#89 Gabe Crecion
Tight End 6-5, 241, Jr.** Northridge, CA Chaminade HS
UCLA - This talented junior figures to compete for the starting position after redshirting in 1998 ... Did not participate in baseball this past year, choosing to concentrate on football ... Gabe is a sound blocker and possesses outstanding receiving skills.
1998 - Redshirted and has two years of eligibility remaining ... Selected UCLA's offensive scout team Player of the Year.
1997 - As a true sophomore, Crecion ranked second among the tight ends with his six receptions, good for 79 yards ... Made one catch in each of the first five games ... Made a 36-yard catch at Texas, second-longest by a Bruin tight end this year ... Had a 22-yard reception versus Tennessee ... Appeared in all 12 games and played at least 10 snaps seven times, including 31 at Texas, 19 versus Arizona, 17 at Washington State and 16 versus Texas A&M.
1996 - The true freshman missed much of Fall camp and the first two games due to a stress reaction in his foot ... Made his debut at Michigan, playing eight snaps ... Appeared in eight of the final nine games on offense, playing 10 snaps at Oregon and nine at Washington ... On the year, he made two receptions for 46 yards (23.0 average) - a 24-yarder at Arizona and a 22-yarder at Washington ... Appeared in nine games on special teams.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three varsity football letters for coach Rich Lawson at Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, CA ... BlueChips Illustrated All-American and rated as the No. 2 tight end in the West ... Named to the SuperPrep All-Far West team ... Named to the National Recruiting Advisor All-West team ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Selected All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... Named to the All-CIF Division III team ... L.A. Times Valley Lineman of the Year for '95 ... Daily News first-team All-Valley ... First-team All-Mission league ... Team MVP ... Invited to play in the California-Texas High School All-Star Classic and the San Fernando Valley All-Star game ... Caught 19 passes for 337 yards and eight touchdowns in '95 in a run-oriented attack ... As a junior, he was selected team MVP and all-league on both offense and defense ... An outstanding baseball player, he lettered four years for coach Denny Barrett, and was recognized as one of the top prep pitchers on the West Coast ... As a senior, he batted .453 and was named co-Most Valuable Player of the Mission League.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Gabriel John Crecion ... Parents: Peter and Celia Crecion ... Born: July 9, 1977 in West Hills, CA ... Has two brothers, Steve and Adam ... Enjoys baseball and jet skiing ... Selected in the 16th round of the 1998 Baseball First-Year Player draft by the New York Yankees ... Anthropology major. Varsity Statistics - G. Crecion
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 2 46 23.0 0 24 1997 6 79 13.2 0 36 1998 Redshirted Totals 8 125 15.6 0 36
#85 Jon Dubravac
Split End 6-3, 205, So. J.K. Mullen HS Denver, CO
UCLA - Jon is one of several youngsters who will be competing for a spot in the wide receiver rotation ... Enjoyed a productive Spring Practice ... A steady performer who will add good depth to the receiving corp.
1998 - Dubravac became the fifth true freshman wide receiver in school history to catch a TD pass with his grab of a halfback option pass from Jermaine Lewis at California ... The others are Bryan Adams in 1990, Jim McElroy in 1994, Brad Melsby (two vs. Kansas in the Aloha Bowl) in 1995 and Brian Poli-Dixon (two versus Houston) in 1997 ... On the year, he made three catches for 39 yards ... He played in all 12 games (the only offensive true freshman to do that in 1998) and played at least 15 snaps on five occasions, including 35 versus Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, 18 against Washington State and California, 16 at Washington and 15 each versus USC and Arizona.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned four varsity letters at J.K. Mullen High School in Denver, CO for coach Mick McCall, catching 111 balls for almost 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns ... As a senior team captain, Dubravac made 42 receptions as an H-back for 795 yards and eight TDs and earned All-State honors ...USA Today honorable mention All-America ... SuperPrep All-America (No. 18 WR) ... SuperPrep All-Midlands (No. 14 prospect) ... Cornwell All-America ... PrepStar Big 12 Region Super 30 ... PrepStar All-America (No. 3 WR in Big 12 Region) ... First-team All-Colorado selection (Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News) ... State finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman ... Tom Lemming All-America ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... National Bluechips Magazine All-American ... Street & Smith's Magazine Senior to Watch ... Member of four straight Centennial League championship teams ... Twice selected All-Centennial League ... PrepStar pre-season All-America ... National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-Region (No. 3 WR in Midlands) ... SuperPrep pre-season All-America (No. 14 WR) ... An incredible athlete (4.39 speed and 32-inch vertical jump) ... Four-year starter ... As a junior H-back, he made 49 receptions for 737 yards and 8 TDs ... As a sophomore, he grabbed nine balls for 125 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end ... His freshman season, he snagged 11 balls for 133 yards and two touchdowns ... Second-team All-State as a junior ... Also lettered four seasons in basketball for coach Porter Cutrell and two years in track for coach John Hancock ... Has best track times of 21.9 in the 200 and a 4 x 400 split of 49.9 ... Holds Colorado state record in the 4 x 200 (1998) and won State titles in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 in 1998 ... Averaged six points and six rebounds for the hoops team which won three League championships ... Three-year starter ... Bench-presses 305 pounds.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jon Edward Dubravac ... Born: Dec. 31, 1979 in Denver, CO ... Parents: Scott and Beth Dubravac ... Has one older brother, Brian ... Lists being inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame and playing in the Rose Bowl as his biggest thrills to date ... Patterns his style of play after Jerry Rice ... Hobbies include painting, sketching, golf and basketball ... Planning a major in Graphic Art or Architecture ... Cousin Joe Dubravac attended UCLA.
Varsity Statistics - J. Dubravac
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 3 39 13.0 1 30
#87 Danny Farmer
Split End 6-4, 210, Sr.** Los Angeles, CA Loyola HS
UCLA - Danny Farmer enters the 1999 season as one of the nation's best wide receivers and a leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award ... Selected to the pre-season All-America teams of Playboy and Lindy's ... Will serve as a team captain in 1999 ... A fine all-around athlete who starred on the men's volleyball team, he possesses great size, deceptive speed, outstanding leaping ability and the knack of making the big catch in traffic ... A former walk-on, he earned a scholarship prior to the 1996 season and concluded it with a team-leading 31 catches ... His career totals are 130 receptions for 2,447 yards and 16 touchdowns in just 35 games and he could break both school records (179 receptions and 2,548 yards) by the end of his senior year ... He ranks third on UCLA's career receiving yardage list (second is J.J. Stokes at 2,469 and first is Kevin Jordan at 2,548, just 101 yards ahead of Farmer), and is fourth on the career reception list (third is Sean LaChapelle with 142) ... A big-play performer, he has made 19 receptions of at least 40 yards, including 13 last season.
