, UCLA allowed just 87 net yards on 30 snaps while forcing four turnovers and making four sacks. Sixty-one of those yards came on a third-quarter drive that ended with Rodney Leisle's interception at the 12-yard line.
Arizona did not score on its final six possessions of its game against the Bruins. California scored just once on its final six possessions of the 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 36 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware had his streak of 30 consecutive starts snapped when he did not suit up for the California game. Offensive lineman Steven Vieira is now the team leader and has started the last 23 contests. Linebacker Brandon Chillar has started the last 20 straight games.
The following players have changed numbers from those listed in this year's media guide --- Brian Callahan now #3; Maurice Drew now #21; J.D. Groves, now # 37; Jimmy Stephens now #48; Nikola Dragovic now #40; Jacques Lazarus now #83; Mark Manglesdorf now #44; Chris Steck, now #86. In addition, Shane Lehmann wears #90 as a tight end.
Sophomore defensive back Glenn Ohaeri changed his name during the off-season to 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 16 of its last 28 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at No. 11 Texas and has posted a 28-9 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.
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. Two Bruins made their first career starts vs. Illinois - senior cornerback Keith Short and outside linebacker Wesley Walker - and Dennis Link made his first career start versus San Diego State. Fullback J.D. Groves made his first career start vs. Washington and center Robert Chai made his first career start at Arizona.
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. Six 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 and place kicker Justin Medlock. Linebacker Ben Lorier, a transfer from Cal State Northridge, also made his debut. Against Illinois, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric McNeal also made his debut.
True freshman defensive back Mil'Von James, true freshman wide receiver Joe Cowan, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Robert Chai (on offense) and Alex Potasi, tight end J.J. Hair and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Thomas Patton made their varsity debuts at Oklahoma.
This is the 22nd season that UCLA is playing its home games at the Rose Bowl. In that span, the Bruins own a record of 89-39-2 in their home stadium.
UCLA has won 12 of its last 15 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 and Illinois and San Diego State in 2003. The three losses were to Colorado (last year at the Rose Bowl and in the 2003 opener at Boulder) and at No. 1 Oklahoma (this season). Note - ( ) indicates AP ranking.
UCLA has won six straight home openers after besting Illinois this season.
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 increased its winning streak to four games with a 23-20 overtime victory over California.
UCLA scored on its opening possession of the game when Drew Olson hit Marcedes Lewis down the middle for a 31-yard touchdown to cap a 66-yard drive. California narrowed the score to 7-3 with a 47-yard field goal but the first of two field goal blocks by Spencer Havner kept the score 7-3 at halftime.
UCLA increased the lead to 14-3 on its first possession of the second half when Olson found Craig Bragg down the left sideline for a 40-yard touchdown. The Golden Bears countered with a field goal and then recovered a fumble at the Bruin five-yard. California scored two plays later but failed on a two-point conversion attempt, keeping UCLA ahead, 14-12.
Early in the fourth quarter, California lined up for a 41-yard field goal attempt that could give it the lead. However, Havner blocked a field goal for the second time and Brandon Chillar recovered the ball and raced 65 yards for a Bruin score. UCLA led 20-12 after a fumbled snap ruined the PAT attempt.
Late in the fourth quarter, UCLA was milking the clock but had to punt to the Golden Bears. After a Cal penalty and a sack by Dave Ball, the Golden Bears faced second-and-28 on its own 14-yard line with 1:40 remaining. They converted a third-and-10 and continued to move down the field, scoring on a 35-yard pass with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. A two-point conversion pass tied the score at 20-20 and forced the game to overtime.
In overtime, UCLA scored on a 41-yard field goal by Justin Medlock. Thanks to Justin London's tackle that resulted in a nine-yard loss on a third-down pass play, the Golden Bears were forced to attempt a 50-yard field goal. It hit the left upright and bounced away, giving the Bruins the win.
Defensively, Brandon Chillar led the Bruins with 12 tackles and scored on his 65-yard return with a blocked field goal. Justin London had 11 tackles, including one sack and three for loss, including the key play in overtime. Dave Ball had seven solo tackles, including three sacks to increase his season total to 11.5 and Ben Emanuel added seven. Keith Short, playing in place of Matt Ware, had six tackles and Spencer Havner blocked two field goals to go with his six stops.
UCLA yielded just two touchdowns and one was on a five-yard drive. It allowed 397 yards, 75 on the ground and 322 in the air and recorded five sacks.
Offensively, UCLA gained 173 yards in the air and 55 on the ground (including 67 yards in losses on six sacks). Maurice Drew led the Bruins with 55 yards and Tyler Ebell added 54 yards. Drew Olson completed nine of 20 passes for 173 yards, including touchdowns of 31 yards to Marcedes Lewis and 40 yards to Craig Bragg (his ninth career touchdown of at least 40 yards). Lewis led the team with four receptions for 67 yards and one score.
The Sun Devils improved their record to 4-3 with a 33-31 victory at North Carolina last Saturday.
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1976, by a 12-6-1 count. The Bruins have won the last two meetings, but the schools have not played since the final game of the 2001 season. The two teams have played a number of close games over the years. In fact, the point differential in the last five contests is a combined total of just 30 points.
