No. 8 Bruins Travel To Play At Stanford
Oct. 24, 2005
KEY DATES --
Mon., Oct. 24 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Oct. 25 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Oct. 26 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Oct. 27 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Oct. 29 - UCLA at Stanford (3:30 p.m. on FSN)
GAME 8: UCLA (7-0, 4-0, ranked No. 8 by AP and USA Today/Coaches; No. 7 on Harris Poll) travels to Stanford (4-2, 3-1).Game time is 3:30 p.m. and the contest will be televised nationallyby FSN with Barry Tomkins and Petros Papadakis inthe booth and Jim Watson on the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts allof the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens inthe booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.
The Bruins' No. 8 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after startingthe year 6-0.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season isUCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadenafor the 1982 season, the Bruins are 98-43-2 on their homefield, 13-4 under coach Dorrell.
2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS --
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the ButkusAward as nation's top linebacker; One of 12 semifinalists forthe Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Drew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Awardas nation's top senior quarterback
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Stanford,which dates back to 1925, by a 41-31-3 count. The teamshave split the last six meetings with each team winning onits home field. The Bruins won last year's matchup in theRose Bowl, 21-0, recording their first Pac-10 shutout in 17years. The last UCLA shutout in Pac-10 play was a 49-0win at Stanford in 1987. UCLA has lost three straight gamesto the Cardinal on the Farm, last emerging victorious atStanford in the 1997 season.
In the 21-0 win last season, UCLA limited Stanford to 307total yards, made three interceptions and stopped the Cardinaltwice in the Red Zone. Linebackers Spencer Havner(16 tackles) and Justin London (10 stops) led the defensivecharge.
In the last meeting on the Farm (2003), the Cardinal snappeda five-game Bruin winning streak and ruined a 4-0 Pac-10start with a 21-14 verdict. UCLA netted 48 yards on theground and was sacked for minus 55 yards. A fumble in theRed Zone and a turnover on a punt return hurt the Bruincomeback chances from a 14-7 halftime deficit. Stanford'soffense generated only 206 yards, but capitalized on Bruinmistakes for a short field and scored on a punt return.
NOTING STANFORD-- The Cardinal is averaging 311.2 yardsand 27.8 points on offense while allowing 436.7 yards and29.0 points. It enters Saturday's contest with a three-gamewinning streak, having defeated Washington State, Arizonaand Arizona State in the last three weeks. Stanford rankseighth nationally and second to UCLA in the Pac-10 in turnovermargin(+1.17).
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES -- Maurice Drew's 299 all-purposeyards against California are the second-most in an NCAAgame this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score fivetouchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004at Washington and 2005 versus California).
Spencer Havner has been named one of the 12 semifinalistsfor the Rotary Lombardi Award (four finalists announced onNov. 15, award presented Dec. 7) and one of 10 semifinalists(three finalists announced on Nov. 10, award presented Dec.10) for the Butkus Award. Quarterback Drew Olson has beennamed one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (top seniorquarterback) with the winner to be announced on Nov. 30.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scoredthree touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in thefirst half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run inthe second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned apunt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on afour-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard average).
He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma andone touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California,he scored five touchdowns for the second time in hiscareer -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run -- an average of 24.8 yardsper score. In the win at WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- for an average of23.0 yards per score. Against Oregon State, he scored onreceptions of 43 and 20 yards, an average of 31.5 yards perscore.
He is averaging 28.1 yards on his 16 touchdown this season.In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushingtouchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and threeyards and a punt return for 68 yards.
Drew Olson, currently with 21 scoring passes in seven games(3.0 average), is on track to set a school record for touchdownpasses. Olson has thrown at least one scoring pass in15 of his last 16 games (only miss was at San Diego Statein the season opener). Only three other quarterbacks in UCLAhistory have thrown for 21 or more scores in a season -- 25Cade McNown-1998; 24-Troy Aikman 1988; 24-CadeMcNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982.
Maurice Drew's 43-yard scoring reception versus Oregon Statewas the 16th time in his career he has scored on a play whichmeasured at least 40 yards.
His 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLAand Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) recordsfor punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring returnagainst Washington erased by penalty.
In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accountedfor 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on puntreturns. Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards,including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving.He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahomaand 101 versus Washington.
Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on threepunt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt returnagainst Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v.SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005;68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He added 187 all-purpose yards inthe win at Washington State. In the win over Oregon State,he had 250 all-purpose yards -- 120 rushing, 67 receivingand 63 on punt returns.
Against Oregon State, Drew Olson set a school record with sixtouchdown passes, breaking the record of five he tied theprevious week at Washington State. Cade McNown also threwfive touchdown passes at Texas in 1997 and at Miami in 1998.Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rankNo. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versusUSC in 1998.
In Drew Olson's last 15 games, he has completed 289 of 458(.631) passes for 3,699 yards, 37 TDs and 11 interceptions.
Drew Olson has led three fourth-quarter comebacks this season(Washington, 10 points; Cal, 12 points; WashingtonState,17 points). In those three games, he completed 30 of41 passes (.732) for 333 yards and four touchdowns. In thefourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 38of 53 (.717) for 460 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.
In the second half of all games this season, Olson is73 of 103 (.709) for 851 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego Stateare the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when MikeSeidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus OregonState in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the mostever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havnerhas three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.
Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahomapushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had twointerception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner('85-88) who had three interception returns and TommyBennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.
NOTE:(Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumblereturn for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns forscores, four punts / two kickoffs).
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004,Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goalsof at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever tokick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same seasonand is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to havefour career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season openeragainst San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's careerfield goal list with 38. His nine PATs against Rice tied a schoolrecord.
Running back Maurice Drew's 120 rushing yards against OregonState marked the ninth time in his career he has toppedto century mark. Drew's total of nine 100-yard games rankstied for eighth on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San DiegoState, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 120 v. OregonState, 2005; 142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004;161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v.Wyoming, 2004; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003)
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner ledthe Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (onesack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin careertackles list (he is now No. 5). He was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five gamesin 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight endswith seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds thecareer mark with 17, including his two scoring receptionsversus Oregon State. He has six this season. He ranks rankssixth on the overall school career touchdown reception list.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 7-0 in sixprevious seasons. The last time was in 1998 when it startedthe year with 10 straight wins. The other seven-win startsinclude 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1966, 1954(National Champs), 1952 and 1946 (Rose Bowl). The lasttime the Bruins started a season with eight straight winswas 1998 (10-0).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the2001 season.
Nine previous UCLA teams have had seven-game winningstreaks during the season--1998 (won first 10), 1993 (wonseven straight mid-season),1988 (won first seven), 1987(woneight in a row mid-season), 1973 (won nine in a row midseason),1966 (won first seven), 1954 (won first nine), 1952(won first eight), 1946 (won first 10). Three teams went on toplay in the Rose Bowl game (1998, 1993, 1946). One wonthe national championship (1954).
UCLA is ranked No. 8 by AP and USA Today/Coaches. Thelast time UCLA was ranked higher was October 21, 2001when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls.In seven games, UCLA's offense has produced 24 touchdowndrives of 64 yards or longer -- three vs. San DiegoState, four vs. Rice, one vs. Oklahoma, two vs. Washington,four vs. California, five vs. Washington State andfive vs. Oregon State.
Three have measured between 64 and 69 yards, 11 between70 and 79 yards, nine between 80 and 89 yardsand one, the game-tying drive at Washington State, measured96 yards.
