Nov. 8, 2004
UCLA ON THE ROAD AT OREGON
GAME 10 -- UCLA travels to Oregon for the first time since the 2000 season. The Bruins are 5-4 overall and 3-3 (T- 5th) in the Pac-10. The Ducks are coming off of a 28-27 loss to California that snapped a four-game winning streak and own a 5-4 overall mark and are 4-2 (T-3rd) in the Pac-10.
XTRA Sports 690/1150 and the Bruin Radio Network broadcasts all of the Bruin games with Chris Roberts and Matt Stevens in the booth. Wayne Cook will work the sidelines. The game can be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio. The game will be televised on a regional basis by ABC with Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts in the booth and Todd Harris on the sidelines.
DID YOU KNOW? --
Senior Chris Kluwe has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter. He has helped UCLA lead the nation in net punting and he leads the Pac-10 with his 47.73 average. Despite missing almost the entire Washington State game, Maurice Drew still ranks 14th in the nation and third in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (159.56) and ranks 27th in the country and third in the Pac-10 in rushing (98.44).
Drew, with 886 yards, could become the 10th Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It would be the 17th time in Bruin history that a back has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season.
Only four UCLA players have ever scored more than 14 touchdowns in a season -- 26 Skip Hicks - 1997; 20 Skip Hicks - 1996; 17 - J.J. Stokes - 1993; 17 - Gaston Green - 1986; 16 Kermit Johnson - 1973. Maurice Drew has scored 12 this season.
UCLA's 21-0 shutout of Stanford on Oct. 30 was its first since defeating Northeast Louisiana 44-0 on Sept. 14, 1996. The last time UCLA blanked a Pac-10 opponent was 1987 (49-0 at Stanford on Oct. 3). The last time the Bruins shut out a Pac-10 school at home was in 1985 (Oregon State, 41-0 on Nov. 16).
Against Washington State, Craig Bragg became UCLA's career receiving leader with 180 catches. He enters this week's game needing just 338 receiving yards to rank No. 1 on that career chart. He has scored 20 career touchdowns and 11 have measured at least 40 yards.
Last season, UCLA rushed for 1,195 yards (91.9 average) and 11 touchdowns in 13 contests. In nine games this year, the Bruins have rushed for 1,849 yards (205.4 average) and 15 touchdowns. UCLA has not averaged 200 yards rushing per game since 1995.
The Bruins, with 17 passing touchdowns this season, have also exceeded last year's passing touchdown total of 12, reached in 13 games.
Only three quarterbacks in UCLA history have thrown for more than 18 scores in a season -- 25 Cade McNown - 1998; 24 - Troy Aikman 1988; 24 - Cade McNown - 1997; 21 - Tom Ramsey - 1982. Drew Olson has thrown 17 scoring passes this season.
UCLA is averaging 6.24 yards per offensive play, its best since 1998 (6.81). Its average of 430.2 yards per game is its highest since 1998 (487.25). It's scoring average of 31.3 is also its best since 1998 (39.7). Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns at Washington on Sept. 18, setting UCLA records in both categories. Only two players in Pac-10 history (Reuben Mayes of Washington State and Ricky Bell of USC) ever rushed for more yards in a single game.
His 384 all-purpose yards that afternoon is still the best mark in the country. In fact, he owns three of the top efforts in the nation this year with 384 vs. Washington, 222 vs. San Diego State and 221 vs. Stanford.
Maurice Drew is averaging 40.63 yards on each of his eight rushing touchdowns this season (47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 2 for 325 yards). He also has scoring receptions of 27, 43 and three yards and a punt return for 68 yards.
In Drew Olson's last five games, he has completed 102 of 171 passes (59.65%) for 1,236 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The four teams to which UCLA has lost have a record of 24-10. Three of those teams have a combined record of 20-6 and are ranked in the Top 25. Five of those six losses are to teams in the Top Ten.
In his last five games, tight end Marcedes Lewis has made 17 receptions for 217 yards and five touchdowns. Lewis, with six touchdown catches this season, has tied Tim Wrightman's UCLA record for most career touchdown receptions by a tight end (10). His six touchdowns this year are tied for fourth in the Pac-10 among receivers and first (tied) among league tight ends.
Spencer Havner is one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker. He is also one of the 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman. Both awards will name finalists this week - the Lombardi on Tuesday and the Butkus on Thursday. Linebacker Spencer Havner's 17 tackles against Illinois were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He has made 110 tackles in nine games this season (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 17 at Illinois, 13 at Washington, 14 vs. San Diego State, 11 vs. Arizona, 5 vs. California, 6 vs. Arizona State, 16 vs. Stanford, 12 vs. Washington State) and leads the Pac-10 Conference (12.22 per game). He ranked tied for fifth in the nation entering last week's game against Washington State. His current average projects to 134 for an 11- game season, the highest total by a Bruin since 1989. Havner leads the nation in solo tackles (8.11) and is sixth in total tackles (12.22).
According to the NFL, the Bruins were tied for first among Pac-10 schools with 25 active players on opening day National Football League kickoff rosters.
Drew Olson's eight touchdown passes in two games (Arizona and California) tied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYU and four against Washington in 1993). The record for three games is 11 (3 v. San Diego State-4-4) by Cook and Olson had 10 in a three-game span.
Drew Olson's 30 completions against Arizona State rank second on UCLA's single-game list, trailing only Troy Aikman's 32 completions versus USC in 1988. His 44 attempts are seventh (tied) on that list. His 325 yards were a career high.
A school-record 12 true freshmen have played for the Bruins this year. Nine made their debut against the Cowboys -- OL Brian Abraham; WR Brandon Breazell; DE Brigham Harwell; LB Fred Holmes; OL Chris Joseph; DT Kenneth Lombard; WR/DB Michael Norris; OL Shannon Tevaga; and CB Rodney Van. Two more played at Illinois -- WR Marcus Everett and RB Chris Markey. DT Chris Johnson made his debut against San Diego State. UCLA played five true freshmen, including returners Mil'Von James, Maurice Drew, Joe Cowan and Kevin Brown, in 2003. Ten true freshmen played in 2002.
The 2004 season is UCLA's 23rd in the Rose Bowl. Since moving to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 93-42-2 (.686) on the home field. They are 8-3 at home under head coach Karl Dorrell, 5-2 in Pac-10 play.
Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma State is the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourthlongest in school history. His four field goals against San Diego State are the most by a Bruin since Chris Sailer kicked five against Stanford in 2002.
The 546 yards of total offense gained at Washington is the highest total under head coach Karl Dorrell, bettering the previous high of 481 yards in the previous game at Illinois. The last time the Bruins totaled more yards was Oct. 5, 2002, when they piled up 625 yards at Oregon State.
UCLA gained 535 yards of total offense against Arizona State, the second time this year the Bruins have gained at least 500 yards (546 at Washington). The last time the Bruins had at least 500 yards in two different games was in 2001 (531 vs. California and 536 vs. Arizona State).
UCLA scored at least 30 points in four straight games (Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona). The last time that happened was in 1998-99 when the Bruins scored at least 30 in the final five games of the 1998 season and the first game of the 1999 season. UCLA has scored at least 30 points five times this season.
UCLA compiled at least 400 yards of total offense in the first four games this season. The last time that happened was in 1998, when the Bruins had at least 400 in each of the first five games.
UCLA has rushed for at least 200 yards in five games this season. The last time that happended was in 2001 (five games).
UCLA's 424 yards rushing at Washington is its best effort since November 17, 1979, when it ran for 446 yards at Oregon in a 35-0 victory.
The Bruins' five offensive touchdowns against Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Illinois are the most since Dec. 1, 2001, when the offense produced seven touchdowns against Arizona State.
Shannon Tevaga became the fifth true freshman to start a game this season when he opened at strong guard against Arizona State. Brandon Breazell and Marcus Everett each started the game with San Diego State at wide receiver. Everett also started the Arizona and Arizona State games. Kenneth Lombard started the games against Illinois and Washington at defensive tackle.
Brigham Harwell has started the last four games (California, ASU, Stanford and WSU) at defensive end.
UCLA has allowed just five fourth-quarter touchdowns in nine games -- all five in the last three games. UCLA's 378 yards and 28 points were season opponent highs against California. The Golden Bears entered the game ranked fifth in total defense (247.5) and 16th in scoring defense (14.5).
Marcedes Lewis' 30 catches in 2003 (he has 26 this season) ranked among the best by a UCLA tight end since 1980. Only Mike Seidman, 41 in 2002, Charles Arbuckle, 33 in 1989 and Paul Bergmann, 44 in 1983 and 41 in 1982, have caught more balls in a season than Lewis since 1980. This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Bruins' 1954 National Championship won under coach Red Sanders.
UCLA compiled a perfect 9-0 record that season, including a 12-7 win over defending national champion Maryland in the Coliseum. The Bruins did not play in the Rose Bowl game following that magical season because of the "no repeat" rule. The team was voted No. 1 on the United Press International Poll and shared the national championship with Rose Bowl winner Ohio State, the Associated Press champion.
The 1954 team led the nation in scoring offense (40.8) and scoring defense (4.4). The team still holds the school records for fewest rushing yards allowed (659), total defense (1,708) and scoring defense (40). Its 40.8 scoring mark ranks second in school history. Jack Ellena, Jim Salsbury, Bob Davenport and Primo Villanueva all earned first-team All-America honors that season.
