#7 Marques Anderson
Left Cornerback 6-0, 195, Jr. Long Beach, CA Poly HS
UCLA - This true junior enters Spring Practice as a contender for the starting job at left cornerback, a duty he split last season ... Anderson is a talented athlete who enjoyed a very good off-season ... Demonstrated more consistency during Spring Practice in the areas of tackling, effort and awareness ... One of the team's top three corners ... Has recorded a clean of 321 pounds, a PR by 42 pounds.
1998 - Anderson performed as both a starter and a key reserve during his sophomore season ... On the year, he started six games (Texas, Houston, Washington, USC, Miami and Wisconsin) and played at least 60 defensive snaps eight times, including 86 at Houston, 76 versus USC and 73 at Washington ... He also played on several special teams units (punt and punt coverage and field goal block) ... After doing a good job as the team's nickel back during the middle of the season, he returned to the starting lineup at Washington and also started against USC, Miami and Wisconsin ... Anderson made the biggest play of his career against Stanford, stripping the ball from Jeff Allen before he could score the go-ahead touchdown (UCLA recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback) ... He had seven tackles against the Cardinal and made 48 in his final eight games (season-high eight versus Oregon, five at California, seven versus Stanford, four at Oregon State, seven at Washington, five versus USC, seven at Miami and five versus Wisconsin) to give him 58 on the year ... He also broke up 11 passes and led the team with four forced fumbles, including the big play against Stanford and two versus USC.
1997 - Anderson became an impact player as a true freshman, starting five times and earning first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News for his efforts ... Also selected defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year ... Concluded the season with 42 tackles (34 primaries), second to Larry Atkins among 1998 returnees ... Ranked third on the squad with three interceptions for 32 yards ... Also credited with seven passes defensed to rank fourth on the team and first among returnees ... Played in 11 of 12 games, starting five, and played at least 50 snaps six times, including 74 at Oregon, 71 versus Oregon State, 70 against Texas and Arizona and 65 at USC ... In the Cotton Bowl win, he accounted for seven tackles while forcing a fumble and helping UCLA hold the Aggies to just 55 yards passing ... In the regular-season finale against USC, he came off the bench to make five tackles and help defense R. Jay Soward ... In his first career start at Texas, responded with five solo tackles and his first career interception ... He added three tackles in his second start versus Arizona, three tackles and his second theft against Houston, two stops at Oregon and five tackles against California ... In the victory over Washington, he came off the bench to make three tackles and his third interception of the year set up UCLA's fourth TD of the first half.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters in football for coach Jerry Jaso at Long Beach Poly High School ... SuperPrep and PrepStar All-West selection ... Honorable mention Best in the West ... As a senior, he was credited with four interceptions, 85 solo tackles and 40 assists ... Posted career totals of 13 interceptions, 14 pass deflections, five fumble recoveries, three blocked punts, two caused fumbles and 203 tackles ... Also earned four letters in track and field for coach Don Norford ... As a senior, he was captain of both the football and track teams ... Named all-league in both sports as well ... Rated as the fourth fastest 400-meter runner in the Southern Section of the CIF ... Team MVP for track team ... All-CIF and CIF champion in the 400 meters ... Best 400m timeof 47.25 ... Also a member of the school record-setting 4 x 100 relay.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Marques Deon Anderson ... Parents: Maurice and Susan Anderson ... Born: May 26, 1979 in Harbor City, CA ... Has two sisters, Andrea (an All-American and the two-time Pac-10 400-meters champion for the Bruin women's track team) and Ashley ... Economics major.
Varsity Statistics - M. Anderson
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL INT 1997 42 34-8 0 0 3-32 1998 58 50-8 0 0 0-0 Totals 100 84-16 0 0 3-32
Career Highs Tackles: 8 vs. Oregon, 1998 7 vs. Stanford, 1998 vs. Washington, 1998 vs. Miami, 1998 vs. Texas A&M, 1998
#2 Audie Attar
Strong Safety 6-0, 196, Fr.** Claremont HS Claremont, CA
UCLA - This physical redshirt freshman enters Fall camp in competition for playing time at the strong safety position ... He is an enthusiastic, eager young player and a good tackler ... Learning the system and needs to develop consistency ... Impressed with his toughness during practice last season.
