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Sept. 22, 2003
UCLA HOSTS SAN DIEGO STATE UNDER THE LIGHTS
KEY DATES TO REMEMBER -
Mon., Sept. 22 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 23 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30 a.m.); Last day to interview quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 24 - Last day to interview UCLA players
Thu., Sept. 25 - First day of classes
Sat., Sept. 27 - San Diego State at UCLA - 7:00 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Net West 2
HOME AGAIN - UCLA (1-2) returns to the Rose Bowl to host the San Diego State Aztecs (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net West 2 with Bill Macdonald and Mike Sherrard calling 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. Four of UCLA's next five games will be played at the Rose Bowl.
HONORARY CAPTAINS - This season, two Bruin stars of the past will serve as honorary captains at each game and participate in the pre-game coin flip. For the San Diego State game, former Bruin running backs Rob Smith (1961-62) and Bobby Smith (1959-61) will serve as the honorary captains.
DID YOU KNOW? - This is the 22nd season that UCLA is playing its home games at the Rose Bowl. In that span, the Bruins own a record of 86-39-2 in their home stadium.
UCLA has won 11 of its last 14 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 three losses were to Colorado (last year at the Rose Bowl and in the 2003 opener at Boulder) and at No. 1 Oklahoma (this season). 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, Bragg has made a team-high 18 receptions for 189 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 33 career starts. Defensive back Matt Ware is the team leader with 27 consecutive starts. Wide receiver Craig Bragg has started the past 20 games and offensive lineman Steven Vieira has started the last 19 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 27 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. Six 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.
True freshman defensive back Mil'Von James, true freshman wide receiver Joe Cowan, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Robert Chai (on offense) and Alex Potasi, tight end J.J. Hair and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Thomas Patton made their varsity debuts at Oklahoma.
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 built a 10-7 lead in the first quarter before Oklahoma showed why it is the No. 1 team in the nation, defeating the Bruins 59-24 at Norman.
Oklahoma scored on its first possession but the Bruins countered with Jason Medlock's 48-yard field goal. On the Sooners' next possession, Spencer Havner returned an interception 72 yards to the Oklahoma six-yard line. After a procedure penalty, Manuel White ran 11 yards for a 10-7 Bruin lead, the first time Oklahoma had trailed all season.
The Sooners rallied with 21 straight points to close the half, including punt returns of 74 and 84 yards.
At the start of the second half, UCLA's defense held Oklahoma on three plays but the Bruins' fumbled on their first play after a six-yard run and Oklahoma converted it into a touchdown and a 35-10 lead less than four minutes into the second half. The first of Maurice Drew's two touchdowns made the score 35-17. The teams traded touchdowns in the final minute of the third quarter, Oklahoma returning a tipped interception 34 yards and Drew returning a kickoff 91 yards to make the score 42-24 at the end of three quarters. The kickoff return by Drew was UCLA's first since 1999 and only its second since 1980.
Oklahoma added 17 points in the fourth quarter, including an NCAA-record third punt return. Defensively, UCLA allowed 354 yards and just four of Oklahoma's eight touchdowns (one on a 30-yard drive). Brandon Chillar led the Bruins with a career-high 14 tackles while Ben Emanuel, Justin London and Dave Ball (two sacks and one forced fumble) had eight tackles each and Spencer Havner added seven tackles, one interception and a tackle for loss. Oklahoma had just four offensive plays of more than 15 yards.
Offensively, UCLA recorded a season-high 271 yards, 144 in the air and 127 on the ground. Craig Bragg made a career-high 10 receptions, tying the fourth-highest single-game total in UCLA history, for 87 yards. Drew Olson set career highs with 18 completions and 34 attempts for 144 yards. Manuel White led the ground game with 66 yards on 19 carries and Maurice Drew added 41 on five carries to go with his kickoff return.
San Diego State improved its record to 3-1 with a 37-17 victory over Samford.
SERIES NOTES - UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1922, 17-0-1, including a 43-7 win last season at San Diego. UCLA forced five turnovers and held the Aztecs to 268 total yards in last year's contest. Tight end Mike Seidman caught a career high (at the time) six passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Manuel White rushed for 76 yards and a score. Tyler Ebell's 53-yard punt return was UCLA's longest since 1998 (at the time). Linebacker Spencer Havner led the defense with 10 stops.
The last time the two teams met in the Rose Bowl was in 1992. The Bruins capitalized on a strong offensive start and a stingy defense which helped to slow down Heisman Trophy candidate Marshall Faulk and pulled out a 35-7 win. Faulk, who fumbled twice in the contest, entered the game averaging almost 260 yards rushing per game, but was limited to 118 yards by a Bruin defense keyed by Othello Henderson and Jamir Miller. It was UCLA which dominated the ground game, totaling 330 rushing yards, primarily by Daron Washington, Kevin Williams and Sharmon Shah (Karim Abdul-Jabbar).
