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  Dave Ball
Dave Ball

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Dixon, CA

High School:
Dixon

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 275

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
01/04/1981

UCLA — This aggressive performer enters his senior season as a candidate for All-America honors … A two-year returning starter (he has started in 26 of the last 29 Bruin games), he enjoyed a second straight productive year … Dave worked hard and enjoyed a productive Spring Practice, focusing on enhancing his already effective pass rush technique … He has an excellent motor and plays well with leverage … He uses his hands and speed to his advantage on his pass rush and has great quickness coming off the edge … He will have a chance to move into the all-time career Top 10 in tackles for loss and sacks with another big season.

2002 — Named second-team All-Pac-10 after an outstanding season in which he started in 12 of the 13 games … Led the team with 11.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss … His 11.5 sacks rank fourth on UCLA’s single-season list and are the most by a Bruin since Donnie Edwards recorded 12.5 in 1994 … His 11.5 sacks total ranked sixth in the Pac-10 …His 15.0 tackles for loss rank seventh (tied) on the school single-season list … In the season-opener against Colorado State, he was credited with three tackles, including one for loss … At Oklahoma State, he made one tackle and recovered a fumble that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and led to a Bruin touchdown … In the Colorado game, he made four tackles, including one sack … At San Diego State, Dave made two stops and had one sack … At Oregon State, he started for the 16th straight game and made two tackles, including a sack for the third consecutive week … His starting streak was snapped against Oregon, as he was forced to sit out the first half of the game after being ejected from the OSU game, but still managed to record a sack for the fourth straight week … At Cal, he had two sacks among his three tackles … He had a season-high six tackles against Stanford and one sack … At Washington, he recorded three sacks and five tackles … At Arizona, Dave had two tackles, including 0.5 sacks and another for loss … It marked his eighth straight game with a sack … Against USC, he made three tackles … He had one tackle for loss in the Washington State game … He made three stops, including one sack, in the bowl win over New Mexico … Named the winner of the Jerry Long “Heart” Award for a defensive player. 2001 — Started every game at right end and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention … Against Alabama, he did a good job on his assignments, just missing a quarterback sack late in the game … Against Kansas, he made three tackles … In the win over Washington, he made three tackles, including a 14-yard sack and a second stop behind the line … His sack also created a fumble at the Bruin 13-yard line to halt a scoring threat in the third quarter … He was credited with two tackles versus California and one at Stanford … At Washington State, he made a season-high six tackles (two solos), including two for losses, and added one assist and a pass defense versus Oregon … He finished the year with 18 tackles, including four stops behind the line of scrimmage … On the field for at least 40 plays in nine games last season with a high of 69 in the game at Washington State.

2000 — Ball made his first start in the road win at Arizona and had three tackles, including one for loss … He tipped a pass that Rodney Leisle intercepted with 10 seconds remaining to seal the win … Ball became the eighth different defensive linemen to start a game, and the fourth at strong-side defensive end … Against Stanford, he made five tackles and recovered one fumble … At Washington, he came off the bench to make a career-high eight tackles, including one sack on which he forced a fumble, and a second for loss … He added one tackle against USC … Ball started against Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl and made two stops … On the year, he played in all 12 games, starting three, and played at least 40 snaps in each of the last five games, including 73 at Washington, 71 versus Stanford, 66 versus Wisconsin and 60 at Arizona.

1999 — Did not play in his first season in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL — Earned three varsity letters in football as a defensive end for coach Tom Crumpacker at Dixon High in Dixon, CA … PrepStar All-American and rated the No. 12 defensive lineman in the Western Region by PrepStar … Ranked fifth (tied) among strongside defensive ends by the National Recruiting Advisor … Cornwell All-American … SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 53 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Selected league’s defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Ball made 73 tackles, including 31 solos … Also accounted for 18 quarterback sacks, 31 tackles for losses, 10 pass breakups and nine fumbles forced … First-team All-State and All-Metro … High School Hall of Fame inductee for Northern California … Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game … In SuperPrep’s pre-season issue, he ranked 39th among defensive linemen and 25th among all players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii area … PrepStar pre-season All-West Region … All-State and all-area as a junior after making 85 tackles, including 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss … Also caused six fumbles and recovered two … Team was ranked sixth in the State (Division III) and first in the League and Area … Set school career records for sacks with 31 and tackles for loss with 53 … Also played three years of basketball (forward) for coach George Skezas.

PERSONAL — Full Name: David Stewart Ball … Born: January 4, 1981 in Fairfield, CA … Parents: Robert and Elizabeth Ball … Has one twin brother, Mat, also on the UCLA football team, and an older sister, Lisa … Lists former NFL star lineman Deacon Jones as the famous athlete he admires or patterns his style of play after … Hobbies include all sports, drawing and hanging out with friends … Earned spot on the Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2002 (3.00) and Spring 2002 (3.10) … History major.

Varsity Statistics - D. Ball
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2000

26

18-8

2-17

4-24

0

2001

18

8-10

1-14

4-16

0

2002

36

25-11

11.5-90

15-96

0

Totals

80

51-29

14.5-121

23-136

0

Career Highs
Tackles: 8 vs. Washington, 2000


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