This Week In UCLA Football
Oct. 25, 2004
UCLA WELCOMES STANFORD FOR HOMECOMING CONTEST
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER --
Mon., Oct. 25 - Coach Dorrell Media Briefing (1:30 p.m.)
Tue., Oct. 26 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30a.m.); Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks.
Wed., Oct. 27 - Last day to interview UCLA players.
Sat. Oct. 30 - Stanford at UCLA on FSN (12:30 p.m. PDT).
GAME 8 -- UCLA returns home for the first time since Oct. 9to host Stanford in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins are 4-3 overalland 2-2 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal is coming off a 16-13home loss to Oregon and owns a 4-3 overall mark and 2-2 inthe Pac-10.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcastsall of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and MattStevens in the booth. Wayne Cook will work the sidelines.The game can be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.FSN will televise the game nationally with Barry Tomkins andPetros Papadakis in the booth.
AT THE GAME -- This season marks the 50th anniversary ofthe Bruins' 1954 National Championship won under coachRed Sanders. Members of the national championship teamwill be honored during the weekend of the Homecominggame against Stanford. They will have an on-campus reuniondinner on Friday night. On Saturday, they will followthe UCLA captains on to the field for the coin toss and willbe recognized during the break between the first and secondquarters.
UCLA compiled a perfect 9-0 record that season, including a12-7 win over defending national champion Maryland inthe Coliseum. The Bruins did not play in the Rose Bowlgame following that magical season because of the 'no repeat'rule. The team was voted No. 1 on the United PressInternational Poll and shared the national championshipwith Rose Bowl winner Ohio State, the Associated Presschampion.
The 1954 team led the nation in scoring offense (40.8) andscoring defense (4.4). The team still holds the school recordsfor fewest rushing yards allowed (659), total defense (1,708)and scoring defense (40). Its 40.8 scoring mark ranks secondin school history. Jack Ellena, Jim Salsbury, Bob Davenportand Primo Villanueva all earned first-team All-Americahonors that season.
Many of UCLA's 2004 Olympians will take part in the UCLABand halftime show honoring the Olympics.
Members of the 2004 NCAA women's golf championship teamwill be introduced between the third and fourth quarters.The first 10,000 fans entering the Rose Bowl wearing BruinBlue will receive a free Bruin ball cap, courtesy of SBC.
FOOD ZONE -- For all Bruin home games fans should planon arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic andpicnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the FoodZone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurantsinclude American Pretzel, Event Specialists, In-N-Out, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Señor Corn, Sepi'sGiant Submarines, PSI, Now You're Poppin, Oliver's Seafoodand More, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Teri and YakiChicken House.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL -- Free shuttle buses areavailable at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtownPasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6.00charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service beginsfour hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hourafter the game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles todowntown Pasadena (approx. one block from the ParsonsLot) on game days. Gold Line patrons can show game ticketsfor souvenir pins.
DID YOU KNOW? --
Maurice Drew ranks fourth in the nation and second in thePac-10 in all-purpose yards (173.9) and ranks 15th in thecountry and second in the Pac-10 in rushing (112.4).Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns atWashington on Sept. 18, setting UCLA records in both categories.Only two players in Pac-10 history (Reuben Mayesof Washington State and Ricky Bell of USC) ever rushed formore yards in a single game.
Maurice Drew is averaging 40.63 yards on each of his eightrushing touchdowns this season (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2for 325 yards). He also has scoring receptions of 27 and 43yards, an average of 35.0.
In Drew Olson's last three games, he has completed 67 of105 passes (63.81%) for 858 yards, 10 touchdowns andfour interceptions.
Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (Arizonaand California) tied the UCLA record for most TD passesin a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYUand four against Washington in 1993). The record for threegames is 11 (3 v. San Diego State-4-4) by Cook and Olsonhas 10 in his last three games.
Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank secondon UCLA's single-game list, trailing only Troy Aikman's32 completions versus USC in 1988. His 44 attempts areseventh (tied) on that list. His 325 yards were a career high.In his last three games, tight end Marcedes Lewis has made14 receptions for 165 yards and five touchdowns. Lewis,with six touchdown catches this season, has tied TimWrightman's UCLA record for most career touchdownreceptions by a tight end (10). His six touchdowns this yearare tied for third in the Pac-10 among receivers and firstamong tight ends.
Craig Bragg has moved into second on UCLA's career receptionlist with 170. He needs just 10 to move to the top ofthe list. He has scored 20 career touchdowns and 11 havemeasured at least 40 yards.
According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first amongPac-10 schools with 25 active players on opening day NationalFootball League kickoff rosters.
The 2004 season is UCLA's 23rd in the Rose Bowl. Since movingto Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 92-41-2(.689) on the home field.
Spencer Havner is one of 12 semifinalists for the ButkusAward, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.He is also one of the 12 semifinalists for the RotaryLombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman.
Linebacker Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois werethe most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at WashingtonState in 2001. He has made 82 tackles in the first sevengames of the 2004 season (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 17 at Illinois,13 at Washington, 14 vs. San Diego State, 11 vs. Arizona,5 vs. California, 6 vs. Arizona State) and leads the Pac-10 Conference (11.7 per game). He ranked fifth in the nationentering last week's game at ASU.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma State isthe longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourth-longestin school history. His four field goals against San DiegoState are the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailer kicked fiveagainst Stanford in 2002.
The 546 yards of total offense gained at Washington is the highesttotal under head coach Karl Dorrell, bettering the previoushigh of 481 yards in the previous game at Illinois. Thelast time the Bruins totaled more yards was Oct. 5, 2002,when they piled up 625 yards at Oregon State.
UCLA gained 535 yards of total offense against Arizona State,the second time this year the Bruins have gained at least500 yards (546 at Washington). The last time the Bruinshad at least 500 yards in two different games was in2001 (531 vs. California and 536 vs. Arizona State).The three teams to which UCLA has lost are all ranked inthe Top 25 and have a combined record of 17-3.
UCLA scored at least 30 points in four straight games (Illinois,Washington, San Diego State, Arizona). The last timethat happened was in 1998-99 when the Bruins scored atleast 30 in the final five games of the 1998 season and thefirst game of the 1999 season. UCLA has scored at least 30points five times this season.
UCLA compiled at least 400 yards of total offense in the firstfour games this season. The last time that happened was in1998, when the Bruins had at least 400 in each of the firstfive games.
UCLA has rushed for at least 200 yards in four games thisseason. The last time that happended was in 2001 (fivegames).
Last season, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 average) and11 touchdowns in 13 contests. In the first seven games thisyear, the Bruins have rushed for 1,496 yards (213.7 average)and 14 touchdowns. The Bruins, with 14 passingtouchdowns this season, have also exceeded last year's passingtouchdown total of 12, reached in 13 games.
UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington is its best effort sinceNovember 17, 1979, when it ran for 446 yards at Oregon ina 35-0 victory.
The Bruins' five offensive touchdowns against Arizona State,Arizona, Washington and Illinois are the most since Dec.1, 2001, when the offense produced seven touchdownsagainst Arizona State.
Shannon Tevaga became the fifth true freshman to start agame this season when he opened at strong guard againstthe Sun Devils. Brandon Breazell and Marcus Everett eachstarted the game with San Diego State at wide receiver.Everett also started the Arizona and Arizona State games.Kenneth Lombard started the games against Illinois andWashington at defensive tackle. Brigham Harwell hasstarted the California and ASU games at defensive end.
UCLA has allowed just four fourth-quarter touchdowns inseven games -- two by California and two by Arizona State.
UCLA's 378 yards and 28 points were season opponenthighs against California. The Golden Bears entered thegame ranked fifth in total defense (247.5) and 16th inscoring defense (14.5).
Marcedes Lewis' 30 catches in 2003 ranked among the best bya UCLA tight end since 1980. Only Mike Seidman, 41 in2002, Charles Arbuckle, 33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann, 44in 1983 and 41 in 1982, have caught more balls in a seasonthan Lewis.
UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks -- TroyAikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, JaySchroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team.
The following players have changed numbers from those listedin last year's media guide --- safety Eric McNeal, now #2;wide receiver Tab Perry, now #3; fullback Steve Seigel, now#35; linebacker Aaron Whittington, now #42; defensive linemanBruce Davis, now #44; defensive lineman Kevin Brown,now #75.
The following players have changed numbers from those listedin this year's media guide --- wide receiver Brandon Breazell,now # 1; safety Dennis Keyes, now #11; defensive backRodney Van, now #12; wide receiver Michael Norris, now#22; defensive back Trey Brown, now #23; linebacker MarkMangelsdorf, now #23; fullback Jimmy Stephens, now #45;offensive tackle Tony Lee, now #70.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 22 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only seven schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee,Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State) have won morebowl games in that span.
During the last 22 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions the most of anyPac-10 school (Washington and USC are second with 10).In the last 22 seasons (1982-2003), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlyseven schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami,Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma) have been ranked in theAP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
Starting Streaks -- Steven Vieira has started the last 36 straightgames along the offensive line at either guard or tackle. EdBlanton has started the last 20 games at tackle. Defensively,cornerback Matt Clark and linebacker Spencer Havner haveeach started the last 18 straight games.
Two Bruins on the 2004 roster are the sons of former Bruinfootball players -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played runningback from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rankNo. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, playedoffensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career,winning two Super Bowl titles).
Six Bruins made their first career starts in the opener againstOklahoma State -- junior Robert Cleary at weak guard;sophomore Justin Hickman and redshirt freshman BruceDavis at defensive end; sophomore Robert Garcia at defensivetackle, sophomore Danny Nelson at linebacker and juniorMarcus Cassel at cornerback. In addition, sophomoreKevin Brown made his first start on defense (tackle) afterstarting three times at offensive guard in 2003.
Three more Bruins made their first career starts at Illinois --true freshman Kenneth Lombard at defensive tackle;redshirt freshman Aaron Whittington at outside linebackerand sophomore Eric McNeal at strong safety. Lombard isthe first true freshman defensive lineman to start a gamesince Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher started the 1999Rose Bowl.
Two Bruins -- defensive end Kyle Morgan and defensive tackleC.J. Niusulu -- made the first starts of their careers at Washington.Linebacker Benjamin Lorier and wide receiversMarcus Everett and Brandon Breazell made their first careerstarts and Eyoseph Efseaff made his first defensive startagainst San Diego State. At California, true freshman defensiveend Brigham Harwell made his first career start. Truefreshman Shannon Tevaga made his first career start atstrong guard against Arizona State.
