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Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Safety Rahim Moore Will Attend Pac-10 Media Day
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Release:  07/23/2010

July 23, 2010

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Pac-10 Media Day - Thur. July 29
The Rose Bowl
Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Safety Rahim Moore to Attend

2010 BRUIN SEASON BEGINS SEPT. 4 AT KANSAS STATE -- There are six home games, five against Pac-10 Conference opponents, and six road matchups on the 2010 Bruin schedule. Eight games have been pre-selected for television, including three on ESPN (Stanford, Oregon, Washington). The Texas and Kansas State games will air on ABC. FSN wil broadcast the Houston and Arizona State contests. Prime will televise the Washington State game.

Overall, the record of UCLA's 2010 opponents was 90-64 (.584) in the 2009 season. Eight of the schools (Texas 13-1, Houston 10-4, Oregon 10-3, USC 9-4, Arizona 8-5, Oregon State 8-5, Cal 8-5, Stanford 8-5) won at least eight games. The home opponents for 2010 posted a 44-34 (.564) record in 2009, while the road opponents compiled a 46-30 (.605) mark last season. The first four opponents on the schedule put together a 37-16 (.698) mark last season.

Three teams on the 2010 schedule finished in the final 2010 USA Today Top 25 poll - No. 2 Texas, No. 11 Oregon, No. 20 USC. Eight of the 12 opponents played in bowl games following the 2009 campaign (Arizona in the Holiday Bowl; USC in the Emerald Bowl; Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl; Stanford in the Sun Bowl; Oregon in the Rose Bowl, Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl, Houston in Armed Forces Bowl, Texas in the BCS Championship Game). The Bruins will meet five of those bowl teams at home in Pasadena this season.

UCLA opens the season on Sept. 4 against Kansas State. It will mark UCLA's first trip ever to the Wildcat's home in Manhattan, KS. The Bruins play Texas for the first time since a 1998 encounter in Pasadena. UCLA topped the Longhorns 66-3 in their last trip to UT in 1997. That win was the first of a school-record 20-straight victories for UCLA in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.The Bruins meet Houston for the first time since 1998.

WHO's BACK -- UCLA returns:
*7 Offensive Starters (WR Taylor Embree-8, OG Jeff Baca-8, C Kai Maiava-, RG Eddie Williams-6, RT Mike Harris-13, QB Kevin Prince-11, RB Johnathan Franklin-8)

*5 Defensive Starters (FS Rahim Moore-12, LB Akeem Ayers-9, DE Datone Jones-5, CB Sheldon Price-8, SS Tony Dye-8)

*Three of theTop Four Rushers from 2009 (#1 Johnathan Franklin-566 yds.; #2 Derrick Coleman-244; #4 Kevin Prince-179)

*Top Passer (#1 Kevin Prince-2,050 yds. and 8 tds)

*Top Two Receivers (#1 Taylor Embree-45 catches; #2 Nelson Rosario-42)

*Top Two Receiving Yardage Leaders (#1 Nelson Rosario-723 yards; #2 Taylor Embree-608)

*Three of the Top Four Total Offense Leaders (#1 Kevin Prince-2,229 yards; #3 Johnathan Franklin-566; #4 Derrick Coleman-244)

*Three of the Top Four All-Purpose Yards Leaders (#2 Nelson Rosario-723 yards; #3 Johnathan Franklin-623; #4 Taylor Embree-608)

*Two of the Top Four Tacklers (#3 Akeem Ayers-75 tackles; #4 Tony Dye-73)

*Two of the Top FourTackles for Loss Leaders (#2 Akeem Ayers-14.5; #4 Datone Jones-11.0)

*Two of Top Three Scorers(#1 Kai Forbath-108 points;#3 Johnathan Franklin-24)

*Top Field Goal Kicker (Kai Forbath- 28-31 field goals made)

SEASON OPENER -- UCLA opens its 92nd season of football with a Sept. 4 game at Kansas State. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT/ 12:30 PT and the game will be televised regionally by ABC. AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin ISP Radio Network will radio broadcast the contest. It will be the season-opening contest for each team.

