Sept. 26, 2005
KEY DATES --
Mon., Sept. 26 - Coach Dorrell Weekly News Conf. (1:30 p.m.)
Tues., Sept. 27 - Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 28 - Last day to interview all other players
Thu., Sept. 29 - Coach Dorrell meets with media post-practice (first day of classes)
Sat., Oct. 1 - Washington at UCLA (7:15 p.m. on FSNW2)
GAME 4: UCLA (3-0, ranked No. 18 on the Harris poll, No. 20 by AP and T-No. 20 by USA Today/Coaches) hosts Washington (1-3, 0-1) at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 1. Game time is 7:15 and the contest will be televised live in Southern California and Washington by Fox Sports Net West 2 (Channel 653 on Direct TV) and Fox Sports Net Northwest with Bill Macdonald, Mike Sherrard and Sonny Sixkiller in the booth and Lindsay Soto on the sidelines.
The Bruins are ranked in back-to-back weeks for the first time since late in the 2001 season.
This is UCLA's 87th season of football. The 2005 season is UCLA's 24th in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 95-43-2 on their home field, 10-4 under coach Dorrell.
HONORARY TEAM CAPTAIN -- Former UCLA wide receiver Cormac Carney (1980-82) will serve as the honorary team captain for the Washington game. The Bruins posted 26 wins in Carney's three seasons at UCLA, which culminated with a win over Michigan in the 1983 Rose Bowl game. He was UCLA's career leader in receptions (108) and receiving yardage (1,909) at the conclusion of his career and still ranks 10th, tied with Karl Dorrell, and 11th, respectively, in those two categories.
In July, Carney, a federal judge in Orange County, was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME WEEKEND -- Football standout (1953-55) Hardiman Cureton, a member of the national championship team from 1954, heads a class of eight Bruins being inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in ceremonies planned around the game on Oct. 1 against Washington. Also in the class are Dawn Dumble (women's track and field), Allen Fox (tennis), John Godina (track and field), Ed O'Bannon (basketball), Mike O'Hara (volleyball), Art Shurlock (gymnastics), Kenny Washington (basketball).
The new class will be inducted during an on-campus dinner on Friday night (Sept. 30) and will be introduced at halftime of the Washington game.
2005 PRE-SEASON AWARD WATCH LISTS --
Maurice Drew, RB - Maxwell Award as nation's outstanding player ... Doak Walker Award as nation's top running back Spencer Havner, LB - Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker; Walter Camp Player of the Year Award; Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender... Bednarik Award as nation's top defender; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin Hickman, DL - Hendricks Award as nation's top defensive end
Marcedes Lewis, TE - Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Mackey Award as nation's top tight end ... Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Justin London, LB - Lott Trophy as nation's top defensive player; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman; Butkus Award as nation's top linebacker
Mike McCloskey, C - Rimington Trophy as nation's top center; Lombardi Award as nation's top lineman
Drew Olson, QB - Unitas Award as nation's top senior quarterback
Jarrad Page, DB - Thorpe Award as nation's top defensive back
CONFERENCE OPENER -- Saturday's game against Washington is UCLA's Pac-10 opener. UCLA is 2-0 in league openers under Karl Dorrell, having defeated Washington in both 2003 and 2004. The Bruins have won their last four Pac-10 openers, last losing at Oregon in 2000.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Washington by a count of 34-28-2. The Bruins have won the last four meetings and are 7-1 in the last eight matchups. The teams have met in each of the last 12 seasons and UCLA owns an 8-4 record (5-1 in the Rose Bowl) in those meetings.
The Bruins won last year's contest by a 37-31 score in Seattle, rallying from a 24-7 first quarter deficit. Maurice Drew rushed for a school-record 322 yards and set another school mark with five touchdowns. Drew had 169 yards in the first quarter and 235 yards at the half. He scored on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. The Bruins rushed for 424 yards, their best effort since producing 446 yards in a 1979 game against Oregon.
In the last meeting in the Rose Bowl (2003), the Bruins recorded a 46-16 win. UCLA spotted the Huskies a 13-0 lead before storming back and outscoring the visitors 39-0 over the final 30 minutes of the contest. The game turned around in the first seconds of the second half when Dave Ball sacked the Husky quarterback in the end zone and Rodney Leisle recovered for a touchdown. With 4:19 remaining in the third quarter, the Bruins took the lead for good on a Manuel White one-yard run.
NOTING THE HUSKIES -- Head Coach Tyrone Willingham was 3-4 in games versus UCLA while at Stanford (1995- 2001). He was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1999 after leading Stanford to its first Rose Bowl appearance (2000 game) since the 1972 game. Willingham was selected the National Coach of the Year following the 2002 season when he led Notre Dame to the Gator Bowl.
The Huskies are 1-3 this season, 0-1 in Pac-10 play. Last Saturday, they dropped a 36-17 decision to Notre Dame that was closer than the score indicates. Offensively, Washington is averaging 382.2 yards per game, including 274.8 in the air. Defensively, the Huskies are allowing 432.0 -- 248.8 in the air and 183.2 on the ground.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES -- In Drew Olson's last 11 games, he has completed 196 of 316 (.620) passes for 2,587 yards, 22 TDs, eight interceptions.
The 131 receiving yards by Marcedes Lewis at San Diego State are the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, Spencer Havner led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including three for losses (one sack) and moved into the top 10 on the all-time Bruin career tackles list. He was named Defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. Last season, Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles (11.37/ g). He made at least 13 tackles in five games in 2004. His 17 stops at Illinois in 2004 were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001.
Maurice Drew's 66-yard punt return against Rice was the 13th time in his career he has scored on a play which measured at least 40 yards. It also tied the UCLA single-season and career records for punt returns in a career.
By kicking field goals of 52 and 50 yards at Oregon in 2004, Justin Medlock became the first Bruin to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game. He is the only Bruin ever to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in the same season and is one of just two Bruins (John Lee is the other) to have four career field goals of 50 or more yards.
Medlock connected on three field goals in the season opener against San Diego State and is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 34. His nine PATs against Rice tied a school record.
Running back Maurice Drew's 114 rushing yards in the opener at San Diego State marked the seventh time in his career he has topped to century mark. (142 v. Illinois, 2004; 322 v. Washington, 2004; 161 v. San Diego State, 2004; 105 v. Stanford, 2004; 126 v. Wyoming; 176 v. Arizona State, 2003) In the opener against San Diego State, Maurice Drew accounted for 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground and 80 on punt returns. Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards, including 95 rushing, 66 on punt returns and seven on receiving. Drew's 66-yard scoring punt return against Rice was his fifth kick return for a touchdown. (91 KOR v. Oklahoma, 2003; 99 KOR v. USC, 2003; 72 PR v. SDSU, 2005, 66 PR v. Rice, 2005; 68 PR v. Stanford, 2004). He had 100 all-purpose yards in the win over Oklahoma.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis set a school record for tight ends with seven touchdown catches in 2004. He also holds the career mark with 12, including his 19-yard catch in the win over Oklahoma.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for more than 20 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown-1998; 24- Troy Aikman 1988; 24-Cade McNown-1997; 21-Tom Ramsey - 1982. In 2004, Drew Olson threw 20 scoring passes to rank fifth on that UCLA list.
In the first game of the 2005 season, Maurice Drew scored three touchdowns (averaging 45.6 yards in length) -- all in the first half. On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he raced 64 yards for a score. He also hit paydirt on a one-yard run in the second quarter. Later in the same period, he returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Against Rice, he scored on a four-yard run and a 66-yard punt return (35.0-yard average).
He had one touchdown (nine yards) versus Oklahoma. In 2004, Drew averaged 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns in 2004 (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2) for 325 yards. He also had scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.