A school-record 12 true freshmen have played for the Bruinsthis year. Nine made their debut against the Cowboys --OL Brian Abraham; WR Brandon Breazell; DE BrighamHarwell; LB Fred Holmes; OL Chris Joseph; DT KennethLombard; WR/DB Michael Norris; OL Shannon Tevaga; andCB Rodney Van. Two more played at Illinois -- WR MarcusEverett and RB Chris Markey. DT Chris Johnson made hisdebut against San Diego State. UCLA played five true freshmen,including returners Mil'Von James, Maurice Drew, JoeCowan and Kevin Brown, in 2003. Ten true freshmen playedin 2002.
Ten redshirt freshmen saw their first career action in the season-opener -- CB Trey Brown; DL Bruce Davis; DL NikolaDragovic; DB Chris Horton; DB Dennis Keyes; DBOlukayode Oredugba; FB Michael Pitre; DL William Snead;DL Noah Sutherland; and LB Aaron Whittington. Three juniorcollege transfers also saw their first action in the OklahomaState game -- DL Justin Hickman; DL Kyle Morgan;and LB Danny Nelson. Redshirt freshman WR MatthewSlater made his first appearance in the Illinois game. Runningback Derrick Williams made his debut against San DiegoState. QB David Koral, a JC transfer, redshirt freshmanoffensive guard P.J. Irvin, redshirt freshman fullback JimmyStephens and redshirt freshman tight end Will Peddie madetheir debuts against Arizona.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Stanford,which dates back to 1925, 40-31-3, including wins in thelast three meetings played in the Rose Bowl. Stanford wonlast year's matchup on the Farm by a score of 21-14 andsnapped a five-game Bruin win streak in the 2003 season inthe process. The loss was UCLA's first in the 2003 confer4ence season, after a 4-0 Pac-10 start. UCLA scored first inthe game, mounting an 18-play, 94-yard drive on its secondpossession of the contest. Stanford countered with a75-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7. A 90-yard punt returnfor a score gave the home team a 14-7 lead at intermission.Craig Bragg's 64-yard punt return placed UCLA inposition to tie the game early in the third quarter, but aMaurice Drew fumble ended the threat. Later in the thirdquarter, a Cardinal punt that was not being returned hitone of the Bruin players on the leg and was recovered byStanford at the UCLA eight-yard line. Three plays later,the Cardinal were in the end zone and had a 21-7 lead.With 6:46 remaining in the game, Drew Olson replacedMatt Moore at quarterback and drove the Bruins 90 yardsfor a touchdown to make it 21-14. UCLA regained the ballat its own 10-yard line with 1:58 to play but managed onlyone first down before losing the ball on downs.
In the last meeting at the Rose Bowl (Oct. 26, 2002), the Bruinsbroke a two-game losing streak and won, 28-18. MattMoore was seeing his first-ever action for the Bruins, in theeighth game of the season, after Cory Paus and Drew Olsonboth went down with injuries during the previous game atCalifornia. The true freshman quarterback directed sevenscoring drives during the win over the Cardinal to help theBruins rally from a 15-0 first quarter deficit. Tyler Ebellrushed for 160 yards on 39 carries, the fourth straight gamein which he had gone over 100 yards. The Bruin defenseyielded 241 yards on the day, including just 75 passing yards.Linebackers Brandon Chillar and Spencer Havner made 11tackles each.
NOTING THE CARDINAL -- Stanford ranks among the nationalleaders in passing offense (20th in the NCAA, fourthin the Pac-10 at 263.9), rushing defense (35th in the NCAA,fourth in the Pac-10 at 117.14), scoring defense (19th in theNCAA, third in the Pac-10 at 16.14), kickoff returns (eightin the NCAA, first in the Pac-10 at 26.59), pass efficiencydefense (27th in NCAA, third in Pac-10) and turnover margin(12th in NCAA, third in Pac-10 at +1.14). The Cardinal isaveraging 26.57 points per game (fifth in the Pac-10), upfrom last year's mark of 16.9. T.J. Rushing is first in thePac-10 and sixth in the NCAA in kickoff returns (30.36) whileplace kicker Michael Sgroi is second in the Pac-10 and14th nationally in field goals (1.57). Quarterback TrentEdwards is sixth in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (121.60),tight end Alex Smith is fourth in the Pac-10 in receptions(4.86 per game) and J.R. Lemon is 10th in the league inrushing (61.0).
GAME 7 -- UCLA played a shootout in Tempe, rallying froma 14-3 deficit to take a 42-31 fourth quarter lead. However,No. 21 Arizona State scored the final 17 points of thegame and escaped with a 48-42 victory. The 42 pointswere the most scored by the Bruins in a loss since 1998,when they dropped a 49-45 decision at Miami.
Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, the Bruins got close on atwo-yard run by Maurice Drew. ASU countered with atouchdown of its own, but the Bruins scored the final 10points of the half. Drew Olson found Marcedes Lewis fora one-handed touchdown catch with 46 seconds remainingand following a Trey Brown interception, JustinMedlock kicked a 48-yard field goal on the final play ofthe half to cut the deficit to one, 21-20.
ASU scored first in the second half but halfway through thethird quarter, the Bruins got even. From his own 33-yardline, Manuel White rumbled 32 yards before the ball wasknocked from his possession. It bounced 23 yards downfield,where Tab Perry picked it up at the 12-yard line and ran tothe end zone for a touchdown. White then caught Olson'stwo-point pass to produce a 28-28 tie.
Following an ASU field goal, the Bruins took their first lead ofthe day, moving 77 yards on just three plays. Craig Braggcaught a pass for 28 yards (15 was deducted for unsportsmanlikeconduct), true freshman Chris Markey raced 61yards and White went the final three for a 35-31 lead. UCLAincreased its advantage to 11 (42-31) with 7:12 remainingwhen Olson and Perry hooked up for a nine-yard touchdown.
However, ASU scored touchdowns on each of its nexttwo possessions for a 45-42 lead. UCLA's fourth interceptionof the day resulted in an ASU field goal and on UCLA'sfinal possession of the day, it reached the ASU 43-yard linebut could get no closer.
Offensively, UCLA compiled 535 yards -- 325 passing and 210rushing. Drew Olson set a new career best with 325 yards,the most by a Bruin quarterback since 2002. He completed30 passes, the second-highest total in UCLA history (TroyAikman had 32 against USC in 1988) on 44 attempts withtwo touchdowns and four interceptions. Tab Perry madefive receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown and scoreda second TD running 12 yards with a fumble. Junior Tayloralso made five receptions while Marcedes Lewis added fourreceptions and his fifth touchdown in three games. On theground, White had 81 yards and one touchdown, Markeyhad 80 yards and Drew added 54 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 536 yards -- 415 and six touchdownsin the air and 121 on the ground. UCLA made threeinterceptions and three quarterback sacks. Ben Emanuel ledthe team with 10 tackles, including one for loss. Trey Brownadded seven tackles and an interception and Spencer Havnerwas credited with six tackles.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruinwide receiver Karl Dorrell is in his second season as the 15thhead coach in UCLA history. He returned to Westwood,where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowlgames, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiateand professional levels. The Bruins qualified for theirsixth bowl game in the past seven seasons in Dorrell's firstseason at the helm. His record is 10-10 overall, 6-6 in Pac-10play.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasonsfor Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistantcoach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver,Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, includingseven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell hasparticipated in 13 bowl games, including three RoseBowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He playedon teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeatedUSC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rankin the all-time school career Top 10 (tied for 10th) and hisreceiving yards total of 1,517 yards ranks No. 13.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includessix seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona,and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona Stateand Central Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree fromUCLA following the 1986 season and began his coachingcareer in the 1988 season as a graduate assistant.He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next seasonand moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receiverscoach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado.Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnsonand Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair ofwideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulatemore than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receiverscoach at Arizona State before going back to Coloradofor the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinatorand receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowlgames in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of47 games. He spent the 1999 season at Washington, servingas offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks andserved as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 untilthe time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2003. Inhis first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smith earneda spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the team record with1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout Ed McCaffreycaught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In 2001, Smithset a new team mark with 113 catches.
COACHING MOVES -- The Bruins have added three newoffensive coaches to the staff for the 2004 season. Tom Cable,former head coach at Idaho, serves as the offensive coordinatorand offensive line coach. Cable has been an assistantcoach at Colorado (offensive coordinator), California, UNLVand Cal State Fullerton.
Dino Babers is mentoring the Bruin wide receivers. He cameto UCLA after serving as an assistant coach at Pittsburghlast season and in previous seasons at Texas A&M, Arizona(offensive coordinator), San Diego State, Purdue, NorthernArizona, UNLV and Eastern Illinois.
Jim Svoboda is serving as quarterbacks coach. He came toUCLA after serving as offensive coordinator at NorthwestMissouri State University where his units led the nation (Div.II) in scoring in 1998 and 2000. Svoboda had previouslyserved as head coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
In conjunction with the new hires, Assistant Head Coach JonEmbree is now coach ing the tight end position. Last season,he was the wide receivers coach. Defensive line coachDon Johnson is now serving as recruiting coordinator. Inaddition, outside linebacker / nickel back coach BrianSchneider is in charge of all of the Bruin special teams units.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- A powerful back with abreakaway burst of speed, the spectacular sophomoreis having an outstanding season. On the year, he ranks15th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushingwith his average of 112.43 yards per game. He alsoranks fourth nationally and second in the Pac-10 inall-purpose yards (173.86) and ranks 19th in the NCAAand third in the Pac-10 in scoring (8.57 points pergame).
Drew is averaging 8.72 yards every time he touches thefootball (1,264 yards on 145 touches). He is averaging6.6 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdownsthis season have been at least 47 yards (40.63average, 325 yards), including runs of 62, 58 and 57yards.
His 1,217 all-purpose yards in seven games already rankNo. 25 on UCLA's single-season list and at his currentpace over 11 games, he would set a new school record.Last year, he had 1,219 all-purpose yards in 13 games(No. 24 on the list).
In his 20-game career, he has rushed for 1,369 yards(5.4 average) and 13 touchdowns. He has scored 17touchdowns overall, including two kickoff returns andtwo receptions, and eight of those 17 have measuredat least 47 yards.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA historyin the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington. UCLA ralliedfrom a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew.
On the afternoon, the 5-8 dynamo rushed for a school-record322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, setin 2001 against Washington. He also scored a school-record(rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58,15 and 37 yards thanks to huge holes, great moves, brokentackles and outstanding speed to the outside.
Drew's 322 yards also rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference,bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for WashingtonState in 1984 and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC in 1976. Healso tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held byfive players. His effort was the 75th 300+ game in NCAAhistory.