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. The following players have changed numbers from those listed in last year's media guide --- safety Eric McNeal, now #2; wide receiver Tab Perry, now #3; fullback Steve Seigel, now #35; linebacker Aaron Whittington, now #42; defensive lineman Bruce Davis, now #44; defensive lineman Kevin Brown, now #75.
The following players have changed numbers from those listed in this year's media guide --- wide receiver Brandon Breazell, now # 1; safety Dennis Keyes, now #11; defensive back Rodney Van, now #12; wide receiver Michael Norris, now #22; defensive back Trey Brown, now #23; linebacker Mark Mangelsdorf, now #23; fullback Jimmy Stephens, now #45; offensive tackle Tony Lee, now #70. UCLA's 10 bowl wins in the last 22 years rank No. 1 in the Pac-10. Only seven schools (Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State) have won more bowl games in that span.
During the last 22 years, UCLA has been ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 on 11 occasions the most of any Pac-10 school (Washington and USC are second with 10). In the last 22 seasons (1982-2003), UCLA has more Top 10 rankings (seven) than any other Pac-10 school. In fact, only seven schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma) have been ranked in the AP Top 10 more often than UCLA during this period.
Defensively, cornerback Matt Clark and linebacker Spencer Havner have each started the last 20 straight games. Two Bruins on the 2004 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played running back from 1976-78 and rushed for 2,914 yards to rank No. 7 all-time at school); DL Bruce Davis (dad, Bruce, played offensive line from 1975-78 and went on to a long NFL career, winning two Super Bowl titles).
Six Bruins made their first career starts in the opener against Oklahoma State -- junior Robert Cleary at weak guard; sophomore Justin Hickman and redshirt freshman Bruce Davis at defensive end; sophomore Robert Garcia at defensive tackle, sophomore Danny Nelson at linebacker and junior Marcus Cassel at cornerback. In addition, sophomore Kevin Brown made his first start on defense (tackle) after starting three times at offensive guard in 2003.
Three more Bruins made their first career starts at Illinois -- true freshman Kenneth Lombard at defensive tackle; redshirt freshman Aaron Whittington at outside linebacker and sophomore Eric McNeal at strong safety. Lombard is the first true freshman defensive lineman to start a game since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher started the 1999 Rose Bowl.
Two Bruins -- defensive end Kyle Morgan and defensive tackle C.J. Niusulu -- made the first starts of their careers at Washington. Linebacker Benjamin Lorier and wide receivers Marcus Everett and Brandon Breazell made their first career starts and Eyoseph Efseaff made his first defensive start against San Diego State. At California, true freshman defensive end Brigham Harwell made his first career start. True freshman Shannon Tevaga made his first career start at strong guard against Arizona State.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Trey Brown, redshirt freshman fullback Michael Pitre and sophomore wide receiver Joe Cowan made their first career starts against Stanford. Ten redshirt freshmen saw their first career action in the season- opener -- CB Trey Brown; DL Bruce Davis; DL Nikola Dragovic; DB Chris Horton; DB Dennis Keyes; DB Olukayode Oredugba; FB Michael Pitre; DL William Snead; DL Noah Sutherland; and LB Aaron Whittington. Three junior college transfers also saw their first action in the Oklahoma State game -- DL Justin Hickman; DL Kyle Morgan; and LB Danny Nelson. Redshirt freshman WR Matthew Slater made his first appearance in the Illinois game. Running back Derrick Williams made his debut against San Diego State. QB David Koral, a JC transfer, redshirt freshman offensive guard P.J. Irvin, redshirt freshman fullback Jimmy Stephens and redshirt freshman tight end Will Peddie made their debuts against Arizona.
SERIES NOTES -- UCLA leads the series with Oregon, which dates back to 1928, 37-21, but has lost the last four meetings. The Bruins have not played in Eugene since the 2000 season. The last Bruin win in the series came in the 1999 season, a 34-29 victory in the Rose Bowl. The last Bruin win at Oregon came in the 1997 season, a 39-31 decision.
Last season, the Ducks grabbed the early lead and went on to enjoy a 31-6 halftime advantage. The Bruin defense limited the Ducks to just 228 yards and two touchdowns, but UCLA yielded touchdowns on an interception return and a kickoff return to help dig a first-quarter hole that the team could not get out of. Quarterback Drew Olson returned to the starting lineup in this game, after coming off the bench for three games, and completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards. His 49 attempts were the second highest total in school history. Craig Bragg matched his career-best with 10 catches.
In 1999, the Bruins started slow and then exploded for 31 points in less than a 13-minute stretch in the second and third quarters and then held on to deal the Ducks a defeat. UCLA took a 34-10 lead into the fourth quarter of the contest, but had to withstand a 19-point fourth quarter Duck rally. With 1:16 remaining in the contest, Oregon began a drive on its 11-yard line. The drive ended with a completed pass to UCLA's one-yard line as time expired. Wide receiver Danny Farmer enjoyed the second-best game in school history at the time, with 196 receiving yards on seven catches.
In 1997, the Bruins piled up 513 yards of total offense behind quarterback Cade McNown, but still had to come from behind in the second half to beat the Ducks. On a cold, windy day in Eugene, both teams came out hot and Oregon led 21-17 at the end of a wild first quarter. UCLA trailed 24-20 at the half and needed scores on three straight fourth quarter possessions to secure the win. NOTING THE DUCKS -- Oregon ranks 21st nationally and third in the Pac-10 in rushing defense (114.33) and 24th nationally and third in the Pac-10 in total defense (314.56). On offense, the Ducks rank 25th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 (421.67) and they rank 27th nationally and fourth in the league in passing (255.89). Oregon is third (tied) in quarterback sacks (26) but have allowed a league-high 32 sacks. Terrence Whitehead ranks second in the Pac- 10 in rushing (101.1) and ninth in receptions per game (4.11). Quarterback Kellen Clemens ranks third in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (137.5), thid in passing yards (247.8) and first in totasl offense (271.6).
GAME 9 -- UCLA twice rallied from deficits but couldn't come all the way back the last time and dropped a 31-29 decision to Washington State at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins found themselves trailing just 18 seconds into the contest when they fumbled the opening kickoff and Jerome Harrison scored from 25 yards out on the Cougar's first snap.
UCLA tied the game later in the quarter when C.J. Niusulu stripped Harrison of the ball and Brigham Harwell recovered the ball in the end zone for the first touchdown of his career, evening the score at 7-7. The Cougars then built a 21-7 second-quarter lead and still led 21-10 at halftime. The Bruins outscored WSU 6-3 in the third quarter but the Cougars scored a touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter to build a 31-16 lead. UCLA countered by going 69 yards on three plays, the final 47 yards coming on a pass from Drew Olson to Tab Perry to make the score 31-23. Five punts later, a 34-yard return by Craig Bragg gave the Bruins possession at their own 46-yard line with 2:33 remaining.
UCLA moved down field and on third-and-one from the fouryard line, running back Manuel White made an acrobatic catch of an Olson pass for a touchdown to make the score 31-29 with 42 seconds remaining. UCLA was unable to convert a two-point pass attempt and when an onside kick attempt was unsuccessful, the game was over. Offensively, the Bruins played most of the game without two of their main weapons. Tailback Maurice Drew sprained his right ankle on a first-quarter punt return and was finished for the day. Tight end Marcedes Lewis suffered a bruised tailbone on a second-quarter reception and did not return to the game. UCLA had just 308 yards of total offense, 201 passing and 107 rushing. Olson accounted for 251 yards of offense (201 passing, 50 rushing) and White added 46 on the ground.
Craig Bragg led the Bruins with five receptions and became UCLA's career receiving leader (180) with a nine-yard catch on UCLA's final drive. Tab Perry added four receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, UCLA allowed 506 yards -- 321 on the ground and 185 in the air. Spencer Havner led the Bruins with 12 tackles while Justin London and Trey Brown added nine each and Jarrad Page made eight stops. Brigham Harwell also scored the first touchdown of his career when he recovered a fumble caused by C.J. Niusulu for UCLA's first score.
Chris Kluwe averaged 50.3 yards on seven kicks with just two returned for a total of six yards and Justin Medlock made all three field goal attempts, including two from 47 yards, and both PATs for 11 points.
BRUIN HEAD COACH Karl Dorrell --
Former Bruin wide receiver Karl Dorrell is in his second season 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. The Bruins qualified for their sixth bowl game in the past seven seasons in Dorrell's first season at the helm. His record is 11-11 overall, 7-7 in Pac-10 play.
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 13 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 receiving yards total of 1,517 yards ranks No. 13.
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 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, 2003. In his first season in Denver, Bronco receiver Rod Smith earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after shattering the team record with 1,602 receiving yards and fellow wideout Ed McCaffrey caught a then-franchise record 101 passes. In 2001, Smith set a new team mark with 113 catches.
COACHING MOVES --
The Bruins have added three new offensive coaches to the staff for the 2004 season. Tom Cable, former head coach at Idaho, serves as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Cable has been an assistant coach at Colorado (offensive coordinator), California, UNLV and Cal State Fullerton.
Dino Babers is mentoring the Bruin wide receivers. He came to UCLA after serving as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh last season and in previous seasons at Texas A&M, Arizona (offensive coordinator), San Diego State, Purdue, Northern Arizona, UNLV and Eastern Illinois.
