UCLA - Danny Farmer enters the 1999 season as one of the nation's best wide receivers and a leading candidate for the Biletnikoff Award ... Selected to the pre-season All-America teams of Playboy and Lindy's ... Will serve as a team captain in 1999 ... A fine all-around athlete who starred on the men's volleyball team, he possesses great size, deceptive speed, outstanding leaping ability and the knack of making the big catch in traffic ... A former walk-on, he earned a scholarship prior to the 1996 season and concluded it with a team-leading 31 catches ... His career totals are 130 receptions for 2,447 yards and 16 touchdowns in just 35 games and he could break both school records (179 receptions and 2,548 yards) by the end of his senior year ... He ranks third on UCLA's career receiving yardage list (second is J.J. Stokes at 2,469 and first is Kevin Jordan at 2,548, just 101 yards ahead of Farmer); and is fourth on the career reception list (third is Sean LaChapelle with 142) ... A big-play performer, he has made 19 receptions of at least 40 yards, including 13 last season.
1998 - As a junior, Farmer developed into one of the nation's finest receivers ... He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 1998 for his outstanding play ... Farmer was the team's leading receiver with 58 catches for 1,274 yards (22.0 average) and nine touchdowns ... In the Washington game, he became only the fourth player in school history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... His 1,274 yards set a new UCLA school record, breaking Kevin Jordan's record of 1,228 yards, set in 1994, and he averaged 106.2 yards per contest ... During the regular season, Farmer ranked second in the Pac-10 (16th in the NCAA) in receiving yards per game (102.91) ... His average of 22.2 yards per catch ranked No. 2 nationally among players with at least 1,000 receiving yards ... Cal's Dameane Douglas led thePac-10 with 104.6 yards per game and had just 20 more yards despite making 49 more receptions than Farmer ... The Bruin receiver also ranked 12th in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (102.9) ... Forty-three of his receptions produced first downs ... Twenty-one of his catches measured at least 20 yards, 12 measured at least 40 yards and four measured at least 64 yards, including a 77-yard score at Miami, a 64-yard score at Arizona, a 61-yard non-scoring reception at Washington and a 60-yard score versus Oregon ... His average (22.0) was the highest in school history among players with at least 36 receptions in a season ... In the season opener versus Texas, he made four receptions for 81 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNown ... At Houston, he had four catches for 100 yards, including catches of 41 and 40 yards ... His 41-yard grab with UCLA leading by just 11 points in the fourth quarter set-up the clinching touchdown ... Against WSU, he made five grabs for 100 yards, including one for 51 yards to setup a touchdown ... The big plays continued against Arizona with a 64-yard scoring catch-and-run and another for 23 yards ... In the Oregon game, he grabbed a career-high seven balls for a career-best 161 yards (the ninth-highest yardage total ever by a UCLA player) and two touchdowns ... Included in the total were one grab of 49 yards which set up a field goal and a scoring catch of 60 yards that put the Bruins ahead with 2:36 to play, 38-31 ... At California, he had a team-high five catches for 52 and a long of 19 yards ... Versus Stanford, he had a team-best six grabs for 78 yards (five first downs) with a long of 20 yards ... He also had a 32-yard run on a reverse on UCLA's game-winning touchdown drive ... At Oregon State, he grabbed five balls for 113 yards and two touchdowns, one a 43-yarder ... It marked his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season ... At Washington, he went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the fifth time with four catches for 134 yards, including 61 and 43-yard grabs ... In the win over USC, he made three catches for 91 yards, including one for 42 and another for 38 yards ... His 42-yard reception came on UCLA's first scoring drive ... In the Miami game, he caught six balls for 135 yards and a pair of TDs, one a 77-yarder and one of 14 yards, and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season ... The 77-yarder in the first quarter of the Miami game pushed him over the 1,000 yard mark and was the second longest of his career and the 12th longest in school history ... In the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, Farmer made seven receptions for 142 yards and his ninth touchdown of the season, a 41-yard strike from Cade McNown ... He also had a 44-yard reception to give the Bruins a first-and-goal at the Badger six-yard line ... It was the seventh time he accounted for at least 100 yards in a game ... Farmer started all but one game (UCLA started two tight ends at Arizona) ... During the season, he played at least 40 snaps in every game and at least 50 eight times, including 70 versus Oregon and Wisconsin, 66 at Oregon State and 62 at California and Miami.
1997 - Ranked second on the squad with 41 receptions for 649 yards and three scores ... Selected All-Pacific-10 honorable mention by the league's coaches and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... He made four catches for 40 yards in the Cotton Bowl ... In the regular-season finale against USC, he led the squad with four receptions for 74 yards ... His acrobatic 36-yard catch on third-and-17 from the Bruin 18-yard line was a key play on the go-ahead touchdown drive in the third quarter ... Against Washington, he turned an inside screen into a 60-yard touchdown 23 seconds into the fourth quarter ... He finished the day with four receptions, tying for the team lead, for 99 yards and the one TD ... At Stanford, he hauled in three passes for 33 yards and a long of 21 yards which gave the Bruins a first down on a third-and-15 call ... Against California, he made three catches for 81 yards ... His 54-yard reception on the final play of the first quarter set up UCLA's first offensive touchdown ... He made two receptions for 24 yards against Oregon State ... At Oregon, he led the team with five catches, tying his career high, for 56 yards ... Against Houston, he made three receptions for 74 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown late in the first quarter ... Against Arizona, he tied his career high with five receptions, accounting for 86 yards ... His 37-yard catch-and-run set the stage for the first of Skip Hicks' four touchdowns ... In the season-opener at Washington State, Farmer made four receptions for 64 yards, including a five-yard touchdown with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter ... He also made an important 28-yard catch-and-run on third-and-13 on the final aborted scoring drive ... He added three receptions against Tennessee and one at Texas ... He started all 12 games and played at least 45 snaps six times, including 70 at Washington State, 57 versus Tennessee, 56 at Stanford, 54 vs. Texas A&M, 52 at Oregon and 48 at USC.