UCLA leads the series with Kansas State by a count of 1-0 after capturing the first meeting, 23-9, last season in the Rose Bowl. The Wildcats finished with a 6-6 record last season and tied for the fourth in the Big12 North with a 4-4 mark. It won five of its six home games a year ago.K-State welcomes back five offensive and seven defensive starters.

The Bruins are 60-26-5 overall in season-opening games. UCLA has begun its last five seasons with a win. It scored a 33-14 victory over San Diego State last season in the Rose Bowl. In 2008, it knocked off Tennessee in overtime, 27-24. (2007, won 45-17 at Stanford; 2006, won 31-10 over Utah in Rose Bowl; 2005, won 44-21 at San Diego State). The last season-opening loss was in 2004 to Oklahoma State (20-31) in a game played in Pasadena.

2009 RECORD -- UCLA wrapped up the 2009 season with a 30-21 win in the EagleBank Bowl to improve its season-ending record to 7-6 after placing eighth in the Pac-10 Conference with a mark of 3-6.

WATCH LIST US -- The following Bruins were on the list of players "To Watch" for the major national post-season awards: junior FS Rahim Moore -- Ronnie Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Bronco Naguski Trophy (best defensive player); senior LB Akeem Ayers--Lott Trophy, Naguski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi; junior C Kai Maiava-Rimington Trophy (best center).

FORBATH ON TARGET-- Redshirt senior kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 37 straight field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards and in during the past two seasons. After missing a 47-yard attempt in game 6 at Oregon in 2008, Forbath has been a perfect 37-37 on field goal attempts from inside 50 yards. He made his last 12 from that range in 2008 and sent all 25 kicks of the 2009 season (misses from 51, 52 and 51) through the uprights. Overall, he made 41 of his last 44 attempts (a string of 16 straight was snapped on a 52-yard miss at Arizona). He was 28 of 31 this season and No. 1 in the nation with 2.15 field goals per game. He was second with his .903 percentage (23 or more attempts).

MOORE ON INTERCEPTIONS -- Junior free safety Rahim Moore picked off an NCAA-leading 10 passes in 2009 (3 v. SDSU, 2 at Tennessee, 2 at Arizona, 1 vs. Washington, 1 vs. WSU, 1 vs. Temple) in 13 games last season. He was No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, one shy of the school record of 11 (Carlton Gray, 1991). Moore now has 13 thefts in 25 career games. His 10 interceptions in `09 were the most by a player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2003 and he was second (tied) in the country in passes defensed (1.31).

GOOD HANDS TEAM -- Junior wide receiver Nelson Rosario made 30 catches for 526 yards in his last six games of 2009 for an average of 17.5 yards per catch. Junior wide receiver Taylor Embree hauled in 34 balls for 461 yards over the last nine contests of 2009 for an average of 13.6 yards per catch.

PRINCE 300 -- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince threw for at least 300 yards in three games (California, Oregon State, Washington State) in the 2009 season. He is the second freshman in school history to do so (Tommy Maddox did it three times in 1990). Prince's 390 yards total offense versus Washington State ranks No. 9 (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and No. 2 among freshmen, trailing only Maddox's 445 versus USC in 1990.

FRESH FRANKLIN -- Redshirt sophomore running back Johnathan Franklin recorded two 100-yard rushing games in 2009 (Kansas State-119 and Cal-101). Only one player in school history has totaled more than two 100-yard rushing games during his freshman season. Tyler Ebell had six 100-yard rushing games in 2002. Other Bruin freshman backs with two 100-yard games include: DeShaun Foster - 1998, Skip Hicks - 1993, Eric Ball - 1985, Gaston Green - 1984, Kevin Nelson - 1980.