For his efforts at Washington, he was named the Walter CampFootball Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of theWeek. He was also named National Player of the Week byThe Sporting News magazine and radio, USA Today andcollegefootballnews.com. He was also Sports Illustrated'sFive-Star Player. In addition, he was selected Pac-10 OffensivePlayer of the Week.
On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside andraced 47 yards to tie the game at 7-7. On his second carry,with UCLA trailing 24-7 and 2:30 remaining in the first quarter,he raced 62 yards, the second-longest run of his career,for his second score of the quarter. On his fourth carry, athird-and-12 with 40 seconds left in the quarter, he sped 58yards for his third touchdown. Overall in the first quarter,he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns onfour attempts.
He gave the Bruins the lead for good (27-24) with 4:16 remainingin the half when he scooted around right end fora 15-yard touchdown. He finished the half with 235 yardsand four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
In the third quarter, he broke several tackles en route to hisschool-record fifth touchdown, a 37-yard run on the Bruins'first possession of the half. Despite suffering calf cramps,he broke Foster's record on a two-yard run in the fourthquarter. Late in the game, he helped the Bruins run overfive minutes off the clock by picking up two first downs onthird-down runs.
On the day, he had eight runs of at least 12 yards, 13 of at leastfive yards and only one for negative yardage and one forzero yards.
Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins in rushing with histhird straight 100-yard game, finishing with 161 yards andone touchdown on 21 carries. He had four double-figureruns and just two for negative yardage. His touchdown,which measured 57 yards, gave UCLA a 7-3 lead and includeda 360-spin, two broken tackles and a footrace to theend zone.
In addition, he made one reception for nine yards, returnedone kickoff for 27 yards and returned three punts for 25yards, giving him 222 all-purpose yards. He also completedthe first pass of his career for 47 yards to Michael Pitre.Drew saw limited action against Arizona, carrying the balljust 11 times for 22 yards. He also made one reception for31 yards on UCLA's first scoring drive.
At California, he accounted for 128 all-purpose yards and twotouchdowns. In the second quarter, he tied the game at 14-14 when he took a screen pass and raced 27 yards for a score.In the fourth quarter, he turned another screen into a 43-yard touchdown, his sixth of at least 40 yards this season.On the day, he made three receptions for 76 yards, rushedfor a team-high 42 yards on 14 carries and added 10 yardson two punt returns.
At Arizona State, Drew had 118 all-purpose yards. He rushedfor 54 yards on 15 attempts, made three receptions for 23yards, returned one kickoff for 22 yards and returned onepunt for 19 yards. He scored his 10th touchdown of the yearon a two-yard run in the second quarter.
In the season opener, Drew rushed for 44 yards on 12 carriesagainst Oklahoma State. He also made three receptions for92 yards, including a 57-yard catch-and-run that gave theBruins a first down at the 12-yard line with just under sevenminutes remaining in the contest. On the afternoon, he had136 all-purpose yards.
At Illinois, Drew showed his speed and strength, rushing for142 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts. On UCLA'ssecond possession, he broke a couple of tackles and ran awayfrom the defense for a 47-yard touchdown, the second longestscoring run of his career. He had four runs of at least 10yards. Drew also returned one kickoff for 25 yards and addedone reception for nine yards to total 176 all-purpose yards.In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and alsoexcelled as a kick returner (two kickoff returns for touchdown).
He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10as a kick returner by The Sporting News.Drew ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally inkickoff return average (26.65) and 12th in the conferencein rushing (44.77). He returned kickoffs for scores againstOklahoma (91 yards) and USC (99 yards).
Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against ArizonaState was the longest of the season in the conference.His total of 176 yards rushing (18 carries) for the gameagainst the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total everby a UCLA true freshman. Drew made the first start of hiscareer at Washington State and rushed for 80 yards. He alsostarted in the bowl game against Fresno State and led theteam with 65 yards rushing.
#87 WR Craig Bragg -- All-America candidate CraigBragg enjoyed a second consecutive standout season in 2003.A big-play performer (11 touchdowns of at least 40 yardsduring his career), the fifth-year senior figures to own virtuallyall of UCLA's career receiving records by the end ofhis senior season. He is the only player in school history tomake at least 50 receptions in two different seasons.Bragg returned to action at Arizona State after having missedthe San Diego State, Arizona and California games with adislocated left shoulder suffered at Washington on Sept.18. He currently has a streak of 40 consecutive games inwhich he has played and caught a pass. He had a string of34 games in which he made at least two receptions endedat ASU. He needs just 10 receptions and 414 receiving yardsto rank No. 1 on both career charts. His 170 career catchesnow rank second on UCLA's career list, having passedDanny Farmer versus Oklahoma State. His 2,607 receivingyards rank second on the career list, having passedKevin Jordan at Washington. He has 20 touchdowns (17receiving, two rushing and one punt return), including 11(nine receptions, one run and one punt return) of at least40 yards.
His 2,607 career receiving yards rank eighth among all activeDivision IA players, his 76 career punt returns ranksixth and his 749 punt return yards rank ninth. His 170receptions rank 12th, his 17 receiving touchdowns rankT-15th and his 3,714 all-purpose yards rank 16th.
Bragg has a career touchdown average of 39.8 yards (37.8on receptions) and has accounted for at least 100 receivingyards in seven games in his career, a total betteredby just four players at UCLA. He also ranks third on UCLA'scareer punt return list with 76, three behind No. 2 RonCarver (79).
In the opener against Oklahoma State, he made four receptionsfor 87 yards, all in the first half. Three of his fourcatches resulted in first downs (his fourth was a 13-yardgain on which he fumbled so no first down is credited)and he had receptions of 38 and 33 yards in the secondquarter, the former setting up UCLA's field goal on the finalplay of the half. He also returned three punts for 47yards, including one for 33 yards in the fourth quarter.
At Illinois, his diving catch in the end zone for a 41-yard touchdowngave the Bruins a 7-0 lead on their first offensive possession.He also made a 14-yard scoring grab with 3:58 leftin the second quarter to give UCLA a 21-7 halftime lead.His third reception also produced a first down, making himthree for three in that category.
At Washington, he made five receptions for 57 yards. On afourth-quarter reception, he suffered a dislocated left shoulder.Four of his five receptions produced first downs. Healso returned four punts for 26 yards.
After missing three games, he saw limited action at ArizonaState and made one reception for 28 yards and a first down.On the year, he is fourth (tied) on the team with 13 receptionsfor 245 yards (18.8 average), two touchdowns and 11 firstdowns.
If he had played enough games to qualify, here is where hewould rank in various Pac-10 categories: fourth in puntreturns (9.1), eighth in receiving yards (61.2) and 15th inall-purpose yards (80.00).
In 2003, Bragg saw action in all 13 games with 11 starts. With73 receptions, he became the first Bruin to register at least50 catches in two different seasons (55 in 2002). He becamethe sixth Bruin to break the 1,000-yard plateau with his totalof 1,065 receiving yards. He ranked sixth in the Pac-10with his average of 5.62 receptions per game, seventh in receivingyards per game (81.92), seventh in all-purpose yards(106.77) and eighth in punt returns (7.95 yards). His totalof 73 catches ranked third on the all-time UCLA list and his1,065 receiving yards ranked fifth. He also set a school recordfor punt returns in a season with 38.
In 2002, he led the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbed a schoolsophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. No Bruin hadever entered their junior season with more career receptions(84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Bragg. His ninetouchdowns in 2002 averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-puntreturn, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards). He rankedninth 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 historyagainst Oregon in 2002 when he caught nine passes (tiedfor eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on school list)with three touchdowns. Bragg was named the Most ValuablePlayer in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl after catchingfour passes for 38 yards and returning a punt 74 yards forthe go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He alsoaveraged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on10 kickoff returns.
#14 QB Drew Olson --Through seven games, the junior quarterback has completed123 of 208 passes (59.1) for 1,598 yards, 14 touchdownsand nine interceptions (four on deflections). He ranks fifthin the Pac-10 in total offense (232.1 yards), sixth in passing(228.3 yards), and 30th in the NCAA and fourth in thePac-10 passing efficiency (137.23 rating). In the Pac-10,his average of 12.99 yards per completion is second (tiedwith ASU's Andrew Walter) to WSU's Josh Swogger (14.10)among players with at least 50 completions.
In Olson's last three games, he has completed 67 of 105 passes(63.81%) for 858 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.Olson's eight touchdown passes in a two-game spantied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-gamespan (Wayne Cook threw four against BYU and fouragainst Washington in 1993). Olson has 10 in three gamesand the record is 11 by Cook (3-4-4).
Olson now has 349 completions in his 28-game career (21starts). That total ranks No. 7 in UCLA history, just threebehind No. 6 Wayne Cook (352). In addition, his 4,367passing yards rank No. 7 on that UCLA list.
In the opener against Oklahoma State, the true junior completed16 of 36 passes for 252 yards, just 14 shy of his careerbest. He completed passes to six different receivers, includingseven to wide receivers, seven to running backs and twoto tight ends. He also had two fourth-quarter interceptions,both on tipped passes. His 57-yard pass play to MauriceDrew in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career.
He enjoyed an outstanding afternoon at Illinois. He recordeda career best (at the time) with three touchdown passes (41and 14 yards to Craig Bragg and 15 yards to Marcedes Lewis).On the day, he completed 14 of 21 passes for 208 yards withone interception (tipped pass). He led UCLA on scoringdrives of 96 and 65 yards on its first two possessions to builda first-quarter lead of 14-0. He also had a career-long 29-yard run and finished with 29 net rushing yards.
At Washington, the site of his first career start in 2002, hehelped rally the Bruins from a 24-7 deficit. On the afternoon,he completed 12 of 17 passes for 122 yards and oneinterception on a deflected pass. In the second half, hecompleted nine of 10 passes, including his final seven,for 97 yards and five passing first downs.
Against San Diego State, Olson completed 14 of 29 passesto eight different receivers for 158 yards with one touchdownand one interception. His 23-yard scoring strike toTab Perry on third-and-16 gave UCLA a 27-3 lead on itsfirst possession of the second half. He also led the Bruinsto a touchdown on their opening possession of the game.In the second half, he completed seven of 10 passes (sixof eight in third quarter) for 90 yards and one touchdown.
He was at his best in the win against Arizona. With the runninggame not as effective as it has been, Olson completed17 of 25 passes for 234 yards and a career-high four touchdownswith no interceptions. Three of his five scoring drivesmeasured at least 70 yards. In the first half, he completed 10of 13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns as UCLAbuilt a 23-3 halftime lead.