1998 - Redshirted during his first year with the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Audie was Baseline League co-MVP with 98 tackles and 27 receptions for 450 yards and five touchdowns ... Played both wide receiver and defensive back at Claremont for coaches Mike Collins and Jack Harper ... Possesses great quickness and has a real knack for making the big play ... Outstanding hitter ... Selected ESPN SportsZone third-team All-America ... PrepStar Western Region Super 30 ... PrepStar All-America (No. 4 DB in West) ... Cornwell All-America ... National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 5 SS) ... ESPN SportsZone No. 15 DB ... SuperPrep All-America (No. 22 DB) ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 27 prospect) ... First-team All-CIF Division IV ... First-team All-Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ... Team captain and team Defensive Player of the Year ... Claremont was 8-2 in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs ... Attar was selected Defensive MVP of his league ... Also selected L.A. Times All-San Gabriel Valley ... Selected to play in the Shrine All-Star game ... As a junior, he made 52 tackles with seven interceptions and caught 23 passes for 208 yards ... As a sophomore, he made 27 tackles and caught 11 balls for 125 yards ... Also ran track for three years with bests of 21-9 in the long jump and 10.98 in 100 ... Named Most Improved and All-League.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Audie A. Attar ...Born: Sept. 13, 1980 in Baghdad, Iraq ... ... Parents: Al and Heidi Attar ... Has one sister, Susan ... Lists his senior year Damien High game as his biggest athletic thrill to date - he had 12 tackles, one for loss, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles ... Lists Ronnie Lott as the athlete he admires and patterns his style of play after ... Has two relatives, Heath Antoine and Ali Shakily, now attending UCLA ... Communications is his likely major and sports broadcasting or sports agent are his career objectives.
#12 Jason Bell
Right Cornerback 6-1, 181, Sr. Long Beach, CA Millikan HS
UCLA - This fourth-year senior figures to be one of the leaders in the secondary in 1999 ... Selected pre-season All-Pac-10 by The Sporting News ... Possesses good one-on-one coverage skills ... Understands the defense and does a good job with zone coverages ... Has good instincts and an eye for the football ... Possesses fine leaping ability ... Did not participate in Spring Practice due to off-season surgery to remove bone spurs in his left heel.
1998 -Bell started every game during his junior season ... He led the squad with 14 passes defensed and made 38 tackles ... Made a career-high eight tackles at California and added five stops versus Stanford and four each versus Houston, Oregon and Oregon State ... He was credited with four passes defensed at Houston, three against USC and two versus Texas and Arizona ... Bell played at least 70 defensive snaps on eight occasions, including 83 at Oregon State, 82 versus Oregon, 78 at Arizona, 77 at Houston and 73 on three occasions ... He also played on the kickoff coverage, punt return and field goal block special teams units.
1997 - Started the final five regular-season games at right cornerback and finished the year with 18 tackles, all primaries ... Also credited with four passes defensed ... Made a career-high five stops against Oregon State and four at Stanford ... Appeared in 11 of 12 games on defense and played at least 40 snaps on six occasions, including 64 versus OSU, 58 at Stanford, 48 versus Houston and 46 against Washington.
1996 - Earned some playing time as a true freshman and showed potential to become an impact player ... Played on several special teams units during the final 10 games of the year, missing only the opener at Tennessee ... Also played three games on defense - Oregon (11 snaps), Northeast Louisiana (six) and Arizona (three) ... Made nine tackles (eight primaries), including one for loss, and recovered one fumble ... Made his tackle for loss at Michigan ... His fumble recovery of a kickoff return in the third quarter at Oregon set up Skip Hicks's 20-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-7 lead.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years as a defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback for coach Tony Peralta at Millikan High in Long Beach, CA ... Selected BlueChips Illustrated All-American and rated among the top 11 defensive backs prospects in the West ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Named to the National Recruiting Advisor All-West team ... Chosen to SuperPrep All-Far West team ... Received four votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West poll ... A two-time all-league selection ... Also earned all-city honors and was a member of the Long Beach Press Telegram Dream team ... Named to Student Sports magazine top 100 ... For his career, he totaled 102 solo tackles, 94 assists, 12 interceptions and 38 pass breakups ... As a senior, he was credited with 42 solo tackles, 28 assists, five interceptions and 19 pass breakups ... Averaged 26 yards as a kickoff returner and 12 yards as a punt returner ... Also earned three letters in track for coach Carl Halsted with bests of 10.70 in the 100 meters, 21.89 in the 200 meters and 22 feet in the long jump.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jason Dewande Bell ... Parents: Cortland and Geraldine Bell ... Born: April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, CA ... Has one brother, Cortland, Jr., and one sister, Melissa ... Lists Deion Sanders as the player he patterns his style after ... Enjoys cutting hair, working on computers and working out in his spare time ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - J. Bell
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL INT 1996 9 8-1 0 1 0 1997 18 18-0 0 0 0 1998 38 33-5 0 2-4 0 Totals 65 59-6 0 3- 0
#21 Lovell Houston
Cornerback 6-1, 180, Fr.** Jefferson HS Denver, CO
UCLA - This talented youngster will contend for playing time in the secondary this season ... Possesses good coverage skills and hitting ability ... Did not participate in contact drills during Spring Practice due to off-season shoulder surgery ... Can also play safety ... Competed with the track team following Spring Practice and placed ninth in the 110 high hurdles at the Pac-10 championships (14.74).