In its last four games, UCLA has outscored its opponents60-10 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime, including50-3 in the three come-from-behind wins. AgainstWashington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarterand outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California,UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscoredthe Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At WashingtonState, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth andoutscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 98-24 in thefourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scoredby San Diego State, Oklahoma and Oregon State.
By overcoming a 21-point second-quarter deficit (21-0 and28-7) at Washington State to win, 44-41 in overtime, UCLAtied the school record for largest comeback. In 1982, UCLArallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan (31-27) andin 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeatArizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31.
UCLA also matched the school record for overcoming a fourthquarterdeficit, rallying from 17 points down. In 1996, UCLArallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat USCin double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as aranked team since defeating California in the sixth game ofthe 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP enteringthat contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a sixth straight week for the firsttime since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the firsttime since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USC week(Nov. 18).
UCLA is 12-0 in games in which it has won the turnoverbattle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 thisseason (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma, Oregon State).
UCLA's seven straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marksthe first time the Bruins have compiled a seven-game winningstreak under head coach Karl Dorrell.
California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versusthe Golden Bears.
UCLA is 5-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coachKarl Dorrell is 2-0 in overtime, defeating California in2003 and Washington State this season.
Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's fourturnovers this season. UCLA has scored 53 points this seasonoff of 14 opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three gamesand has scored at least 40 in six of its first seven.Comeback Stories--UCLA trailed Arizona State 21-0 with 5:28remaining in the 2nd quarter (2000) before rallying for a 38-31 win. UCLA trailed at Washington State 28-7 with 5:36 remainingin the 2nd quarter (2005) before rallying for a 44-41win in overtime. UCLA trailed at Michigan 21-0 with 12:57remaining in the 2nd quarter (1982) before rallying for a 31-27 win. UCLA trailed USC 38-21 with 11:06 remaining in the4th quarter (1996) and rallied to win 48-41 in the second overtime.UCLA trailed at Washington State 38-21 with 23 secondsremaining in the third quarter (2005) and rallied to win,44-41 in the first overtime.
The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.UCLA's 51 points against Oregon State was the highest pointtotal by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeatingArizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener sincea win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.UCLA is 12-1 in games in which it has led at the half undercoach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the KarlDorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66-10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of totaloffense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the mostsince the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 32 for 34 in the Red Zone (27 touchdowns, five fieldgoals, one end-of-game kneeldown, one possession infourth quarter turned over on downs) in 2005.
In seven games, UCLA has committed just four turnoverswhile forcing 14 (12 on defense and two on special teams).The Bruins rank third nationally and first in the Pac-10 inturnover margin (+1.43).
In 2005, UCLA has produced 62 plays of at least 20 yards --10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns,two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return andone punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes andtwo runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoffreturns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns,two punt returns and one run), seven versus WashingtonState (five passes, two kickoff returns) and 13 againstOregon State (five passes, three kickoff returns, three runs,one punt return and one interception). Thirteen have resultedin touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 18 plays of at least 20 yards (five runs, fivepunt returns, seven receptions and one kickoff return) andeight have resulted in touchdowns.
In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes,22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interceptionreturns), including 21 for touchdowns.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards(two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass)and two of those resulted in touchdowns. Against Rice, UCLAhad four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass andone punt return), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longestplay against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest playversus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returnsover 40 yards versus California with one resulting in atouchdown. UCLA had one pass over 40 yards versus WSUand it resulted in a touchdown. Against Oregon State, UCLAhad five plays of at least 40 yards (three passes, one run, onepunt return) and three resulted in touchdowns Overall, UCLAhas had 17 plays of at least 40 yards (six passes, six puntreturns, four runs and one kickoff return) and eight haveresulted in touchdowns.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes,seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns andtwo kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns.UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its bestsince 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game wasits highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In seven games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.4 yards perplay, 440.6 yards of total offense and 44.4 points.With the win at Washington State, the Bruins qualified to playin a bowl game following the 2005 season. The Bruins havenow qualified to play in a bowl game in eight of the last nineseasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season having played in17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee,Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have wonmore bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than anyother school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eightschools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan,Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowlgames than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- Oregon State scored first, but UCLA's offensescored early and often in the 51-28 victory at the Rose Bowlto improve their record to 7-0 for the first time since 1998.The Beavers scored just 1:37 into the game but the Bruins tiedthe contest just 1:04 later when Drew Olson found MauriceDrew alone down the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown.
Spencer Havner's 10th career interception on OSU's ensuingpossesion led to the first of three Justin Medlock fieldgoals (27 yards) and the Bruins had the lead for good.Early in the second quarter, Olson and Drew hooked up for a20-yard touchdown and less than four minutes later, Olsonfound Ryan Moya down the middle for a 48-yard touchdown.After a Beaver touchdown, Olson found Marcedes Lewis inthe corner of the end zone from two yards out for a 31-14halftime lead. The two connected on a three-yard TD lessthan three minutes into the second half to make the score38-14. The Bruins led 41-28 when Olson went down themiddle to Brandon Breazell for a 46-yard touchdown to makethe score 48-28 with 9:47 remaining in the contest.
For Olson, it was his sixth touchdown pass of the game, settinga new UCLA school record (he tied the previous record of fiveone week earlier at Washington State). On the afternoon, hecompleted 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards to go with the sixtouchdowns and no touchdowns.
Heisman Trophy candidate Maurice Drew accounted for 250all-purpose yards. He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts,he made three receptions for 67yards, including his 43 and20 yard touchdowns, and he returned two punts for 63 yards,with a long of 59. Marcedes Lewis led the Bruins with sixreceptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall, UCLA rushed for 235 yards, including 120 by Drew and80 by Chris Markey, and passes for 262 yards.
Defensively, Trey Brown, Eric McNeal (two for losses) andRodney Van each led the Bruins with six tackles while SpencerHavner (one interception and one for loss), Dennis Keyesand John Hale each made five stops. UCLA allowed 511 yardsbut Oregon State was never closer than 13 points in the secondhalf.
DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listedon the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter.To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 gradepoint average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell'sfirst recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and ontrack to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-GraduateScholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans,eight National Football Foundation and Hall of FamePost-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholarand three members of the Academic All-America Hall ofFame.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruinstandouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played runningback from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, playedoffensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career,winning two Super Bowl titles).
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.According to the NFL, the Bruins were first among Pac-10schools with 25 active players on 2005 opening weekendNational Football League rosters. UCLA ranked 15thamong all universities.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the finalAssociated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC forthe most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, onlyeight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michi5gan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked inthe AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
2005 FIRSTS -- Five Bruins made their first career starts againstSan Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and BrianAbraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and NikolaDragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter AaronPerez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respectivespots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle ChaseMoline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya andlinebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers.In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive endWilliam Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver AndrewBaumgartner made the first starts of their careers. True freshmanGavin Ketchum made his first career start at WashingtonState. Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland made hisfirst career start against Oregon State.
Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San DiegoState -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WRGavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL ChaseMoline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-sixtrue freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the lastfour seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmenplayed for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time againstSDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who madetheir debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh,CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H Brian Callahan,WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C Aaron Meyer,OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT Scott Kearneyand P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who playeddefensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensivetackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruin widereceiver Karl Dorrell is now in his third season (19-13) as the15th head 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. He is the first UCLA coach togo to bowls in each of his first two seasons and has qualifiedfor a bowl in 2005.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasonsfor Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coachin charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrellcoached 12 years on the collegiate level, including sevenseasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell hasparticipated in 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls,two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teamsthat won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four timesin five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank in the all-timeschool career Top 10 (tied for 10th) and his total of 1,517receiving yards ranks No. 14.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes sixseasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and oneyear each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and CentralFlorida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986season and began his coaching career in the 1988 seasonas a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next seasonand moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. Hethen embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrellserved as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. Duringthat tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and MichaelWestbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on thesame team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receiverscoach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receiverscoach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-yearspan and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinatorand 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, 2002.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- One of the top players in the nation,junior tailback Maurice Drew has played himself intoHeisman Trophy consideration. He is on the Watch List forthe 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstandingplayer and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to thenation's best running back. In 2004, he ranked third in thePac-10 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards (146.0).