1998 - As a junior, Farmer developed into one of thenation's finest receivers ... He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 1998 for his outstanding play ... Farmer was the team's leading receiver with 58 catches for 1,274 yards (22.0 average) and nine touchdowns ... In the Washington game, he became only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... His 1,274 yards set a new UCLA school record, breaking Kevin Jordan's record of 1,228 yards, set in 1994, and he averaged 106.2 yards per contest ... During the regular season, Farmer ranked second in the Pac-10 (16th in the NCAA) in receiving yards per game (102.91) ... His average of 22.2 yards per catch ranked No. 2 nationally among players with at least 1,000 receiving yards ... Cal's Dameane Douglas led thePac-10 with 104.6 yards per game and had just 20 more yards despite making 49 more receptions than Farmer ... The Bruin receiver also ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (102.9) ... Forty-three of his receptions produced first downs ... Twenty-one of his catches measured at least 20 yards, 12 measured at least 40 yards and four measured at least 64 yards, including a 77-yard score at Miami, a 64-yard score at Arizona, a 61-yard non-scoring reception at Washington and a 60-yard score versus Oregon ... His average (22.0) was the highest in school history among players with at least 36 receptions in a season ... In the season opener versus Texas, he made four receptions for 81 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNown ... At Houston, he had four catches for 100 yards, including catches of 41 and 40 yards ... His 41-yard grab with UCLA leading by just 11 points in the fourth quarter set-up the clinching touchdown ... Against WSU, he made five grabs for 100 yards, including one for 51 yards to setup a touchdown ... The big plays continued against Arizona with a 64-yard scoring catch-and-run and another for 23 yards ... In the Oregon game, he grabbed a career-high seven balls for a career-best 161 yards (the ninth-highest yardage total ever by a UCLA player) and two touchdowns ... Included in the total were one grab of 49 yards which set up a field goal and a scoring catch of 60 yards that put the Bruins ahead with 2:36 to play, 38-31 ... At California, he had a team-high five catches for 52 and a long of 19 yards ... Versus Stanford, he had a team-best six grabs for 78 yards (five first downs) with a long of 20 yards ... He also had a 32-yard run on a reverse on UCLA's game-winning touchdown drive ... At Oregon State, he grabbed five balls for 113 yards and two touchdowns, one a 43-yarder ... It marked his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season ... At Washington, he went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the fifth time with four catches for 134 yards, including 61 and 43-yard grabs ... In the win over USC, he made three catches for 91 yards, including one for 42 and another for 38 yards ... His 42-yard reception came on UCLA's first scoring drive ... In the Miami game, he caught six balls for 135 yards and a pair of TDs, one a 77-yarder and one of 14 yards, and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season ... The 77-yarder in the first quarter of the Miami game pushed him over the 1,000 yard mark and was the second longest of his career and the 12th longest in school history ... In the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, Farmer made seven receptions for 142 yards and his ninth touchdown of the season, a 41-yard strike from Cade McNown ... He also had a 44-yard reception to give the Bruins a first-and-goal at the Badger six-yard line ... It was the seventh time he accounted for at least 100 yards in a game ... Farmer started all but one game (UCLA started two tight ends at Arizona) ... During the season, he played at least 40 snaps in every game and at least 50 eight times, including 70 versus Oregon and Wisconsin, 66 at Oregon State and 62 at California and Miami.
1997 - Ranked second on the squad with 41 receptions for 649 yards and three scores ... Selected All-Pacific-10 honorable mention by the league's coaches and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... He made four catches for 40 yards in the Cotton Bowl ... In the regular-season finale against USC, he led the squad with four receptions for 74 yards ... His acrobatic 36-yard catch on third-and-17 from the Bruin 18-yard line was a key play on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter ... Against Washington, he turned an inside screen into a 60-yard touchdown 23 seconds into the fourth quarter ... He finished the day with four receptions, tying for the team lead, for 99 yards and the one TD ... At Stanford, he hauled in three passes for 33 yards and a long of 21 yards which gave the Bruins a first down on a third-and-15 call ... Against California, he made three catches for 81 yards ... His 54-yard reception on the final play of the first quarter set up UCLA's first offensive touchdown ... He made two receptions for 24 yards against Oregon State ... At Oregon, he led the team with five catches, tying his career high, for 56 yards ... Against Houston, he made three receptions for 74 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown late in the first quarter ... Against Arizona, he tied his career high with five receptions, accounting for 86 yards ... His 37-yard catch-and-run set the stage for the first of Skip Hicks' four touchdowns ... In the season-opener at Washington State, Farmer made four receptions for 64 yards, including a five-yard touchdown with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter ... He also made an important 28-yard catch-and-run on third-and-13 on the final aborted scoring drive ... He added three receptions against Tennessee and one at Texas ... He started all 12 games and played at least 45 snaps six times, including 70 at Washington State, 57 versus Tennessee, 56 at Stanford, 54 vs. Texas A&M, 52 at Oregon and 48 at USC.