ON THE AZTECS- Coach Tom Craft is in his second season at the helm of the Aztec program and owns a record of 7-10, including a 3-1 log this year. SDSU has defeated Eastern Washington, UTEP and Samford while losing by just three points at Ohio State.
Offensively, San Diego State is averaging 344.75 yards total offense, 188.25 in the air and 156.5 on the ground. The Aztecs rank second nationally in total defense (229.5 yards) and seventh in scoring defense (10.5 points), allowing 112.75 in the air (second in the NCAA) and 116.75 on the ground. They lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (70.36 rating).
Lynell Hamilton leads the team in rushing with 509 yards (127.2 per game) and is averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. Matt Dlugolecki has completed 72 of 125 passes for 700 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Jeff Webb leads the receivers with 19 catches.
Defensively, Kirk Morrison leads the Aztecs with 36 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and seven for losses.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell - 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 ranks second in the Pac-10 Conference in pass defense (205.3 yards) and third in total defense (294.0 yards). It also ranks 19th nationally in rushing defense (88.7 yards) and 25th in total defense. UCLA has intercepted five passes in the last two games.
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. Oklahoma had just four offensive plays of longer than 15 yards.
#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. Against Illinois, he disrupted the offense and caused problems despite not being credited with a tackle. He made his 33rd consecutive start at Oklahoma and made three solo tackles, including one for loss.
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 (27) of his career at either cornerback (24) 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. In the game at Oklahoma, Ware made two tackle assists.
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 (at the time) 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 13 tackles, including eight solos. He also made an interception and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.
At Oklahoma, Chillar led the Bruins with a career-best 14 tackles (five solos and nine assists), including one-half tackle for loss.
Chillar, fast developing into one of the nation's best at his position, leads the Bruins with 40 tackles and his average of 13.3 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 29 of the last 32 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.
At Oklahoma, he was credited with eight tackles (two solos and six assists). He recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and also forced an intentional grounding call.
Ball has now recorded a sack in 11 of his last 14 games.
He now has 27 career tackles for loss (No. 20 on that list) and 18.5 career sacks (No. 9 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 and made four tackles (three solos) at Oklahoma. 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. At Oklahoma, he was very actice but did not record a tackle.
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. Against Oklahoma, he suffered a sprained ankle.
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. Against Oklahoma, Lemau'u had two tackles while Niusulu and Brown had one each.
#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. He came off the bench against Illinois and made five tackles, including three solos.
At Oklahoma, he returned to the starting lineup and had seven tackles (four solos), including one for loss. In addition, he returned the fourth interception of his career 72 yards to the Sooner six-yard line, setting up the touchdown that gave UCLA a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter.
THE LINEBACKERS - True sophomore Justin London made his first career start against Colorado 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. At Oklahoma, he made a career-high eight tackles (two solos and six assists and also broke up on pass. On the year, he ranks third on the squad with 18 tackles.
Another true sophomore, Wesley Walker, stepped in for injured Spencer Havner at the outside spot against Colorado 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 18 of the last 20 games, six at strong safety and 12 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. At Oklahoma, he tied for second on the squad with eight tackles (four solos).
On the year, Emanuel has made 30 tackles in three games, second-only to Brandon Chillar's 40. His average of 10.0 stops per game ranks third 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. At Oklahoma, he added four tackles, including two solos. He has now started 13 straight games over two seasons.
True junior MATT CLARK made his first career start at cornerback against Colorado and responded with eight tackles, including seven solos. He did not play against Illinois. Clark returned to the lineup against Oklahoma and had six tackles, including five solos, and also made the first interception of his career.
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.
At Oklahoma, he made a career-high 10 receptions for 87 yards. His longest reception measured 21 yards and he recorded four first downs. The 10 receptions rank fourth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and were the most by a Bruin since Freddie Mitchell caught 10 passes against Michigan in 2000.
On the year, Bragg has made a team-high 18 receptions for 189 yards and one score. He is fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 and 36th (tied) nationally with his average of 6.0 receptions per game.
Bragg owns a string of 26 consecutive games in which he has caught a pass (all but the first game of his career). He has made at least two receptions in each of the last 21 games.
His 102 career receptions rank 12th on UCLA's career list and he needs just six to tie Cormac Carney and head coach Karl Dorrell for ninth/10th on that list. His 1,486 yards rank 14th on that UCLA career chart. 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. At Oklahoma, he started and carried nine times for 22 yards. Ebell has now rushed for 1,106 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).
At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushing with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoring run to give the Bruins a 10-7 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He leads the team with 168 yards in three games despite not carrying the ball in the opener.
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.