The last time the teams met, UCLA prevailed 52-42 in the Rose Bowl and snapped a four-game losing skein in the process. It marked the final game for 23 Bruin seniors. The Bruins jumped out to a 31-14 lead in the third quarter and survived 21 fourth quarter Sun Devil points for the win. Bruin quarterback Scott McEwan threw three touchdown passes on the day. Akil Harris (138 yards) and Manuel White (85 yards) keyed a Bruin ground game which churned out 237 yards. Craig Bragg caught seven passes for 138 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career (62 and 39 yards). On defense, linebacker Robert Thomas added two tackles for loss while helping to keep ASU quarterback, Andrew Walter, in check. The tackles for loss secured the school single-season record for Thomas at 26.
ON THE SUN DEVILS - Dirk Koetter is in his third season as head coach at Arizona State and owns a record of 16-16. His six-year career record is 42-26.
Arizona State is averaging 405.0 yards on offense, 286.57 in the air and 118.43 on the ground. Defensively, ASU is allowing 370.57 yards, 235.43 in the air and 135.14 on the ground. The Sun Devils are scoring at a 26.86 clip while allowing 25.43 points per outing.
Quarterback Andrew Walter has completed 148 of 271 passes (54.6) for 1921 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. His favorite target is Derek Hagan, who has made 38 receptions for 576 yards and four touchdowns.
Dorrell has returned 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 spent the 2000-2002 seasons working for the Denver Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan 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 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. 13 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.
UCLA's defense ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 42nd in the NCAA in total defense (340.9 yards). It also ranks 32nd nationally and third in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense (111.96 rating). UCLA has intercepted 14 passes in the last six games, seven in the last three. UCLA's 14 interceptions rank No. 2 in the Pac-10.
The Bruin defense has allowed just 13 touchdowns in seven games (five rushing and eight passing) and four of those were against the nation's No. 1 team (Oklahoma). No school in the Pac-10 has allowed fewer (Washington State and Oregon State have also allowed 13). UCLA has allowed four non-defensive touchdowns.
Brandon Chillar (first at 11.5), Ben Emanuel (T-fifth at 8.0) and Justin London (T-fifth at 8.0) all rank in the Top Five in the Pac-10 in tackles. London and Spencer Havner are tied for sixth in the league in interceptions (0.4 per game).
Illinois had just two scrimmage plays longer than 16 yards (passes of 27 and 19 yards). The last time the Illini were held without a touchdown was during the 1998 season. Oklahoma had just four offensive plays of longer than 15 yards and San Diego State had just two plays longer than 13 yards (one run and one pass).
Washington did not scored on its final nine possessions of the game and scored just one field goal on its final 12 possessions. In the second half, UCLA allowed just 87 net yards on 30 snaps while forcing four turnovers and making four sacks. Sixty-one of those yards came on a third-quarter drive that ended with Rodney Leisle's interception at the 12-yard line.
Arizona did not score on its final six possessions of the game and the defense scored the game-winning touchdown on Rodney Leisle's 55-yard interception return.
#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. He made a career-high nine tackles against Colorado, including seven solos. He also recorded two sacks for nine yards. Against Illinois, he disrupted the offense and caused problems despite not being credited with a tackle. At Oklahoma, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss.
Against San Diego State, he recorded four solo tackles.
Against Washington, he played only the second half due to a suspension for fighting but immediately made his presence felt. On the first play of the half, he recovered a fumble forced by Dave Ball in the end zone for the first touchdown of his career, bringing the Bruins to within two points (16-14) and providing a needed spark. Later in the third quarter, he made an interception at the Bruin 12-yard line, the second of his career, which ended a Husky scoring threat and led to a Bruin field goal. He also recorded one tackle.
At Arizona, he was once again a difference-maker. With UCLA trailing 21-17 early in the fourth quarter, Leisle intercepted a shovel pass and raced 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 13:41 remaining in the game. It was his second touchdown in two weeks and his second interception in as many games. He recorded two tackles (one solo).
He made his 36th career start against California and made four tackles (two solos), including one sack and a second for loss. He missed the fourth quarter and overtime with an injured left clavicle.
On the year, he has made 23 tackles, including three sacks (second on the team) and five for loss (tied for third on the team). He is tied for third on the squad with his two touchdowns and ranks third with his two interceptions.
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.
#43 DE Dave Ball - Senior Dave Ball, perhaps the best defensive end in the nation, 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 33 of the last 36 Bruin games and the last 13 straight.
On the year, he leads the defensive line with 34 tackles, including 11.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, both team highs. He also leads the Pac-10 with his 11.5 sacks and fumbles forced (tied at three) and is second in tackles for loss.
His 11.5 sacks are fourth on the UCLA single-season list and he has at least five games to break the school record of 13.0 sacks, set by Carnell Lake in 1987.
Ball has recorded a sack in 14 of his last 18 games. He now ranks No. 2 on UCLA's career sack list (25.5) and is just 1.0 behind No. 1 Eric Smith (26.5). His 36.5 career tackles for loss also rank No. 7 on that list.
