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  Robert Chai
Robert Chai

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Newport Beach, CA

High School:
Newport Harbor

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 280

Position:
C

Birthdate:
01/27/1984

Experience:
4V

UCLA -- Throughout his career, Robert has done a solid job in a variety of roles, both as a starter and key reserve ... Has played both center and weak guard and will begin 2006 at center ... A smart, tough player who is expected to compete for the starting center position this season ... Did not participate in Spring drills following an arthroscopic procedure to remove torn cartilage from his right knee.

2005 -- Chai started the final four regular-season games (Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and USC) in place of injured Mike McCloskey and did a solid job ... Played at least 65 snaps in each of those starts ... A knee injury kept him out of the Sun Bowl versus Northwestern ... Earlier in the season, he played as a reserve versus San Diego State, Rice and Oregon State ... Played a total of seven games ...Did not participate in Spring Practice in 2005 after having surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

2004 -- Chai was a key reserve on the offensive line ... He did not play in the opener but alternated with Robert Cleary at the weak guard slot against Illinois, Washington and San Diego State ... He started and played virtually the entire Arizona contest at center in place of the injured Mike McCloskey ... He did not play against California or Arizona State and played three snaps at center versus Stanford ... He started and played almost the entire Washington State contest in place of McCloskey.

2003 -- Named a third-team Freshman All-American and a first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 performer by The Sporting News ... Won UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player on Offense ... Made his Bruin debut at center in the game at Oklahoma (he had seen previous action on special teams) ...Moved into the lineup in the second quarter of the Washington game following an injury to Mike McCloskey and played the remainder of the contest ... Made his first career start the next week at Arizona ... Played the entire contest against Cal, Arizona State,Stanford and Washington State ... Started against Oregon, but suffered a hyperextended left knee in the first half ... Returned to play the entire game against USC the following week ... Also started the bowl game against Fresno State ... Played at least 60 snaps on six occasions, including 90 at Washington State, 84 at Stanford and 72 versus Arizona State.

2002 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has two seasons of eligiblilty remaining ... Earned the Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Offensive Scout Team Player.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three varsity letters for coach Jeff Brinkley as an offensive left tackle at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA ... Four-star prospect by Max Emfinger ... No. 22 offensive line prospect by Max Emfinger ... Rated No. 24 offensive lineman in nation and four-star prospect by PacWest Football ... Rated No. 3 offensive lineman in West by PacWest Football.com ... PrepStar All-American and No. 6 offensive lineman in West ... Rated No. 66 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... First-team All-CIF Southern Section ... All-CIF SS Division VI first team ... First-team Member of L.A. Times All-Star Team ... L.A. Times All-Orange County and region Lineman of the Year ... Selected to play in the 2002 North-South Shrine All-Star game ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 60 player) ... All-Sea View League as both a junior and senior ... Served as team captain in both junior and senior seasons ... All-CIF and All-County as a junior when he recorded over 100 pancake blocks.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Robert S. Chai ... Born: January 27, 1984 in Santa Ana, CA ... Parent: Wendy Chai ... Has one older brother, Michael ... His uncle, Ben Chai, attended UCLA ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill as playing in the 2000 CIF championship game as a junior ... Lists Shaquille O'Neal of the Heat as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include music and using his computer ... Sociology major.


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