Coach Mora ready to take the field with his team for the first time
Bruins participate in 31st bowl game.
Jones earns 1st team honors; Locke and Barr named to second-team
Images from the UCLA/Houston football game on Sept. 3, 2011
UCLA - Chris gained valuable starting experience in 2011 and will hope to get back into the mix during the Spring ... When healthy, he figures to contend for a starting berth at guard.
2011 - Made his first career start in the opener at Houston ... Also started against San Jose State ... Came off the bench against Texas and at Arizona ... Started at Oregon State and at Stanford ... Missed the balance of the season due to a knee injury and underwent surgery on Dec. 13 ... Named to honorable mention All-Pac-12 Academic team.
2010 - Made his debut in the fourth quarter of the win at Texas, taking over at right guard when Eddie Williams was forced from the game due to dehydration/cramps. He played in three games, including most of the second half against USC.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played three seasons of football at Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei HS for coach Bruce Rollinson ... Played left tackle as a senior and junior; left guard as a sophomore ... Parade Magazine All-American ... PrepStar Dream Team selection (No. 77 national prospect) ... Ranked No. 240 national prospect and No. 8 offensive guard by scout.com ... Rated No. 10 offensive guard by rivals.com ... Rated No. 14 center/guard nationally by Tom Lemming ... Rated No. 15 offensive guard by ESPN.com ... Rated No. 44 player in the West by scout.com ... EA Sports honorable mention All-American ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... GoldenStatePreps.com All-State third team and All-SoCal second team ... Earned four stars from both scout.com and rivals.com ... As a senior, he was named first-team All-CIF-SS All-Pac-5 Division ... Trinity League Most Valuable Lineman ... First-team All-State ... Served as team captain ... Named to L.A. Times All-Star team ... As a junior, he was named All-CIF second team ... All-State underclass first-team ... As a sophomore, she earned All-State underclass honors.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Chris James Ward ... Born: September 22, 1991... Parents: Perry and Liz Ward ... Has an older brother, Erik, and an older sister, Jennifer (played volleyball at Georgetown) ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as beating Servite HS at Angel Stadium of Anaheim during his sophomore season ... Lists NBA standout LeBron James as the athlete he admires the most ... Hobbies include playing basketball ... Originally went to Mater Dei intent on playing basketball after being in a club program for eight years ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2011 ... Undeclared major.