1996 - In his first season as an active member of the team, Farmer led the Bruins with 31 receptions, the first freshman ever to do so ... His 524 yards trailed McElroy by just three yards and his average of 16.9 was second only to McElroy's 20.3 ... Established himself as a big play performer and all four of his touchdown receptions measured at least 31 yards (88, 52, 38 and 31) ... His four touchdown catches led the team and his four scores tied him with Cade McNown and Keith Brown for second on the squad behind Skip Hicks's 20 ... His receptions produced 23 first downs ... Had six games of three or more receptions ... Made quite an impact in the first game of his career ... Started the Tennessee contest as the slot receiver and made five receptions for 115 yards ... With UCLA trailing 28-13 in the fourth quarter and facing a second-and-19 situation at its own 12-yard line, Farmer worked himself open, caught a pass from McNown around midfield and held off two pursuers to dive into the end zone ... The 88-yard play, which made the score 28-20 with 9:41 remaining, was the fifth-longest pass play in UCLA history ... Against NLU, he led the Bruins in receiving for a second straight game, finishing with four catches for 55 yards ... Against Arizona State, he led the team for the third time in five games, making four catches for 43 yards ... Farmer was moved from slot receiver to split end prior to the Washington State game and responded with the best contest of his short career ... He led the team in receptions for the fourth time, finishing with five for a career-best 121 yards and one touchdown ... He made a 52-yard over-the-shoulder catch to set up UCLA's go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter and with just under six minutes played in the second half, he out-fought double coverage to catch McElroy's 38-yard reverse option pass and scored his second TD of the year ... At Arizona, he led the Bruins in receptions (three) for the fifth time and scored on a 31-yard TD pass ... Against USC, Farmer made five receptions for 81 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown catch early in the second half on which he beat Daylon McCutcheon to get the Bruin offense started (UCLA trailed 24-7 at that point) ... Winner of UCLA's first annual Terry Donahue Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Walk-on and offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
1995 - Did not appear in a football game in his first year in the program ... Caught the coaching staff's attention with his catches against the varsity during Aloha Bowl workouts.
UCLA VOLLEYBALL - A starter as a senior in 1999, he earned second-team All-MPSF honors ... Ranked 11th nationally with his .444 attack percentage and ranked fourth in MPSF hitting at .458 ... Recorded a career-high 29 kills in his final match (Hawaii) ... Served as a key reserve for NCAA championship teams in 1996 and 1998 ... In the 1998 NCAA semifinals, he came off the bench to record a career-high (at the time) 26 kills against Lewis ... As a sophomore (1997), he helped UCLA finish second in the nation ... Started five times as a freshman and hit .400 or better in three of his five starts.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned a total of eight varsity letters in football (two), basketball (two) and volleyball (four) for coaches Steve Grady (FB), Bill Thomason (BB) and Eric Wells (VB) at Loyola High ... In football, he earned first-team all-league and second-team all-city honors ... As a senior wide receiver in 1994, he caught 43 passes for 683 yards and 11 touchdowns ... In basketball, he was a 1995 first-team all-league selection and 1994 Rookie of the Year ... Led his team in rebounding in 1994 and '95 ... He averaged 16 ppg and 12 rpg in 1995 ... In volleyball, he earned 1995 Mission League Player of the Year honors and 1995 CIF Division I Player of the Year laurels.
PERSONAL - Full name: Daniel Steven Farmer ... Born: May 21, 1977, one minute after his brother Tim ... Hails from a family of former UCLA and USC athletic standouts ... Father George lettered in track and football at UCLA and also was a member of the Bruins' 1970 NCAA championship basketball team ... George also played seven years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions ... Danny's fraternal twin Tim was a starting outside hitter at Loyola Marymount ... His grandfather Steve Miletich lettered in basketball at USC, and his uncle Dave Farmer lettered in football at USC before playing professionally for Atlanta and Tampa Bay ... Admires All-Pro Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino ... Enjoys music, swimming and golf in his spare time ... Has an older sister, Kelly ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1996 (3.33 grade-point average), Fall 1997 (3.67), Winter 1998 (3.00) and Winter 1999 (3.23) ... History major.
Varsity Statistics - D. Farmer
Receiving Year No Yds Avg TD Lg 1996 31 524 16.9 4 88 1997 41 649 15.8 3 60 1998 58 1274 22.0 9 77 Totals 130 2447 18.8 16 88
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