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Release:  09/06/2004

Sept. 6, 2004

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UCLA GOES ON THE ROAD -- BRUINS AT ILLINOIS

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KEY DATES TO REMEMBER --
Mon., Sept. 6 - Coach Dorrell Media Briefing (1:30 p.m.)
Tue., Sept. 7 - Coach Dorrell on Pac-10 Teleconference (10:30
a.m.); Last day to interview Bruin quarterbacks
Wed., Sept. 8 - Last day to interview UCLA players
Sat. Sept. 11 - UCLA at Illinois (9:00 a.m. PDT)

GAME 2 -- UCLA will be on the road for Game No. 2 when it plays at Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Bruins are 0-1 after dropping their opener to Oklahoma State, 31-20. The Fighting Illini are 1-0 following a 52-13 victory over Florida A&M. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m CDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT and will be televised on a split national basis by ABC Sports (Terry Gannon, Jamal Anderson and Mark Morgan). 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 also be heard nationally on Sirius Satellite Radio.

DID YOU KNOW? --
Craig Bragg has moved into second on UCLA's career recep-tion list with 161. He needs just 19 to move to the top of the list. Already the only player to record two seasons of at least 50 receptions, Bragg will become the first Bruin ever to record three straight 1,000-plus all-purpose yardage seasons should he reach that level in 2004. Bragg had 1,388 yards last season and 1,194 yards in 2002.

At the end of his first two seasons of play, linebacker Spencer Havner had totaled 178 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions to rank with some of UCLA's best ever players.

Spencer Havner's 16 tackles against Oklahoma State were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washing-ton State in 2001.

Justin Medlock's 52-yard field goal against Oklahoma State is the longest by a Bruin since 1997 and tied for fourth-long-est in school history.

The 443 yards of total offense UCLA gained against Oklahoma State was higher than it gained in any game last year. The last time the Bruins had as many yards was at Arizona in 2002 (also 443).

Maurice Drew's all-purpose yardage total of 1,219 in 2003 was the most ever by a Bruin true freshman.

Marcedes Lewis' 30 catches in 2003 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.

The 2004 season is UCLA's 23rd in the Rose Bowl. Since mov-ing to Pasadena for the 1982 season, the Bruins are 90-41-2 on the home field.

UCLA owns a 29-11 (.725) record in regular-season games played in the Rose Bowl since a loss to Tennessee in the home opener in 1997.

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.

Football stars Dennis Dummit (1969-70), Carlton Gray (1989- 92) and James Owens (1975-78) will head a 2004 class of eight Bruins being inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame this Fall. Also in the class are Henry Bibby-basketball, Steve Lewis-track, Sigi Schmid-soccer, Fred Slaughter-basketball and Natalie Williams-volleyball / basketball. The inductees will be honored at halftime of the Arizona game on Octo-ber 9.

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 re-peat" 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. Members of the national championship team will be honored during the weekend of the Homecoming game against Stanford on Oc-tober 30.

The Bruins have won the last three regular season matchups against Big 10 Conference opponents -- Illinois - 2003, Ohio State - 2001, Michigan - 2000.

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 line-man 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.

Starting Streaks -- Steven Vieira has started the last 30 straight games along the offensive line at either guard or tackle. Eyoseph Efseaff had started 25 straight games at left guard before being sidelined against Oklahoma State last week due to a strained groin. Ed Blanton has started the last 14 games at tackle. Matt Clark has started the last 12 straight games at cornerback. Spencer Havner has started 12 straight games at linebacker. Jarrad Page has started the last eight games at safety.

Two Bruins on the 2004 roster are the sons of former Bruin football players -- DB Trey Brown (dad, Theotis, played run-ning 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 ca-reer, winning two Super Bowl titles).

UCLA played five true freshmen, including returners Mil'Von James, Maurice Drew, Joe Cowan and Kevin Brown, in 2003. A school record 10 true freshmen played in 2002. In this year's season opener against Oklahoma State, the Bruins played nine true freshmen.

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 defen-sive tackle, sophomore Danny Nelson at linebacker and jun-ior

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.

Nine true freshmen 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 Michael Norris; OL Shannon Tevaga; and CB Rodney Van.