1998 - Did not see action in his first season with the program and has four years of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - One of the top defensive back prospects in the nation ... Earned three letters in football as a cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver for coachTim Cross at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver ... Had a banner season with six INTs, returning three for scores of 83, 44 and 35 yards ... He made 21 interceptions in his career ... Also a great kick returner, Lovell had touchdown runs of 98, 92 and 88 yards ... He also made 80 tackles as a senior ... On offense he totaled 11 TDs ... USA Today first-team All-America ... National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 2 FS and No. 39 on the National 100) ... Parade All-America ... ESPN SportsZone first-team All-America ... ESPN SportsZone No. 2 DB ... Student Sports Senior All-America ... Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 2 DB) ... PrepStar Central Region Defensive MVP ... PrepStar Big 12 Region Super 30 ... PrepStar All-America (No. 1 DB in Big 12 Region) ... The Sporting News Top 100 (No. 27 prospect) ... SuperPrep National 50 (No. 37) ... SuperPrep All-America (No. 3 skill athlete in nation) ... SuperPrep All-Midlands (No. 4 prospect) ... ESPN SportsZone No. 39 prospect ... Cornwell's National Top 100 (No. 40 prospect) ... Bill Buchalter's Top 100 (No. 36 prospect ) ... CBS SportsLine Top 100 ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-Colorado selection (Denver Post) ... Member of PrepStar pre-season Dream Team ... PrepStar pre-season Big 12 Super 24 ... National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 11 all-purpose back and No. 1 DB in Midlands) ... SuperPrep pre-season All-America (No. 22 DB) ... As a junior, he made nine interceptions and 67 tackles ... Also caused three fumbles and recovered one ... Made 23 career interceptions, returning nine for touchdowns ... Also returned eight kicks for scores in his career ... An outstanding high hurdler (13.7) in track who earned four letters for coach Tony Lindsey ... Has run 4.37 in the 40 ... Bench presses 305 pounds and has 38-inch vertical jump.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Lovell B. Houston ... Born: July 18, 1979 in Denver, CO ... Parents: Herman and Patricia Houston ... Brother Polica was a wide receiver at Kansas State ... Brother, Marcus, is a high school running back ... Father Herman lettered in football at the University of Washington in 1969 ... Mother also attended Washington ... Also has a younger sister, Nicole ... Lists building radio controlled model airplanes and drawing as his hobbies ... Related to NFL Hall of Famer Ken Houston ... Lists becoming an attorney as his career objective and Political Science as his likely major.
#22 Joe Hunter
Left Cornerback 5-11, 170, Fr.** Vacaville HS Vacaville, CA
UCLA - One of several youngsters who figure to add depth in the secondary this season ... Possesses good speed ... Made good progress during Spring drills and should make a contribution this season ... Enters Fall camp listed No. 2 at left cornerback behind returning starter Jason Bell and should compete for a starting role on the nickel package ... Competed on the track team and recorded a best of 10.66 in the 100 meters.
1998 - Did not see action in his first year in the program and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Joe is a physical performer who possesses outstanding speed ... Three-year starter in football at Vacaville, CA High School for coach Tom Zunino ... PrepStar All-America (No. 10 DB in West) ... SuperPrep All-America (No. 9 skill athlete) ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 13 prospect) ... Cornwell All-America ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... As a senior team captain, he made 32 solo tackles and 16 assists with five interceptions ... Averaged 38 yards per kickoff return ... On offense, he rushed for 695 yards on 54 carries and eight TDs and caught nine passes for 121 yards and two scores ... Four-year letterwinner in track and field for coach Mike Papadopoulos ... Team captain in his junior and senior years ... As a junior, Joe finished second in California state 200 meters (21.03)and sixth in the 100 meters (10.6) ... Ranked among the top 20 in the nation in the 200.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Joseph John Hunter ... Born: June 13, 1979 in Redwood City, CA ... Parents: Joseph and Patricia Hunter ... Has one older sister, Joanna ... Lists Jerry Rice, Merton Hanks and Jon Drummond as athletes he admires ... Interested in a career in broadcasting and lists Communications as his likely major.
