UCLA Ryan, who will be a four-year starter for the Bruins, has established himself as an outstanding linebacker He possesses good all-around physical tools necessary to be one of the top linebackers in the Pac-10 He has great vision on the field A dedicated student of the game, his leadership and experience will be critical for the Bruins He had off-season surgery on both shoulders that should enable him to be even more physical this season Enters his senior year with 228 tackles and needs just 20 to break into UCLAs career Top 20.
2000 Nece, who played the entire year with a shoulder that required post-season surgery, was selected to the 2000 pre-season Watch List for the Butkus Award, which honors the nations top linebacker On the year, Nece ranked second on the squad with 78 tackles and forced two fumbles He started all 12 games and played at least 40 snaps in every one, including 82 at Oregon, 71 versus Stanford, 67 at Washington and 62 at California In the season-opening win against Alabama, he tied for the team lead with six tackles. At Oregon, he made 13 tackles, tying Tony White for the team lead In the win over Arizona State, he was credited with three tackles and forced a fumble At California, he ranked second with six tackles, including his first sack of the year, and also forced a fumble That fumble led to a Bruin touchdown just before halftime In the victory at Arizona, Nece registered six tackles and added six more stops in the win over Stanford Against Washington, he led the team with a career-high 14 tackles, the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 14 versus Fresno State in 1999, and added four against USC in the regular-season finale In the Sun Bowl against Wisconsin, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles, including one for loss.
1999 Saw action in nine games, all as a starter Finished third on the team with 65 stops Also had three stops behind the line, two sacks and the first interception of his career versus Arizona State Had 10 tackles in his first start vs. Fresno State after serving a two-game suspension for an off-field situation Blocked a punt vs. Oregon Had 10 tackles in the Oregon State game, including his first sack of the season Had 10 more stops vs. Arizona, with seven primary hits Recovered a fumble and had nine tackles against Washington Led the Bruins with 10 stops in the USC game, with two tackles for loss Played at least 50 snaps in six games, including 66 at USC, 61 versus Fresno State and 60 at Oregon State.
1998 As a redshirt freshman inside linebacker, Nece earned first-team Freshman All-American honors and All-Pac-10 honorable mention in his first year in the lineup Nece was the teams No. 2 tackler behind All-American Larry Atkins with 85 and ranked second with six sacks and 10 tackles for losses He also recovered two fumbles and forced one while defensing five passes Started the final nine games of the year, moving into the lineup against Arizona, and made at least seven tackles eight times, including each of the last seven games Played at least 66 defensive snaps in seven games, including 80 at Oregon State, 78 at Washington, 75 versus Oregon and 69 against USC and Stanford Played at least 50 snaps in nine of 12 contests He was also a regular on the field goal block unit In the regular-season finale at Miami, he made a season-high and team-best 12 tackles Had an outstanding day versus WSU with eight stops and two tackles for loss, including a sack At Arizona, he added six stops, including a 13-yard sack In the Oregon game, he made five stops, including a tackle for loss At California, he made nine tackles, including one sack and a second for a loss Versus Stanford, he shared team-best honors with eight stops He had eight stops at Oregon State in addition to a pass breakup and forced fumble He added seven stops in the win at Washington In the win over USC, Nece made seven tackles, tied for second on the squad, recovered a fumble and recorded one quarterback sack In the Rose Bowl, he made eight tackles, including his sixth sack of the season.
1997 Did not see action in his first year at UCLA Practiced at safety and shifted to inside linebacker the following Spring.
HIGH SCHOOL PrepStar All-American and All-West selection Earned All-League honors as a senior as both a safety and a quarterback at Pacific High School in San Bernardino, CA Earned All-City honors Named team MVP as a senior Served as team captain as both a senior and junior Named Athlete of the Year at his school as a junior As a senior, recorded 45 solo tackles, 32 assists, five sacks, five interceptions, six fumble recoveries and 15 pass breakups On offense, he rushed for 747 yards and eight touchdowns and passed for 957 yards and 17 more touchdowns As a junior, he passed for 776 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 461 yards and five scores Credited with 68 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and 13 pass breakups He was named all-league as a safety as a junior Also earned all-league honors in basketball and track.
PERSONAL Full Name: Ryan Clint Nece Born: February 24, 1979 in San Bernardino, CA Father is Ronnie Lott and stepmother is Karen Lott Mother is Cathy Thomas Has one brother, Isahia and five sisters, Chloe, Lauren, Katlyn, Kirsten and Hailey Lists Jerry Rice as the athlete he admires the most Father is now a studio host for Fox Sports following an outstanding football career as one of the top safeties in NFL history Lott was an All-American at USC, where his assistant coach his first two years (1977 and 1978) was Bob Toledo Ryan lists his hobbies as basketball and surfing the internet Earned spot on Directors Honor Roll in Fall 1997 with his 3.43 GPA, Winter 1999 (3.00), Spring 1999 (3.23), Fall 2000 (3.23) and Winter 2001 (3.00) Business Economics major.
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