Jim Svoboda is serving as quarterbacks coach. He came to UCLA after serving as offensive coordinator at Northwest Missouri State University where his units led the nation (Div. II) in scoring in 1998 and 2000. Svoboda had previously served as head coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
In conjunction with the new hires, Assistant Head Coach Jon Embree is now coach ing the tight end position. Last season, he was the wide receivers coach. Defensive line coach Don Johnson is now serving as recruiting coordinator. In addition, outside linebacker / nickel back coach Brian Schneider is in charge of all of the Bruin special teams units.
#21 RB Maurice Drew -- A powerful back with a breakaway burst of speed, the spectacular sophomore is having an outstanding season. On the year, despite leaving the Washington State game in the first quarter and not returning, Drew ranks third in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation in all-purpose yards (159.56). His 384- yard effort at Washington is the nation's top total of the year and he also had 222 yards vs. San Diego State and 221 against Stanford.
Drew ranks third in the Pac-10 and 27th nationally in rushing with his average of 98.44 yards per game despite carrying the ball just once against WSU. He also ranks 28th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (8.00 points per game). He is averaging 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would rank second in the Pac-10 but is one return shy of qualifying.
Drew is averaging 8.83 yards every time he touches the football (1,483 yards on 168 touches). He is averaging 6.7 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns this season have been at least 47 yards (40.63 average, 325 yards), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards. Overall, he has 12 touchdowns this season -- eight rushing, three receiving and one punt return.
His 1,436 all-purpose yards in eight games already rank No. 8 on UCLA's single-season list and at his current pace over 11 games, he would finish in the top three in this category. He is the first player in school history to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season.
In his 22-game career, he has rushed for 1,468 yards (5.5 average) and 13 touchdowns. He has scored 19 touchdowns overall, including three receptions, two kickoff returns and one punt return, and nine of those 19 have measured at least 47 yards.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington. UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew. On the afternoon, the 5-8 dynamo rushed for a schoolrecord 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington. He also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards thanks to huge holes, great moves, broken tackles and outstanding speed to the outside.
Drew's 322 yards also rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 for Washington State in 1984 and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC in 1976. He also tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players. His effort was the 75th 300+ game in NCAA history. On the day, he compiled 384 allpurpose yards.
For his efforts at Washington, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week. He was also named National Player of the Week by The Sporting News magazine and radio, USA Today and collegefootballnews.com. He was also Sports Illustrated's Five-Star Player. In addition, he was selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside and raced 47 yards to tie the game at 7-7. On his second carry, with UCLA trailing 24-7 and 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, he raced 62 yards, the second-longest run of his career, for his second score of the quarter. On his fourth carry, a third-and-12 with 40 seconds left in the quarter, he sped 58 yards for his third touchdown. Overall in the first quarter, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts.
He gave the Bruins the lead for good (27-24) with 4:16 remaining in the half when he scooted around right end for a 15-yard touchdown. He finished the half with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
In the third quarter, he broke several tackles en route to his school-record fifth touchdown, a 37-yard run on the Bruins' first possession of the half. Despite suffering calf cramps, he broke Foster's record on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, he helped the Bruins run over five minutes off the clock by picking up two first downs on third-down runs.
On the day, he had eight runs of at least 12 yards, 13 of at least five yards and only one for negative yardage and one for zero yards.
Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins in rushing with his third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 161 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He had four doublefigure runs and just two for negative yardage. His touchdown, which measured 57 yards, gave UCLA a 7-3 lead and included a 360-spin, two broken tackles and a footrace to the end zone.
In addition, he made one reception for nine yards, returned one kickoff for 27 yards and returned three punts for 25 yards, giving him 222 all-purpose yards. He also completed the first pass of his career for 47 yards to Michael Pitre.
Drew saw limited action against Arizona, carrying the ball just 11 times for 22 yards. He also made one reception for 31 yards on UCLA's first scoring drive.
At California, he accounted for 128 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, he tied the game at 14-14 when he took a screen pass and raced 27 yards for a score. In the fourth quarter, he turned another screen into a 43-yard touchdown, his sixth of at least 40 yards this season. On the day, he made three receptions for 76 yards, rushed for a team-high 42 yards on 14 carries and added 10 yards on two punt returns.
At Arizona State, Drew had 118 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 54 yards on 15 attempts, made three receptions for 23 yards, returned one kickoff for 22 yards and returned one punt for 19 yards. He scored his 10th touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the second quarter.
Against Stanford, Drew accounted for 221 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 105 yards on 12 attempts, made five receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown (three yards) and returned three punts for 93 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown ever on a punt return and the fourth different type of touchdown in his career (rushing, receiving, kickoff return, punt return). Five of his 12 rushes measured in double figures, including runs of 30 and 20 yards. He was named Pac- 10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts. Against Washington State, he suffered a sprained right ankle on a five-yard punt return midway through the first quarter and never returned. He rushed the ball just once and caught only one pass.
In the season opener, Drew rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries against Oklahoma State. He also made three receptions for 92 yards, including a 57-yard catch-and-run that gave the Bruins a first down at the 12-yard line with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest. On the afternoon, he had 136 all-purpose yards.
At Illinois, Drew showed his speed and strength, rushing for 142 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts. On UCLA's second possession, he broke a couple of tackles and ran away from the defense for a 47-yard touchdown, the second longest scoring run of his career. He had four runs of at least 10 yards. Drew also returned one kickoff for 25 yards and added one reception for nine yards to total 176 all-purpose yards.
In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and also excelled as a kick returner (two kickoff returns for touchdown). He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News.
Drew ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally in kickoff return average (26.65) and 12th in the conference in rushing (44.77). He returned kickoffs for scores against Oklahoma (91 yards) and USC (99 yards).
Drew's 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushing (18 carries) for the game against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total ever by a UCLA true freshman. Drew made the first start of his career at Washington State and rushed for 80 yards. He also started in the bowl game against Fresno State and led the team with 65 yards rushing.
#14 QB Drew Olson -- Through nine games, the junior quarterback has completed 158 of 274 passes (57.7) for 1,976 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (four on deflections). He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 38th in the NCAA in total offense (229.56 yards), sixth in the Pac-10 in passing (219.56 yards), and fifth in the Pac-10 and 41st in the NCAA in passing efficiency (130.69 rating). In the Pac-10, his average of 12.51 yards per completion is third among players with at least 100 completions and his completion percentage of 57.66% is fourth. This season, Olson has thrown 17 touchdown passes, tying him for fifth on that UCLA single-season list. Only Cade McNown (25 in 1998 and 24 in 1997), Troy Aikman (24 in 1988) and Tom Ramsey (21 in 1982) have thrown for more touchdowns in a season. In Olson's last five games, he has completed 102 of 171 passes (59.65%) for 1,236 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Olson's eight touchdown passes in a two-game span tied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYU and four against Washington in 1993). Olson had 10 in a three-game span and the record is 11 by Cook (3-4-4).
Olson now has 384 completions in his 30-game career (23 starts). That total ranks No. 6 in UCLA history, just behind No. 5 Tommy Maddox (391). In addition, his 4,745 passing yards rank No. 6 on that UCLA list. He also ranks No. 7 in career total offense (4,569 yards).
In the opener against Oklahoma State, the true junior completed 16 of 36 passes for 252 yards. He completed passes to six different receivers, including seven to wide receivers, seven to running backs and two to tight ends.
He also had two fourth-quarter interceptions, both on tipped passes. His 57-yard pass play to Maurice Drew in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. He enjoyed an outstanding afternoon at Illinois. He recorded a career best (at the time) with three touchdown passes (41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg and 15 yards to Marcedes Lewis). On the day, he completed 14 of 21 passes for 208 yards with one interception (tipped pass). He led UCLA on scoring drives of 96 and 65 yards on its first two possessions to build a first-quarter lead of 14-0. He also had a career-long 29-yard run and finished with 29 net rushing yards.
At Washington, the site of his first career start in 2002, he helped rally the Bruins from a 24-7 deficit. On the afternoon, he completed 12 of 17 passes for 122 yards and one interception on a deflected pass. In the second half, he completed nine of 10 passes, including his final seven, for 97 yards and five passing first downs.
Against San Diego State, Olson completed 14 of 29 passes to eight different receivers for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His 23-yard scoring strike to Tab Perry on third-and-16 gave UCLA a 27-3 lead on its first possession of the second half. He also led the Bruins to a touchdown on their opening possession of the game.
In the second half, he completed seven of 10 passes (six of eight in third quarter) for 90 yards and one touchdown. He was at his best in the win against Arizona. With the running game not as effective as it has been, Olson completed 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with no interceptions. Three of his five scoring drives measured at least 70 yards. In the first half, he completed 10 of 13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA built a 23-3 halftime lead. With UCLA leading 2-0, Olson capped UCLA's opening possession with a pass to fullback Michael Pitre, who rambled 28 yards for the score. Leading 16-3 with 5:03 remaining in the first half, Olson and the Bruins drove 95 yards to make the score 23-3, the final 12 yards coming on Marcedes Lewis' second touchdown reception. In the third quarter, following an Arizona touchdown, he drove the Bruins 80 yards to make the score 30-10, throwing an 18- yard strike to Lewis for the score.
At California, Olson threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week, finding Marcedes Lewis for 15 yards, Maurice Drew for 27 and 43 yards and Joe Cowan for 46 yards. The final TD pass brought the Bruins to within 10 points (38-28) with 2:39 remaining in the game. On the afternoon, he completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He had five completions of at least 25 yards, including three of at least 40 yards.