1996 - In his first season as an active member of the team, Farmer led the Bruins with 31 receptions, the first freshman ever to do so ... His 524 yards trailed McElroy by just three yards and his average of 16.9 was second only to McElroy's 20.3 ... Established himself as a big play performer and all four of his touchdown receptions measured at least 31 yards (88, 52, 38 and 31) ... His four touchdown catches led the team and his four scores tied him with Cade McNown and Keith Brown for second on the squad behind Skip Hicks's 20 ... His receptions produced 23 first downs ... Had six games of three or more receptions ... Made quite an impact in the first game of his career ... Started the Tennessee contest as the slot receiver and made five receptions for 115 yards ... With UCLA trailing 28-13 in the fourth quarter and facing a second-and-19 situation at its own 12-yard line, Farmer worked himself open, caught a pass from McNown around midfield and held off two pursuers to dive into the end zone ... The 88-yard play, which made the score 28-20 with 9:41 remaining, was the fifth-longest pass play in UCLA history ... Against NLU, he led the Bruins in receiving for a second straight game, finishing with four catches for 55 yards ... Against Arizona State, he led the team for the third time in five games, making four catches for 43 yards ... Farmer was moved from slot receiver to split end prior to the Washington State game and responded with the best contest of his short career ... He led the team in receptions for the fourth time, finishing with five for a career-best 121 yards and one touchdown ... He made a 52-yard over-the-shoulder catch to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter and with just under six minutes played in the second half, he out-fought double coverage to catch McElroy's 38-yard reverse option pass and scored his second TD of the year ... At Arizona, he led the Bruins in receptions (three) for the fifth time and scored on a 31-yard TD pass ... Against USC, Farmer made five receptions for 81 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown catch early in the second half on which he beat Daylon McCutcheon to get the Bruin offense started (UCLA trailed 24-7 at that point) ... Winner of UCLA's first annual Terry Donahue Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Walk-on and offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
1995 - Did not appear in a football game in his first year in the program ... Caught the coaching staff's attention with his catches against the varsity during Aloha Bowl workouts.
UCLA VOLLEYBALL - A starter as a senior in 1999, he earned second-team All-MPSF honors ... Ranked 11th nationally with his .444 attack percentage and ranked fourth in MPSF hitting at .458 ... Recorded a career-high 29 kills in his final match (Hawaii) ... Served as a key reserve for NCAA championship teams in 1996 and 1998 ... In the 1998 NCAA semifinals, he came off the bench to record a career-high (at the time) 26 kills against Lewis ... As a sophomore (1997), he helped UCLA finish second in the nation ... Started five times as a freshman and hit .400 or better in three of his five starts.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned a total of eight varsity letters in football (two), basketball (two) and volleyball (four) for coaches Steve Grady (FB), Bill Thomason (BB) and Eric Wells (VB) at Loyola High ... In football, he earned first-team all-league and second-team all-city honors ... As a senior wide receiver in 1994, he caught 43 passes for 683 yards and 11 touchdowns ... In basketball, he was a 1995 first-team all-league selection and 1994 Rookie of the Year ... Led his team in rebounding in 1994 and '95 ... He averaged 16 ppg and 12 rpg in 1995 ... In volleyball, he earned 1995 Mission League Player of the Year honors and 1995 CIF Division I Player of the Year laurels.
PERSONAL - Full name: Daniel Steven Farmer ... Born: May 21, 1977, one minute after his brother Tim ... Hails from a family of former UCLA and USC athletic standouts ... Father George lettered in track and football at UCLA and also was a member of the Bruins' 1970 NCAA championship basketball team ... George also played seven years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions ... Danny's fraternal twin Tim was a starting outside hitter at Loyola Marymount ... His grandfather Steve Miletich lettered in basketball at USC, and his uncle Dave Farmer lettered in football at USC before playing professionally for Atlanta and Tampa Bay ... Admires All-Pro Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino ... Enjoys music, swimming and golf in his spare time ... Has an older sister, Kelly ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1996 (3.33 grade-point average), Fall 1997 (3.67), Winter 1998 (3.00) and Winter 1999 (3.23) ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - D. Farmer
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 31 524 16.9 4 88 1997 41 649 15.8 3 60 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 77 Totals 130 2447 18.8 16 88
Career Highs Receptions: 7 vs. Oregon, 1998, Wisconsin, 1998 6 vs. Stanford, 1998, Miami, 1998
Receiving Yards: 161 vs. Oregon, 1998 142 vs. Wisconsin, 1998 135 vs. Miami, 1998
1998 Farmer Receiving Game TCB Net Avg. TD LG TEX* 4 81 20.3 1 36 HOU* 4 100 25.0 0 41 WSU* 5 100 20.0 0 51 ARIZ 2 87 43.5 1 64 ORE* 7 161 23.0 2 60 CAL* 5 52 10.4 0 19 STAN* 6 78 13.0 0 20 OSU* 5 113 22.6 2 43 WASH* 4 134 33.5 0 61 USC* 3 91 30.3 0 42 MIAMI* 6 135 22.5 2 77 WISC* 7 142 20.3 1 44 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 77
Danny Farmer Long Receptions (40+ YARDS)
1996 (3) 88 yards (TD) Tennessee 52 yards (TD) USC 52 yards Washington State
1997 (3) 60 yards (TD) Washington 54 yards California 40 yards (TD Houston
1998 (13) 77 yards (TD) Miami 64 yards (TD) Arizona 61 yards Washington 60 yards (TD) Oregon 51 yards Washington State 49 yards Oregon 44 yards Wisconsin 43 yards (TD) Oregon State 43 yards Washington 42 yards USC 41 yards Houston 41 yards (TD) Wisconsin 40 yards Houston
UCLA Career Receptions Years No. Yds Avg TD Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14 Danny Farmer 1996-98 130 2447 18.82 16 Mike Sherrard 1982-85 128 1965 15.35 10 Mike Farr 1986-89 124 1497 12.07 2
UCLA Career Receiving Yards Years No. Yds Avg TD Kevin Jordan 1992-95 179 2548 14.23 12 J.J. Stokes 1991-94 154 2469 16.03 28 Danny Farmer 1996-98 130 2447 18.88 16 Jim McElroy 1994-97 101 2029 20.09 14 Sean LaChapelle 1989-92 142 2027 14.27 14
UCLA Season Receiving Yards Year No. Yds Avg TD Danny Farmer 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 Kevin Jordan 1994 73 1228 16.8 7 J.J. Stokes 1993 82 1181 14.4 17 Sean LaChapelle 1991 73 1056 14.5 11 Jim McElroy 1997 47 988 21.0 10
#81 Bryan Fletcher
Tight End 6-5, 230, So.** St. Louis, MO Hazelwood East HS
UCLA - This youngster figures to compete with junior Gabe Crecion for the starting tight end position ... Bryan is an outstanding athlete who blocks extremely well ... A fine receiver, he is probably the most athletic of the returning tight ends ... Possesses quickness and toughness .