In the 2003 season-opener, he made five tackles, including two sacks for 11 yards. Against Illinois, he made three tackles, including two solos.
At Oklahoma, he was credited with eight tackles (two solos and six assists). He recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and also forced an intentional grounding call.
Against San Diego State, he recorded two solo tackles, including his fifth sack of the season.Against Washington, he was unstoppable. Ball recorded six tackles (five solos) and spent most of the day in the Husky backfield. On the day, he recorded 3.5 quarterback sacks, one of the best days in school history, and added another tackle behind the line. His first sack, on the first play of the second half, caused a fumble that was recovered by Rodney Leisle for a touchdown and he also caused a second fumble. He was selected Pac-10 and National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
At Arizona, he made three tackles (two solos), including one for for loss.
Against California, he made seven unassisted tackles, including three quarterback sacks.
In 2002, Ball led the team with 11.0 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.
Chillar, fast developing into one of the nation's best at his position, leads the Bruins with 81 tackles and his average of 11.6 per game ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10. His 5.0 tackles for loss are third (tied) on the Bruin squad.
At his current pace, Chillar would finish the regular season with 139 tackles, the seventh-highest total in school history.
In the opener against Colorado, he recorded a team-high and career-high (at the time) 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. Against Illinois, he again led the team with 13 tackles, including eight solos. He also made an interception and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.
At Oklahoma, Chillar led the Bruins with a career-best 14 tackles (five solos and nine assists), including one-half tackle for loss.
Against San Diego State, he made 10 tackles (six solos), second on the team, including three for losses. He also broke up a pass.
Against Washington, he reached double figures for the fifth straight game and led the Bruins for the fourth time in five contests, finishing with a team-high 12 tackles (eight solos and four assists). He also broke up one pass.
At Arizona, he made seven tackles (four solos), including one for loss.
Against California, he scored the first touchdown of his career, scooping up a blocked field goal and racing 65 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a 20-12 lead with 13:01 remaining in regulation. He also reached double figures in tackles for the sixth time and led the team for the fifth time with his 12 tackles (eight solos). He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
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.
#17 CB Matt Ware - The true junior, who is on the pre-season Watch List for the Thorpe Award, has become of of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He had started every game (30) of his career at either cornerback (27) or safety (three) until being forced to sit out the California game with a sprained ankle.
Thus far in 2003, opponents are not throwing in his area very often. In the opener against Colorado, he made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass. He also tipped a punt on special teams. Against Illinois, he made an athletic interception, the seventh of his career, to go with three tackles. In the game at Oklahoma, Ware made two tackle assists. Against San Diego State, he had one assist and broke up one pass.
Against Washington, he had two solo tackles and was a major factor in the containment of All-America wide receiver Reggie Williams (10 receptions for just 105 yards with a long of 18). Six of Williams receptions were for 10 yards or less and none were on third down. He made just two receptions in the second half (25 yards), just one in the final 29 minutes of the game.
At Arizona, he made a season-high five tackles, including three solos. He suffered a sprained left ankle late in the third quarter and did not return to the game. He did not play against California, snapping his streak of 30 consecutive starts.
On the year, Ware has made 17 tackles and one interception.
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.
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. He added two solo stops vs. Illinois and made four tackles (three solos) at Oklahoma. Against San Diego State, he made three solo tackles. He made two tackles, including one for loss, against Washington. He made four tackles at Arizona. Against California, he made four solo tackles, including one for loss, and now has 25 stops on the year.
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. Against Illinois, he had two solo tackles, including the Bruins' only sack of the contest. At Oklahoma, he was very active but did not record a tackle. Against San Diego State he had 0.5 sacks. In the Washington game, he made four tackles (two solos) and shared a sack (0.5) with brother Dave.
At Arizona, he made his second career interception (his first was for a touchdown against Oregon State in 2000) and returned it 27 yards. He also recorded three solo tackles, including one for loss. He added two tackles (one solo), including 0.5 for loss against California. He now has 19 tackles, including two sacks and 4.5 for losses.
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 and one solo vs. Illinois. Against Oklahoma, he suffered a sprained ankle and saw limited action against San Diego State. He started at tackle in place of Rodney Leisle against Washington and made one tackle before respraining his left ankle. He played in place of Leisle late in the game against California. Tautofi also appeared in all 13 games last season and made five tackles, including two quarterback sacks. This year, he made two tackles (one solo) against San Diego State.
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. Niusulu had two tackles, including one for loss, against Illinois. Against Oklahoma, Lemau'u had two tackles while Niusulu and Brown had one each. Niusulu made his first career interception against San Diego State to set up UCLA's fourth-quarter touchdown. Against Washington, Brown made two tackles and Niusulu added one stop.
#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. He came off the bench against Illinois and made five tackles, including three solos.
At Oklahoma, he returned to the starting lineup and had seven tackles (four solos), including one for loss. In addition, he returned the fourth interception of his career 72 yards to the Sooner six-yard line, setting up the touchdown that gave UCLA a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter.
Against San Diego State, he recorded seven tackles (five solos), including one sack. He also made his second interception in as many weeks and returned it 50 yards to set up a field goal that gave UCLA a 13-3 lead.