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 jun-ior college transfers also saw their first action in the Okla-homa State game -- DL Justin Hickman; DL Kyle Morgan; and LB Danny Nelson.

SERIES NOTES -- The series with Illinois is tied at 5-5 after the Bruins captured last season's contest by a 6-3 score in the home opener played at the Rose Bowl. The victory was the third straight win in the series for UCLA, the first for coach Karl Dorrell and the 500th in school history. This will be UCLA's first appearance in Champaign since the 1964 season, a 26-7 loss to the Illini.

In last year's game, the Bruin defense forced four turnovers, three interceptions and one special team fumble. Illinois had just two scrimmage plays longer than 16 yards and pen-etrated the UCLA 40-yard line just twice.

The Bruins took a 3-0 lead with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter on a 28-yard Justin Medlock field goal. In the sec-ond quarter, Tim Warfield's recovery of a fumbled punt put the Bruins in position for a 48-yard field goal by Medlock. The Illini drew within three points with 4:15 remaining in the third quarter on a 29-yard field goal.

UCLA's next two possessions took more than nine minutes off the clock, but did not result in points. Illinois took over on its final possession of the game at the 3:02 mark. The visitors drove from their own 15-yard line to the Bruin 21, but John Glockman's 43-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with 27 seconds to play.

Running back Manuel White rushed for a career-best (at the time) 102 yards in the game. Drew Olson, making his first start of the season, completed 11 of 31 passes for 94 yards. The Bruins have faced the Illini in two Rose Bowl games. Bruin coach Karl Dorrell played in the 1984 Rose Bowl game and caught a pair of touchdown passes against the fourth-ranked Illini. For the game, Dorrell totaled five catches for 61 yards and ran one reverse for 23 yards as UCLA captured a 45-9 victory.

Fourth-ranked Illinois bested the Bruins 45-14 in the 1947 Rose Bowl game. UCLA's Al Hoisch returned a kickoff 103 yards in the contest, establishing a Rose Bowl record.

LAST WEEK -- UCLA built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter but couldn't contain the Oklahoma State running game en route to a 31-20 loss to the Cowboys at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins moved the ball well on offense, accounting its high-est yardage total since 2002 -- 443 yards -- but also had four turnovers, two in the red zone.

Running back Manuel White, playing his first game since Oct. 23 of last year, ran for a career-high 145 yards and two touch-downs (60 and four yards) and made four receptions for 40 yards. Running back Maurice Drew rushed for 44 yards and made three receptions for 92 yards.

Quarterback Drew Olson completed 16 of 36 passes for 252 yards and two interceptions, both of which were tipped passes in the fourth quarter, one in the red zone. He com-pleted seven passes to wide receivers, seven to running backs and two to tight ends. Flanker Craig Bragg led the receivers with four receptions for 87 yards, including re-ceptions of 38 and 33 yards, and returned three punts for 47 yards. White had 185 all-purpose yards while Drew and Bragg each had 136 all-purpose yards.

The rebuilt offensive line of tackles Paul Mociler and Ed Blanton, guards Steven Vieira and Robert Cleary and cen-ter Mike McCloskey helped the Bruins average 5.8 yards on the ground (191 yards) and did not allow a sack.

Defensively, linebacker Spencer Havner made a career-high 16 tackles, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. Safeties Ben Emanuel (10 ) and Jarrad Page (nine) combined for 19 tackles and line-backer Wesley Walker added eight. UCLA yielded 426 yards on the ground, including 261 by Vernand Morency, the third-highest total ever against the Bruins. OSU completed just two of eight passes for only 23 yards.

Justin Medlock's third-quarter 52-yard field goal was the longest of his career and tied for fourth longest in school history. The last time a Bruin kicked a longer field goal was in 1997, when Chris Sailer kicked a school-record 56- yarder against Oregon.

OSU scored first, capitalizing on a Bruin fumble to drive 63 yards on six plays. UCLA quickly rallied, tying the game on White's 60-yard touchdown, the longest run of his career. The Bruins took the lead on White's four-yard touchdown plunge that followed passes of 18 and 22 yards to White and Drew. However, the Bruins couldn't stop the ground game in the second quarter when the Cowboys scored three touch-downs, one following a Bruin fumble in the red zone.

