Sept. 15, 2003
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:
Mon., Sept. 15 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 16 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 17 - Last day to interview UCLA players (practice 10:20 - 12:30 p.m.)
Sat., Sept. 20 - UCLA at Oklahoma - 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC
BACK ON THE ROAD - UCLA (1-1) will travel to meet No. 1 ranked Oklahoma (3-0) on Saturday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. local).
The game will be televised live on a regional basis by ABC Sports. Brent Musberger, Gary Danielson and Jack Arute will call the action.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines. John Ireland will host pre- and post-game shows.
The game will also be broadcast on a national basis by the Sports USA Radio Network with Larry Kahn and Gino Torretta in the booth and Troy West on the sidelines.
UCLA/KARL DORRELL VS. NO 1- UCLA enters this week's game against Oklahoma with a 4-7 record when playing the No. 1 team in the nation.
The last time the Bruins defeated the nation's No. 1 team was on Jan. 1, 1976, when they bested Ohio State in the Rose Bowl game, 23-10. The Bruins have dropped the three decisions since that time, including a 38-3 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 6, 1986 in Norman. That was the last time UCLA faced a No. 1-ranked team.
Coach Dorrell played wide receiver in that Oklahoma contest and caught two passes for 21 yards. Dorrell also played against the nation's No. 1 team in 1983 (vs. Nebraska) and 1984 (vs. Nebraska). During his playing career, the Bruins also competed three times against the defending national champions from the previous season - 1984 season (Miami, 1983 champ), 1985 season (BYU, 1984 champ), 1986 season (Oklahoma, 1985 champ).
DID YOU KNOW? - UCLA has won 11 of its last 13 non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999. Following a loss at Ohio State (#14), the Bruins defeated Fresno State in 1999, Alabama (#3), Fresno State and Michigan (#3) in 2000, Alabama (#25), Kansas and Ohio State (#21) in 2001 and Colorado State (#19), Oklahoma State and San Diego State in 2002 and Illinois in 2003. The two losses were both to Colorado, last year at the Rose Bowl and in the 2003 opener at Boulder. Note - ( ) indicates AP ranking.
UCLA has won six straight home openers.
No Bruin has ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Craig Bragg. His nine touchdowns last season averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards).
Thus far in 2003, he has made a team-high eight receptions for 102 yards, including his eighth touchdown of at least 40 yards (two in 2001, five in 2002 and one in 2003).
Calendar years ending in "3" have been good for the Bruins. The 1983 and 1993 UCLA teams ended their seasons by celebrating the New Year in the Rose Bowl game.
Starting Streaks - Cornerback Ricky Manning ended his Bruin career last season having started in 45 straight games (the record is 46 by offensive lineman Craig Novitsky, 1990-93). Defensive tackle Rodney Leisle had a 28-game streak stopped when he did not suit up for the Oregon game due to a broken foot. He leads the team with 32 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware is the team leader with 26 consecutive starts. Wide receiver Craig Bragg has started the past 19 games and offensive lineman Steven Vieira has started the last 18 contests.
The following players have changed numbers from those listed in this year's media guide --- Brian Callahan now #3; Maurice Drew now #21; Jimmy Stephens now #48; Nikola Dragovic now #40; Jacques Lazarus now #83; Mark Manglesdorf now #44; Chris Steck, now #86.
Sophomore defensive back Glenn Ohaeri has changed his name during the off-season. He will now be known as Nnamdi Ohaeri.
True senior wide receiver Tab Perry will miss the 2003 season. He is not eligible to compete this season because he did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Perry has indicated that he will redshirt in 2003 and return for the 2004 season.
UCLA has won 15 of its last 26 games versus ranked opponents dating back to a 1997 win at No. 11 Texas and has posted a 25-9 record in regular season games played in the Rose Bowl since that win over the Longhorns.
Last season, Tyler Ebell became the first freshman (true or redshirt) and only the second player in school history to rush for at least 100 yards in six consecutive games. Gaston Green is the only player in school history to rush for over 100 yards in seven straight games in one season (1986).
UCLA played 10 true freshmen in the 2002 season, the most since freshmen became eligible for varsity play in 1972.
Five Bruins on the 2003 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players - TE Blane Kezirian (dad, Ed, played offensive line in 1972-73 for coach Pepper Rodgers and posted a 17-5 record); WR/H Garrett Lepisto (dad, Vic, played defensive end in 1964-66-67 for coaches Bill Barnes and Tommy Prothro); QB John Sciarra (dad, John, played 1972-75 and quarterbacked the Bruins to a win over No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl game); DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).