In the Washington contest, he made six tackles (three solos), including two for losses. At Arizona, he made a season-high eight tackles (four solos), and forced a fumble. He also made his third interception of the year at the Bruin 22-yard line to halt a Wildcat drive.
Against California, he made six tackles (three solos) but was at his best on special teams. In the second quarter, he blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt. In the fourth quarter, he blocked a 41-yard attempt that Brandon Chillar returned 65 yards for a touchdown. Havner is believed to be the only Bruin to block two field goals in the same game. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
On the year, Havner ranks fourth on the squad with 41 tackles and is averaging 42.3 yards on his team-high (tied) three interception returns. He has returned his six career interceptions for 180 yards (30.0 average) and two touchdowns. He is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with his 0.43 interception average. He also ranks sixth on the squad with his 4.0 tackles for loss.
#9 LB Justin London - The true sophomore made his first career start against Colorado at inside/middle linebacker and responded with three tackles. Against Illinois, he made the first interception of his career, returning it 20 yards, and ranked third on the squad with seven tackles (all solos), including one for loss. At Oklahoma, he made eight tackles (two solos and six assists and also broke up one pass).
Against San Diego State, he came off the bench and made a career-high 11 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss, to lead the team. Against Washington, he made six tackles (four solos), including one for loss. He also made his second interception of the year, leading to UCLA's final touchdown, and broke up two passes.
At Arizona, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (five solos), including one for loss. He also forced a fumble. London made his third interception of the year and second in as many weeks and returned it 15 yards with 13 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.
Against California, he tied his career high with 11 tackles (eight solos), including one sack and two others behind the line of scrimmage. On of those tackles for loss was on a third-down pass play in overtime which resulted in a nine-yard loss and forced California to attempt a 50-yard field goal.On the year, he ranks second (tied) on the squad with 56 tackles. He is second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He is tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with an average of 8.0 tackles per game and tied for sixth in interceptions (0.43 per game).
THE LINEBACKERS - Another true sophomore, Wesley Walker, stepped in for injured Spencer Havner at the outside spot against Colorado and made a career-high seven tackles. He made his first career start against Illinois and made one solo stop. He also made one tackle against Washington and one at Arizona. Walker made two tackles against California.
Senior Dennis Link made three tackles off the bench against Illinois. He made his first career start against San Diego State and had 0.5 sacks. Against Washington, he made one tackle and broke up one pass. He made one tackle at Arizona.
#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 and is one of the best in the West.
Emanuel has started 22 of the last 24 games (last 14 straight), six at strong safety and 16 at free safety. Against Colorado, he made a career-high 12 tackles (six solos). Against Illinois, he ranked second on the team with 10 stops. At Oklahoma, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (four solos). Against San Diego State, he made three tackles (two solos).
Emanuel made six tackles, including five solos, versus Washington. At Arizona, he tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (eight solos), his third game in double figures this season. He made seven tackles (four solos), including 0.5 for loss, against California.
On the year, Emanuel has made 56 tackles and is tied for second on the squad. His average of 8.0 stops per game ranks fifth (tied) in the Pac-10.
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 made three stops, including two solos, against Illinois. At Oklahoma, he added four tackles, including two solos.
Against San Diego State, Page made seven tackles (five solos). Against Washington, he returned an interception 24 yards for the touchdown that gave UCLA a 32-16 lead with 12:05 remaining in the contest. He also made four tackles (two solos). He did not play at Arizona due to a sprained and bruised shoulder. He returned to the starting lineup against California and made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. On the year, the hard-hitting safety has made 28 tackles in six games. He had started 15 straight games over two seasons prior to missing the Arizona contest.
True junior MATT CLARK made his first career start at cornerback against Colorado and responded with eight tackles, including seven solos. He did not play against Illinois. Clark returned to the lineup against Oklahoma and had six tackles, including five solos, and also made the first interception of his career. He made three tackles (two solos) against San Diego State. Against Washington, he made seven tackles, including five solos. At Arizona, he made one stop. Against California, Clark made five tackles (four solos). On the season, he is sixth with 30 tackles.
Senior cornerback Keith Short made his first career start against the Illini and was credited with four tackles, including three solos, and broke up two passes. He had one tackle versus San Diego State and added one tackle versus Washington. At Arizona, he played cornerback during the fourth quarter in place of injured Matt Ware and, including special teams, made three tackles. Short started in place of Ware against California and played well, finishing with six tackles (four solos).
#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.
Against Illinois, he led the Bruins with four receptions for 39 yards. All four catches resulted in Bruin first downs. He also averaged 14.3 yards on four punt returns, including one for 30 yards that would have been longer except for a penalty.
At Oklahoma, he made a career-high 10 receptions for 87 yards. His longest reception measured 21 yards and he recorded four first downs. The 10 receptions rank fourth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and were the most by a Bruin since Freddie Mitchell caught 10 passes against Michigan in 2000.Against San Diego State, he made five receptions for 83 yards, including one grab for 54 yards, UCLA's longest pass play of the year. He accounted for one first down. He also returned five punts for 12 yards.
