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. 6 by the BCS; 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 nationally by FSN with Barry Tomkins and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Jim Watson on the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.
The Bruins' No. 8 ranking by AP is its highest since the 2001 season, when the Bruins were ranked No. 4 after starting the year 6-0.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season is UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 98-43-2 on their home field, 13-4 under coach Dorrell.
2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS --
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; One of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Drew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Award as 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 teams have split the last six meetings with each team winning on its home field. The Bruins won last year's matchup in the Rose Bowl, 21-0, recording their first Pac-10 shutout in 17 years. The last UCLA shutout in Pac-10 play was a 49-0 win at Stanford in 1987. UCLA has lost three straight games to the Cardinal on the Farm, last emerging victorious at Stanford in the 1997 season.
In the 21-0 win last season, UCLA limited Stanford to 307 total yards, made three interceptions and stopped the Cardinal twice in the Red Zone. Linebackers Spencer Havner (16 tackles) and Justin London (10 stops) led the defensive charge.
In the last meeting on the Farm (2003), the Cardinal snapped a five-game Bruin winning streak and ruined a 4-0 Pac-10 start with a 21-14 verdict. UCLA netted 48 yards on the ground and was sacked for minus 55 yards. A fumble in the Red Zone and a turnover on a punt return hurt the Bruin comeback chances from a 14-7 halftime deficit. Stanford's offense generated only 206 yards, but capitalized on Bruin mistakes for a short field and scored on a punt return.
NOTING STANFORD-- The Cardinal is averaging 311.2 yards and 27.8 points on offense while allowing 436.7 yards and 29.0 points. It enters Saturday's contest with a three-game winning streak, having defeated Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State in the last three weeks. Stanford ranks eighth nationally and second to UCLA in the Pac-10 in turnover margin(+1.17).
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES -- Maurice Drew's 299 all-purpose yards against California are the second-most in an NCAA game this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004 at Washington and 2005 versus California).
Spencer Havner has been named one of the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (four finalists announced on Nov. 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 been named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback) with the winner to be announced on Nov. 30.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard average).
He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California, he scored five touchdowns for the second time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28- yard reception and two-yard run -- an average of 24.8 yards per score. In the win at WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a 45-yard reception and a one-yard run -- for an average of 23.0 yards per score. Against Oregon State, he scored on receptions of 43 and 20 yards, an average of 31.5 yards per score.
He is averaging 28.1 yards on his 16 touchdown this season. In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards 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 touchdown passes. Olson has thrown at least one scoring pass in 15 of his last 16 games (only miss was at San Diego State in the season opener). Only three other quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for 21 or more scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24-Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982.
Maurice Drew's 43-yard scoring reception versus Oregon State was the 16th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards.
His 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.
In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accounted for 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns. 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 Oklahoma and 101 versus Washington.
Against California, he had 299 all-purpose yards -- 162 on three punt returns, 65 on 15 carries, 52 on two receptions and 20 on one kickoff return. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR 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 in the win at Washington State. In the win over Oregon State, he had 250 all-purpose yards -- 120 rushing, 67 receiving and 63 on punt returns.
Against Oregon State, Drew Olson set a school record with six touchdown passes, breaking the record of five he tied the previous week at Washington State. Cade McNown also threw five touchdown passes at Texas in 1997 and at Miami in 1998. Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rank No. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versus USC 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; Washington State,17 points). In those three games, he completed 30 of 41 passes (.732) for 333 yards and four touchdowns. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 38 of 53 (.717) for 460 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.
In the second half of all games this season, Olson is 73 of 103 (.709) for 851 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the most ever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havner has three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.
Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahoma pushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had two interception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson ('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner ('85-88) who had three interception returns and Tommy Bennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns.
NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumble return for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns for scores, 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 goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season opener against San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 38. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 120 rushing yards against Oregon State marked the ninth time in his career he has topped to century mark. Drew's total of nine 100-yard games ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San Diego State, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 120 v. Oregon State, 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 led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin career tackles list (he is now No. 5). He was named Defensive Pac- 10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles (11.37/g). He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight ends with seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds the career mark with 17, including his two scoring receptions versus Oregon State. He has six this season. He ranks ranks sixth on the overall school career touchdown reception list.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 7-0 in six previous seasons. The last time was in 1998 when it started the year with 10 straight wins. The other seven-win starts include 1998 (Rose Bowl), 1988 (Cotton Bowl), 1966, 1954 (National Champs), 1952 and 1946 (Rose Bowl). The last time the Bruins started a season with eight straight wins was 1998 (10-0).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.
Nine previous UCLA teams have had seven-game winning streaks during the season--1998 (won first 10), 1993 (won seven straight mid-season),1988 (won first seven), 1987(won eight 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 to play in the Rose Bowl game (1998, 1993, 1946). One won the national championship (1954).
UCLA is ranked No. 8 by AP and USA Today/Coaches. The last time UCLA was ranked higher was October 21, 2001 when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls. In seven games, UCLA's offense has produced 24 touchdown drives of 64 yards or longer -- three vs. San Diego State, four vs. Rice, one vs. Oklahoma, two vs. Washington, four vs. California, five vs. Washington State and five vs. Oregon State.
Three have measured between 64 and 69 yards, 11 between 70 and 79 yards, nine between 80 and 89 yards and one, the game-tying drive at Washington State, measured 96 yards.
In its last four games, UCLA has outscored its opponents 60-10 in the fourth quarter and 6-3 in overtime, including 50-3 in the three come-from-behind wins. Against Washington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California, UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscored the Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At Washington State, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth and outscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6- 3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 98-24 in the fourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scored by San Diego State, Oklahoma and Oregon State.
