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 Moreno Valley, 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