Against Washington, he gained a season-high 142 yards on eight receptions. His diving, 41-yard reception at the 10-yard line led to UCLA's second-quarter touchdown. He made three catches for first downs, including two on third down, on UCLA's go-ahead touchdown drive and added a 24-yard catch on third down during the Bruins' field goal drive to make the score 25-16. Five of his receptions resulted in first downs and six measured at least 10 yards.
At Arizona, he recorded his second straight 100-yard game, making six receptions for 105 yards. Two of his catches measured 43 and 37 yards and produced first downs. His 37-yard catch-and-run came on the play prior to Tyler Ebell's 18-yard scoring run. He also returned one punt 37 yards, his longest of the year, to set up UCLA's first quarter field goal.
Against California, he made two receptions for 54 yards. On UCLA's first possession of the second half, he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to give the Bruins a 14-3 lead. It was the second TD of the year of at least 40 yards and the ninth of his career. He accounted for first downs with both receptions.
On the year, Bragg has made a team-high 39 receptions for 573 yards and two scores. He is eight in the Pac-10 in punt returns (7.3), fifth in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.57 receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards per game (81.86) and eighth in all-purpose yards (102.71).
Bragg owns a string of 30 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 25 games.
His 123 career receptions rank eighth on UCLA's career list and he needs just one to tie Mike Farr for No. 7. His 1,870 yards rank 11th on that UCLA career chart. He has nine touchdowns (eight receptions and one punt return) of at least 40 yards in his career.
Bragg also ranks fifth on UCLA's career punt return list with 50 returns. He is averaging 10.4 yards on those returns.
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 afternoons 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 RB 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 came off the bench against Illinois and averaged 5.4 yards on eight carries (43 yards), including a run of 16 yards. He also made two receptions for 14 yards. At Oklahoma, he started and carried nine times for 22 yards. Against San Diego State, he had three carries for 14 yards.
Against Washington, he rushed for 50 yards on 10 attempts and scored UCLA's first touchdown on a seven-yard run around left end.
At Arizona, he led the Bruins with a season-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. He also made one reception for 10 yards. He also returned a punt 22 yards and returned a short kickoff 11 yards.
Against California, he started at tailback and rushed for 54 yards, one shy of the team lead, on 15 attempts with a long run of 15 yards. He also had an 82-yard touchdown run wiped out by a penalty.On the year, he is the team's second-leading rusher with 291 yards on 77 attempts. In his last three games, he has rushed for 165 yards (55.0 average) on 39 attempts.
Ebell has now rushed for 1,285 yards in his career and needs 60 yards to move into 25th on the all-time school list (James Primus, 1984-87 - 1344). He is also averaging 11.8 yards on 25 career punt returns.
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.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE - A big, tough back who plays both fullback and tailback, White played a major role in the win over Illinois. He rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 18 carries, including one run of 22 yards. In the fourth quarter, he carried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards, including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final possession (nine plays).
At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushing with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoring run to give the Bruins a 10-7 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 48 yards on 16 carries and made one reception for eight yards.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for the fourth straight game. Starting at tailback, he rushed for 83 yards and his one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bruins the lead for good (22-16). His 56-yard run in the latter portion of the fourth quarter was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage on the year. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.
At Arizona, he ran for 29 yards on 11 attempts, including a five-yard touchdown on UCLA's first possession of the second half. He also made three receptions for 25 yards.
Against California, he started at fullback and rushed for 14 yards on four attempts and did a fine job of blocking on runs to the outside..
On the year, White leads the team with 342 yards (3.9 average) despite not carrying the ball in the opener. He ranks 11th in the Pac-10 in rushing (48.9 yards per game).
In 2002, White made his debut against Alabama, carrying four times for no yards. He was the team's No. 2 rusher versus Kansas, carrying nine times for 44 net yards. At Oregon State, White made two receptions for 50 yards (his 41-yard catch and run set up a field goal and his nine-yard reception came on another scoring drive). He also carried the ball eight times for 38 yards on UCLA's final two possessions and produced four first downs. Against Washington, he carried four times for 36 yards on UCLA's final possession of the game and added 35 yards on five carries in the win over California.
Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run that gave UCLA a 20-14 lead with 13:56 remaining. At USC, he made the first start of his career and gained a team-high 23 yards on nine carries. On the year, he ranked third in rushing with 290 yards on 63 attempts.
#21 RB Maurice Drew - The true freshman running back scored two of UCLA's three touchdowns against Oklahoma, the first true freshman to score two touchdowns in a game since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in 1998. He recovered a fumble on the three-yard line and carried it into the end zone for his first score and returned a kickoff 91 yards for his second touchdown. It was UCLA's first touchdown on a kickoff return since 1999 and only its second since 1980. On the afternoon, he rushed for 41 yards on five carries and his 18-yard run was UCLA's longest of the game.
Against San Diego State, Drew returned three kickoffs for 75 yards (25.0 average), including one for 32 yards. He also carried seven times for 11 yards.
Against Washington, he returned two kickoffs for 43 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown with 2:05 remaining. At Arizona, he carried six times for 17 yards.Against California, he led the Bruins with a career-best 55 yards on 12 attempts with a long run of 14 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 33 yards.