Medlock connected on a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the halfto make the score 28-17.

In the second half, the Bruin defense held the Cowboys to just three points but UCLA couldn't get closer than eight despite reaching the Cowboy 12-yard line with just under seven minutes left in the game. On the day, UCLA con- verted seven of 15 third-down conversions while holding OSU to three of 12.

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 colle-giate and professional levels. The Bruins qualified for their sixth bowl game in the past seven seasons in Dorrell's first season at the helm.

Dorrell came to UCLA after working the previous three sea-sons for Mike Shanahan's Denver Broncos as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers. Prior to his arrival in Den-ver, Dorrell coached 12 years on the collegiate level, includ-ing 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 Cen-tral 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 receiv-ers 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 coordi-nator 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, will serve as the offensive coor-dinator and offensive line coach. Cable has been an assistant coach at Colorado (offensive coordinator), California, UNLV and Cal State Fullerton.

Dino Babers will mentor the Bruin wide receivers. He comes 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 will serve as quarterbacks coach. He comes 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 will now coach the tight end position. Last season, he was the wide receivers coach. Defensive line coach Don Johnson will now also serve as recruiting coordinator. In addition, outside linebacker / nickel back coach Brian Schneider will take charge of all of the Bruin special teams units.

THE DEFENSE

#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. He has started 28 of the last 31 Bruin games, six at strong safety and 22 at free safety.

Emanuel finished fourth on the team in tackles last season with 80. He made a career-high 12 stops in the season-opener 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 Colo-rado State.

#9 LB JUSTIN LONDON -- True junior Justin London, on the pre-season `Watch List' for the Lombardi and Butkus award, sprained his ankle in practice on August 19 and sat out the opener against Oklahoma State. He is expected to return to practice this week.

Last season, he started 12 games and ranked second on the team with 98 tackles. He also ranked second with 8.5 tack-les for loss and tied for the team lead with three intercep-tions.

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 posses-sion 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.

#41 LB SPENCER HAVNER -- Junior inside linebacker Spencer Havner, a two-year starter, is on the pre-season `Watch List' for the Butkus and Lombardi awards. He has also been selected one of two season captains by a vote of his team-mates. Havner recorded a career-high 16 tackles, including 11 solos and five assists, in the opener against Oklahoma State de-spite playing with a bruised shoulder that caused him to miss time in the second quarter. His 16 stops were the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. Two of his stops were for losses (four yards) and 11 were made in the second half.

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 se-lected honorable mention all-conference.

Havner recorded seven tackles in the Oklahoma game and returned an interception 72 yards. He recorded seven tack-les against San Diego State with one sack and an intercep-tion. 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) with 13 tackles at Washington State, including two for losses.

In 2002, he started all 13 games and his 96 tackles ranked sec-ond on the team and as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (James Washington - 119 in 1984). His av-erage 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 re-turned for touchdowns to tie an NCAA record for lineback-ers. Havner was selected first-team Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

#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. 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 injury which snapped a string of 15 straight starting as-signments. Page tied for the team lead with three intercep-tions, 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 -- The senior made four tackles, in-cluding three solos, in the opening game against Oklahoma State.

Clark started all 12 games in which he played in 2003 and was seventh on the team with 53 tackles. He made his first ca-reer 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 re-turned a blocked extra point for a defensive two-point score. As a sophomore, he appeared in 11 games and had seven tack-les. 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.

#97 DT C.J. NIUSULU -- 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 Okla-homa State, but underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Sept. 1. He is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks. Niusulu appeared in all 13 games last season and accounted for 26 tackles, including five tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks. He totaled five tackles at Stanford, including one for loss. Niusulu recorded six stops, including 2.5 for loss, in the game at Washington State. He had a career-best seven tack-les against Fresno State.

C.J. saw action in five games as a true freshman in 2002. He joined the Bruin defensive rotation after Rodney Leisle broke his foot. Niusulu sat out the final three games of the season after an emergency appendicitis attack the week of the USC contest.

#75 KEVIN BROWN -- The true sophomore made his first career start on the defensive line in the opener against Okla-homa State. He was credited with five tackles, including one for loss, against the Cowboys.

