Nov. 7, 2005
KEY DATES --
Mon., Nov. 7 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Nov. 8 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Nov. 9 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Nov. 10 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice
Sat., Nov. 12 - Arizona State at UCLA (4:00 p.m. PT on ABC)
GAME 10: UCLA (8-1, 5-1, ranked No. 14 by AP and USA Today/ Coaches) returns to the Rose Bowl to host Arizona State (5-4, 3-3) this Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports. Terry Gannon and Jamal Anderson will call the action from the booth and Jim Gray will work the sidelines.
XTRA Sports 570 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth and Wayne Cook on the sidelines.
The Arizona State game will be the ninth annual Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl. Current or former members of the Armed Forces with ID can get free general admission tickets or two-for-one reserved tickets while supplies last.
It is also I'm Going to College Day.
The first 10,000 fans arriving at the Rose Bowl wearing blue will receive UCLA Football Trading Cards.
HONORARY CAPTAIN ROMAN PHIFER -- In three of the last four seasons, veteran linebacker Roman Phifer has ended his season with a Super Bowl ring as a member of the New England Patriots. Phifer lettered at UCLA in 1987, '88 and '90, earning All-America and All-Pac-10 honors as a senior in 1990 when he ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles and led the Bruins with nine TFLs. In the 1991 NFL Draft, he was selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Rams.
In his pro football career, Phifer played for the Rams and Jets as well as the Patriots before retiring after last's season's Super Bowl victory.
SENIOR SALUTE -- Fifteen Bruins will be suiting up for their last regular season home game -- OT Ed Blanton, QB/H Brian Callahan, CB Marcus Cassel, OG Robert Cleary, DE Marko Dragovic, LB Spencer Havner, QB David Koral, TE Marcedes Lewis, LB Justin London, C Mike McCloskey, DE Kyle Morgan, QB Drew Olson, S Jarrad Page, TE Matt Raney, LB Wesley Walker.
2005 IN-SEASON AWARD LISTS --
Spencer Havner, LB - One of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; one of 12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender; one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy for nation's top defensive player.
Drew Olson, QB - One of seven finalists for the Unitas Award as the nation's top senior quarterback. Maurice Drew, RB - One of 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player. Karl Dorrell, head coach - One of 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Club's George Munger Award as the nation's outstanding coach.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Arizona State, which dates back to 1976, by a 13-7-1 count. UCLA has won the last two meetings played in the Rose Bowl (2003, 2001), but lost the last meeting a year ago in Tempe.
Drew Olson threw for a career-best 325 yards in last season's contest against ASU, but was intercepted four times. The Bruins took a 42-31 lead with 7:12 to play in the game on a nine-yard Olson to Tab Perry pass. The host Sun Devils then scored 17 uanswered points over the next four minutes to come back and win the game by a score of 48-42.
In the 2003 contest at the Rose Bowl, UCLA increased its winning streak to five straight games at the time with a 20- 13 win. The victory improved the Bruin record to 4-0 in Pac- 10 play. The UCLA defense held the Sun Devils to 253 net offensive yards. Offensively UCLA totaled 403 yards, including 213 yards on the ground. Maurice Drew ran for 176 yards, the second-highest total ever by a Bruin true freshman.
NOTING ARIZONA STATE -- The Sun Devils have won their last two games after losing three in a row. Last Saturday, they defeated the Washington State Cougars, 27-24, in Pullman, WA. The Sun Devils had 548 yards of total offense -- 424 passing and 124 rushing while allowing 506 - - 283 in the air and 223 on the ground.
On the year, ASU is averaging 518.4 yards of offense (third highest in the nation) -- 381.6 in the air (second in the nation) and 136.9 on the ground. It is allowing 450.7 yards (107 in NCAA) -- 263.4 passing and 187.2 rushing.
INDIVIDUAL UCLA NOTES -- Maurice Drew's 299 all-purpose yards against California are the second-most in an NCAA game this season.
Maurice Drew is the only player in school history to score five touchdowns in a game and he has now done it twice (2004 at Washington and 2005 versus California).
Maurice Drew already holds the UCLA career record for all purpose yards with 4,365. He passed former No. 1 Gaston Green, 1984-87, (4,283 yards) on a 10-yard fourth-quarter punt return this season at Stanford.
Maurice Drew already ranks No. 9 in UCLA career scoring with 222 points and No. 10 in career rushing with 2,317 yards.
Drew Olson has tied the school record for touchdown passes. He has 25 this season, tying the mark of 25 set by Cade McNown in 1998.
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 19) is tied for fourth place (Craig Bragg/Danny Farmer) on the all-time UCLA TD reception list. He need one to tie for second with Jojo Townsell and Brian Poli-Dixon (20 each).
Marcedes Lewis (currently with 116) will tie for ninth on the alltime school list for receptions with three more catches.
Spencer Havner (currently with 379) moved into third place ahead of Kenny Easley (374) on the career tackles list at Arizona. He needs 21 tackles to become the third Bruin in history with 400 or more tackles for a career.
Quarterback Drew Olson has been named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (top senior quarterback) with the winner to be announced on Nov. 30. Spencer Havner has been named one of the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (four finalists announced on Nov. 15, award presented Dec. 7) and one of 10 semifinalists (three finalists announced on Nov. 10, award presented Dec. 10) for the Butkus Award. Havner is also one of 12 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defender) and one of 15 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy (semifinalists announced Nov. 11, trophy presented Dec. 11).
Maurice Drew is averaging 25.4 yards on his 18 touchdowns this season. In the first game of the 2005 season, Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length).
On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a fouryard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard avg). He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma and one touchdown (one yard) versus Washington. Against California, he scored five touchdowns for the second time in his career -- 12-yard run, one-yard run, 81-yard punt return, 28-yard reception and two-yard run (24.8 yards avg). At WSU, he scored two touchdowns -- a 45-yard reception and a one-yard run - - (23.0 yard avg). Against Oregon State, he scored on receptions of 43 and 20 yards, an average of 31.5 yards per score. At Stanford, he scored on runs of six and one yard (3.5 average). He did not score at Arizona.
In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.
Drew Olson, currently with 25 scoring passes in nine games (2.77 average), has already tied the UCLA single-season school record. Olson has thrown at least one scoring pass in 17 of his last 18 games (only miss was at San Diego State in the season opener).
Maurice Drew's 43-yard scoring reception versus Oregon State was the 16th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against California tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season (three) and career (four) records for punt return touchdowns. He had a 65-yard scoring return against Washington erased by penalty.
Drew's 81-yard scoring punt return against Cal was his sixth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 81 PR v. California, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). Against Oregon State, Drew Olson set a school record with six touchdown passes, breaking the record of five he tied the previous week at Washington State. Cade McNown also threw five touchdown passes at Texas in 1997 and at Miami in 1998.
Drew Olson's 31 completions against Washington State rank No. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 versus USC in 1998.
In Drew Olson's last 17 games, he has completed 336 of 531 (.633) passes for 4,224 yards, 41 TDs and 11 interceptions. Drew Olson has led four fourth-quarter comebacks this season (Washington, 10 points; Cal, 12 points; Washington State,17 points; Stanford, 21 points). In those four games, he completed 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards and six touchdowns in the fourth quarter/overtime. In the fourth quarter/ overtime of all games this season, Olson is 58 of 82 (.707) for 736 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.In the second half of all games this season, Olson is 101 of 145 (.697) for 1,198 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State and at Arizona are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Spencer Havner's four defensive touchdowns are the most ever by a UCLA player (records date back to 1957). Havner has three interception returns for scores and one fumble return.
Havner's fumble return for a score against Oklahoma pushed him past Abdul McCullough ('93-96) who had two interception returns and one fumble recovery; Jerry Robinson ('75-78) who had three interception returns; Marcus Turner ('85-88) who had three interception returns and Tommy Bennett ('92-93, 95) who had three fumble returns. NOTE: (Darryl Henley ('85-88) had three punt returns and one fumble return for touchdown; Maurice Drew has six kick returns for scores, four punts / two kickoffs).
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004, Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards. Medlock is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 39.
UCLA senior quarterbacks have won 23 of the last 29 games (79.3%) in which they have started a contest.
Running back Maurice Drew's 120 rushing yards against Oregon State marked the ninth time in his career he has topped to century mark. Drew's total of nine 100-yard games ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school list. (114 vs. San Diego State, 2005; 109 v. Washington State, 2005; 120 v. Oregon State, 2005; 142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming, 2004; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003)
Tight end Marcedes Lewis has set a school record for tight ends with eight touchdown catches in 2005, breaking the mark of seven he set last year. He also holds the career mark with 19, including his two scoring receptions versus Arizona. Lewis ranks ranks fourth (tied) on the overall school career touchdown reception list, just one TD reception shy of a tie for second place at 20.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA has started the season 8-0 five times -- 2005, 1998, when it started the year with 10 straight wins and went to the Rose Bowl, 1954, when it earned a National Championship, 1952 and 1946 (Rose Bowl).
UCLA has compiled an eight-game winning streak during the season eight times --2005 (won first eight), 1998 (won first 10), 1997 (won last 10), 1987(won eight in a row mid-season), 1973 (won nine in a row mid-season), 1954 (won all nine), 1952 (won first eight), 1946 (won first 10). Two teams went on to play in the Rose Bowl game (1998, 1946). One won the national championship (1954).
UCLA has won six regular season games in the Rose Bowl (dating back to 1982 season) in just one previous season, 1987, when it posted a 6-0 mark. The Bruins enter the Arizona State contest with a 5-0 record at home this season.
Only 16 previous UCLA teams have won as many as nine games in a season -- 1998 (10), 1997 (10), 1991 (9), 1988 (10), 1987 (10), 1985 (9), 1984 (9), 1982 (10), 1980 (9), 1976 (9), 1975 (9), 1973 (9), 1966 (9), 1955 (9), 1954 (9), 1946 (10).
UCLA's win over No. 9/10 California was its first over a Top 10 team since UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, in the 2001 season.
UCLA's No. 7 ranking by AP and USA Today/Coaches on Oct. 30 was its highest since Oct. 21, 2001 when the 6-0 Bruins were ranked No. 4 by the polls.
In nine games, UCLA's offense has produced 28 touchdown drives of 64 yards or longer -- three vs. San Diego State, four vs. Rice, one vs. Oklahoma, two vs. Washington, four vs. California, five vs. Washington State, five vs. Oregon State, three vs. Stanford and one vs. Arizona.
Five have measured between 64 and 69 yards, 12 between 70 and 79 yards, nine between 80 and 89 yards and two have measured at least 90 yards, including the gametying drive at Washington State (96 yards).
