UCLA -- This fifth-year senior leader has been a starter for the majority of his career ... He enters his final year having started 31 of the past 32 games at two different positions and will man the weak side tackle spot in 2004 ... He is in his second year as a starting tackle, having switched to his current position in the Spring of 2003 ... Prior to that, he started 18 of the previous 19 games at right guard during the 2001 and 2002 seasons ... He is a tough performer who finishes his blocks well ... Smart, dependable and versatile ... Made tremendous gains during the 2004 Spring practices.
2003 -- Started all 13 games at left tackle, having moved from right guard during Spring drills ... Started in all 12 regular-season games and came on to start the Silicon Valley Classic despite missing a lot of practice time due to a knee sprain ... Played at least 60 snaps in 10 of his 12 starts, including 90 against Washington State, 84 at Stanford, 80 versus Oregon, 72 against USC and Arizona State and 71 versus Oklahoma and San Diego State.
2002 -- Started all 13 games at right guard as a redshirt sophomore ... Credited with 14 KO blocks in the Colorado State and Oklahoma State games ... Led the team with 11 KO blocks in the game against Colorado ... Had six KOs in the San Diego State contest ... Tied for second with 13 KO blocks in the game at Oregon State and graded at 90% ... Against Stanford, he led the team with 13 KO blocks ... Against Washington, he led the team with a 92% grade and tied for the team lead with eight KO blocks ... At Arizona, he graded out at 95% and led the team with 15 KO blocks ... He graded at 88% or better in nine games and led the team in KO blocks ... Winner of the Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player on Offense.
2001 -- Came on strong as the season progressed and started the final three games at right guard ... He saw action in all 11 games and started five times ... Earned a grade of at least 84% in each of the last eight games ... He played 20 or more offensive snaps in 10 games, including 69 at Stanford, 59 versus California and 58 against USC and Arizona State ... Led the team with a 96% grade in the Arizona State game and made seven KO blocks in that contest ... Graded at 92% in the game against California with 11 KO blocks ... Also graded at 92% at Oregon State and 89% (4 KOs) at USC ... On the year, he was credited with 37 KO blocks.
2000 -- He did not appear in a game during his first year with the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Played offensive tackle and defensive end for coach Bob McAllister at Carlsbad, CA High School ... A SuperPrep All-American who was rated 16th among offensive linemen ... SuperPrep All-Far West selection (No. 27 prospect in the region) ... PrepStar All-American ... Rated No. 11 offensive lineman in West Region by PrepStar ... Selected to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Selected first-team San Diego All-CIF as an offensive lineman ... First-team All-Avocado League, All-North County ... Named to the first-team All-North County Times Team of the Decade ... In the pre-season, he was named a PrepStar All-American and a SuperPrep All-Far West selection ... Selected to participate in the California/Texas all-star game and the CaliFlorida Bowl ... As a senior, he was credited with 79 tackles, recovered four fumbles, caused five fumbles, had two and a half sacks and batted down four passes ... A team co-captain, he also had 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage ... Team reached the San Diego CIF finals ... On offense, he had 70 flatback blocks ... A three-time scholar-athlete, he was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete list as a senior ... As a junior, he made 62 tackles, including four sacks and seven stops behind the line ... Named Lifter of the Year on his team ... Team reached the San Diego CIF semi-finals ... Also lettered in track (shot put and discus) for coach Denny Cooper and baseball (pitcher, first base) for coach Peter McKee ...Played AABC baseball and was a member of the 1996 CABA World Series champions as a 14-year old ... Also played six years of youth hockey.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Steven Robert Vieira ... Born: January 22, 1982 in Oceanside, CA ... Parents: Arthur Vieira and Pamela Venable ... Has an older sister, Michelle, and an older brother, Michael ... Biggest thrill to date was competing in the San Diego CIF Finals in Qualcomm Stadium ... Enjoys playing ice hockey and going to the beach in his spare time ... Earned spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2003 and Fall 2003 ... History major.