At Arizona State, Olson rallied the Bruins from a 14-3 deficit to a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead. On the afternoon, he completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers. It was the second straight week he set a career best in passing yardage. His second touchdown pass, a nine yarder to Tab Perry, gave the Bruins the 42-31 lead.
The 30 completions rank No. 2 in UCLA history, topped only by Troy Aikman's 32 against USC in 1988. The 44 attempts tied for No. 7 on that list (Aikman attempted 44 vs. Washington State in 1988 and Steve Bono threw 44 passes vs. Oregon in 1984) and is the second-highest total of his career (he threw 49 passes against Oregon last year). The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002, when Cory Paus had 378 against Oregon State.
Against Stanford, the junior completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards with one touchdown (three yards) and one interception. Against Washington State, he completed 18 of 38 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Both touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter as the Bruins tried to rally from a 15-point deficit. The second TD pass came with 42 seconds remaining in the game but the Bruins were then unsuccessful on their two-point conversion pass attempt.
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 and start nine times. Olson ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (172.2), ninth in total offense (157.2) and 10th in passing efficiency rating (111.27). His 173 completions ranked 12th on UCLA's single-season list. He became the 14th Bruin overall and just the fourth sophomore to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (2,067).
He began the 2002 season behind four-year starter Cory Paus. Olson ended the year by starting in the final five games after Paus suffered a season-ending ankle injury against California. Olson was also injured in that game and sat out the next contest against Stanford before returning to start the final five games of the season.
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 completed 13 of 27 passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover. He also became just the third UCLA true freshman quarterback to start the game against USC, joining Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown.
MORE QUARTERBACK -- Junior transfer David Koral gained valuable experience during Fall camp, becoming more familiar with the offensive scheme. He entered UCLA in January of 2004 following a transfer from Santa Monica College and participated in Spring Practice. He completed 55% of his passes for 2,202 yards and had 18 touchdowns and six interceptions last season at SMC. Koral made his debut against Arizona, playing the final two snaps. He played three snaps versus Stanford.
Third-year sophomore walk-on Brian Callahan possesses an excellent knowledge of the offense and is also competing for playing time behind Olson.
#87 WR Craig Bragg -- One of the best receivers in UCLA history, Craig Bragg enjoyed a second consecutive standout season in 2003. A big-play performer (11 touchdowns of at least 40 yards during his career), he is the only player in school history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons.
Bragg returned to action at Arizona State after having missed the San Diego State, Arizona and California games with a dislocated left shoulder suffered at Washington on Sept. 18. He currently has a streak of 42 consecutive games in which he has played and caught a pass. He had a string of 34 games in which he made at least two receptions ended at ASU.
Bragg is now UCLA's career receiving leader and needs 338 receiving yards to rank No. 1 on that career chart. His 180 career catches now rank first on UCLA's career list, having passed Kevin Jordan versus Washington State. His 2,683 receiving yards rank second on the career list, trailing only Danny Farmer (3,020). He has 20 career touchdowns (17 receiving, two rushing and one punt return), including 11 (nine receptions, one run and one punt return) of at least 40 yards.
He has also moved into fourth place on UCLA's career all-purpose yardage list with 3,840 yards. Only running backs Gaston Green (4,283), DeShaun Foster (4,028) and Theotis Brown (3,944) have accounted for more all-purpose yards.
His 2,683 career receiving yards rank eighth among all active Division IA players, his 80 career punt returns rank fifth (tied) and his 799 punt return yards rank eighth. His 180 receptions rank 12th, his 17 receiving touchdowns rank T-19th and his 3,840 all-purpose yards rank 15th.
Bragg has a career touchdown average of 39.8 yards (37.8 on receptions) and has accounted for at least 100 receiving yards in seven games in his career, a total bettered by just four players at UCLA. He also ranks third on UCLA's career punt return list with 76, three behind No. 2 Ron Carver (79).
In the opener against Oklahoma State, he made four receptions for 87 yards, all in the first half. Three of his four catches resulted in first downs (his fourth was a 13-yard gain on which he fumbled so no first down is credited) and he had receptions of 38 and 33 yards in the second quarter, the former setting up UCLA's field goal on the final play of the half. He also returned three punts for 47 yards, including one for 33 yards in the fourth quarter.
At Illinois, his diving catch in the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead on their first offensive possession. He also made a 14-yard scoring grab with 3:58 left in the second quarter to give UCLA a 21-7 halftime lead. His third reception also produced a first down, making him three for three in that category.
At Washington, he made five receptions for 57 yards. On a fourth-quarter reception, he suffered a dislocated left shoulder. Four of his five receptions produced first downs. He also returned four punts for 26 yards. After missing three games, he saw limited action at Arizona State and made one reception for 28 yards and a first down.
Against Stanford, he tied for the team lead with five receptions, good for 48 yards and four first downs. Against Washington State, he made a team-high five receptions for 28 yards and one first down. The reception that broke the record was a nine-yard catch that gave the Bruins the ball at the four-yard line on their final touchdown drive and UCLA scored on the next play. He also returned four punts for 50 yards, including a 34-yard return to start that final touchdown drive. On the year, he is third on the team with 23 receptions for 321 yards (second), a 14.0 average, two touchdowns and 16 first downs.
If he had played enough games to qualify, here is where he would rank in various Pac-10 categories: fourth (tied) in punt returns (10.25), 10th in receiving yards (53.5), 10th in receptions (3.83) and 17th in all-purpose yards (74.33).
In 2003, Bragg saw action in all 13 games with 11 starts. With 73 receptions, he became the first Bruin to register at least 50 catches in two different seasons (55 in 2002). He became the sixth Bruin to break the 1,000-yard plateau with his total of 1,065 receiving yards. He ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.62 receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards per game (81.92), seventh in all-purpose yards (106.77) and eighth in punt returns (7.95 yards). His total of 73 catches ranked third on the all-time UCLA list and his 1,065 receiving yards ranked fifth. He also set a school record for punt returns in a season with 38.
In 2002, he led the Pac-10 in punt returns and grabbed a school sophomore record 55 passes for 889 yards. No Bruin had ever entered their junior season with more career receptions (84) and career receiving yards (1,297) than Bragg. His nine touchdowns in 2002 averaged 43.6 yards per play (74-punt return, 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards). He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards and 10th in receptions. He also led the league in punt return average (16.0).
He enjoyed one of the finest afternoon's in UCLA history against Oregon in 2002 when he caught nine passes (tied for eighth on school list) for 230 yards (No. 2 on school list) with three touchdowns. Bragg was named the Most Valuable Player in the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl after catching four passes for 38 yards and returning a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
In 2001, he led the team with 29 catches, averaging 14.1 yards per catch, and was the team's No. 4 rusher with 100 yards (12.5 average) and two touchdowns. He also averaged 8.4 yards on 14 punt returns and 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
#19 TE Marcedes Lewis -- The true junior, who is one of the nation's best at his position thanks to a great combination of size, speed and athletic ability entered the season on the 'Watch List' for the John Mackey Award. In the opener against Oklahoma State, Lewis made two receptions for 23 yards. Both of his catches came on third down and both moved the chains, one on UCLA's first touchdown drive and one on the field goal drive at the end of the half.
At Illinois, he led the team with four receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown. He made a 23-yard catch and run on UCLA's first play from scrimmage and a 16-yard reception on UCLA's first series of the second half, both drives that ended in touchdowns. He also made a 15-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter on which his second effort moved the ball into the end zone. On the day, he produced three first downs.
At Washington, he made two receptions for 21 yards and one first down. He made a key 19-yard reception on the Bruins' field goal drive that gave them a 37-31 lead. Against San Diego State, he made one reception for nine yards.
Lewis had a breakout game in the win over Arizona, making six receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns, tying his career high for receptions and setting new bests for yardage and touchdowns. His touchdowns measured 16, 12 and 18 yards and 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. All six catches produced first downs.
On the first touchdown (16 yards on third down), he tipped it, was hit but stayed focused to regrab the ball for the score. On his second touchdown (12 yards), he made the catch, bounced off a would-be tackler, regained his balance and forced his way into the end zone for a 23-3 lead. His third scoring catch was on a 18-yard strike from Olson down the middle, again on third down. He also made a reception with a defender draped all over him and another on which he leaped high in the air for the catch. For his efforts, he was named the Mackey Committee National Tight End of the Week.
At California, he made four receptions for 22 yards and UCLA's first touchdown, a 15-yard strike from Drew Olson. He also had two first downs.
At Arizona State, he made four receptions for 44 yards and his sixth touchdown of the year, a one-handed grab in the back right corner of the end zone. His other three receptions resulted in first downs.
Against Stanford, he made one reception for 26 yards and a first down on UCLA's first touchdown drive. Against Washington State, he made two receptions for 26 yards and two first downs. On his second catch, good for 19 yards with over 8:30 left in the first half, he suffered a bruised tailbone and was unable to return to the game.
On the year, he leads the Bruins with 26 receptions, 332 yards and six receiving touchdowns and is averaging 12.8 yards per reception. He has produced 20 first downs to go with his six touchdowns.
His six receiving touchdowns rank fourth (tied) in the Pac- 10 and first (tied) among tight ends. He ranks 17th (tied) in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (2.89). In his last five games, he has 17 receptions (217 yards) and five touchdowns.
His 10 career touchdown receptions tie the UCLA tight end record of 10, set by All-American Tim Wrightman. He now ranks No. 5 on UCLA's career tight end receiving list. The other five tight ends in the Top Six played in the NFL. He is also tied for 24th place overall on UCLA's career receiving list.