Brown has established himself as one of the two starting de-fensive tackles and has the ability to be an outstanding per-former. 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 under-went arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on August 16. He came off the bench against Oklahoma State but was not credited with any tackles. Morgan played two seasons at Pearl River (MS) Community College and en-rolled at UCLA in the 2004 winter quarter.

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.

Redshirt sophomore JUSTIN HICKMAN enjoyed a produc-tive Fall camp and started the Oklahoma State game at de-fensive end. He recorded four tackles (all assists), includ-ing 0.5 sacks (he shared a sack with Danny Nelson). Sophomore ROBERT GARCIA started at tackle against Okla-homa State and was credited with three tackles. True freshman KENNETH LOMBARD saw extensive action against Oklahoma State off the bench and made one tackle. Redshirt freshmen NOAH SUTHERLAND (one solo), NIKOLA DRAGOVIC (one assist) and WILLIAM SNEAD (three tackles, on solo) all played in the opener. True freshman BRIGHAM HARWELL, a contender for play-ing time at a defensive end spot, 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.

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. Walker made 15 tackles last season and had one start against Illinois in 2003. Junior college transfer DANNY NELSON (Arizona Western College) was impressive in Fall camp and opened at an in-side linebacker position against Oklahoma State when Jus-tin London was not available. Nelson made seven tackles (three solos) against the Cowboys and split a sack with end Justin Hickman.

Senior BENJAMIN LORIER made one tackle off the bench. Senior TIM WARFIELD is out indefinitely with a small frac-ture in his left tibia.

DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD -- Redshirt junior MARCUS CASSEL earned the starting nod in the opener against Okla-homa State. He won the job in Fall camp which was opened up by the departure of Matt Ware. Cassel, a steady con-tributor on special teams the last two seasons, made five tackles (three assists) against the Cowboys. Redshirt sophomore ERIC McNEAL (one tackle) and redshirt freshmen CHRIS HORTON (two tackles) and DENNIS KEYES have all injected themselves into the mix at the safety positions and all played against the Cowboys on de-fense or special teams. Redshirt sophomore JEBIAUS BROWN, redshirt freshman TREY BROWN and true sophomore MIL'VON JAMES will also compete for play-ing time at cornerback and should also see action on spe-cial teams.

THE OFFENSE

#87 WR CRAIG BRAGG
-- All-America candidate Craig Bragg enjoyed a second consecutive standout season in 2003. A big-play performer (10 touchdowns of at least 40 yards during his career), the fifth-year senior figures to own virtually all of UCLA's career receiving records by the end of his senior season. He is the only player in school history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons and could become the only player to lead the team in receiving in four consecutive seasons. Bragg enters the Illinois contest with a streak of 37 con-secutive games in which he has caught a pass and a string of 32 games in which he has made at least two receptions. He needs just 19 receptions and 572 receiv-ing yards to rank No. 1 on both career charts. His 161 career catches now rank third on UCLA's career list, hav-ing passed Danny Farmer versus Oklahoma State. His 2,449 receiving yards rank fourth on the career list, just 20 behind No. 3 J.J. Stokes and 99 behind No. 2 Kevin Jordan. He has 18 touchdowns (15 receiving, two rush-ing and one punt return), including 10 (eight receptions, one run and one punt return) of at least 40 yards. Bragg has a career touchdown average of 44.1 yards (42.0 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 ca-reer punt return list with 71.

In the opener against Oklahoma State, he made four recep-tions 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, includ-ing one for 33 yards in the fourth quarter.

He ranks second in the Pac-10 in punt returns (15.7), T-fifth in all-purpose yards (136.0) and sixth in receiving yardage (87.0).

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 receiv-ing 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 recep-tions (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.

#14 QB DREW OLSON
-- In the opener against Oklahoma State, the true junior completed 16 of 36 passes for 252 yards, just 14 shy of his career best. 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 quar-ter was the longest of his career. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in total offense (252.0 yards).

He now has 242 completions in his 22-game career (15 starts). That total ranks No. 9 in UCLA history (he passed Matt Stevens against the Cowboys) and is just one behind 1967 Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban (243). In addition, he is just the ninth player in school history to record at least 3,000 career passing yards (3,021).

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 af-ter Paus suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Cali-fornia. 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.


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