TEAM NOTES -- UCLA is ranked in the Top 25 in back-toback weeks for the first time since November of 2001.
UCLA is ranked No. 20 by AP and USA Today/Coaches and No. 18 on the Harris poll. The last time the Bruins were ranked as high was Week 5 of the 2002 season, when they were ranked No. 20 by AP entering the Colorado game.
The last time UCLA was ranked higher than No. 20 by AP was entering the 2001 Oregon game (No. 17).
When UCLA moved into the Top 25 on Sept. 18, it was the first time since 2002, when it was No. 24 on the USA Today/ Coaches poll and No. 25 on the AP poll (Nov. 18) entering USC week.
UCLA has scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games. The last time UCLA opened the year in that fashion was 1998 (five times).
The last time the Bruins opened the season with three straight wins was in 2001, when they started 6-0 and climbed to No. 4 in the rankings.
The Sept. 17 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/No. 21 AP) was UCLA's first over a ranked opponent (AP) since a 46-16 win over No. 18 Washington at the Rose Bowl in 2003.
The Bruins are 1-1 after a bye week (s) with Karl Dorrell as head coach. UCLA defeated San Diego State and lost to USC in the 2004 season following a bye.
UCLA's 44 points against San Diego State was its highest scoring total in an opener since a 49-31 win over Texas in 1998 at the Rose Bowl.
The win at San Diego State was UCLA's first in an opener since a win over Colorado State began the 2002 season.
UCLA's 63 points against Rice is its highest total of the Karl Dorrell Era and the most points by a Bruin team since a 66- 10 win over Houston on Oct. 4, 1997. The 578 yards of total offense were also the most by a Dorrell team and the most since the 2002 Oregon State game (625).
Special teams has been a point of emphasis over the last two years. The Bruins currently rank third nationally in punt returns (28.4). Opponents are averaging just 4.8 yards on punt returns and 18.3 yards on kickoff returns.
UCLA is 14 for 14 in the Red Zone (12 touchdowns, two field goals) and has converted 48.6 percent of its third down conversion attempts in 2005.
In three games, UCLA has not committed a turnover while forcing seven (six on defense and one on special teams).
The Bruins rank second nationally in turnover margin.
In the final five games of 2004, UCLA's defense allowed a total of 11 touchdowns (six rushing and five passing), after allowing 25 TDs in the first seven games. The Bruins allowed just six rushing touchdowns in the last six games and five passing touchdowns in the final five.
In 2005, UCLA has produced 26 plays of at least 20 yards -- 10 versus San Diego State (three passes, two punt returns, two runs, two kickoff returns and one interception return), 11 versus Rice (six passes, three runs, one kickoff return and one punt return) and five against Oklahoma (three passes and two runs). Five have resulted in touchdowns. In 2004, UCLA had 100 plays of at least 20 yards (44 passes, 22 runs, 23 kickoff returns and seven punt returns, four interception returns), including 21 for touchdowns.
In the 2005 opener, UCLA had five plays of 40 or more yards (two punt returns, one kickoff return, one run and one pass) and two of those resulted in touchdowns. Against Rice, UCLA had four plays of 40 or more yards (two runs, one pass and one punt return). UCLA's longest play against Oklahoma was 38 yards.
In 2004, UCLA had 24 plays of at least 40 yards (10 passes, seven runs, three interception returns, two punt returns and two kickoff returns) and 15 of those were for touchdowns.
In 2003, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 avg.) and 11 touchdowns in 13 contests. In 2004, the Bruins rushed for 2,219 yards (184.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.
In three games this season, UCLA is averaging 175.7 yards per game with nine touchdowns.
UCLA averaged 5.97 yards per offensive play in 2004, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 410.0 yards per game was its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 30.1 was also its best since 1998 (39.7).
In three games this year, UCLA is averaging 7.1 yards per play, 441.3 yards of total offense and 49.3 points.
The Bruins have qualified to play in a bowl in seven of the last eight seasons. UCLA has played in 17 bowl games in the last 24 years. UCLA is 10-6 in its last 16 bowl game appearances.
UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 23 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only Florida State, Tennessee, Penn State, Alabama, Miami and Michigan have won more bowl games in that span.
UCLA has more bowl wins (10) in the last 23 years than any other school in the Pac-10 conference. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, Penn State) have won more bowl games than the Bruins in that span.
LAST GAME -- UCLA recorded its most significant victory in several years, defeating Oklahoma (No. 17 USA Today/ Coaches, No. 21 AP) for the first time in four tries, 41-24, at the Rose Bowl. The win was UCLA's first over a ranked team since October of 2003 and gave the Bruins a 3-0 record for the first time since 2001.
For the third straight week, UCLA did not commit a turnover. At the same time, the Bruins recovered three and turned them into 17 points. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Michael Norris recovered a fumble at the Sooner 19-yard line. On the very next play, Drew Olson hooked up with Andrew Baumgartner for a 19-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
With two minutes left in the quarter, Dennis Keyes stripped the ball from Adrian Peterson. William Snead recovered and Justin Medlock converted a 44-yard field goal to give the Bruins the lead for good.
Just before the end of the first half, UCLA held OU after the Sooners had a first and goal from the Bruin three-yard line. A Brigham Harwell sack on third and goal forced OU to kick a field goal and the Bruins held on to a 13-10 lead at the half. The Bruin defense struck again on the third play of the third quarter. Keyes separated quarterback Rhett Bomar from the ball, Spencer Havner picked it up and returned the fumble 13 yards for the fourth touchdown of his career and a 20-10 lead.
Oklahoma pulled to within three points (20-17) with 3:25 remaining in the third quarter but Olson responded with a 13- play, 83-yard drive, culminating with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis.
UCLA's defense held the Sooners on downs and Olson then moved the offense 45 yards, hitting Chris Markey in the flat for a seven-yard touchdown and a 34-17 lead. Oklahoma added one final touchdown but after a failed onside kick, Maurice Drew raced 38 yards to the 13 and one play later, scored from the nine-yard line for the final margin.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 398 yards -- 241 in the air and 157 yards on 45 attempts on the ground. Not including the 56- yard reverse for the game's first touchdown, Oklahoma averaged 2.3 yards on the ground and Peterson was held to 58 yards on 23 attempts with a long run of 11 yards.
Senior linebackers Spencer Havner and Justin London each had nine tackles to lead the aggressive defense. Havner scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and had one tackle for loss while London made two stops for losses. Jarrad Page made eight tackles, including one sack and a second stop for loss and Dennis Keyes had five tackles, including one sack, and forced two fumbles. Brigham Harwell, with one sack and three stops for losses, and Marcus Cassel also made four stops each.
Offensively, Olson played perhaps the best game of his career. He completed 28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and put the game away with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
Marcus Everett came off the bench to lead the Bruins with six receptions for 66 yards while Marcedes Lewis made five catches for 61 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Bruins a 27-17 lead. Joe Cowan also made five receptions for 49 yards.
Maurice Drew, making his first appearance at the Rose Bowl since his grandfather suffered a fatal heart attack in the stands the previous Saturday, had 100 all-purpose yards-- a gamehigh 69 rushing yards, 26 yards on two receptions and a fiveyard punt return. On UCLA's final scoring drive, he bolted 38 yards on the first snap and one play later, scored from the nine-yard line to give UCLA the 41-24 lead.
DID YOU KNOW? -- The football team had 29 players listed on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll for the Spring `05 quarter. To qualify, student-athletes had to post at least a 3.0 grade point average. Sixteen of the 19 members of Karl Dorrell's first recruiting class (2003) are still in the program and on track to graduate.