The lone returner at tight end, Lewis finished the 2003 season with 30 receptions for 377 yards (12.6 average) and three touchdowns. Those 30 catches rank fifth among Bruin tight ends since 1980. He ranked second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions and tied for second in average per reception (five or more catches).
Lewis led all Bruin receivers with six receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown in the 2003 season-opener against Colorado. His 13-yard scoring reception gave the Bruins a 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Lewis came off the bench and led all Bruin receivers with four catches for 67 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown grab, against California. All four of his receptions produced first downs, two on third-down situations. At USC, he started in a two-tight end formation and made one reception, a 17-yard touchdown. He made two receptions for 13 yards in the Silicon Valley Football Classic against Fresno State.
#29 RB MANUEL WHITE -- One of two season captains elected by his teammates, White is a big back who has the speed to play tailback, the strength to play fullback and the receiving skills to contribute at either position. He enjoyed a career game in the opener against Oklahoma State. He rushed for a career-high 145 yards on 20 carries and scored both Bruin touchdowns. His first, on which he broke several tackles and crossed the field from left to right for a 60-yard score, the longest run of his career, tied the game at 7-7. The second, a four-yard blast through the left side, gave UCLA a 14-7 lead. He also made four receptions for 40 yards, giving him 185 all-purpose yards on the afternoon. His previous career-high in rushing (102) was against Illinois in 2003.
At Illinois, White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries, and his one-yard touchdown on UCLA's opening possession of the second half gave the Bruins a 28-7 lead. He gained 64 of his yards (12 carries) in the final half. He also made two receptions for 16 yards.
At Washington, he broke 80 yards for the third straight game. He finished with 84 yards on 23 carries, including 60 yards on 14 attempts in the second half. He had 10 runs of at least four yards and two in double figures. Against San Diego State, he gained 35 yards on 13 attempts and also caught two passes for eight yards.
Against Arizona, White led the team in rushing with 62 tough yards on 17 attempts. His longest run was eight yards and he converted five into first downs. He also made two receptions for 10 yards. At California, he gained 29 yards on eight rushing attempts.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 81 yards rushing and one touchdown. In the third quarter, his long run (55 yards) and fumble resulted in a 12-yard touchdown by Tab Perry. White then caught a pass on the two-point conversion attempt to tie the game at 28-28. His three-yard touchdown run gave the Bruins their first lead of the day (35-31). On the afternoon, he also made four receptions.
Against Stanford, he rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts (7.2 average) and did not have a single run for negative yards. His long run was 32 yards and his two-yard touchdown with 3:01 left in he first quarter gave the Bruins a lead they would never relinquish. In the Washington State game, he rushed for 46 yards on 13 attempts. With 42 seconds remaining in the game, he made a leaping, one-armed grab of Drew Olson's four-yard pass for a touchdown to bring the Bruins to within two points, 31-29.
White ranks second on the team in rushing with a career- high 666 yards (74.0 per game) and is averaging 5.0 yards per attempt. He is also sixth with 16 receptions. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing (74.0) and 14th in all-purpose yards (83.44).
For his career, White has rushed for a total of 1,716 yards, tied for No. 17 with Mel Farr, Sr. on UCLA's career list, and 16 touchdowns.
In the Karl Dorrell Era, UCLA is 11-6 in games in which White plays and 0-5 in games in which he does not play.
In 2003, White missed the final five games of the season due to a fractured right scapula suffered in the first half of the Arizona State contest. The Bruins did not win a game the rest of the season without him in the backfield. White rushed for a career-high (at the time) 102 yards on 18 carries in the win over Illinois. In the fourth quarter, he carried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards, including each of the first seven plays of UCLA's final nineplay possession. At Oklahoma, White led the Bruins in rushing with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoring run.
Against Washington, he led the team in rushing for the fourth straight game when he rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown. His 56-yard run in the fourth quarter was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage in 2003. On the year, White ranked third on the team with 379 yards (3.9 average) despite not carrying the ball in the opener and missing the final five games of the season.
#3 WR Tab Perry -- The senior returned to practice with the team on August 18 after being academically ineligible for the 2003 season. He was readmitted to UCLA on August 17 and began practicing with the team on the next day. On Sept. 3, the afternoon before the opener against Oklahoma State, the NCAA granted UCLA's request for a progress-towards-degree waiver for Perry, allowing him to compete this season.
He made one reception for no yards against Oklahoma State and returned one kickoff for 32 yards in his first action since the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl. At Illinois, he made one catch for 10 yards. At Washington, he did not make a reception but returned one kickoff for 24 yards to give the Bruins the football at their own 39-yard line on their first possession of the game.
Against San Diego State, he made three receptions for 34 yards. His 23-yard touchdown catch on third-and-16 on UCLA's first possession of the second half gave the Bruins a 27-3 lead. He started for the first time against Arizona but did did not make a reception. At California, he made three catches for 61 yards, including one play of 41 yards on which he carried a defender at least 10 yards after initial contact.
At Arizona State, he tied for the team lead with five receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown, a nine-yard pass from Drew Olson to give the Bruins a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead. He also scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter when he picked up Manuel White's bouncing fumble and raced the final 12 yards for the TD. He also made a diving 28- yard grab at the two-yard line to set up Maurice Drew's touchdown run and returned a kickoff 23 yards. Against Stanford, he started and made two receptions for 46 yards and one first down. His 40-yard reception immediately preceeded Manuel White's two-yard touchdown run that gave UCLA a 7-0 lead.
Against Washington State, he made four receptions for a team-high 80 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and three first downs. He also returned three kickoffs for 67 yards.
In his last four games, he has made 14 receptions for 253 yards with catches of 47, 41, 40 and 38 yards. On the year, he has made 19 receptions, fourth on the team.
Perry now has 81 career catches (18th on the all-time school list) for 1,469 yards (16th on the school list) and six touchdowns. He ranks second in career kickoff returns (62) and kickoff return yardage (1,408) and needs just four returns and eight yards to tie those school records. He also holds the single-season school record in both categories.
Perry has 2,897 all-purpose yards (1,469 receiving, 1,408 on kickoff returns and 20 rushing yards) and ranks 15th on that UCLA career list.
MORE WIDE RECEIVERS -- True junior Junior Taylor started the opener against Oklahoma State at split end but did not make a reception. At Illinois, he made two catches for 34 yards, producing first downs with both receptions. His 24-yard second-quarter catch was immediately followed by Craig Bragg's second touchdown catch that gave UCLA a 21-7 lead.
At Washington, he made four receptions for 41 yards -- all in the second half. He made a key third-down reception (seven yards) for a first down on UCLA's fourth quarter field goal drive. On UCLA's final possession, he made an 18-yard catch-and-run on third down to help the Bruins run over five minutes off the clock.
Against San Diego State, he made three catches for 16 yards and one first down. Against Arizona, he made three receptions for 21 yards and one first down. At California, he made two receptions for 15 yards. At Arizona State, he tied for the team lead with five receptions for 63 yards. Against Stanford, he made three receptions for 29 yards and one first down. Against Washington State, he made two receptions for 29 yards, including a long of 20, and two first downs.
On the year, Taylor ranks second on the team with 24 receptions for 248 yards (10.3 average) and 11 first downs. He has made 62 career receptions and is tied for 24th place on UCLA's career chart.
In 2003, Taylor ranked fourth on the squad with his 24 receptions and third with his 302 yards. He had a breakthrough evening against San Diego State, recording career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (110). He also scored UCLA's first touchdown on a 41-yard reception. True sophomore Joe Cowan caught two passes for 10 yards in the opener and did not make a reception at Illinois or at Washington. Against San Diego State, he had one reception for 25 yards.
He led the team at California with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. His 46-yard scoring catch from Drew Olson made the score 38-28 with 2:39 remaining and he also had a 25-yard reception. At Arizona State, he made three receptions for 71 yards, including a long of 33, and three for first downs. He did not make a reception versus Stanford and made one catch for 15 yards versus Washington State. In his last four games, he has made nine catches for 181 yards (20.1 average) and one touchdown. In 2003, he made seven receptions, including one for a touchdown versus USC.
True freshman Marcus Everett made the first start of his career against San Diego State and responded with two receptions for 49 yards and two first downs. His 33-yard reception was a key play on UCLA's field goal drive at the end of the half that made the score 20-3.
Against Arizona, he started and made a career-best four receptions for 45 yards and two first downs, including one for 21 on a third down during UCLA's final touchdown drive of the first half. He also made a 20-yard catch on the final touchown drive of the game. He did not make a catch at California. At Arizona State, he started in a three wide receiver set and made two catches for 13 yards. He made one reception for three yards versus Stanford. He did not made a catch versus Washington State.
MORE TIGHT ENDS --
Junior Keith Carter participated in Fall camp on a limited basis. He saw action against Oklahoma State on five snaps, his first action since the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl. He has played more extensively at Illinois, at Washington and against San Diego State, Arizona, California, Arizona State and Stanford, especially in double-tight end formations. He played more extensively versus Washington State after Marcedes Lewis' injury. Carter, who was expected to compete for a starting spot in 2003, suffered a fractured and dislocated right hip in a motorcycle accident on April 3, 2003. He sat out the 2003 football season after undergoing a series of surgical procedures.
Carter appeared in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2002 and made three starts at tight end. He totaled five catches and also saw duty as a H-back and on special teams.