In its last six games, UCLA has outscored its opponents 78-20 in the fourth quarter and 12-6 in overtime, including 71-13 in the four come-from-behind wins. Against Washington, UCLA trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Huskies, 14-0. Against California, UCLA trailed by 12 points in the fourth and outscored the Golden Bears, 19-3 (the last 19 points). At Washington State, UCLA trailed by 17 entering the fourth and outscored the Cougars 17-0 in the fourth quarter and 6- 3 in overtime. At Stanford, UCLA trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cardinal 21-10 (the final 21) and 6-3 in overtime.
Overall, UCLA has outscored its opponents 126-34 in the fourth quarter with the only touchdowns being scored by San Diego State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Stanford.
UCLA's defense has given up an average of 3.9 yards per play (167 plays - 652 yards) this season in the fourth quarter and overtime periods. Overall, the Bruin defense has yielded an average of 5.9 yards per play (652 plays - 3,839 yards). It has given up an average of 6.8 yards per play in the first half (330 plays - 2,257 yards) of games this season. In the second half, including overtime, of games, the defense has given up an average of 4.9 yards per play (322 plays - 1,582 yards). In the Stanford game, the defense allowed the Cardinal an average of 2.73 yards per play in the fourth quarter and overtime (22 plays - 60 yards). In the Washington State contest, the defense allowed the Cougars an average of 3.06 yards per play in the fourth quarter and overtime (17 plays - 52 yards).
UCLA's win over Washington on October 1 was its first as a ranked team since defeating California in the sixth game of the 2001 season. UCLA was ranked No. 4 by AP entering that contest.
UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in an eighth straight week for the first time since 2001 when it took the field for the season's first 10 games as a ranked unit.
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/ Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll entering USC week (Nov. 18).
UCLA is 12-0 in games in which it has won the turnover battle under head coach Karl Dorrell, including 4-0 this season (SDSU, Rice, Oklahoma, Oregon State).
UCLA's eight straight wins to open the 2005 campaign marked the first time the Bruins had compiled an eight-game winning streak under head coach Karl Dorrell.
California entered its game with UCLA having allowed just 53 points in five games (10.6 average). UCLA scored 47 versus the Golden Bears.
UCLA is 6-1 all-time in overtime, including this year's 30-27 single overtime win at Stanford and the 44-41 single overtime win at Washington State. Head coach Karl Dorrell is 3-0 in overtime, defeating California in 2003 and Washington State and Stanford this season.
Opponents have scored just four touchdowns on UCLA's seven turnovers this season. UCLA has scored 53 points this season off of 14 opponent turnovers.
UCLA scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games and has scored at least 40 in six of its first nine.
Comeback Stories--(21 points in 4th quarter) UCLA trailed Stanford 24-3 when the Cardinal scored with 8:26 remaining in the fourth quarter (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 7:04 to play in the fourth quarter), rallied to tie the game with 46 seconds left in regulation and won, 30-27, in the first overtime.
(21 points in 2nd quarter) UCLA trailed Arizona State 21-0 after the Sun Devils scored with 11:54 remaining in the 2nd quarter (2000) before rallying for a 38-31 win (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 2:38 remaining in the 2nd quarter).
(21 points in 2nd Quarter) UCLA trailed at Washington State 28-7 after the Cougars scored with 5:36 remaining in the 2nd quarter (2005) before rallying for a 44-41 win in overtime (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 26 seconds remaining in the 2nd quarter).
(21 points in 2nd Quarter) UCLA trailed at Michigan 21-0 after the Wolverines scored with 9:56 remaining in the 2nd quarter (1982) before rallying (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 4:34 remaining in the second quarter) for a 31-27 win.
(17 points in fourth quarter) UCLA trailed USC 38-21 after the Trojans scored with 11:06 remaining in the 4th quarter (1996) and rallied (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter) to win 48-41 in the second overtime.
(17 points in fourth quarter) UCLA trailed at Washington State 38-21 early in the fourth quarter (2005) and rallied (UCLA began its comeback with a score with 14:32 remaining in the 4th quarter) to win, 44-41 in the first overtime. The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21 AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a 46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.
UCLA's 51 points against Oregon State was the highest point total by a Bruin team in a Pac-10 game since defeating Arizona State, 52-42 on Dec. 1, 2001.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66- 10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of total offense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the most since the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
UCLA is 37 for 42 in the Red Zone (31 touchdowns, six field goals, one end-of-game kneeldown, three possessions turned over on downs and one missed field goal) in 2005.
In nine games, UCLA has committed just seven turnovers while forcing 14 (12 on defense and two on special teams).
In 2005, UCLA has produced 70 plays of at least 20 yards - - 10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns, two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11 versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return and one punt return), five against Oklahoma (three passes and two runs), five versus Washington (three passes, two kickoff returns), 11 versus California (five passes, three kickoff returns, two punt returns and one run), seven versus Washington State (five passes, two kickoff returns), 13 against Oregon State (five passes, three kickoff returns, three runs, one punt return and one interception), six at Stanford (five passes, one run) and two at Arizona (both passes). Fifteen have resulted in touchdowns.
Maurice Drew has 22 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs, five punt returns, 10 receptions and one kickoff return) and eight have resulted in touchdowns. Drew Olson has 36 completions of at least 20 yards and Marcedes Lewis has nine receptions of at least 20 yards.
In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes, 22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interception returns), including 21 for touchdowns.
UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game was its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1 was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In nine games this year, UCLA is averaging 6.10 yards per play, 420.4 yards of total offense and 39.4 points.
With the win at Washington State, the Bruins qualified to play in a bowl game following the 2005 season. The Bruins have now qualified to play in a bowl game in eight of the last nine seasons. UCLA entered the 2005 season having played in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than any other school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- UCLA fell behind early and could not mount a comeback, dropping a 52-14 decision to the University of Arizona in Tucson. UCLA entered the game 8-0 for the first time since 1998 and ranked No. 5 in the BCS poll and No. 7 by AP and USA Today/Coaches.
The Wildcats scored the first four times they touched the football, building a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Bruins then mounted two long drives but scored only on the second and trailed 31-7 at halftime.
Arizona scored on its oening drive of the second half and when UCLA was forced to punt on the ensuing drive, Arizona re5 turned it 63 yards for a 45-7 lead with over 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. UCLA scored one additional touchdown in the fourth quarter.
On the day, UCLA generated 328 yards of offense while yielding 519 yards. Drew Olson completed 23 of 38 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns with 11 of the receptions, including both touchdowns, being made by Marcedes Lewis.
Olson tied the UCLA season record with his 25th touchdown pass while Lewis set a record for season receptions by a tight end. His 11 catches tied for the second-highest singlegame total in school history.
DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter.
To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and on track to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans, eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Offensive guard Chris Joseph was nominated for the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruin standouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).
UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks -- Troy Aikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, Jay Schroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team.
According to the NFL, the Bruins were first among Pac-10 schools with 25 active players on 2005 opening weekend National Football League rosters. UCLA ranked 15th among all universities.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC for the most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
2005 FIRSTS -- Five Bruins made their first career starts against San Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and Nikola Dragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter Aaron Perez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respective spots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle Chase Moline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, true freshmen tight end Ryan Moya and linebacker John Hale made the first starts of their careers. In the win over California, redshirt sophomore defensive end William Snead and redshirt junior wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner made the first starts of their careers. True freshman Gavin Ketchum made his first career start at Washington State. Redshirt sophomore Noah Sutherland made his first career start against Oregon State. Robert Chai made his first start of the year at center against Stanford.
Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San Diego State -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WR Gavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL Chase Moline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-six true freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the last four seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time against SDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who made their debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh, CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H Brian Callahan, WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C Aaron Meyer, OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT Scott Kearney and P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who played defensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensive tackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is now in his third season (20-14) as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He returned 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. He is the first UCLA coach to go to bowls in each of his first two seasons and has qualified for a bowl in 2005.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. 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 14 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 USC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank in the all-time school career Top 11and his total of 1,517 receiving yards ranks No. 14.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes six seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, 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 Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers 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 Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, 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 receivers 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 fouryear span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at 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, 2002.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- One of the top players in the nation, junior tailback Maurice Drew has played himself into Heisman Trophy consideration. He is on the Watch List for the 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstanding player and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's best running back.
Drew leads the nation in punt return average (29.07) and has scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He also has non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65- yard touchdown return negated by penalty. His 407 punt return yards have already set a new UCLA single-season record while his three punt return touchdowns have tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records.
Drew is fifth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 12.00 points per game. He has scored a career-high 18 touchdowns -- 11 running, four receiving and three on punt returns. Drew ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yards (171.11) with only 20 yards on kickoff returns.
He is averaging 25.4 yards per touchdown this season and scores every 10.39 times he touches the football.
In nine games, he has accounted for 1,540 all-purpose yards (171.11 average) and is averaging 8.24 yards every time he touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing (80.88). He has scored 18 touchdowns, No. 3 on UCLA's single-season list, and is averaging 25.4 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards. He is third (tied) on the squad with 26 receptions and is averaging 14.8 yards per catch, highest among players with at least seven receptions.
In UCLA's wins over Washington, California and Washington State, all come-from-behind victories, he scored the winning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California, his 28-yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLA the lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdown on the last play of the game. Against Washington State, he scored the winning touchdown in overtime. In the come-from-behind win at Stanford, he scored the tying touchdown on a one-yard run with 46 seconds left in regulation. This season, Drew has 22 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs, five punt returns, 10 receptions and one kickoff return) and eight have resulted in touchdowns.
In his 33-game career, he has scored 37 touchdowns, including seven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoff returns. Sixteen scores have measured at least 40 yards. His 4,365 all-purpose yards are a new school record, his 37 touchdowns rank No. 4 in school history, his 222 points rank ninth and his 2,317 rushing yards rank 10th on that UCLA career list.
In the 21-point comeback win at Stanford (Oct. 29), he accounted for 175 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts, tied for the team lead with a career-best six receptions for a team-high 87 yards and netted six yards on two punt returns. He scored UCLA's first touchdown on a six-yard run with 7:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and tied the game with 46 seconds remaining in regulation on a one-yard run.
In the win over Oregon State (Oct. 22), he accounted for 250 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and he made three receptions for 67 yards, including UCLA's first two touchdowns on catches of 43 and 20 yards. He also returned two punts for 63 yards, including a return of 59 yards to set up his second scoring reception.
In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State (44-41 in overtime) on Oct. 15, he accounted for 187 all-purpose yards. He ran for 109 yards (on career-high 29 carries), including 19 of UCLA's 20 yards in overtime, scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run, and made three receptions for 78 yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-run for a third quarter touchdown.
