UCLA - Joey will again serve as the holder for UCLA's place kicks ... His experience will be invaluable because the Bruins will be replacing two-year starter and 1997 All-American Chris Sailer with an inexperienced performer ... In addition, he could earn substantial playing time at one of the safety positions ... A smart, instinctive player who understands the game ... Has excellent hands ... Earned a roster spot as a non-scholarship player and was awarded a scholarship for 1999 this past Spring.
1998 - Served as the holder for all of Sailer's field goals and PATs for a second straight season ... Also played regularly on the kick and punt coverage units, as well as the kickoff coverage squad ... Made three tackles on special teams.
1997 - Did a fine job in his first year as the holder for Sailer, helping the kicker earn first-team All-America honors ... Also saw some action on defense, playing 19 snaps against Houston and three versus Tennessee ... Contributed on some of the special teams ... Made two tackles.
1996 - Saw limited action on special teams (coverage).
1995 - Earned a spot on the team as a walk-on but did not see action.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters under coach Lou Farrar at Charter Oaks High ... Earned first-team All-CIF and All-Southern Section honors playing both offense and defense ... Selected offensive MVP of the Miramonte League in 1994 ... As a senior, he passed for 1,743 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,018 yards and 13 scores ... On defense, he made 68 tackles, including 39 solos, and nine interceptions.
PERSONAL - Full name: Joseph Michael Strycula ... Born: October 19, 1976 in Covina, CA ... Parents: John and Martha Strycula ... Has three brothers (Johnny, Chris and Bryan) and two sisters (Shauna and Jenny) ... Enjoys water and snow skiing ... Earned spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 1999 with his 3.10 GPA ... Geography major.