Dec. 12, 2007
Several Bruin football players have garnered national and conference acclaim for their performances on the football field this season. UCLA has tallied several All-Americans and All-Conference honorees highlighted by the recent announcement of first-team All-American accolades for seniors Chris Horton and Matthew Slater.
Strong safety Chris Horton was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. Kick returner Matthew Slater earned first-team All-America honors from SI.com and third-team acclaim from Rivals.com. Defensive end Bruce Davis and cornerback Trey Brown were second-team All-Americans on the Walter Camp Football Foundation team. Defensive tackle Brian Price earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from Scout.com and Rivals.com while place kicker Kai Forbath earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim from The Sporting News.
UCLA had two players named to the first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference team for 2007. Strong safety Chris Horton and kickoff return man MATTHEW SLATER each merited first-team honors. Defensive end Bruce Davis was named to the second-team. The honorable mention All-Conference list included six Bruins: defensive tackle Kevin Brown, cornerback Trey Brown, place kicker Kai Forbath, free safety Dennis Keyes, punter Aaron Perez and cornerback Alterraun Verner
Center Chris Joseph was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team for the second consecutive year. In addition, Joseph and cornerback Alterraun Verner were chosen to the first-team 2007 All-Academic District VIII team. It is the third straight season in which Joseph has been named to the District team.
Nine Bruins were selected to the 2007 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Joseph and Verner were first-team selections, offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis, fullback Trevor Theriot, punter Aaron Perez and kickoff specialist Jimmy Rotstein were second-team choices while place kicker Kai Forbath, tight end Logan Paulsen and offensive lineman Noah Sutherland earned honorable mention.