Five Bruins made their first career starts in the season opener at Colorado - tight end Blane Kezirian, inside linebacker Justin London, cornerback Matt Clark, punter Chris Kluwe and place kicker Justin Medlock. Two Bruins made their first career starts vs. Illinois - senior cornerback Keith Short and outside linebacker Wesley Walker.
Three Bruins made their varsity debut versus Colorado, including three true freshmen - running back Maurice Drew and defensive linemen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u. Sis redshirt freshmen made their debut against Colorado - long snapper Riley Jondle, defensive lineman Kevin Harbour, linebacker Xavier Burgess, offensive lineman Robert Chai, wide receiver Idris Moss and place kicker Justin Medlock. Linebacker Ben Lorier, a transfer from Cal State Northridge, also made his debut. Against Illinois, redshirt freshman defensive back Eric McNeal also made his debut.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 21 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only six schools in the nation (Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan) have won more bowl games in that span.
During the last 21 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions. Washington is the only other school in the Pac-10 to be ranked in the Top 25 on 11 occasions.
In the last 21 seasons (1982-2002), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only six schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
LAST WEEK - UCLA opened the home portion of the 2003 schedule with a 6-3 victory over Illinois at the Rose Bowl. It was the 500th win in school history and the first in the career of head coach Karl Dorrell. Ironically, the last time the two teams met was in the 1991 John Hancock Bowl, a game the Bruins won by a 6-3 score.
UCLA's defense enjoyed another fine outing, holding the Illini, who scored 49 points the previous week, to just three points. UCLA forced four turnovers, three interceptions and one special teams fumble, and held Illinois to an average of just 4.2 yards per play (283 total). Illinois had just two scrimmage plays longer than 16 yards and none longer than 27 yards and penatrated the UCLA 40-yard line just twice.
UCLA took a 3-0 lead with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter when Justin Medlock made a 28-yard field goal, the first of his career, to cap an 11-play, 58 yard drive. In the second quarter, Tim Warfield's fumble recovery on punt coverage put the Bruins in position for a 48-yard field goal by Medlock, giving UCLA a 6-0 lead with 8:45 remaining in the first half.
The Illini drew to within three points (6-3) with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter on a 29-yard field goal but could not score again.
UCLA's next two possessions lasted 10 and nine plays and although they did not result in points, they took over nine minutes off the clock, giving Illinois its final possession with just 3:02 remaining in the contest. The Illini drove from their own 15-yard line to UCLA's 21 but John Gockman's 43-yard field goal attempt following a Bruin timeout and a five-yard Illinois procedure penalty was wide left, giving the Bruins the ball with just 27 seconds left on the clock.
Defensively, Brandon Chillar led the Bruins with 13 tackles, tying the career high he set the previous week against Colorado, and also made an intercepion. Ben Emanuel added 10 tackles while Justin London contributed seven tackles, all solos, and the first interception of his career. Matt Ware also made an interception and Mat Ball recorded a sack.
Offensively, Manuel White, playing both running back positions, rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 18 attempts. In the fourth quarter, he carried nine times for 40 yards, including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final nine-play drive. The Bruins had 16 snaps in the fourth quarter, excluding the final kneel down, and he carried on nine of them.
Tyler Ebell added 43 yards on eight carries (5.4 average), meaning the tandem gained 145 yards on 26 attempts (5.58 average).
Drew Olson, making his first start of the year and sixth of his career, completed 11 of 31 yards for 94 yards. He had several passes dropped and was under pressure on several occasions.
Craig Bragg led the Bruins with four receptions for 39 yards and four first downs. He also averaged 14.25 yards on four punt returns.
SERIES NOTES - Oklahoma leads the series, 2-0, including a win in the lone game played in Norman. The two schools last met in the 1990 season-opener, with 23rd-ranked Oklahoma winning 34-14 at a steamy Rose Bowl. On-field temperatures for the game reached 118 degrees. Six turnovers ruined any chance the Bruins, who had jumped out to a 6-0 lead, may have had for the win. The contest marked the varsity debut of redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Maddox, who came on in relief of starter Jim Bonds. The Bruins threw for 175 yards, but were held to just 28 yards on the ground.