Drew ranks third in the Pac-10 with his 25.3 kickoff return average and he is the team's No. 3 rusher with 144 yards.
#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.
Against the Illini, he made the sixth start of his career and completed 11 of 31 passes, with several drops, for 94 yards.
At Oklahoma, he set career highs for passes completed (18) and attempted (34) for 144 yards.Olson enjoyed his best day against San Diego State. The sophomore passed for a career-high 258 yards, completing 18 (tying his career high) of 28 passes. He tied his career high with two touchdown passes -- 41 yards to Junior Taylor and 13 yards to Ryan Smith -- and did not throw an interception. His 54-yard fourth-quarter completion to Craig Bragg was the longest of his career. However, he did lose three fumbles.
Against Washington, he completed 16 of 24 passes and tied his career high with 258 yards passing (one interception). He was particularly effective in UCLA's 39-0 second half, completing nine of 13 passes for 160 yards. On UCLA's go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter, he converted three straight third-down situations.
At Arizona, he completed 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards and one interception, completing passes to seven different receivers. His two touchdown drives measured 73 and 80 yards.
Against California, he completed nine of 20 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Marcedes Lewis for 31 yards over the middle on UCLA's first possession of the game and connected with Craig Bragg on a 40-yard TD on the left sideline on UCLA's first possession of the second half.
On the year, Olson has completed 100 of 182 passes (54.9%) for 1,280 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (182.9) and eighth in total offense (163.9).
In the last four games, Olson has completed 58 of 94 passes (61.7%) for 878 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
His 153 career completions are 15th on UCLA's all-time list and his 100 completions this season rank 23rd on that list.
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.
#7 QB 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 was expected to miss four to six weeks at the time of his injury.
Moore returned against Washington, playing UCLA's final two series. He did not attempt a pass.Against Arizona, he played two series in the first half and completed four of eight passes for 41 yards and one interception (the first of his career). He did not play against 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.
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. He has not played in a game in 2003.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Junior left guard Eyoseph Efseaff has started 30 of his 31 career games, including the last 19 over two years. 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 StevenVieira made his first start at left tackle at Colorado and has now started 25 of the last 26 games, including all 13 a year ago at right guard. His streak of 23 consecutive starts is now the longest on the team. 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 started his 18th consecutive game against Washington but suffered a fractured left ankle in the second quarter and will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
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 has played virtually the entire contest in every game this year. In 2002, he appeared in seven games overall. Blanton emerged from the Spring drills as the starter at the right tackle position and has started all seven game at that 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. Lehmann saw action at left tackle against Illinois and was used as a second tight end late in the Oklahoma contest as well as against San Diego State. He spelled both tackles against Washington and did the same at Arizona.
Redshirt freshman Robert Chai moved into the center spot in the second quarter against Washington when McCloskey was injured. He did a fine job, playing the remainder of the contest. He started and played virtually the entire game at Arizona despite suffering a hyperextended left knee late in the first half. He also played the entire contest versus California. Prior to the Husky game, Chai made his Bruin debut on the offensive line at Oklahoma (he had seen special team action).
TIGHT ENDS - True sophomore Marcedes Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown against Colorado. 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 matched his total for all of last season. He started in a two tight end formation against Illinois but did not make a reception. He also started in a double tight end set against Oklahoma and made one reception for five yards before spraining a shoulder and missing the remainder of the game. Lewis made two receptions for 24 yards, including one for 20 yards, versus San Diego State. Against Washington, he made two receptions for 28 yards with a long of 16. At Arizona, he made a key fourth-quarter reception on third down, good for 15 yards, to keep a drive alive.
Lewis came off the bench and led all Bruin receivers with four cacthes for 67 yards against California. He gave the Bruins an early 7-0 lead with a 31-yard touchdown catch just 5:57 into the game. All four of his receptions produced first downs, two on third-down situations.
Lewis ranks third on the team with his 16 receptions and is also third with 235 yards. His average of 14.7 yards per catch is tied with Craig Bragg for the team lead as are his two touchdown receptions.Senior Blane Kezirian made the first start of his career and made one receptions for eight yards. He also started against Illinois and Oklahoma but suffered a sprained ankle against the Sooners. He did not play against San Diego State but returned to action against Washington and provided valuable blocking. He started against Arizona and California and again contributed with his blocking.
Redshirt freshman J.J. Hair saw the first action of his career at Oklahoma.
WIDE RECEIVERS - Against Colorado, senior Ryan Smith started and made three catches for 24 yards while Junior Taylor had two receptions for eight yards. Against Illinois, Smith started and made one reception for 11 yards. Taylor made one reception (five yards) and Idris Moss made the first catch of his career for 16 yards, UCLA's longest of the day.
At Oklahoma, Smith made two receptions for 19 yards and Taylor made two catches for 13 yards.Taylor had a breakthrough evening against San Diego State, recording career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (110). He also scored UCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception in the end zone and added a 10-yard reverse run on the first play of the game. Five of his seven receptions accounted for first downs.