1998 - Saw action as a redshirt freshman, mostly in multiple tight end formations ... Appeared in 11 of 12 games on offense ... Played double figure snaps on three occasions - 16 at Washington, 13 versus Washington State and 10 against Texas ... Did not make a reception ... Also played on several of the special teams units and was a regular on the kickoff return and punt return squads ... Was credited with two returns for four yards on squib kick situations.
1997 - Did not see action in his first year at UCLA and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years at Hazelwood East High School in St. Louis, MO for coach Rick Gorzynski ... Played tight end and linebacker ... PrepStar All-American and All-Region selection ... Chosen to SuperPrep All-Midlands squad ... Ranked on the National Recruiting Advisor Midwest Top 100 ... Cornwell All-American ... Picked first-team All-Suburban North Conference as a linebacker and tight end as a senior ... As a senior, he caught 22 passes for 519 yards and seven touchdowns ... Second on his team in tackles with 67, including 40 solos, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles recovered ... Had 15 grabs as a junior for 215 yards and a touchdown ... Named to the All-Suburban North Conference first-team at tight end ... Team went 14-0 and won State title in his junior season ... Also earned two letters as a center in basketball for coach Terry Maxwell.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Bryan Jamaile Fletcher ... Parents: Hosea and Edna Fletcher ... Born: March 23, 1979 in St. Louis, MO ... Has three brothers - Myron, Terrell (a running back for the San Diego Chargers) and Shaun - and one sister, Tracy ... Favorite class is English ... Enjoys playing basketball in his spare time ... Lists brother Terrell as the athlete he most admires. ... English major.
#92 Randy Hakes
Tight End 6-3, 244, Sr. Phoenix, AZ Mesa CC
UCLA - One of three experienced players competing for playing time at the tight end position ... Possesses the same solid skills as 1998 All-Pac-10 tight end Mike Grieb ... Figures to contribute in multiple tight end formations.
1998 - Saw limited action in his first season with the program ... Appeared in seven games on offense ... Missed the Miami game due to an emergency appendectomy but returned for the Rose Bowl ... Played 12 snaps versus Arizona ... Made one reception on the year, a 12-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bennett against Washington State ... Was a regular member of the kickoff return unit. JUNIOR COLLEGE - Played two seasons (1994 and 1997) for coach David Rice at Mesa Community College ... As a sophomore in 1997, he was selected first-team All-America by J.C. Grid-Wire ... Also a PrepStar Top 100 JC Transfer and a SuperPrep JUCO Top 100 choice ... Made 45 receptions for 550 yards and six touchdowns in 1997 ... Selected first-team All-Region as a sophomore and second-team as a freshman ... Twice named first-team all-conference.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played three seasons for coach Ron Vick at Arcadia High in Phoenix, AZ ... As a senior, he was selected Scottsdale City Player of the Year ... Named All-State as a tight end and honorable mention All-State as a linebacker ... Also selected first-team All-Region and All-City ... His school won its regional championship and advanced to the State semifinals ... Made 42 receptions for 900 yards and nine touchdowns ... His 76-yard punt was the longest in school history ... On defense, he made 76 tackles and two interceptions ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball.
PERSONAL - Full name: Randall James Hakes ... Born: June 24, 1976 in Phoenix, AZ ... Married the former Erin Conley on May 22 ... Parents: Gale and Glenda Hakes ... Has three brothers (Gary, Ken and Dan) and two sisters (Pam and Robin) ... Brother Ken played nose guard at Arizona ... Lists a 76-yard touchdown in State semifinal game after returning from a sprained ankle as his career highlight ... Hobbies include camping, biking, rappelling and shooting ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 1998 (3.20 grade-point average) and Winter 1999 (3.33) ... Communications major.
#91 Chris Jackson
Tight End 6-3, 261, Fr.** Kentridge HS Renton, WA
UCLA - This second-year freshman figures to see action in a reserve role in 1999 ... During Spring drills, he demonstrated strength and the ability to catch the football.
1998 - Did not see action during his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - An outstanding tight end prospect, Jackson played in a run-oriented offense at Kentridge High in Kent, WA ... Earned three letters for coach Marty Osborn as a tight end and inside linebacker ... Made the most of his opportunities, averaging nearly 18 yards per catch ... Chris had a school record 105 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, a half sack, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass deflections and four interceptions as a senior team captain ... On offense, he caught 11 balls for 181 yards and two touchdowns ... Team advanced to the State quarterfinals ... USA Today honorable mention All-America ... PrepStar All-America (No. 5 TE in West) ... SuperPrep All-Northwest (No. 10 prospect) ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Received three votes on Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in West poll ... PrepStar pre-season All-America ... National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-Region selection at linebacker ... SuperPrep pre-season All-Far West ... As a junior, he made 13 receptions for 241 yards and two scores ... On defense, made 52 tackles (28 solos), including nine for losses, one fumble recovery, three pass deflections ... First-team all-league tight end and second-team linebacker ... As a sophomore, he started nine games at linebacker and made 70 tackles, one interception and three fumble recoveries ... Honorable mention all-league and team Defensive Player of the Year ... Also lettered three years in basketball as a power forward for coaches Jeff Shumake and Tom Robinson ... Named Most Improved player on team as a junior and Most Promising as a sophomore.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Christopher Michael Jackson ... Born: Nov. 28, 1979 in Bellevue, WA ... Parents: Michael and Terri Jackson ... Father was a standout linebacker for the University of Washington and played eight seasons for the Seattle Seahawks ... Has one younger brother, Justin ... Being selected as one of the nation's best prep players by Street & Smith's magazine is his biggest athletic thrill ... Lists former Bear linebacker Michael Singletary as the player he admires the most ... Hobbies include reading, music and video games Major undeclared.
#25 Cody Joyce
Flanker 6-1, 202, So.** Saugus, CA Hart HS
UCLA - Joyce will compete for playing time in the wide receiver rotation ... Made good improve-ment during Spring Practice and should add quality depth to the receiving corps.
1998 - Appeared in seven games at wide receiver ... Played 10 snaps against Washington State, seven at Arizona and five at Washington ... Made one reception for six yards.
