UCLA Tyler was one of the success stories of the 2002 season and established himself as an exciting performer He came off the bench at Oregon State, in the fifth game of the season after carrying just 13 times in prior games, to enjoy one of the greatest days in UCLA history He went on to approach the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season and earn second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim Tyler enjoyed an outstanding Spring Practice, showing that he is becoming a complete player His speed separates him from most backs and enables him to be a threat to score anytime he touches the football Has worked hard to become a good pass protector He again figures to contribute on special teams after ranking among the conference leaders in punt returns.
2002 Earned second-team freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News Selected second-team all-conference by vote of the league coaches Led the Bruin team in rushing with 994 yards Leading scorer on the Bruin team with 10 touchdowns (60 points) Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (76.5), fifth in punt returns (11.4), ninth in all-purpose yards (106.3) and 13th in total offense despite not earning much playing time until the seasons fifth game In eight Pac-10 games, he carried 197 times for 876 yards and eight touchdowns (108.3 yards per game average) Ebell ended the season just six yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards His 994 yards ranked 17th on the school single-season list, while his 1,382 all-purpose yards ranks No. 10 on the UCLA list Ebell ranked seventh nationally among freshman rushers He became the first freshman (true or redshirt) in school history to rush for at least 100 yards in six games (the old record was two, held by several players), all consecutive He also set a new school freshman rushing record, breaking Eric Balls old mark of 703 yards, set in 1985 Ebell was the first freshman since DeShaun Foster in 1998 to lead the team in rushing His streak of six straight 100 yards games was the second-longest one-season streak in school history (Gaston Green did it seven times in 1986) On October, 5 at Oregon State, Ebell came off the bench in the second quarter following an injury to Manuel White to enjoy one of the greatest days in UCLA history He rushed for 203 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries His 203 yards ranked 14th on UCLAs single-season game (second on UCLAs single-game freshman list) list He ran for 45 yards on 12 attempts in the second quarter, 34 yards on eight carries in the third quarter and 124 yards on nine carries in the fourth quarter His 73-yard fourth quarter rush to the one-yard line was the second longest ever by a Bruin freshman (83 yards by Derek Ayers vs. BYU in 1993) Ebell made the first start of his career against Oregon and ran for 119 yards (89 on 15 attempts in the second half) on 26 attempts He also returned five punts for 64 yards At Cal, he started and broke the 100-yard barrier for the third straight week, finishing with 102 yards on 28 attempts He scored UCLAs only touchdown on an 11-yard run Against Stanford, he rushed for 160 yards (fourth straight game over 100 yards) and the go-ahead touchdown on 39 carries, three shy of the school record for carries In the second half, he carried 25 times for 118 yards He carried the ball on 25 of UCLAs 33 offensive snaps (excluding two kneel downs at the end of the contest) in the second half of the game In the fourth quarter, he carried on the final 12 snaps At Washington, Ebell reached the 100-yard plateau for the fifth straight game, finishing with 102 yards and three one-yard touchdowns on 31attempts He had three double-figure runs, including rushes of 23 and 22 yards At Arizona, he became only the second UCLA player in history to rush for over 100 yards in six consecutive games in the same season Ebell finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries He had four runs of at least 19 yards in the game Against USC, he led the Bruins with 56 yards on 12 attempts. He had runs of 11 and 13 yards on UCLAs first possession of the second half, but carried just twice more with the Bruins facing a 35-7 deficit He also made two receptions for 29 yards Ebell was limited to 10 yards on nine carries in the Washington State game and caught four passes for two yards He also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards In the bowl game win over New Mexico, he ran for 70 yards on 25 carries and returned a punt for seven yards Named winner of the John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for team Rookie of the Year on Offense.
2001 Did not see action in his first year in the program and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL Earned three varsity letters as a running back for coach Phil McCune at Ventura, CA, High Named National High School Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association Winner of the high school Heisman Trophy Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 6 running back) Parade All-American PrepStar All-American (No. 1 running back in West) USA Today California Player of the Year Winner of Glenn Davis Award as L.A. Times Southern California Player of the Year Selected L.A. Times Ventura County Player of the Year and first-team All-Ventura County Rated nations No. 24 running back by Rivals.com Ranked No. 25 among nations backs by FoxStudentSports.com Tom Lemming All-West (No. 35 prospect) PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region offensive MVP (No. 9 prospect) SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 59 prospect) Member of Long Beach Press-Telegrams Best in the West second team Led Ventura to 13-1 record and CIF-SS Division IV championship Student Sports Senior All-American Cal-Hi Sports California State Player of the Year First-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team All-CIF Southern Section first team CIF-SS Division IV Offensive Player of the Year Selected to play in CaliFlorida All-Star game and the California/Texas Shrine game Set new national records as a senior with 4,495 rushing yards and 64 rushing touchdowns Set California career records with 7,385 rushing yards and 111 rushing touchdowns on 895 attempts (8.3 average) Rushed for 276 yards (9.6 average) and three scores in CIF title game against Arroyo Grande Ebell rushed for at least 300 yards in 10 games in 2000, including 393 yards and six touchdowns in the first meeting with Arroyo Grande, 379 and five touchdowns versus Oxnard, 375 yards and five scores against Moorpark, 365 yards and four touchdowns versus Santa Barbara and 361 yards and six scores against San Marcos Averaged double figures in yards per carry in eight of his 14 games Scored at least five touchdowns seven times Set a school record with six touchdowns in a game (five times) Set state record for most points in a season (388) As a junior in 1999, he rushed for 1,633 yards and 31 touchdowns In his sophomore season, he ran for 1,291 yards and 17 touchdowns Also averaged 15 points per game in basketball while earning first-team All-League honors for coach Dan Larson Ran track for coach Ralph Martinez.
PERSONAL Full Name: Tyler Jay Ebell Born: June 4, 1983 in Ventura, CA Parents: Dennis Ebell and Karin Hewlett Has three sisters Jennifer, Jordan and Paige and one brother, Dylan Lists winning the CIF championship as his biggest thrill in athletics NFL running back great Walter Payton is the player he patterns his style after and admires the most Hobbies include training, video games and hanging out with friends History is his favorite class Career objective is to play in the NFL or pursue a job in law enforcement Undeclared major.
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