He was at his best in the Oct. 8 victory over No. 10 (AP) California. Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards - 162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. He averaged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touches against the Golden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rank No. 2 in the NCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt 69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard line and they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12- yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His oneyard run with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought the Bruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when he returned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night. It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longest scoring punt return in school history. It was also his third scoring punt return of the year and fourth of his career, tying UCLA and Pac-10 records in both categories.
In the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass from Drew Olson in the right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead with just 1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown's interception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the twoyard line on the game's final play for the margin of victory.
For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week, The Sporting News National Player of the Week, the Cingular Wireless/ ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, Drew showed why he is one of the best and most exciting players in the nation. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he broke through the line and sped 64 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and then broke the game open by taking a punt back up the middle for a 72- yard score.
Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finished the night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground on 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92 yards each time he touched the ball and scored three times on those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries.
He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66 yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purpose yards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week after the death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following an Oklahoma touchdown that cut the lead to 10 points (34-24).
Against Washington (Oct. 1), he accounted for 101 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries and scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining on a one-yard blast.
He also made five receptions for 43 yards and returned two punts for 25 yards. In the second quarter, he had a 65-yard touchdown on a punt return wiped out due to a penalty and was credited with a six-yard return.
At Arizona on Nov. 5, he had just 15 touches (12 rushes, three receptions) and accounted for 66 all-purpose yards (41 rushing, 25 receiving).
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched the football (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were at least 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards. Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns -- eight rushing, three receiving and one punt return. Drew, with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.
Drew ranked T-ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points/game). He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would have led the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury, Drew ranked second in the nation and led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). He also ranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushing (111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game). Overall in 2004, he ranked third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in allpurpose yards (146.0). Drew achieved that ranking despite leaving the Washington State game in the first quarter (sprained ankle) and carrying twice against USC. His total of 384 all-purpose yards at Washington was the best in the nation.
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, two receptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on seven of them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, five receptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including nine touchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards ranked No. 4 on UCLA's single-season list. He was the first UCLA player to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew who totaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington.
Drew also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts. He finished the first half with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Drew's 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for Washington State (1984) and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC (1976). He tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players, and compiled a Pac-10 record 384 all-purpose yards. In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News. Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the 2003 season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushing against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total ever by a UCLA true freshman.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true senior has been named to several first-team pre-season All-America teams and is considered by most to be the top tight end in the country. He was one of three '04 finalists, and the lone returner in '05, for the John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tight end, and is also on the watch lists of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Lombardi Award.
Lewis leads the Bruins with 48 receptions and 603 yards -- both career highs -- and eight receiving touchdowns. His 48 catches rank No. 1 on UCLA's single-season tight end list (since 1965) while his 603 yards rank No. 2 on that list. His eight touchdown receptions are a school-record for tight ends, breaking the mark of seven he set last year. In the last four games, he has made 25 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns.
He ranks sixth (tied) in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.33 receptions and eighth with his average of 67.00 yards per game. He ranks first in the league among tight ends in both categories. His average of 5.33 receptions is tied for second nationally among tight ends.
His 19 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA record by a tight end and are tied for No. 4 in school history overall. His 116 receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's career tight end receiving list and 10th on the school career receptions list. His 1,433 yards also rank No. 1 among tight ends and 18th overall.
Lewis started the 2005 season in great form, making seven receptions for 131 yards -- both career highs at the time -- against the Aztecs. Five of his catches accounted for double figures in yards and first downs, including receptions of 22, 31 and 40 yards, the longest of his career. The 31-yard reception was a leaping, acrobatic grab that put the Bruins inside the one-yard line. Against Rice, he made two receptions for 27 yards, including one for 19 yards. In the win over Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 61 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown with 12:32 remaining in the game that gave UCLA a 10-point lead (27-17).
Against Washington, he made eight receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, a four-yard catch to begin UCLA's comeback. Seven of his receptions came in the second half as UCLA rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and three produced first downs. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week. He made just one reception for six yards versus California but it produced a first down on UCLA's touchdown drive at the end of the first half.
At Washington State, he made five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns (four and nine yards). His second touch9 down, a nine-yard grab, started UCLA's 17-point fourth quarter comeback, cutting the deficit to 10 points. He was again named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week. In the victory over Oregon State, he led the Bruins with six receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns (two and three yards). His TDs, one at the end of the half and one at the start of the third quarter, built UCLA's advantage from 10 to 24 points. He also had a spectacular one-handed leaping 21-yard reception that led to a third-quarter field goal.
At Stanford, he made three receptions for 39 yards and two first downs. Two of his catches came in the fourth quarter, including a 20-yard reception on third-and-five on UCLA's game-tying drive. He also drew a pass interference call that gave UCLA a first down at the Stanford 14-yard line on that same drive.
At Arizona, he made a career-high 11 receptions for 131 yards (ties his career high) and two touchdowns. The 11 receptions are tied for second on UCLA's single-game list (J.J. Stokes made 14 catches in the 1994 Rose Bowl) and the most ever by a tight end.
His 131 yards against SDSU and Arizona are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Lewis led the Bruins with seven touchdown catches (a tight end record total at the time) in 2004. He caught 32 passes overall (tied for fifth-best among Bruin tight ends since 1980), for 402 yards. In addition, Lewis produced a team-best 25 first downs and averaged 12.6 yards per catch. His seven touchdown receptions ranked fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 while his 2.67 receptions/ game ranked T-22nd.
Lewis had a breakout game in the 2004 win over Arizona, making six receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards. He also had catches of 23 and 21 yards on scoring drives. Dating back to 1965, his three touchdown receptions are the most by a Bruin tight end in a game. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- The senior, who was named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (nation's top senior quarterback) the week of Oct. 17, is playing like an All-American while leading the Bruins to an 8-1 start.
On the year, he has completed 196 of 295 passes (66.4) for 2,399 yards and 25 touchdowns with three interceptions. His passing efficiency rating of 160.68 ranks seventh nationally and second in the Pac-10. He also ranks fifth in the league in passing yards (266.67) and sixth in total offense (260.78).
Olson has thrown 25 touchdown passes this season, tying the school record set by Cade McNown in 1998 (12 games). At his current pace, he could shatter the school record for completions in a season (his 196 are already tied for fifth and project to 261 over 12 games, the record is 228). He could also become only the second player in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards (Cade McNown did it twice).
In his 42-game career (35 starts (22-13) / last 24 straight), Olson has 618 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. In addition, his 7,773 career passing yards rank No. 2 and his career total offense of 7,521 yards also ranks No. 2. His 58 touchdown passes rank No. 2 on the UCLA career list. In his last 17 games, he has completed 336 of 531 (.633) passes for 4,224 yards, 41 TDs and 11 interceptions.
In the four come-from-behind victories, he completed 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 58 of 82 (.707) for 736 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. In the second half of all games this season, Olson is 101 of 145 (.697) for 1,198 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
At Arizona, he completed 23 of 38 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. On UCLA's final scoring drive (91 yards), he completed five of six passes (last five) for 70 yards, including his second touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis (16 yards).
In the Oct. 29 21-point comeback at Stanford, he completed 24 of 35 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he completed 15 of 20 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, a 31-yard strike to Joe Cowan in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 23-yard connection with Brandon Breazell in overtime.
In the fourth quarter, he led UCLA on touchdown drives of 65, 72 and 66 yards after Stanford took a 24-3 lead with 8:26 remaining. The three scoring drives took just 3:40. In overtime, he hit Breazell for the winning score after a two-yard run by Maurice Drew.
He was at his best in the Oct. 22 victory over Oregon State. That afternoon, he set a school record by throwing six touchdown passes -- two each to Maurice Drew and Marcedes Lewis and one each to Ryan Moya and Brandon Breazell.
On the day, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Bruins to a 51-28 win. He moved into second place on UCLA's career touchdown passes list, passing Tom Ramsey. He was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
He also set a school record with 11 touchdown passes in two consecutive games, breaking the previous record of eight. He had 13 in a three-game span, breaking the record of 11 by Wayne Cook in 1993.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, he completed six of nine passes for 103 yards.
Against Rice, he completed 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296 yards and three touchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions.
The 296 yards rank third in his career. He threw five completions of at least 20 yards and had 302 yards of total offense. He completed passes to eight different receivers. In the first half, he led the Bruins to touchdowns on all six of their offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards and three scores.
In the victory over Oklahoma, Olson completed 28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
He completed passes to 10 different receivers and both times Oklahoma scored in the second half, he responded by leading a touchdown drive. When Oklahoma closed to within 20- 17 with 3:25 left in the third quarter, he responded by leading a 13-play, 83-yard drive, completing six of seven passes for 78 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to Marcedes Lewis. On UCLA's next possession, he drove the Bruins 45 yards for another touchdown, completing three of four passes for 42 yards, including a seven-yard score to Chris Markey.
Olson was named Sporting News National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Sooners.
Against Washington, he completed 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 44 attempts tied his career high. In the second-half comeback (down 10-0 at half), Olson connected on 20 of 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he completed 11 of 15 passes for 99 yards and one score, including his last six attempts for 72 yards on the winning drive.
In the third quarter, with UCLA starting on the UW 28-yard line following a fumble recovery, he hit Joe Cowan for 24 yards and after a run for no yards, he found Marcedes Lewis in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown.
After Washington made the score 17-7, he moved the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Michael Pitre for a one-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter. With 3:39 remaining in the game, he drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score, converting a key fourth-and-one from the Bruin 36-yard line.
He completed six of seven passes (the final six) for 72 yards on the drive, which was capped by Maurice Drew's one-yard run with 1:08 remaining in the game.
Against California, Olson rallied the Bruins to victory for the second straight week. He brought them back from a 14-0 deficit less than three minutes into the game, pulling them into a 14-14 tie just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Trailing 40-28 with 12:55 remaining, he drove the Bruins 80 yards to make the score 40-35, scoring on a one-yard sneak. With 2:30 remaining, UCLA took possession on its own 25-yard line and Olson drove them 75 yards, completing passes of 38 and nine yards to Marcus Everett. On third-and-one at the 28-yard line, he found Maurice Drew in the right flat and he sped 28 yards for the winning score. UCLA regained possession with 1:01 remaining and Olson helped run the clock until Drew scored on the final play of the game.
On the night, Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and twice rallied his team from double-digit deficits for the win. He also moved into second place on the career total offense list.
At Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficits of 21 points in the first half and 17 points in the fourth quarter, tying school records in both categories. On the night, he completed 31 of 43 passes for a career-high 338 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His five touchdown passes tied the old school record held by Cade McNown (1997 at Texas, 1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002 (Cory Paus-378 vs. Oregon State).