The last time the two teams met in Norman (Sept. 6, 1986), No.1-ranked Oklahoma defeated No. 4 UCLA, 38-3. Current Bruin radio analyst Matt Stevens was the Bruin quarterback that afternoon and tied a school record with five interceptions. Head Coach Karl Dorrell caught two passes in the game for 21 yards against the defending national champions. Overall, the Bruins were limited to 34 yards rushing and 121 passing yards.
ON THE SOONERS- Coach Bob Stoops is in his fifth season at Oklahoma and enters this week with a 46-9 record. His total of 43 wins entering the 2003 season were more than any other I-A coach since 1900. He became the head man at OU for the 1999 season after serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.
Oklahoma won its seventh football national championship in Stoops' second season (2000). The Sooners have ranked among the top 10 in the nation in total defense the past three seasons - 10th - 2002, 4th - 2001, 8th - 2000. This season, they rank ninth in total defense (240.7 yards), and 11th in pass defense (138.7 yards).
Offensively, Oklahoma ranks 14th in passing offense (303.7 yards) and 34th in total offense (434.0 yards). Quarterback Jason White ranks 16th nationally in total offense (282.0 yards) and 18th in pass efficiency (156.71 rating). Brandon Jones ranks ninth nationally in receptions per game (8.00) and 25th in receiving yards per game (94.0).
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell - One of the rising stars in the coaching profession, former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is in his first season as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He returns 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.
Dorrell is back at UCLA after working for the Denver Broncos under head coach Mike Shanahan as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers for the previous three seasons. 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 12 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 crosstown rival USC four times in five seasons. His 108 career receptions still rank in the all-time school Top 10 and his receiving yards total of 1,517 rank No. 12 on that list.
Dorrell's coaching experience at the collegiate level includes six seasons at the University of Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, the University of 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 graduate assistant.
He became receiver 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 the University of Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, two 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 receiver 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 the University of 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, 2003. In his first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smith earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the team record with 1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout Ed McCaffrey caught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In 2001, Smith set a new team mark with 113 catches.
UCLA's defense leads the Pac-10 Conference in scoring defense (9.5 points), total defense (264.0 yards) and pass defense (186.5 yards). It also ranks ninth (tied) nationally in turnover margin (+1.5), 10th in scoring defense, 16th in total defense and 18th in rushing defense. Opponents are averaging just 3.6 yards per play and have not recorded a scrimmage play longer than 27 yards nor a run of longer than 19 yards.
Illinois had just two scrimmage plays longer than 16 yards (passes of 27 and 19 yards). The last time the Illini were held without a touchdown was during the 1998 season.
#77 DT Rodney Leisle - Senior tackle Rodney Leisle, who is on the pre-season Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award, enjoyed a very productive 2003 season opener. He made a career-high nine tackles, including seven solos. He also recorded two sacks for nine yards. He made his 32nd consecutive start against Illinois and caused the Illini problems despite not being credited with a tackle.
Leisle started seven games a year ago, but missed five contests due to a broken right foot suffered at Oregon State. The game against the Beavers was his 28th straight starting assignment. He returned to action off the bench against USC and started the final two contests against Washington State and New Mexico.
He entered the 2002 season as a pre-season second-team All-America choice and had also been named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists. In 2001, Leisle was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches and a first-team all-conference pick by The Sporting News. Leisle started all 12 games in 2000 and ranked first among the linemen with 36 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
#17 CB Matt Ware - The true junior, who is on the pre-season Watch List for the Thorpe Award and is one of the top cornerbacks in the nation, has started every game (26) of his career at either cornerback (23) or safety (three). In the opener against Colorado, he made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass. He also tipped a punt on special teams. Against Illinois, he made an athletic interception, the seventh of his career, to go with three tackles.
Last season, he ranked fifth on the team with 51 tackles. He made one interception and had one blocked punt and two forced fumbles. Ware also took one snap at quarterback in the Cal game and pitched the ball on an option play.
In 2001, Matt became the first UCLA true freshman to start every regular-season game since freshmen became eligible in 1972 (three-time All-America safety Kenny Easley started the final 10 games of his freshman season). He was named a first-team Freshman All-American and finished with 32 tackles and five interceptions.
He also saw action on offense, as a quarterback, in the games against Oregon and USC. He ran four times in the Oregon game for 22 yards and caught one pass for 49 yards. He took two snaps at quarterback versus USC and pitched the ball on both occasions.