Drew achieved that ranking despite leaving the WashingtonState game in the first quarter (sprained right ankle) and carryingjust twice against USC. His total of 384 all-purpose yardsat Washington was the best in the nation for 2004.
In seven games this season, he has accounted for 1,299 allpurposeyards (185.57 average) and is averaging 8.84yards every time he touches the football. He leads theBruins in rushing (86.43). He has scored 16 touchdowns,tied for No. 5 on UCLA's single-season list, and is averaging28.1 yards on those touchdowns, including four of atleast 60 yards.
In UCLA's wins over Washington, California and WashingtonState, all come-from-behind victories, he scored thewinning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored thewinning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California,his 28-yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLAthe lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdownon the last play of the game. Against Washington State,he scored the winning touchdown in overtime.
Drew leads the nation in punt return average (30.85) andhas scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He alsohas non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65-yard touchdown return negated by penalty. His 401 puntreturn yards have already set a new UCLA single-seasonrecord while his three punt return touchdowns have tiedthe UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records.
Drew is second in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 13.71points per game. He has scored a career-high 16 touchdowns-- nine running, four receiving and three on puntreturns. Drew ranks fourth nationally in all-purpose yards(185.57) with only 20 yards on kickoff returns.
He is averaging 28.1 yards per touchdown this season andscores every 9.19 times he touches the football.
This season, Drew has 18 plays of at least 20 yards (fiveruns, five punt returns, seven receptions and one kickoffreturn) and eight have resulted in touchdowns.
In his 31-game career, he has scored 35 touchdowns, includingseven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoffreturns. Sixteen scores have measured at least 40yards. His 2,194 rushing yards rank 11th in school history,his 4,124 all-purpose yards rank third and his 35touchdowns ranked fourth (tied with Gary Beban).
In the win over Oregon State, he accounted for 250 all-purposeyards on 26 touches. He rushed for 120 yards on 21attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and hemade three receptions for 67 yards, including UCLA's firsttwo touchdowns on catches of 43 and 20 yards. He alsoreturned two punts for 63 yards, including a return of 59yards to set up his second scoring reception.
In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State (44-41 inovertime), he accounted for 187 all-purpose yards. He ran for109 yards (on career-high 29 carries), including 19 of UCLA's20 yards in overtime, scoring the winning touchdown on aone-yard run, and made three receptions for 78 yards, includinga 45-yard catch-and-run for a third quarter touchdown.
He was at his best in the victory over No. 10 (AP) California.Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards - 162on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoffreturn -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns-- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. Heaveraged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touches against theGolden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rank No. 2 in theNCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard lineand they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12-yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His oneyardrun with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought theBruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when hereturned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night.It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longestscoring punt return in school history. It was also his thirdscoring punt return of the year and fourth of his career,tying UCLA and Pac-10 records in both categories.
In the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass from Drew Olson inthe right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead with just1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown's interception,Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the two-yardline on the game's final play for the margin of victory.
For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp FootballFoundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week,The Sporting News National Player of the Week, theCingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of theWeek and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, Drew showed whyhe is one of the best and most exciting players in the nation.
On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he broke throughthe line and sped down the field for a 64-yard touchdown. Inthe second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and thenbroke the game open by taking a punt, executed a spin moveand then blasted up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown.Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finishedthe night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the groundon 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92yards each time he touched the ball and scored three timeson those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and twotouchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yardtouchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries.
He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purposeyards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week afterthe death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following anOklahoma touchdown that cut the lead to 10 points (34-24).
Against Washington, he accounted for 101 all-purpose yards.He rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries and scored the winningtouchdown with 1:08 remaining on a one-yard blast. He alsomade five receptions for 43 yards and returned two punts for25 yards. In the second quarter, he had a 65-yard touchdownon a punt return wiped out due to a penalty and was creditedwith a six-yard return.
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched thefootball (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yardsper rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were atleast 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58and 57 yards. Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns last season-- eight rushing, three receiving and one punt return. Drew,with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush forat least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruinhistory that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.
Drew ranked T-ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points/game).He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would haveled the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury, Drew ranked second in the nationand led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). He alsoranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushing(111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second in thePac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game).
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, tworeceptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on sevenof them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, fivereceptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including ninetouchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards in 2004 rank No. 4 on UCLA'ssingle-season list. He was the first UCLA player to have atleast 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the sameseason.
Drew was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and offensivewinner of UCLA's Henry R. 'Red' Sanders Award for MostValuable Player.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history inthe Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLA ralliedfrom a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew whototaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster'smark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington. Drewalso scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdownson runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In the firstquarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdownson four attempts. He finished the first half with 235 yards andfour touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Drew's 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference,bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for WashingtonState (1984) and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC (1976). He tied thePac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players,and compiled a Pac-10 record 384 all-purpose yards.
In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and returnedtwo kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). Hewas named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returnerby The Sporting News. Drew's 83-yard touchdown run fromscrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the 2003season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushingagainst the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total everby a UCLA true freshman.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true senior has been namedto several first-team pre-season All-America teams and isconsidered by most to be the top tight end in the country. Hewas one of three '04 finalists, and the lone returner in '05, forthe John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tightend, and is also on the watch lists of the Walter Camp Playerof the Year Award and the Lombardi Award.
Lewis leads the Bruins with 34 receptions and 433 yards --both career highs -- and six receiving touchdowns. His34 catches rank No. 4 on UCLA's single-season tight endlist (since 1965) while his 433 yards rank No. 5 on that list.In the last two games, he has made 11 receptions for 129yards and four touchdowns.
He currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with his average of4.86 receptions and 10th with his average of 61.86 yardsper game. He ranks first in the league among tight ends inboth categories.
His 17 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA recordby a tight end and No. 6 in school history overall. His 102receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's career tight end receivinglist and 13th on the school career receptions list. His1,263 yards also rank No. 1 among tight ends and 18thoverall.
Lewis started the 2005 season in great form, making sevenreceptions for 131 yards -- both career highs at the time --against the Aztecs. Five of his catches accounted for doublefigures in yards and first downs, including receptions of 22,31 and 40 yards, the longest of his career. The 31-yard receptionwas a leaping, acrobatic grab that put the Bruins insidethe one-yard line.
Against Rice, he made two receptions for 27 yards, includingone for 19 yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 61 yards,including a 19-yard touchdown with 12:32 remaining in thegame that gave UCLA a 10-point lead (27-17).
In the victory over Washington, he made a career-high eightreceptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, a four-yard catchto begin UCLA's comeback. Seven of his receptions came inthe second half as UCLA rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficitand three produced first downs. He was named Mackey CommitteeNational Tight End of the Week. He made just onereception for six yards versus California but it produced a firstdown on UCLA's touchdown drive at the end of the first half.
In the win at Washington State, he made five receptions for 66yards and two touchdowns (four and nine yards). His secondtouchdown, a nine-yard grab, started UCLA's 17-point fourthquarter comeback, cutting the deficit to 10 points. He wasnamed Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Weekfor the second time.
