Oct. 7, 2002
Redshirt freshman tailback Tyler Ebell (Ventura, CA/Ventura HS) of the UCLA Football Team was selected as the UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
At Oregon State on Oct. 5, Ebell came off the bench to enjoy one of the greatest days in UCLA Football history. On the afternoon, he rushed for 203 yards (second-highest total in the Pac-10 this season) and one touchdown on 29 carries. His 203 yards rank 14th on UCLA's single-game list and make him the only back other than Bob Toledo's tenure as head coach. In addition, Ebell now ranks second on UCLA's freshman rushing list, trailing only Eric Ball's 227 yards against Iowa in the 1986 Rose Bowl. Ebell also caught one pass for 10 yards, returned one punt for six yards and tried a pass on a trick play that was broken up in the end zone.
Ebell ran for 45 yards on 12 attempts in the second quarter, 34 yards on eight carries in the third quarter and 124 yards on nine attempts in the fourth quarter. His 73-yard run to the one-yard line in the fourth quarter was the second-longest ever by a Bruin freshman, and UCLA later scored on the next play. He also had a 31-yard run later in the final quarter, and UCLA scored two plays later. On the Bruins' final possession, runs of six and four yards produced the first down that allowed the Bruins to run out the clock.
This is Ebell's first UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and his career.
Also nominated: Brandon Brooks (m. water polo), Jackie Carleton (w. tennis), Allie True (w. soccer), Zach Wells (m. soccer) and Chrissie Zartman (w. volleyball)