UCLA - A very dependable receiver, Brad can play all three positions - split end, flanker and slot receiver - in the offense ... Possesses deceptive speed and great hands ... Runs great routes, has a knack for getting open and catches the ball on a consistent basis.
1998 - Melsby made 16 receptions (tied for third on the squad) and averaged 20.7 yards per catch, second-highest among players with at least five catches ... On Nov. 7 at Oregon State, he made perhaps the catch of the year ... With just 21 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 34-34, Melsby broke free on the right sideline, caught a pass from Cade McNown and raced to the end zone for the game-winning 61-yard touchdown ... It was his first score since the 1995 Aloha Bowl ... At Miami, he caught three balls for 95 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown ... He made three receptions for 66 yards against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl ... He also made two receptions against California, Stanford and Washington ... Melsby, who started the first two games of the season, played at least 20 snaps eight times, including 50 versus Wisconsin, 40 at Houston, 27 versus Texas and 26 at Miami.
1997 - Missed virtually all of the season due to illness related to recovery from his knee surgery ... Left practice during double days and returned the week of the Stanford contest ... Saw limited action against Washington and Texas A&M ... Did not make a reception.
1996 - Missed the entire season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Spring drills ... Underwent reconstructive surgery and spent the year rehabilitating.
1995 - Made his debut at Stanford and made his first reception (11 yards) the following week against California ... Made three receptions for 74 yards against Arizona State, including one of 28 yards ... Made two catches, including a 36 yarder, for 40 yards against Washington and added a 13-yard reception versus USC ... In the Aloha Bowl, he made a career-high five receptions for 35 yards ... He scored on catches of eight and seven yards and also caught a two-point conversion versus Kansas, becoming the first UCLA freshman wide receiver to make two touchdown receptions in the same game and only the third since 1973 to catch a touchdown pass (Bryan Adams in 1990 and Jim McElroy in 1994 were the others) ... Overall, he made 12 receptions for 173 yards (14.4 average) and two TDs ... He averaged 19.7 yards on his seven regular-season receptions.
HIGH SCHOOL - Three-year varsity starter at wide receiver and free safety for coach John Barnes at Los Alamitos High ... As a senior in 1994, he earned All-America status from Blue Chips Illustrated and Super Prep ... USA Today honorable mention All-America ... Super Prep, Blue Chips and Tom Lemming All-West selection ... Named All-State by Cal-Hi Sports ... All-county selection by Orange County Register ... Member of the Long Beach Press Telegram Dream team ... Named to CIF Southern Section and Division I teams ... Selected Orange County Back of the Year by the LA Times ... Member of CIF championship team in 1992 and 1993 ... Leading career receiver in Orange County history with record totals of 185 receptions for 2,979 yards and 35 touchdowns ... In 1994, he made 77 catches for 12 touchdowns and over 1,200 yards ... Made five interceptions as a defensive back ... As a junior in 1993, he also was credited with 77 catches for 18 touchdowns ... In his sophomore season in 1992, he grabbed 31 balls for five touchdowns.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Bradley William Melsby ... Parents: Ernest and Darlene Melsby ... Born: October 25, 1976 in Pocatello, ID ... Has one brother (Robert) and one sister (Kari) ... Enjoys listening to music and fishing in his spare time ... Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1995 with his 3.43 GPA, Spring 1996 (3.00), Fall 1996 (3.67), Winter 1997 (3.77), Winter 1998 (3.65), Spring 1998 (3.41) and Winter 1999 (3.80) ... Communication Studies major.
Varsity Statistics - B. Melsby
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1995 12 173 14.4 2 36 1996 Injured 1997 0 0 0.0 0 0 1998 16 331 20.7 2 61 Totals 28 504 18.0 4 61
Career Highs Receptions: 5 vs. Kansas, 1995 3 vs. USC, 1998, Wisconsin, 1999 Rose Bowl, Arizona State, 1995
Receiving Yards: 95 vs. USC, 1998 74 vs. Arizona State, 1995 66 vs. Wisconsin, 1999 Rose Bowl