The UCLA football program has produced 16 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners, 14 first-team Academic All-Americans, eight National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients, one Rhodes Scholar and three members of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Two Bruins on the 2005 roster are the sons of former Bruin standouts -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at the school); LB Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).
UCLA is the only school to produce five quarterbacks -- Troy Aikman, Steve Bono, Billy Kilmer, Tom Ramsey, Jay Schroeder -- to have played on a Super Bowl team.
According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first among Pac- 10 schools with 25 active players on 2004 opening day National Football League kickoff rosters.
During the last 23 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions, tied with USC for the most among Pac-10 schools.
In the last 23 seasons (1982-2004), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only eight schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Miami, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Auburn) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
2005 FIRSTS -- Five Bruins made their first career starts against San Diego State -- offensive linemen Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham, defensive linemen Nathaniel Skaggs and Nikola Dragovic and safety Dennis Keyes. In addition, punter Aaron Perez and holder Brian Callahan started at their respective spots for the first time.
Against Rice, tight end J.J. Hair and defensive tackle Chase Moline made their first career starts.
Against Oklahoma, tight end Ryan Moya and linebacker John Hale, both true freshmen, made the first starts of their careers.
Nine true freshmen played in the opener against San Diego State -- RB Kahlil Bell, LB Kyle Bosworth, LB John Hale, WR Gavin Ketchum, S Robert Kibble, S Bret Lockett, DL Chase Moline, TE Ryan Moya and TE Logan Paulsen. Thirty-six true freshmen have now played for the Bruins during the last four seasons (2002-2005). A school-record 12 true freshmen played for the Bruins in 2004.
Twenty-one Bruins played in a game for the first time against SDSU. In addition to the nine true freshmen, others who made their debut included LB Christian Taylor, S Charlie Schuh, CB Byron Velega, DT Nathaniel Skaggs, QB/H Brian Callahan, WR Matt Willis, WR Andrew Baumgartner, C Aaron Meyer, OL Scott Glicksberg, DT Brian Ruziecki, DT Scott Kearney and P Aaron Perez. In addition, Noah Sutherland, who played defensive tackle a year ago, made his debut at offensive tackle. QB Pat Cowan made his debut against Rice.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell -- Former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is now in his third season (15-13) as the 15th head coach in UCLA history. He returned to Westwood, where he played on teams that won five consecutive bowl games, after serving as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He is the first UCLA coach to go to bowls in each of his first two seasons.
Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three seasons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Denver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, including seven seasons as an offensive coordinator.
During his career as a collegiate player and coach, Dorrell has participated in 14 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls and two Cotton Bowls. He played on teams that won three Pacific-10 titles and defeated USC four times in five seasons. His 108 receptions still rank in the all-time school career Top 10 (tied for 10th) and his total of 1,517 receiving yards ranks No. 14.
Dorrell's previous collegiate coaching experience includes six seasons at Colorado, two years at Northern Arizona, and one year each at UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Central Florida.
He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA following the 1986 season and began his coaching career in the 1988 season as a Bruin graduate assistant.
He became receivers coach at Central Florida the next season and moved on to Northern Arizona for the 1990 and 1991 seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. He then embarked on the first of two stints at Colorado. Dorrell served as receivers coach in the 1992-93 seasons. During that tenure, receivers Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of wideouts on the same team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Dorrell returned to the Pac-10 for the 1994 season as receivers coach at Arizona State before going back to Colorado for the 1995-98 campaigns as offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Buffaloes won three bowl games in that four-year span and were victorious in 33 of 47 games. He spent the 1999 season at Washington, serving as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former Bruin then moved to the professional ranks and served as receiving coach with the Broncos from 2000 until the time he took the UCLA job on December 18, 2002.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true senior has been named to several first-team pre-season All-America teams and is considered by most to be the top tight end in the country. He was one of three '04 finalists, and the lone returner in '05, for the John Mackey Award presented to the nation's top tight end, and is also on the watch lists of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Lombardi Award.
Lewis started the 2005 season in great form, making seven receptions for 131 yards -- both career highs --against the Aztecs. Five of his catches accounted for double figures in yards and first downs, including receptions of 22, 31 and 40 yards, the longest of his career. The 31-yard reception was a leaping, acrobatic grab that put the Bruins inside the oneyard line.
Against Rice, he made two receptions for 27 yards, including one for 19 yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made five receptions for 61 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown with 12:32 remaining in the game that gave UCLA a 10-point lead (27-17).
Lewis leads the Bruins with 14 receptions and 219 yards. He currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 (highest among tight ends) with his average of 73.0 yards per game.
His 131 yards against SDSU were the most by a Bruin tight end since 2002, when Mike Seidman had games of 138 against Oregon State and 134 versus San Diego State. Rick Walker's 145 yards versus Oregon State in 1975 is the school record for tight ends.
Lewis led the Bruins with seven touchdown catches (a tight end record total) in 2004. He caught 32 passes overall (tied for fifth-best among Bruin tied ends since 1980), for 402 yards.
In addition, Lewis produced a team-best 25 first downs and averaged 12.6 yards per catch. His seven touchdown receptions ranked fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 while his 2.67 receptions/ game ranked T-22nd.
Lewis' 12 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA record by a tight end. His 82 receptions rank second to Paul Bergmann on the UCLA career tight end receiving list and 19th on the school career receptions list. His 1,049 yards also rank second to Bergmann (1,076) among tight ends.
Lewis had a breakout game in the 2004 win over Arizona, making six receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards. He also had catches of 23 and 21 yards on scoring drives. Dating back to 1965, his three touchdown receptions are the most by a Bruin tight end in a game. He was named Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- One of the top players in the nation, the junior is on the Watch List for the 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstanding player and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's best running back. In 2004, he ranked third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards (146.0). Drew achieved that ranking despite leaving the Washington State game in the first quarter (sprained right ankle) and carrying just twice against USC. His total of 384 all-purpose yards at Washington was the best in the nation for 2004.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, Drew showed why he is one of the best and most exciting players in the nation.
On UCLA's first offensive play of the year, he broke through the line and sped down the field for a 64-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and then broke the game open by taking a punt, executed a spin move and then blasted up the middle for a 72-yard touchdown.
Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finished the night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground on 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92 yards each time he touched the ball and scored three times on those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries. He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66 yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
The punt return was the third of his career (Darryl Henley, 1985-88 and Sam Brown, 1953-55), tying that school record, and was his second of the season (Darryl Henley-1988), tying that school record as well.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purpose yards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week after the death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following an Oklahoma touchdown that cut the lead to 10 points (34-24).
In three games, he has accounted for 462 all-purpose yards (154.0 average) and is averaging 10.04 yards every time he touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing (92.7) and is averaging 7.5 yards per rushing attempt.
Drew ranks third nationally and first in the Pac-10 in punt returns (30.20), 17th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (154.0), T-seventh nationally and T-second in the league in scoring (12.0) and 33rd in the country and fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing (92.67).
In his 27-game career, he has scored 25 touchdowns, including three receptions, three punt returns and two kickoff returns. Thirteen scores have measured at least 40 yards. His 1,867 rushing yards rank 16th in school history, his 3,287 all-purpose yards rank 12th and his 25 touchdowns rank eighth (tied).
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched the football (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were at least 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards. Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns last season -- eight rushing, three receiving and one punt return. Drew, with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.
Drew ranked T-ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points/game).
He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would have led the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury, Drew ranked second in the nation and led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). He also ranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushing (111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game).
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, two receptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on seven of them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, five receptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including nine touchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards rank No. 4 on UCLA's singleseason list. He is the first UCLA player to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season.