In the victory over Oregon State, he led the Bruins with six receptionsfor 63 yards and two touchdowns (two and threeyards). His TDs, one at the end of the half and one at the startof the third quarter, built UCLA's advantage from 10 to 24points. He also had a spectacular one-handed leaping 21-yard reception that led to a third-quarter field goal.His 131 yards against SDSU were the most by a Bruin tight endsince 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 againstOregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school recordfor tight ends.
Lewis led the Bruins with seven touchdown catches (a tightend record total) in 2004. He caught 32 passes overall (tiedfor fifth-best among Bruin tight ends since 1980), for 402 yards.In addition, Lewis produced a team-best 25 first downs andaveraged 12.6 yards per catch. His seven touchdown receptionsranked fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 while his 2.67 receptions/game ranked T-22nd.
Lewis had a breakout game in the 2004 win over Arizona, makingsix receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Histouchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards. He also hadcatches of 23 and 21 yards on scoring drives. Dating back to1965, his three touchdown receptions are the most by a Bruintight end in a game. He was named Mackey Committee NationalTight End of the Week.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- The senior, who last week wasnamed one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award, presentedto the nation's top senior quarterback, is playing like an All-American while leading the Bruins to a 7-0 start.
On the year, he has completed 149 of 222 passes (67.1) for1,874 yards and 21 touchdowns with three interceptions.His passing efficiency rating of 166.54 ranks leads thePac-10 and ranks fifth nationally.
Olson has thrown 21 touchdown passes this season, puttinghim fourth (tied with Tom Ramsey in 1982) on thatUCLA single-season list. Only Cade McNown (25 in 1998and 24-1997) and Troy Aikman (24-1988) have thrown formore scores in a season.
In his 40-game career (33 starts (21-12) / last 22 straight),Olson has 571 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history.
In addition, his 7,208 career passing yards rank No.2 and his career total offense of 7,042 yards also ranksNo. 2. His 54 touchdown passes also rank No. 2 on theUCLA career list.
In his last 15 games, he has completed 289 of 458 (.631)passes for 3,699 yards, 37 TDs and 11 interceptions.He was at his best in the Oct. 22 victory over Oregon State.
That afternoon, he set a school record by throwing sixtouchdown passes -- two each to Maurice Drew andMarcedes Lewis and one each to Ryan Moya and BrandonBreazell. On the day, he completed 16 of 24 passesfor 262 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions whileleading the Bruins to a 51-28 win. He moved into secondplace on UCLA's career touchdown passes list, passingTom Ramsey. He was named Pac-10 Offensive Player ofthe Week for his efforts.
He also set a school record with 11 touchdown passes intwo consecutive games, breaking the previous record ofeight. He has 13 in a three-game span, breaking the recordof 11 by Wayne Cook in 1993.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, hecompleted six of nine passes for 103 yards.
He enjoyed another fine night against Rice. On the night, hecompleted 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296 yards and threetouchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions. The 296 yardsrank third in his career. He had five completions of at least 20yards and accounted for 302 yards of total offense.
Against Rice, he completed passes to eight different receivers.In the first half, he led the Bruins to touchdowns on all six oftheir offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for263 yards and three scores.
He was at his best in the victory over Oklahoma. Olson completed28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdownswith no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 differentreceivers and both times Oklahoma scored in the secondhalf, he responded by leading a touchdown drive.
When Oklahoma closed to within 20-17 with 3:25 left in thethird quarter, he responded by leading a 13-play, 83-yard drive,completing six of seven passes for 78 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to Marcedes Lewis. On UCLA's next possession,he drove the Bruins 45 yards for another touchdown,completing three of four passes for 42 yards, including aseven-yard score to Chris Markey.
Olson was named Sporting News National Player of the Weekand Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts againstthe Sooners.
He completed 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards with two touchdownsand two interceptions versus Washington. The 44 attemptstied his career high.
In the second-half comeback versus Washington, he connectedon 20 of 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns withno interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 11 of15 passes for 99 yards and one score, including his last sixattempts for 72 yards on the winning drive.
He rallied the Bruins from a 10-0 halftime deficit. In the thirdquarter, with UCLA starting on the UW 28-yard line followinga fumble recovery, he hit Joe Cowan for 24 yards and after arun for no yards, he found Marcedes Lewis in the end zonefor a four-yard touchdown.
After Washington made the score 17-7, he moved the Bruins80 yards, hitting Michael Pitre for a one-yard score on thefirst play of the fourth quarter. With 3:39 remaining in the game,he drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score, convertinga key fourth-and-one from the Bruin 36-yard line. He completedsix of seven passes (the final six) for 72 yards on thedrive, which was capped by Maurice Drew's one-yard runwith 1:08 remaining in the game.
Against California, Olson rallied the Bruins to victory for the secondstraight week. He brought them back from a 14-0 deficitless than three minutes into the game, pulling them into a14-14 tie just 10 seconds into the second quarter.
Trailing 40-28 with 12:55 remaining, he drove the Bruins 80yards to make the score 40-35, scoring on a one-yard sneak.With 2:30 remaining, UCLA took possession on its own 25-yard line and Olson drove them 75 yards, completing passesof 38 and nine yards to Marcus Everett. On third-and-one atthe 28-yard line, he found Maurice Drew in the right flat andhe sped 28 yards for the winning score. UCLA regained possessionwith 1:01 remaining and Olson helped run the clockuntil Drew scored on the final play of the game.
On the night, Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yardsand two touchdowns with no interceptions and twice ralliedhis team from double-digit deficits for the win. He also movedinto second place on the career total offense list.In the win at Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficitsof 21 points in the first half and 17 points in the fourthquarter, tying school records in both categories. On the night,he completed 31 of 43 passes for a career-high 338 yards,five touchdowns and one interception. His five touchdownpasses tied the old school record held by Cade McNown (1997at Texas, 1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were oneshy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). Thelast time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002 (CoryPaus-378 vs. Oregon State).
In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourthquarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards andtwo scores.
UCLA trailed 28-7 near the end of the first half, but Olson drovethe Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for four yardswith 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points.
Midway through the third quarter, his 45-yard touchdown passto Maurice Drew completed a 73-yard drive and brought theBruins to within seven points. However, UCLA still trailed by17 entering the final quarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hookedup for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. UCLAtrailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took overon its four-yard line. Olson drove the Bruins 96 yards for thetying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of theend zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On thefinal drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards, including thetouchdown.
In the three come-from-behind victories, he completed 30 of41 passes (.732) for 333 yards, four touchdowns and nointerceptions in the fourth quarter.
During the 2004 season, Olson ranked sixth in the Pac-10 (44th-NCAA) in total offense (222.58 yds.), sixth in the Pac-10 inpassing (213.8 yds.), and fourth in the Pac-10 (43rd-NCAA)in passing efficiency (132.39 rating). In the Pac-10, his averageof 13.09 yards per completion was first among playerswith at least 100 completions and his 57.48% was fourth.
Olson's season ended in the second quarter of the Las Vegas(Dec. 23) Bowl, when he suffered a torn ligament in his leftknee which required surgery.
In his last seven regular-season games of 2004, he completed134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdownsand eight interceptions.
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 Moore inthe first half of the opener at Colorado and went on to appearin 12 games (nine starts). Olson became the fourth sophomoreto pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began 2002 behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olson startedthe final five games of the year after Paus suffered a seasonendingankle injury against Cal. Olson was also injured in
that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford, beforereturning to start the season's last five games.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and becamethe first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 towin his initial road start. He also became just the third UCLAtrue freshman quarterback to start the game against USC,joining Ramsey and Cade McNown.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Joe Cowan started the 2005opener at San Diego State but did not make a reception.Against Rice, he made two receptions (21 and 17) for 38yards. His 17-yard catch gave the Bruins a first-and-goal atthe one-yard line.