#33 Ryan Roques
Free Safety 6-0, 180, Sr.** Moreno Valley, CA Canyon Springs HS
UCLA - A versatile performer, Ryan enters Fall camp listed No. 1 at free safety ... Could also see action at cornerback, the position he played last season ... Enjoyed a very productive Spring Practice ... Has good size and speed ... Possesses big-play potential when he gets his hands on the football ... Has also established himself as an impact performer on both punt and kickoff returns.
1998 - Roques started six of the final 10 games at left cornerback as a junior ... Finished the regular season tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with his four interceptions ... On the year, he made 59 tackles, fifth on the squad, and defensed nine passes ... He made a career-high 13 tackles at Oregon State, the most by a Bruin all year, and added seven versus USC and California, six at Washington and Arizona and four each versus Stanford and Houston ... He also forced a fumble against USC ... His four interceptions came in consecutive games against Houston, Washington State, Arizona and Oregon ... He returned his pick against Houston 17 yards for a touchdown to give the Bruins a 35-14 lead ... He played at least 60 defensive snaps in seven games, including 82 versus Oregon, 78 at Arizona, 73 against Stanford, 72 at Oregon State and 71 at California ... Roques was also an outstanding special teams weapon and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention in that area ... During the regular season, he averaged 12.5 yards (14th nationally) on 19 punt returns and 27.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns ... Including the Rose Bowl, his final averages were 12.7 yards on punt returns and 27.2 on kickoff returns ... His punt return average was the highest by a Bruin since 1995, when Paul Guidry averaged 15.1 yards on 25 returns ... His kickoff return average was the highest by a Bruin with six or more returns since 1969, when Ron Carver averaged 31.9 yards on eight attempts ... His 81-yard kickoff return at Washington was UCLA's longest since 1980 (Jojo Townsell, 100 yards vs. California) while his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the same game was UCLA's first TD of that kind since 1995 (Paul Guidry vs. Arizona State) ... Roques accounted for 211 total return yards against the Huskies - 120 on three kickoffs and 91 on three punts.
1997 - In his first year as a cornerback, he made nine tackles on defense and special teams ... Appeared in three games in the secondary, playing 11 snaps versus Texas (four tackles) and Houston (three stops) and 10 against Oregon State ... Did a fine job on several of the Bruin special teams.
1996 - Saw action as a reserve tailback as a second-year freshman ... On the year, he gained 35 yards on eight carries (4.4 average) ... Also caught two passes for 16 yards and averaged 24.0 yards on two kickoff returns (one for 28 yards at Michigan and one for 20 at Tennessee) ... Earned the majority of his playing time during the first half of the season ... Ran for 26 yards, including a long of 16, in the opener at Tennessee and added nine yards at Oregon ... Played 17 snaps at Tennessee and Washington and 15 versus Stanford.
1995 - Did not see action with the varsity ... Practiced at both receiver and tailback and also played some option quarterback for the scout team.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football at quarterback, running back and free safety for coach Jack Fogarty at Canyon Springs High in MorenoValley, CA ... Named to the Blue Chips Illustrated Dream Team ... USA Today All-America honorable mention honors ... Rated as the No. 5 defensive back in the nation and No. 1 in the West by Blue Chips ... Selected All-West by Super Prep and by Tom Lemming ... Listed on the Dallas Morning News Top 100 ... Selected County Player of the Year by the Riverside Press Enterprise ... Named first-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... Chosen the CIF Division IV Player of the Year and also All-CIF Southern Section ... Led the team to a 13-1 record, CIF Division IV title, No. 1 ranking in Division II and No. 7 overall in the state ... In the CIF semifinal game, he scored four touchdowns - two rushing, one on a kickoff return and one on an interception ... In 1994, he rushed for 641 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 586 yards and five more scores ... He also scored nine non-offensive touchdowns on five punt returns, two kickoff returns and two interceptions ... Recorded the fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the Reebok Pre-Season Combine (4.31) ... Also lettered three seasons in baseball as a center fielder for coach Lou Randall ... Set a school record with his .429 batting average in 1992 ... Also holds the school mark for stolen bases.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Ryan Jason Roques ... Born: August 5, 1977 in Riverside, CA ... Parents: Burnell and Valerie Roques ... Has three brothers (Burnell, Aaron, who played cornerback at UCLA from 1994-97, and Joshua) ... Lists Walter Payton as the athlete he admires the most because of his ability and attitude ... Sociology major.