Redshirt sophomore J.J. Hair played versus Oklahoma State and Washington. Against San Diego State, he made a reception good for eight yards and a first down. He also saw action at Arizona State and played the most snaps of his career versus Washington State in place of Lewis. Junior college transfer Matt Raney made his debut with two snaps versus Arizona. He also played two snaps against Stanford.
MORE RUNNING BACK --
Junior Jason Harrison, redshirt freshmen Michael Pitre and Derrick Williams and true freshman Chris Markey each had their moments to impress the coaches in the pre-season. Pitre has established himself as an outstanding fullback after missing all of last season with neck problems. He is a standout blocker who excels at opening holes for the tailbacks. Against Washington, he was a key contributor to Maurice Drew's record-setting day. Against San Diego State, he carried the ball once (the only carry by a Bruin fullback) and made a 47-yard reception. Against Arizona, he scored UCLA's first touchdown, taking a screen pass from Drew Olson and rumbling 28 yards down the right sideline for the score. He made one reception for 15 yards at California. At Arizona State, he made two receptions for eight yards. Against Stanford, he made the first start of his career. He caught one pass for 13 yards versus Washington State.
Markey, who totaled 2,837 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns last season as a prep senior, played one series against Illinois and had five net yards on two attempts. Against San Diego State, he returned one kickoff for 24 yards and carried once for 12 yards. He carried the ball six times (32 yards) in the fourth quarter against Arizona, including the final five plays of UCLA's final touchdown drive, scoring on a two-yard run. He also returned a kickoff 35 yards. At California, he carried once for seven yards and returned five kicks for 98 yards, including one for 31 yards.
At Arizona State, Markey, playing much of the second half, rushed for a career-high 80 yards on five attempts. His 61-yard run in the third quarter immediately preceeded Manuel White's three-yard scoring run to give the Bruins their first lead. Markey also had one kickoff return for 15 yards and one reception for five yards. Against Stanford, he rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries and also had two receiving yards on a lateral from Craig Bragg. Against Washington State, he carried five times for 17 net yards and returned two kickoffs for 56 yards.
Williams has run hard this Fall and has a chance to also help on kickoff returns. He carried twice for minus-two yards against San Diego State. At California, he forced a fumble on a Golden Bear kickoff return that UCLA converted into a touchdown. At Arizona State, he recorded his first career kickoff return (19 yards).
Harrison missed the entire 2003 season after injuring a knee in the 2002 regular-season finale against Washington State. He finally made his return against Arizona, carrying the ball once for two yards on the first play of UCLA's final possession. He also saw action on special teams at Arizona State.
OFFENSIVE LINE --
The line has helped the Bruins average 205.44 yards on the ground (18th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10) and 430.22 yards overall (22nd in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10). It has also protected quarterback Drew Olson extremely well, allowing just 11 sacks in the nine games.
Senior Steven Vieira has been in the starting lineup in 40 of the past 41 games, including 38 straight. He is at a different position along the line for the third straight season. Against Arizona State, he started at weak guard after starting the first six games at strong guard. He also played at weak guard against Stanford and Washington State. He also played a few snaps at weak tackle versus WSU. Last year, he played left tackle. In 2004, he played every snap in the first four games and all but the final two against Arizona. He played every snap against California, Arizona State and Stanford.
In 2003, he was a starting tackle, having switched to that position in the Spring of 2003. Prior to that, he started 18 of the previous 19 games at right guard during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He originally began his Bruin career at tackle and shifted to guard prior to the 2001 season. Against Oklahoma State, redshirt junior Mike McCloskey returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the fifth game of the 2003 season. He played every snap of the first four games but missed the Arizona game due to a sprained ankle suffered in practice. He returned against California and played the entire contest and did the same against Arizona State and Stanford. He did not play against Washington State due to headaches. McCloskey has not allowed a sack all season. He originally won the center job in a competition during 2002 Fall camp. He then started all 13 games and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News. McCloskey started the first five games of last season before suffering a fractured ankle in the Washington game which sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Senior Paul Mociler started 10 games at right guard in 2003 and performed well at center after moving there in Spring 2004. During the off-season, he moved to strong tackle, won the job in Fall camp. He played every snap against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington and San Diego State. Against Arizona, he missed one play in the middle of the game and the final two snaps of the contest. He played every snap at California and Arizona State and missed one snap versus Stanford. He started at strong tackle versus Washington State and also took a few snaps at center. Mociler made his first career start in the 2002 opener against Colorado State and made appearances in seven games that season.
Redshirt junior Ed Blanton is in his second season as a starter. He played the entire contests against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington and San Diego State at weak tackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona. He played every snap against California, Arizona State and Stanford and missed a couple of snaps versus Washington State. He has now started 22 straight games.
He emerged from 2003 Spring drills as the starter at the right tackle position and started all 13 games a year ago. He made one start in the 2002 season against San Diego State, playing the entire contest in place of injured tackle Mike Saffer, and made appearances in four games overall.
Redshirt junior Robert Cleary made his first career start at weak guard against Oklahoma State and played the entire contest. He took advantage of Eyoseph Efseaff's injury during Fall camp and earned the starting position. He also started against Illinois, Washington, San Diego State, Arizona and California. Against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State, he came off the bench and alternated throughout the games.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Chai started eight games at the center position a year ago after McCloskey went down with a season-ending ankle injury. He did not play in the opener but alternated with Cleary at the weak guard slot against Illinois, Washington and San Diego State. He started and played virtually the entire Arizona contest at center in place of the injured McCloskey. He did not play against California or Arizona State and played three snaps at center versus Stanford. He started and played almost the entire Washington State contest in place of McCloskey. True freshman Shannon Tevaga, who spent most of the first six weeks playing on the PAT-FG 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 snaps at tight end at California). He is the fifth true freshman to start a game this season. Tevaga also started and played a majority of the contests against Stanford and Washington State.
Two other true freshmen --
Brian Abraham (tackle) and Chris Joseph (tackle) have been listed No. 2 on the depth chart at their respective positions. Both played on the PATfield goal team in the first five games before Joseph suffered a partially torn knee ligament. Abraham and Joseph each played a couple of offensive snaps at the end of the Arizona contest (Abraham also played one in the middle of the game against Arizona and Stanford and a couple versus Washington State). In addition, redshirt freshman guard P.J. Irvin made his debut on the final two snaps versus Arizona.
#41 LB Spencer Havner -- Junior inside linebacker Spencer Havner, a candidate for All-America honors, is one of 12 semifinalists for both the Butkus Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award. He was also selected a mid-season All- American by SI.com and collegefootballnews.com. The third-year starter has also been selected one of two season captains by a vote of his teammates.
Havner leads the nation in solo tackles (8.11) and is sixth in total tackles (12.22). In nine games, he has made 110 tackles and his average of 12.22 leads the Pac-10 by 1.22 stops per game. He also leads the Bruins with 7.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the lead with two interceptions.
Havner has made 288 tackles in his career and now ranks No. 13 on that all-time UCLA list. In addition, he has eight career interceptions and has returned three for touchdowns, including one this season. He averages 31.6 yards per interception and his touchdowns have measured 52, 42 and 23 yards.
He recorded 16 tackles, including 11 solos and five assists, in the opener against Oklahoma State despite playing with a bruised shoulder that caused him to miss time in the second quarter. Two of his stops were for losses (four yards) and 11 were made in the second half. At Illinois, he made a career-high 17 tackles (seven solos and 10 assists), 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 and broke up one pass.
At Washington, he led the team in tackles for the third straight game, finishing with 13 stops (10 solos), including one for loss.
Against San Diego State, he led the team for the fourth consecutive game, finishing with 14 (six solos), including one for loss. In addition, with the Bruins leading just 7-3 in the second quarter, Havner picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead. He was selected Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He made 11 tackles (10 solos) to tie for the team lead versus Arizona. He also made a five-yard quarterback sack. At California, he recorded five solo tackles. At Arizona State, he made six tackles, including five solos.
In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles (his third game of at least 16 stops), including 11 solos and five assists. He also had two tackles for loss and his second interception of the year (21 yards). He was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles for the seventh time in nine games, finishing with 12 tackles (11 solos).
In 2003, he ranked third on the squad with 82 tackles, tied for the team lead with three interceptions and ranked 25th in the Pac-10 with his average of 6.3 tackles. Havner was selected honorable mention all-conference.
Havner recorded seven tackles in the Oklahoma game and returned an interception 72 yards. He recorded seven tackles against San Diego State with one sack and an interception. He was credited with eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble at Arizona. He earned Pac- 10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Cal game after he blocked two field goals, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Havner made a career-best (at the time) 13 tackles at Washington State, including two for losses.
In 2002, he started all 13 games and his 96 tackles ranked second on the team and as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (James Washington - 119 in 1984). His average of 7.4 tackles ranked 11th in the conference. 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 to tie an NCAA record for linebackers. Havner was selected first-team Freshman All- America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News.
#24 FS BEN EMANUEL -- This fifth-year senior made 10 tackles, including four solos and six assists, in the 2004 season opener against Oklahoma State. Against Illinois, he added eight stops (five solos), tied for second on the squad. In the victory at Washington, he made four stops (three solos) and combined to stop Husky receiver Charles Frederick at the two-yard line on the game's final play to preserve the win. Against San Diego State, he added six tackles (three solos).
In the win over Arizona, he tied Spencer Havner for the team lead with 11 tackles (six solos). At California, he made seven tackles (six solos), including one for loss.