1997 - Did not appear in a game in his first year and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - An outstanding all-around athlete who has earned All-CIF honors in both football and baseball ... Lettered two years for coach Mike Herrington at Hart High School in Newhall, CA ... As a senior, he was named PrepStar All-American, Best in the West, SuperPrep All-West, Cornwell All-American and second-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... Also earned L. A. Times All-Valley, All-Area, All-CIF Division II, All-League and team MVP honors ... Selected to play in the California-Texas Shrine game ... Credited with 65 catches for 1,055 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Team was 9-3 and ranked No. 24 in California by Student Sports ... As a junior, he made 52 catches for 1,180 yards and 11 touchdowns ... His total of 1,180 yards set a school record for receiving yardage in a season ... Named all-league, All-CIF, All-Area, Rookie of the Year and All-State Underclass ... Team was 1995 CIF Division II champion and rated No. 6 in the state ... His two-year receiving yardage total of 2,235 is a school record ... Also returned punts and kickoffs ... Also an outstanding outfielder who earned two letters for baseball coach Bud Murray ... Batted .395 as a senior with 19 RBI and 28 runs scored ... Selected to play in the 1997 Bernie Milligan All-Star game ... In his junior, season he hit for a school-record .500 average with 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases ... Earned all-league, all-area, All-Valley, All-CIF, All-State underclassmen and SVC Player of the Year honors.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Cody Lucas Joyce ... Born: September 26, 1978 in Clermont, FL ... Parents: Ray and Amy Joyce ... Has two sisters, Cassidy and Dustin ... In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends ... History major.
#83 Brad Melsby
Flanker 6-0, 199, Sr.** Los Alamitos, CA Los Alamitos HS
UCLA - A very dependable receiver, Brad can play all three positions - split end, flanker and slot receiver - in the offense ... Possesses deceptive speed and great hands ... Runs great routes, has a knack for getting open and catches the ball on a consistent basis.
1998 - Melsby made 16 receptions (tied for third on the squad) and averaged 20.7 yards per catch, second-highest among players with at least five catches ... On Nov. 7 at Oregon State, he made perhaps the catch of the year ... With just 21 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 34-34, Melsby broke free on the right sideline, caught a pass from Cade McNown and raced to the end zone for the game-winning 61-yard touchdown ... It was his first score since the 1995 Aloha Bowl ... At Miami, he caught three balls for 95 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown ... He made three receptions for 66 yards against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... He also made two receptions against California, Stanford and Washington ... Melsby, who started the first two games of the season, played at least 20 snaps eight times, including 50 versus Wisconsin, 40 at Houston, 27 versus Texas and 26 at Miami.
1997 - Missed virtually all of the season due to illness related to recovery from his knee surgery ... Left practice during double days and returned the week of the Stanford contest ... Saw limited action against Washington and Texas A&M ... Did not make a reception.
1996 - Missed the entire season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Spring drills ... Underwent reconstructive surgery and spent the year rehabilitating.
1995 - Made his debut at Stanford and made his first reception (11 yards) the following week against California ... Made three receptions for 74 yards against Arizona State, including one of 28 yards ... Made two catches, including a 36 yarder, for 40 yards against Washington and added a 13-yard reception versus USC ... In the Aloha Bowl, he made a career-high five receptions for 35 yards ... He scored on catches of eight and seven yards and also caught a two-point conversion versus Kansas, becoming the first UCLA freshman wide receiver to make two touchdown receptions in the same game and only the third since 1973 to catch a touchdown pass (Bryan Adams in 1990 and Jim McElroy in 1994 were the others) ... Overall, he made 12 receptions for 173 yards (14.4 average) and two TDs ... He averaged 19.7 yards on his seven regular-season receptions.
HIGH SCHOOL - Three-year varsity starter at wide receiver and free safety for coach John Barnes at Los Alamitos High ... As a senior in 1994, he earned All-America status from Blue Chips Illustrated and Super Prep ... USA Today honorable mention All-America ... Super Prep, Blue Chips and Tom Lemming All-West selection ... Named All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... All-county selection by Orange County Register ... Member of the Long Beach Press Telegram Dream team ... Named to CIF Southern Section and Division I teams ... Selected Orange County Back of the Year by the LA Times ... Member of CIF championship team in 1992 and 1993 ... Leading career receiver in Orange County history with record totals of 185 receptions for 2,979 yards and 35 touchdowns ... In 1994, he made 77 catches for 12 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards ... Made five interceptions as a defensive back ... As a junior in 1993, he also was credited with 77 catches for 18 touchdowns ... In his sophomore season in 1992, he grabbed 31 balls for five touchdowns.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Bradley William Melsby ... Parents: Ernest and Darlene Melsby ... Born: October 25, 1976 in Pocatello, ID ... Has one brother (Robert) and one sister (Kari) ... Enjoys listening to music and fishing in his spare time ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1995 with his 3.43 GPA, Spring 1996 (3.00), Fall 1996 (3.67), Winter 1997 (3.77), Winter 1998 (3.65), Spring 1998 (3.41) and Winter 1999 (3.80) ... Communication Studies major.
Varsity Statistics - B. Melsby
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1995 12 173 14.4 2 36 1996 Injured 1997 0 0 0.0 0 0 1998 16 331 20.7 2 61 Totals 28 504 18.0 4 61
Career Highs Receptions: 5 vs. Kansas, 1995 3 vs. USC, 1998, Wisconsin, 1999 Rose Bowl, Arizona State, 1995
Receiving Yards: 95 vs. USC, 1998 74 vs. Arizona State, 1995 66 vs. Wisconsin, 1999 Rose Bowl
#3 Freddie Mitchell II
Flanker 5-11, 176, So.** Lakeland, FL Kathleen HS
UCLA - One of several talented players who will compete for playing time at flanker, Mitchell has demonstrated the ability to be a big-play performer ... Also figures to contribute as a punt/kickoff returner ... Possesses excellent quickness, outstanding hand-eye coordination and very good speed ... Catches the ball extremely well ... During Spring Practice, he appeared to be fully recovered from last year's leg injury.
