UCLA - Now in his fifth season as a member of the team, Mike figures to provide depth at the tailback position...Made the squad in 1996 as a non-scholarship performer...Mike is a hard worker who can play both positions in the backfield.
1999 - Appeared in two games at tailback, playing seven snaps at Oregon State and three versus Boise State...Also appeared on the kickoff return team against the Beavers...On the year, he carried the ball four times for 27 yards (6.8 average)...Against Oregon State, he gained 22 yards on three attempts, including a 15-yard run, the Bruins’ longest of the game.
1998 - Saw limited action as a sophomore...Appeared in one game (Houston), playing three snaps and carrying the ball two for minus-one year.
1997 - Did not appear in a game.
1996 - Did not see action and retained his year of eligibility.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters under coach Steve Grady at Loyola High in Los Angeles, playing running back and quarterback...As a senior in 1995, he was selected Del Rey League co-Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,877 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns...Also selected All-CIF Division I, All-Central City and Loyola MVP...As a junior, he rushed for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns and was selected first-team All-League...Earned one letter in baseball.
PERSONAL - Full name: Michael Robert Vanis...Parents: Richard and Mary Vanis...Born: August 17, 1977 in Burbank, CA...Has four brothers and two sisters...Father and two brothers attended UCLA...Admires the play of Denver Bronco star Terrell Davis...Enjoys skiing and surfing...Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 1999 (3.25 GPA), Spring 1999 (3.10), Fall 1999 (3.18) and Winter 2000 (3.31)...History major.