He signed a baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 fall football camp and played in their minor league organization the past two summers as an outfielder.
In the opener against Colorado, he recorded a team-high and career-high 13 tackles, including six solos. He also recorded one sack on a fake punt pass attempt, recovered a fumble and also blocked the PAT on Colorado's final touchdown, keeping the Bruins within two points. Against Illinois, he again led the team with a career high-tying 13 tackles, including eight solos. He also made an interception.
Chillar, fast developing into one of the nation's best at his position, leads the Bruins with 26 tackles and his average of 13.0 per game ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10.
In 2002, he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles and ranked second with five sacks and third with 11 tackles for loss.
In 2001, he ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 42 stops. Chillar was third on the team with five sacks and had eight tackles for loss.
In 2000 as a true freshman, Chillar saw action as a backup linebacker and special teams performer. He appeared in a total of seven games.
#43 DE Dave Ball - Senior Dave Ball has been named to the pre-season Watch Lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. In 2002, he was named to the second-team All-Pac-10 Conference team after starting 12 games. He has now started in 28 of the last 31 Bruin games.
In the 2003 season-opener, he made five tackles, including two sacks for 11 yards. Against Illinois, he made three tackles, including two solos. Ball has now recorded a sack in 10 of his last 13 games. He now has 25 career tackles for loss (No. 21 on that list) and 16.5 career sacks (No. 14 on that list).
In 2002, Ball led the team with 11.5 sacks, fourth on the school season list and most since Donnie Edwards recorded 12.5 in 1994. At one point during the season, he recorded sacks in eight straight games. Dave also led the Bruins with 15 tackles for loss (seventh on the school season list). In 2001, Ball started each game at right end. He finished the year with 18 tackles and one sack. Ball was seventh on the team with four tackles for loss. As a redshirt freshman in 2000, he started three games at end and saw action in all 12 contests.
DEFENSIVE LINE - Senior Ryan Boschetti has emerged as the starter alongside Rodney Leisle at a defensive tackle position. In the 2003 opener, he made a career-high seven tackles and forced a fumble. He added two solo stops vs. Illinois. Boschetti started five games last season after Leisle was sidelined with a broken foot. He made his first career start against Oregon and was credited with four tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss.
Senior Mat Ball made a smooth transition back to the defensive line from linebacker last season and totaled a career-best 18 tackles. He appeared in all 13 games. In 2001, Mat Ball started twice at OLB and made 12 tackles including two for losses.
In the 2003 opener, M. Ball recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss. Against Illinois, he had two solo tackles, including the Bruins' only sack of the contest.
Seniors Asi Faoa and David Tautofi are key reserves along the defensive line. Faoa played in all 13 games a year ago at a defensive end spot, making 24 tackles, including three for losses and two sacks. He had one tackle against Colorado and one solo vs. Illinois. Tautofi also appeared in all 13 games last season and made five tackles, including two quarterback sacks.
Sophomore C.J. Niusulu, redshirt freshman Kevin Harbour and true freshmen Kevin Brown and Junior Lemau'u all saw action versus Colorado. Lemau'u was credited with three tackles while Niusulu, Brown and Harbour had one each. Niusulu had two tackles, including one for loss, against Illinois.
#41 LB Spencer Havner - The redshirt sophomore, who has been named on the Butkus Award pre-season Watch List, had an outstanding freshman season a year ago.
A first-team Freshman All-American (The Sporting News), he started all 13 games and recorded 96 tackles. That total was second on the team and ranked as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (behind James Washington's 119 in 1984). Havner's average of 7.4 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10 Conference while his seven pass defenses and his three forced fumbles led the team and his 12 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad.
Havner recorded three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns (against Oklahoma State and Washington) to tie an NCAA record for most touchdowns on interceptions in one season by a linebacker. He was at his best against the Bay Area schools, making a career-high 11 tackles in games against both California and Stanford.
In the 2003 opener, he made two tackles prior to spraining his right shoulder in the first half. He did not return to the game and is questionable for the Illinois game. He came off the bench against Illinois and made five tackles, including three solos.
THE LINEBACKERS - True sophomore Justin London made his first career start at inside/middle linebacker and responded with three tackles. Against Illinois, he made the first interception of his career, returning it 20 yards, and ranked third on the squad with seven tackles (all solos), including one for loss. On the year, he is third on the squad with 10 tackles.