1998 - Mitchell missed most of the season due to a fractured right femur suffered in the second game of the season (Houston) ... In his varsity debut against Texas, Mitchell made four receptions for 108 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception ... He also threw a 34-yard touchdown pass, gained 30 yards on a reverse and returned three kickoffs for 78 yards ... Suffered a fractured right femur at Houston while returning a kickoff 47 yards in the first quarter ... Through hard work, he recovered in time to play 11 snaps against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... On one of those plays, he tossed a 61-yard touchdown to Durell Price off a fake reverse, his second TD pass of the year.
1997 - Did not see action and has three seasons of eligibility remaining ... Did not join the team until early October.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three varsity letters for coach Robson at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, FL ... Selected SuperPrep All-American (nation's No. 12 receiver) and All-State ... Named PrepStar All-American wide receiver ... Listed No. 94 on the National Recruiting Advisor Top 100 ... Also named a Cornwell All-American and USA Today honorable mention ... As a senior, he made 30 receptions for 530 yards and nine touchdowns in a run-oriented offense ... As a junior, he averaged 17 yards per reception and caught eight touchdown passes ... Also scored a couple of touchdowns on kickoff returns ... Lettered in cross country, baseball and basketball ... Basketball team won the 1996-97 State championship.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Freddie Lee Mitchell, II ... Born: November 28, 1978 in Lakeland, FL ... Parents: Freddie and Joyce Mitchell ... Has one brother, Tremaine and two sisters, Shameka and Tracy ... Loves to dance, swim and go to movies in his spare time ... Interested in a Communications major.
Varsity Statistics - F. Mitchell
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 4 108 27.0 1 79
Kickoff Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 4 125 31.3 0 47
Punt Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 3 17 5.7 0 10
Rushing Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 1 30 30.0 0 30
Passing Year PA PC YDS PCT INT TD LG 1998 2 2 95 1.000 0 2 61
#24 Paul Nelson
Flanker 6-0, 193, Fr.** San Bernardino HS San Bernardino, CA
UCLA - One of several young receivers who will be trying to earn playing time during the 1999 season ... Paul was gaining good experience in Spring Practice before a hamstring injury sidelined him during the third week of drills ... A fine prospect who should develop with additional experience.
1998 - Did not appear in a game during his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Paul was considered the top senior at his position on the West Coast ... In his final season (1997) at San Bernardino, CA High School, Nelson made 58 catches for 908 yards and 14 scores for coach Dave Perkins ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 4 WR) ... PrepStar Western Region Super 30 ... PrepStar All-America (No. 1 WR in West) ... National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 8 WR) ... ESPN SportsZone No. 10 WR ... SuperPrep All-America (No. 17 WR) ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 19 prospect) ... CBS SportsLine Top 100 ... Cornwell All-America ... Member ofTacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West second team (six votes) ... L.A. Times All-Inland Empire ... Two-time All-San Bernardino County performer (San Bernardino Sun) ... Twice first-team All-San Andreas League, on both offense and defense ... Also threw three TD passes and ran for 205 yards ... As a defensive back, he totaled 78 tackles and made 11 interceptions, including three in the CIF Southern Division District VII playoffs ... Helped Cardinals (8-3) to share of league title ... PrepStar pre-season Best in the West ... PrepStar pre-season All-America ... National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 5 WR in nation and No. 1 in West) ... SuperPrep pre-season All-Far West ... As a junior, Paul had 48 receptions for 897 yards and 11 TDs ... On defense, he was credited with 57 tackles and five interceptions ... For his career, he made 158 catches for 2,634 yards and 39 touchdowns ... He was also a sprinter (10.7, 100 meters) on the track team coached by Jackie Robinson ... Has best track marks of 21.07 (200m), 23-7 (long jump) and 6-4 (high jump) ... Possesses 40-inch vertical jump ... Also lettered three seasons in basketball for coach Andre Smith and tennis for coach Kyler.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Paul Gregory Nelson ... Born: July 7, 1980 in Pomona, CA ... Parents: Gregory Nelson and Linda Poullard ... Has three sisters - Ruby, Tasha, Delores (a three-sport athlete herself) ... The first athletic event he ever attended was a 1985 UCLA-Oregon State football game ... Hobbies include drawing, weight lifting and all sports ... Would like to become a professional athlete following his days at UCLA ... Major undeclared.
#82 Brian Poli-Dixon
Split End 6-5, 210, Jr. Tucson, AZ Sabino HS
UCLA - Brian enjoyed a breakthrough sophomore campaign and established himself as a big-play threat ... He teams with senior Danny Farmer to give the Bruins an outstanding one-two receiving combination ... During his two-year career, he has scored 12 touchdowns on 54 receptions ... He possesses outstanding size and athleticism and made great strides in 1998 ... Reminds UCLA observers of former All-American J.J. Stokes Rated the No. 14 receiver in the nation by The Sporting News.
1998 - Poli-Dixon earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection following his outstanding sophomore campaign ... He finished as the team's second-leading receiver with 44 receptions for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns, one of the best seasons ever by a Bruin sophomore ... Only J.J. Stokes (728 yards in 1992) ever gained more yards as a sophomore and only Mike Sherrard (48) and Kevin Jordan (45) ever made more receptions ... His 10 receiving touchdowns ranked first (tied) in the Pac-10 ... His nine-catch performance at Oregon State tied for seventh on the all-time UCLA single game receiving list ... It was the most catches by a UCLA player since J.J. Stokes caught 14 balls in the 1994 Rose Bowl ... On the year, 29 of his 44 receptions resulted in first downs in addition to his 10 scores ... Seven of those receptions measured at least 30 yards, topped by his 61-yard touchdowns at Houston and at Miami, and five resulted in scores ... He enjoyed a huge game in the 1998 season opener with five catches for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns measuring 34 and 20 yards ... Four of the catches produced first downs ... Against Houston, he scored on a 61-yard pass from Cade McNown and produced a first down with both of his catches ... On Oct. 3 against Washington State, he made three receptions for 40 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown and two first downs ... At Arizona, he led the Bruins with four catches for 51 yards, including his fifth touchdown of the year ... He was kept out of the end zone for the first time this season versus Oregon and caught two balls for 62 yards ... His 43-yard catch set up a game-tying touchdown with just10:13 remaining in regulation ... At California, he grabbed four balls, two for scores, including a spectacular 35-yarder in which he made a leaping grab while fully extended in the end zone ... Versus Stanford, he made five catches for 80 yards, including a 53-yard scoring play ... Following his effort at Oregon State, he made two receptions for 20 yards in the win at Washington and two for three yards in the victory over USC ... At Miami, he grabbed two TD receptions, including one of 61 yards which tied his career-best ... In all, he had four catches for 130 yards vs. the Hurricanes, including a seven-yard TD and a 54-yard reception prior to a fumble ... He played just part of the first half of the Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin due to an injured hamstring and made just two catches for 15 yards ... He started the final 10 games of the season after moving into the starting lineup against Washington State and played at least 30 snaps in every game except the Rose Bowl (injury), including 59 at Oregon State, 58 versus Stanford, 57 against Oregon and 54 at California.