Drew was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection and offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew who totaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington. Drew also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts. He finished the first half with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Drew's 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for Washington State (1984) and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC (1976). He tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players, and compiled a Pac-10 record 384 all-purpose yards. In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News. Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the 2003 season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushing against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total ever by a UCLA true freshman.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- The senior, who is on the Watch List for the Unitas Award, presented to the nation's top senior quarterback, is playing the best football of his career while leading the Bruins to a 3-0 start.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, he completed six of nine passes for 103 yards.
He enjoyed another fine night against Rice. On the night, he completed 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296 yards and three touchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions. The 296 yards rank third in his career and are the most yards for Olson in a victory. He had five completions of at least 20 yards and accounted for 302 yards of total offense.
Against Rice, he completed passes to eight different receivers. In the first half, he led the Bruins to touchdowns on all six of their offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards and three scores.
He was at his best in the victory over Oklahoma. Olson completed 28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The 28 completions rank sixth (tied) on UCLA's single-game list and are the second-most of his career. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and both times Oklahoma scored in the second half, he responded by leading a touchdown drive.
When Oklahoma closed to within 20-17 with 3:25 left in the third quarter, he responded by leading a 13-play, 83-yard drive, completing six of seven passes for 78 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to Marcedes Lewis. On UCLA's next possession, he drove the Bruins 45 yards for another touchdown, completing three of four passes for 42 yards, including a seven-yard score to Chris Markey.
Olson was named Sporting News National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Sooners.
On the year, he has completed 56 of 78 passes (71.8) for 762 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. His passing efficiency rating of 179.24 ranks sixth nationally and second in the Pac-10.
In his 36-game career (29 starts / last 18 straight), Olson has 478 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. In addition, his 6,096 career passing yards rank No. 4 and his career total offense of 5,929 yards also ranks No. 4. In his last 11 games, he has completed 196 of 316 (.620) passes for 2,587 yards, 22 TDs and eight interceptions.
During the 2004 season, Olson ranked sixth in the Pac-10 (44th- NCAA) in total offense (222.58 yds.), sixth in the Pac-10 in passing (213.8 yds.), and fourth in the Pac-10 (43rd-NCAA) in passing efficiency (132.39 rating). In the Pac-10, his average of 13.09 yards per completion was first among players with at least 100 completions and his 57.48% was fourth.
In 2004, Olson threw 20 touchdown passes, putting him fifth on that UCLA single-season list. Only Cade McNown (25 in 1998 and 24-1997), Troy Aikman (24-1988) and Tom Ramsey (21- 1982) have thrown for more scores in a season. His 2,671 yards of total offense rank sixth on that single-season list.
Olson's season ended in the second quarter of the Las Vegas (Dec. 23) Bowl, when he suffered a torn ligament in his left knee which required surgery.
In his last seven regular-season games of 2004, he completed 134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His total of eight scoring passes in consecutive games against Arizona and Cal tied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-game span (1993, Wayne Cook, four-BYU; four-Washington ). Olson had 10 in a threegame span. The record is 11 by Cook (3-4-4).
Olson completed 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards and a careerhigh four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Arizona game. Three of his scoring drives measured at least 70 yards. At California, Olson threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week (Lewis-15 yards, Drew-27 and 43 yards, J. Cowan-46 yards). He completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He had three completions of at least 40 yards.
The next week at Arizona State, he completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards with two touchdowns. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. The 30 completions rank No. 2 in UCLA history. The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002 (Cory Paus-378 vs. Oregon State).
Olson began the 2003 season as the No. 2 quarterback, but found himself thrust to the forefront for the second straight year because of injury. He replaced an injured Matt Moore in the first half of the opener at Colorado and went on to appear in 12 games (nine starts). Olson became the 14th Bruin overall and the fourth sophomore to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began 2002 behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olson started the final five games of the year after Paus suffered a seasonending ankle injury against Cal. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford, before returning to start the season's last five games.
Olson made his first career start at Washington and became the first Bruin true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 to win his initial road start. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start the game against USC, joining Ramsey and Cade McNown.
WIDE RECEIVERS -- True senior Junior Taylor is expected to miss the remainder of the 2005 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the second play of the Oklahoma game. Taylor meets the criteria for a medical hardship (playing three or fewer games in the first half of the season prior to suffering a season-ending injury) and should receive a substitute season of eligibility.
His 76 career receptions at the time of his injury rank 20th on the all-time school list. In addition, he ranks 22nd on the career receiving yardage list with 1,041 yards.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he started but did not make a reception. Against Rice, he led the Bruins with five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. His first score, a 39-yard catch and run, gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead and his second touchdown (10 yards) gave UCLA a 28-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Four of his five receptions measured at least 10 yards.
Against Oklahoma, he injured his left knee on the second play of the game, a 16-yard reception, and did not return.
In 2004, he tied for second on the team with 32 receptions and 463 receiving yards (14.5 avg.) while starting 11 games. He had 17 catches good for first downs. Taylor earned UCLA's George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player against USC (five catches for 89 yards). He recorded two scoring catches in '04, a 29-yarder in the Vegas Bowl and an 83-yarder at Oregon, the seventh-longest in school history.
In 2003, Taylor ranked fourth on the squad in receptions and third in yards. He recorded career highs in receptions (seven and yards (110) in a game against San Diego State.
True junior Joe Cowan started the 2005 opener at San Diego State but did not make a reception. Against Rice, he made two receptions (21 and 17) for 38 yards. His 17-yard catch gave the Bruins a first-and-goal at the one-yard line.
Against Oklahoma, he tied his career high with five receptions for 49 yards and produced four first downs. He is now tied for second on the squad with seven receptions.
In 2004, he made 13 catches for 228 yards, a team-high 17.5 average, and one touchdown. He made two starts. He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown, a 46-yarder. At Arizona State, he made three receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, and three first downs. In 2003, one of his catches was good for a touchdown versus USC.
True sophomore Marcus Everett suffered a sprained shoulder in practice on August 22 and did not suit up for the games against San Diego State and Rice.
Playing for the first time this year against Oklahoma, he came off the bench to lead the Bruins with a career-high six receptions, good for 66 yards and three first downs -- all in the first half.
Everett started four games in 2004 and finished with nine catches for 110 yards. He made his first career start against San Diego State and responded with two receptions for 49 yards and two first downs.
Against Arizona, he started and made a career-best four receptions for 45 yards and two first downs. At Arizona State, he started in a three wide receiver set and made two catches.
True sophomore Brandon Breazell came off the bench to contribute 40 all-purpose yards against San Diego State. He made one reception for 15 yards and ran a reverse for 25 yards to the one-yard line, setting up a touchdown.
Against Rice, he made four receptions, second-only to Junior Taylor, for 75 yards and the first touchdown of his career (11 yards). He also made a 48-yard reception on UCLA's third touchdown drive, the longest catch of his career. He made two receptions for 13 yards against Oklahoma, including a big third down catch to pick up a first down on the touchdown drive which put UCLA up 27-17. On the year, his seven receptions are tied for second on the squad with Joe Cowan.
In 2004, he made two receptions for 15 yards in 2004, both in the game at California. He made his first start against San Diego State.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- Plenty of experience returns along the offensive line from the 2004 unit which helped Bruin rushers average 184.9 yards on the ground (24th-NCAA/ second-Pac- 10) and 410.0 yards overall (26th-NCAA/ fourth-Pac-10). Thus far in 2005, UCLA is averaging 441.3 yards of total offense (23rd in the nation) and 175.7 yards rushing (40th in the nation).
Redshirt senior center Mike McCloskey, a Rimington Award candidate, returned to the starting lineup in 2004 after missing the last seven games of 2003 with a fractured left ankle.
McCloskey earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors after UCLA rushed for at least 200 yards in six of the 10 games in which he played in 2004. In 2005, he has started and played well in all three games this season.