Another true sophomore, Wesley Walker, stepped in for injured Spencer Havner at the outside spot against Illinois and made a career-high seven tackles. He made his first career start against Illinois and made one solo stop.
Senior Dennis Link made three tackles off the bench against Illinois.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL - This redshirt junior ranked fourth on the team last season in tackles with 58 stops and tied for first in interceptions with four. He has played both free and strong safety during his career, but has found a home at free safety and is one of the best in the West.
Emanuel has started 17 of the last 19 games, six at strong safety and 11 at free safety. Against Colorado, he made a career-high 12 tackles (six solos). Against Illinois, he ranked second on the team with 10 stops and has now made 22 tackles in two games, second-only to Brandon Chillar's 26. His average of 11.0 stops per game also ranks second to Chillar in the Pac-10.
Last season, Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first three games at strong safety. He started nine of the last 10 games at that position. Emanuel picked off two passes each in games against Oklahoma State and Washington State. He also returned a fumbled extra point attempt for two points against Colorado State.
THE DEFENSIVE BACKS - True sophomore strong safety Jarrad Page, a first-team Freshman All-American a year ago, opened the 2003 season with six tackles against Colorado. He made three stops, including two solos, against Illinois. He has now started 12 straight games over two seasons. True junior MATT CLARK made his first career start at cornerback and responded with eight tackles, including seven solos. He did not play against Illinois.
Senior cornerback Keith Short made his first career start against the Illini and was credited with four tackles, including three solos, and broke up two passes.
#87 WR Craig Bragg - The redshirt junior had a breakout season in 2002, leading the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbing a school sophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. No Bruin has ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Bragg.
In the opener against Colorado, he made four receptions for 63 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown down the right sideline. He also returned three punts for 42 yards, including one for 30 yards. He accounted for two first downs, including the touchdown.
Against Illinois, he led the Bruins with four receptions for 39 yards. All four catches resulted in Bruin first downs. He also averaged 14.3 yards on four punt returns, including one for 30 yards that would have been longer except for a penalty.
Bragg owns a string of 25 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all the but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 20 games.
His 92 career receptions rank 14th (tied) on UCLA's career list while his 1,399 yards rank 16th. He has eight touchdowns (seven receptions and one punt return) of at least 40 yards in his career.
In 2002, Bragg topped the Bruins in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His nine touchdowns last season averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards and 10th in receptions. He also led the league in punt return average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoons in UCLA history against Oregon last season when he caught nine passes (tied for eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on school list) with three touchdowns. Bragg was named the Most Valuable Player in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl after catching four passes for 38 yards and returning a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
#2 Tyler Ebell - The redshirt sophomore rushed for 994 yards, a UCLA freshman record, on the season and earned second-team all-conference honors. In addition, he was a second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News.
Ebell, who is on the Doak Walker Award pre-season Watch List, ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (76.5), fifth in punt returns (11.4), ninth in all-purpose yards (106.3) and 13th in total offense. In eight Pac-10 games, he carried 197 times for 876 yards. Ebell ended the season just six yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards.
In the 2003 opener against Colorado, he rushed for 47 yards on 18 attempts, including a run of 26 yards. He also made one reception for six yards. He came off the bench against Illinois and averaged 5.4 yards on eight carries (43 yards), including a run of 16 yards. He also made two receptions for 14 yards.
Ebell has now rushed for 1,084 yards in his career.
Last year, Ebell came off the bench in the Oregon State contest, the fifth game of the season, after carrying just 13 times in prior games. He rushed for 203 yards in that game on 29 carries. He then made the first start of his career the following week against Oregon and ran for 119 yards. The following week at California, he started and ran for 102 yards. Against Stanford, he totaled 160 yards on 39 carries. He carried the ball on 25 of UCLA's 33 offensive snaps in the second half of the game. At Washington, Ebell reached the 100-yard plateau for the fifth straight week with 102 yards and three touchdowns. At Arizona, he became only the second UCLA player in history to rush for over 100 yards in six consecutive games in the same season, finishing with 124 yards.
#29 MANUEL WHITE - A big, tough back who plays both fullback and tailback, White played a major role in the win over Illinois. He rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 18 carries, including one run of 22 yards. In the fourth quarter, he carried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards, including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final possession (nine plays).