In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards and two scores.
UCLA trailed 28-7 near the end of the first half, but Olson drove the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for four yards with 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points.
Midway through the third quarter, his 45-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Drew completed a 73-yard drive and brought the Bruins to within seven points. However, UCLA still trailed by 17 entering the final quarter.
With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hooked up for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. UCLA trailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took over on its four-yard line. He drove the Bruins 96 yards for the tying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On the final drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards.
During the 2004 season, Olson ranked sixth in the Pac-10 (44th- NCAA) in total offense (222.58 yds.), sixth in the Pac-10 in passing (213.8 yds.), and fourth in the Pac-10 (43rd-NCAA) in passing efficiency (132.39 rating). In the Pac-10, his average of 13.09 yards per completion was first among players with at least 100 completions and his 57.48% was fourth.
Olson's 2004 season ended in the second quarter of the Las Vegas (Dec. 23) Bowl, when he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee which required surgery. In his last seven regular-season games of 2004, he completed 134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, but found himself thrust to the forefront for the second straight year because of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moore in the first half of the opener at Colorado and went on to appear in 12 games (nine starts). Olson became the fourth sophomore to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began 2002 behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olson started the final five games of the year after Paus suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Cal. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford, before returning to start the season's last five games.
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 also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start the game against USC, joining Ramsey and Cade McNown.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Joe Cowan started the 2005 opener at San Diego State, but did not make a reception. Against Rice, he made two receptions (21 and 17) for 38 yards. His 17-yard catch gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the one-yard line.
Against Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 49 yards and produced four first downs. Against Washington, he made four receptions for 49 yards. His 24-yard reception gave the Bruins a first down at the four-yard line on their first touchdown drive.
Versus California, he scored UCLA's first touchdown on a fouryard reception. At Washington State, he led the Bruins with a career-high six receptions for 73 yards and three first downs. He made two receptions for 18 yards versus Oregon State.
At Stanford, he made five receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown. His 31-yard scoring catch brought the Bruins to within seven points (24-17) with 4:43 remaining and his fiveyard catch on fourth-and-one from the six-yard line set up Maurice Drew's game-tying touchdown. His 15-yard catch in the fourth quarter led directly to Drew's six-yard TD run. He made four catches for 32 yards at Arizona.
Cowan is now second on the squad with 29 catches for 334 yards (11.5 average) and two touchdowns. Twenty of his receptions have accounted for first downs (19) or touchdowns (two).
In 2004, he made two starts and totaled 13 catches for 228 yards, a team-high 17.5 average, and one touchdown. He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown, a 46-yarder. At Arizona State, he made three receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, and three first downs. In 2003, one of his catches was good for a touchdown versus USC.
True sophomore Marcus Everett suffered a sprained shoulder in practice on August 22 and did not suit up for the first two games against San Diego State and Rice.
Playing for the first time this year against Oklahoma, he came off the bench to lead the Bruins with six receptions, good for 66 yards and three first downs -- all in the first half. He started against Washington and made two receptions for 41 yards. On UCLA's final drive, he took a flat pass, made a couple of moves and raced 39 yards to the Bruin 20-yard line. UCLA scored the winning touchdown three plays later.
Versus California, he led the team with a career-high tying six receptions for a career-high 95 yards. Three of them produced first downs and two measured 38 and 26 yards. On UCLA's winning drive, he made an acrobatic 38-yard reception and made a nine-yard catch on the next play to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown.
At Washington State, he made five receptions for 39 yards, one touchdown and three first downs. His nine-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation completed UCLA's 17-point fourthquarter comeback and was the first TD of his career. Against Oregon State, he sprained his left knee early and played sparingly the rest of the way, not making a reception.
At Stanford, he tied for the team lead with six catches for 61 yards and four first downs. Three of his receptions came in the fourth quarter, including a 15-yard catch on the first touchdown drive and a 19-yard catch-and-run to set up the second fourth-quarter touchdown. He had one reception for two yards at Arizona.
On the year, Everett has made 26 receptions, tied for third on the squad with Maurice Drew, for 304 yards in his seven games. His average of 3.71 receptions per game ranks 16th in the Pac-10. In the fourth quarter of the Washington, California, Washington State and Stanford games, he made 10 catches for 158 yards and one TD.
Everett started four games in 2004 and finished with nine catches for 110 yards. He made his first career start against San Diego State and responded with two receptions for 49 yards and two first downs.
Against Arizona, he started and made four receptions for 45 yards and two first downs. At Arizona State, he started in a three wide receiver set and made two catches.
True sophomore Brandon Breazell came off the bench to contribute 40 all-purpose yards against San Diego State. He made one reception for 15 yards and ran a reverse for 25 yards to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown.
Against Rice, he made four receptions, second-only to Junior Taylor, for 75 yards and the first touchdown of his career (11 yards). He also made a 48-yard reception on UCLA's third touchdown drive, the longest catch of his career.
He made two receptions for 13 yards against Oklahoma, including a big third down catch to pick up a first down on the touchdown drive which put UCLA up 27-17. He made two receptions for 26 yards in the win over Washington. Against California, he made two receptions for 33 yards, including a long of 24. At Washington State, he made four receptions for 21 yards and ran for 16 on a reverse.
Against Oregon State, he made two receptions for 53 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown. At Stanford, he made three receptions for 28 yards and one touchdown. His 23-yard overthe- shoulder touchdown grab in overtime gave the Bruins the victory. At Arizona, he made one reception for nine yards.
On the year, his 21 receptions rank fifth on the squad while his three receiving touchdowns rank third. His average of 13.0 yards is second only to Maurice Drew's 14.8 among players with more than six receptions.
In 2004, he made two receptions for 15 yards in 2004, both in the game at California. He made his first start against San Diego State.
True senior Junior Taylor will miss the remainder of the 2005 season after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered on the second play (a 16- yard reception) of the Oklahoma game. His 76 career receptions at the time of his injury rank 20th on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 22nd on the career receiving yardage list.
In 2004, he tied for second on the team with 32 receptions and 463 receiving yards (14.5 avg.) while starting 11 games. He had 17 catches good for first downs.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- In 2004, the offensive line helped Bruin rushers average 184.9 yards on the ground (24th-NCAA/ second- Pac-10) and 410.0 yards overall (26th-NCAA/ fourth-Pac- 10).
Thus far in 2005, UCLA is averaging 420.4 yards of total offense. Redshirt senior center Mike McCloskey, a Rimington Award candidate, returned to the starting lineup in 2004 after missing the last seven games of 2003 with a fractured left ankle.
McCloskey earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after UCLA rushed for at least 200 yards in six of the 10 games in which he played in 2004. In 2005, he started the first seven games and played well. In the first quarter of the Oregon State game, he strained his right shoulder and did not return. He did not play against Stanford or Arizona.
Redshirt senior Ed Blanton is in his third season as a starter and has been a key performer in all nine games this year, playing virtually every snap while the game was on the line.
In 2004, he started 11 games and played the entire contests against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, California, Arizona State and Stanford at weak tackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He had a string of 22 straight starts snapped last year when he came off the bench versus Oregon.
True sophomore Shannon Tevaga is one of the top young linemen in the Pac-10. He has now started 15 straight games at strong guard, including all nine this season. A year ago, he spent most of the first six weeks of the season playing on the PAT-field goal squad, started at strong guard against Arizona State and did a good job in his first extensive action (he had played two snaps against Arizona and four at tight end at Cal). He went on to start the final six games of 2004. Tevaga earned third-team Freshman All-America honors and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 acclaim from The Sporting News.
True sophomore Chris Joseph made his first career start against San Diego State and helped the Bruins rush for 191 yards. He also played well versus Rice, Oklahoma and Washington. Against California, he suffered an injury to his left knee in the first quarter and is expected to miss the rest of the season. In 2004, he saw action on the PAT-field goal team in the first five games of 2004 before he suffered a partially torn knee ligament. He sat out the remainder of the season and had surgery in November of 2004. Joseph had played a couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest.
True sophomore Brian Abraham also made his first career start at the strong tackle position against San Diego State.
He also contributed to the rushing attack against Rice and played well versus Oklahoma, Washington, California and Washington State. He did not start and saw limited action against Oregon State due to the flu. He returned to the starting lineup at Stanford and played the entire game. He also played virtually the entire Arizona contest. A year ago, he played on the PAT-field goal team and saw limited action on offense (couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest and versus Stanford and Washington State).
Redshirt senior Robert Cleary played on offense or special teams as a reserve in each of the first five games this season and has started the last three contests. Against California, he came in during the first half in place of injured Chris Joseph and played very well. He started and played the entire contest at Washington State and virtually every snap against Oregon State and every snap at Stanford and Arizona. A year ago, he made his first career start (weak guard) against Oklahoma State last season and played the entire contest. He also started against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona and California. Against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State, he came off the bench. He started and played extensively at weak guard at Oregon.
Redshirt junior guard Robert Chai has started the last two games (Stanford and Arizona) in place of injured Mike McCloskey. He also played as a reserve versus San Diego State, Rice and Oregon State. Redshirt sophomore NOAH SUTHERLAND, who played defense a year ago, started at strong tackle against Oregon State in place of an ill Brian Abraham and did a fine job. Redshirt freshman center AARON MEYER played virtually the entire Oregon State game at center and did a solid job. Redshirt freshman tackle/guard Scott Glicksberg has played against San Diego State, Rice and Oregon State.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Redshirt freshman Ben Olson, who earned the backup quarterback role in Fall camp, made his debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State game and threw his first career pass. He also played the final series at Arizona and completed two of three passes for 11 yards. He was sidelined for the first three games due to a small fracture in his left (throwing) hand. Olson entered UCLA in January of 2005 following his transfer from Brigham Young University.
Olson had been on a church mission the past two years after redshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season. He had not seen action in a competitive game since his senior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA High School (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). During his prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for 6,401 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Senior David Koral, who entered UCLA in January of 2004 following a transfer from Santa Monica College, gained valuable experience coming off the bench for D. Olson in the Las Vegas Bowl. He completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards, including a couple of touchdowns. The pass attempts and completions were the first of his UCLA career. He had seen action in earlier games against Stanford (three snaps) and Arizona (two), but had not attempted a pass.
He played in the fourth quarter of the 2005 opener at San Diego State, completing two of three passes for six yards. He played in the third and fourth quarters against Rice, completing one of two passes for 29 yards. He did not see action versus Oklahoma or Washington and missed the California, Washington State, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona games due to illness.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiver Joe) spent the 2004 season running the scout team during practice. He has shown a rapid level of development during his time at UCLA. He saw his first action in the fourth quarter against Rice but did not attempt a pass.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Redshirt sophomore MICHAEL PITRE and true sophomore Chris Markey each have made valuable contributions to the Bruins' offense.
