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Dave Ball Named Defensive Winner of Morris Trophy
By: UCLA Athletics

Dec. 5, 2003

Defensive end Dave Ball of UCLA and offensive tackle Jacob Rogers of USC have been named winners of the 24th annual Morris Trophy.

The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pacific-10 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players' award.

Ball, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior from Dixon, Calif., is the national leader in quarterback sacks with 16.5. He leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (20.5) as well as sacks and ranks second in the Conference in fumbles forced with five. His 16.5 quarterback sacks established a UCLA season record and he also holds the Bruin career record at 30.5. Ball has already been named a first-team All-America selection by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He was a unanimous All-Pac-10 selection and was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. He is a finalist for three major awards--the Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player), the Rotary Lombardi Awards (top lineman) and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

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