Aug. 18, 2007
UCLA RANKED NO. 14
UCLA has been ranked No. 14 on the pre-season Associated Press poll. The last time UCLA opened the season with a higher rank on the AP poll was 1998, when the Bruins ranked sixth going into the season opener against Texas and Ricky Williams. UCLA is No. 17 on the pre-season ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.
I'M GOING TO COLLEGE
UCLA will once again be hosting its "I'm Going To College" Program at selected football games. This program is offered through local school districts. IGTC gives elementary, middle and high school students the opportunity to experience a day of college activities. All students take part in pre-game activities that include discussions with peer group counselors, interaction with UCLA alumni, scholars and current student-athletes, face painting and autographs. Admission is free through the schools. The first IGTC game is the Washington game on Sept. 22.
FIRST TO 100
At each home game this season, representatives from at least five of UCLA's 100 NCAA championship team will be introduced at halftime.
Twenty-three members of the 2007 Bruin football squad were listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `07 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Nine seniors on this year's team are scheduled to graduate following Fall Quarter - Kevin Brown, Trey Brown, Chris Horton, Michael Pitre, Brian Rubenstein, Matthew Slater, William Snead, Noah Sutherland and Aaron Whittington.
Seventy-three of the 80 freshmen in Dorrell's first four classes (this does not include the 2007 class) are still in school and progressing towards a degree -- 69 are still active players and four others are injured-retired but still in school. Fifteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in school (one is already playing in the NFL) -- 13 are active players and two others are injured retired).
In 2006, offensive guard Chris Joseph earned first-team Academic All-America honors on the ESPN the Magazine team. He was joined by defensive lineman (now running back) Kenneth Lombard on the All-District VIII team. Eight Bruins were selected to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Joseph and Kenneth Lombard were first-team selections for the second straight year, offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis and fullback/special teams performer Dan Nelson were named to the second team and quarterback Ben Olson, wide receiver Andrew Baumgartner and tight ends Logan Paulsen and Ryan Moya earned honorable mention.
Joseph (3.969) has the highest GPA of all current student-athletes with at least two years in the program. He is a Geography major.
UCLA and Stanford are the only Pac-10 teams playing three non-conference opponents who each won at least eight games a year ago - BYU was 11-2, Utah was 8-5 and Notre Dame was 10-3 for a combined record of 29-10 (.744). The combined 2006 records of the teams that UCLA will play this season are 92-61 (.601). The teams UCLA will meet on the road this season posted a record of 42-34 (.553) last year. The combined record of the teams that the Bruins will host in the Rose Bowl this season was 50-27 (.649).
UCLA's schedule is rated the seventh (tied) toughest in the country by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline.com.