Redshirt senior Ed Blanton is in his third season as a starter and has been a key performer in all three games this year. In 2004, he started 11 games and played the entire contests against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, California, Arizona State and Stanford at weak tackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He had a string of 22 straight starts snapped last year when he came off the bench versus Oregon.
True sophomore Shannon Tevaga is one of the top young linemen in the Pac-10. He has now started nine straight games at strong guard, including all three this season. A year ago, he spent most of the first six weeks of the season playing on the PAT-field goal squad, started at strong guard against Arizona State and did a good job in his first extensive action (he had played two snaps against Arizona and four at tight end at Cal). He went on to start the final six games of 2004.
Tevaga earned third-team Freshman All-America honors and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 acclaim from The Sporting News.
True sophomore Chris Joseph made his first career start against San Diego State and helped the Bruins rush for 191 yards. He also played well versus Rice and Oklahoma. In 2004, he saw action on the PAT-field goal team in the first five games of 2004 before he suffered a partially torn knee ligament. He sat out the remainder of the season and had surgery in November of 2004. Joseph had played a couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest.
True sophomore Brian Abraham also made his first career start at the strong tackle position against San Diego State.
He also contributed to the rushing attack against Rice and did well versus Oklahoma. A year ago, he played on the PATfield goal team and saw limited action on offense (couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest and versus Stanford and Washington State.
Redshirt senior Robert Cleary has come off the bench in all three games this season. A year ago, he made his first career start (weak guard) against Oklahoma State last season and played the entire contest. He also started against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona and California. Against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State, he came off the bench. He started and played extensively at weak guard at Oregon.
Redshirt junior guard Robert Chai, redshirt sophomore tackle Noah Sutherland, who played defense a year ago, redshirt freshman tackle Scott Glicksberg and redshirt freshman center Aaron Meyer all saw action against the Aztecs and the Owls.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Senior David Koral, who entered UCLA in January of 2004 following a transfer from Santa Monica College, gained valuable experience coming off the bench for D. Olson in the Las Vegas Bowl. He completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards, including a couple of touchdowns.
The pass attempts and completions were the first of his UCLA career. He had seen action in earlier games against Stanford (three snaps) and Arizona (two), but had not attempted a pass.
He played in the fourth quarter of the 2005 opener at San Diego State, completing two of three passes for six yards. He played in the third and fourth quarters against Rice, completing one of two passes for 29 yards. He did not see action versus Oklahoma.
Redshirt freshman Ben Olson, who earned the backup quarterback role in Fall camp, has not yet played due to a small fracture in his left (throwing) hand and his status is week-to-week. Olson, who entered UCLA in January of 2005 following his transfer from Brigham Young University, played very well during camp.
Olson had been on a church mission the past two years after redshirting as a true freshman at BYU during the 2002 season.
He has not seen action in a competitive game since his senior prep season, in 2001, at Thousands Oaks, CA High School (played in an all-star game in January of 2002). During his prep career, he completed 421 of 702 passes for 6,401 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a prep senior, he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Cowan (brother of wide receiver Joe) spent the 2004 season running the scout team during practice. He has shown a rapid level of development during his time at UCLA. He saw his first action in the fourth quarter against Rice but did not attempt a pass.
MORE RUNNING BACK -- Redshirt sophomore MICHAEL PITRE and true sophomore Chris Markey each made valuable contributions to the Bruins' opening win at San Diego State and again versus Rice.
Markey came off the bench to account for 175 all-purpose yards. He returned two kickoffs for 91 yards, including for 71 yards. He also returned a punt 41 yards and carried the ball 15 times for 43 yards and two one-yard touchdowns.
Against Rice, he rushed for 69 yards on eight attempts, including one run of 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown. He also returned two kickoffs for 34 yards and one punt for seven yards, giving him 110 all-purpose yards.
In the Oklahoma contest, he made three receptions for 31 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also rushed seven times for 15 yards and returned one kickoff for 16 yards.
Markey is 26th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average (28.20) and is eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (115.7). He is second on the team in rushing with 127 yards and in touchdowns with four.
Markey was the team's third-leading rusher with 350 yards (5.3 avg.) in 2004. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 with his 22.2 kickoff return average and was third on the team and 17th in the Pac-10 with 854 all-purpose yards (77.6 avg.). He was named to The Sporting News' Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was the offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year.
Markey had a breakout performance at Oregon. Opening in place of an injured Maurice Drew, he rushed for 131 yards and had five receptions for 84 yards. Including his 23-yard kickoff return, Markey accounted for 238 all-purpose yards and was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Pitre, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, appeared in 11 games and established himself as an outstanding blocking back.
Against San Diego State, he blocked well for Maurice Drew and Chris Markey and made one reception for eight yards. Versus Rice, he carried twice for 11 yards, including the first rushing touchdown of his career (six yards) late in the first quarter. Against Oklahoma, he carried twice for one net yard and made one reception for two yards.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- The senior inside linebacker is on numerous pre-season honors lists -- Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker); Walter Camp (player of the year); Lott Trophy (nation's top defender); Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defender), Bednarik Award (nation's top defender) and Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman). In addition, he has been named a first-team pre-season All-American by several publications.
In 2004, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim from cbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com. He was selected second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was one of 12 semifinalists for both the Butkus and the Rotary Lombardi Awards.
In the 2005 opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a careerhigh three tackles for losses, including one sack, and returned the ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Againsr Rice, he was credited with one tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, "UCLA'sTackling Machine" (Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solos). In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown of his career just 1:47 into the second half when he scooped up a fumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards to give UCLA a 10-point cushion (27- 17).
He currently leads the Bruins with 23 tackles and four tackles for losses.
His 326 career tackles rank No. 8 on that all-time school list. Havner has nine career interceptions and has returned three for touchdowns (52, 42 and 23 yards-31.6 avg.), including one in 2004. He has also scored on a fumble recovery.
In 2004, he ranked second nationally in solo tackles (7.64) and seventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) in 2004. In 11 games, he made 125 tackles (tied for No. 10 on the school single season list with Ken Norton, 1987) and his average of 11.37 led the Pac-10 by 1.2 stops per game. He also tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third with two interceptions.
He recorded 16 tackles in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State and a career-high 17 tackles at Illinois, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in his career. Against San Diego State, Havner led the team with 14 tackles, including one for loss. He also picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a score. He was selected Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles, had two tackles for loss and his second interception of the year (21 yards). He was again named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles for the seventh time on the season, finishing with 12.
In 2003, he ranked third on the team in tackles (82), tied for the team lead in interceptions (3) and was 25th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.3).
In 2002, he started 13 games and ranked second on the team in tackles (96, second-most ever by a Bruin freshman behind James Washington,1984-119). He ranked 11th in the Pac- 10 in tackles per game (7.4). His 12 tackles for loss were second on the team. He ranked third on the team with three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, tying an NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected firstteam Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
#9 LB Justin London -- True senior Justin London is on the `Watch List' for the 2005 Lott Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player, the Butkus Award, for the nation's top linebacker, and the Lombardi Award, for the nation's top lineman.
In the opener against San Diego State, he made five tackles (three solos) and broke up one pass. Against Rice, he led the team with eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss.
Against Oklahoma, the emotional London was all over the field and tied for the team lead with nine tackles (eight solos), including two for losses. On the year, he is second on the squad with 22 tackles and tied for second with three tackles for losses.
Last year, he was on the pre-season lists for the Lombardi and Butkus awards, but sprained his right ankle in practice on August 19, 2004. He did not see his first game action until the second contest of the year, at Illinois. He started game three at Washington, but played only three snaps before reaggravating his injured ankle.