Against Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 49 yards andproduced four first downs. Against Washington, he made fourreceptions for 49 yards. His 24-yard reception gave the Bruinsa first down at the four-yard line on their first touchdown drive.
In the win over California, he scored UCLA's first touchdown ona four-yard reception. In the win at Washington State, he ledthe Bruins with a career-high six receptions for 73 yards andthree first downs. He made two receptions for 18 yards versusOregon State.
He is now the team's second-leading receiver with 20catches for 231 yards (11.5 average) and one touchdown.In 2004, he made 13 catches for 228 yards, a team-high 17.5average, and one touchdown. He made two starts. He ledthe team at California with five receptions for 95 yards andone touchdown, a 46-yarder. At Arizona State, he made threereceptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, and three firstdowns. In 2003, one of his catches was good for a touchdownversus USC.
True sophomore Marcus Everett suffered a sprainedshoulder in practice on August 22 and did not suit up for thefirst two games against San Diego State and Rice.Playing for the first time this year against Oklahoma, he cameoff the bench to lead the Bruins with six receptions, good for66 yards and three first downs -- all in the first half.
He started against Washington and made two receptions for41 yards. On UCLA's final drive, he took a flat pass, made acouple of moves and raced 39 yards to the Bruin 20-yardline. UCLA scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
In the win over California, he led the team with a career-hightying six receptions for a career-high 95 yards. Three of themproduced first downs and two measured 38 and 26 yards.On UCLA's winning drive, he made an acrobatic 38-yardreception and made a nine-yard catch on the next play to setup UCLA's go-ahead touchdown.
In the win at Washington State, he made five receptions for 39yards, one touchdown and three first downs. His nine-yardtouchdown catch in the back of the end zone with 44 secondsremaining in regulation completed UCLA's 17-point fourthquartercomeback and was the first TD of his career. AgainstOregon State, he sprained his left knee early and playedsparingly the rest of the way, not making a reception.
On the year, Everett has made 19 receptions, third on thesquad, for 241 yards in his five games. In the fourth quarterof the Washington, California and Washington Stategames, he made seven catches for 118 yards and one TD.
Everett started four games in 2004 and finished with nine catchesfor 110 yards. He made his first career start against San DiegoState and responded with two receptions for 49 yards andtwo first downs.
Against Arizona, he started and made four receptions for 45yards and two first downs. At Arizona State, he started in athree wide receiver set and made two catches.
True sophomore Brandon Breazell came off the benchto contribute 40 all-purpose yards against San Diego State.He made one reception for 15 yards and ran a reverse for 25yards to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown.Against Rice, he made four receptions, second-only to JuniorTaylor, for 75 yards and the first touchdown of his career (11yards). He also made a 48-yard reception on UCLA's thirdtouchdown drive, the longest catch of his career.
He made two receptions for 13 yards against Oklahoma,including a big third down catch to pick up a first down on thetouchdown drive which put UCLA up 27-17. He made tworeceptions for 26 yards in the win over Washington. AgainstCalifornia, he made two receptions for 33 yards, including along of 24. At Washington State, he made four receptions for21 yards and ran for 16 on a reverse.
Against Oregon State, he made two receptions for 53 yards,including a 46-yard touchdown.
On the year, his 17 receptions are fourth (tied) on the squad.In 2004, he made two receptions for 15 yards in 2004, both inthe game at California. He made his first start against SanDiego State.
True senior Junior Taylor is expected to miss the remainderof the 2005 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciateligament in his left knee on the second play (a 16-yard reception)of the Oklahoma game. His 76 career receptions at thetime of his injury rank 20th on the all-time school list. In addition,he ranks 22nd on the career receiving yardage list.
In 2004, he tied for second on the team with 32 receptions and463 receiving yards (14.5 avg.) while starting 11 games. Hehad 17 catches good for first downs.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- Plenty of experience returns along theoffensive line from the 2004 unit which helped Bruin rushersaverage 184.9 yards on the ground (24th-NCAA/ second-Pac-10) and 410.0 yards overall (26th-NCAA/ fourth-Pac-10).Thus far in 2005, UCLA is averaging 431.2 yards of total offense(27th in the nation).
Redshirt senior center Mike McCloskey, a Rimington Awardcandidate, returned to the starting lineup in 2004 after missingthe last seven games of 2003 with a fractured left ankle.
McCloskey earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors afterUCLA rushed for at least 200 yards in six of the 10 games inwhich he played in 2004. In 2005, he has started all sevengames and played well. In the first quarter of the Oregon Stategame, he strained his right shoulder and did not return.
Redshirt senior Ed Blanton is in his third season as a starterand has been a key performer in all seven games this year,playing virtually every snap while the game was on the line.
In 2004, he started 11 games and played the entire contestsagainst Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington, San DiegoState, California, Arizona State and Stanford at weak tackleand all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He had a stringof 22 straight starts snapped last year when he came off thebench versus Oregon.
True sophomore Shannon Tevaga is one of the top younglinemen in the Pac-10. He has now started 13 straight gamesat strong guard, including all seven this season. A year ago,he spent most of the first six weeks of the season playing onthe PAT-field goal squad, started at strong guard againstArizona State and did a good job in his first extensive action(he had played two snaps against Arizona and four at tightend at Cal). He went on to start the final six games of 2004.Tevaga earned third-team Freshman All-America honors andfirst-team Freshman All-Pac-10 acclaim from The SportingNews.
True sophomore Chris Joseph made his first career startagainst San Diego State and helped the Bruins rush for 191yards. He also played well versus Rice, Oklahoma andWashington. Against California, he suffered an injury to hisleft knee in the first quarter and will miss the rest of the season.
In 2004, he saw action on the PAT-field goal team in the firstfive games of 2004 before he suffered a partially torn kneeligament. He sat out the remainder of the season and hadsurgery in November of 2004. Joseph had played a couple ofoffensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest.True sophomore Brian Abraham also made his first careerstart at the strong tackle position against San Diego State.
He also contributed to the rushing attack against Rice andplayed well versus Oklahoma, Washington, California andWashington State. He did not start and saw limited actionagainst Oregon State due to the flu. A year ago, he played onthe PAT-field goal team and saw limited action on offense(couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contestand versus Stanford and Washington State.
Redshirt senior Robert Cleary played on offense or specialteams as a reserve in each of the first five games this season.
Against California, he came in during the first half in place ofinjured Chris Joseph and played very well. He started andplayed the entire contest at Washington State and virtuallyevery snap against Oregon State. A year ago, he made hisfirst career start (weak guard) against Oklahoma State lastseason and played the entire contest. He also started againstIllinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona and California.
Against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State, hecame off the bench. He started and played extensively at weakguard at Oregon.
Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland, who playeddefense a year ago, started at strong tackle against OregonState in place of an ill Brian Abraham and did a fine job.Redshirt freshman center Aaron Meyer played virtuallythe entire Oregon State game at center and did a solid job.Redshirt junior guard Robert Chai and redshirt freshmantackle/guard Scott Glicksberg have played against SanDiego State, Rice and Oregon State.
MORE QUARTERBACK --Redshirt freshman Ben Olson,who earned the backup quarterback role in Fall camp, madehis debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State gameand threw his first career pass. He was sidelined for the firstthree games due to a small fracture in his left (throwing) hand.Olson entered UCLA in January of 2005 following his transferfrom Brigham Young University.