In 2002, White made his debut against Alabama, carrying four times for no yards. He was the team's No. 2 rusher versus Kansas, carrying nine times for 44 net yards. At Oregon State, White made two receptions for 50 yards (his 41-yard catch and run set up a field goal and his nine-yard reception came on another scoring drive). He also carried the ball eight times for 38 yards on UCLA's final two possessions and produced four first downs. Against Washington, he carried four times for 36 yards on UCLA's final possession of the game and added 35 yards on five carries in the win over California.
Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run that gave UCLA a 20-14 lead with 13:56 remaining. At USC, he made the first start of his career and gained a team-high 23 yards on nine carries. On the year, he ranked third in rushing with 290 yards on 63 attempts.
#14 QB Drew Olson - True sophomore Drew Olson came off the bench against Colorado and completed 13 of 23 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, giving UCLA a 14-10 lead with 0:08 remaining in the third quarter. His touchdowns measured 42 yards to Craig Bragg in the second quarter and 13 yards to Marcedes Lewis in the third quarter. He tied his career high with 13 completions and his 164 yards rank No. 2 on Olson's career list (he had 189 at Washington last year).
Against the Illini, he made the sixth start of his career and completed 11 of 31 passes, with several drops, for 94 yards.
In 2002, he began the season as the No. 2 quarterback to four-year starter Cory Paus. He ended the year by starting in the final five games after a season-ending ankle injury to Paus against California. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford before returning to start the final five games of the season.
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 completed 13 of 27 passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start against USC, joining Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown. Against Washington State, he had the first multiple touchdown game of his career.
#7 Matt Moore - True sophomore Matt Moore made only the second start of his career against Colorado and had completed four of seven passes for 41 yards prior to suffering an injury to his left knee with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter. He did not return to action, Moore underwent an MRI on Sept. 7 which showed a severe bone bruise of the left tibia. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Moore was called into action for the first time, as the starter, in the game against Stanford. He showed great poise in leading the Bruins to a win, rallying the team from a 15-0 first-quarter deficit to a 28-18 victory. Moore directed seven scoring drives in his first taste of collegiate action.
Moore also came off the bench to rally the Bruins to a victory in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. In the win over Stanford, he became the first UCLA true freshman quarterback since Cade McNown (1995) to start a game and the first since Tom Ramsey (1979) to win his first start.
MORE QUARTERBACK - Redshirt freshman John Sciarra made his debut last season on a late series at San Diego State (five snaps) and that was his only action prior to the fourth quarter of the California game. Against the Golden Bears, he completed one of seven passes for 10 yards with one interception. He also played the final series at Arizona but did not attempt a pass.
Sciarra played UCLA's final possession against USC and drove the Bruins 60 yards on six plays, completing four of five passes for 65 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Marcedes Lewis, the first for both quarterback and receiver.
He also saw action on the last two series of the bowl game win over New Mexico but did not attempt a pass.
OFFENSIVE LINE - Junior left guard Eyoseph Efseaff has started 25 of his 26 career games, including the final 12 games of 2002. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season and has made the honor roll of several pre-season national magazines this year. He is also on the Watch List for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
In 2001, his first in action after redshirting in 2000, he started all 11 games at left guard and was named second team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News.
Junior Steven Vieira made his first start at left tackle at Colorado and has now started 20 of the last 21 games, including all 13 a year ago at right guard. Vieira made a smooth transition to tackle in the Spring and Fall practices. He began his Bruin career at tackle and shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season.
Sophomore redshirt Mike McCloskey won the center job a year ago in a competition during fall camp. He went on to start all 13 games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. He has now started 15 consecutive games.
Junior Paul Mociler and sophomore Ed Blanton round out the starting line. Mociler opened the Colorado game at right guard. It was the second start of his career, having started the 2002 opener at left guard. He played the entire contest against Illinois. He appeared in seven games overall. Blanton emerged from the Spring drills as the starter at the right tackle position. He made one start last season against San Diego State, playing the entire contest in place of injured Mike Saffer, and made an appearance in four games overall.
Senior Shane Lehmann has emerged as the No. 1 reserve on the line. He can play both tackle spots and also guard. Redshirt freshman Robert Chai will also see action at guard and center during the year. Lehmann saw action at left tackle against Illinois.
TIGHT ENDS - True sophomore Marcedes Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead with 0:08 left in the third quarter. Four of his receptions were for double figures and three produced first downs. On the play prior to his touchdown catch, he made a 38-yard reception on third-and-30 to set up the score.
His six receptions against Colorado match his total for all of last season. He started in a two tight end formation against Illinois but did not make a reception.