Markey came off the bench to account for 175 all-purpose yards at San Diego State. He returned two kickoffs for 91 yards, including one for 71 yards. He also returned a punt 41 yards and carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards and two one-yard touchdowns.
Against Rice, he rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts, including one run of 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown. He also returned two kickoffs for 34 yards and one punt for seven yards, giving him 110 all-purpose yards.
In the Oklahoma contest, he made three receptions for 31 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also rushed seven times for 15 yards and returned one kickoff for 16 yards. Against Washington, he rushed four times for 21 yards, made two receptions for 19 yards and returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. His 12-yard catch-and-run came two plays before the go-ahead touchdown.
Versus California, he accounted for 142 all-purpose yards -- 86 on four kickoff returns, 43 rushing yards and 13 yards on three receptions. His 18-yard run was the longest run by a Bruin back in that contest. At Washington State, he rushed for 59 yards on eight carries (7.4) and made two receptions for 13 yards.
Against Oregon State, he had 145 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 80 yards (6.2 average) on 13 attempts and added 65 yards on three kickoff returns. At Stanford, he had 34 total yards -- 14 on four rushes, 13 on one kickoff return and seven on one reception. At Arizona, he saw limited action after spending much of the week undergoing tests for illness. He gained just seven yards on three attempts and had one punt return for no yards.
Markey is 53rd in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (23.47) and is 15th in the Pac-10 in allpurpose yards (92.67). He is second on the team in rushing with a career-high 351 yards and third with four touchdowns.
Markey was the team's third-leading rusher with 350 yards (5.3 avg.) in 2004. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with his 22.2 kickoff return average and was third on the team and 17th in the Pac-10 with 854 all-purpose yards (77.6 avg.). He was named to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was the offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year.
Markey had a breakout performance at Oregon. Opening in place of an injured Maurice Drew, he rushed for 131 yards and had five receptions for 84 yards. Including his 23-yard kickoff return, Markey accounted for 238 all-purpose yards and was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, appeared in 11 games and established himself as an outstanding blocking back.
Against San Diego State, he blocked well for Maurice Drew and Chris Markey and made one reception for eight yards. Versus Rice, he carried twice for 11 yards, including the first rushing touchdown of his career (six yards) late in the first quarter. Against Oklahoma, he carried twice for one net yard and made one reception for two yards.
In the win over Washington, he scored on a one-yard touchdown reception on the opening play of the fourth quarter. On the night, he made four receptions for 20 yards and one score and carried once for one yard. In the victory over California, he had the first double-digit run of his career, gaining 16 yards on a first quarter run which led to UCLA's second touchdown.
At Washington State, he made one reception for eight yards. He carried once for one yard versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he did not touch the ball but blocked well. At Arizona, he carried seven times for 39 yards, more than his previous career total and made one reception for 11 yards.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- The senior All-America inside linebacker is one of the best in the nation. He has already been selected as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (12 players), Butkus Award (10 players) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (12). In addition, he is a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy (nation's top defender). He was also named a firstteam pre-season All-American by several publications.
In 2004, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim from cbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com. He was selected second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was one of 12 semifinalists for both the 2004 Butkus and the Rotary Lombardi Awards.
He currently leads the Bruins with 76 tackles (T-6th in Pac- 10), 13 tackles for losses and two interceptions and is tied for second on the team 2.0 sacks. His average of 1.44 tackles for loss per game ranks second (tied) in the Pac-10 and his average of 0.22 interceptions ranks 16th.
His 379 career tackles rank No. 3 on that all-time school list (he passed Kenny Easley at Arizona) while his 40 tackles for loss rank No. 4 on that chart. Havner has 10 career interceptions and has returned three for touchdowns (52, 42 and 23 yards-31.6 avg.), including one in 2004. He also scored on a fumble recovery against Oklahoma this season for his school record fourth defensive touchdown.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a careerhigh three tackles for losses, including one sack, and returned the ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Rice, he was credited with one tackle.
Versus Oklahoma, "UCLA's Tackling Machine" (Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solos). In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown of his career just 1:47 into the second half when he scooped up a fumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards to give UCLA a 10-point cushion (27-17).
Against Washington, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles (seven solos), including one for loss, and also broke up a pass. Versus California, he made nine tackles (eight solos), second on the squad. He was credited with three tackles for losses, including one sack.
At Washington State, he led the Bruins for the fourth time, finishing with 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. In the win over Oregon State, he had five tackles (four solos), including one for loss, and his 10th career interception set up the field goal that gave UCLA the lead for good. At Stanford, he led the team for the fifth time, finishing with 12 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. He also broke up one pass. Seven of his tackles came in the second half and overtime.
At Arizona, he made six tackles (three solos), including two for losses.
Havner's 15 double-digit tackle games: 2002: 10-San Diego State, 11-Cal, 11-Stanford, 2003:13-Washington State; 2004:16-Oklahoma St., 17-Illinois, 13-Washington, 14-San Diego State, 11-Arizona, 16-Stanford, 12-Washington St., 2005: 13-San Diego State,11-Washington, 10-Washington State, 12-Stanford.
In 2004, he ranked second nationally in solo tackles (7.64) and seventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) in 2004. In 11 games, he made 125 tackles (tied for No. 10 on the school single season list with Ken Norton, 1987) and his average of 11.37 led the Pac-10 by 1.2 stops per game. He also tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third with two interceptions.
He recorded 16 tackles in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State and a career-high 17 tackles at Illinois, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in his career. Against San Diego State, Havner led the team with 14 tackles, including one for loss. He also picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a score. He was selected Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles, had two tackles for loss and his second interception of the year (21 yards). He was again named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles for the seventh time on the season, finishing with 12.
In 2003, he ranked third on the team in tackles (82), tied for the team lead in interceptions (3) and was 25th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.3).
In 2002, he started 13 games and ranked second on the team in tackles (96, second-most ever by a Bruin freshman behind James Washington,1984-119). He ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (7.4). His 12 tackles for loss were second on the team. He ranked third on the team with three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, tying an NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected first-team Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
#9 LB Justin London -- True senior Justin London was on the `Watch List' for the 2005 Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player, the Butkus Award, for the nation's top linebacker, and the Lombardi Award, for the nation's top lineman.
On the year, he is fourth on the squad with 38 tackles and seventh with five tackles for losses. He has played in eight of nine games, missing Arizona.
In the opener against San Diego State, he made five tackles (three solos) and broke up one pass. Against Rice, he led the team with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.
Against Oklahoma, the emotional London was all over the field and tied for the team lead with nine tackles (eight solos), including two for losses. Versus Washington, he was credited with one solo tackle.
Against California, London made eight total tackles (five solos), including one tackle for loss. At Washington State, he made five tackles, including four solos. Against Oregon State, he saw limited action off the bench and had one tackle (for loss). At Stanford, he started and had one solo tackle. He did not play at Arizona due to his right ankle.
Last year, he was on the pre-season lists for the Lombardi and Butkus awards, but sprained his right ankle in practice on August 19, 2004. He did not see his first game action until the second contest of the year, at Illinois. He started game three at Washington, but played only three snaps before reaggravating his injured ankle.
London returned to action against Arizona (game five), coming off the bench. He was back in the starting lineup at Cal. In the Stanford shutout, London recorded 10 tackles, one for loss. At Oregon, he led the team with 10 stops, including a sack. Against USC, he made eight tackles (tied team high).
He had a tackle for loss, forced one fumble and made an interception. In the Las Vegas Bowl, he led the team with seven tackles, including a sack and two others for losses.
In his final five games of 2004, he totaled 44 tackles. For the season, he tied for fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, including two sacks and 7.0 for losses.
In 2003, he started 12 games, making his first career start at Colorado, and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles. He ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his average of 7.67 tackles.
He saw action in 12 games as a true freshman (linebacker and special teams) in 2002 and made five tackles.
#4 S Jarrad Page -- Now a four-year starter at strong safety, Page was on the Watch List for the 2005 Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back.
He currently ranks third on the squad with 47 tackles (36 solos), including one sack, seven tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He is tied for third on the team with his seven tackles for losses. In addition, he has 38 rushing yards on a key fake punt in the fourth quarter of the California game.
In the opener at SDSU, he made five tackles, including four solos. Against Rice, he made one solo tackle. Versus Oklahoma, the hard-hitting safety made eight tackles, one shy of the team lead, including seven solos. Two of those tackles accounted for losses, including the first sack of his career.
Against Washington, he made six tackles (four solos), including one for loss, forced a fumble and broke up one pass.
Versus California, Page made five tackles (three solos), including three behind the line of scrimmage. With just over nine minutes remaining against California and the Bruins in punt formation with a fourth-and-two at their own 42-yard line, Page took a handoff, broke a tackle and raced 38 yards to set up the first of UCLA's three fourth-quarter touchdowns. At Washington State, he made six solo tackles and broke up two passes. Against Oregon State, he had three tackles (two solos) and also broke up one pass. At Stanford, he made five tackles (three solos), including his seventh of the year for a loss. At Arizona, he led the team with eight tackles, including six solos.
In 2004, he ranked second on the team in tackles (79), tied for first in interceptions (3) and second in passes broken up (7). In 2003, Page ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12 games. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown (Washington). In 2002, Page saw action in all 13 games and started the final 10 contests at strong safety to become the first Bruin safety since Kenny Easley in 1977 to start as many as 10 games as a true freshman. He finished sixth on the team in tackles (43). He was named first-team Freshman All-America and to the first-team Freshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#75 DT Kevin Brown -- Brown suffered a sprained left ankle in the August 20 pre-season scrimmage and underwent surgery on August 22, 2005. It is undetermined as to when he will be able to return to action.
In 2004, the true junior led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for the lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked first among all defensive linemen. He earned UCLA's Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player against USC (four tackles, two sacks). Brown made his first career start on the defensive line in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sides of the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games of the 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensive line and started three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- True junior Justin Hickman, who is on the Hendricks Award Watch List, leads the defensive linemen with 26 tackles. He leads the team with four sacks and is fifth (tied) on the squad with six tackles for losses.
He started at defensive end against San Diego State and made a career-best six tackles (five solos), including one sack (seven yards). Versus Rice, he made one tackle but missed the second half with an injured left shoulder. Against Oklahoma, he made two tackles. Versus Washington, he made five tackles, including two solos. Against California, he made three tackles (one solo), including two for losses. At Washington State, he made two solo tackles and recovered a fumble. Against Oregon State, he had one solo tackle.
