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1999 Football Biographies
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  07/30/1999

#58 Jeff Grau

Long Snapper
6-4, 240, So.
Torrance, CA
Loyola HS

UCLA - Jeff is in his second year as a member of the Bruin football squad ... He will again handle all of the long-snapping duties for the kicking units ... A hard worker who earned a roster spot as a non-scholarship performer.

1998 - One of just five true freshmen to play for the varsity ... Earned the long snapping job for place kicks during Fall camp and eventually took over the chore for the punting unit and did an outstanding job.

HIGH SCHOOL -Earned two letters in football under coach Steve Grady at Loyola High School ... Played tight end and defensive end as a senior and quarterback and defensive line as a junior ... As a senior, Loyola was the CIF Division I runner-up and he earned first-team All-League acclaim while serving as captain ... Grau made 64 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, and made eight receptions for 68 yards ... Also earned four letters in baseball as a first baseman/pitcher ... Selected first-team All-League three times and team MVP twice ... As a pitcher, he was 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA as a senior and 8-1 (1.52) as a junior ... Batted .408 as a senior, .380 as a junior and .373 as a sophomore.

PERSONAL - Full name: Jeffrey Alan Grau ... Born: Dec. 16, 1979 in Inglewood, CA ... Parents: Howard and Judith Grau ... Has one sister (Michelle) ... Lists Loyola's victory over Bishop Amat, its first in 17 years, during his junior year as his career highlight ... Patterns his style of play after David Binn of the San Diego Chargers ... Came to UCLA because of its strong academics and proximity to home ... Enjoys golfing and watching movies ... Economics major.

#14 Chris Griffith

Place Kicker
6-1, 194, Fr.*
Gardnerville, NV
Douglas HS

UCLA - Chris made the squad last season as a walk-on and enters Fall camp as the favorite for the place-kicking chores ... Possesses a strong leg and made steady progress during Spring Practice.

1998 - Did not see action during his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters in football under coach Steve Rippee at Douglas High in Minden, NV ... Played quarterback, defensive back, place kicker and punter during his career ... During his career, he made 14 of 17 field goals, including one of 57 yards (school record), and made two game-winning kicks ... He also made 119 of 124 PATs and all five misses were blocks ... As a senior punter, he averaged 44.3 yards ... Also kicked off 98 times during his junior and senior seasons and put 73 in the end zone ... As a quarterback, he compiled a record of 22-6 as a starter, passing for 847 yards as a junior and 1,557 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... During his junior and senior years, he made 98 tackles in 19 games ... As a senior in 1997, he was selected first-team All-State as a kicker and honorable mention All-State as a quarterback ... First-team All-Conference and All-Division as a kicker, second-team All-Conference and first-team All-Division as a quarterback ... In 1996, he earned second-team All-State honors as a defensive back ... He was also first-team All-Conference and All-Division as a defensive back, first-team All-Division as a punter and second-team All-Division as a kicker ... Also lettered in track and baseball.

PERSONAL - Full name: Christopher Paul Griffith ... Born: March 17, 1980 in Garden Grove, CA ... Parents: Christopher and Yvette Griffith ... Has one brother (Brandon) ... Lists reaching high school State championship semi-finals in both his junior and senior years as his career highlights ... Enjoys skiing, fishing and hunting ... Father played water polo in college ... Major undeclared.

#19 Nate Fikse

Kicker
5-9, 180, Fr.
Esperanza HS
Anaheim, CA

HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Gary Meek at Anaheim's Esperanza High ... PrepStar All-American ... Rated the No. 1 kicker in the Western Region by PrepStar ... USA Today honorable mention All-USA ... A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 65 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section ... Selected All-CIF Division I ... First-team All-Orange County by both L.A. Times and Orange County Register ... One of Orange County's Top 25 prospects (Orange County Register) ... Fikse was 8-11 in field goals as a senior, including a school-record 56-yarder ... He connected on 51-54 extra points ... Selected Sunset League Kicking Specialist of the Year ... Possesses a powerful leg ... Can handle both the place kicking and punting chores if necessary ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... As a junior, he hit 5-9 field goals and 43-44 extra points and was named honorable mention all-league ...Also lettered four years in soccer for coach Kino Oxacca ... Had 38 career shutouts as a high school goalie ... As a senior, he was selected first team All-League, team MVP and captain ... As a freshman, sophomore and junior, team was league champion ... As a junior, Nathe was named defensive player of the year and first team all-league ... As a freshman, his team won the CIF soccer championship ... His club soccer team was a Dallas Cup finalist ... Four-time member of the Principal's academic honor roll.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Nathan Allen Fikse ... Born: August 11, 1981 in Orange, CA ... Parents: Allen and Elizabeth Fikse ... Has one older brother, Jaeson ... Lists Dennis Rodman, formerly of the Lakers, as the famous athlete he admires because he specializes in one thing and does his job better than anyone ... Hobbies include reading, surfing and playing the guitar ... Favorite academic class is History ... Career objective is to be a psychologist.


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