With UCLA leading 2-0, Olson capped UCLA's opening possessionwith a pass to fullback Michael Pitre, who rambled28 yards for the score. Leading 16-3 with 5:03 remaining inthe first half, Olson and the Bruins drove 95 yards to makethe score 23-3, the final 12 yards coming on Marcedes Lewis'second touchdown reception. In the third quarter, followingan Arizona touchdown, he drove the Bruins 80 yards tomake the score 30-10, throwing an 18-yard strike to Lewisfor the score.
At California, Olson threw four touchdown passes for the secondstraight week, finding Marcedes Lewis for 15 yards,Maurice Drew for 27 and 43 yards and Joe Cowan for 46yards. The final TD pass brought the Bruins to within 10points (38-28) with 2:39 remaining in the game.
On the afterrnon, he completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yardsand four touchdowns with no interceptions. He had fivecompletions of at least 25 yards, including three of at least40 yards.
At Arizona State, Olson rallied the Bruins from a 14-3 deficitto a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead. On the afternoon, he completed30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards with twotouchdowns and four interceptions. It was the secondstraight week he set a career best in passing yardage. Hissecond touchdown pass, a nine yarder to Tab Perry, gavethe Bruins the 42-31 lead.
The 30 completions rank No. 2 in UCLA history, topped onlyby Troy Aikman's 32 against USC in 1988. The 44 attemptstied for No. 7 on that list (Aikman attempted 44 vs. WashingtonState in 1988 and Steve Bono threw 44 passes vs.Oregon in 1984) and is the second-highest total of his career(he threw 49 passes against Oregon last year). The lasttime a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002, when CoryPaus had 378 against Oregon State.
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, butfound himself thrust to the forefront for the second straightyear because of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moorein the first half of the opener at Colorado and went on toappear in 12 games and start nine times.
Olson ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in passing yards pergame (172.2), ninth in total offense (157.2) and 10th in passingefficiency rating (111.27). His 173 completions ranked12th on UCLA's single-season list. He became the 14thBruin overall and just the fourth sophomore to pass formore than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began the 2002 season behind four-year starter CoryPaus. Olson ended the year by starting in the final fivegames after Paus suffered a season-ending ankle injuryagainst California. Olson was also injured in that gameand sat out the next contest against Stanford before returningto start the final five games of the season.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and becamethe first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in1979 to win his initial road start. He completed 13 of 27passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. Healso became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterbackto start the game against USC, joining Tom Ramseyand Cade McNown.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Junior transfer DAVIDKORAL gained valuable experience during Fall camp, becomingmore familiar with the offensive scheme. He enteredUCLA in January of 2004 following a transfer fromSanta Monica College and participated in Spring Practice.
He completed 55% of his passes for 2,202 yards andhad 18 touchdowns and six interceptions last season atSMC. Koral made his debut against Arizona, playing thefinal two snaps.
Third-year sophomore walk-on Brian Callahan possessesan excellent knowledge of the offense and is also competingfor playing time behind Olson.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true junior, who is one ofthe nation's best at his position thanks to a great combinationof size, speed and athletic ability entered the season onthe 'Watch List' for the John Mackey Award. In the openeragainst Oklahoma State, Lewis made two receptions for 23yards. Both of his catches came on third down and bothmoved the chains, one on UCLA's first touchdown drive andone on the field goal drive at the end of the half.
At Illinois, he led the team with four receptions for 62 yardsand one touchdown. He made a 23-yard catch and run onUCLA's first play from scrimmage and a 16-yard receptionon UCLA's first series of the second half, both drives thatended in touchdowns. He also made a 15-yard scoringcatch in the fourth quarter on which his second effortmoved the ball into the end zone. On the day, he producedthree first downs.
At Washington, he made two receptions for 21 yards andone first down. He made a key 19-yard reception on theBruins' field goal drive that gave them a 37-31 lead.Against San Diego State, he made one reception for nineyards.
Lewis had a breakout game in the win over Arizona, makingsix receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns,tying his career high for receptions and setting new bestsfor yardage and touchdowns. His touchdowns measured16, 12 and 18 yards and he also had catches of 23 and 21yards on scoring drives. Dating back to 1965, his threetouchdown receptions are the most by a Bruin tightend in a game. All six catches produced first downs.
On the first touchdown (16 yards on third down), he tippedit, was hit but stayed focused to regrab the ball for the score.On his second touchdown (12 yards), he made the catch,bounced off a would-be tackler, regained his balance andforced his way into the end zone for a 23-3 lead. His thirdscoring catch was on a 18-yard strike from Olson down themiddle, again on third down. He also made a reception witha defender draped all over him and another on which heleaped high in the air for the catch. For his efforts, he wasnamed the Mackey Committee National Tight End of theWeek.
At California, he made four receptions for 22 yards and UCLA'sfirst touchdown, a 15-yard strike from Drew Olson. He alsohad two first downs.
At Arizona State, he made four receptions for 44 yards and hissixth touchdown of the year, a one-handed grab in the backright corner of the end zone. His other three receptions resultedin first downs.
On the year, he leads the Bruins with 23 receptions, 280 yardsand six receiving touchdowns. He is averaging 12.2 yardsper reception. He has produced 17 first downs to go withhis six touchdowns.
His six receiving touchdowns rank third (tied) in the Pac-10and first among tight ends. He ranks 15th (tied) in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (3.29).
In his last three games, he has 14 receptions (165 yards) andfive touchdowns.
His 10 career touchdown receptions tie the UCLA tight endrecord of 10, set by All-American Tim Wrightman. He isabout to move into the Top Five for career receptions by atight end (he needs two catches to tie Mike Seidman forfifth place). All five tight ends ahead of him played in theNFL.
The lone returner at tight end, Lewis finished the 2003 seasonwith 30 receptions for 377 yards (12.6 average) and threetouchdowns. Those 30 catches rank fifth among Bruin tightends since 1980. He ranked second on the team in receptions,receiving yards and touchdown receptions andtied for second in average per reception (five or morecatches).
Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yardsand one touchdown in the 2003 season-opener againstColorado. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruinsa 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Lewis came off the benchand led all Bruin receivers with four catches for 67 yards,including a 31-yard touchdown grab, against California. Allfour of his receptions produced first downs, two on thirddownsituations. At USC, he started in a two-tight endformation and made one reception, a 17-yard touchdown.He made two receptions for 13 yards in the Silicon ValleyFootball Classic against Fresno State.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE -- One of two season captainselected by his teammates, White is a big back who has thespeed to play tailback, the strength to play fullback and thereceiving skills to contribute at either position.
He enjoyed a career game in the opener against OklahomaState. He rushed for a career-high 145 yards on 20 carriesand scored both Bruin touchdowns. His first, on which hebroke several tackles and crossed the field from left to rightfor a 60-yard score, the longest run of his career, tied thegame at 7-7. The second, a four-yard blast through the leftside, gave UCLA a 14-7 lead. He also made four receptionsfor 40 yards, giving him 185 all-purpose yards on the afternoon.His previous career-high in rushing (102) was againstIllinois in 2003.
At Illinois, White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries, and hisone-yard touchdown on UCLA's opening possession of thesecond half gave the Bruins a 28-7 lead. He gained 64 of hisyards (12 carries) in the final half. He also made two receptionsfor 16 yards.
At Washington, he broke 80 yards for the third straight game.He finished with 84 yards on 23 carries, including 60 yardson 14 attempts in the second half. He had 10 runs of at leastfour yards and two in double figures. Against San Diego State,he gained 35 yards on 13 attempts and also caught two passesfor eight yards.
Against Arizona, White led the team in rushing with 62 toughyards on 17 attempts. His longest run was eight yards andhe converted five into first downs. He also made two receptionsfor 10 yards. At California, he gained 29 yards on eightrushing attempts.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 81 yards rushingand one touchdown. In the third quarter, his long run (55yards) and fumble resulted in a 12-yard touchdown by TabPerry. White then caught a pass on the two-point conversionattempt to tie the game at 28-28. His three-yard touchdownrun gave the Bruins their first lead of the day (35-31). On the afternoon, he also made four receptions.
White ranks second on the team in rushing with a career-high 533 yards (76.1 per game) and is averaging4.9 yards per attempt. He is also third with 15 receptions.He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing (76.14)and 11th in all-purpose yards (87.71).For his career, White has rushed for a total of 1,583 yards,No. 20 on UCLA's career list, and 15 touchdowns.
In the Karl Dorrell Era, UCLA is 10-5 in games in whichWhite plays and 0-5 in games in which he does not play.
In 2003, White missed the final five games of the season due toa fractured right scapula suffered in the first half of the ArizonaState contest. The Bruins did not win a game the restof the season without him in the backfield.
White rushed for a career-high (at the time) 102 yards on 18carries in the win over Illinois. In the fourth quarter, he carriedon nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards,including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final nineplaypossession. At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushingwith 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoringrun.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for the fourthstraight game when he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown.His 56-yard run in the fourth quarter was UCLA'slongest offensive play from scrimmage in 2003.
On the year, White ranked third on the team with 379 yards(3.9 average) despite not carrying the ball in the opener andmissing the final five games of the season.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Junior Jason Harrison,redshirt freshmen Michael Pitre and Derrick Williamsand true freshman Chris Markey each had theirmoments to impress the coaches in the pre-season.Pitre has established himself as an outstanding fullback aftermissing all of last season with neck problems. He is astandout blocker who excels at opening holes for thetailbacks. Against Washington, he was a key contributor toMaurice Drew's record-setting day. Against San Diego State,he carried the ball once (the only carry by a Bruin fullback)and made a 47-yard reception. Against Arizona, he scoredUCLA's first touchdown, taking a screen pass from DrewOlson and rumbling 28 yards down the right sideline forthe score. He made one reception for 15 yards at California.
At Arizona State, he made two receptions for eight yards.Markey, who totaled 2,837 rushing yards and 46 touchdownslast season as a prep senior, played one seriesagainst Illinois and had five net yards on two attempts.
Against San Diego State, he returned one kickoff for 24yards and carried once for 12 yards. He carried the ballsix times (32 yards) in the fourth quarter against Arizona,including the final five plays of UCLA's final touchdowndrive, scoring on a two-yard run. He also returned a kickoff35 yards. At California, he carried once for seven yardsand returned five kicks for 98 yards, including one for 31yards.
At Arizona State, Markey, playing much of the secondhalf, rushed for a career-high 80 yards on five attempts.His 61-yard run in the third quarter immediatelypreceeded Manuel White's three-yard scoring run togive the Bruins their first lead. Markey also had onekickoff return for 15 yards and one reception for fiveyards.
