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  Ben Emanuel II
Ben Emanuel II

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Friendswood, TX

High School:
Clear Brook

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 216

Position:
FS

Birthdate:
06/18/1982

Experience:
4V

UCLA -- This fifth-year senior has established himself as one of the top free safeties in the West ... Ben has played both strong and free safety during his career but has found a home at free safety ... Starter in 27 of the last 30 Bruin games, six starts at strong safety and 21 at free safety ... His strengths are his speed and athleticism.

2003 -- Ben had a 19-game starting streak snapped in the Silicon Valley Classic when he was suspended for a violation of team rules ... Finished fourth on the team in tackles with 80 ... Made a career-high 12 tackles in the season-opener against Colorado ... Ranked second on the team with 10 stops against Illinois ... Tied for second on the team with eight tackles at Oklahoma ... Made three tackles against San Diego State ... Had six stops in the win over Washington ... Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles at Arizona ... Made seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss, against Cal ... Tied for second on the team with seven tackles against Arizona State ...Made four solo stops at Stanford ... Made five tackles, recovered two fumbles, forced one fumble and made an interception in the game at Washington State ... It was the fifth interception of his career against the Cougars ... Totaled seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss, versus Oregon ... Injured his groin in the first quarter of the game at USC and finished with one tackle ... Played at least 65 snaps on eight occasions, including 80 versus California, 78 at Colorado and 77 at Arizona.

2002 -- Started the first three games at strong safety and then moved to free safety and started nine of the last 10 games at that position ... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 58, including 43 solos and two for losses ... Tied for the team lead in interceptions with four ... Had six tackles in the season-opener against Colorado State ... Also returned a fumbled two-point conversion attempt by CSU 89 yards for two Bruin points and a 23-19 lead ... Had six solo tackles, including one for loss at Oklahoma State ... Made two interceptions in the game (it marked the second time in his career he had picked off a pair of passes in a game - 2001 vs. Washington State) ... Played most of the second half at Oklahoma State at free safety in place of injured Matt Ware ... In the Colorado game, he was credited with eight tackles, including one for loss ... At San Diego State, he started at free safety with Ware shifting to cornerback ... He had one tackle against the Aztecs, but helped hold SDSU almost 300 yards under their 500 passing yards per game average ... Started at free safety at Oregon State and had one pass defense ... Did not play against Oregon due to a "stinger" in his left side ... At Cal, he tied for second on the team with seven tackles ... Against Stanford, he made two tackles and blocked a Cardinal field goal attempt ... At Washington, he tied for the team lead with nine tackles ... At Arizona, he made three stops and recovered a fumble ... Against USC, he made six tackles and broke up two passes ... Credited with nine tackles in the Washington State game ... He also had two interceptions for the second straight year in the game against the Cougars ... He returned his first interception 41 yards for a touchdown ... Emanuel also played as a member of the field goal block unit on special teams.

2001 -- As a redshirt freshman, he made his first career start at Washington State ... On the afternoon, he made two interceptions, returning the second 29 yards for a touchdown to pull the Bruins to within three points (17-14) with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter ... He also had one assist ... The next week against Oregon, he made five tackles (three assists) in his second start in place of injured Jason Stephens ... He also started at USC and made three solo tackles ... Finished the season with 14 tackles, including nine solo stops ... Saw action as a defensive back for at least 25 plays in five games ... On the field for a season-high 74 plays at Washington State ... Also saw action on a variety of special teams.

2000 -- He redshirted in his first year with the program and has one season of eligibility remaining... Played well on the scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played free safety for coach Jim Hatfield at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, TX ... Two-time first-team all-district and first-team all-state ... A SuperPrep Elite 50 selection and rated the nation's No. 11 prospect ... A SuperPrep All-American, he was rated the No. 2 defensive back in the nation ... SuperPrep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year ... PrepStar All-American ... Student Sports All-American ... Member of PrepStar All-Midlands Super 30 (No. 30 prospect and No. 4 defensive back) ... Cornwell National Top 100 (No. 99 prospect) ... Member of Rivals 100 list ... First-team All-State ... Finalist for Houston Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year Award ... A two-time unanimous All-District selection ... During his career, he made 13 interceptions ... As a senior in 1999, he made 90 tackles, including six for losses ... Also made four interceptions and recovered three fumbles ... Blocked one field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown ... Selected to the second-team All-Greater Houston team ... Team was regional champion ... In the pre-season magazines, he was selected PrepStar All-Midlands and SuperPrep All-Texas/Southwest ... As a junior, he made seven interceptions, returning two for scores ... Named to the All-Greater Houston first team ... Team was 1998 co-district champs ... Also lettered in track for coach James Smith ... As a senior in 2000, the track team was 22AAAA district champs ... In 1999, he ran on the 4 x 100 relay team (40.6) which won the district championship ... Played forward on the basketball team for coach Willie Shacherl.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Benjamin F. Emanuel II ... Born: June 18, 1982 in Texas City, TX ... Parents: Benjamin and Sandra Emanuel ... Has one sister, Alicia ... Lists winning the regional football championship in high school as his biggest thrill to date ... Enjoys playing basketball and watching movies in his spare time ... Cousin, Bert Emanuel, an NFL wide receiver, played as a reserve quarterback at UCLA in 1990 prior to transferring to Rice ... History major.

Varsity Statistics - B. Emanuel II
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2001

14

9-5

0

0

2-29

2002

58

43-15

0

2-3

4-77

2003

80

48-32

0

1-3

1-2-0

Totals

152

100-52

0

3-6

7-108-2

Career Highs:
Tackles: 12 vs. Oregon, 2003


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