#21 Maurice Drew - The true freshman running back scored two of UCLA's three touchdowns against Oklahoma, the first true freshman to score two touchdowns in a game since DeShaun Foster scored four against USC in 1998. He recovered a fumble on the three-yard line and carried it into the end zone for his first score and returned a kickoff 91 yards for his second touchdown. It was UCLA's first touchdown on a kickoff return since 1999 and only its second since 1980. On the afternoon, he rushed for 41 yards on five carries and his 18-yard run was UCLA's longest of the game. Drew leads the Pac-10 with his 29.7 kickoff return average.
#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 had 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.
At Oklahoma, he set career highs for passes completed (18) and attempted (34) for 144 yards and two interceptions.
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 was expected to miss four to six weeks at the time of his injury.
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 26 of his 27 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 StevenVieira made his first start at left tackle at Colorado and has now started 21 of the last 22 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 16 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 and was used as a second tight end late in the Oklahoma contest. Chai made his Bruin debut on the offensive line at Oklahoma.
TIGHT ENDS - True sophomore Marcedes Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown against Colorado. 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 matched his total for all of last season. He started in a two tight end formation against Illinois but did not make a reception. He also started in a double tight end set against Oklahoma and made one reception for five yards before spraining a shoulder and missing the remainder of the game.
Lewis ranks second on the team with his seven receptions and 101 yards.
Senior Blane Kezirian made the first start of his career and made one receptions for eight yards. He also started against Illinois and Oklahoma but suffered a sprained ankle against the Sooners. Redshirt freshman J.J. Hair saw the first action of his career at Oklahoma.
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 11 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.
At Oklahoma, Smith made two receptions for 19 yards and Taylor made two catches for 13 yards. Smith is the Bruins' third-leading receiver with six receptions.
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. At Oklahoma, he punted nine times for 440 yards, an average of 48.9 yards per kick. Five of his punts measured at least 50 yards, including one of 60 yards. However, seven of the punts were returned for a total of 277 yards and three touchdowns.
On the year, he is averaging 42.7 yards on 24 punts and is tied for fourth in the Pac-10. 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. Two of his three kickoffs reached the goal line (one was out of the end zone) and Illinois returned two kicks for just 43 yards. At Oklahoma, he tied his career long with a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter and accounted for six points.
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2003 starts /career starts) - Offense - WR: Craig Bragg (3/21), Junior Taylor (0/3), Ryan Smith (2/5); OL: Eyoseph Efseaff (3/26), Shane Lehmann (0/6), Steven Vieira (3/21), Mike McCloskey (3/16), Ed Blanton (3/4), Paul Mociler (3/4); TE: Keith Carter (0/4), Marcedes Lewis (2/4), Blane Kezirian (3/3); QB: Drew Olson (2/7), Matt Moore (1/2); RB: Tyler Ebell (2/10), Manuel White (3/10), Akil Harris (0/7); PK:Justin Medlock (3/3). Defense - DL: Rodney Leisle (3/33), Dave Ball (3/29), Mat Ball (3/9, 2 at LB), Asi Faoa (0/2, 1 at LB), Ryan Boschetti (3/8); LB: Brandon Chillar (3/25), Spencer Havner (2/15), Justin London (3/3), Wesley Walker (1/1); DB: Matt Ware (3/27), Ben Emanuel (3/18), Jarrad Page (3/13), Matt Clark (2/2), Kevin Brant (0/1), Keith Short (1/1); P: Chris Kluwe (3/3).
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. At Oklahoma, UCLA scored two rushing touchdowns (14 points) on three trips. The other concluded with the end of the game.
On the year, UCLA is now four of six for 24 points (two touchdown runs, one touchdown pass, one field goal). The other possessions resulted in a missed field goal and the end of the game.
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. Oklahoma scored on all three of its Red Zone opportunities (two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown) for 21 points.
On the year, opponents have converted six of seven attempts for 34 points (two touchdown runs, two touchdown passes, two field goals).
True sophomore quarterbacks Drew Olson (16/18) and Matt Moore (8/8) have been successful on Red Zone opportunities. In 2003, Olson is four of six in the Red Zone (two touchdown runs, one touchdown pass, one field goal, one field goal miss and one end of game).
TURNOVERS - UCLA forced one turnover against Colorado (fumble recovery by Brandon Chillar) and it led to a touchdown (seven points).
Against Illinois, UCLA forced four turnovers (interceptions by Chillar, Matt Ware and Justin London and a fumble recovery by Tim Warfield on a punt) and converted them into three points. At Oklahoma, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptions by Spencer Havner and Matt Clark) and turned them into seven points.
Thus far in 2003, UCLA has forced seven turnovers (five interceptions and two fumbles) and has converted them into two touchdowns and one field goal (17 points).
Oklahoma forced three turnovers (two Olson interceptions and a Manuel White fumble) and converted them into 17 points.
