Sept. 30, 2003
In a UCLA defense that is stacked with experience and dedication, senior linebacker Brandon Chillar has separated himself from the pack. Chosen by his teammates as a captain for the 2003 season, Chillar is one of the leaders in a talented defensive backfield. He set a new career-high with 13 tackles, including six solo tackles in the Bruins' season opener at Colorado. Chillar also recorded a sack, a fumble recovery and blocked an extra-point attempt as he was named the UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week.
Despite his 6-3, 230 pound frame, the Carlsbad native is as mild-mannered off the field as he is wild on it. However, his passion for the game and for the tradition of UCLA Football shines through no matter where he may be standing.
What does it mean to be a captain?
It has given me the feeling that all of my hard work has paid off. Working hard for three years and starting for two years, it shows that I have earned respect on the team.
In what ways is being a captain a leadership role for you?
Being a captain is definitely a leadership role on the team. You have to show the young guys how to work and lead by example.
What changes do you see in the team this season?
There are tons of differences between this year and last year. First of all, our attitude is the biggest change. It has totally changed. We are a lot more positive and we just want to win.
Do you have any personal goals for this season?
I just want to play good football and be the very best I can be. I want to play every play and play hard.
As you look back on your time with UCLA Football, what will be your favorite memory?
Hanging out with the guys has been the best memory. We go through a lot together, with workouts, getting up early, and everything else. We really form a bond together. That has been my favorite part of UCLA Football
What has been the greatest challenge for you as a student-athlete?
It's very challenging to balance everything. We have to balance our lives, our school, and football. I want to excel at everything and it can be hard with all of the time football takes up.
What has been your greatest accomplishment in your UCLA career?
My greatest achievement has just been starting. That was my goal when I came here. I started when I was a sophomore and I have been able to carry it through until my senior year.
Who has been your favorite team to compete against as a Bruin?
Even though we don't play them this year, I really enjoyed playing and beating Oregon State.
What has been your favorite class at UCLA?
My favorite class has been Biology 30 with Professor Bowman. He is a funny professor and I really enjoyed his class.
As your UCLA career winds down, what would you like to be remembered for?
I just want to be known for playing hard and trying to be the best player possible.
What are your plans for the future?
I am not sure what I am going to be doing yet. Whether I am playing or coaching, I will definitely be involved in the sport.