By overcoming a 21-point second-quarter deficit (21-0 and 28-7) at Washington State to win, 44-41 in overtime, UCLA tied the school record for largest comeback. In 1982, UCLA rallied from 21 points down to win at Michigan (31-27) and in 2000, the Bruins rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Arizona State at the Rose Bowl, 38-31.
UCLA also matched the school record for overcoming a fourthquarter deficit, rallying from 17 points down. In 1996, UCLA rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat USC in double overtime, 48-41 at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as a ranked team since defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in a sixth straight week for the first time since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10 games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time 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 turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 this season (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma, Oregon State).
UCLA's seven straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marks the first time the Bruins have compiled a seven-game winning streak under head coach Karl Dorrell.
California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versus the Golden Bears.
UCLA is 5-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 44- 41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 2-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State this season.
Opponents have scored just one touchdown on UCLA's four turnovers this season. UCLA has scored 53 points this season off of 14 opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games and has scored at least 40 in six of its first seven. Comeback Stories--UCLA trailed Arizona State 21-0 with 5:28 remaining in the 2nd quarter (2000) before rallying for a 38- 31 win. UCLA trailed at Washington State 28-7 with 5:36 remaining in the 2nd quarter (2005) before rallying for a 44-41 win in overtime. UCLA trailed at Michigan 21-0 with 12:57 remaining in the 2nd quarter (1982) before rallying for a 31- 27 win. UCLA trailed USC 38-21 with 11:06 remaining in the 4th quarter (1996) and rallied to win 48-41 in the second overtime. UCLA trailed at Washington State 38-21 with 23 seconds remaining 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. 21 AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a 46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003. UCLA's 51 points against Oregon State was the highest point total by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating Arizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season. UCLA is 12-1 in games in which it has led at the half under coach Dorrell and 8-1 in games in which it has scored first.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66- 10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of total offense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the most since the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 32 for 34 in the Red Zone (27 touchdowns, five field goals, one end-of-game kneeldown, one possession in fourth quarter turned over on downs) in 2005.
In seven games, UCLA has committed just four turnovers while forcing 14 (12 on defense and two on special teams). The Bruins rank third nationally and first in the Pac-10 in turnover 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), 11 versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return and one punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes and two runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoff returns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns, two punt returns and one run), seven versus Washington State (five passes, two kickoff returns) and 13 against Oregon State (five passes, three kickoff returns, three runs, one punt return and one interception). Thirteen have resulted in touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 18 plays of at least 20 yards (five runs, five punt returns, seven receptions and one kickoff return) and eight 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 interception returns), 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, UCLA had four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass and one punt return), one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was 38 yards and its longest play versus Washington was 39 yards. UCLA had two punt returns over 40 yards versus California with one resulting in a touchdown. UCLA had one pass over 40 yards versus WSU and it resulted in a touchdown. Against Oregon State, UCLA had five plays of at least 40 yards (three passes, one run, one punt return) and three resulted in touchdowns Overall, UCLA has had 17 plays of at least 40 yards (six passes, six punt returns, four runs and one kickoff return) and eight have resulted in touchdowns.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes, seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns and two kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns. UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game was its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1 was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In seven games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.4 yards per play, 440.6 yards of total offense and 44.4 points. With the win at Washington State, the Bruins qualified to play in a bowl game following the 2005 season. The Bruins have now qualified to play in a bowl game in eight of the last nine seasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season having played in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than any other school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- Oregon State scored first, but UCLA's offense scored early and often in the 51-28 victory at the Rose Bowl to improve their record to 7-0 for the first time since 1998. The Beavers scored just 1:37 into the game but the Bruins tied the contest just 1:04 later when Drew Olson found Maurice Drew alone down the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown.
Spencer Havner's 10th career interception on OSU's ensuing possesion led to the first of three Justin Medlock field goals (27 yards) and the Bruins had the lead for good. Early in the second quarter, Olson and Drew hooked up for a 20-yard touchdown and less than four minutes later, Olson found Ryan Moya down the middle for a 48-yard touchdown. After a Beaver touchdown, Olson found Marcedes Lewis in the corner of the end zone from two yards out for a 31-14 halftime lead. The two connected on a three-yard TD less than three minutes into the second half to make the score 38-14. The Bruins led 41-28 when Olson went down the middle to Brandon Breazell for a 46-yard touchdown to make the score 48-28 with 9:47 remaining in the contest.
For Olson, it was his sixth touchdown pass of the game, setting a new UCLA school record (he tied the previous record of five one week earlier at Washington State). On the afternoon, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards to go with the six touchdowns and no touchdowns.
Heisman Trophy candidate Maurice Drew accounted for 250 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts, he made three receptions for 67yards, including his 43 and 20 yard touchdowns, and he returned two punts for 63 yards, with a long of 59. Marcedes Lewis led the Bruins with six receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall, UCLA rushed for 235 yards, including 120 by Drew and 80 by Chris Markey, and passes for 262 yards.
Defensively, Trey Brown, Eric McNeal (two for losses) and Rodney Van each led the Bruins with six tackles while Spencer Havner (one interception and one for loss), Dennis Keyes and John Hale each made five stops. UCLA allowed 511 yards but Oregon State was never closer than 13 points in the second half.
DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and on track to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans, eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruin standouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive 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 -- Troy Aikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, Jay Schroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team. According to the NFL, the Bruins were first among Pac-10 schools with 25 active players on 2005 opening weekend National Football League rosters. UCLA ranked 15th among all universities.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC for the most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michi5 gan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
2005 FIRSTS -- Five Bruins made their first career starts against San Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and Nikola Dragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter Aaron Perez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respective spots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle Chase Moline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya and linebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers. In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive end William Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner made the first starts of their careers. True freshman Gavin Ketchum made his first career start at Washington State. Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland made his first career start against Oregon State.
Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San Diego State -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WR Gavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL Chase Moline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-six true freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the last four seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time against SDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who made their 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 Kearney and P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who played defensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensive tackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is now in his third season (19-13) as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He returned to Westwood, where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowl games, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He is the first UCLA coach to go to bowls in each of his first two seasons and has qualified for a bowl in 2005.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell has participated in 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank in the all-time school career Top 10 (tied for 10th) and his total of 1,517 receiving yards ranks No. 14.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes six seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Central Florida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986 season and began his coaching career in the 1988 season as a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next season and moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receivers coach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks and served as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 until the 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 into Heisman Trophy consideration. He is on the Watch List for the 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstanding player and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's best running back. In 2004, he ranked third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards (146.0).
Drew achieved that ranking despite leaving the Washington State game in the first quarter (sprained right ankle) and carrying just twice against USC. His total of 384 all-purpose yards at Washington was the best in the nation for 2004.
In seven games this season, he has accounted for 1,299 allpurpose yards (185.57 average) and is averaging 8.84 yards every time he touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing (86.43). He has scored 16 touchdowns, tied for No. 5 on UCLA's single-season list, and is averaging 28.1 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards.
In UCLA's wins over Washington, California and Washington State, all come-from-behind victories, he scored the winning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California, his 28-yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLA the lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdown on 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) and has scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He also has non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65- yard touchdown return negated by penalty. His 401 punt return yards have already set a new UCLA single-season record while his three punt return touchdowns have tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records.
Drew is second in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 13.71 points per game. He has scored a career-high 16 touchdowns -- nine running, four receiving and three on punt returns. 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 and scores every 9.19 times he touches the football.
This season, Drew has 18 plays of at least 20 yards (five runs, five punt returns, seven receptions and one kickoff return) and eight have resulted in touchdowns.
In his 31-game career, he has scored 35 touchdowns, including seven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoff returns. Sixteen scores have measured at least 40 yards. His 2,194 rushing yards rank 11th in school history, his 4,124 all-purpose yards rank third and his 35 touchdowns ranked fourth (tied with Gary Beban).
In the win over Oregon State, he accounted for 250 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and he made three receptions for 67 yards, including UCLA's first two touchdowns on catches of 43 and 20 yards. He also returned two punts for 63 yards, including a return of 59 yards to set up his second scoring reception.
In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State (44-41 in overtime), he accounted for 187 all-purpose yards. He ran for 109 yards (on career-high 29 carries), including 19 of UCLA's 20 yards in overtime, scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run, and made three receptions for 78 yards, including a 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 - 162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. He averaged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touches against the Golden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rank No. 2 in the NCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt 69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard line and they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12- yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His oneyard run with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought the Bruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when he returned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night. It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longest scoring punt return in school history. It was also his third scoring 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 in the right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead with just 1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown's interception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the two-yard line on the game's final play for the margin of victory.
For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week, The Sporting News National Player of the Week, the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, Drew showed why he is one of the best and most exciting players in the nation.
On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he broke through the line and sped down the field for a 64-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and then broke the game open by taking a punt, executed a spin move and then blasted up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown. Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finished the night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground on 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92 yards each time he touched the ball and scored three times on those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries.
He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66 yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purpose yards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week after the death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following an Oklahoma 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 winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining on a one-yard blast. He also made five receptions for 43 yards and returned two punts for 25 yards. In the second quarter, he had a 65-yard touchdown on a punt return wiped out due to a penalty and was credited with a six-yard return.
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched the football (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were at least 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58 and 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 for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin history 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 have led the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury, Drew ranked second in the nation and led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). He also ranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushing (111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game).
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, two receptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on seven of them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, five receptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including nine touchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards in 2004 rank No. 4 on UCLA's single-season list. He was the first UCLA player to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season.
Drew was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew who totaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington. Drew also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts. He finished the first half with 235 yards and four 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 Washington State (1984) and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC (1976). He tied the Pac-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 returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News. Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the 2003 season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushing against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total ever by a UCLA true freshman.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true senior has been named to several first-team pre-season All-America teams and is considered by most to be the top tight end in the country. He was one of three '04 finalists, and the lone returner in '05, for the John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tight end, and is also on the watch lists of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Lombardi Award.
Lewis leads the Bruins with 34 receptions and 433 yards -- both career highs -- and six receiving touchdowns. His 34 catches rank No. 4 on UCLA's single-season tight end list (since 1965) while his 433 yards rank No. 5 on that list. In the last two games, he has made 11 receptions for 129 yards and four touchdowns.
He currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with his average of 4.86 receptions and 10th with his average of 61.86 yards per game. He ranks first in the league among tight ends in both categories.
His 17 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA record by a tight end and No. 6 in school history overall. His 102 receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's career tight end receiving list and 13th on the school career receptions list. His 1,263 yards also rank No. 1 among tight ends and 18th overall.
Lewis started the 2005 season in great form, making seven receptions for 131 yards -- both career highs at the time -- against the Aztecs. Five of his catches accounted for double figures in yards and first downs, including receptions of 22, 31 and 40 yards, the longest of his career. The 31-yard reception was a leaping, acrobatic grab that put the Bruins inside the one-yard line.
Against Rice, he made two receptions for 27 yards, including one 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 the game that gave UCLA a 10-point lead (27-17).
In the victory over Washington, he made a career-high eight receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, a four-yard catch to begin UCLA's comeback. Seven of his receptions came in the second half as UCLA rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and three produced first downs. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week. He made just one reception for six yards versus California but it produced a first down on UCLA's touchdown drive at the end of the first half.
In the win at Washington State, he made five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns (four and nine yards). His second touchdown, a nine-yard grab, started UCLA's 17-point fourth quarter comeback, cutting the deficit to 10 points. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week for the second time.