At Stanford, he made five solo tackles, including three quarterback sacks for 17 yards. He sacked Trent Edwards on the final play of regulation and again on third down in overtime, forcing a 42-yard field goal. At Arizona, he had one solo tackle.
In 2004, he played in 10 games and made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 4.0 for losses, second among linemen. He was the only lineman to start in each of the first five games of 2004, the first two at left end, the rest at right end. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Cal and Arizona State games. He returned to action against Stanford and started the final three games.
True sophomore Brigham Harwell started at defensive tackle against San Diego State and was credited with two solo tackles. In his start against Rice, he made four tackles (one solo). He played very well in the win over Oklahoma, making four tackles, including his first career sack (11 yards) and two others for losses, and breaking up one pass. His sack came on a third and goal situation just before the half and helped UCLA hold on to the halftime lead. Versus Washington, he made three solo tackles, including two for losses.
Against California, he suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half after making one tackle and did not return. He saw limited action at Washington State. He started and broke up one pass versus Oregon State.
At Stanford, he made a career-best six solo tackles, including one sack and a second stop for loss. At Arizona, he made three solo tackles, including one for loss.
On the year, Harwell has made 23 tackles, second (tied) among defensive linemen, and is second on the team with 8.0 tackles for losses.
In 2004, he played in all 12 games, starting four at defensive end. He made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 2.5 for losses. He returned from arthroscopic knee surgery during 2004 Fall camp to see limited action in the season opener. At Illinois, he made five tackles, including one for loss. Harwell started for the first time at California and recorded five solo tackles.
MORE LINEMEN -- Senior Kyle Morgan is on the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. He did not see action against San Diego State but made two tackles off the bench versus Rice. He also made two solo tackles against Oklahoma. He played but did not make any tackles against Washington, California and Washington State. He made two tackles (one solo) versus Oregon State and one solo stop at Stanford. Morgan made two solo tackles at Arizona.
Morgan, who started the final 10 games of the 2004 season, made 24 tackles and his 3.5 for losses were tied for third among linemen. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee during 2004 Fall camp. He returned to action against Oklahoma State, but was not credited with a tackle. Morgan made his first career start at Washington and made three tackles, including one for loss. In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made a career-high five tackles.
Redshirt sophomore William Snead appeared in all 12 games a year ago as a key reserve and made six tackles, including one sack. In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist and added an assist versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, his first-quarter fumble recovery led to the field goal that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 10-7. Versus Washington, he made four tackles (three solos), including one sack. He made his first career start versus California and made a career-high seven tackles, including five solos. He started at Washington State but was not credited with a tackle. Against Oregon State, he started and recovered a fumble. At Stanford, he made three tackles (two solos), including 0.5 tackle for loss. He made one solo tackle at Arizona.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive action in the first three games last season, including starting assignments at Illinois and Washington, before being sidelined by a shoulder injury for the remainder of the year. At Illinois, he became the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. However, he sprained his shoulder at Washington and did not play the rest of the season.
In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist. Against Rice, he recorded a solo sack. He also had a solo tackle versus Oklahoma. He made two solo tackles in the win over Washington. He made his first start of 2005 versus California and was credited with three tackles (one solo), including two for losses. At Washington State, he started and made three solo tackles. He started and had one tackle against Oregon State before spraining his left ankle in the first half. He saw limited action at Stanford and Arizona due to his ankle.
Redshirt freshman Nathaniel Skaggs had an outstanding Fall Camp and earned a starting job at defensive tackle against San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle in the opener. He came off the bench against Rice and made two tackles, including a 16-yard sack on which he caused a fumble that resulted in a Bruin touchdown. He also saw action in the wins over Oklahoma, California and Stanford.
True freshman Chase Moline played extensively off the bench against San Diego State. He finished with two solo tackles. Moline started against Rice and made six tackles, tied for second on the squad, including four solos. He started versus Oklahoma and helped clog the middle but was not credited with a tackle. He also started in the victory over Washington and came off the bench versus California. He started at Washington State and made two solo tackles. He made two solo tackles, including a sack, off the bench versus Oregon State. He started at Stanford and made five tackles (four solos), including 1.5 tackles for losses (three yards). He started at Arizona and made six tackles (three solos), including one for loss. He is tied for second among defensive linemen with 23 tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Bruce Davis moved to outside linebacker from defensive end during the 2005 Spring practices and played both positions early this year before moving back to end due to injuries. Against San Diego State, he tied for second on the team with a career-high seven tackles, including one sack (eight yards). Against Rice, he made four tackles (two solos), including one for loss and also broke up a pass. Versus Oklahoma, he made two tackles, including one for loss. Against Washington, he made one solo tackle -- a nine-yard sack. Against California, he made one tackle assist. He had one tackle assist at Washington State. Against Oregon State, he made three tackles, including one for loss, and recovered a fumble. He made two solo tackles at Stanford. At Arizona, he made two tackles (one solo), including one for loss.
On the year, Davis has made 23 tackles, tied for second among the defensive linemen. He is tied for second on the team with two sacks and is fifth (tied) with six tackles for losses.
He made his first career start versus Oklahoma State in 2004 and totaled three tackles. He also started at Illinois, before coming off the bench in the last 10 games of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Nikola Dragovic saw action in nine games at defensive end in 2004. He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made four tackles, including one sack, and was credited with blocking a PAT. Against Rice, he made three tackles and recovered a fumble. He made two tackles, including one for loss, against Oklahoma. Dragovic made two tackles against Washington before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had surgery on Oct. 20 and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
LINEBACKER -- Senior Wesley Walker injured his right knee on the first day of 2005 Fall camp and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage on August 12. He missed the first three games and returned to action against Washington, making three tackles (two solos) and breaking up one pass. In the win over California, he made three tackles (one solo) off the bench. At Washington State, he made two tackles (one solo) in a reserve role. He started versus Oregon State and had two tackle assists.
Walker started at Stanford and made three tackles, including two solos. At Arizona, he made three tackles (two solos), including one for loss as a starter.
Walker appeared in 12 games in 2004, starting 11, while seeing action at both inside and outside linebacker slots. He tied for fourth on the team in tackles (57).
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Whittington started the 2005 opener against San Diego State and made seven tackles (three solos), one shy of his career high and tied for second on the team. He made two tackles versus Rice, including one for a three-yard loss. He came off the bench versus Oklahoma and had one tackle assist and also played versus Washington. At Washington State, he played defense and special teams and made one solo tackle. He made one solo tackle versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he made four solo tackles. He did not play at Arizona due to a thigh contusion.
He finished the 2004 season with 18 tackles and was named to The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team. He made his first career start at Illinois and recorded eight tackles and two quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington and made four tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Taylor came off the bench to make two tackles versus SDSU in his first action as a Bruin. Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. In addition, in the fourth quarter, he scooped up an Owl fumble and returned it four yards for his first career touchdown. He made one tackle against Oklahoma and played against Washington, California and Washington State. He made four tackles, including three solos, versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he contributed six tackles, including four solos. He made two tackles (one solo) at Arizona. In 2004, he redshirted after transferring from Air Force.
True freshman John Hale made his debut against SDSU, making one solo tackle while playing defense and special teams. He made one tackle versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999 to start a Bruin game at linebacker, finishing with one tackle.
He also started versus Washington and made one tackle assist and recovered a fumble. Hale also started against California and Washington State. Hale started inside versus Oregon State and made five tackles (three solos). He made one solo tackle off the bench at Stanford. He started in the middle at Arizona and made four tackles.
True sophomore Fred Holmes has also been contributing in recent weeks. He played several snaps on defense versus Washington State and played on special teams versus Oregon State and Stanford. At Arizona, he made one solo tackle playing defense and special teams.
True freshman Kyle Bosworth also made his debut against SDSU, making one tackle on special teams. He played in each of the first five games, mostly on special teams, but missed the Washington State, Oregon State and Stanford games due to an injured thumb. He did not play at Arizona.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt senior Marcus Cassel started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made one solo tackle. He started versus Rice and made two solo stops.
Against Oklahoma, he made four tackles and broke up one pass. Against Washington, he made a career-high nine tackles (eight solos), including one for loss. Versus California, he made five tackles, including four solos. He made four tackles (three solos) at Washington State. He had four solo tackles, including one for loss, and broke up a pass versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he made three tackles (two solos).
He was not credited with a tackle at Arizona. He currently ranks sixth on the team with his 32 tackles.
In 2004, he started the first seven games. A steady contributor on special teams in his first two seasons, he earned the starting nod at cornerback against Oklahoma State and made five tackles. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles, broke up one pass and made four tackles. At California, he made seven tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Brown has started the last 14 games at cornerback. He totaled two solo tackles at San Diego State. He made two solo stops versus Rice. In the victory over Oklahoma, the physical Brown made three tackles and broke up two passes. Against Washington, he made four tackles (three solos).
Against California, he made five tackles, including four solos. With UCLA leading 41-40, Brown also made his first interception of the year and returned it 16 yards to the Golden Bear seven-yard line to give the Bruins the ball with 1:01 remaining, clinching the victory. In the win at Washington State, he made five tackles (four solos) and also forced a second-quarter fumble. Brown made six solo tackles to tie for the team lead and broke up two passes against Oregon State. At Stanford, he made four tackles (three solos). He made four tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass at Arizona.
On the year, he has now made 35 tackles to rank fifth on the squad and first among cornerbacks. He has also broken up a team best eight passes to go with his interception. He ranks fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 with 1.00 passes defensed per game.
In 2004, he started the final five games. He made two interceptions, returning one for a score at Oregon. He saw limited action early in the season and made 43 of his 46 tackles, including five for loss, in the last six games of the year. He was the defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right corner and made seven tackles. He also made an interception. In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start and was credited with eight tackles, including one for loss. Against Washington State, he made nine tackles. Against USC, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, one for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Horton suffered a right wrist dislocation in practice on August 17 and underwent surgery the following day. Horton had the pins removed from the wrist on October 12. He sat out the first six games of the 2005 season, before returning to action on special teams against Oregon State. He also played on special teams at Stanford and had one tackle assist. At Arizona, he played on defense and special teams and made two tackles (one solo).
Horton earned a reputation as a playmaker before injuries shortened his 2004 season. He saw action in nine games last year and totaled 27 stops. Against Illinois, Horton made seven tackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA's final touchdown. At Washington, he made eight tackles.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of the game when he blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety. At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leaving the game with a sprained right foot. He returned to action against USC and blocked a punt.
Redshirt sophomore Dennis Keyes has done a fine job as the Bruins' starting free safety. In the opener at San Diego State, he made the first start of his career at free safety and tied for second on the team with seven tackles and also broke up a pass. Against Rice, Keyes made six tackles (five solos), tied for second on the squad.