At Arizona State, he led the Bruins with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops and one for a six-yard loss. Against Stanford, he made two tackles and one interception. A second pick was wiped out by a penalty. Against Washington State, he made four tackles, including three solos.
On the year, he is third on the team with 62 tackles, including 37 solos. His average of 6.89 tackles per game ranks T-13th in the Pac-10. He has started 36 of the last 39 Bruin games, six at strong safety and 30 at free safety. Emanuel finished fourth on the team in tackles last season with 80. He made a career-high 12 stops in the seasonopener at Colorado. Emanuel recorded 10 tackles in the Illinois contest. He tied for the team lead with 10 stops at Arizona. Ben made five tackles, recovered two fumbles, forced one fumble and made an interception in the game at Washington State.
Emanuel moved to free safety after starting the first three games of 2002 at strong safety and had 58 tackles for the season. He picked off two passes each in games against Oklahoma State and Washington State. He also returned a fumbled extra point attempt for two points against Colorado State.
#9 LB Justin London -- True junior Justin London, on the pre-season `Watch List' for the Lombardi and Butkus award, sprained his left ankle in practice on August 19 and sat out the opener against Oklahoma State. He returned to practice on September 7 and saw his first game action of the season at Illinois, making three assisted tackles coming off the bench. He started at Washington but played only three snaps before reaggravating his injured ankle. He did not see action against San Diego State. London came off the bench against Arizona and made two tackles.
London started at California (his second start of the year) and played most of the game, finishing with four solo tackles. At Arizona State, he made four tackles, including two solos, in his second straight start.
In the shutout of Stanford, he enjoyed his best afternoon of the season. London ranked second on the squad with 10 tackles, including seven solos, and had one tackle for loss. Against Washington State, he again ranked second on the team with nine tackles, including six solos. He has made 19 tackles in his last two games. Last season, he started 12 games and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles. He also 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 and was selected honorable mention all-conference.
London made his first career start in the 2003 opener at Colorado. He made the first interception of his career in the Illinois game. He came off the bench against San Diego State and made a team-best 11 tackles. London picked off his second pass against Washington. He tied for the team lead with 10 stops, forced a fumble and picked off another pass in the game at Arizona. London matched his career-best with 11 tackles, three for losses, against Cal, including a tackle for a key nine-yard loss on the Bears' second possession in overtime. London led the Bruins with nine tackles and forced a fumble at USC, including one tackle for loss.
London saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2002 and made five tackles while playing at linebacker and on special teams.
#4 SS Jarrad Page -- Now in his third year as the starter at strong safety, Page was credited with nine tackles (four solos) in the season opener against Oklahoma State. Due to a strained heel, he did not start at Illinois but came off the bench to record three solo tackles. He also forced two first-half fumbles before missing much of the second half due to muscle cramps.
At Washington, he was second on the squad with 10 tackles (six solos), including one for loss. Against San Diego State, he contributed six tackles, including five solos. Page made nine tackles (four solos) in the win over Arizona. At California, he made six tackles, including four solos. He also returned a punt 34 yards. At Arizona State, Page made five tackles, including three solos. He also made a fourth-quarter interception that led to a touchdown and a 42-31 lead.
Against Stanford, he made an interception for the second straight week and it led to UCLA's first touchdown. He was also credited with seven tackles. Against Washington State, he made eight tackles, including four solos. On the year, Page ranks second on the team with 63 tackles (34 solos), tied for first in interceptions (two) and second with five passes broken up. He is 10th (tied) in the Pac-10 in tackles (7.00) and 10th (tied) in fumbles forced (0.22).
The true junior ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 55 in 12 games a year ago. He missed the Arizona game due to an injury which snapped a string of 15 straight starting assignments. Page tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown (Washington). He was named honorable mention all-conference.
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 with 43 stops and added two interceptions. He was named first-team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Conference teams by The Sporting News.
#6 CB MATT CLARK -- This true senior is having a fine year at cornerback. In the opener against Oklahoma State, he made four tackles, including three solos. He recorded six tackles (five solos) at Illinois. In the win at Washington, he made five stops (four solos) and helped hold Charles Frederick to just four receptions. He also combined with Emanuel to stop Frederick at the two-yard line on the game's final play to preserve the win.
Against San Diego State, Clark was credited with three tackles, including one for loss. He also made his first interception of the year and broke up a second pass. Against Arizona, he added one tackle and helped hold the Wildcats to 93 yards passing.
At California, he made a team-high nine tackles (eight solos), including two for losses. He also broke up one pass. At Arizona State, he made five tackles, including four solos. He also made an interception and broke up two other passes. In the shutout of Stanford, he made two solo tackles and was credited with three pass break ups. Against Washington State, he had five tackles (three solos), including one for loss.
On the year, Clark ranks fifth on the squad with 40 tackles. He leads the team with 10 pass breakups, is tied for the lead with two interceptions and is third with four tackles for losses.
Clark started all 12 games in which he played in 2003 and was seventh on the team with 53 tackles. He made his first career start in the 2003 season-opener at Colorado and had seven tackles.Clark picked off the first pass of his career in the Oklahoma contest. He made seven tackles against Washington. Clark made five stops against USC and returned a blocked extra point for a defensive two-point score.
As a sophomore, he appeared in 11 games and had seven tackles. He also saw action as a kickoff and punt returner. In 2001, he was one of three freshmen to earn playing time and saw action in 10 games.
#75 Kevin Brown -- The true sophomore made his first career start on the defensive line in the opener against Oklahoma State. He was credited with five tackles, including one for loss, against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he was credited with one tackle assist. Brown came off the bench at Washington and was credited with two tackle assists. He started and made one tackle against San Diego State. Brown started and had one tackle assist against Arizona. At California, Brown started and made three solo tackles, including one sack and a second for loss. At Arizona State, he started and made one solo tackle, a five-yard sack. Against Stanford, Brown spent much of the day in the Cardinal backfield and made three tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Against Washington State, he had two tackle assists.
Brown is second on the team in sacks (two) and is also second with 5.5 tackles for loss. In addition, his 19 tackles are the most among defensive linemen.
Brown has established himself as one of the two starting defensive tackles and has the ability to be an outstanding performer. In his first year in the program, he 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 (ASU, Stanford, USC) at guard. Brown totaled four tackles on the year.
DEFENSIVE LINE --
Junior transfer Kyle Morgan had an impressive Spring practice and was contending for a starting slot at defensive end during the pre-season camp. However, he injured his left knee in practice and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on August 16. He came off the bench against Oklahoma State but was not credited with a tackle. He saw more action off the bench at Illinois and recorded a quarterback hurry. Morgan made his first career start at Washington and made three solo tackles, including one for loss. He started against San Diego State and had one assist on a quarterback sack. He started versus Arizona and was credited with one assist. In his start at California, he made two solo tackles. At Arizona State, he started and made three solo tackles. Against Stanford, he started and made two tackles (one solo) and he also had two tackles (two assists) against Washington State. On the year, he has made 14 tackles.
True freshman Brigham Harwell underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on August 16. He saw limited action in the opener and was credited with two assists. At Illinois, he made five tackles (three solos), including one for loss. He came off the bench at Washington but was not credited with a tackle. He made one tackle off the bench versus San Diego State and saw limited action against Arizona.
Harwell started at California and recorded five solo tackles. He also started against Arizona State and Stanford. Against Washington State, he started and scored UCLA's first touchdown of the game, recovering a fumble in the end zone. He also made three tackles (one solo) on the afternoon. On the year, he has made 16 tackles, including 1.5 for losses.
Redshirt freshman Bruce Davis made his first career start in his first college game in the season opener versus Oklahoma State. A quick and explosive player, he made three tackles (two solos) against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he started and recorded two tackle assists. He came off the bench at Washington and made one solo tackle. He also made one solo tackle off the bench against San Diego State. He also played off the bench against Arizona and broke up a key pass attempt in the fourth quarter. He also played off the bench at California. At Arizona State, he made one solo tackle, his first career sack, off the bench. Against Stanford, he had two tackles, including 0.5 sacks. Against Washington State, Davis made five tackles, including four solos. Two of his tackles were for losses, including one quarterback sack. On the year, Davis leads the Bruins with 2.5 sacks and has made 15 tackles.
True sophomore Justin Hickman, the only lineman to start in each of the first five games, the first two at left end, the rest at right end, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15 and missed the California and Arizona State games. He returned to action against Stanford and had one tackle assist for a loss. He came off the bench versus Washington State and made three solo tackles, including one for loss. Hickman is second (tied) among defensive linemen with 17 tackles, including 3.0 for losses. Against Oklahoma State, he recorded four tackles (all assists), including 0.5 sacks (he shared a sack with Danny Nelson). At Illinois, he made three tackles (one solo) and had one quarterback hurry that knocked Jon Beutjer out of the game. At Washington, he started at right end and made two tackles (one solo). Against San Diego State, he made two solo tackles, including one for a 10-yard loss. He made two tackles (one assist) against Arizona.
True junior tackle C.J. Niusulu is the veteran of the defensive front. He was set to make the first start of his career in the season opener against Oklahoma State, but underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 1. He returned to limited duty just 10 days later at Illinois, playing about a dozen snaps and disrupting the Illini offensive line before illness sidelined him.