Varsity Statistics - R. Roques
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL INT 1997 9 8-1 0 0 0 1998 59 53-6 0 0 4-79 Totals 68 61-8 0 0 4-79
Interception Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 4 79 19.8 1 39
Kickoff Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 2 48 24.0 0 28 1998 14 381 27.2 0 81 Totals 16 429 26.8 0 81
Punt Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 21 267 12.7 1 77
Rushing Year TCB Yds YL Net Avg TD Lg 1996 8 37 2 35 4.4 0 16
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 2 16 8.0 0 12
#4 Jason Stephens
Strong Safety 6-2, 193, So.** Redlands, CA Redlands HS
UCLA - Jason is a good young prospect who gained valuable experience a year ago ... He enters Fall camp as the starting strong safety after spending most of Spring Practice working at the free safety spot ... He is an aggressive tackler who pursues well to the football ... Has the instincts needed to play safety.
1998 - Stephens made an impact in his first season of action ... Started the final seven games of the year at strong safety, moving into the lineup at California ... On the year, he made 58 tackles, including five for losses, to rank sixth on the squad ... Also forced two fumbles and recovered a pair and made one interception ... He played at least 50 snaps in all of his starts except the Rose Bowl, including 83 at Oregon State, 76 versus USC and 71 at California ... He also played on the kickoff coverage and field goal block special teams units ... Stephens made a career-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, in the game at Miami ... He finished the year with five stops and broke up one pass versus Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... In the Pac-10 finale against USC, he made four tackles, including one for loss ... He also recovered two fumbles against the Trojans, returning one 27 yards to set up a field goal, forced a fumble and made the first interception of his career ... He was credited with eight stops, including two for losses, at California in his first career start ... He made six stops the following week against Stanford, five at Oregon State and nine at Washington.
1997 - Did not see action in his first year with the Bruins and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played football for three seasons at Redlands, CA High School for coach Jim Walker ... PrepStar All-American as the No. 6 defensive back in the West ... Selected All-Far West by SuperPrep ... Named to the L.A. Times All-Inland Valley, All-CIF, All-County and all-league teams as both a senior and junior ... Served as team captain in his senior season ... Credited with 30 solo tackles, five interceptions, nine deflected passes and two quarterback sacks as a senior ... Returned two punts for touchdowns ... As a junior, he made 57 solo tackles, two interceptions, two fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered and three pass deflections ... Also lettered in track and field for coach Dennis Kennedy - competed in the 110 hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 400 meters.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jason Henry Stephens ... Born: May 23, 1979 in Compton, CA ... Parents: James Stephens (deceased), Vickie Ross and stepfather, Joseph Ross ... Has two brothers ... Lists NFL All-Pro safety Ronnie Lott as the athlete he patterns his style of play after ... Hobbies include martial arts, dancing, weightlifting and playing the drums ... Considering a career as a teacher ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - J. Stephens
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL INT 1998 58 35-23 1-5 5-16 1-2
Interception Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 1 2 2.0 0 2
Career Highs Tackles: 11 vs. Miami, 1998 8 vs. California, 1998
#37 Joey Strycula
Free Safety 6-0, 189, Sr.** Covina, CA Charter Oak HS
UCLA - Joey will again serve as the holder for UCLA's place kicks ... His experience will be invaluable because the Bruins will be replacing two-year starter and 1997 All-American Chris Sailer with an inexperienced performer ... In addition, he could earn substantial playing time at one of the safety positions ... A smart, instinctive player who understands the game ... Has excellent hands ... Earned a roster spot as a non-scholarship player and was awarded a scholarship for 1999 this past Spring.
1998 - Served as the holder for all of Sailer's field goals and PATs for a second straight season ... Also played regularly on the kick and punt coverage units, as well as the kickoff coverage squad ... Made three tackles on special teams.
1997 - Did a fine job in his first year as the holder for Sailer, helping the kicker earn first-team All-America honors ... Also saw some action on defense, playing 19 snaps against Houston and three versus Tennessee ... Contributed on some of the special teams ... Made two tackles.
1996 - Saw limited action on special teams (coverage).