In the victory over Oregon State, he led the Bruins with six receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns (two and three yards). His TDs, one at the end of the half and one at the start of the third quarter, built UCLA's advantage from 10 to 24 points. 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 end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Lewis led the Bruins with seven touchdown catches (a tight end record total) in 2004. He caught 32 passes overall (tied for fifth-best among Bruin tight ends since 1980), for 402 yards. In addition, Lewis produced a team-best 25 first downs and averaged 12.6 yards per catch. His seven touchdown receptions ranked 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, making six receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards. He also had catches of 23 and 21 yards on scoring drives. Dating back to 1965, his three touchdown receptions are the most by a Bruin tight end in a game. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- The senior, who last week was named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award, presented to 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) for 1,874 yards and 21 touchdowns with three interceptions. His passing efficiency rating of 166.54 ranks leads the Pac-10 and ranks fifth nationally.
Olson has thrown 21 touchdown passes this season, putting him fourth (tied with Tom Ramsey in 1982) on that UCLA single-season list. Only Cade McNown (25 in 1998 and 24-1997) and Troy Aikman (24-1988) have thrown for more 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 ranks No. 2. His 54 touchdown passes also rank No. 2 on the UCLA 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 six touchdown passes -- two each to Maurice Drew and Marcedes Lewis and one each to Ryan Moya and Brandon Breazell. On the day, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Bruins to a 51-28 win. He moved into second place on UCLA's career touchdown passes list, passing Tom Ramsey. He was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
He also set a school record with 11 touchdown passes in two consecutive games, breaking the previous record of eight. He has 13 in a three-game span, breaking the record of 11 by Wayne Cook in 1993.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, he completed six of nine passes for 103 yards.
He enjoyed another fine night against Rice. On the night, he completed 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296 yards and three touchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions. The 296 yards rank third in his career. He had five completions of at least 20 yards 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 of their offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards and three scores.
He was at his best in the victory over Oklahoma. Olson completed 28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and both times Oklahoma scored in the second half, he responded by leading a touchdown drive.
When Oklahoma closed to within 20-17 with 3:25 left in the third 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 a seven-yard score to Chris Markey.
Olson was named Sporting News National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Sooners.
He completed 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions versus Washington. The 44 attempts tied his career high.
In the second-half comeback versus Washington, he connected on 20 of 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 11 of 15 passes for 99 yards and one score, including his last six attempts for 72 yards on the winning drive.
He rallied the Bruins from a 10-0 halftime deficit. In the third quarter, with UCLA starting on the UW 28-yard line following a fumble recovery, he hit Joe Cowan for 24 yards and after a run for no yards, he found Marcedes Lewis in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown.
After Washington made the score 17-7, he moved the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Michael Pitre for a one-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter. With 3:39 remaining in the game, he drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score, converting a key fourth-and-one from the Bruin 36-yard line. He completed six of seven passes (the final six) for 72 yards on the drive, which was capped by Maurice Drew's one-yard run with 1:08 remaining in the game.
Against California, Olson rallied the Bruins to victory for the second straight week. He brought them back from a 14-0 deficit less than three minutes into the game, pulling them into a 14-14 tie just 10 seconds into the second quarter.
Trailing 40-28 with 12:55 remaining, he drove the Bruins 80 yards 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 passes of 38 and nine yards to Marcus Everett. On third-and-one at the 28-yard line, he found Maurice Drew in the right flat and he sped 28 yards for the winning score. UCLA regained possession with 1:01 remaining and Olson helped run the clock until Drew scored on the final play of the game.
On the night, Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and twice rallied his team from double-digit deficits for the win. He also moved into second place on the career total offense list. In the win at Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficits of 21 points in the first half and 17 points in the fourth quarter, 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 touchdown passes tied the old school record held by Cade McNown (1997 at Texas, 1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002 (Cory Paus-378 vs. Oregon State).
In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards and two scores.
UCLA trailed 28-7 near the end of the first half, but Olson drove the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for four yards with 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points.
Midway through the third quarter, his 45-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Drew completed a 73-yard drive and brought the Bruins to within seven points. However, UCLA still trailed by 17 entering the final quarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hooked up for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. UCLA trailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took over on its four-yard line. Olson drove the Bruins 96 yards for the tying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On the final drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards, including the touchdown.
In the three come-from-behind victories, he completed 30 of 41 passes (.732) for 333 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions 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 in passing (213.8 yds.), and fourth in the Pac-10 (43rd-NCAA) in passing efficiency (132.39 rating). In the Pac-10, his average of 13.09 yards per completion was first among players with 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 left knee which required surgery.
In his last seven regular-season games of 2004, he completed 134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, but found himself thrust to the forefront for the second straight year because of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moore in the first half of the opener at Colorado and went on to appear in 12 games (nine starts). Olson became the fourth sophomore to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began 2002 behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olson started the final five games of the year after Paus suffered a seasonending ankle injury against Cal. Olson was also injured in
that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford, before returning to start the season's last five games.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and became the first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 to win his initial road start. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start the game against USC, joining Ramsey and Cade McNown.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Joe Cowan started the 2005 opener at San Diego State but did not make a reception. Against Rice, he made two receptions (21 and 17) for 38 yards. His 17-yard catch gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the one-yard line.
Against Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 49 yards and produced four first downs. Against Washington, he made four receptions for 49 yards. His 24-yard reception gave the Bruins a first down at the four-yard line on their first touchdown drive.
In the win over California, he scored UCLA's first touchdown on a four-yard reception. In the win at Washington State, he led the Bruins with a career-high six receptions for 73 yards and three first downs. He made two receptions for 18 yards versus Oregon State.