He made his first career start at Washington and was credited with three tackles (two solos) while adding experience up front. He served a one game suspension for a violation of athletic department policy against San Diego State. He started against Arizona and was credited with two solo tackles. He did not play at California due to a swollen left ankle. He came off the bench at Arizona State and made three tackles (one solo), including one for for a six-yard loss. He started against Stanford and made three tackles, including 0.5 sacks.
Against Washington State, he made a career-high six tackles, including three solos. On his tackle for loss, he caused a fumble that Brigham Harwell recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. On the year, he has played in six games (four starts) and has made 17 tackles, tied for second among the linemen.
Sophomore Robert Garcia started at tackle against Oklahoma State and was credited with three tackles. He came off the bench at Illinois but did not play at Washington. He saw limited action versus San Diego State and Arizona and made one tackle at California. He did not play at ASU. Against Stanford, he played 11 snaps in relief and also played versus Washington State.
Senior Eyoseph Efseaff, who had started 36 of his 37 previous career games as an offensive lineman, joined the mix along the defensive front in the Illinois game. He had missed significant practice time due to a groin injury and switched over the defensive side of the ball during the Oklahoma State practice week. In his debut at Champaign, he made three tackles (two solos) off the bench. He also came off the bench at Washington. Against San Diego State, he made his first defensive start and was credited with two tackle assists. He came off the bench against Arizona and made two solo tackles. He started at California and was credited with two solo tackles. He also started at Arizona State and made one solo tackle. He came off the bench versus Stanford and made two solo tackles. He also made one tackle as a reserve versus Washington State.
Redshirt freshmen Noah Sutherland (one solo), NIKOLA DRAGOVIC (one assist) and William Snead (three tackles, on solo) all played in the opener. All three played at Illinois with Dragovic recording one assist. Dragovic and Snead both played at Washington. Sutherland and Snead both played against San Diego State and Arizona (Dragovic did not due to an ankle sprain). In addition, true freshman Chris Johnson and senior CHARLES TH19 OMPSON made their debuts at tackle versus the Aztecs. Sutherland, Snead, Dragovic and Johnson all played at California and Snead broke up one pass. All four saw action at Arizona State. Snead recorded two tackles (one solo), including a five-yard sack. Against Stanford, Johnson made two solo tackles, Dragovic recorded one solo tackle, the first sack of his career, and Snead also saw action. Against Washington State, Johnson had one tackle and Dragovic and Snead also saw action.
True freshman Kenneth Lombard saw extensive action against Oklahoma State off the bench and made one tackle. He started at Illinois, becoming the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Ken Kocher and Anthony Fletcher did it in the 1999 Rose Bowl. He also started at Washington and made one tackle before spraining his shoulder. He has not played since the Washington game and will probably miss the remainder of the year.
LINEBACKER -- Redshirt Junior Wesley Walker and redshirt freshman Aaron Whittington battled for the starting spot at outside linebacker during the Fall. Walker started against Oklahoma State and made eight tackles (four assists) while Whittington made one tackle off the bench.
Against Illinois, both started and played well. Walker moved inside and made five tackles (three solos), including a sixyard sack. Walker played most of the Washington contest in the middle in place of injured Justin London, making four tackles (three solos) and forcing one fumble. Walker started in the middle against San Diego State and made a career-high nine tackles (four solos), second on the squad to Spencer Havner's 14. He also shared a sack with Kyle Morgan. Walker also started in the middle against Arizona and made six tackles (four solos). At California, he started at the outside spot but was not credited with a tackle.
At Arizona State, he started outside and made five solos tackles, including one for loss. Against Stanford, he made five tackles, including three solos. He made six tackles, including four solos, against Washington State and has made 16 tackles in his last three contests.
On the year, Walker currently ranks fourth on the team with 48 tackles (29 solos). He is third on the squad with 1.5 sacks and fourth (tied) with 3.5 tackles for losses. He made 15 tackles last season and had one start against Illinois in 2003.
Whittington made his first career start against Illinois and recorded eight tackles (four solos) and two quarterback hurries. He also started at Washington and made four solo tackles and forced one fumble before suffering a hip pointer in the second half. He did not play against San Diego State. He had one tackle assist off the bench versus Arizona and played against California and Arizona State. He did not play defense against Stanford or Washington State.
Junior college transfer Danny Nelson (Arizona Western College) opened at an inside linebacker position against Oklahoma State when Justin London was not available. Nelson made seven tackles (three solos) against the Cowboys and split a sack with end Justin Hickman. He saw limited action at Illinois and made two solo tackles. He also played off the bench at Washington and had two tackle assists versus San Diego State. He saw limited action versus Arizona and California, mostly on special teams. He made one special teams tackle at Arizona State. Against Stanford, he suffered a fractured left clavicle in the second quarter and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.
Senior Benjamin Lorier made one tackle off the bench against both Oklahoma State and Illinois and deflected a punt against the Illini. He had two tackles, including one for loss, at Washington. Against San Diego State, he made his first career start and tied his career-best with seven tackles (three solos), including one for loss. He also started versus Arizona and made six tackles (three solos). He saw limited action at California and Arizona State, mostly on special teams. Against ASU, he deflected a punt for the second time this year. He broke up a pass in the win over Stanford. He made three special teams tackles versus Washington State. On the year, he has made 20 tackles, including 10 solos.
DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD -- Redshirt freshman Trey Brown saw limited action early, making one tackle at Illinois and playing at Washington. Against San Diego State, Brown tackled the Aztec punter for a 23-yard loss to set up a field goal and also saw late action at cornerback. He added one tackle against Arizona.
At Arizona State, Brown played much of the game at right corner and made seven tackles. He also made an interception that led to UCLA's field goal with no time left in the first half.
In the shutout of Stanford, he made his first career start and was credited with a career-high eight tackles (six solos), including one for loss. He also broke up one pass. On special teams, he occupied the punter on Maurice Drew's 68-yard punt return for a score. Against Washington State, he started and made nine tackles, tied for second on the squad. Six of his tops were solos and one was for loss. In his last three games, Brown has made 24 tackles.
Redshirt junior Marcus Cassel earned the starting nod at cornerback in the opener against Oklahoma State. Cassel, a steady contributor on special teams the last two seasons, made five tackles (three assists) against the Cowboys. At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles in the first half, broke up one pass and made four tackles (one solo). At Washington, he made three solo tackles. Against San Diego State, he made six tackles (four solos). Against Arizona, he had four tackles (three solos) and forced a fumble. At California, he made seven tackles, including six solos, and also broke up a pass. He made two solo tackles at Arizona State. He came off the bench for a few snaps against Stanford and made one tackle. He made one tackle off the bench versus Washington State. On the year, Cassel has 33 stops, sixth on the squad. His two fumble recoveries are tied for fourth in the Pac-10 (0.22 per game).
Redshirt freshman Chris Horton came off the bench to make two tackles in the opener against Oklahoma State. Against Illinois, Horton came off the bench to make seven tackles (four solos) and made a fourth-quarter interception that led to UCLA's final touchdown on the ensuing play. At Washington, he came off the bench to make eight tackles, third on the squad. He had four solos and four assists, including one for loss. Against San Diego State, he made four tackles (two solos) off the bench.
Against Arizona, he accounted for the first two points of the game when he blocked an Arizona punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety. He also made three tackles and broke up two passes. At California, he made one tackle assist. At Arizona State, he made two solo tackles before leaving the game in the third quarter with a sprained right foot. He sat out the Stanford and Washington State games due to the foot injury. In seven games, he has made 27 stops (16 solos) and ranks eighth (tied) on the squad.
Redshirt sophomore Eric McNeal (one tackle) and redshirt freshman Dennis Keyes each played in the opener against Oklahoma State on defense or special teams. At Illinois, McNeal made his first career start in place of Jarrad Page at strong safety and responded with three stops. He played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington. Playing in UCLA's nickel package against San Diego State, he made a career-high six tackles, including five solos. McNeal made one tackle and his first interception late in the game against Arizona. Against California, he recovered a fumble on a kickoff that led to a Bruin touchdown. At Arizona State, he had two solo tackles. Against Stanford, he made three tackles, including two assists. McNeal made six tackles, including four solos, playing the nickel back against Washington State.
Against Illinois, Keyes made five tackles off the bench. He played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington but injured his shoulder. Keyes did not play against San Diego State or Arizona due to his injury and saw limited action in his return at California. He did not play against Arizona State or Stanford due to the shoulder. He returned to action against Washington State and made one tackle with limited snaps.
True freshman Rodney Van made a special teams tackle assist at Washington and, against San Diego State, was in action at cornerback, making one tackle. He also made one tackle versus Arizona. At California, he made four solo tackles, playing much of the second half at cornerback. He saw action on special teams against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State and made a tackle versus the Cougars.
One of the premier punters in the nation, senior CHRIS KLUWE has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award.
On the year, Kluwe is averaging 43.73 yards on 44 kicks with 17 inside the 20-yard line and just seven touchbacks. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th nationally in punting. Thanks to his long, non-returnable punts, UCLA also leads the nation in net punting (42.32). Only 14 of his 44 punts (31.8%) have been returned for an average of 4.4 yards (62 total) and the longest return has been just 13 yards.
In his last six games, since recovering from a sprained ankle, Kluwe is averaging 45.66 on 35 punts (1,598 yards) with 12 of at least 50 yards and 13 inside the 20-yard line. Only 10 of the 35 punts have been returned for 40 net yards for a net average of 44.51. Last week against Washington State, Kluwe averaged 50.3 yards on seven kicks and just two were returned for a total of 10 yards.