April 23, 2010
UCLA junior defensive tackle Brian Price has been selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the third pick in the second round of the National Football League Draft. He is 35th overall pick in the 2010 Draft.
One of the best defensive tackles in the college game in 2009, Price was named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assn. and SI.com, second-team by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Rivals.com, Phil Steele and Scout.com and third-team by Associated Press.
"The Buccaneers have themselves one of the great steals of the draft," said UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel. "Brian has the talent and the drive to be an outstanding performer on Sundays. In addition, he is a great young man from a great family. The Bruin family is excited to watch him excel at the next level."
Price was also selected Pac-10 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pac-10. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defender) and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy (nation's best defender on and off the field). He was also on the "Watch List" for the 2009 Nagurski Trophy (both for nation's best defensive player), Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) and Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman).
In addition, he was the co-defensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player. He was voted first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches in 2008.
Price ranked No. 3 in the NCAA and led the Pac-10 with 23.5 tackles for loss and ranked fourth with 1.81 tackles for loss per game (the No. 2 player in the Pac-10 was at 1.29). He led UCLA with 23.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks (7th in Pac-10) and made 48 tackles on the year.
Price finished his Bruin career ranked second on the UCLA single-season tackles for loss list (23.5) and is No. 1 among defensive tackles. He also ranks second in school history with 44.5 career tackles for loss.
The last Bruin defensive tackle drafted in the second round was in 1994, when Bruce Walker was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles (37th overall). The last defensive tackle to be selected higher was Manu Tuiasosopo, who was selected in the first round (18th pick) by the Seattle Seahawks.