Olson had been on a church mission the past two years afterredshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season.
He has not seen action in a competitive game since hissenior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA HighSchool (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). Duringhis prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for 6,401yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threw for2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Senior David Koral, who entered UCLA in January of 2004following a transfer from Santa Monica College, gained valuableexperience coming off the bench for D. Olson in the LasVegas Bowl. He completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards,including a couple of touchdowns. The pass attempts andcompletions were the first of his UCLA career. He had seenaction in earlier games against Stanford (three snaps) andArizona (two), but had not attempted a pass.
He played in the fourth quarter of the 2005 opener at San DiegoState, completing two of three passes for six yards. He playedin the third and fourth quarters against Rice, completing oneof two passes for 29 yards. He did not see action versusOklahoma or Washington and missed the California, WashingtonState and Oregon State games due to illness.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiverJoe) spent the 2004 season running the scout team duringpractice. He has shown a rapid level of development duringhis time at UCLA. He saw his first action in the fourth quarteragainst Rice but did not attempt a pass.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Redshirt sophomore MICHAELPITRE and true sophomore Chris Markey each havemade valuable contributions to the Bruins' 7-0 start.
Markey came off the bench to account for 175 all-purpose yardsat San Diego State. He returned two kickoffs for 91 yards,including one for 71 yards. He also returned a punt 41 yardsand carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards and two one-yardtouchdowns.
Against Rice, he rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts, includingone run of 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown. He alsoreturned two kickoffs for 34 yards and one punt for sevenyards, giving him 110 all-purpose yards.
In the Oklahoma contest, he made three receptions for 31 yards,including a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Healso rushed seven times for 15 yards and returned one kickofffor 16 yards. Against Washington, he rushed four timesfor 21 yards, made two receptions for 19 yards and returnedtwo kickoffs for 47 yards. His 12-yard catch-and-run cametwo plays before the go-ahead touchdown.
In the win over California, he accounted for 142 all-purpose yards-- 86 on four kickoff returns, 43 rushing yards and 13 yards onthree receptions. His 18-yard run was the longest run by aBruin back in that contest. At Washington State, he rushedfor 59 yards on eight carries (7.4) and made two receptionsfor 13 yards.
Against Oregon State, he had 145 all-purpose yards. He rushedfor 80 yards (6.2 average) on 13 attempts and added 65 yardson three kickoff returns.
Markey is 40th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoffreturn average (24.21) and is 15th in the Pac-10 in allpurposeyards (113.3). He is second on the team in rushingwith 330 yards and third with four touchdowns.
Markey was the team's third-leading rusher with 350 yards (5.3avg.) in 2004. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with his 22.2kickoff return average and was third on the team and 17th inthe Pac-10 with 854 all-purpose yards (77.6 avg.). He wasnamed to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman teamand was the offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr.Award for Rookie of the Year.
Markey had a breakout performance at Oregon. Opening in placeof an injured Maurice Drew, he rushed for 131 yards and hadfive receptions for 84 yards. Including his 23-yard kickoff return,Markey accounted for 238 all-purpose yards and wasthe Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, appeared in11 games and established himself as an outstanding blockingback.
Against San Diego State, he blocked well for Maurice Drewand Chris Markey and made one reception for eight yards.Versus Rice, he carried twice for 11 yards, including the firstrushing touchdown of his career (six yards) late in the firstquarter. Against Oklahoma, he carried twice for one net yardand made one reception for two yards.
In the win over Washington, he scored on a one-yard touchdownreception on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Onthe night, he made four receptions for 20 yards and one scoreand carried once for one yard. In the victory over California,he had the first double-digit run of his career, gaining 16 yardson a first quarter run which led to UCLA's second touchdown.At Washington State, he made one reception for eight yards.He carried once for one yard versus Oregon State.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- The senior All-America insidelinebacker is one of the best in the nation. He has alreadybeen selected as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (10 players)and the Rotary Lombardi Award (12). In addition, he ison several other pre-season honors lists -- Walter Camp(player of the year); Lott Trophy (nation's top defender);Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defender) and Bednarik Award(nation's top defender). He was also named a first-team preseasonAll-American by several publications.
In 2004, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim fromcbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com. He was selectedsecond-team All-America by the Walter Camp FootballFoundation. He was one of 12 semifinalists for both the2004 Butkus and the Rotary Lombardi Awards.
He currently leads the Bruins with 58 tackles (7th in Pac-10), 10 tackles for losses and two interceptions and istied for the team lead with 2.0 sacks. His average of 1.43tackles for loss per game ranks fourth in the Pac-10 andhis average of 0.29 interceptions ranks 10th.
His 361 career tackles rank No. 5 on that all-time school list.Havner has 10 career interceptions and has returned threefor touchdowns (52, 42 and 23 yards-31.6 avg.), includingone in 2004. He also scored on a fumble recovery againstOklahoma this season for his school record fourth defensivetouchdown.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruinswith 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a careerhighthree tackles for losses, including one sack, and returnedthe ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He was namedthe Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Rice, hewas credited with one tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, 'UCLA's Tackling Machine' (BruceFeldman, ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles(six solos). In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown ofhis career just 1:47 into the second half when he scooped upa fumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards togive UCLA a 10-point cushion (27-17).
In the victory over Washington, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles(seven solos), including one for loss, and also broke up apass. In the win over California, he made nine tackles (eightsolos), second on the squad. He was credited with three tacklesfor losses, including one sack.
At Washington State, he led the Bruins for the fourth time, finishingwith 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. Inthe win over Oregon State, he had five tackles (four solos),including one for loss, and his 10th career interceptionset up the field goal that gave UCLA the lead for good.Havner's double-digit tackle games: 2002: 10-San Diego State,11-Cal, 11-Stanford, 2003:13-Washington State; 2004:16-Oklahoma St., 17-Illinois, 13-Washington, 14-San DiegoState, 11-Arizona, 16-Stanford, 12-Washington St., 2005: 13-San Diego State,11-Washington, 10-Washington State.
In 2004, he ranked second nationally in solo tackles (7.64) andseventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) in 2004. In 11 games, hemade 125 tackles (tied for No. 10 on the school single seasonlist with Ken Norton, 1987) and his average of 11.37 ledthe Pac-10 by 1.2 stops per game. He also tied for the teamlead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third with twointerceptions.
He recorded 16 tackles in the 2004 opener against OklahomaState and a career-high 17 tackles at Illinois, the most by aBruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in hiscareer. Against San Diego State, Havner led the team with14 tackles, including one for loss. He also picked off a passand returned it 52 yards for a score. He was selected Pac-10Defensive Player of the Week. In the shutout of Stanford, heled the Bruins with 16 tackles, had two tackles for loss andhis second interception of the year (21 yards). He was againnamed Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against WashingtonState, he led the team in tackles for the seventh timeon the season, finishing with 12.
In 2003, he ranked third on the team in tackles (82), tied for theteam lead in interceptions (3) and was 25th in the Pac-10 intackles per game (6.3).
In 2002, he started 13 games and ranked second on the teamin tackles (96, second-most ever by a Bruin freshman behindJames Washington,1984-119). He ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.4). His 12 tackles for loss weresecond on the team. He ranked third on the team with threeinterceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, tyingan NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected firstteamFreshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player ofthe Year by The Sporting News.
#9 LB Justin London -- True senior Justin London is on the`Watch List' for the 2005 Lott Trophy, presented to the nation'stop defensive player, the Butkus Award, for the nation's toplinebacker, and the Lombardi Award, for the nation's top lineman.On the year, he is third on the squad with 36 tackles and tiedfor fourth with five tackles for losses.