London returned to action against Arizona (game five), coming off the bench. He was back in the starting lineup at Cal. In the Stanford shutout, London recorded 10 tackles, one for loss.
At Oregon, he led the team with 10 stops, including a sack.
Against USC, he made eight tackles (tied team high). He had a tackle for loss, forced one fumble and made an interception.
In the Las Vegas Bowl, he led the team with seven tackles, including a sack and two others for losses.
In his final five games of 2004, he totaled 44 tackles. For the season, he tied for fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, including two sacks and 7.0 for losses.
In 2003, he started 12 games, making his first career start at Colorado, and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles.
He ranked second with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. London ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his average of 7.67 tackles.
He saw action in 12 games as a true freshman (linebacker and special teams) in 2002 and made five tackles.
#4 S Jarrad Page -- Now a four-year starter at strong safety, Page is on the Watch List for the 2005 Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back.
In the 2005 opener, he made five tackles, including four solos. Against Rice, he made one solo tackle.
In the win over Oklahoma, the hard-hitting safety made eight tackles, one shy of the team lead, including seven solos.
Two of those tackles accounted for losses, including the first sack of his career.
The true senior ranked second on the team in tackles (79), tied for first in interceptions (3) and was second in passes broken up (7) in 2004.
In 2003, Page ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12 games. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown (Washington). In 2002, Page saw action in all 13 games and started the final 10 contests at strong safety to become the first Bruin safety since Kenny Easley in 1977 to start as many as 10 games as a true freshman.
He finished sixth on the team in tackles (43). He was named first-team Freshman All-America and to the first-team Freshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#75 DT Kevin Brown -- Brown suffered a sprained left ankle in the August 20 pre-season scrimmage and underwent surgery on August 22, 2005. He was expected to miss at least six weeks of action following the surgery.
In 2004, the true junior led the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for the lead with 8.5 tackles for loss. His 25 tackles ranked first among all defensive linemen. He earned UCLA's Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player against USC (four tackles, two sacks). Brown made his first career start on the defensive line in the 2004 opener against Oklahoma State.
In his first year in the program, Brown saw action on both sides of the ball. After playing defense for the first seven games of the 2003 season, Kevin switched to the offensive line and started three games (Arizona State, Stanford, USC) at guard.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN -- True junior Justin Hickman, who has been added to the Hendricks Award Watch List, started at defensive end against San Diego State and made a career- best six tackles (five solos), including one sack (seven yards). Versus Rice, he made one tackle but missed the second half with an injured left shoulder. Against Oklahoma, he made two tackles.
In 2004, he played in 10 games and made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 4.0 for losses, second among linemen. He was the only lineman to start in each of the first five games of 2004, the first two at left end, the rest at right end. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the Cal and Arizona State games. He returned to action against Stanford and started the final three games.
True sophomore Brigham Harwell started at defensive tackle against San Diego State and was credited with two solo tackles. In his start against Rice, he made four tackles (one solo). He played very well in the win over Oklahoma, making four tackles, including his first career sack (11 yards) and two others for losses, and breaking up one pass. His sack came on a third and goal situation just before the half and helped UCLA hold on to the halftime lead.
On the year, he has made 10 tackles, tied for sixth on the team, and is tied for second with 3.0 tackles for losses. In 2004, he played in all 12 games, starting four at defensive end. He made 22 tackles, tied for fourth-most among defensive linemen, including 2.5 for losses. He returned from arthroscopic knee surgery during 2004 Fall camp to see limited action in the season opener. At Illinois, he made five tackles, including one for loss. Harwell started for the first time at California and recorded five solo tackles. He is expected to play at defensive tackle in 2005.
MORE LINEMEN --Senior Kyle Morgan is on the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. He did not see action against San Diego State but made two tackles off the bench versus Rice. He also made two solo tackles against Oklahoma. Morgan, who started the final 10 games of the 2004 season, made 24 tackles and his 3.5 for losses were tied for third among linemen. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee during 2004 Fall camp. He returned to action against Oklahoma State, but was not credited with a tackle. Morgan made his first career start at Washington and made three tackles, including one for loss. In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made a career-high five tackles.
Redshirt sophomore William Snead appeared in all 12 games a year ago as a key reserve and made six tackles, including one sack. In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist and added an assist versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, his first-quarter fumble recovery led to the field goal that gave the Bruins the lead for good, 10-7.
Redshirt sophomore Nikola Dragovic saw action in nine games at defensive end in 2004. He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made four tackles, including one sack, and was credited with blocking a PAT. Against Rice, he made three tackles (one solo) and recovered a fumble that led to a Bruin touchdown. He made two solo tackles, including one for loss, in the victory over Oklahoma.
Redshirt freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive action in the first three games last season, including starting assignments at Illinois and Washington, before being sidelined by a shoulder injury for the remainder of the year. At Illinois, he became the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. However, he sprained his shoulder at Washington and did not play the rest of the season.
In the 2005 opener, he had one tackle assist. Against Rice, he recorded a solo sack. He also had a solo tackle versus Oklahoma.
Redshirt freshman Nathaniel Skaggs had an outstanding Fall Camp and earned a starting job at defensive tackle against San Diego State. He was not credited with a tackle in the opener. He came off the bench against Rice and made two tackles, including a 16-yard sack on which he caused a fumble that resulted in a Bruin touchdown. He also saw action in the win over Oklahoma.
True freshman Chase Moline played extensively off the bench against San Diego State. He finished with two solo tackles. Moline started against Rice and made six tackles, tied for second on the squad, including four solos. He started in the win over Oklahoma and helped clog the middle but was not credited with a tackle.
LINEBACKER -- Redshirt senior Wesley Walker injured his right knee on the first day of 2005 Fall camp and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage on August 12. He has missed the first three games (San Diego State, Rice and Oklahoma) but figures to return against Washington.
Walker appeared in 12 games in 2004, starting 11, while seeing action at both inside and outside linebacker slots. He tied for fourth on the team in tackles (57).
Redshirt sophomore Aaron Whittington started the 2005 opener against San Diego State and made seven tackles (three solos), one shy of his career high and tied for second on the team. He made two tackles versus Rice, including one for a three-yard loss. He came off the bench versus Oklahoma and had one tackle assist. His 10 tackles are tied for sixth on the squad.
He finished the 2004 season with 18 tackles and was named to The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team. He made his first career start at Illinois and recorded eight tackles and two quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington and made four tackles.
Redshirt sophomore Bruce Davis moved to outside linebacker from defensive end during the 2005 Spring practices and is playing both positions. Against San Diego State, he tied for second on the team with a career-high seven tackles, including one sack (eight yards). Against Rice, he made four tackles (two solos), including one for loss and also broke up a pass. In the win over Oklahoma, he made two tackles, including one for loss. He is fifth on the squad with 13 tackles and tied for second with three tackles for losses.
He made his first career start versus Oklahoma State in 2004 and totaled three tackles. He also started at Illinois, before coming off the bench in the last 10 games of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Taylor came off the bench to make two tackles versus SDSU in his first action as a Bruin. Against Rice, he made four tackles (three solos), including one for loss. In addition, in the fourth quarter, he scooped up an Owl fumble and returned in four yards for his first career touchdown. He made one tackle against Oklahoma.
He redshirted last year after transferring from Air Force. True freshman John Hale made his debut against SDSU, making one solo tackle while playing defense and special teams. He made one tackle versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Hale became the first true freshman since Asi Faoa in 1999 to start a Bruin game at linebacker, finishing with one tackle.
True freshman Kyle Bosworth also made his debut against SDSU, making one tackle on special teams. He has played in all three games.