1997 - Poli-Dixon became just the fourth UCLA true freshman wide receiver since 1973 to catch a touchdown pass (the others were Bryan Adams in 1990, Jim McElroy in 1994 and Brad Melsby in 1995) and the second (Melsby was the first) to catch two in the same game (Houston) ... On the year, he made 10 receptions, third among returnees, for 149 yards and the two scores ... His touchdowns against Houston measured 31 and 15 yards ... Also made two catches against USC (35 yards) and Texas A&M (31 yards) in the Cotton Bowl ... Appeared in 10 of 12 games, making his debut against Tennessee, and played at least 20 snaps four times - 28 at Texas, 22 versus California, 21 at USC and 20 vs. Texas A&M.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered two seasons in football for coach Jeff Scurran at Sabino High School in Tucson, AZ ... As a senior, he was named to the PrepStar All-American team as the No. 6 receiver in the West ... All-West selection by PrepStar ... SuperPrep All-Far West ... Earned USA Today honorable mention accolades ... Led his team to a 12-1 mark, the state 4A semifinals and a No. 7 ranking in the state according to Student Sports ... Named first-team All-State, All-City, All-Sonoran and All-League ... Selected to play in the 4A/5A North-South All-Star game ... Totaled 44 catches for 912 yards and 17 touchdowns as senior ... Established a school record for most touchdowns in a season and a career, most receiving yards for a season and career, and most catches in a season ... Tied the school mark with 185 yards receiving in a game, on six catches ... As a junior, he made nine catches ... Also lettered three seasons in track and field (100m, 4 x 100 relay, high jump, long jump) for coach Doug McSpadden ... Posted a state best high jump mark of 6-9 as a senior.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Brian Jason Poli-Dixon ... Parents: Ben Dixon, Jr. and Patty Poli ... Born: April 21, 1979 in Tucson ... Has three sisters - Ericka, Rachel, Nicole ... Lists Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice as the athletes he admires ... In his spare time, he likes to swim, dance and travel ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Winter 1998 (3.00 GPA) ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - B. Poli-Dixon
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1997 10 149 14.9 2 31 1998 44 712 16.2 10 61 Totals 54 861 15.9 12 61
Career Highs Receptions: 9 vs. Oregon State, 1998 5 vs. Texas, 1998, vs. Stanford, 1998
Receiving Yards: 130 vs. Miami, 1998, 82 vs. Oregon State, 1998 80 vs. Stanford, 1998 Touchdown Receptions: 2 vs. Miami, 1998, vs. Texas, 1998, vs. Houston, 1997
#32 Kevin Brant
Athlete 5-11, 180, Fr. Walter Johnson HS Bethesda, MD
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three varsity letters in football as a running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, placekicker, punter and linebacker for coach Butch Worden at Walter Johnson High in Bethesda, MD just outside of Washington, DC ... PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 6 'athlete' in the Atlantic Coast Conference Region ... A SuperPrep All-Mid-Atlantic selection ... All-Metro and All-Montgomery County for a third straight year ... Conference co-Player of the Year ... As a senior, he rushed for 1,001 yards and averaged 29.0 yards on his 11 receptions ... Accounted for 3,102 all-purpose yards and returned four kicks for touchdowns ... On defense, he made five interceptions ... Served as captain and led his team to its best record (8-2) in 36 years ... In his career, he accounted for 7,021 yards of total offense and 35 touchdowns - both school records ... He totaled 16 career interceptions and set another school mark by returning 10 kicks for touchdown ... He also owns the school record for most touchdowns scored in a game with four (he did it twice) ... A PrepStar pre-season All-American ... SuperPrep pre-season All-Mid-Atlantic selection ... As a junior, he made 15 receptions for 375 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 780 yards and nine scores ... On defense, he made 41 tackles and four interceptions ... Also lettered three seasons in basketball for coach Bill Morris ... Served as team captain and was named Defensive Player of the Year each season ... Lettered two seasons in track for coach Greg Dunston as a sprinter ... Lettered one year in lacrosse as a midfielder for coach Joe Connor.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Kevin Scott Brant ... Born: September 14, 1980 in Washington, D.C. ... Parents: Tim (ABC TV sports broadcaster) and Janet Brant ... Has one brother, Jason, and two sisters - Lindsay and Julie ... Names Tim Dwight of the Atlanta Falcons as the athlete he admires most and patterns his style of play after ... Hobbies include golf, playing video games and basketball ... Favorite class is Law ... Father Tim played football at the University of Maryland (linebacker, 1970-73) ... Uncle Mike Brant also played football at Maryland.
#95 Blane Kezirian
Tight End 6-5, 235, Fr. El Camino Real HS Woodland Hills, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football as a tight end and linebacker for coach Rick Hyashida at El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills, CA ... Earned first-team all-league honors as a senior ... A versatile performer who played inside and outside linebacker, defensive tackle and end, tight end and offensive tackle in addition to handling kicking chores ... A pre-season All-America selection by Tom Lemming ... National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete ... As a senior, he had a 100% completion percentage as a tight end and was credited with 63 tackles and one sack as a linebacker ... Made 127 tackles with three sacks as a junior, earning second-team all-league acclaim ... El Camino won the City 3-A championship his junior season ... Also excels in track and was the Northwest Valley shot put champion as a junior ... Earned three letters in track for coaches Martin and Lepisto ... Named All-City in track with bests in the shot put in his senior year of 51-3 and his junior year of 50-0 ... Also earned two letters in basketball for coach Ludlow ... A four-time scholar-athlete in football and was listed on the Honor Roll in three semesters ... Finalist for California state Sportsman of the Year.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Blane Edward Kezirian ... Born: May 17, 1981 in Honolulu, HI ... Parents: Ed and Kay Kezirian ... Has two younger sisters - Christine and Jaclyn ... Father is an administrator in the UCLA athletic department and former Bruin football player (offensive lineman, 1972-73) and assistant coach (1982-92) ... Lists Tony Gonzales of the Kansas City Chiefs as one of the athletes he most admires ... Hobbies include playing basketball ... Lists Physical Therapy as a possible career objective.