Williams has run hard this Fall and has a chance to alsohelp on kickoff returns. He carried twice for minus-twoyards against San Diego State. At California, he forced afumble on a Golden Bear kickoff return that UCLA convertedinto a touchdown. At Arizona State, he recordedhis first career kickoff return (19 yards).
Harrison missed the entire 2003 season after injuring a kneein the 2002 regular-season finale against Washington State.He finally made his return against Arizona, carrying the ballonce for two yards on the first play of UCLA's final possession.He also saw action on special teams at Arizona State.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- In seven games, the line has helpedthe Bruins average 213.71 yards on the ground (15th in theNCAA) and 448.71 yards overall (16th in the NCAA). It hasalso protected quarterback Drew Olson extremely well,allowing just nine sacks in the seven games.
Senior Steven Vieira has been in the starting lineup in 38of the past 39 games, including 36 straight. He is at a differentposition along the line for the third straight season. AgainstArizona State, he started at weak guard after starting thefirst six games at strong guard. Last year, he played left tackle.
In 2004, he played every snap in the first four games and allbut the final two against Arizona. He played every snap atCalifornia and Arizona State.
In 2003, he was a starting tackle, having switched to thatposition in the Spring of 2003. Prior to that, he started 18 ofthe previous 19 games at right guard during the 2001 and2002 seasons. He originally began his Bruin career at tackleand shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season.
Against Oklahoma State, redshirt junior Mike McCloskeyreturned to the starting lineup for the first time since thefifth game of the 2003 season. He played every snap of thefirst four games but missed the Arizona game due to asprained ankle suffered in practice. He returned againstCalifornia and played the entire contest and did the sameagainst Arizona State. He originally won the center job in acompetition during 2002 Fall camp. He then started all 13games and earned second-team Freshman All-Americahonors from The Sporting News. McCloskey started the firstfive games of last season before suffering a fractured anklein the Washington game which sidelined him for theremainder of the year.
Senior Paul Mociler started 10 games at right guard in2003 and performed well at center after moving there inSpring 2004. During the off-season, he moved to strongtackle, won the job in Fall camp. He played every snapagainst Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington and San DiegoState. Against Arizona, he missed one play in the middle ofthe game and the final two snaps of the contest. He playedevery snap at California and Arizona State.Mociler madehis first career start in the 2002 opener against Colorado Stateand made appearances in seven games that season.
Redshirt junior Ed Blanton is in his second season as astarter. He played the entire contests against OklahomaState, Illinois, Washington and San Diego State at weak tackleand all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He playedevery snap at California and Arizona State. He has nowstarted 20 straight games. He emerged from 2003 Springdrills as the starter at the right tackle position and startedall 13 games a year ago. He made one start in the 2002 seasonagainst San Diego State, playing the entire contest in placeof injured tackle Mike Saffer, and made appearances in fourgames overall.
Redshirt junior Robert Cleary made his first career startat weak guard against Oklahoma State and played the entirecontest. He took advantage of Eyoseph Efseaff's injuryduring Fall camp and earned the starting position. He alsostarted against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizonaand California. Against Arizona State, he came off the benchand alternated throughout the game.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Chai started eight games atthe center position a year ago after McCloskey went downwith a season-ending ankle injury. He did not play in theopener but alternated with Cleary at the weak guard slotagainst Illinois, Washington and San Diego State. He startedand played virtually the entire Arizona contest at center inplace of the injured McCloskey. He did not play againstCalifornia.
True freshman Shannon Tevaga, who spent most of thefirst six weeks playing on the PAT-FG squad, started at strongguard against Arizona State and did a good job in his firstextensive action (he had played two snaps against Arizonaand four snaps at tight end at California). He is the fifthtrue freshman to start a game this season.
Two other true freshmen -- Brian Abraham (tackle) andChris Joseph (tackle) have been listed No. 2 on the depthchart at their respective positions. Both played on the PATfieldgoal team in the first five games before Joseph suffereda sprained knee. Abraham and Joseph each played a coupleof offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest(Abraham also played one in the middle of the game). Inaddition, redshirt freshman guard P.J. Irvin made his debuton the final two snaps versus Arizona.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- Senior Tab Perry returned topractice with the team on August 18 after being academicallyineligible for the 2003 season. He was readmitted to UCLAon August 17 and began practicing with the team on thenext day. On Sept. 3, the afternoon before the opener againstOklahoma State, the NCAA granted UCLA's request for aprogress-towards-degree waiver for Perry, allowing him tocompete this season.
He made one reception for no yards against Oklahoma Stateand returned one kickoff for 32 yards in his first actionsince the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl. At Illinois, he made onecatch for 10 yards. At Washington, he did not make areception but returned one kickoff for 24 yards to give theBruins the football at their own 39-yard line on their firstpossession of the game (a personal foul againstWashington accounted for 15 yards).
Against San Diego State, he made three receptions for 34UCLA's first possession of the second half gave the Bruinsa 27-3 lead. He started for the first time against Arizonabut did did not make a reception. At California, he madethree catches for 61 yards, including one play of 41 yardson which he carried a defender at least 10 yards afterinitial contact.
At Arizona State, he tied for the team lead with fivereceptions for 66 yards and one touchdown, a nineyardpass from Drew Olson to give the Bruins a 42-31fourth-quarter lead. He also scored on a 12-yard runin the third quarter when he picked up Manuel White'sbouncing fumble and raced the final 12 yards for theTD. He also made a diving 28-yard grab at the twoyardline to set up Maurice Drew's touchdown run andreturned a kickoff 23 yards.
In his last two games, he has made eight receptions for127 yards with catches of 41 and 38 yards. On the year,he has made 13 receptions, tied for fourth on the team.Perry now has 75 career catches (18th on the all-timeschool list) for 1,343 yards (17th on the school list) andfive touchdowns. He ranks second in career kickoffreturns (59) and kickoff return yardage (1,341) andneeds just seven returns and 75 yards to tie thoseschool records. He also holds the single-season schoolrecord in both categories.
True junior Junior Taylor started the opener againstOklahoma State at split end but did not make a reception.At Illinois, he made two catches for 34 yards, producing firstdowns with both receptions. His 24-yard second-quartercatch was immediately followed by Craig Bragg's secondtouchdown catch that gave UCLA a 21-7 lead.
At Washington, he made four receptions for 41 yards -- all inthe second half. He made a key third-down reception (sevenyards) for a first down on UCLA's fourth quarter field goaldrive. On UCLA's final possession, he made an 18-yardcatch-and-run on third down to help the Bruins run overfive minutes off the clock.
Against San Diego State, he made three catches for 16 yardsand one first down. Against Arizona, he made threereceptions for 21 yards and one first down. At California, hemade two receptions for 15 yards. At Arizona State, he tiedfor the team lead with five receptions for 63 yards.
On the year, Taylor has made 19 receptions for 190 yards(10.0 average) and eight first downs. He is second onthe squad with his 19 catches.
In 2003, Taylor ranked fourth on the squad with his 24receptions and third with his 302 yards. He had abreakthrough evening against San Diego State, recordingcareer highs in receptions (seven) and yards (110). He alsoscored UCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception.
True sophomore Joe Cowan caught two passes for 10 yardsin the opener and did not make a reception at Illinois orat Washington. Against San Diego State, he had onereception for 25 yards.
He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yardsand one touchdown. His 46-yard scoring catch from DrewOlson made the score 38-28 with 2:39 remaining and healso had a 25-yard reception. At Arizona State, he madethree receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33,and three for first downs. In his last two games, he hasmade eight catches for 166 yards (20.7 average) andone touchdown. In 2003, he made seven receptions,including one for a touchdown versus USC.
True freshman Marcus Everett made the first start of hiscareer against San Diego State and responded with tworeceptions for 49 yards and two first downs. His 33-yardreception was a key play on UCLA's field goal drive at theend of the half that made the score 20-3.
Against Arizona, he started and made a career-best fourreceptions for 45 yards and two first downs, including onefor 21 on a third down during UCLA's final touchdown driveof the first half. He also made a 20-yard catch on the finaltouchown drive of the game. He did not make a catch atCalifornia. At Arizona State, he started in a three widereceiver set and made two catches for 13 yards.
MORE TIGHT ENDS -- Junior Keith Carter participatedin Fall camp on a limited basis. He saw action againstOklahoma State on five snaps, his first action since the 2002Las Vegas Bowl. He has played more extensively at Illinois,at Washington and against San Diego State, Arizona, Californiaand Arizona State, especially in double-tight end formations.Carter, who was expected to compete for a startingspot in 2003, suffered a fractured and dislocated righthip in a motorcycle accident on April 3, 2003. He sat out the2003 football season after undergoing a series of surgical procedures.
Carter appeared in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2002and made three starts at tight end. He totaled five catchesand also saw duty as a H-back and on special teams.
Redshirt sophomore J.J. Hair played versus Oklahoma Stateand Washington. Against San Diego State, he made areception good for eight yards and a first down. He also sawaction at Arizona State.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- Junior inside linebacker SpencerHavner, a candidate for All-America honors, is one of 12semifinalists for both the Butkus Award and the RotaryLombardi Award. The third-year starter has also been selectedone of two season captains by a vote of his teammates.
Havner, the nation's fifth-leading tackler entering games ofOct. 23, is having an outstanding season. In seven games,he has made 82 tackles and his average of 11.71 leads thePac-10 by 0.57 stops per game.
Havner has made seven interceptions in his career and hasreturned three for touchdowns, including one this season.He averages 33.1 yards per interception and his touchdownshave measured 52, 42 and 23 yards.
He recorded 16 tackles, including 11 solos and five assists,in the opener against Oklahoma State despite playing witha bruised shoulder that caused him to miss time in thesecond quarter. Two of his stops were for losses (fouryards) and 11 were made in the second half.
At Illinois, he made a career-high 17 tackles (seven solosand 10 assists), the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomasmade 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked afield goal for the third time in his career and broke up onepass.
At Washington, he led the team in tackles for the third straightgame, finishing with 13 stops (10 solos), including one forloss.
Against San Diego State, he led the team for the fourth consecutivegame, finishing with 14 (six solos), including onefor loss. In addition, with the Bruins leading just 7-3 in thesecond quarter, Havner picked off a pass and returned it 52yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead. He was selectedPac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
He made 11 tackles (10 solos) to tie for the team lead versusArizona. He also made a five-yard quarterback sack. At California,he recorded five solo tackles. At Arizona State, hemade six tackles, including five solos.