MORE DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD -- Redshirt senior MARCUS CASSEL started the first seven games of 2004. A steady contributor on special teams in his first two seasons, he earned the starting nod at cornerback against Oklahoma State and made five tackles. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles, broke up one pass and made four tackles. At California, he made seven tackles.
He started the 2005 opener at San Diego State and made one solo tackle. He started versus Rice and made two solo stops. In the win over Oklahoma, he made four tackles and broke up one pass.
Redshirt sophomore Trey Brown started the opener at left corner and did a good job, finishing with two solo tackles. He also made two solo stops versus Rice as a starter. In the victory over Oklahoma, the physical Brown made three tackles and broke up two passes as a starter.
In 2004, he started the final five games. He made two interceptions, returning one for a score at Oregon. He saw limited action early in the season and made 43 of his 46 tackles, including five for loss, in the last six games of the year. He was the defensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right corner and made seven tackles. He also made an interception. In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start and was credited with eight tackles, including one for loss. Against Washington State, he made nine tackles. Against USC, he tied for the team lead with eight tackles, one for loss.
Redshirt sophomore CHRISHORTON suffered a right wrist dislocation in practice on August 17 and underwent surgery the following day. He was expected to miss at least three weeks following the surgery and has sat out the first three games of the 2005 season versus San Diego State, Rice and Oklahoma.
Horton earned a reputation as a playmaker before injuries shortened his 2004 season. He saw action in nine games last year and totaled 27 stops. Against Illinois, Horton made seven tackles and a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA's final touchdown. At Washington, he made eight tackles.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of the game when he blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety.
At Arizona State, he made two tackles before leaving the game with a sprained right foot. He returned to action against USC and blocked a punt.
Redshirt sophomore Dennis Keyes has done a fine job in his first three games as the Bruins' starting free safety. In the opener at San Diego State. he made the first start of his career at free safety and tied for second on the team with a career-best seven tackles and also broke up a pass. Against Rice, Keyes made six tackles (five solos), tied for second on the squad.
In the win over Oklahoma, he made five tackles, including one quarterback sack. On that play, he separated quarterback Rhett Bomar from the football, which Spencer Havner returned 13 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 20-10 lead on the first possession of the second half. He also caused a fumble in the first quarter that led to a field goal.
After two games, his 18 tackles rank second on the team and he leads with two forced fumbles.
In 2004, Keyes appeared in eight games off the bench and recorded 10 tackles.
Redshirt junior Eric McNeal has played well off the bench. Against San Diego State, McNeal playing strong safety, recorded two tackles (one solo). Against Rice, McNeal came off the bench to make four solo tackles. He had one tackle assist versus Oklahoma.
In 2004, McNeal saw action in all 12 games as a reserve safety and special teams player. He finished with 28 tackles and one interception and was named the defensive winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
True sophomore Rodney Van played well off the bench against San Diego State and finished the night with three solo tackles. Against Rice, he also had three solos, including one for loss, and broke up a pass off the bench.He made one outstanding open field tackle against Oklahoma.
In 2004, he saw action in 12 games and made 12 tackles and forced one fumble. Last year at Cal, he saw his most significant action at cornerback, playing most of the second half and making four tackles. He also was a standout throughout the season on special teams.
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Redshirt sophomore cornerback Michael Norris made the first interception of his career (11 yards) and one tackle versus San Diego State. He also played against Rice. In the win over Oklahoma, he recovered a fumbled punt to set up UCLA's first touchdown and also made three solo tackles.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Byron Velega made his debut versus San Diego State and had one solo tackle and added a solo stop versus Rice. Against Oklahoma, Velega made three solo tackles.
True freshman safeties Robert Kibble (three tackles, two solos) and Bret Lockett also made their debuts against San Diego State. Kibble had two assists against Rice. Both played on special teams versus Oklahoma.
KICKERS -- Redshirt junior Justin Medlock is considered one of the premier kickers in the nation. A year ago, he was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award and is on the pre-season list in 2005.
In the opener against San Diego State, he converted three of four field goal attempts (missed from 48 and made from 23, 48 and 40) and added five PATs for 14 points.
Against Rice, he tied school records for PATs made (nine) and attempted (nine). Zenon Andrusyshyn (1968 vs. Pittsburgh) and Efren Herrera (1973 vs. Utah) held the record for PATs made and attempts and Herrera also attempted nine versus Washington in 1973. Medlock missed a 52-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.
Against Oklahoma, he made two of three field goals and all five PATs for 11 points. Late in the second quarter, he made a 51- yard field goal, the fourth field goal of his career of over 50 yards, tying John Lee's school record.
Medlock ranks T-20th nationally and is third in the Pac-10 in field goals (1.67) and sixth in the league in scoring (11.33). Medlock is now fifth on UCLA's career field goal list with 34. Medlock's career percentage (.723) is third among Bruins with at least 21 career field goals. He also ranks 11th on the career scoring list with 189 points. Medlock has made 21 of his 29 field goal attempts (.724) from 40 yards and out.
He is the first UCLA player to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in the same game (at Oregon, 2004). He is also the first Bruin to kick three field goals of 50 or more yards in a season (52 v. Oklahoma State, 50 at Oregon, 52 at Oregon) and the second to kick four field goals of 50 ore more yards in a career. Only John Lee made as many field goals (four) of at least 50 yards in a career. Against San Diego State in 2004, Medlock set a career high with four field goals (22, 40, 43, 44) on four attempts, the most by a Bruin since Nate Fikse kicked five against Stanford in 2002.
In 2004, he was selected first-team All-Pac-10 after making 15 of 20 field goals and 42 of 43 PATs. He was the team's leading scorer (87 pts.) and ranked second in the Pac-10 with a .750 field goal percentage, fourth in kick scoring (7.25), sixth in scoring (7.25) and fourth (31st in NCAA) in field goals (1.25). Medlock made his debut as the team's place kicker in 2003 and was named to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team. He ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in field goals per game (1.08) and field goal percentage (.737).
NUMBER CHANGES -- The following players have changed numbers for 2005: WR #1 Brandon Breazell was #11; DB #3 Rodney Van was #12; WR #9 Marcus Everett was #83; DB #11 Dennis Keyes was #22; DB #19 Robert Kibble was #26; DB #20 Charlie Schuh was #45; DB #24 Byron Velega was #25; RB #28 Chris Markey was #27; LB #31 Jamel Greer was #55; LB #33 Christian Taylor was #46; OL #50 Aaron Meyer was #63; OL #56 Philip Rauscher was #95; OL #64 Brian Rubinstein was #62; OL #66 Scott Glicksberg was #69; DL #74 Nathaniel Skaggs was #66; OL #74 Noah Sutherland was #90; #82 TE Ryan Moya was #15; TE #87 Tyler Holland was #15; WR #88 Matt Willis was #22; TE #92 Travis Martin was #78; DL #93 Brigham Harwell was #99.
Maurice Drew -- punt returns: 3rd in NCAA, first in Pac-10 (30.20); all-purpose yards: 17th in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (154.00); rushing: 33rd in NCAA, 5th in Pac-10 (92.67); scoring: T-7th in NCAA, T-2nd in Pac-10 (12.00); total offense: 15th in Pac-10 (92.67).
Drew Olson -- passing efficiency: 6th in NCAA, 2nd in Pac- 10 (179.24 rating); passing yards: 7th in Pac-10 (254.0); total offense: 35th in NCAA, 7th in Pac-10 (251.67) Marcedes Lewis -- receiving yardage: 8th in Pac-10 - most among tight ends (73.0); receptions: T-10th in Pac-10 - most among tight ends (4.67).