In the same game, Smith made three receptions for 33 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown on a nice catch at the back of the end zone to give UCLA a 20-3 lead.
Against Washington, Smith and Taylor each made one reception. Smith made a diving 10-yard catch on third down at the one and UCLA scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Taylor made a 38-yard grab along the right sideline on the first play of the fourth quarter that led to a field goal.At Arizona, Taylor made four receptions for 44 yards and two first downs. Smith caught one pass for 12 yards.
Against California, Taylor made two receptions for 49 yards. He had a 21-yard catch on the play prior to Marcedes Lewis' 31-yard touchdown and he also contributed a 28-yard catch on UCLA's touchdown drive on the first possession of the second half.
Taylor ranks second on the squad with his 19 receptions and 267 yards. Smith is fourth on the team with his 11 receptions.
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.
Against Illinois, Kluwe punted 10 times, one shy of the school record held by four players (six times). He averaged 37.9 yards on those 10 kicks and three times pinned the Illini inside their 20-yard line (seven, 10 and five yard lines) with just one touchback. Only one punt was returned for minus-one yard.
At Oklahoma, he punted nine times for 440 yards, an average of 48.9 yards per kick. Five of his punts measured at least 50 yards, including one of 60 yards. However, seven of the punts were returned for a total of 277 yards and three touchdowns.
Against San Diego State, Kluwe averaged 45.0 yards on six punts with a long of 60. He twice pinned the Aztecs inside their 20-yard line and the Aztecs had just eight return yards on three attempts.In the Washington game, he averaged 43.0 yards on six kicks with a long of 52. Three of his kicks pinned the Huskies inside their own 20-yard line (18, 11, 11). Only two of his six punts were returned for a total of seven yards.
At Arizona, he punted twice, both in the second half, for a 41.0 average and placed both inside the 20-yard line. Only one was returned for zero yards. His second 41-yard punt pinned the Wildcats at their own one-yard line with just 1:12 remaining in the contest. He was selected Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
Against California, he averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts, including a long of 58. Only three of the punts were returned for a total of 15 yards.
On the year, he is averaging 43.4 yards on 45 punts with 13 inside the 20-yard line. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in punting average.
Redshirt freshman Justin Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker at Colorado. 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.
Medlock supplied all the scoring in the win over Illinois, making field goals of 28 and 48 yards, the first two of his career. Two of his three kickoffs reached the goal line (one was out of the end zone) and Illinois returned two kicks for just 43 yards. At Oklahoma, he tied his career long with a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter and accounted for six points.
Against San Diego State, he made kicks of 27 and 24 yards and accounted for eight points. Against Washington, Medlock made a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and accounted for eight points. At Arizona, he made a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter to increase his streak to seven, but missed a 35-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. He converted all three PATs for six points.
Against California, he kicked what proved to be a game-winning 41-yard field goal in the first overtime. He also converted both PATs (a third was unsuccessful because of a fumbled snap) for a total of five points. He has now made eight of his last nine field goal attempts.
On the year, he is the team's leading scorer with 41 points and his 5.86 average is 11th in the Pac-10. He has made eight of 10 field goals and all 17 PAT attempts. In addition, his kickoffs have helped UCLA rank second in the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage (16.9 yards).
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (6/24), Junior Taylor (1/4), Ryan Smith (6/9); OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (7/30), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (7/25), Mike McCloskey (5/18), Ed Blanton (7/8), Paul Mociler (7/8), Robert Chai (2/2); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (4/6), Blane Kezirian (5/5); QB: Drew Olson (6/11), Matt Moore (1/2); RB: Tyler Ebell (4/12), Manuel White (7/14), J.D. Groves (2/2), Akil Harris (0/7); PK:Justin Medlock (7/7).Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (6/36), Dave Ball (7/33), Mat Ball (7/13, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (1/3, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (7/12); LB: Brandon Chillar (7/29), Spencer Havner (6/19), Justin London (6/6), Wesley Walker (1/1); Dennis Link (1/1); DB: Matt Ware (6/30), Ben Emanuel (7/22), Jarrad Page (6/16), Matt Clark (6/6), Kevin Brant (1/2), Keith Short (2/2); P: Chris Kluwe (7/7).
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. Against Illinois, UCLA scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip. At Oklahoma, UCLA scored two rushing touchdowns (14 points) on three trips. The other concluded with the end of the game. Against San Diego State, UCLA scored on three of its four Red Zone trips (one passing touchdown and two field goal) for 13 points. The fourth possession ended with a fumble lost.
Against Washington, UCLA scored on all five Red Zone possessions (four rushing touchdowns, one two-point conversion and one field goal) for 32 points.
At Arizona, UCLA reached the Red Zone six times and scored three times for 17 points (two touchdowns and one field goal) The other possessions ended with an interception, a missed field goal and the conclusion of the game. UCLA did not run a play in the Red Zone against California.
On the year, UCLA is now 15 of 21 for 86 points (eight touchdown runs, two touchdown passes, five field goals). The other possessions resulted in two missed field goals, two end of games, an interception and a fumble.