On the year, UCLA has commited five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumbles) that have been converted into 20 points (two touchdowns and two field goals).
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: 34th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (+0.67); total defense: 25th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (294.0 yards); rush defense: 19th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (88.7 yards); punt returns: 43rd in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (11.0 yards); pass defense: 2nd in Pac-10 (205.3 yards); kickoff returns: 17th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (26.7 yards).
Individuals: Craig Bragg -- punt returns: 47th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (11.00); receptions: T-36th in NCAA, T-5th in Pac-10 (6.00); all-purpose yards: 11th in Pac-10 (96.0); receiving yards: 12th in Pac-10 (63.0); Manuel White -- rushing: 9th in Pac-10 (56.0); Justin Medlock -- field goals: T-5th in Pac-10 (1.0); Maurice Drew -- kickoff returns: 14th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (29.67); Drew Olson -- passing: 9th in Pac-10 (134.0); passing efficiency: 11th in Pac-10 (86.78 rating); Chris Kluwe -- punting: 28th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac-10 (42.67); Brandon Chillar -- tackles: 1st in Pac-10 (13.3); interceptions: T-6th (0.5); Ben Emanuel --tackles: 3rd in Pac-10 (10.0); Dave Ball -- sacks: T-4th in Pac-10 (4.0); Matt Ware -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.3); Justin London -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.3); Spencer Havner -- interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.3).
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).
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 Talk' 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 San Diego State game, 115 of UCLA's last 121 games have been televised live, including all 13 in 2002. The Oklahoma game was UCLA's third straight on ABC. The SDSU game will air on Fox Sports Net West2. Two other games have already been selected for television -- Oct. 25 - Arizona St. (Fox Sports Net); Nov. 8 - @ Washington St. (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, once again airs weekly during the season.
UCLA ON THE WEB - UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website - www.uclabruins.com.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE - Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell has a weekly press conference on Mondays. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame. The opposing coach will usually be available on speaker phone at 1:15 or 2:15 p.m..
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCES - The Pac-10 holds a weekly teleconference with all 10 head coaches every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Each coach has a 10-minute window. Karl Dorrell is on the call at 10:30 a.m. Please call the Pac-10 office or a Pac-10 SID to obtain the telephone number.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED - The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. The weekly half-hour feed airs every Wedensday at 11:30 a.m. PT, beginning on Sept. 3 and running through Nov. 26. The coordinates are: Telstar 6C, Transponder 24 (C-Band).
MEDIA NOTES - Players/assistant coaches expect post-practice one-on-one interview sessions to last no longer than five minutes. If your plans call for a longer interview time, please give the Sports Information staff at least 24 hours notice. Media should plan to have all interviews completed within 20 minutes following the dismissal of players from the field by the coaches. Television crews / still photographers may shoot isolation footage / photos of players to be interviewed but not wide-angle formations and may shoot only during the first 30 minutes (approx.) of practice. Media will be asked to exit the practice field after the first 30 minutes of the session. Please make sure you submit a list of names to Sports Info. for post-practice interviews on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of game weeks (quarterbacks can only be interviewed through Tuesdays). There are no Monday practices during game week.
FOOD ZONE - For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Se?or Corn, Event Specialists (Dreyers), In-N-Out, Linde's Old World Almonds, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill, Subway, T-N-T Gourmet Sausages Co., T-N-T Gourmet Tacos & Burritos, PSI, Now You're Poppin, Lisa's Sweet Stop and Teri and Yaki Chicken House.
PARKING AT ROSE BOWL - Parking is again available on the Brookside Golf Course for $5. For those who want to avoid the traffic in the Arroyo Seco, parking is available at the Parsons Engineering Building on Fair Oaks and Walnut in Pasadena. Parking at the Parsons Lot is $5 and the shuttle bus to and from the Rose Bowl is free. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff.
WASHINGTON GAME - The UCLA-Washington football game on October 4 will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. Kickoff has been set for 3:30 p.m..
2003 UCLA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent (TV) Pacific Time Sept. 6 at Colorado (ABC-TV) L, 14-16 Sept. 13 ILLINOIS (ABC-TV) W, 6-3 Sept. 20 at Oklahoma (ABC-TV) L, 24-59 Sept. 27 SAN DIEGO STATE (FSNW2) 7:00 p.m. Oct. 4 WASHINGTON (FSN) 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Arizona 12:30/3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 CALIFORNIA 12:30/7:00 p.m. Oct. 25 ARIZONA STATE (FSN) 7:00 p.m. Nov. 1 at Stanford 12:30/3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Washington State (ABC-TV) 4:00 p.m. Nov. 15 OREGON TBA Nov. 22 at USC TBA FSN = Fox Sports NetGame times without a television broadcast listing after the opponent are tentative - All game times are Pacific.