Harkey to play in East/West Shrine Game; Dye & Embree to play in NFLPA Game
UCLA football faces Illinois in San Francisco on Dec. 31
Bruins face crosstown rival USC Saturday at 7:00 pm
Kickoff is set for 4:35 and will be televised on Versus
Bruins, Wildcats face off on ESPN at 6pm PT.
UCLA - A leader of the defensive unit, Dye is a versatile athlete who can play either safety spot ... Led the team in tackles in 2010 ... Named to preseason watch lists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award ... Starter for three seasons.
2011 - Appeared in seven games with five starts in an injury-filled season ... On the watch lists for the Lott Trophy (top defensive player), Nagurski (most outstanding defensive player), Bednarik (top defender) and Thorpe (top defensive back) Awards ... Recorded 10 tackles in the opener at Houston but developed neck soreness which hindered his play over the next couple of contests against San Jose State and Texas ... He sat out seven games and returned to start against Colorado (two tackles) and at USC where he recorded two tackles, before leaving the game with an ankle injury ... He sat out the Pac-12 Championship game due to the ankle injury ... Was ruled academically ineligible for the bowl game against Illinois.
2010 - Defensive co-winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player ... Also earned Pac-10 honorable mention acclaim ... Started all 12 games at strong safety ... Led team with 96 tackles and his 8.00 average was ranked fourth (tied) in Pac-10 ... Also led team with nine pass break ups ... Made a career-high 15 tackles in opener at Kansas State ... Had seven stops and broke up a pass against Stanford ... Three tackles versus Houston ... Six tackles, one for loss, and broke up one pass at Texas ... Made a team-high seven tackles in win against WSU ... Second on squad with 10 tackles at Cal ... Seven stops at Oregon ... Led team with 11 tackles against Arizona ... Three stops and broke up one pass versus Oregon State ... Totaled seven tackles and broke up a pass at Washington ... Topped team at Arizona State with seven tackles, all solos, including 2.0 for loss and broke up one pass ... Led team with 13 stops against USC, 0.5 for loss, and made his first career interception ... Winner of UCLA's Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player vs. USC.
2009 - Started all 13 games at strong safety ... Fourth on squad in tackles with 73 ... Made his second career start, first in a non-nickel alignment, in opener against San Diego St. ... Seven stops at Tennessee ... Led team with nine tackles versus Kansas St. ... 10 tackles at Stanford ... Seven stops versus Oregon ... Three tackles against Cal ... Scored his first career touchdown at Arizona, when he scooped up a lateral, that had been batted away by Akeem Ayers, and returned it 28 yards ... Also credited with five tackles ... Led team with 10 tackles at Oregon St. ... Four stops in win over Washington ... Three tackles at Washington St. ... Three tackles versus Arizona St. ... Seven tackles at USC ... Registered four stops in bowl win over Temple.
2008 - Appeared in 11 games as a defensive back and on special teams and made one start (Oregon St.) ... Played at least 20 defensive snaps five times, including each of the final four games ... Saw his first career action as the dime back and on special teams against Tennessee ... Made one tackle at BYU ... Also made one stop versus Fresno St. ... Played as the nickel back versus Washington St. and made two tackles ... Had one tackle assist at Oregon ... Recorded one stop against Stanford and Cal ... Made his first career start against Oregon St., in the nickel package, and was credited with three tackles ... Made three stops at Washington ... Tackle assist at Arizona State ... Two tackles versus USC.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three seasons at Santiago HS in Corona, CA for coach Mitchell ... PrepStar Dream Team selection ... SuperPrep All-American ... Selected for Under Armour All-America Game ...Earned four stars from rivals.com ... Earned four stars from scout.com ... Ranked No. 9 nationally at cornerback by scout.com ... Named All-State second team by Cal-Hi Sports ... L.A. Times All-Star team (cornerback) ... Made 109 solo tackles and 52 assisted stops as a senior ... Also rushed for 759 yards and 11 touchdowns on 98 attempts ... Made 25 receptions for 331 yards ... As a junior, he made 90 tackles and six interceptions ... Also lettered in track and field (100 meters, 4 x 100-meter relay) for one year for coach Trichell.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Anthony Scott Dye ... Born: February 11, 1990 in San Jose, CA ... Parents: Mark (played football at San Jose State and baseball with the Houston Astros organization) and Danna Dye ... Has two brothers, Troy and Travis ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as playing in the CIF championship game and playing in the Jr. Youth Hockey World Championship game versus the Czech Republic ... Lists NFL star Champ Bailey and NHL star Mike Modano as the athletes he admires the most ... Almost gave up football to play hockey in high school in Minnesota ... Hobbies include video games, music and all sports ... History major.
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