Eight Bruin Football Players Honored by Pac-10

Nov. 27, 2006

Eight members of the Bruin football squad were named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 team selected by the league's coaches, it was announced today.

Senior defensive end Justin Hickman and senior place kicker Justin Medlock were named to the first team while junior defensive end Bruce Davis and junior strong safety Chris Horton.

Cornerback Alterraun Verner was named co-Freshman of the Year along with USC's Taylor Mays and Oregon's Jarius Byrd.

Three Bruins - junior cornerback Trey Brown, junior tailback Chris Markey and junior offensive guard Shannon Tevaga - received honorable mention.

Hickman is second nationally with 1.14 quarterback sacks per game (12.5 total) and fifth (tied) in tackles for loss (1.68 - 18.5 total). He ranks first in the Pac-10 in both sacks and tackles for losses. Twice this season, he has recorded three solo sacks in a game (Notre Dame, Rice). On the year, he has made 37 total tackles (27 solos) and leads the Bruins in sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (18.5). He ranks third (tied) on UCLA's single-season sack list (the record is 16.5 by Dave Ball in 2003) and sixth on the single-season tackles for loss list. He is ninth on the career sack list and 17th on the career tackles for loss list.

Medlock has made 24 of 28 field goals (he had a string of 14 straight halted at Notre Dame) -- 85.7% -- and all 25 PATs for a team-high 97 points. He ranks first nationally in field goals (2.18 per game) and 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (8.82). His 97 points are a career high and rank No. 11 on UCLA's single-season scoring list and his 24 field goals are the second-most in school history. His 24 field goals rank No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, trailing only John Lee's 32 in 1984. His streak of 14 straight was the third longest single-season streak in school history behind John Lee's 18 in 1985 (he made 22 straight over two seasons) and Chris Sailer's 15 straight in 1997. Medlock is second on UCLA's career field goal list with 66. His career percentage (.786) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. Medlock also ranks second on the career scoring list with 341 points, moving into the No. 2 spot against Oregon State.

Davis has made 41 tackles, sixth (tied) on the squad. He also ranks second on the team behind Justin Hickman with 11.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss. Davis ranks third (tied) in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in sacks (1.05) and 11th (tied) nationally and second in the Pac-10 in tackles for losses (1.45). He is also tied for second in the Pac-10 with three forced fumbles. Davis ranks sixth on UCLA's single-season sack list and ninth on the single-season tackles for loss list.

Horton leads the team with 81 tackles and is ninth in the Pac-10 (7.36). He has led the team in tackles in each of the last four games(including tied) and five of the last six. He is tied for second on the team with two interceptions and is tied for 15th in the Pac-10 (0.18). He is also tied for second on the squad with two fumbles forced.

Verner is the sixth Bruin and the first freshman to score two touchdowns on interceptions in the same year. On the year, he is fourth on the squad with 46 tackles. He ranks second on the team and tied for 15th in the Pac-10 with his average of 0.18 interceptions per game.

Brown has started the last 28 games at cornerback. He is tied for third in the Pac-10 in interceptions (0.36 per game). He leads the Bruins in interceptions (four) and passes defensed and has made 40 tackles (30 solos).

Markey currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 38th nationally in rushing yards (82.91) and 56th in the NCAA and sixth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (106.45). He is averaging 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. He also leads the team with 32 receptions. His 912 yards rank 22nd on UCLA's single-season list. He need just 88 yards to become the 11th Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. It has been done 17 times by 10 players.Markey has rushed for 1,823 yards in his career and ranks 17th on that UCLA career list. He also has 3,248 career all-purpose yards and ranks 12th on that UCLA list.

Tevaga has now started 29 straight games at the strong guard position and has played virtually every snap this season. He earned 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention for his efforts.

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