UCLA -- This walk-on joined the team in the Spring of 2005 from the track and field squad and made a contribution during his first season ... He should again provide depth at defensive tackle in 2006.
2005 -- Brian appeared in eight of 12 games and was the team's fourth defensive tackle most of the year ... Played 15 snaps against Oregon State and eight each at San Diego State and Arizona ... Made two tackles -- one each against California and Arizona.
TRACK AND FIELD -- Competed in throwing events for the Bruins during the 2004 collegiate season as a second-year freshman ... Redshirted during the 2003 track season after entering UCLA in the Fall of 2002 ... As a redshirt freshman, he had the second-best junior Olympic shotput mark in the world ... Has bests of 60-5 in the shot put, 185-6 in the discus and 188-9 in the hammer.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Lettered in football and track and field at Huntington Beach (CA) High for coach Tony Ciarelli ... Played football his last three years ... Lined up at linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive guard and offensive tackle ... Selected first-team All-Sunset League and All-Orange County as a senior ... Played in the Orange County North-South All-Star game ... Earned Scholar Athlete Award ... Named to the National Football Hall of Fame, Orange County chapter ... Served as team captain and was team MVP ... Named All-Sunset League as an offensive lineman as a junior ... As a senior in 2001-02, he won the CIF Division I shot put title and placed second in the discus ... Served as team captain and was team MVP ... In the Southern Section meet, he placed fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot ...On the U.S. High School list, he was ranked No. 11 in the discus and No. 26 in the shot ... As a junior, he won league discus and shot championships.
PERSONAL -- Full name: Brian Matthew Ruziecki ... Born: March 10, 1984 in Torrance, CA ... Parents: James and Kathi Ruziecki ... Dad was an All-American golfer at USC ... Has two brothers, Jeff (was an all-conference first baseman at Wake Forest) and Eric ... Favorite class is Race and Ethnicity in American Life ... Lists becoming a fireman as a career objective ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2005 ... Sociology major.