1995 - Earned a spot on the team as a walk-on but did not see action.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters under coach Lou Farrar at Charter Oaks High ... Earned first-team All-CIF and All-Southern Section honors playing both offense and defense ... Selected offensive MVP of the Miramonte League in 1994 ... As a senior, he passed for 1,743 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,018 yards and 13 scores ... On defense, he made 68 tackles, including 39 solos, and nine interceptions.
PERSONAL - Full name: Joseph Michael Strycula ... Born: October 19, 1976 in Covina, CA ... Parents: John and Martha Strycula ... Has three brothers (Johnny, Chris and Bryan) and two sisters (Shauna and Jenny) ... Enjoys water and snow skiing ... Earned spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 1999 with his 3.10 GPA ... Geography major.
#6 Eric Whitfield
Strong Safety 6-2, 206, Sr.** Carson, CA Banning HS
UCLA - Eric is a good athlete with the ability to play several positions in the secondary ... He enters Fall camp in competition for playing time at the strong safety position ... Has played both safety spots as well as cornerback during his career ... Needs to improve his consistency ... Has recorded a team-best 38.5-inch vertical leap and a team-best horizontal jump of 10-6.5.
1998 - Whitfield started the first two games of the year at free safety and played in 11 of 12 contests (he did not play at Miami) ... On the year, he made 27 tackles, including five each against Texas and USC and four versus Houston, Washington State and Washington ... He appeared in eight games on defense and played at least 25 defensive snaps five times, including 63 at Houston and 58 versus Washington State ... Also participated on the kickoff coverage, punt return and punt coverage units.
1997 - Whitfield did a fine job as a key reserve ... On the year, he made 31 tackles, fourth among returnees, including two sacks ... Made three tackles for losses, including two sacks, and also intercepted one pass and broke up three others ... Made a career-high 10 stops against Tennessee, tying Brian Willmer for the team lead ... Also had five stops, including one for loss, at Texas, four, including one behind the line, versus Arizona and three versus Washington and Houston ... Recorded his sacks against Texas and Arizona ... Made his interception against Houston ... Played in all 12 games on either defense or special teams, starting the first two ... Played at least 40 snaps six times - 79 versus Tennessee, 51 against Arizona, 46 versus Oregon State and 45 against Texas and Houston.
1996 - Appeared in eight games on special teams and four (Northeast Louisiana, Washington, California and Stanford) on defense ... Played 15 snaps versus Stanford and 10 at California ... Made five tackles on the year, including three versus the Cardinal and two against the Golden Bears.
1995 - Did not appear in a game during his first season.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered two years in football for coach Mike Allen as a defensive back, wide receiver and running back at Banning High in Wilmington, CA ...Lettered as a tenth grader at Gateway Christian High in Harbor City, CA for coach Harold Larson ... Named Blue Chips All-American and rated as the No. 6 secondary prospect in the West as a senior in 1994 ... Member of the Super Prep All-Far West team ... Selected All-West by Tom Lemming ... Named to the second-team of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream team ... Chosen to the first-team Daily Breeze, Wave-News, News-Pilot and LA Times all-star squads ... Three-time all-league selection and team captain ... Two-time all-city pick ... Credited with over 100 tackles, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions as a senior in 1994 with a long return of 81 yards ... As a junior in 1993, he led all South Bay defensive backs with eight interceptions ... Named first-team All-South Bay by the Daily Breeze ... Second-team all-area selection by the LA Times ... Voted team's most valuable defensive player ... Recorded 63 solo tackles and scored three touchdowns on interceptions, including a 60-yard return vs. Dorsey ... Also played running back and rushed 44 times for 508 yards and five touchdowns ... At wide receiver, he caught 15 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns ... In 1992, as a sophomore at Gateway Christian High, he was team captain and named first-team offense by the South Bay Daily Breeze ... Voted Express League and team most valuable player ... Credited with 53 tackles, four interceptions, three caused fumbles and two touchdowns on defense ... At tailback, he rushed for 1,045 yards on 159 carries and 17 touchdowns ... Returned six kickoffs for touchdowns ... Also earned two letters in track for coach Mike Allen.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Eric Samuel Whitfield ... Parents: Samuel and Amanda Whitfield ... Born: January 17, 1978 ... Has one sister, Cynthia ... Lists Deion Sanders, Ronnie Lott and Eric Turner as players he admires ... Hobbies include swimming, bowling and running ... Played summer league basketball ... Spanish and Math are his favorite classes ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Winter 1996 with his 3.57 grade-point average ... Related to Atlanta Falcon offensive lineman Bob Whitfield ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - E. Whitfield
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL 1996 5 5-0 0 0 1997 31 21-10 2-22 3-26 1998 27 20-7 0 0 Totals 63 46-17 2-22 3-26
Career Highs Tackles: 10 vs. Tennessee, 1997 5 vs. Texas, 1998, USC, 1998, Texas, 1997
#29 Julius Williams
Right Cornerback 6-0, 193, So. Tustin HS Tustin, CA
UCLA - Julius is a talented performer who figures to see plenty of action in 1999 ... Is competing for playing time at cornerback but also has the size to play safety ... A good all-around athlete who made steady progress throughout Spring Practice.
