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#21 Aaron Hester
Position: DC
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 207
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Compton, CA
High School: Dominguez
Experience: 4 Letters
UCLA - Aaron had 38 starts over the course of his career ... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 ... Led the team with three interceptions in 2010 ... Won the starting position opposite All-American Alterraun Verner in 2009 during spring practice ... Possesses good size and speed for the position.

2012 - Starter in all 14 games ... Became the first Bruin to start in four straight season-opening games since Mike McCloskey and Spencer Havner in the 2002-05 seasons ... Had five tackles and a tackle for loss in the opener at Rice ... Made four tackles against Houston and six vs. Oregon State ... Collected seven tackles at Cal ... Totaled four stops at Arizona State ... Made two tackles, each, in games versus Washington State, Stanford, Baylor ... Made his lone interception of the season and recorded a tackle for loss in the win over USC ... Selected to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game.

2011 - Saw action in all 14 games, with 12 starts ... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles (57) ... Made five tackles in the opener at Houston ... Collected three tackles against San Jose State ... Credited with four stops vs. Texas ... Made a career-best 11 tackles at Oregon State ... Tied for the team lead with nine tackles against Washington State ... Made six tackles at Arizona, one for loss ... Recorded an interception and a tackle against Cal ... Four tackles vs. Arizona State ... Had two stops at Utah and one vs. Colorado, while coming off the bench ... Notched three tackles at USC and four against Illinois.

2010 - Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts ... Started and made six tackles, one for loss, in opener at Kansas State ... Credited with two stops and broke up a pass versus Stanford ... Three tackles versus Houston ... Started at Texas, but did not record a tackle ... Made five tackles and was credited with the stop on fourth-down on the Bruins' fourth-quarter goalline stand in win over Washington State ... Off the bench at Oregon and was not credited with a tackle ... Returned to starting lineup versus Arizona and made two tackles and the first interception of his career - in the end zone to end a Wildcat scoring threat ... Made his second interception of the year at Washington ... Three tackles and broke up a pass at Arizona State ... Made three tackles, 1.0 for loss, against USC and collected his team-best third interception on the season.

2009 - Saw action in two games with one start ... Made his first career start in opener against San Diego St. and recorded two tackles, but was sidelined by an injury early in the second quarter ... Returned to full practice during the Arizona week (game seven), but did not see action in the game ... Saw limited action at Oregon St. ... Re-aggravated his injury and did not play the remainder of the season.

2008 - Did not see game action in his first season in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three seasons at Dominguez HS in Compton, CA for coach Willie Donerson ... Played wide receiver and cornerback ... Rated No. 19 cornerback by ESPN ... Four stars from rivals.com ...No. 8 player in California by rivals.com ... Four stars from scout.com ... All-State first team by Cal-Hi Sports ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad ... Named to CIF-Southern Section Western Division team ... Two-time All-San Gabriel Valley League ... Team captain ... As a senior, he made 86 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and five interceptions ... Recorded 20 catches for 625 yards and six touchdowns ... As a junior, he made 50 tackles, seven pass deflections and three interceptions; and 15 catches for 550 yards and five touchdowns ... Lettered in track and field (sprints/relays) for three years under coach Daryle Smith ... Three-time All-State performer in track (relays) ... AAU Jr. National Champ in 100, 200 and 400 meter events at Orlando, FL ... Advanced to the CIF-State Track Championship meet as a senior and finished eighth in the 400 meters (48.13) ... Anchored the 4 x 400 meter relay team to a win with the fastest time (3:09.59) by a California school since 1997 and the fastest ever by a school in the Compton and Long Beach areas.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Aaron Sutton Hester ... Born: March 1, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA ... Parents: Alan Hester and Latonya Dorsey ... Related to Devin Hester of the NFL's Chicago Bears ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as his outstanding performance (two catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns; interception return for a touchdown; 10 tackles) in his homecoming game and winning the 2006 CIF Championship ... Lists former NFL star Deion Sanders as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include reading, playing video games, dancing and working out ... Former Bruin, Alterraun Verner was a childhood friend and youth teammate ... As a youth, he represented California in the Jr. Olympics in multiple years ... Interested in a career in the sports management field ... History major.

Career Highs
Tackles: 11 at Oregon State, 2011
Tackles for loss: 1.0 multiple times, last vs. USC, 2012

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