He is now the team's second-leading receiver with 20 catches for 231 yards (11.5 average) and one touchdown. In 2004, he made 13 catches for 228 yards, a team-high 17.5 average, and one touchdown. He made two starts. He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown, a 46-yarder. At Arizona State, he made three receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, and three first downs. In 2003, one of his catches was good for a touchdown versus USC.
True sophomore Marcus Everett suffered a sprained shoulder in practice on August 22 and did not suit up for the first two games against San Diego State and Rice. Playing for the first time this year against Oklahoma, he came off the bench to lead the Bruins with six receptions, good for 66 yards and three first downs -- all in the first half.
He started against Washington and made two receptions for 41 yards. On UCLA's final drive, he took a flat pass, made a couple of moves and raced 39 yards to the Bruin 20-yard line. UCLA scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
In the win over California, he led the team with a career-high tying six receptions for a career-high 95 yards. Three of them produced first downs and two measured 38 and 26 yards. On UCLA's winning drive, he made an acrobatic 38-yard reception and made a nine-yard catch on the next play to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown.
In the win at Washington State, he made five receptions for 39 yards, one touchdown and three first downs. His nine-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation completed UCLA's 17-point fourthquarter comeback and was the first TD of his career. Against Oregon State, he sprained his left knee early and played sparingly the rest of the way, not making a reception.
On the year, Everett has made 19 receptions, third on the squad, for 241 yards in his five games. In the fourth quarter of the Washington, California and Washington State games, he made seven catches for 118 yards and one TD.
Everett started four games in 2004 and finished with nine catches for 110 yards. He made his first career start against San Diego State and responded with two receptions for 49 yards and two first downs.
Against Arizona, he started and made four receptions for 45 yards and two first downs. At Arizona State, he started in a three wide receiver set and made two catches.
True sophomore Brandon Breazell came off the bench to contribute 40 all-purpose yards against San Diego State. He made one reception for 15 yards and ran a reverse for 25 yards to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown. Against Rice, he made four receptions, second-only to Junior Taylor, for 75 yards and the first touchdown of his career (11 yards). He also made a 48-yard reception on UCLA's third touchdown 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 the touchdown drive which put UCLA up 27-17. He made two receptions for 26 yards in the win over Washington. Against California, he made two receptions for 33 yards, including a long of 24. At Washington State, he made four receptions for 21 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 in the game at California. He made his first start against San Diego State.
True senior Junior Taylor is expected to miss the remainder of the 2005 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the second play (a 16-yard reception) of the Oklahoma game. His 76 career receptions at the time 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 and 463 receiving yards (14.5 avg.) while starting 11 games. He had 17 catches good for first downs.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- Plenty of experience returns along the offensive line from the 2004 unit which helped Bruin rushers average 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 Award candidate, returned to the starting lineup in 2004 after missing the last seven games of 2003 with a fractured left ankle.
McCloskey earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after UCLA rushed for at least 200 yards in six of the 10 games in which he played in 2004. In 2005, he has started all seven games and played well. In the first quarter of the Oregon State game, he strained his right shoulder and did not return.
Redshirt senior Ed Blanton is in his third season as a starter and 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 contests against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, California, Arizona State and Stanford at weak tackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He had a string of 22 straight starts snapped last year when he came off the bench versus Oregon.
True sophomore Shannon Tevaga is one of the top young linemen in the Pac-10. He has now started 13 straight games at strong guard, including all seven this season. A year ago, he spent most of the first six weeks of the season playing on the PAT-field goal squad, started at strong guard against Arizona State and did a good job in his first extensive action (he had played two snaps against Arizona and four at tight end at Cal). He went on to start the final six games of 2004. Tevaga earned third-team Freshman All-America honors and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 acclaim from The Sporting News.
True sophomore Chris Joseph made his first career start against San Diego State and helped the Bruins rush for 191 yards. He also played well versus Rice, Oklahoma and Washington. Against California, he suffered an injury to his left 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 first five games of 2004 before he suffered a partially torn knee ligament. He sat out the remainder of the season and had surgery in November of 2004. Joseph had played a couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest. True sophomore Brian Abraham also made his first career start at the strong tackle position against San Diego State.
He also contributed to the rushing attack against Rice and played well versus Oklahoma, Washington, California and Washington State. He did not start and saw limited action against Oregon State due to the flu. A year ago, he played on the PAT-field goal team and saw limited action on offense (couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest and versus Stanford and Washington State.
Redshirt senior Robert Cleary played on offense or special teams as a reserve in each of the first five games this season.
Against California, he came in during the first half in place of injured Chris Joseph and played very well. He started and played the entire contest at Washington State and virtually every snap against Oregon State. A year ago, he made his first career start (weak guard) against Oklahoma State last season and played the entire contest. He also started against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona and California.
Against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State, he came off the bench. He started and played extensively at weak guard at Oregon.
Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland, who played defense a year ago, started at strong tackle against Oregon State in place of an ill Brian Abraham and did a fine job. Redshirt freshman center Aaron Meyer played virtually the entire Oregon State game at center and did a solid job. Redshirt junior guard Robert Chai and redshirt freshman tackle/guard Scott Glicksberg have played against San Diego State, Rice and Oregon State.
MORE QUARTERBACK --Redshirt freshman Ben Olson, who earned the backup quarterback role in Fall camp, made his debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State game and threw his first career pass. He was sidelined for the first three games due to a small fracture in his left (throwing) hand. Olson entered UCLA in January of 2005 following his transfer from Brigham Young University.
Olson had been on a church mission the past two years after redshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season.
He has not seen action in a competitive game since his senior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA High School (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). During his prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for 6,401 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Senior David Koral, who entered UCLA in January of 2004 following a transfer from Santa Monica College, gained valuable experience coming off the bench for D. Olson in the Las Vegas Bowl. He completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards, including a couple of touchdowns. The pass attempts and completions were the first of his UCLA career. He had seen action in earlier games against Stanford (three snaps) and Arizona (two), but had not attempted a pass.