Versus Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including one quarterback sack. On that play, he separated quarterback Rhett Bomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned 13 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on the first possession of the second half. He also caused a fumble in the first quarter that led to a field goal. Against Washington, he made three tackles (one solo).
Against California, Keyes made a team-best 11 tackles (seven solos), setting a career high. Three of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. At Washington State, he made six solo tackles, including two for losses. He came off the bench to make five tackles (four solos) versus Oregon State. He started at Stanford and made four tackles (three solos), including one sack for seven yards. At Arizona, he made five tackles (four solos).
His 52 tackles rank second on the team and 23rd (tied) in the Pac-10. He leads with two forced fumbles (tied for seventh in the Pac-10) and is third (tied) with seven tackles for losses and second (tied) with two sacks.
In 2004, Keyes appeared in eight games off the bench and recorded 10 tackles.
Redshirt junior Eric McNeal has played well off the bench. Against San Diego State, McNeal playing strong safety, recorded two tackles (one solo). Against Rice, McNeal came off the bench to make four solo tackles. He had one tackle assist versus Oklahoma and made one solo tackle versus Washington. He also played versus California. Playing both safety positions, as well as special teams, at Washington State, he made a career-high nine tackles (all solos), one shy of the team lead, including one for loss. Against Oregon State, he started at free safety and tied for the team lead with six tackles, including two for losses. He also made an interception in Beaver territory. At Stanford, he made three solo tackles off the bench. He had one tackle assist at Arizona. On the year, he has made 26 tackles, including three for losses.
In 2004, McNeal saw action in all 12 games as a reserve safety and special teams player. He finished with 28 tackles and one interception and was named the defensive winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
True sophomore Rodney Van played well off the bench against San Diego State and finished the night with three solo tackles. Against Rice, he also had three solos, including one for loss, and broke up a pass off the bench. He made one outstanding open field tackle against Oklahoma. Versus Washington, his fumble recovery on a punt led to UCLA's first touchdown. He made two solo tackles in the victory over California. He played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington State. Against Oregon State, he made a career- high six tackles (four solos) and forced a fumble. He made three tackles (two solos) at Stanford. He made one solo tackle at Arizona.
In 2004, he saw action in 12 games and made 12 tackles and forced one fumble. Last year at California, he saw his most significant action at cornerback, playing most of the second half and making four tackles. He also was a standout throughout the season on special teams.
MORE SECONDARY -- Redshirt sophomore cornerback Michael Norris made the first interception of his career (11 yards) and one tackle versus San Diego State. He also played against Rice. Against Oklahoma, he recovered a fumbled punt to set up UCLA's first touchdown and also made three solo tackles. Against Washington, he made two tackles (one solo) and also downed a punt at the two-yard line. He also played in nickle situations and on special teams against California, breaking up on pass. He also broke up a pass at Washington State. He had one tackle assist versus Oregon State. At Stanford, he made one solo tackle. He made one solo tackle at Arizona.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Byron Velega made his debut versus San Diego State and had one solo tackle and added a solo stop versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Velega made three solo tackles. He made two solo tackles in the victory over Washington and saw significant time at cornerback. He made one tackle assist versus California. At Washington State, he made two solo tackles in the win. He made four tackles (three solos) versus Oregon State and saw limited action at Stanford. At Arizona, he made three tackles (two slos) on defense and special teams.
True freshmen safeties Robert Kibble (three tackles, two solos) and Bret Lockett also made their debuts against San Diego State. Kibble had two assists against Rice. Both played on special teams versus Oklahoma. Kibble played briefly on defense and both played on special teams versus Washington. Both also played on special teams against California with Lockett making one solo tackle. Both played on special teams at Washington State and both saw action versus Oregon State. Both played on special teams at Stanford and Lockett had one tackle assist.
KICKERS -- Redshirt junior Justin Medlock is considered one of the premier kickers in the nation. A year ago, he was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award and is on the pre-season list in 2005.
In the opener against San Diego State, he converted three of four field goal attempts (missed from 48 and made from 23, 48 and 40) and added five PATs for 14 points.
Against Rice, he tied school records for PATs made (nine) and attempted (nine). Zenon Andrusyshyn (1968 vs. Pittsburgh) and Efren Herrera (1973 vs. Utah) held the record for PATs made and attempts and Herrera also attempted nine versus Washington in 1973. Medlock missed a 52-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.
Against Oklahoma, he made two of three field goals and all five PATs for 11 points. Late in the second quarter, he made a 51-yard field goal, the fourth field goal of his career of over 50 yards, tying John Lee's school record. In the win over Washington, he made all three PATs and did not attempt a field goal. Two of his four kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Against California, he converted all five of his PATs and did not attempt a field goal. In the win at Washington State, he made a 36-yard field goal, his only attempt, and converted all five PAT opportunities. Against Oregon State, Medlock kicked three field goals -- 27, 47 and 37 yards -- and made all six PATs for 15 points. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts. At Stanford, he made one of two field goals (made from 32, missed fron 32) and all three PATs for six points. At Arizona, he made both PAT attempts for two points.
On the year, Medlock has made 10 of 14 field goals (.714) and all 43 of his PATs for 73 points, second on the squad behind Maurice Drew's 108 points. He ranks fourth (tied) in the Pac-10 in field goals (1.11) and 10th in the league in scoring (8.11). In addition, 31 of his 63 kickoffs have been touchbacks.
Medlock is fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 39. Medlock's career percentage (.736) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks eighth on the career scoring list with 228 points. Medlock has made 22 of his 30 field goal attempts (.733) from 40 yards and out.
He is the first UCLA player to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in the same game (at Oregon,2004). He is also the first Bruin to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in a season (52 v. Oklahoma State, 50 at Oregon, 52 at Oregon) and the second to kick four field goals of 50 or more yards in a career. Only John Lee made as many field goals (four) of at least 50 yards in a career. Against San Diego State in 2004, Medlock set a career high with four field goals (22, 40, 43, 44) on four attempts, the most by a Bruin since Nate Fikse kicked five against Stanford in 2002.
In 2004, he was selected first-team All-Pac-10 after making 15 of 20 field goals and 42 of 43 PATs. He was the team's leading scorer (87 pts.) and ranked second in the Pac-10 with a .750 field goal percentage, fourth in kick scoring (7.25), sixth in scoring (7.25) and fourth (31st in NCAA) in field goals (1.25). Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker in 2003 and was named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in field goals per game (1.08) and field goal percentage (.737).
Redshirt freshman Aaron Perez made his debut as the Bruin punter against San Diego State. He kicked just once, a 45- yard punt in the fourth quarter, and it was returned just three yards for a net of 42.0 on the game.
Against Rice, he averaged 44.5 yards on two kicks, with a long of 52, and neither was returned. Against Oklahoma, he averaged 38.2 yards on five kicks, with two inside the 20- yard line. Three were returned for a total of 16 yards. Against Washington, he averaged 37.4 yards on eight kicks and only two were returned for a total of four yards. He also placed one inside the 20-yard line.
In the win over California, he averaged 40.9 yards on seven kicks, placing two inside the 20-yard line. His longest kick was 52 yards and the Bears returned just one kick for 11 yards. At Washington State, he averaged 40.5 yards on four punts. He averaged 41.0 yards on three kicks against Oregon State, placing all three inside the 20-yard line. One was returned for minus six yards (fumble). At Stanford, he averaged 42.2 yards on five kicks with one inside the 20-yard line. At Arizona, he averaged 40.1 yards on seven punts. He placed two inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 51.
Perez is now averaging 40.2 yards on 42 kicks with 12 inside the 20-yard line. Sixteen of his punts have been returned for a total of 143 net yards (77 by Arizona).
2005 NUMBER CHANGES -- The following players have changed numbers for 2005: WR #1 Brandon Breazell was #11; DB #3 Rodney Van was #12; WR #9 Marcus Everett was #83; DB #11 Dennis Keyes was #22; DB #19 Robert Kibble was #26; DB #20 Charlie Schuh was #45; DB #24 Byron Velega was #25; RB #28 Chris Markey was #27; LB #31 Jamel Greer was #55; LB #33 Christian Taylor was #46; OL #50 Aaron Meyer was #63; OL #56 Philip Rauscher was #95; OL #64 Brian Rubinstein was #62; OL #66 Scott Glicksberg was #69; DL #74 Nathaniel Skaggs was #66; OL #74 Noah Sutherland was #90; #82 TE Ryan Moya was #15; TE #87 Tyler Holland was #15; WR #88 Matt Willis was #22; TE #92 Travis Martin was #78; DL #93 Brigham Harwell was #99.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS (not including
those listed on semifinal or final lists) --
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back
Spencer Havner, LB - Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Medlock, PK - Groza Award as nation's top place kicker
Kyle Morgan, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
STARTING ASSIGNMENTS (2005/ 2004 /career starts) --
Offense -- WR:Junior Taylor (3/11/19), Brandon Breazell (0/1/1), Marcus Everett (4/4/8), Joe Cowan (9/2/11), Andrew Baumgartner (1/0/1, Gavin Ketchum (2/0/2); OL:Mike McCloskey (7/10/35), Ed Blanton (9/11/34), Robert Cleary (4/7/11), Robert Chai (2/2/ 12), Shannon Tevaga (9/6/15), Chris Joseph (5/0/5), Brian Abraham (80/8), Noah Sutherland (1/0/1); TE:Marcedes Lewis (9/10/28), J.J. Hair (2/0/2), Ryan Moya (1/0/1); QB: Drew Olson (9/12/35); RB:Maurice Drew (9/8/19), Chris Markey (0/1/1), Michael Pitre (5/1/6); PK:Justin Medlock (9/12/34). Defense -- DL:Kevin Brown (0/11/14, 3 at OG), Justin Hickman (9/8/17), Kenneth Lombard (3/2/5), Kyle Morgan (0/10/10), Brigham Harwell (8/4/12), William Snead (5/0/5), Chase Moline (6/0/6), Nathaniel Skaggs (1/0/1), Nikola Dragovic (4/0/4); LB:Spencer Havner (9/11/45), Justin London (7/8/27), Wesley Walker (3/11/15), Bruce Davis (0/2/2, 2 at DL), Aaron Whittington (2/2/4), John Hale (6/0/6), Danny Nelson (0/1/1); DB:Jarrad Page (9/11/42), Trey Brown (9/5/14), Marcus Cassel (9/7/16), Dennis Keyes (8/0/8), Eric McNeal (1/1/2); P: Aaron Perez (9/0/9).