Senior Blane Kezirian made the first start of his career and made one receptions for eight yards. He also started against Illinois.
WIDE RECEIVERS - Against Colorado, senior Ryan Smith started and made three catches for 24 yards while Junior Taylor had two receptions for eight yards. Against Illinois, Smith started and made one reception for five yards. Taylor made one reception (five yards) and Idris Moss made the first catch of his career for 16 yards, UCLA's longest of the day.
KICKERS - In his first game as a starter, junior Chris Kluwe averaged 41.0 yards on five punts. He had a long of 57 yards, two touchbacks and twice pinned Colorado inside its 20-yard line (two-yard line and four-yard line). None of his five punts were returned.
Against Illinois, Kluwe punted 10 times, one shy of the school record held by four players (six times). He averaged 37.9 yards on those 10 kicks and three times pinned the Illini inside their 20-yard line (seven, 10 and five yard lines) with just one touchback. Only one punt was returned for minus-one yards.
Redshirt freshman Justin Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker. He made both PATs but was wide on a 35-yard field goal attempt. Two of his three kickoffs reached the end zone and the third was returned just 20 yards.
Medlock supplied all the scoring in the win over Illinois, making field goals of 28 and 48 yards, the first two of his career. Tw of his three kickoffs reached the goal line (one was out of the end zone) and Illinois returned two kicks for just 43 yards.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (2/20), Junior Taylor (0/3), Ryan Smith (2/5); OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (2/25), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (2/20), Mike McCloskey (2/15), Ed Blanton (2/3), Paul Mociler (2/3); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (1/3), Blane Kezirian (2/2); QB: Drew Olson (1/6), Matt Moore (1/2); RB: Tyler Ebell (1/9), Manuel White (2/9), Akil Harris (0/7); PK:Justin Medlock (2/2). Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (2/32), Dave Ball (2/28), Mat Ball (2/8, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (0/2, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (2/7); LB: Brandon Chillar (2/24), Spencer Havner (1/14), Justin London (2/2), Wesley Walker (1/1); DB: Matt Ware (2/26), Ben Emanuel (2/17), Jarrad Page (2/12), Matt Clark (1/1), Kevin Brant (0/1), Keith Short (1/1); P: Chris Kluwe (2/2).
RED ZONE - Against Colorado, UCLA converted one of two Red Zone attempts. UCLA scored seven points (touchdown pass). The other trip ended in a missed field goal. Against Illinois, UCLA scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip.
On the year, UCLA is now two of three for 10 points (one touchdown pass, one field goal). Colorado converted three Red Zone trips into 13 points (one touchdown run, one touchdown pass). The other possession came at the game's end. Illinois scored a field goal on its only Red Zone trip. On the year, opponents have converted three of four attempts for 13 points (one touchdown pass, two field goals).
True sophomore quarterbacks Drew Olson (14/15) and Matt Moore (8/8) have been successful on Red Zone opportunities. In 2003, Olson is two of three in the Red Zone (touchdown pass, field goal and field goal miss).
TURNOVERS - UCLA forced one turnover against Colorado (fumble recovery by Brandon Chillar) and it led to a touchdown (seven points).
Thus far in 2003, UCLA has forced five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) and has converted them into one touchdown and one field goal (10 points).
On the year, UCLA has commited two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) that have been converted into three points (one field goal).
In 2002, UCLA forced 25 turnovers (17 interceptions and eight fumbles) and converted them into 12 touchdowns and three field goals (93 points). In the eight UCLA wins, the Bruins were +14 in turnover margin. In the five losses, they were -12.
UCLA commited 23 turnovers (11 interceptions and 12 fumbles) that were converted into 90 points (11 touchdowns, one two-point PAT and four field goals). UCLA fumbled 31 times during the course of the season, but lost just 12 - eight on offense, three on special teams and one on defense.
NCAA, PAC-10 STATS - UCLA -- turnover margin: T-9th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (+1.5); scoring defense: 10th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (9.5); total defense: 16th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (264.0 yards); rush defense: 18th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (77.5 yards); net punting: 22nd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (39.0 yards), punt returns: 27th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (14.14 yards); pass defense: 34th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (186.5 yards); pass effeciency defense: 4th in Pac-10 (103.6 rating).