#30 Jerry Owens
Wide Receiver 6-4, 180, Fr. Hart HS Newhall, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered for three years in football for coach Mike Herrington at Hart High in Newhall, CA ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team ... Rated the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation and No. 1 in the Western Region by PrepStar ... A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar ... Ranked No. 4 (tied) nationally among receivers by the National Recruiting Advisor ... Rated nation's No. 53 player and No. 9 receiver by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com ... Rated the No. 58 player in the nation by RivalNet ... A SuperPrep All-American, he was ranked the nation's No. 11 wide receiver and the No. 20 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region ... Rated the No. 42 player in the nation by The Sporting News ... Rated the nation's No. 48 player by the Cornwell 100 ... Rated the No. 58 player in the nation by The Sporting News/Tom Lemming ... Member of Dallas Morning News National 100 ... Member of fansonly.com Top 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 ... Member of CBS SportsLine/PrepStar Top 100 ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with eight votes ... First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 second team ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section ... First-team L.A. Daily News All-Valley ... First-team L.A. Times All-Valley ... As a senior, he made 63 receptions for 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Added four interceptions ... Team won the Division III CIF championship ... Co-Player of the Year in the Foothill League ... First-team all-Santa Clarita Valley as both a senior and junior ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... PrepStar pre-season Dream Team member ... PrepStar pre-season Super 30 All-West selection ... In SuperPrep's pre-season issue, he ranked 15th nationally among wide receivers and 16th among all players in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region ... Enjoyed an outstanding junior campaign with 63 catches for 1,430 yards (22.7 average) and 18 TDs ... Also lettered in basketball for coaches Mike May and Dave Montgomery.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jerry Lee Owens ... Born: February 16, 1981 in Hollywood, CA ... Parents: Paul Sibek and Linda Owens ... Has two younger brothers - Zachary and Taylor ... Lists New York Jet receiver Keyshawn Johnson as one of the athletes he patterns his style of play after ... Chemistry is his favorite class.
#18 Mike Seidman
Tight End 6-5, 246, Fr. Westlake HS Westlake, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football for Jim Benkert at Westlake High School ...USA Today first-team All-American ... Parade All-American ... Rated the No. 14 player in the nation by The Sporting News ... Rated the No. 25 player in the nation by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) ... Rated the No. 15 player in the nation by the Cornwell 100 ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team ... Rated the No. 2 tight end in the nation and No. 1 in the Western Region by PrepStar ... A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar ... Rated No. 1 (tied) among tight ends by the National Recruiting Advisor ... Rated nation's No. 11 player and No. 3 receiver (No. 2 tight end) by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com ... Rated the nation's No. 25 player by RivalNet ... Rated the nation's No. 30 player by SuperPrep ... A SuperPrep All-American ... SuperPrep ranked him the nation's No. 2 tight end and the No. 5 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region ... Member of Dallas Morning News National 100 ... Member of CBS SportsLine/PrepStar Top 100 ... Member of fansonly.com Top 100 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 ... Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with a perfect 10 votes ... First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section ... Selected All-CIF Division IV ... Named L.A. Times Valley Lineman of the Year ... First-team L.A. Daily News All-Valley ... Possesses fine hands and the ability to catch the deep ball ... As a senior, he made 54 receptions for 806 yards and six touchdowns ... Earned all-county and all-league honors ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... PrepStar pre-season Dream Team member ... PrepStar pre-season Super 30 All-West selection ... In SuperPrep's pre-season magazine, he was ranked the nation's No. 1 tight end and No. 1 among all players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii region ... As a junior, he earned all-state, all-CIF and all-league acclaim ... Accounted for 51 catches for 728 yards and two scores as a junior...Also lettered three years in track for coach Larry Stonebreaker and one year in basketball for coach Gary Grayson.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Mike H. Seidman ... Born: February 11, 1981 in Westlake, CA ... Parents: Gary and Debra Seidman ... Has one older sister, Lisa ... Hobbies include hanging out at the beach ... Grandmother also attended UCLA.
#40 Ryan Smith
Wide Receiver 6-3, 210, Fr. Marcus HS Flower Mound, TX
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered in football, playing wide receiver for coach Que Brittain at Marcus High in Flower Mound, TX ... Member of Dallas Morning News Texas 100 ... As a senior, he was named first-team all-district and second-team All-State ... PrepStar All-Region honorable mention ... Named to the All-Area teams of the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star ... Team captain and offensive team MVP ... Team finished fourth in the district ... Earned team Fighting Heart Award ... In 10 games as a senior, made 57 receptions for 754 yards and seven touchdowns ... In his junior year, he was named second-team all-district as team won Class 5A Division II state champions ... Caught 53 passes for 855 yards and nine touchdowns ... As a sophomore, he caught 18 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns ... Also lettered in baseball for coach Jeff Harp ... Hit over .350 his last two seasons ... His junior year he was named first-team all-district and team advanced to the regional quarterfinals ... Lettered in basketball as a sophomore for coach Mark Wendel and averaged 10.0 points and six rebounds per game ... Moved to Texas from Thousand Oaks,CA prior to his sophomore year in high school.
PERSONAL - Full Name: William Ryan Smith ... Born: March 12, 1980 in Huntington Beach, CA ... Parents: William and Becky Smith ... Has two brothers - Chad and Nathan - and three sisters - Angela, Chara and Caslin ... Biggest thrill in sports has been winning the football state championship in his junior season ... Lists NFL star Ed McCaffrey as the athlete he admires and patterns his style of play after ... Hobbies include playing all sports ... Math is his favorite class ... Uncle Jim played professional basketball in France ... Undecided on major.
Stay tuned!! The 1999 Bruins defensive lineman will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, July 27.