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  Ben Olson
Ben Olson

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Thousand Oaks, CA

High School:
Thousand Oaks

Last College:
BYU

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 236

Position:
QB

Birthdate:
02/28/1983

Experience:
3V

2008 - Did not see game action ... Suffered a broken bone in his right foot on April 24, 2008 ... Broke his right foot for a second time in practice on Aug. 9, 2008 and underwent surgery on Aug. 12 ... Took his first practice snaps following surgery during the Oregon State week (Nov. 3) but could not become game-ready.

2007 - Appeared in seven games with five starts ... Completed 71 of 147 passes for 1,040 yards, with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in an injury-filled season ... Completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in the opener at Stanford with no interceptions ... The five touchdowns rank second (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and all five went to wide receivers -- two to Joe Cowan (77 and 19 yards) and one each to Brandon Breazell (15 yards), Gavin Ketchum (six yards) and Dominique Johnson (four yards) ... The 77-yard pass was the longest of his career ... Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts ... Against BYU, Olson completed 13 of 28 passes for 126 yards with one interception ... At Utah, he completed 20 of 40 passes for 290 yards with three interceptions ... He had passes of 50 yards to Marcus Everett and 49 yards to Breazell ... After missing the Washington game (game four) due to headaches caused by the hits he took at Utah, Olson returned to action at Oregon State ... Completed 14 of 25 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns and one interception at OSU ... His first TD, an inside screen to Breazell that resulted in a 69-yard score, gave UCLA its first lead with 9:12 remaining in the contest ... His second, a 30-yard strike to Breazell, made the score 33-14 less than three minutes later ... He suffered a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee in the first quarter against Notre Dame (game six) ... Missed four straight games versus California, Washington State, Arizona and Arizona State due to the knee injury ... He returned to action for the second half of the Oregon game (game 11) and led the Bruins to 10 second-half points while completing four of 10 passes for 64 yards and one interception ... Against USC, he was inserted late in the game following an injury to Patrick Cowan and did not complete a pass in five attempts ... He did not play against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl due to the knee injury ... His 152 career completions rank No. 17 on that UCLA list.

2006 - Played and started in the first five games of the season before sustaining a knee injury against Arizona, forcing him to sit out five games while recuperating ... He returned to practice on Nov. 7 but did not appear in a game the remainder of the season ... Completed 79 of 124 passes (63.7%) for 822 yards with five touchdowns, and five interceptions ... Made the most of his first career start against Utah, when he was under center to open a game for the first time since his senior year in high school (2001) ... Led the Bruins on a 79-yard touchdown drive on the first possession of the game ... Completed 25 (to 10 different receivers) of 33 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions ... Had four completions of at least 20 yards and 14 of at least 10 yards ... Completed his first nine passes of the game (his first eight completions were to eight different receivers) ... Was 15 of 20 for 159 yards and one touchdown in the first half and 10 of 13 for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the second ... His 318 yards rank No. 3 on UCLA's all-time list for quarterbacks starting their first game (most-ever in a victory) ... Completed 13 of 19 passes for 124 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Rice ... At Washington, in his first career road start, he completed 18 of 31 passes for 135 yards but had two intercepted, including one that was returned for a touchdown ... Completed 20 of 37 passes for 219 yards versus Stanford ... Connected with eight different receivers, including two tight ends (eight), four wide receivers (seven) and two backs (five) ... Produced 12 first downs with his 20 completions ... Netted 16 yards on the ground and threw two interceptions, neither of which were converted into points ... Against Arizona, he completed three of four passes prior to suffering a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on UCLA's second series, which subsequently ended his season.

2005 - Battled for the starting job throughout Fall camp and finished a close second to senior Drew Olson ... A small fracture in his throwing (left) hand the week prior to the opener sidelined him for the first few weeks of the season ... Once he returned, he appeared in two games ... He made his collegiate debut late in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State game and threw his first career pass ... Played the final series at Arizona and completed two of three passes for 11 yards ... Enrolled at UCLA in Winter Quarter 2005 ... Olson had been on a church mission the previous two years after redshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season.

HIGH SCHOOL - As a senior at Thousand Oaks (CA) HS, under coach Mike Sanders, he was rated as the No. 1 player nationally in the 2002 high school class ... First-team All-CIF ... USA Today first-team All-American ... Parade All-American ... ESPN and PrepStar National Player of the Year ... Threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior in 2001 ... Holds school records for single-game passing yards (497) and touchdowns (6), single-season passing yards (2,989) and touchdowns (32), and career pass attempts (702), completions (421), passing yards (6,401) and touchdown passes (54) ... Ventura County co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and Marmonte League Offensive Player of the Year twice ... CIF Division IV Offensive Player of the Year ... Five-star selection by scout.com ... Five-star selection by rivals.com ... Earned three letters in basketball under coach Rick Endres.

PERSONAL - Full name: Benjamin James Olson ... Born: February 28, 1983 in Missoula, MT ... Parents: Rick and Anne Olson ... Has one brother, Chad, and three sisters, Holly, Diana and Kristina ... Married the former Andrea Anderson in May of 2007 ... Admires former NFL standout Jerry Rice because of his work ethic ... His hobbies include cars, playing the guitar, surfing and basketball ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2005, Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 ... History major.

Varsity Statistics - B. Olson
Passing

Year

PA

PC

YDS

INT

TD

LG

2005

4

2

11

0

0

7

2006

124

79

822

5

5

46

2007

147

71

1040

6

7

77

Totals

275

152

1873

11

12

77

Career Highs
Passing Yards: 318 vs. Utah, 2006
Completions: 25 vs. Utah, 2006
Touchdown Passes: 5 at Stanford, 2007
Pass Attempts: 40 vs. Utah, 2007
Rushing Yards: 16 vs. Stanford, 2006


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