Individuals: Craig Bragg -- punt returns: 22nd in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (14.14); receptions: T-9th in Pac-10 (4.0); Manuel White -- rushing: 8th in Pac-10 (51.0); Justin Medlock -- field goals: T-3rd in Pac-10 in field goals (1.0); Maurice Drew -- kickoff returns: 6th in Pac-10 (19.33); Drew Olson -- passing: 9th in Pac-10 (129.0); Chris Kluwe -- punting: 9th in Pac-10 (38.9); Brandon Chillar -- tackles: 1st in Pac-10 (13.0); interceptions: T-6th (0.5); Ben Emanuel --tackles: 2nd in Pac-10 (11.0); Matt Ware -- interceptions: T-6th (0.5); Justin London -- interceptions: T-6th (0.5).
NCAA GRADUATION RATES - In the 2003 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 61% graduation rate for the freshman class of 1996. The four-year class average (1993-1996) was 63% In the 2002 NCAA Graduation Rate Report, UCLA had a 75% graduation rate from the freshman class of 1995.
In the 2000 NCAA Graduation Report, which analyzed the freshman class of 1993, 10 of 14 Bruin freshmen earned their degrees - 71.4%. In addition, three other freshmen who entered in the Winter or Spring quarters of 1993-94 also earned their degrees, raising the percentage to 76.5% (13 of 17).
NEW WALK-ONS REPORT - The following walk-ons reported for the start of Fall practices - Edward Douglas, LS Oroville, CA (Butte Community College); Kevin Gamarnik, K Los Alamitos, CA (Los Alamitos HS); Scott Kearney, DL Palm Desert, CA (Palm Desert HS); Kristopher Kiley, FB Fairfax, VA (Michigan State); Olukayode Oredugba, DB Santa Monica, CA (Santa Monica HS); Philip Rauscher, DL Carlsbad, CA (La Costa Canyon HS).
UCLA ON THE RADIO - The 2003 season is UCLA's seventh on XTRA Sports AM 1150/690. The Superstation, broadcasting on 1150 in Los Angeles and 690 in San Diego, covers all of southern California. XTRA broadcasts all of the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a one-hour post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 12th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his seventh year on the broadcast team and his third as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his second season as sideline reporter and KCAL-TV sportscaster John Ireland, who is in his third season with the crew, will host on the pre- and post-game shows this season.
Stevens, Ireland and Cook will host the two-hour local pre-game show. Roberts, Stevens and Cook will host the one-half hour network pre-game show and the network post-game show. Ireland will host a one hour "Bruin Talk" show following the network broadcast.
Stations on the Bruin radio network include: KDFO 800AM (Bakersfield); KAVL 610AM (Lancaster/Palmdale); KBET 850AM (Thousand Oaks); KIXW 960AM (Victorville); and KNEWS 970/1140 (Palm Springs).
XTRA Sports 690/1150 provides ancillary programming during the week, including Karl Dorrell interviews during the week of the games.
In addition, XTRA Sports 690/1150 airs the one-hour Bruin Roundtable show on a weekly basis during the season. It will generally run on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m..
UCLA games are also available via the internet at www.uclabruins.com (with a subscription to UCLA College Sports Pass). Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the telephone.
BRUINS IN THE NFL - As of 8/31 the following 22 former Bruins were listed on the rosters of National Football League teams - Atlanta - Tod McBride; Baltimore - Jonathan Ogden; Buffalo - Ryan Neufeld; Carolina - DeShaun Foster; Mike Seidman, Ricky Manning; Dallas - Kenyon Coleman; Green Bay - Marques Anderson, Mike Flanagan; Houston - Jason Bell; Jacksonville - J.J. Stokes; Miami - Brendon Ayenbadejo; New England - Roman Phifer; New York Giants - Shaun Williams; Philadelphia - Freddie Mitchell; Pittsburgh.- Tommy Maddox; St. Louis - Robert Thomas; San Diego - Donnie Edwards, Vaughn Parker; San Francisco - Travis Kirschke; Tampa Bay - Ryan Nece; Tennessee.- Drew Bennett.
UCLA ON THE TELEVISION - Entering the Oklahoma game, 114 of UCLA's last 120 games have been televised live, including all 13 in 2002. The Oklahoma game will be UCLA's third straight on ABC. Two other games have already been selected for television -- Oct. 25 - Arizona State (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 8 - @ Washington State (ABC) -- and several others will be chosen on a 12-day selection basis. The UCLA Sports Magazine show, produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, will once again air weekly during the season.