In the opener against San Diego State, he made five tackles(three solos) and broke up one pass. Against Rice, he led theteam with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.Against Oklahoma, the emotional London was all over the fieldand tied for the team lead with nine tackles (eight solos),including two for losses. In the win over Washington, he wascredited with one solo tackle.
In the win over California, London made eight total tackles (fivesolos), including one tackle for loss. In the win at WashingtonState, he made five tackles, including four solos. AgainstOregon State, he saw limited action off the bench and hadone tackle (for loss).
Last year, he was on the pre-season lists for the Lombardi andButkus awards, but sprained his right ankle in practice onAugust 19, 2004. He did not see his first game action untilthe second contest of the year, at Illinois. He started gamethree at Washington, but played only three snaps beforereaggravating his injured ankle.
London returned to action against Arizona (game five), comingoff the bench. He was back in the starting lineup at Cal. In theStanford shutout, London recorded 10 tackles, one for loss.At Oregon, he led the team with 10 stops, including a sack.Against USC, he made eight tackles (tied team high). Hehad a tackle for loss, forced one fumble and made an interception.In the Las Vegas Bowl, he led the team with seventackles, including a sack and two others for losses.
In his final five games of 2004, he totaled 44 tackles. For theseason, he tied for fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, includingtwo sacks and 7.0 for losses.
In 2003, he started 12 games, making his first career start atColorado, and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles.He ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for theteam lead with three interceptions. London ranked eighth inthe Pac-10 with his average of 7.67 tackles.
He saw action in 12 games as a true freshman (linebacker andspecial teams) in 2002 and made five tackles.
#4 S Jarrad Page -- Now a four-year starter at strong safety,Page is on the Watch List for the 2005 Thorpe Award, presentedto the nation's top defensive back.
He currently ranks fourth on the squad with 34 tackles (27solos), including one sack, six tackles for loss and oneforced fumble. He is tied for second on the team with hissix tackles for losses. In addition, he has 38 rushing yardson a key fake punt in the fourth quarter of the Californiagame.
In the opener, he made five tackles, including four solos. AgainstRice, he made one solo tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, the hard-hitting safety made eighttackles, one shy of the team lead, including seven solos. Twoof those tackles accounted for losses, including the first sackof his career. Against Washington, he made six tackles (foursolos), including one for loss, forced a fumble and broke upone pass.
In the victory over California, Page made five tackles (three solos),including three behind the line of scrimmage. With justover nine minutes remaining against California and the Bruinsin punt formation with a fourth-and-two at their own 42-yard line, Page took a handoff, broke a tackle and raced 38yards to set up the first of UCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
In the win at Washington State, he made six solotackles and broke up two passes. Against Oregon State, hehad three tackles (two solos) and also broke up one pass.
The true senior ranked second on the team in tackles (79), tiedfor first in interceptions (3) and was second in passes brokenup (7) in 2004.
In 2003, Page ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12games. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions,returning one for a touchdown (Washington). In 2002, Pagesaw action in all 13 games and started the final 10 contestsat strong safety to become the first Bruin safety since KennyEasley in 1977 to start as many as 10 games as a true freshman.He finished sixth on the team in tackles (43). He wasnamed first-team Freshman All-America and to the first-teamFreshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#75 DT Kevin Brown -- Brown suffered a sprained left anklein the August 20 pre-season scrimmage and underwent surgeryon August 22, 2005. It is undetermined as to when hewill be able to return to action.
In 2004, the true junior led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied forthe lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked firstamong all defensive linemen. He earned UCLA's DonnMoomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player againstUSC (four tackles, two sacks). Brown made his first careerstart on the defensive line in the 2004 opener against OklahomaState.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sidesof the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games ofthe 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensive line andstarted three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- True junior Justin Hickman, whohas been added to the Hendricks Award Watch List, leadsthe defensive linemen with 20 tackles.
He started at defensive end against San Diego State and madea career-best six tackles (five solos), including one sack (sevenyards). Versus Rice, he made one tackle but missed the secondhalf with an injured left shoulder. Against Oklahoma, hemade two tackles. In the win over Washington, he made fivetackles, including two solos. Against California, he made threetackles (one solo), including two for losses. In the win at WashingtonState, he made two solo tackles and recovered afumble. Against Oregon State, he had one solo tackle.
In 2004, he played in 10 games and made 22 tackles, tied forfourth-most among defensive linemen, including 4.0 forlosses, second among linemen. He was the only lineman tostart in each of the first five games of 2004, the first two at leftend, the rest at right end. He underwent surgery to repair atorn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Caland Arizona State games. He returned to action againstStanford and started the final three games.
True sophomore Brigham Harwell started at defensivetackle against San Diego State and was credited with twosolo tackles. In his start against Rice, he made four tackles(one solo). He played very well in the win over Oklahoma,making four tackles, including his first career sack (11 yards)and two others for losses, and breaking up one pass. Hissack came on a third and goal situation just before the halfand helped UCLA hold on to the halftime lead. In the win overWashington, he made three solo tackles, including two forlosses. Against California, he suffered a sprained right anklein the first half after making one tackle and did not return. Hesaw limited action at Washington State. He started and brokeup one pass versus Oregon State.
On the year, Harwell has made 14 tackles and is fourth (tied)on the team with 5.0 tackles for losses.
In 2004, he played in all 12 games, starting four at defensiveend. He made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensivelinemen, including 2.5 for losses. He returned fromarthroscopic knee surgery during 2004 Fall camp to see limitedaction in the season opener. At Illinois, he made five tackles,including one for loss. Harwell started for the first time atCalifornia and recorded five solo tackles. He is expected toplay at defensive tackle in 2005.
MORE LINEMEN --Senior Kyle Morgan is on the WatchList for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's topdefensive end. He did not see action against San Diego Statebut made two tackles off the bench versus Rice. He also madetwo solo tackles against Oklahoma. He played but did notmake any tackles against Washington, California andWashington State. He made two tackles (one solo) versusOregon State.
Morgan, who started the final 10 games of the 2004 season,made 24 tackles and his 3.5 for losses were tied for thirdamong linemen. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repaira torn meniscus in his knee during 2004 Fall camp. Hereturned to action against Oklahoma State, but was notcredited with a tackle. Morgan made his first career start atWashington and made three tackles, including one for loss.In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made a career-high five tackles.
Redshirt sophomore William Snead appeared in all 12games a year ago as a key reserve and made six tackles,including one sack. In the 2005 opener, he had one tackleassist and added an assist versus Rice. Against Oklahoma,his first-quarter fumble recovery led to the field goal that gavethe Bruins the lead for good, 10-7. In the win over Washington,he made four tackles (three solos), including one sack. Hemade his first career start versus California and made acareer-high seven tackles, including five solos. He started atWashington State but was not credited with a tackle. AgainstOregon State, he started and recovered a fumble.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive actionin the first three games last season, including startingassignments at Illinois and Washington, before being sidelinedby a shoulder injury for the remainder of the year. At Illinois, hebecame the first true freshman to start on the defensive linesince Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 RoseBowl. However, he sprained his shoulder at Washington anddid not play the rest of the season.
In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist. Against Rice, herecorded a solo sack. He also had a solo tackle versusOklahoma. He made two solo tackles in the win overWashington. He made his first start of 2005 versus Californiaand was credited with three tackles (one solo), including twofor losses. At Washington State, he started and made threesolo tackles. He started and had one tackle against OregonState.