He played in the fourth quarter of the 2005 opener at San Diego State, completing two of three passes for six yards. He played in the third and fourth quarters against Rice, completing one of two passes for 29 yards. He did not see action versus Oklahoma or Washington and missed the California, Washington State and Oregon State games due to illness.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiver Joe) spent the 2004 season running the scout team during practice. He has shown a rapid level of development during his time at UCLA. He saw his first action in the fourth quarter against Rice but did not attempt a pass.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Redshirt sophomore MICHAEL PITRE and true sophomore Chris Markey each have made valuable contributions to the Bruins' 7-0 start.
Markey came off the bench to account for 175 all-purpose yards at San Diego State. He returned two kickoffs for 91 yards, including one for 71 yards. He also returned a punt 41 yards and carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards and two one-yard touchdowns.
Against Rice, he rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts, including one run of 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown. He also returned two kickoffs for 34 yards and one punt for seven yards, 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. He also rushed seven times for 15 yards and returned one kickoff for 16 yards. Against Washington, he rushed four times for 21 yards, made two receptions for 19 yards and returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. His 12-yard catch-and-run came two 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 on three receptions. His 18-yard run was the longest run by a Bruin back in that contest. At Washington State, he rushed for 59 yards on eight carries (7.4) and made two receptions for 13 yards.
Against Oregon State, he had 145 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 80 yards (6.2 average) on 13 attempts and added 65 yards on three kickoff returns.
Markey is 40th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (24.21) and is 15th in the Pac-10 in allpurpose yards (113.3). He is second on the team in rushing with 330 yards and third with four touchdowns.
Markey was the team's third-leading rusher with 350 yards (5.3 avg.) in 2004. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with his 22.2 kickoff return average and was third on the team and 17th in the Pac-10 with 854 all-purpose yards (77.6 avg.). He was named to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman team and 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 place of an injured Maurice Drew, he rushed for 131 yards and had five receptions for 84 yards. Including his 23-yard kickoff return, Markey accounted for 238 all-purpose yards and was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, appeared in 11 games and established himself as an outstanding blocking back.
Against San Diego State, he blocked well for Maurice Drew and Chris Markey and made one reception for eight yards. Versus Rice, he carried twice for 11 yards, including the first rushing touchdown of his career (six yards) late in the first quarter. Against Oklahoma, he carried twice for one net yard and made one reception for two yards.
In the win over Washington, he scored on a one-yard touchdown reception on the opening play of the fourth quarter. On the night, he made four receptions for 20 yards and one score and carried once for one yard. In the victory over California, he had the first double-digit run of his career, gaining 16 yards on 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 inside linebacker is one of the best in the nation. He has already been selected as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (10 players) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (12). In addition, he is on 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 preseason All-American by several publications.
In 2004, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim from cbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com. He was selected second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was one of 12 semifinalists for both the 2004 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 is tied for the team lead with 2.0 sacks. His average of 1.43 tackles for loss per game ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and his 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 three for touchdowns (52, 42 and 23 yards-31.6 avg.), including one in 2004. He also scored on a fumble recovery against Oklahoma this season for his school record fourth defensive touchdown.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a careerhigh three tackles for losses, including one sack, and returned the ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Rice, he was credited with one tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, "UCLA's Tackling Machine" (Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solos). In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown of his career just 1:47 into the second half when he scooped up a fumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards to give 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 a pass. In the win over California, he made nine tackles (eight solos), second on the squad. He was credited with three tackles for losses, including one sack.
At Washington State, he led the Bruins for the fourth time, finishing with 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. In the win over Oregon State, he had five tackles (four solos), including one for loss, and his 10th career interception set 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 Diego State, 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) and seventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) in 2004. In 11 games, he made 125 tackles (tied for No. 10 on the school single season list with Ken Norton, 1987) and his average of 11.37 led the Pac-10 by 1.2 stops per game. He also tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third with two interceptions.
He recorded 16 tackles in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State and a career-high 17 tackles at Illinois, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in his career. Against San Diego State, Havner led the team with 14 tackles, including one for loss. He also picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a score. He was selected Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles, had two tackles for loss and his second interception of the year (21 yards). He was again named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles for the seventh time on the season, finishing with 12.
In 2003, he ranked third on the team in tackles (82), tied for the team lead in interceptions (3) and was 25th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.3).
In 2002, he started 13 games and ranked second on the team in tackles (96, second-most ever by a Bruin freshman behind James Washington,1984-119). He ranked 11th in the Pac- 10 in tackles per game (7.4). His 12 tackles for loss were second on the team. He ranked third on the team with three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, tying an NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected firstteam Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the 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's top defensive player, the Butkus Award, for the nation's top linebacker, and the Lombardi Award, for the nation's top lineman. On the year, he is third on the squad with 36 tackles and tied for 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 the team with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss. Against Oklahoma, the emotional London was all over the field and tied for the team lead with nine tackles (eight solos), including two for losses. In the win over Washington, he was credited with one solo tackle.
In the win over California, London made eight total tackles (five solos), including one tackle for loss. In the win at Washington State, he made five tackles, including four solos. Against Oregon State, he saw limited action off the bench and had one tackle (for loss).
Last year, he was on the pre-season lists for the Lombardi and Butkus awards, but sprained his right ankle in practice on August 19, 2004. He did not see his first game action until the second contest of the year, at Illinois. He started game three at Washington, but played only three snaps before reaggravating his injured ankle.
London returned to action against Arizona (game five), coming off the bench. He was back in the starting lineup at Cal. In the Stanford 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). He had a tackle for loss, forced one fumble and made an interception. In the Las Vegas Bowl, he led the team with seven tackles, including a sack and two others for losses.