In 2003, he ranked third on the squad with 82 tackles, tied forthe team lead with three interceptions and ranked 25th inthe Pac-10 with his average of 6.3 tackles. Havner was selectedhonorable mention all-conference.
Havner recorded seven tackles in the Oklahoma game and returnedan interception 72 yards. He recorded seven tacklesagainst San Diego State with one sack and an interception.He was credited with eight tackles, an interception and aforced fumble at Arizona. He earned Pac-10 Special TeamsPlayer of the Week for his performance in the Cal game afterhe blocked two field goals, one of which was returnedfor a touchdown. Havner made a career-best (at the time)13 tackles at Washington State, including two for losses.
In 2002, he started all 13 games and his 96 tackles ranked secondon the team and as the second-most ever by a Bruinfreshman player (James Washington - 119 in 1984). His averageof 7.4 tackles ranked 11th in the conference. His 12tackles for loss were second on the team. He ranked thirdon the team with three interceptions, two of which he returnedfor touchdowns to tie an NCAA record for linebackers.Havner was selected first-team Freshman All-Americaand Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by The SportingNews.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL -- This fifth-year senior made 10tackles, including four solos and six assists, in the 2004 seasonopener against Oklahoma State. Against Illinois, headded eight stops (five solos), tied for second on the squad.In the victory at Washington, he made four stops (three solos)and combined to stop Husky receiver Charles Frederickat the two-yard line on the game's final play to preserve thewin. Against San Diego State, he added six tackles (threesolos).
In the win over Arizona, he tied Spencer Havner for the teamlead with 11 tackles (six solos). At California, he made seventackles (six solos), including one for loss.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, includingseven solo stops and one for a six-yard loss.
On the year, he is second on the team with 56 tackles, including33 solos. His average of 8.0 tackles per game rankseighth (tied) in the Pac-10. He has started 34 of the last 37Bruin games, six at strong safety and 28 at free safety.
Emanuel finished fourth on the team in tackles last seasonwith 80. He made a career-high 12 stops in the season-openerat Colorado. Emanuel recorded 10 tackles in the Illinois contest.
He tied for the team lead with 10 stops at Arizona. Benmade five tackles, recovered two fumbles, forced one fumbleand made an interception in the game at Washington State.Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first threegames of 2002 at strong safety and had 58 tackles for theseason. He picked off two passes each in games against OklahomaState and Washington State. He also returned afumbled extra point attempt for two points against ColoradoState.
#9 LB Justin London -- True junior Justin London, onthe pre-season `Watch List' for the Lombardi and Butkusaward, sprained his left ankle in practice on August 19 andsat out the opener against Oklahoma State. He returned topractice on September 7 and saw his first game action ofthe season at Illinois, making three assisted tackles comingoff the bench. He started at Washington but played onlythree snaps before reaggravating his injured ankle. He didnot see action against San Diego State. London came off thebench against Arizona and made two tackles.
London started at California (his second start of the year)and played most of the game, finishing with four solo tackles.At Arizona State, he made four tackles, including twosolos, in his second straight start.
Last season, he started 12 games and ranked second onthe team with 98 tackles. He also ranked second with 8.5tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his averageof 7.67 tackles and was selected honorable mentionall-conference.
London made his first career start in the 2003 opener atColorado. He made the first interception of his career inthe Illinois game. He came off the bench against San DiegoState and made a team-best 11 tackles. London pickedoff his second pass against Washington. He tied for theteam lead with 10 stops, forced a fumble and picked offanother pass in the game at Arizona. London matchedhis career-best with 11 tackles, three for losses, againstCal, including a tackle for a key nine-yard loss on theBears' second possession in overtime. London led theBruins with nine tackles and forced a fumble at USC, includingone tackle for loss.
London saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2002and made five tackles while playing at linebacker and onspecial teams.
#4 SS Jarrad Page -- Now in his third year as the starterat strong safety, Page was credited with nine tackles (foursolos) in the season opener against Oklahoma State. Due toa strained heel, he did not start at Illinois but came off thebench to record three solo tackles. He also forced two firsthalffumbles before missing much of the second half due tomuscle cramps.
At Washington, he was second on the squad with 10 tackles(six solos), including one for loss. Against San Diego State,he contributed six tackles, including five solos. Page madenine tackles (four solos) in the win over Arizona.At California, he made six tackles, including four solos. Healso returned a punt 34 yards. At Arizona State, Page madefive tackles, including three solos. He also made a fourthquarterinterception that led to a touchdown and a 42-31lead.
On the year, Page ranks third on the team with 48 tackles (29solos) and second with four passes broken up in sevengames. He is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced(0.29) and 14th in tackles (6.9).
The true junior ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in12 games a year ago. He missed the Arizona game due to aninjury which snapped a string of 15 straight starting assignments.Page tied for the team lead with three interceptions,returning one for a touchdown (Washington). He wasnamed honorable mention all-conference.
In 2002, Page saw action in all 13 games and started the final10 contests at strong safety to become the first Bruin safetysince Kenny Easley in 1977 to start as many as 10 gamesas a true freshman. He finished sixth on the team with 43stops and added two interceptions. He was named firstteamFreshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#6 CB MATT CLARK -- This true senior is having a fine yearat cornerback. In the opener against Oklahoma State, hemade four tackles, including three solos. He recorded sixtackles (five solos) at Illinois. In the win at Washington, hemade five stops (four solos) and helped hold CharlesFrederick to just four receptions. He also combined withEmanuel to stop Frederick at the two-yard line on thegame's final play to preserve the win.
Against San Diego State, Clark was credited with three tackles,including one for loss. He also made his first interceptionof the year and broke up a second pass. Against Arizona,he added one tackle and helped hold the Wildcats to93 yards passing.
At California, he made a team-high nine tackles (eight solos),including two for losses. He also broke up one pass. At ArizonaState, he made five tackles, including four solos. Healso made an interception and broke up two other passes.On the year, Clark ranks fifth on the squad with 33 tackles.
He leads the team with two interceptions and seven passbreakups and is fourth with three tackles for losses.
Clark started all 12 games in which he played in 2003 and wasseventh on the team with 53 tackles. He made his first careerstart in the 2003 season-opener at Colorado and hadseven tackles.Clark picked off the first pass of his career inthe Oklahoma contest. He made seven tackles against Washington.Clark made five stops against USC and returned ablocked extra point for a defensive two-point score.
As a sophomore, he appeared in 11 games and had seven tackles.He also saw action as a kickoff and punt returner. In2001, he was one of three freshmen to earn playing timeand saw action in 10 games.
#75 Kevin Brown -- The true sophomore made his firstcareer start on the defensive line in the opener against OklahomaState. He was credited with five tackles, including onefor loss, against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he was creditedwith one tackle assist. Brown came off the bench at Washingtonand was credited with two tackle assists. He startedand made one tackle against San Diego State. Brown startedand had one tackle assist against Arizona.
At California, Brown started and made three solo tackles, includingone sack and a second for loss. At Arizona State, hestarted and made one solo tackle, a five-yard sack.
Brown leads the team in sacks and is second with four tacklesfor loss. In addition, his 14 tackles are the most amongdefensive linemen.
Brown has established himself as one of the two starting defensivetackles and has the ability to be an outstanding performer.In his first year in the program, he saw action onboth sides of the ball. After playing defense for the first sevengames of the 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensiveline and started three games (ASU, Stanford, USC) at guard.Brown totaled four tackles on the year.
DEFENSIVE LINE -- Junior transfer Kyle Morgan hadan impressive Spring practice and was contending for a startingslot at defensive end during the pre-season camp. However,he injured his left knee in practice and underwentarthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on August16. He came off the bench against Oklahoma State but wasnot credited with a tackle. He saw more action off thebench at Illinois and recorded a quarterback hurry. Morganmade his first career start at Washington and madethree solo tackles, including one for loss. He startedagainst San Diego State and had one assist on a quarterbacksack. He started versus Arizona and was creditedwith one assist. In his start at California, he made twosolo tackles. At Arizona State, he started and made threesolo tackles. On the year, he has made 10 tackles.
True freshman Brigham Harwell, a contender for playingtime at a defensive end spot, underwent arthroscopicsurgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on August16. He saw limited action in the opener and was creditedwith two assists. At Illinois, he made five tackles (three solos),including one for loss. He came off the bench at Washingtonbut was not credited with a tackle. He made onetackle off the bench versus San Diego State and saw limitedaction against Arizona.
Harwell started at California and recorded five solo tackles.He also started at Arizona State. On the year, he has made13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and is tied for secondamong defensive linemen.
Redshirt freshman Bruce Davis made his first career startin his first college game in the season opener versus OklahomaState. A quick and explosive player, he made threetackles (two solos) against the Cowboys. At Illinois, hestarted and recorded two tackle assists. He came off thebench at Washington and made one solo tackle. He alsomade one solo tackle off the bench against San Diego State.He also played off the bench against Arizona and broke up akey pass attempt in the fourth quarter. He also played offthe bench at California. At Arizona State, he made one solotackle, his first career sack, off the bench.
True sophomore Justin Hickman, the only lineman tostart in each of the first five games, the first two at left end,the rest at right end, underwent surgery to repair a tornmeniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Californiaand Arizona State games. Hickman is tied for secondamong defensive linemen with 13 tackles, including1.5 for losses. Against Oklahoma State, he recordedfour tackles (all assists), including 0.5 sacks (he shared asack with Danny Nelson). At Illinois, he made three tackles(one solo) and had one quarterback hurry that knockedJon Beutjer out of the game. At Washington, he started atright end and made two tackles (one solo). Against SanDiego State, he made two solo tackles, including one fora 10-yard loss. He made two tackles (one assist) againstArizona.
True junior tackle C.J. Niusulu is the veteran of the defensivefront. He was set to make the first start of his career inthe season opener against Oklahoma State, but underwentarthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 1. He returnedto limited duty just 10 days later at Illinois, playing about adozen snaps and disrupting the Illini offensive line beforeillness sidelined him.
He made his first career start at Washington and was creditedwith three tackles (two solos) while adding experience upfront. He served a one game suspension for a violation ofathletic department policy against San Diego State. Hestarted against Arizona and was credited with two solo tackles.He did not play at California due to a swollen left ankle.He came off the bench at Arizona State and made threetackles (one solo), including one for for a six-yard loss.On the year, he has played in four games (two starts)and has made eight tackles.
Sophomore Robert Garcia started at tackle against OklahomaState and was credited with three tackles. He cameoff the bench at Illinois but did not play at Washington. Hesaw limited action versus San Diego State and Arizona andmade one tackle at California. He did not play at ASU.