Colorado converted three Red Zone trips into 13 points (one touchdown run, one touchdown pass). The other possession came at the game's end. Illinois scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip. Oklahoma scored on all three of its Red Zone opportunities (two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown) for 21 points. San Diego scored on both of its Red Zone trips (one rushing touchdown and one field goal) for 10 points. Washington scored on four of five Red Zone possessions (one passing touchdown and three field goals) for 16 points. Arizona scored on two of four Red Zone trips (two touchdown passes) for 14 points. California scored on two of three Red Zone trips (touchdown run and field goal) for nine points.On the year, opponents have converted 16 of 21 attempts for 84 points (four touchdown runs, five touchdown passes, seven field goals).
True sophomore quarterbacks Drew Olson (27/33) and Matt Moore (8/8) have been successful on Red Zone opportunities. In 2003, Olson is 15 of 21 in the Red Zone (eight touchdown runs, two touchdown passes, five field goals, two field goal misses, one interception, one fumble lost and two ends of game).
TURNOVERS - Thus far in 2003, UCLA has forced 18 turnovers (14 interceptions and four fumbles) and has converted them into eight touchdowns and three field goals (65 points).
UCLA forced one turnover against Colorado (fumble recovery by Brandon Chillar) and it led to a touchdown (seven points).
At Oklahoma, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptions by Spencer Havner and Matt Clark) and turned them into seven points.
Against San Diego State, the Bruins forced three turnovers (one fumble and interceptions by Havner and Ben Emanuel) and converted them into 10 points.
Against Washington, the Bruins forced four turnovers (one fumble and three interceptions) and converted them into 24 points (three touchdowns and one field goal). The defense scored on an interception return by Jarrad Page and a fumble recovery by Rodney Leisle (forced by Dave Ball). The offense converted a Justin London interception into a touchdown and a Leisle interception into a field goal.
At Arizona, Rodney Leisle returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown while Spencer Havner's interception led to a touchdown. The Bruins also had interceptions by Mat Ball and by Justin London.The Bruins did not force a turnover against California.
On the year, UCLA has commited 14 turnovers (six interceptions and eight fumbles) that have been converted into 43 points (five touchdowns and three field goals).
Oklahoma forced three turnovers (two Olson interceptions and a Manuel White fumble) and converted them into 17 points. San Diego State forced four fumbles (three by Drew Olson and one by kicker Jason Medlock) and converted them into 10 points. Washington made one interception of a Drew Olson pass but had to punt.
California recovered one fumble (at the Bruin five-yard line) and converted it into six points (one rushing touchdown).
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 - UCLA -- turnover margin: 31st in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (+0.57); total defense: 42nd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (340.86 yards); rush defense: 33rd in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (116.29 yards); pass efficiency defense: 32nd in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (116.96 rating); pass defense: 3rd in Pac-10 (224.57); scoring defense: 4th in Pac-10 (20.71 points); kickoff returns: 32nd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (23.27 yards); third down conversions: 3rd in Pac-10 (37.7); opponent third down conversions: T-4th in Pac-10 (35.8); field goal percentgage: 3rd in Pac-10 (.800); kickoff coverage: 2nd in Pac-10 (16.9); red zone defense: 4th in Pac-10 (76.2).
Individuals: Craig Bragg -- punt returns: 8th in Pac-10 (7.3); receptions: 42nd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (5.57); all-purpose yards: 8th in Pac-10 (102.71); receiving yards: 37th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (81.86); Manuel White -- rushing: 11th in Pac-10 (48.86); Justin Medlock -- field goals: T-43rd in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (1.14); scoring: 11th in Pac-10 (5.86); Maurice Drew -- kickoff returns: 27th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (25.31); Drew Olson -- passing: 6th in Pac-10 (182.9); total offense: 8th in Pac-10 (163.86); passing efficiency: 9th in Pac-10 (119.41 rating); Chris Kluwe -- punting: 24th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (43.40); Brandon Chillar -- tackles: 1st in Pac-10 (11.6); Ben Emanuel --tackles: T-5th in Pac-10 (8.0); Dave Ball -- sacks: 1st in Pac-10 (11.5), tackles for loss: 2nd in Pac-10 (13.5), fumbles forced: T-1st in Pac-10 (3); Spencer Havner -- interceptions: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.43); Justin London --tackles: T-5th in Pac-10 (8.0); interceptions: T-6th in Pac-10 (0.43).
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).
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. XTRA broadcasts 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 Talk' 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 opening day, the following 22 former Bruins were listed on the rosters of National Football League teams. Here is the current list of 23 Bruins on NFL rosters: 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's opening day total ranks 18th (tied) among all schools and third (tied) among Pac-10 schools.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Arizona State game, 119 of UCLA's last 125 games have been televised live, including all 13 in 2002.
All seven of this year's games have been televised, including four by ABC (Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, California), two by Fox Sports Net (Washington, Arizona) and one by Fox Sports Net West 2 (San Diego State). Three other games have already been selected for television -- Oct. 25 - Arizona St. (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 1 - @Stanford (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 8 - @ Washington St. (ABC) -- and others could be chosen on a 12-day selection basis.The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, once again airs weekly during the season.
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