In his final five games of 2004, he totaled 44 tackles. For the season, he tied for fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, including two sacks and 7.0 for losses.
In 2003, he started 12 games, making his first career start at Colorado, and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles. He ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his average of 7.67 tackles.
He saw action in 12 games as a true freshman (linebacker and special 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, presented to the nation's top defensive back.
He currently ranks fourth on the squad with 34 tackles (27 solos), including one sack, six tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He is tied for second on the team with his six tackles for losses. In addition, he has 38 rushing yards on a key fake punt in the fourth quarter of the California game.
In the opener, he made five tackles, including four solos. Against Rice, he made one solo tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, the hard-hitting safety made eight tackles, one shy of the team lead, including seven solos. Two of those tackles accounted for losses, including the first sack of his career. Against Washington, he made six tackles (four solos), including one for loss, forced a fumble and broke up one pass.
In the victory over California, Page made five tackles (three solos), including three behind the line of scrimmage. With just over nine minutes remaining against California and the Bruins in punt formation with a fourth-and-two at their own 42- yard line, Page took a handoff, broke a tackle and raced 38 yards to set up the first of UCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
In the win at Washington State, he made six solo tackles and broke up two passes. Against Oregon State, he had three tackles (two solos) and also broke up one pass.
The true senior ranked second on the team in tackles (79), tied for first in interceptions (3) and was second in passes broken up (7) in 2004.
In 2003, Page ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12 games. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown (Washington). In 2002, Page saw action in all 13 games and started the final 10 contests at strong safety to become the first Bruin safety since Kenny Easley in 1977 to start as many as 10 games as a true freshman. He finished sixth on the team in tackles (43). He was named first-team Freshman All-America and to the first-team Freshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#75 DT Kevin Brown -- Brown suffered a sprained left ankle in the August 20 pre-season scrimmage and underwent surgery on August 22, 2005. It is undetermined as to when he will be able to return to action.
In 2004, the true junior led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for the lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked first among all defensive linemen. He earned UCLA's Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player against USC (four tackles, two sacks). Brown made his first career start on the defensive line in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sides of the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games of the 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensive line and started three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- True junior Justin Hickman, who has been added to the Hendricks Award Watch List, leads the defensive linemen with 20 tackles.
He started at defensive end against San Diego State and made a career-best six tackles (five solos), including one sack (seven yards). Versus Rice, he made one tackle but missed the second half with an injured left shoulder. Against Oklahoma, he made two tackles. In the win over Washington, he made five tackles, including two solos. Against California, he made three tackles (one solo), including two for losses. In the win at Washington State, he made two solo tackles and recovered a fumble. Against Oregon State, he had one solo tackle.
In 2004, he played in 10 games and made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 4.0 for losses, second among linemen. He was the only lineman to start in each of the first five games of 2004, the first two at left end, the rest at right end. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Cal and Arizona State games. He returned to action against Stanford and started the final three games.
True sophomore Brigham Harwell started at defensive tackle against San Diego State and was credited with two solo 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. His sack came on a third and goal situation just before the half and helped UCLA hold on to the halftime lead. In the win over Washington, he made three solo tackles, including two for losses. Against California, he suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half after making one tackle and did not return. He saw limited action at Washington State. He started and broke up 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 defensive end. He made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 2.5 for losses. He returned from arthroscopic knee surgery during 2004 Fall camp to see limited action in the season opener. At Illinois, he made five tackles, including one for loss. Harwell started for the first time at California and recorded five solo tackles. He is expected to play at defensive tackle in 2005.
MORE LINEMEN --Senior Kyle Morgan is on the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. He did not see action against San Diego State but made two tackles off the bench versus Rice. He also made two solo tackles against Oklahoma. He played but did not make any tackles against Washington, California and Washington State. He made two tackles (one solo) versus Oregon State.
Morgan, who started the final 10 games of the 2004 season, made 24 tackles and his 3.5 for losses were tied for third among linemen. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee during 2004 Fall camp. He returned to action against Oklahoma State, but was not credited with a tackle. Morgan made his first career start at Washington 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 12 games a year ago as a key reserve and made six tackles, including one sack. In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist and added an assist versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, his first-quarter fumble recovery led to the field goal that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 10-7. In the win over Washington, he made four tackles (three solos), including one sack. He made his first career start versus California and made a career-high seven tackles, including five solos. He started at Washington State but was not credited with a tackle. Against Oregon State, he started and recovered a fumble.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive action in the first three games last season, including starting assignments at Illinois and Washington, before being sidelined by a shoulder injury for the remainder of the year. At Illinois, he became the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. However, he sprained his shoulder at Washington and did not play the rest of the season.
In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist. Against Rice, he recorded a solo sack. He also had a solo tackle versus Oklahoma. He made two solo tackles in the win over Washington. He made his first start of 2005 versus California and was credited with three tackles (one solo), including two for losses. At Washington State, he started and made three solo tackles. He started and had one tackle against Oregon State.
Redshirt freshman Nathaniel Skaggs had an outstanding Fall Camp and earned a starting job at defensive tackle against San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle in the opener. He came off the bench against Rice and made two tackles, including a 16-yard sack on which he caused a fumble that resulted in a Bruin touchdown. He also saw action in the wins over Oklahoma and California.
True freshman Chase Moline played extensively off the bench against San Diego State. He finished with two solo tackles. Moline started against Rice and made six tackles, tied for second on the squad, including four solos. He started in the win over Oklahoma and helped clog the middle but was not credited with a tackle. He also started in the victory over Washington and came off the bench versus California. He started at Washington State and made two solo tackles. He made two solo tackles, including a sack, off the bench versus Oregon State.