Senior Eyoseph Efseaff, who had started 36 of his 37 previouscareer games as an offensive lineman, joined the mixalong the defensive front in the Illinois game. He had missedsignificant practice time due to a groin injury and switchedover the defensive side of the ball during the Oklahoma Statepractice week. In his debut at Champaign, he made threetackles (two solos) off the bench. He also came off the benchat Washington. Against San Diego State, he made his firstdefensive start and was credited with two tackle assists. Hecame off the bench against Arizona and made two solo tackles.He started at California and was credited with two solotackles. He also started at Arizona State and made one solotackle.
Redshirt freshmen Noah Sutherland (one solo),Nikola Dragovic (one assist) and William Snead(three tackles, on solo) all played in the opener. All threeplayed at Illinois with Dragovic recording one assist.
Dragovic and Snead both played at Washington. Sutherlandand Snead both played against San Diego State and Arizona(Dragovic did not due to an ankle sprain). In addition, truefreshman Chris Johnson and senior Charles Thompsonmade their debuts at tackle versus the Aztecs.Sutherland, Snead, Dragovic and Johnson all played at Californiaand Snead broke up one pass. All four saw actionat Arizona State. Snead recorded two tackles (one solo),including a five-yard sack.
True freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive actionagainst Oklahoma State off the bench and made one tackle.He started at Illinois, becoming the first true freshman tostart on the defensive line since Ken Kocher and AnthonyFletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. He also started atWashington and made one tackle before spraining his shoulder.He did not play against San Diego State, Arizona, Californiaor Arizona State due to that shoulder injury and couldmiss the remainder of the year.
LINEBACKER -- Redshirt Junior Wesley Walker andredshirt freshman Aaron Whittington battled forthe starting spot at outside linebacker during the Fall. Walkerstarted against Oklahoma State and made eight tackles (fourassists) while Whittington made one tackle off the bench.Against Illinois, both started and played well. Walker movedinside and made five tackles (three solos), including a sixyardsack. Walker played most of the Washington contest inthe middle in place of injured Justin London, making fourtackles (three solos) and forcing one fumble.
Walker started in the middle against San Diego State andmade a career-high nine tackles (four solos), second onthe squad to Spencer Havner's 14. He also shared a sackwith Kyle Morgan. Walker also started in the middleagainst Arizona and made six tackles (four solos). At California,he started at the outside spot but was not creditedwith a tackle.
At Arizona State, he started outside and made five solostackles, including one for loss.On the year, Walker currently ranks fourth on the team with37 tackles (22 solos). He is second on the squad with 1.5sacks and third with 3.5 tackles for losses. He made 15 tackleslast season and had one start against Illinois in 2003.Whittington made his first career start against Illinois and recordedeight tackles (four solos) and two quarterback hurries.He also started at Washington and made four solo tacklesand forced one fumble before suffering a hip pointer inthe second half. He did not play against San Diego State. Hehad one tackle assist off the bench versus Arizona and playedat California and Arizona State.
Junior college transfer Danny Nelson (Arizona WesternCollege) opened at an inside linebacker position againstOklahoma State when Justin London was not available.Nelson made seven tackles (three solos) against the Cowboysand split a sack with end Justin Hickman. He saw limitedaction at Illinois and made two solo tackles. He alsoplayed off the bench at Washington and had two tackle assistsversus San Diego State. He saw limited action versusArizona and California, mostly on special teams. He madeone special teams tackle at Arizona State.
Senior Benjamin Lorier made one tackle off the benchagainst both Oklahoma State and Illinois and deflected apunt against the Illini. He had two tackles, including onefor loss, at Washington. Against San Diego State, he madehis first career start and tied his career-best with seven tackles(three solos), including one for loss. He also started versusArizona and made six tackles (three solos). He saw limitedaction at California and Arizona State, mostly on specialteams. Against ASU, he deflected a punt for the secondtime this year.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD -- Redshirt junior MARCUSCASSEL earned the starting nod at cornerback in the openeragainst Oklahoma State. Cassel, a steady contributor on specialteams the last two seasons, made five tackles (three assists)against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he recovered twofumbles in the first half, broke up one pass and made fourtackles (one solo). At Washington, he made three solo tackles.Against San Diego State, he made six tackles (four solos).
Against Arizona, he had four tackles (three solos) andforced a fumble. At California, he made seven tackles, includingsix solos, and also broke up a pass. He made twosolo tackles at Arizona State. On the year, Cassel has 31stops, sixth on the squad. His two fumble recoveriesare tied for fourth in the Pac-10 (0.29 per game).Redshirt freshman Chris Horton came off the bench tomake two tackles in the opener against Oklahoma State.
Against Illinois, Horton came off the bench to make seventackles (four solos) and made a fourth-quarter interceptionthat led to UCLA's final touchdown on the ensuingplay. At Washington, he came off the bench to make eighttackles, third on the squad. He had four solos and fourassists, including one for loss. Against San Diego State,he made four tackles (two solos) off the bench.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of thegame when he blocked an Arizona punt out of the back ofthe end zone for a safety. He also made three tackles andbroke up two passes. At California, he made one tackle assist.
At Arizona State, he made two solo tackles before leavingthe game in the third quarter with a sprained rightfoot. In seven games, he has made 27 stops (16 solos) andranks seventh on the squad.
At Illinois, McNeal made his first career start in place of JarradPage at strong safety and responded with three stops. Heplayed in the secondary and on special teams at Washington.
Playing in UCLA's nickel package against San DiegoState, he made a career-high six tackles, including five solos.McNeal made one tackle and his first interception latein the game against Arizona. Against California, he recovereda fumble on a kickoff that led to a Bruin touchdown.At Arizona State, he had two solo tackles.Against Illinois, Keyes made five tackles off the bench. Heplayed in the secondary and on special teams at Washingtonbut injured his shoulder. Keyes did not play against SanDiego State or Arizona due to his injury and saw limitedaction in his return at California. He did not play at ArizonaState due to the shoulder.
True freshman Rodney Van made a special teams tackleassist at Washington and, against San Diego State, was inaction at cornerback, making one tackle. He also made onetackle versus Arizona. At California, he made four solo tackles,playing much of the second half at cornerback. He sawaction on special teams at Arizona State.
Redshirt sophomore Jebiaus Brown and redshirt freshmanTrey Brown each made one tackle at Illinois andboth played at Washington. Against San Diego State, T.Brown tackled the Aztec punter for a 23-yard loss to set upa field goal and also saw late action at cornerback. T. Brownadded one tackle against Arizona.
At Arizona State, T. Brown played much of the game at rightcorner and made a career-high seven tackles. He also madean interception that led to UCLA's field goal with no timeleft in the first half.
One of the premier punters in the nation, senior CHRISKLUWE has been named to the pre-season `Watch List' forthe Ray Guy Award. In 2003, he averaged 42.9 yards (3,908)on 91 punts with 19 placed inside the 20-yard line in hisfirst season as a starter. He set new school records for puntingyardage and kicks, breaking Nate Fikse's mark of 3,246yards (in 2000) and Matt McFarland's mark of 80 punts(1978). He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 26th in theNCAA in punting average.
He earned the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honorslast season against Arizona when he twice pinned theWildcats deep in their own territory at crucial times duringthe Bruin victory. In the Silicon Valley Classic against FresnoState, he was selected the Special Teams Player of the Gameafter averaging 44.3 yards on nine kicks with a long of 60.He placed three inside the 20.
In the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State, Kluwe averaged37.0 yards on four punts and had just one returned for sevenyards. Three of his four punts pinned the Cowboys insidetheir own 20, including the one-, two- and 18-yard lines.At Illinois, he averaged 33.5 yards on four punts and hadthree returned for a total of only 15 yards. He had onepunt inside the 20-yard line (17).
Kluwe punted just once against Washington, sending one44 yards that resulted in a fair catch at the Washington28-yard line.
Against San Diego State, he averaged 43.7 yards on sixpunts with a long of 51. He also put one inside the 20-yard line (four-yard line). Only three of the kicks were returnedfor a total of 25 yards.
Against Arizona, he averaged 49.8 yards on five kicks witha long of 61. Twice he pinned the Wildcats inside their 20-yard line (13- and 17-yard line). Only two of his kicks werereturned for a total of nine yards.
At California, he averaged 39.6 yards on seven kicks, sacrificingdistance for field position. Three times, he pinned Californiainside its 20-yard line, including the four, 12 and 15-yard lines. Only one of his kicks were returned for just fiveyards.
Kluwe was at his best against Arizona State. He averaged aseason-best 52.8 yards on five kicks. His career-long 68-yard punt in the fourth quarter pinned ASU at its 18-yardline and led to an interception. Only two of his kicks werereturned for a total of minus-five yards, giving the Bruinsa net punt average of 53.8 yards.
On the year, Kluwe is averaging 43.1 yards on 32 kicks with11 inside the 20-yard line and just four touchbacks. Heranks 18th in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 in punting.UCLA ranks fifth in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in net punting (41.31).
In his last four games, Kluwe is averaging 45.74 on 23 punts(1,052 yards) with seven of at least 50 yards and seven insidethe 20-yard line. Only eight of the 23 punts have beenreturned for 34 net yards.
Redshirt sophomore Justin Medlock, listed on the preseasonLou Groza Award `Watch List,' made his debut as theteam's place kicker last season and was named to TheSporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He supplied allthe scoring in the win over Illinois, including a 48-yard fieldgoal. Against California, he kicked what proved to be a gamewinning41-yard field goal in the first overtime.
On the year, he was the team's leading scorer with 68 pointsand his 5.23 average was 11th in the Pac-10. He rankedfourth in field goals per game (1.08) and in field goalpercentage (.737).
In the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State, he kicked two fieldgoals and made both PATs for a total of eight points. In thethird quarter, he kicked a 52-yard field goal, the longestof his career. It was also tied for the fourth longest in schoolhistory and the longest by a Bruin since 1997, when ChrisSailer kicked a school-record 56-yard field goal againstOregon. Against Illinois, he was five of five on PATs but didnot attempt a field goal.
At Washington, his 20-yard field goal with 10:35 remaining inthe game gave UCLA a six-point lead (37-31) and forcedthe Huskies to score a touchdown to win. He also convertedfour of five PATs, missing for the first time in his career whenhis second kick bounced off the left upright.
Against San Diego State, he set a career high with four fieldgoals (22, 40, 43, 44) on four attempts, the most by a Bruinsince Nate Fikse kicked five against Stanford in 2002. Hisfirst two, in the second quarter, gave the Bruins a 20-3halftime lead. He also converted all three PATs for a careerbest15 points. He was selected Pac-10 Special Teams Playerof the Week for his efforts.
