UCLA - Price did an outstanding job a year ago in his first season as a starter ... One of the team's unsung heroes, he figures to make a significant contribution to the offense again in 1999 ... Lindy's magazine rates him the nation's No. 6 fullback ... Gives the Bruins great balance in the backfield because he is an athletic fullback who can run, block and catch the football ... During Spring drills, he again demonstrated that he will be a steady performer this season ... Has recorded a bench press of 436.5 pounds.
1998 - Price sparkled in his first year as a starter ... Won the starting assignment in Fall camp when returning starter Craig Walendy was sidelined and refused to give it up ... On the year, he contributed 141 yards on the ground and ranked sixth (tied) on the squad with 14 receptions for 222 yards ... Saved his best for last ... In the Rose Bowl contest against Wisconsin, he made three receptions for 102 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown from flanker Freddie Mitchell to go with catches of 26 and 15 yards, all producing first downs ... At California, he had a 40-yard run, the longest of his career, and finished with a season-high 56 yards ... At Washington, he had a 24-yard gallop en route to 44 yards on five attempts ... Price started 10 games, missing only against Oregon (no fullback starter) and USC, and played at least 24 snaps seven times, including 56 at California, 47 versus Texas and 26 each against Stanford, Washington and Wisconsin.
1997 - Made some key contributions as a sophomore after switching to fullback in double days and learning the position on the fly ... Missed a couple of games with an ankle injury which hampered him the latter half of the year ... On the year, he carried the ball 12 times for 36 yards ... Had 15 yards on four attempts at Texas ... Also made five receptions for 48 yards (9.6 average) ... Made two catches at Washington State and his 24-yard reception at Texas was the longest of his career ... Played 15 snaps at Texas and 12 versus Houston.
1996 - In only the second game of his career, Price became the first Bruin true freshman to rush for over 100 yards since Skip Hicks did it against ASU in the 10th game of the 1993 season ... Had four double-figure runs in that game, including one for 28 yards, the longest of his career, and produced five first downs ... Against Oregon, he ran for 32 yards on eight carries (two runs of at least 10 yards) and added 35 on 11 attempts at California, 33 in the fourth quarter ... Also had double-digit runs against Stanford (12 yards) and Washington State (15), giving him eight for the season ... Finished the year as the team's second-leading rusher with 210 yards on 61 attempts (3.4 average) ... Did not carry the ball in the final two games ... Also caught three passes (three yards).
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered at running back for three seasons in football for coach Jeff Engilman at Sylmar (CA) High ... Selected to BlueChips Illustrated Dream Team as a senior in 1995 ... Named to BlueChips' All-America team and ranked among the top three backs in the West ... A SuperPrep All-American and No. 9 running back ... Member of the SuperPrep All-West team and No. 9 prospect ... Ranked among the nation's top running backs and as an All-American by the National Recruiting Advisor ... Named first-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... Selected Los Angeles City 4A Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995 ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad in 1994 and 1995 ... Selected to the Daily News All-Valley squad ... Named team MVP in both 1994 and 1995 ... In his career, he rushed for 4,144 yards and 78 touchdowns in his three seasons at Sylmar to set school records ... Rushed for 1,666 yards and 36 touchdowns in 1995 ... On defense, he averaged eight tackles per game and recorded six sacks and three interceptions.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Durell R. Price ... Parents: Donald and Debbie Price ... Born: March 25, 1978 in Pasadena, CA ... Has one sister, Deshawnia, and one brother, Deon ... Lists watching sports on television, cars and shopping as his hobbies ... Interested in sports management ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - D. Price
Rushing Year TCB Yds YL Net Avg TD Lg 1996 61 235 25 210 3.4 0 28 1997 12 37 1 36 3.0 0 7 1998 33 146 5 141 4.3 0 40 Totals 106 418 31 387 3.7 0 40
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 3 3 1.0 0 2 1997 5 48 9.6 0 24 1998 14 222 15.9 1 61 Totals 22 273 12.4 1 61
Career Highs Rushing Yards: 110 vs. Northeast Louisiana, 1996 56 vs. California, 1998