Redshirt sophomore Bruce Davis moved to outside linebacker from defensive end during the 2005 Spring practices and is playing both positions. Against San Diego State, he tied for second on the team with a career-high seven tackles, including one sack (eight yards). Against Rice, he made four tackles (two solos), including one for loss and also broke up a pass. In the win over Oklahoma, he made two tackles, including one for loss. In the victory over Washington, he made one solo tackle -- a nine-yard sack. Against California, he made one tackle assist. He had one tackle assist at Washington State. Against Oregon State, he made three tackles, including one for loss, and recovered a fumble On the year, Davis had made 19 tackles. He is tied for the team lead with two sacks and is fourth (tied) with five tackles for losses.
He made his first career start versus Oklahoma State in 2004 and totaled three tackles. He also started at Illinois, before coming off the bench in the last 10 games of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Nikola Dragovic saw action in nine games at defensive end in 2004. He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made four tackles, including one sack, and was credited with blocking a PAT. Against Rice, he made three tackles and recovered a fumble. He made two tackles, including one for loss, against Oklahoma. Dragovic made two tackles against Washington before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had surgery on Oct. 20 and will miss the remainder of the season.
LINEBACKER -- Senior Wesley Walker injured his right knee on the first day of 2005 Fall camp and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage on August 12. He missed the first three games and returned to action against Washington, making three tackles (two solos) and breaking up one pass. In the win over California, he made three tackles (one solo) off the bench. At Washington State, he made two tackles (one solo) in a reserve role. He started versus Oregon State and had two tackle assists. Walker appeared in 12 games in 2004, starting 11, while seeing action at both inside and outside linebacker slots. He tied for fourth on the team in tackles (57).
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Whittington started the 2005 opener against San Diego State and made seven tackles (three solos), one shy of his career high and tied for second on the team. He made two tackles versus Rice, including one for a three-yard loss. He came off the bench versus Oklahoma and had one tackle assist and also played versus Washington. At Washington State, he played defense and special teams and made one solo tackle. He made one solo tackle versus Oregon State.
He finished the 2004 season with 18 tackles and was named to The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team. He made his first career start at Illinois and recorded eight tackles and two quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington and made four tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Taylor came off the bench to make two tackles versus SDSU in his first action as a Bruin. Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. In addition, in the fourth quarter, he scooped up an Owl fumble and returned in four yards for his first career touchdown. He made one tackle against Oklahoma and played against Washington, California and Washington State. He made four tackles, including three solos, versus Oregon State. In 2004, he redshirted after transferring from Air Force.
True freshman John Hale made his debut against SDSU, making one solo tackle while playing defense and special teams. He made one tackle versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999 to start a Bruin game at linebacker, finishing with one tackle.
He also started versus Washington and made one tackle assist and recovered a fumble. Hale also started against California and Washington State. Hale started inside versus Oregon State and made five tackles (three solos). True sophomore Fred Holmes has also been contributing in recent weeks. He played several snaps on defense versus Washington State and played on special teams versus Oregon State.
True freshman Kyle Bosworth also made his debut against SDSU, making one tackle on special teams. He played in each of the first five games, mostly on special teams, but missed the WSU and OSU games due to an injured thumb.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt senior Marcus Cassel started the first seven games of 2004. A steady contributor on special teams in his first two seasons, he earned the starting nod at cornerback against Oklahoma State and made five tackles. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles, broke up one pass and made four tackles. At California, he made seven tackles.
He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made one solo tackle. He started versus Rice and made two solo stops.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made four tackles and broke up one pass. Against Washington, he made a career-high nine tackles (eight solos), including one for loss. In the win over California, he made five tackles, including four solos.
He made four tackles (three solos) in the win at Washington State. He had four solo tackles, including one for loss, and broke up a pass versus Oregon State. He currently ranks fifth on the squad with his 29 tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Brown has started the last 12 games at cornerback. He finished with two solo tackles at San Diego State. He also made two solo stops versus Rice. In the victory over Oklahoma, the physical Brown made three tackles and broke up two passes. Against Washington, he made four tackles (three solos).
In the win over California, he made five tackles, including four solos. With UCLA leading 41-40, Brown also made his first interception of the year and returned it 16 yards to the Golden Bear 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 secondquarter fumble. Brown made six solo tackles to tie for the team lead and broke up two passes against Oregon State.
On the year, he has now made 27 tackles to rank sixth on the squad.
In 2004, he started the final five games. He made two interceptions, returning one for a score at Oregon. He saw limited action early in the season and made 43 of his 46 tackles, including five for loss, in the last six games of the year. He was the defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right corner and made seven tackles. He also made an interception.
In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start and was credited with eight tackles, including one for loss. Against Washington State, he made nine tackles. Against USC, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, one for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Horton suffered a right wrist dislocation in practice on August 17 and underwent surgery the following day. Horton had the pins removed from the wrist on October 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 shortened his 2004 season. He saw action in nine games last year and totaled 27 stops. Against Illinois, Horton made seven tackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA's final touchdown. At Washington, he made eight tackles. Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of the game when he blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety.
At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leaving the game with a sprained right foot. He returned to action against USC and blocked a punt.
Redshirt sophomore Dennis Keyes has done a fine job in his first five games as the Bruins' starting free safety. In the opener at San Diego State, he made the first start of his career at free safety and tied for second on the team with seven tackles and also broke up a pass. Against Rice, Keyes made six tackles (five solos), tied for second on the squad.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including one quarterback sack. On that play, he separated quarterback Rhett Bomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned 13 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on the first possession of the second half. He also caused a fumble in 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 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. In the win at Washington State, he made six solo tackles, including two for losses. He came off the bench to make five tackles (four solos) versus Oregon State. After seven games, his 43 tackles rank second on the team and tied for 21st in the Pac-10. He leads 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 recorded 10 tackles.