Against Arizona, he converted all five PAT attempts and didnot try a field goal. At California, he made all four PATs butdid not attempt a field goal. At Arizona State, he made fieldgoals of 40 and 48 yards, the latter with no time left in thefirst half, and converted all four of his PATs for 10 points.
On the year, Medlock has made all nine of his field goalattempts and 27 of 28 PATs. He is the team's second-leadingscorer with 54 points (7.71) and ranks T-fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring, second in kick scoring and fourth in the Pac-10 in field goals (1.29).
Medlock is already in 10th place on UCLA's career field goallist with 23. Norm Johnson and Efren Herrera are tied foreighth at 24. Medlock's career percentage of .821 is secondonlyto John Lee's .850 among Bruins with at least 21 careerfield goals.
RED ZONE -- In the opener against Oklahoma State, UCLAentered the Red Zone four times and scored twice (one rushingtouchdown and one field goal) for 10 points. UCLA alsohad a fumble and an interception.
Against Illinois, UCLA scored on three of its four trips intothe Red Zone with two passing touchdowns and one rushingtouchdown for 21 points. The other trip ended on downs.At Washington, UCLA scored a rushing touchdown and a fieldgoal on its only two Red Zone trips for 10 points.
Against San Diego State, the Bruin scored a passing touchdownand two field goals on their three Red Zone trips for13 points.
Against Arizona, the Bruins scored on all four Red Zone trips-- three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown -- for 28 points.
At California, UCLA scored one passing touchdown (sevenpoints) on two Red Zone trips. The other opportunity endedon downs.
At Arizona State, UCLA scored two passing touchdowns, tworushing touchdowns and one field goal for 31 points on sixRed Zone trips. The other opportunity ended with an interception.Thus far in 2004, the Bruins are 20 of 25 (nine passing touchdowns,
six rushing touchdowns and five field goals) in theRed Zone for 120 points. UCLA had a streak of 11 straightRed Zone conversions ended in the third quarter at California.Oklahoma State scored on all four of its trips into the Red Zonewith three rushing touchdowns and one field goal for 24points.
Illinois was three of five in the Red Zone (one passing touchdown,one rushing touchdown, one field goal) for 17 points.Its other two trips ended on fourth-down stops by UCLA.Washington was four of four in the Red Zone (two touchdownsrushing, one touchdown passing, one field goal) for 24points.
San Diego State converted just two of four Red Zone trips for10 points (one rushing touchdown, one field goal). The othertwo trips ended on downs.
Arizona was three for three in the Red Zone -- two rushingtouchdowns and a field goal -- for 17 points.
California converted all five Red Zone chances -- two rushingtouchdowns, two passingtouchdowns and one field goal --for 31 points.
Arizona State scored on all five Red Zone trips -- three passingtouchdowns and two field goals -- for 27 points.
In six games, opponents are 26 of 30 (11 rushing touchdowns,seven passing touchdowns and eight field goals) in the RedZone for 150 points.
Last year, UCLA was 25 of 37 for 140 points (10 touchdownruns, six touchdown passes, nine field goals) in the Red Zone.The other possessions resulted in three missed field goals,two end of games, three fumbles, three interceptions andonce on downs.
Last year, opponents converted 30 of 39 attempts for 164 points(10 touchdown runs, seven touchdown passes, 11 fieldgoals).
TURNOVERS -- UCLA did not force any turnovers in its2004 opener. Oklahoma State converted four turnovers (twofumbles and two interceptions) into two touchdowns and14 points.
UCLA commited just one turnover (interception) againstthe Illini but it did not result in any points.
At Washington, UCLA did not force any turnovers. The Bruinscommitted three turnovers (two fumbles, one on a kickoff,and one interception and converted two of them for 10points (one rushing touchdown and one field goal).
Against San Diego State, UCLA made two interceptions andconverted two of them for 10 points (a Spencer Havnertouchdown on a 52-yard return and a field goal). UCLAcommitted just one turnover (an interception) but the Aztecsdid not convert.
Against Arizona, the Bruins made one interception just priorto the game's end. UCLA did not commit a turnover.
At California, Eric McNeal recovered a fumble on a kickoffreturn and UCLA converted it into a passing touchdown.The Bruins fumbled once but it was not converted intopoints.
At Arizona State, Jarrad Page, Matt Clark and Trey Brown allmade interceptions and they were converted into a passingtouchdown and two field goals for 13 points. UCLAcommitted four turnovers -- all interceptions -- and ASUconverted them into a passing touchdown and a fieldgoal.
Thus far in 2004, UCLA has forced 10 turnovers (threefumbles, seven interceptions) and converted eight ofthem into 44 points (five touchdowns, three field goals).Opponents have received 14 turnovers (nine interceptions,five fumbles) and converted six of them into 34points (four touchdowns, two field goals).
In 2003, UCLA forced 31 turnovers (19 interceptions and 12fumbles) and converted them into nine touchdowns andsix field goals (81 points).
Last year, UCLA commited 32 turnovers (15 interceptions and17 fumbles) that were converted into 87 points (11 touchdownsand four field goals).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES -- In the 2003 NCAA GraduationRate Report, UCLA had a 61% graduation rate fromthe freshman class of 1996 (11 of 18).
Among schools that participated in bowl games following the2003 season, UCLA ranked sixth with its four-year (1993-94 through 1996-97) graduation rate of 63%.
BRUINS IN THE NFL -- On Opening Weekend of the NationalFootball League season, 25 former Bruins were activeon NFL rosters. That total tied for No. 1 in the Pacific-10Conference and tied for 13th nationally.
Here is the current list of Bruins on NFL rosters: Baltimore-Jonathan Ogden-OT; Buffalo-Ryan Neufeld-TE; Carolina-DeShaun Foster-RB, Mike Seidman-TE, Ricky Manning-DB; Chicago-Marcus Reese-LB; Dallas-Kenyon Coleman-DL; Green Bay-Mike Flanagan-C (now on IR); Houston-Jason Bell-DB; Indianapolis-Bryan Fletcher-TE (practice);Miami-Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB; New England-RomanPhifer-LB; New Orleans-Rodney Leisle-DL, Brian Poli-Dixon-WR (practice); New York Giants-Shaun Williams-DB (now on IR); Oakland-Marques Anderson-DB; Philadelphia-Freddie Mitchell-WR, Matt Ware-DB; Pittsburgh-Tommy Maddox-QB, Travis Kirschke-DL; St. Louis-BrandonChillar-LB, Robert Thomas-LB; San Diego-DonnieEdwards-LB, Dave Ball-DL; San Francisco-Gabe Crecion-LB (practice), Matt Stanley-FB; Seattle-Tod McBride-DB (9/14); Tampa Bay-Ryan Nece-LB; Tennessee-Drew Bennett-WR; Washington Redskins-Ryan Boschetti-DT (practice).WALK-ONS REPORT -- The following walk-ons reportedfor practices beginning on August 11th -- Jamel Greer, LB(Bishop Amat HS); Travis Martin, DL (St. Francis HS);Micah Reed, OL (Nordoff HS); Justin Sieber, RB (St. FrancisHS); Steve Melton WR (San Clemente HS). They were joinedthe week of the Illinois game by linebacker Nicky Rodriguez(Pasadena Poly HS) and quarterback Tyler Holland (SacredHeart HS) and the week of the San Diego State game bywide receiver Josh Martin (Junction City, OR HS) and runningback Brandon Paris (Piedmont, CA HS). Defensive linemanBrian Ruziecki (Huntington Beach, CA HS) was addedthe week of the Arizona game.
UCLA ON THE RADIO -- The 2004 season is UCLA's eighthon XTRA Sports AM 690/1150. The Los Angeles all-sportsstation broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hourpre-game show and a post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is inhis 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruinquarterback Matt Stevens is in his eighth year on the broadcastteam and his fourth as the analyst in the booth. FormerBruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his third season as sidelinereporter.
Stevens and Cook will host the one and one-half hour localpre-game show while Roberts, Stevens and Cook will hostthe one-half hour network pre-game show and the networkpost-game show.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 provides ancillary programming duringthe week, including Karl Dorrell interviews during theweek of the games (Mondays between 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. andThursday's at 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.).
In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour `UCLARoundtable' show every Wednesday night between 7 and8:00 p.m. during the season.
For the first time ever, UCLA games are also available nationallydue to an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, the OfficialSatellite Radio Partner of UCLA Athletics.
The games can also be heard via the internet atwww.uclabruins.com (a College Sports Pass is needed). Fanscan also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute bydialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcaston the telephone.
UCLA ON TELEVISION -- Entering the Stanford game, 131of UCLA's last 138 games have been televised live. The ArizonaState, Washington, Illinois and Oklahoma State gameswere televised by ABC. The San Diego State game aired onFox Sports Net West 2. The Arizona game was televisedon Fox Sports Net. TBS televised the game at California Todate, two additional games have been selected for livetelevision -- Oct. 30 - Stanford (FSN) and Dec. 4 - USC(ABC).
Saturday's game will be televised live nationally by FSN. BarryTompkins and Petros Papadakis will call the action fromthe booth.
The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox SportsNet West 2, is once again airing on Wednesday nights duringthe football season.
UCLA ON THE WEB -- UCLA releases, player informationand results can be found on the school's official website --www.uclabruins.com.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE -- Bruin head coach KarlDorrell's weekly press conferences are scheduled for Mondaysat 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacentto the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES -- The Pac-10 holds a weeklyteleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Karl Dorrellis on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or aPac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED -- The Pac-10 provides a weeklysatellite feed containing interviews with coaches and playersand game highlight footage. The weekly half-hour feedairs every Wedensday at 11:00 a.m. PT through Dec. 1. Thecoordinates are: Satellite IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5C, Transponder14 (C-Band). If problems occur, call DennisKirkpatrick (310/543-1835), Cory Stone (805/231-3229) orMichelle Zumalt (925/932-4411).
PRACTICE NOTES --
Players/coaches expect post-practice one-on-one interviewsessions to last no longer than five minutes. If media planscall for a longer interview time, please give the Sports Informationstaff at least 24 hours notice. Media should plan tohave all interviews completed within 20 minutes followingthe dismissal of players from the field by the coaches.
Practices are closed to the public. Media who regularly coverthe Bruins will be admitted to practices on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday. All Friday practices are closedto the media. Television crews may shoot isolation footageof players to be interviewed during open practices,but not wide-angle formations, only during the first 30(approx.) minutes of practice.