May 26, 2009
The first two pre-season football magazines are on the stands and both selected Bruins to their All-America teams.
Athlon's National Preview has selected place kicker Kai Forbath and defensive tackle Brian Price to its All-America second team and cornerback Alterraun Verner to its third team. Verner, Price, linebacker Reggie Carter and wide receiver Terrence Austin (as a receiver and a kickoff returner) were named first-team All-Pac-10. Forbath, safety Rahim Moore and linebacker Akeem Ayers to the magazine's All-Pac-10 second team while offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani earned third-team honors. In addition, UCLA's defensive backs unit was rated third in the Pac-10 and ninth in the country, while the linebackers unit was selected best in the Pac-10.
Athlon, which features linebacker Reggie Carter on its UCLA-USC cover, lists seven of UCLA's incoming freshmen - Randall Carroll (5), Morrell Presley (8), Xavier Sua-Filo (15), Richard Brehaut (21), Marlon Pollard (22), Damien Thigpen (24) and Keenan Graham (25) are ranked among the Top 25 newcomers in the Pac-10.
Lindy's College Football Preview named Forbath to its All-America first team. In addition, Verner was listed No. 5 nationally among cornerbacks, Carter was listed No. 9 among inside linebackers and Price was listed No. 9 among defensive tackles. Verner, Carter, Price, Forbath and Austin (all-purpose) were selected first-team All-Pac-10 while Ayers was named to the second team. Quarterback Kevin Prince was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Lindy's has UCLA ranked No. 48 nationally and No. 6 in the Pac-10. Athlon has the Bruins No. 51 overall and No. 6 in the Pac-10.
Earlier this Spring, Carter and Verner were named to the "Watch List" of the Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player. Price was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award "Watch List." Players considered for that award are down linemen or defensive players who lineup within five yards of the line of scrimmage.