1998 - Julius saw limited action as a true freshman, participating on special teams and in the secondary ... Appeared in a total of seven games, four on defense and six on special teams (kickoff coverage, and punt return) ... Played eight snaps at cornerback against both Houston and USC and five at Arizona ... Made two tackles apiece versus the Cougars and the Trojans ... Also returned one kickoff for 18 yards against Oregon State.
HIGH SCHOOL - A high school teammate of fellow UCLA freshman DeShaun Foster, Julius is an outstanding athlete who excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage ... Earned two varsity letters in football for coach Myron Miller at Tustin, CA High School ... As a senior, he scored 17 touchdowns, caught 25 passes for 789 yards and ran for 550 yards (11.0 average) ... On defense, he made three interceptions and was credited with 63 tackles ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 37 prospect) ... PrepStar All-Western Region ... First-team All-CIF Division V (WR) ... Twice selected All-Golden West League as a defensive back ... Team was 13-1 and reached the CIF Division V championship game ... PrepStar pre-season All-West ... As a junior, Julius had 51 tackles, including 39 solos, and four interceptions ... He caught 22 passes for 758 yards and six touchdowns ... Earned four varsity letters for coach Shad Vickers in track ... Has been clocked at 10.64 in the 100 meters, 21.83 in the 200m and 48.9 in the 400m.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Julius Williams ... Born: June 21, 1980 in Tallahassee, FL ... Mother: Pamela Williams ... Has one sister, Bianca ... Lists beating rival Servite High School for the league title as his biggest athletic thrill to date ... Muhammed Ali is the athlete he most admires ... Major undeclared.
Varsity Statistics - J. Williams
Tackles Year TT T-AT Sacks TFL INT 1998 5 5-0 0 0 0
Kickoff Returns Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1998 1 18 18.0 0 18
#17 Jason Zdenek
Free Safety 6-0, 191, Jr.** West Hills, CA Chaminade HS
UCLA - Jason figures to add depth in the secondary this season ... Could make the bulk of his contributions on special teams.
1998 - Saw very limited action ... Appeared in one game on the kickoff coverage unit.
1997 - Saw very limited action as a second-year freshman.
1996 - Did not appear in a game during his first year in the program and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered two seasons at Chaminade College Prep for coach Rich Lawson as a free safety and quarterback ... Selected BlueChips Illustrated West Region honorable mention as a senior ... Named second-team all-state by Cal-Hi Sports ... Also selected CIF Division III as a DB ... Named to the Daily News All-Valley first-team ... Named first-team all-league, All-CIF, All-Southern Section, All-Valley, All-Area and Lifter of the Year in 1995 ... As a senior, he made eight interceptions ... Rushed for 531 yards (7.6 average) and five touchdowns and passed for 941 yards and 15 touchdowns ... In addition, he returned a punt 87 yards for a score ...Also competed in track for coach Sumer and wrestling for coach Greg Behrens.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jason Scott Zdenek ... Parents: Gene and Betty Zdenek ... Born: February 3, 1978 in Downers Grove, IL ... Has two brothers, Chad and Eric, and two sisters, Jennifer and Christina ... Enjoys snowboarding, construction and hiking ... Cousin is Clay Matthews, long-time linebacker of the Cleveland Browns ... His aunt, Joann Motak, attended UCLA ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1996 with his 3.23 grade-point average ... Engineering major.
