UCLA - Ghezzi figures to battle Mike Saffer for playing time at right guard throughout the season ... His versatility enables him to play either guard position and he could contribute on both sides ... Worked hard on his fundamentals and technique during Spring Practice ... Has an excellent understanding of the offense ... Possesses good football sense ... Gained valuable experience a year ago.
1998 - In his first year with the program, Ghezzi contributed as a part-time starter and No. 3 guard ... Started four times (Washington State, Arizona, Oregon and California) at left guard while Cabrera was recovering from his ankle sprain and getting back into playing shape ... Played at least 35 snaps on four occasions, including 53 versus Oregon, 48 at Washington State and 40 at Arizona ... Appeared in a total of nine games on offense and also contributed on special teams late in the season (PAT/field goal unit).
JUNIOR COLLEGE - Enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 1998 ... Transferred from Glendale College where he was enrolled for the 1997 season and played for coach John Cicuto ... Named first-team All-American by J.C. Athletic Bureau/California Community College Football Coaches Assn. ... Named second-team All-America by J.C. Grid-Wire ... First-team All-State Region III (J.C. Athletic Bureau) ... First-team All-Western States Conference selection ... Team captain and Lineman of the Year ... Attended Villanova from Fall 1995 through Winter 1996, redshirting his first season.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three varsity letters in football at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, CA for coach Steve Grady ... As a senior defensive tackle in 1994, he made 102 tackles, including six sacks ... Earned Del Rey League honorable mention ... Made 68 tackles as a junior.
PERSONAL - Full Name: James Michael Ghezzi ... Born: May 22, 1977 in Burbank, CA ... Parents: Denise and James Ghezzi ... Mother attended UCLA ... Has one sister, Danielle ... Lists Anthony Munoz and Tony Mandarich as two NFL players he patterns his style of play after ... Hobbies include playing and watching all sports ... Would like a career in sports broadcasting ... Major undeclared.