NCAA, PAC-10 STAT LEADERS --
rush offense: 59th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (148.78) passing offense: 21st in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (271.67) completion percentage: 2nd in Pac-10 (65.7) total offense: 31st in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (420.44) offensive yards per play: 5th in Pac-10 (6.1) scoring offense: 6th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (39.44) pass efficiency off.: 8th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (157.82 rating) pass defense: 37th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (202.78) scoring defense: 6th in Pac-10 (30.11) net punting: 38th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (35.33) punt returns: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (26.76) turnover margin: T-21st in NCAA, 2nd in Pac-10 (+0.78) fewest touchdown passes allowed: T-1st in Pac-10 (11) sacks against: T-4th in Pac-10 (19) third down conversions: 4th in Pac-10 (40.7) opponent third down conversions: 4th in Pac-10 (37.1) fourth down conversions: T-5th in Pac-10 (50.0, 6-12) red zone offense: 1st in Pac-10 (88.1) kickoff coverage: 2nd in Pac-10 (44.5) fumbles recovered: T-2nd in Pac-10 (9) fumbles lost: T-1st in Pac-10 (4) fewest interception: T-1st in Pac-10 (3)
Maurice Drew -- punt returns: 1st in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (29.07); scoring: 5th in NCAA, 1st in Pac-10 (12.00); allpurpose yards: 8th in NCAA, 3rd in Pac-10 (171.11); rushing: 56th in NCAA, 8th in Pac-10 (80.89).
Drew Olson -- passing efficiency: 7th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac- 10 (160.68 rating); passing yards: 5th in Pac-10 (266.67); total offense: 28th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (260.78)
Marcedes Lewis -- receptions:T- 6th in Pac-10 - most among tight ends (5.33); receiving yardage: 8th in Pac-10 - most among tight ends (67.00).
Marcus Everett -- receptions: 16th in Pac-10 (3.71)
Chris Markey -- kickoff returns: 49th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (23.47); all-purpose yards: 18th in Pac-10 (92.67); rushing: 14th in Pac-10 (39.00).
Justin Medlock -- field goals:T-55th in NCAA, T-4th in Pac- 10 (1.11); scoring: 39th in NCAA, 10th in Pac-10 (8.11); kick scoring: 3rd in Pac-10 (8.11).
Aaron Perez -- punting: 9th in Pac-10 (40.17)
Spencer Havner -- Tackles: T-6th in Pac-10 (8.4); Tackles for loss: T-2nd in Pac-10 (13.0/1.44 per game); Interceptions: 16th in Pac-10 (0.22); Passes defensed : T-5th in Pac-10 (1.00)
Dennis Keyes -- Tackles: T-23rd in Pac-10 (5.8); Fumbles forced: T-7th in Pac-10 (0.22)
RED ZONE -- In 2005, UCLA is 37 for 42 in the Red Zone with 31 touchdowns (15 rushing and 16 passing) and six field goals for 233 points. The other five possessions were a one-play kneel down at the end of the victory over Washington, on downs against Oregon State with a 51-28 lead and 2:47 remaining, two possessions on downs at Arizona and a missed field goal.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, the Bruins were five for five in the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and two field goals for 27 points. Against Rice, UCLA was five for five in the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns for 35 points.
In the win over Oklahoma, the Bruins were four for four in the Red Zone with three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, for 28 points. In the win over Washington, UCLA was three for four in the end zone with two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD for 21 points. The fourth possession was a one-play kneeldown at the end of the game.
In the win over California, UCLA scored five touchdowns (four rushing and one passing) and four PATs for 34 points in five Red Zone trips.
In the overtime win at Washington State, UCLA scored four touchdowns (three passing, one running), three PATs and one field goal for 30 points on five Red Zone trips.
Versus Oregon State, UCLA accounted for 27 points on three passing touchdowns and two field goals on six Red Zone trips. The sixth ended on a fourth-down run with a 51-28 lead and 2:47 remaining in the game.
At Stanford, UCLA had 17 points on two rushing touchdowns and a field goal on four Red Zone trips. The other possession resulted in a missed field goal.
At Arizona, UCLA scored two passing touchdowns (14 points) on four Red Zone possessions.
In 2005, opponents are 33 of 37 in the Red Zone with 24 touchdowns (17 rushing and seven passing) and nine field goals for 194 points. San Diego State was two for three with two rushing touchdowns and one interception. Rice was two for two with two rushing touchdowns. Oklahoma was three of four with two rushing touchdowns, one field goal and one missed field goal. Washington was three for four with two rushing touchdowns, one field goal and a field goal miss. California converted all seven Red Zone trips with three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and four field goals. WSU converted all four Red Zone trips with three touchdowns (two passing, one running) and one field goal. Oregon State had three touchdowns (two rushing and one passing) on four Red Zone trips. Stanford had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and one field goal - 24 points - on four Red Zone trips. Arizona converted all five Red Zone trips into 31 points (four touchdowns -- three rushing, one passing -- and one field goal).
In 2004, the Bruins were 29 of 37 (13 passing, 10 rushing TDs and six field goals) in the Red Zone for 178 points. UCLA finished the season converting seven of its last eight Red Zone possessions into points.
In 2004, opponents were 37 of 49 (13 rushing, nine passing touchdowns and 15 field goals) in the Red Zone for 199 points.
TURNOVERS -- In nine games, UCLA has forced 14 turnovers (five interceptions and nine fumbles), leading to 53 points (six touchdowns and four field goals). The Bruin defense has scored twice on fumble returns (Christian Taylor versus Rice and Spencer Havner against Oklahoma).
UCLA has committed seven turnovers (three interceptions and four fumbles for 28 points) and ranks 17th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+0.78 per game).
Against San Diego State, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptions by Havner and Norris) and converted them into a field goal (the half ended after the other turnover). UCLA did not commit a turnover.
Against Rice, UCLA recovered two fumbles (C. Taylor and N. Dragovic) and both led to Bruin touchdowns (one by C. Taylor). UCLA did not commit a turnover.
Against Oklahoma, UCLA recovered three fumbles (Havner, Snead and Norris, two forced by Keyes) and they led to two touchdowns (one by Havner) and one field goal. UCLA did not commit a turnover.
Against Washington, UCLA recovered two fumbles (Hale on defense and Van on a punt) and converted them into seven points. UCLA threw two interceptions but neither was converted into points.
Against California, UCLA intercepted one pass (T. Brown) and converted it into six points. The Bruins lost one fumble (Markey on a kickoff return) and it was converted into seven points. Against Washington State, UCLA recovered one fumble (Hickman) but it led to a punt. The Bruins threw one interception but it did not lead to points.
Against Oregon State, UCLA forced three turnovers (interceptions by Havner and McNeal and a fumble recovery by Snead) and converted them into six points (two field goals). The Bruins did not commit a turnover.
At Stanford, UCLA did not cause a turnover. The Cardinal recovered two UCLA fumbles and converted them into 14 points (two touchdowns).
At Arizona, UCLA did not cause a turnover. The Wildcats recovered a Bruin fumble (lateral) in the end zone for a touchdown. In 2004, UCLA forced 19 turnovers (five fumbles, 14 interceptions) and converted 11 of them into 65 points (eight touch24 downs, three field goals). Opponents received 26 turnovers (13 interceptions, 13 fumbles) and converted 13 into 71 points (eight touchdowns, five field goals).
BRUINS IN THE NFL -- On Opening Weekend of the 2005 National Football League season, 25 former Bruins were active on NFL rosters. That total led the Pacific-10 Conference and ranked 15th nationally.
The following is the list of Bruins who were on NFL rosters for the opening week of the 2005 season: Baltimore-Jonathan Ogden-OT; Buffalo-Ryan Neufeld-TE; Carolina-Ben Emanuel- DB (practice roster, now with San Francisco's practice team), DeShaun Foster-RB, Mike Seidman-TE, Ricky Manning-DB; Chicago- Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB, Marcus Reese-LB (injured reserve); Cincinnati-Tab Perry-WR, Steven Vieira, OL(injured list); Dallas-Kenyon Coleman-DL; Denver -Marques Anderson-DB; Green Bay-Craig Bragg-WR (practice roster), Mike Flanagan- C, Robert Thomas-LB; Houston-Jason Bell-DB; Indianapolis- Bryan Fletcher-TE; Minnesota-Chris Kluwe-P; New Orleans- Rodney Leisle-DL; NY Giants-Shaun Williams-DB; Philadelphia- Matt Ware-DB; Pittsburgh-Tommy Maddox-QB, Travis Kirschke- DL; St. Louis-Brandon Chillar-LB; San Diego-Donnie Edwards- LB, Dave Ball-DL; Tampa Bay-Ryan Nece-LB; Tennessee-Drew Bennett-WR; Washington-Ryan Boschetti-DT, Manuel White- RB (injured reserve).
UCLA ON THE RADIO -- The 2005 season is UCLA's ninth with Clear Channel and the games will air on XTRA Sports AM 570. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 14th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his eighth year on the broadcast team and his fourth as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his fourth season as sideline reporter.
Stevens and Cook host the one and one-half hour local pregame show while Roberts, Stevens and Cook host the onehalf hour network pre-game and network post-game shows. XTRA Sports 570 also provides ancillary programming, including Karl Dorrell and player interviews during game weeks. Bruin games are also available nationally through an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of UCLA Athletics. This week's game will be on Channel 123.
Games can also be heard via the internet at www.uclabruins.com (a UCLA All-Access pass is needed).
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 phone.
UCLA ON TELEVISION -- Entering this week, 143 of UCLA's last 151 games have been televised live. All 11 games have been selected to be televised this season, Sept. 3 at San Diego State (ESPN2), Sept. 10 Rice (FSNW2), Sept. 17 Oklahoma (ABC), Oct. 1 Washington (FSNW2), Oct. 8 California (TBS), Oct. 15 at Washington State (FSN), Oct. 22 Oregon State (TBS), Oct. 29 at Stanford (FSN), Nov. 5 at Arizona (FSNW2), Nov. 12 Arizona State (ABC), Dec. 3 at USC (ABC).
Each week, Fox Sports Net West 2 produces a one-hour block of programming on Monday nights (10:30 p.m.) highlighting Bruin football. One program (Bruin Rewind) takes a look back at the previous week's game with additional footage shot by FSNW2, and the other features Coach Karl Dorrell's weekly news conference.
UCLA ON THE WEB -- UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website -- www.uclabruins.com. Information on Heisman Trophy candidate Maurice Drew can be found at /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30500&ATCLID=208178592.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE -- Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell will have his weekly press conference on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED -- The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. PT containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. It begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and runs through Nov. 30. The coordinates are: Satellite IA5/C14.
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, Chandra Thai, Funnel Cakes Etc, In-N-Out, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin', PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill and Sepi's Giant Submarines.