April 24, 2005
Four members of the UCLA football team were selected in this weekend's National Football League Draft.
Running back Manuel White, Jr. was the first Bruin selected. He was chosen in the fourth round with the 120th pick by the Washington Redskins.
Free safety Ben Emanuel is now one of four Bruins on the Carolina roster, joining running back DeShaun Foster, tight end Mike Seidman and cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. He was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round (171st pick).
Wide receiver Tab Perry is now a Cincinnati Bengal. He was chosen in the sixth round with the 190th pick.
Five selections later (195), wide receiver Craig Bragg became a Green Bay Packer.
Following the conclusion of the draft, three Bruins reached free agent agreements. Cornerback Matt Clark is now a member of the New Orleans Saints, punter Chris Kluwe is a Seattle Seahawk and offensive guard Steven Vieira is joining Perry as a Cincinnati Bengal.
White rushed for 1,814 yards during his career and ranks No. 16 on UCLA's all-time list. He also scored 22 touchdowns (19 rushing) and 134 points. In 2004, he ranked second on the team in rushing with a career-high 764 yards and also made 20 receptions.
Emanuel made 228 tackles and eight interceptions during his career, starting 39 of his final 42 games. In 2004, the fifth-year senior ranked third on the team with 76 tackles, including 46 solos.
Perry finished his career with 84 receptions (18th on the all-time school list) for 1,547 yards (13th on the school list) and six touchdowns. He also ranks first in career kickoff returns (67) and kickoff return yardage (1,476). He also concluded his career with 3,043 all-purpose yards (1,547 receiving, 1,476 on kickoff returns and 20 rushing yards) and ranks 15th on that UCLA career list. In 2004, he made 22 receptions, fourth on the team, and his 375 receiving yards ranked fourth.
Bragg enjoyed a record setting career. The only player to lead the team in receptions in four separate seasons, his 193 career catches rank first on UCLA's career list and his 2,845 receiving yards rank second on the career list. He scored 23 career touchdowns (19 receiving, two rushing and two punt returns), including 12 (nine receptions, one run and two punt returns) of at least 40 yards. His 19 touchdown receptions rank No. 4 (tied) on that all-time UCLA list. He also ranks second on UCLA's career all-purpose yardage list with 4,164 yards. In 2004, he led the Bruins with 36 receptions for 483 yards, a 13.4 average and four touchdowns and led the Pac-10 and ranked 13th nationally in punt returns (15.00).
Clark started all 24 games in which he played in 2003 and 2004 and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior. He made 52 tackles, led the team with 11 pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
Kluwe was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award (top punter in the nation) as a senior. He averaged 43.4 yards on 61 punts to rank second in the PaC-10 and 14th nationally and helped UCLA rank first in the Pac-10 and fourth in the country in net punting.
An outstanding lineman as both a guard and tackle, Vieira concluded his career with 41 consecutive starts. He started all 12 games in 2004, six at strong guard, five at weak guard and one at weak tackle. He started all 13 games as a junior at left tackle after starting all 13 games at right guard as a sophomore.