Redshirt freshman Nathaniel Skaggs had an outstandingFall Camp and earned a starting job at defensive tackleagainst San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle inthe opener. He came off the bench against Rice and made twotackles, including a 16-yard sack on which he caused afumble that resulted in a Bruin touchdown. He also saw actionin the wins over Oklahoma and California.
True freshman Chase Moline played extensively off thebench against San Diego State. He finished with two solotackles. Moline started against Rice and made six tackles,tied for second on the squad, including four solos. He startedin the win over Oklahoma and helped clog the middle but wasnot credited with a tackle. He also started in the victory overWashington and came off the bench versus California. Hestarted at Washington State and made two solo tackles. Hemade two solo tackles, including a sack, off the benchversus Oregon State.
Redshirt sophomore Bruce Davis moved to outside linebackerfrom defensive end during the 2005 Spring practicesand is playing both positions. Against San Diego State, hetied for second on the team with a career-high seven tackles,including one sack (eight yards). Against Rice, he made fourtackles (two solos), including one for loss and also broke upa pass. In the win over Oklahoma, he made two tackles, includingone for loss. In the victory over Washington, he madeone solo tackle -- a nine-yard sack. Against California, hemade one tackle assist. He had one tackle assist at WashingtonState. Against Oregon State, he made three tackles,including one for loss, and recovered a fumbleOn the year, Davis had made 19 tackles. He is tied for the teamlead with two sacks and is fourth (tied) with five tackles forlosses.
He made his first career start versus Oklahoma State in 2004and totaled three tackles. He also started at Illinois, beforecoming off the bench in the last 10 games of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Nikola Dragovic saw action in ninegames at defensive end in 2004. He started the 2005 openerat San Diego State and made four tackles, including one sack,and was credited with blocking a PAT. Against Rice, he madethree tackles and recovered a fumble. He made two tackles,including one for loss, against Oklahoma. Dragovic made twotackles against Washington before suffering a torn anteriorcruciate ligament in his left knee. He had surgery on Oct. 20and will miss the remainder of the season.
LINEBACKER -- Senior Wesley Walker injured his rightknee on the first day of 2005 Fall camp and underwentarthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage on August12. He missed the first three games and returned toaction against Washington, making three tackles (two solos)and breaking up one pass. In the win over California, he madethree tackles (one solo) off the bench. At Washington State,he made two tackles (one solo) in a reserve role. He startedversus Oregon State and had two tackle assists.Walker appeared in 12 games in 2004, starting 11, while seeingaction at both inside and outside linebacker slots. He tiedfor fourth on the team in tackles (57).
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Whittington started the 2005opener against San Diego State and made seven tackles(three solos), one shy of his career high and tied for secondon the team. He made two tackles versus Rice, includingone for a three-yard loss. He came off the bench versus Oklahomaand had one tackle assist and also played versus Washington.At Washington State, he played defense and specialteams and made one solo tackle. He made one solo tackleversus Oregon State.
He finished the 2004 season with 18 tackles and was named toThe Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team. He madehis first career start at Illinois and recorded eight tackles andtwo quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington andmade four tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Taylor came off the benchto make two tackles versus SDSU in his first action as aBruin. Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), includingone for loss. In addition, in the fourth quarter, hescooped up an Owl fumble and returned in four yards for hisfirst career touchdown. He made one tackle against Oklahomaand played against Washington, California and WashingtonState. He made four tackles, including three solos,versus Oregon State. In 2004, he redshirted after transferringfrom Air Force.
True freshman John Hale made his debut against SDSU,making one solo tackle while playing defense and specialteams. He made one tackle versus Rice. Against Oklahoma,Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999to start a Bruin game at linebacker, finishing with one tackle.
He also started versus Washington and made one tackleassist and recovered a fumble. Hale also started againstCalifornia and Washington State. Hale started inside versusOregon State and made five tackles (three solos).True sophomore Fred Holmes has also been contributing inrecent weeks. He played several snaps on defense versusWashington State and played on special teams versus OregonState.
True freshman Kyle Bosworth also made his debut againstSDSU, making one tackle on special teams. He played ineach of the first five games, mostly on special teams, butmissed the WSU and OSU games due to an injured thumb.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt senior Marcus Casselstarted the first seven games of 2004. A steady contributoron special teams in his first two seasons, he earned the startingnod at cornerback against Oklahoma State and madefive tackles. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles, broke upone pass and made four tackles. At California, he made seventackles.
He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made onesolo tackle. He started versus Rice and made two solo stops.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made four tackles and brokeup one pass. Against Washington, he made a career-highnine tackles (eight solos), including one for loss. In the winover California, he made five tackles, including four solos.
He made four tackles (three solos) in the win at WashingtonState. He had four solo tackles, including one for loss,and broke up a pass versus Oregon State. He currentlyranks fifth on the squad with his 29 tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Brown has started the last 12games at cornerback. He finished with two solo tackles atSan Diego State. He also made two solo stops versus Rice.In the victory over Oklahoma, the physical Brown made threetackles and broke up two passes. Against Washington, hemade four tackles (three solos).
In the win over California, he made five tackles, including foursolos. With UCLA leading 41-40, Brown also made his firstinterception of the year and returned it 16 yards to the GoldenBear seven-yard line to give the Bruins the ball with 1:01 remaining,clinching the victory. In the win at Washington State,he made five tackles (four solos) and also forced a secondquarterfumble. Brown made six solo tackles to tie for theteam lead and broke up two passes against Oregon State.
On the year, he has now made 27 tackles to rank sixth onthe squad.
In 2004, he started the final five games. He made two interceptions,returning one for a score at Oregon. He saw limitedaction early in the season and made 43 of his 46 tackles,including five for loss, in the last six games of the year. Hewas the defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Awardfor Rookie of the Year.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right cornerand made seven tackles. He also made an interception.
In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start andwas credited with eight tackles, including one for loss. AgainstWashington State, he made nine tackles. Against USC, hetied for the team lead with eight tackles, one for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Horton suffered a right wrist dislocationin practice on August 17 and underwent surgery thefollowing day. Horton had the pins removed from the wrist onOctober 12. He sat out the first six games of the 2005 season.
He saw action on special teams against Oregon State.
Horton earned a reputation as a playmaker before injuries shortenedhis 2004 season. He saw action in nine games lastyear and totaled 27 stops. Against Illinois, Horton made seventackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA'sfinal touchdown. At Washington, he made eight tackles.Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of thegame when he blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety.
At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leaving the gamewith a sprained right foot. He returned to action against USCand blocked a punt.
Redshirt sophomore Dennis Keyes has done a fine job inhis first five games as the Bruins' starting free safety. In theopener at San Diego State, he made the first start of his careerat free safety and tied for second on the team with seventackles and also broke up a pass. Against Rice, Keyes madesix tackles (five solos), tied for second on the squad.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including onequarterback sack. On that play, he separated quarterbackRhett Bomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned13 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on thefirst possession of the second half. He also caused a fumblein the first quarter that led to a field goal. Against Washington,he made three tackles (one solo).
In the win over California, Keyes made a team-best 11 tackles(seven solos), setting a career high. Three of those tackleswere behind the line of scrimmage. In the win at WashingtonState, he made six solo tackles, including two for losses. Hecame off the bench to make five tackles (four solos) versusOregon State. After seven games, his 43 tackles ranksecond on the team and tied for 21st in the Pac-10. Heleads with two forced fumbles (tied for fourth in the Pac-10) and is second (tied) with six tackles for losses.In 2004, Keyes appeared in eight games off the bench and recorded10 tackles.
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