Chris Markey -- kickoff returns: 26th in NCAA, 4th in Pac-10 (28.20); all-purpose yards: 8th in Pac-10 (115.67); scoring: 11th in Pac-10 (8.00); rushing: 15th in Pac-10 (42.33). Justin Medlock -- field goals: T-20th in NCAA, T-3rd in Pac- 10 (1.67); scoring: 17th in NCAA, 6th in Pac-10 (11.33); kick scoring: 2nd in Pac-10 (11.33).
Aaron Perez -- punting: 5th in Pac-10 (40.6)
Spencer Havner -- Interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.33); tackles: 15th in Pac-10 (7.7 per game); Tackles for loss: T-6th in Pac-10 (1.33 per game)
Michael Norris -- Interceptions: T-8th in Pac-10 (0.33)
Justin London -- Tackles: 17th in Pac-10 (7.3 per game).
Dennis Keyes -- Fumbles forced: T-1st in Pac-10 (0.67).
RED ZONE -- In 2005, UCLA is 14 for 14 in the Red Zone with 12 touchdowns (seven rushing and five passing) and two field goals for 90 points.
In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, the Bruins were five for five in the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and two field goals for 27 points. Against Rice, UCLA was five for five in the Red Zone with three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns for 35 points.
In the win over Oklahoma, the Bruins were four for four in the Red Zone with three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, for 28 points.
In 2005, opponents are seven of nine in the Red Zone with six rushing touchdowns and one field goal for 44 points.
San Diego State was two for three with two rushing touchdowns and one interception. Rice was two for two with two rushing touchdowns. Oklahoma was three of four with two rushing touchdowns, one field goal and one missed field goal.
In 2004, the Bruins were 29 of 37 (13 passing, 10 rushing TDs and six field goals) in the Red Zone for 178 points. UCLA finished the season converting seven of its last eight Red Zone possessions into points.
In 2004, opponents were 37 of 49 (13 rushing, nine passing touchdowns and 15 field goals) in the Red Zone for 199 points.
TURNOVERS -- In three games, UCLA has forced seven turnovers (two interceptions and five fumbles), leading to 34 points (four touchdowns and two field goals). The Bruin defense has scored twice on fumble returns (Christian Taylor versus Rice and Spencer Havner against Oklahoma).
UCLA has not committed a turnover. UCLA ranks second nationally in turnover margin (+2.33 per game).
Against San Diego State, the Bruins forced two turnovers (interceptions by Spencer Havner and Michael Norris) and converted them into a field goal (the half ended after the other turnover). UCLA did not commit a turnover.
Against Oklahoma, UCLA recovered three fumbles (Spencer Havner, William Snead and Michael Norris, two forced by Dennis Keyes) and they led to two touchdowns (one by Havner) and one field goal. UCLA did not commit a turnover.
In 2004, UCLA forced 19 turnovers (five fumbles, 14 interceptions) and converted 11 of them into 65 points (eight touchdowns, three field goals). Opponents received 26 turnovers (13 interceptions, 13 fumbles) and converted 13 into 71 points (eight touchdowns, five field goals).
BRUINS IN THE NFL -- On Opening Weekend of the 2004 National Football League season, 25 former Bruins were active on NFL rosters. That total tied for No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference and tied for 13th nationally.
The following is the list of Bruins who were on NFL rosters for the opening week of the 2005 season: Baltimore-Jonathan Ogden-OT; Buffalo-Ryan Neufeld-TE; Carolina-BenEmanuel-DB (practice roster), DeShaun Foster-RB, Mike Seidman-TE, Ricky Manning-DB; Chicago-Brendon Ayanbadejo-LB, Marcus Reese- LB (injured reserve); Cincinnati-Tab Perry-WR, Steven Vieira, OL(injured list); Dallas-Kenyon Coleman-DL; Denver -Marques Anderson-DB; Green Bay-Craig Bragg-WR (practice roster), Mike Flanagan-C, Robert Thomas-LB; Houston-Jason Bell-DB; Indianapolis- Bryan Fletcher-TE; Minnesota-Chris Kluwe-P; New Orleans- Rodney Leisle-DL; NY Giants-Shaun Williams-DB; Philadelphia- Matt Ware-DB; Pittsburgh-Tommy Maddox-QB, Travis Kirschke-DL; St. Louis-Brandon Chillar-LB; San Diego-Donnie Edwards-LB, Dave Ball-DL; Tampa Bay-Ryan Nece-LB; Tennessee- Drew Bennett-WR; Washington-Ryan Boschetti-DT, Manuel White-RB (injured reserve).
UCLA ON THE RADIO -- The 2005 season is UCLA's ninth with Clear Channel and the games will air on XTRA Sports AM 570. The Los Angeles all-sports station broadcasts the Bruins' games, including a two-hour pre-game show and a post-game show.
Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 14th season as the voice of the Bruins. Former Bruin quarterback Matt Stevens is in his eighth year on the broadcast team and his fourth as the analyst in the booth. Former Bruin quarterback Wayne Cook is in his fourth season as sideline reporter.
Stevens and Cook host the one and one-half hour local pregame show while Roberts, Stevens and Cook host the onehalf hour network pre-game and network post-game shows.
XTRA Sports 570 also provides ancillary programming, including Karl Dorrell and player interviews during the week of the games. Bruin games are also available nationally through an agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of UCLA Athletics. This week's game will be on Channel 131.
Games can also be heard via the internet at www.uclabruins.com (a UCLA All-Access pass is needed).
Fans can also hear the game for as little as 10 cents per minute by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929) to listen to the broadcast on the phone.
UCLA ON TELEVISION -- Entering this week, 137 of UCLA's last 145 games have been televised live. To date, seven games have been selected to be televised this season, Sept. 3 at San Diego State (ESPN2), Sept. 10 Rice (FSNW2), Sept. 17 Oklahoma (ABC), Oct. 1 Washington (FSNW2), Oct. 8 California (TBS), Nov. 12 Arizona State (ABC), Dec. 3 at USC (ABC).
ABC has up to 12 days prior to the date of a game to select other UCLA contests for live television. The other Pac-10 television partners, Fox Sports and TBS, will select their "Game(s) of the Week" after ABC Sports makes its choice. Each week, Fox Sports Net produces a one-hour block of programming on Monday nights (10:30 p.m.) highlighting Bruin football. One program (Bruin Rewind) takes a look back at the previous week's game with additional footage shot by FSNW, and the other features Coach Karl Dorrell's weekly news conference.
The UCLA Sports Magazine, also produced by Fox Sports Net West 2, airs on a monthly basis.
UCLA ON THE WEB -- UCLA releases, player information and results can be found on the school's official website -- www.uclabruins.com.
FOOD ZONE -- For all Bruin home games fans should plan on arriving in the Arroyo Seco early to avoid traffic and picnic at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is again sponsoring the Food Zone in Area H, just south of the bowl. Participating restaurants include American Pretzel, Chandra Thai, Funnel Cakes Etc, In-N-Out, Baja Grill, Now You're Poppin', PSI Drinks, Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill and Sepi's Giant Submarines.
THIS WAY TO THE ROSE BOWL -- Free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6.00 charge for parking at the Parsons Lot. Shuttle service begins four hours prior to kickoff and runs up to one hour after the game.
The Metro Gold Line will run from downtown Los Angeles (and points further) to downtown Pasadena (approx. one block from the Parsons Lot) on game days. Gold Line patrons are encouraged to use the free shuttle from the Parsons lot to and from the Rose Bowl.
DORRELL PRESS CONFERENCE -- Bruin head coach Karl Dorrell will have his weekly press conference on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. in the Morgan Center Press Room adjacent to the Hall of Fame.
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED -- The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. PT containing interviews with coaches and players and game highlight footage. It begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and runs through Nov. 30. The coordinates are: Satellite IA5/C14.