#10 Ricky Manning, Jr. Defensive Back 5-9, 170, Fr. Edison HS Fresno, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football for coach Ray Reyes at Edison High in Fresno, CA ... Rated the No. 99 player in the nation by RivalNet and by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) ... A SuperPrep All-American and ranked the nation's No. 8 defensive back and the No. 10 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region ... A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 2 'athlete' in the Western Region ... A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 ... Cornwell All-American ... Ranked 11th (tied) among cornerbacks by the National Recruiting Advisor ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with eight votes ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 second team ... An outstanding all-around athlete ... As a senior, he made 89 tackles ... Also intercepted five passes and deflected 14 others ... Returned three punts for touchdowns ... On offense (quarterback), he passed for 2,834 yards (rated among the top 10 all-time in Central Section history) and 30 touchdowns (rated among top five in Central Section history) ... Also had 15 rushing touchdowns ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... PrepStar pre-season All-American and Super 30 All-West selection ... In SuperPrep's pre-season issue, he was ranked No. 71 among players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii area ... As a junior, he made over 100 tackles on defense ... Passed for 1,844 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 914 yards and 12 scores ... For his career, he totaled over 6,460 passing yards, 67 TD passes, 31 rushing TDs and seven punts returned for TD ... Only the fourth player in the State to have accounted for more than 100 career touchdowns ... Team Most Valuable Player for all three seasons ... As a senior, he was named North Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year and Central Section Player of the Year ... As a junior, he was named League Defensive Player of the Year ... Also an outstanding baseball player who stole 40 bases as a junior ... Totaled over 100 stolen bases for his career and had more than 100 career base hits, each rank as Section records ... Drafted in the 22nd round by the Minnesota Twins and signed to play professional baseball during his summers.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Ricky Manning, Jr. ... Born: November 18, 1980 in Fresno, CA ... Parents: Ricky and Pauline Manning ... Has two younger sisters ... Lists winning the League title with a 10-0 mark and advancing to the championship game in the Valley as his biggest thrill in sports to date ... Lists former Heisman trophy winner and current NFL star Charles Woodson as one the athletes he admires most ... Hobbies include basketball and video games ... Lists Math as his favorite class.
#42 Dashaun McCullough
Defensive Back 5-10, 180, Fr. Serra HS Inglewood, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football for coach Charles Nash at Serra High in Gardena, CA ... A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 7 defensive back in the Western Region ... SuperPrep All-Far West selection who was ranked the No. 49 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region ... Selected All-CIF Division VII ... On defense, he made 98 tackles and two interceptions ... On offense, he rushed for 396 yards and seven touchdowns on 31 attempts ... All-League performer and Defensive Back of the Year in the Del Rey League ... Played both cornerback and strong safety ... Also earned four letters in track for coach Richard Gatlin ... Two-time track All-America with best of 10.22 in the 100m ... Competed in France as a member of the U.S Junior National team ... Ran for the LA Jets track club.
PERSONAL - Full Name: DaShaun Alex Carl McCullough ... Born: January 5, 1981 in Inglewood, CA ... Parents: Carl McCullough and Ramona Fielding ... Has three sisters and one brother ... Lists his biggest thrill as running with some of the world's greatest young athletes in France ... Math is his favorite class.
#20 Ryan Wikert
Defensive Back 6-2, 175, Fr. Temecula HS Temecula, CA
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football, playing on both wide receiver and safety for coach Bud Kane at Temecula, CA High School ... A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 8 defensive back in the Western Region ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 55 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section ... Selected CIF Division V co-Defensive Player of the Year ... All-CIF Division V ... Enjoyed a productive senior year ... Made 98 tackles, including 62 solos ... Also accounted for five interceptions, 22 pass deflections and five fumble recoveries ... As a receiver, he made 54 receptions for 691 yards and five touchdowns ... First-team All-Sunbelt League ... Honorable mention All-State ... Team captain ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... PrepStar pre-season All-West selection ... As a junior, he earned All-Sunbelt League and all-Riverside county (Riverside Press-Enterprise) honors ... Named All-CIF Division IV as a safety ... On defense, he made 68 tackles, 44 solo and four interceptions ... On offense, he made 44 catches for 541 yards and six touchdowns ... Averaged 29.4 yards per kick return and returned three kickoffs for scores (93, 98 and 89 yards) ... Had 13 career interceptions and six fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) ... Also lettered one season in basketball (as a forward) for coach Rich Thompson.
PERSONAL - Full Name: James Ryan Wikert ... Born: July 30, 1980 in Long Beach, CA ... Parents: James and Pamela Wikert ... Has one older sister, Mindy ... Dad played college football at NAU ... Lists Michael Jordan as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include surfing ... English is his favorite class.
Stay tuned for the final installment - the 1999 Bruin special teamers - tomorrow, Friday, July 30.