UCLA This aggressive performer enters his senior season as a candidate for All-America honors A two-year returning starter (he has started in 26 of the last 29 Bruin games), he enjoyed a second straight productive year Dave worked hard and enjoyed a productive Spring Practice, focusing on enhancing his already effective pass rush technique He has an excellent motor and plays well with leverage He uses his hands and speed to his advantage on his pass rush and has great quickness coming off the edge He will have a chance to move into the all-time career Top 10 in tackles for loss and sacks with another big season.
2002 Named second-team All-Pac-10 after an outstanding season in which he started in 12 of the 13 games Led the team with 11.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss His 11.5 sacks rank fourth on UCLAs single-season list and are the most by a Bruin since Donnie Edwards recorded 12.5 in 1994 His 11.5 sacks total ranked sixth in the Pac-10 His 15.0 tackles for loss rank seventh (tied) on the school single-season list In the season-opener against Colorado State, he was credited with three tackles, including one for loss At Oklahoma State, he made one tackle and recovered a fumble that ended a Cowboy scoring threat and led to a Bruin touchdown In the Colorado game, he made four tackles, including one sack At San Diego State, Dave made two stops and had one sack At Oregon State, he started for the 16th straight game and made two tackles, including a sack for the third consecutive week His starting streak was snapped against Oregon, as he was forced to sit out the first half of the game after being ejected from the OSU game, but still managed to record a sack for the fourth straight week At Cal, he had two sacks among his three tackles He had a season-high six tackles against Stanford and one sack At Washington, he recorded three sacks and five tackles At Arizona, Dave had two tackles, including 0.5 sacks and another for loss It marked his eighth straight game with a sack Against USC, he made three tackles He had one tackle for loss in the Washington State game He made three stops, including one sack, in the bowl win over New Mexico Named the winner of the Jerry Long Heart Award for a defensive player. 2001 Started every game at right end and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention Against Alabama, he did a good job on his assignments, just missing a quarterback sack late in the game Against Kansas, he made three tackles In the win over Washington, he made three tackles, including a 14-yard sack and a second stop behind the line His sack also created a fumble at the Bruin 13-yard line to halt a scoring threat in the third quarter He was credited with two tackles versus California and one at Stanford At Washington State, he made a season-high six tackles (two solos), including two for losses, and added one assist and a pass defense versus Oregon He finished the year with 18 tackles, including four stops behind the line of scrimmage On the field for at least 40 plays in nine games last season with a high of 69 in the game at Washington State.
2000 Ball made his first start in the road win at Arizona and had three tackles, including one for loss He tipped a pass that Rodney Leisle intercepted with 10 seconds remaining to seal the win Ball became the eighth different defensive linemen to start a game, and the fourth at strong-side defensive end Against Stanford, he made five tackles and recovered one fumble At Washington, he came off the bench to make a career-high eight tackles, including one sack on which he forced a fumble, and a second for loss He added one tackle against USC Ball started against Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl and made two stops On the year, he played in all 12 games, starting three, and played at least 40 snaps in each of the last five games, including 73 at Washington, 71 versus Stanford, 66 versus Wisconsin and 60 at Arizona.
1999 Did not play in his first season in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL Earned three varsity letters in football as a defensive end for coach Tom Crumpacker at Dixon High in Dixon, CA PrepStar All-American and rated the No. 12 defensive lineman in the Western Region by PrepStar Ranked fifth (tied) among strongside defensive ends by the National Recruiting Advisor Cornwell All-American SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 53 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 Selected leagues defensive Player of the Year as a senior Ball made 73 tackles, including 31 solos Also accounted for 18 quarterback sacks, 31 tackles for losses, 10 pass breakups and nine fumbles forced First-team All-State and All-Metro High School Hall of Fame inductee for Northern California Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game In SuperPreps pre-season issue, he ranked 39th among defensive linemen and 25th among all players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii area PrepStar pre-season All-West Region All-State and all-area as a junior after making 85 tackles, including 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss Also caused six fumbles and recovered two Team was ranked sixth in the State (Division III) and first in the League and Area Set school career records for sacks with 31 and tackles for loss with 53 Also played three years of basketball (forward) for coach George Skezas.
PERSONAL Full Name: David Stewart Ball Born: January 4, 1981 in Fairfield, CA Parents: Robert and Elizabeth Ball Has one twin brother, Mat, also on the UCLA football team, and an older sister, Lisa Lists former NFL star lineman Deacon Jones as the famous athlete he admires or patterns his style of play after Hobbies include all sports, drawing and hanging out with friends Earned spot on the Directors Honor Roll in Winter 2002 (3.00) and Spring 2002 (3.10) History major.
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