LOS ANGELES - Three Bruins were named to the award watch lists of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy on Thursday. Redshirt senior linebacker Eric Kendricks and sophomore linebacker Myles Jack earned a spot on the Nagurski list, while redshirt junior center Jake Brendel is on the Outland watch list.
Kendricks topped the team in tackles for the second straight season with 106 stops in 2013 and ranks tied for eighth on the all-time school list in the category. His per game average of 8.8 tackles was third-best in the Pac-12 Conference. He was the first Bruin player to record back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since 1988-1989 (Craig Davis). His 2012 season total of 150 tackles was the most by a Bruin player since Jerry Robinson registered a school-record total of 161 stops in the 1978 campaign. Kendricks has scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in his career and recorded two blocked punts. He was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday.
Jack became the first player in history to be voted both the Conference Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013. He was inserted into the starting lineup at linebacker in game two of the season and his 75 tackles were the second-most ever by a Bruin true freshman defender. Jack saw action on offense for the first time in game nine and finished the year with 267 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. His four rushing scores against the University of Washington set a school record for a true freshman player. He was named to the Bednarik Award and the Hornung Award watch lists earlier this week.
Brendel has started at center in all 27 games of his career. He served as a team co-captain in 2013 and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference. In addition, Brendel was selected to the first-team Academic All-Conference team in 2013. Following the 2012 campaign, he received freshman All-America mention from multiple publications. He was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Tuesday.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the best defensive college football player as determined by the membership of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the FWAA. The award is named for Bronko Nagurski who played college football at the University of Minnesota and then professionally with the Chicago Bears.
The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. It was first presented in 1946 and is named after John H. Outland, one of only a handful of players ever to be named All-America at two positions. Outland, who attended the University of Pennsylvania, garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 at tackle and consensus All-America honors at halfback in 1899. UCLA has had two previous winners of the Outland Trophy – offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden in 1995 and offensive tackle Kris Farris in 1998.
The Bruins' 2014 football season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Noon ET at Virginia. UCLA's home opener will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7pm at the Rose Bowl against Memphis. Season tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now at uclabruins.com/tickets. The Bruins have six home games at the Rose Bowl in 2014 – Sept. 6 vs. Memphis, Oct. 4 vs. Utah, Oct. 11 vs. Oregon, Nov. 1 vs. Arizona, Nov. 22 vs. USC and Nov. 28 vs. Stanford.