RETURNING STARTS BY POSITION
OFFENSE

Wide Receiver (22) ------junior Nelson Rosario 2, Junior Taylor Embree 20
F-Back (2) ------ soph. Morrell Presley 1, senior Christian Ramirez 1
Offensive Line (82) ------ junior Kai Maiava 12, senior Eddie Williams 6, junior Jeff Baca 21, junior Mike Harris 18, senior Ryan Taylor 2, senior Micah Kia 15, senior Darius Savage 8
Quarterback (11) ------ soph. Kevin Prince 11
Running Back (10) ------ soph. Johnathan Franklin 8, junior Derrick Coleman 2
Tight End (11) ------ junior Cory Harkey 11

DEFENSE
Defensive Line (20) ------ senior Reginald Stokes 5, junior Datone Jones 15
Linebacker (26) ------ junior Steve Sloan 9, junior Akeem Ayers 16, junior Sean Westgate 1
Cornerback (14) ------ junior Courtney Viney 1, soph. Aaron Hester 1, soph. Sheldon Price 11, soph. Andrew Abbott 1
Safety (39) ------ junior Rahim Moore 25, junior Tony Dye 14

2010 FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE -- Practices will be held on campus at Spaulding Field. The Bruins will practice once daily from August 9-12 as part of the standard NCAA acclimatization process. The first practice in pads will be on Friday, August 13. Two-a-day practices will commence on Saturday, August 14. NCAA rules instituted in 2003 prohibit two practices on back-to-back days. On Saturday, August 21, the Bruins will hold a major scrimmage at Drake Stadium beginning at approximately 5 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. Practices held from August 9 - August 21 will be open to the public (note: schedule is subject to change and times are approximate).

Monday, Aug. 9 - 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 10 - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 11 - 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 12 - 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 13 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (first day in full pads)
Saturday, Aug. 14 - 9:00 a.m. -11 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 15 - 3:30 p.m. -5:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 16 - 9:00 a.m. -11 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 17 - 3:00 p.m. -5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 - 9:00 a.m. -11 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19 - 3:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20 - 9:00 a.m. -11 a.m. / 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 21 - 5:00 p.m. (scrimmage at Drake Stadium)

UCLA 2010 PRE-SEASON RANKINGS -- Here are the pre-season rankings for UCLA:
UCLA team rankings:
National - Sporting News No. 46; Lindy's FB Preview No. 48; Athlon No. 56
Pac-10 - Sporting News No. 6; Lindy's FB Preview No. 8; Athlon No. 8; Phil Steele No. 8; Yahoo! Sports No. 8; Blue Ribbon No. 8

Individuals:

#25 Senior PK Kai Forbath
All-America 1st Team - Lindy's FB Preview, Sporting News, NationalChamps.net, Phil Steele, Athlon, Playboy, Yahoo! Sports, College Football Insider
All-Pac-10 1st Team - Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's FB Preview, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting News, Blue Ribbon

#3 Junior S Rahim Moore
All-America 1st Team - Lindy's FB Preview, Sporting News , Phil Steele, NationalChamps.net, Athlon, Yahoo! Sports, College Football Insider
Lott Trophy Watch List
Nagurski Trophy Watch List
All-Pac-10 1st Team - Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's FB Preview, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting News, Blue Ribbon
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year - Blue Ribbon

#10 Junior LB Akeem Ayers
All-America 1st team - Phil Steele, College Football Insider
All-America 2nd Team - Sporting News, Athlon
Lott Trophy Watch List
Nagurski Trophy Watch List
Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
All-Pac-10 1st Team - Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's FB Preview, Sporting News, Blue Ribbon

#52 Senior LS Christian Yount
All-American 1st team - Playboy

#82 Junior WR Taylor Embree
All-Pac-10 3rd Team - Phil Steele

#83 Junior WR Nelson Rosario
All-Pac-10 4th Team - Phil Steele

#3 Junior PR Josh Smith
All-Pac-10 3rd Team - Phil Steele, Athlon

#56 Junior DE Datone Jones
All-Pac-10 3rd Team - Athlon All-Pac-10 4th Team - Phil Steele

#60 Junior OG Jeff Baca
All-Pac-10 3rd Team - Athlon

#6 Junior S Tony Dye
All-Pac-10 4th Team - Phil Steele

#51 Junior C Kai Maiava
Rimington Award Watch List

#22 Sophomore CB Sheldon Price
All-Pac-10 2nd Team - Phil Steele

#18 Sophomore P Jeff Locke
All-America Honorable Mention - College Football Insider
All-Pac-10 2nd Team - Athlon, Lindy's FB Preview, Phil Steele


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