2007 -- True senior RODNEY VAN (#3) started his 14th straight game at Stanford in the season-opener and made three solo tackles, leaving in the third quarter due to a sprained ankle ... Against BYU, he appeared on just a handful of plays ... At Utah, he started and played in nickel and dime situations ... He started against Washington and made two tackle assists and broke up two passes ... He also forced a fumble and made an interception with 1:56 remaining to clinch the win ... He came off the bench at Oregon State to make four solo tackles, including a 14-yard sack (the first of his career), and also recovered a fumble on an OSU kickoff return ... He made one stop off the bench versus Notre Dame ... He made two tackles off the bench versus California ... He started at Washington State in a nickel package ... He also started at Arizona in the nickel and made two tackles ... He made four tackles (three solos) while starting in the nickel versus Arizona State ... He played off the bench versus Oregon but was not credited with a tackle ... He made three solo tackles at USC ... He made one assist versus BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
2006 -- Started all 13 games and ranked fifth on the squad with 57 tackles ... Van made his first career start in the 2006 opener versus Utah ... Credited with four solo tackles and did a nice job in man coverage ... Started and made one tackle versus Rice ... At Washington, he started and made four solo tackles ... He made four tackles (two solos) against Stanford ... Had three tackles (two solos) and broke up a pass versus Arizona ... At Oregon, he made a career-high seven tackles (three solos), including one for loss ... At Notre Dame, he had three tackles (two solos) and broke up one pass ... Made six tackles (four solos) versus Washington State ... Against California, he made four tackles (three solos), including 0.5 for loss ... Against Oregon State, he made five tackles (three solos) and broke up a pass ... At Arizona State, he made four solo tackles and broke up two passes ... Against USC, he made seven solo tackles, tying his career high, and helped hold the USC wide receivers in check ... In the Emerald Bowl, he made five tackles (four solos) and broke up one pass.
2005 -- Van played well throughout the season ... Finished with 22 tackles (19 solos), including one for loss ... Also made one interception ... Appeared in all 12 games and played at least 20 defensive snaps seven times ... In the opener against San Diego State, he made three solo tackles ... Came off the bench and had three solos against Rice, including one for loss, and broke up a pass off the bench ... Made an outstanding open field tackle against Oklahoma ... Versus Washington, his fumble recovery on a punt led to UCLA's first touchdown ... Credited with two solo tackles versus California ... Played in the secondary and on special teams at Washington State ... Against Oregon State, he made a career-high six tackles (four solos) and forced a fumble ... Made three tackles (two solos) at Stanford ... Totaled one tackle at Arizona ... Played on special teams versus Arizona State but was not credited with a tackle ... Had two solo tackles and an interception at USC ... Made one tackle versus Northwestern ... Member of the kickoff coverage and punt coverage special teams unit.
2004 -- As a true freshman, he played on special teams in every game ... Played much of the second half (17 snaps) at cornerback against Cal and played three snaps versus San Diego State ... Made 12 tackles on the year ... Had a special teams tackle at Washington ... Credited with one tackle against San Diego State ... Also made one tackle versus Arizona ... At Cal, he made four tackles ... Saw action on special teams against Arizona State, Stanford and Washington State ... Made one tackle versus the Cougars ... Played on special teams at Oregon ... Made one tackle versus USC ... Had one tackle versus Wyoming.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three letters in football for coach Raul Lara at Poly HS in Long Beach, CA ... PrepStar All-American ... Rated No. 15 CB in the nation by collegefootballnews.com ... Ranked No. 31 prospect in the West by TheInsiders.com ... No. 13 CB in the nation and a four-star selection by TheInsiders.com ... Four-star CB rating by Max Emfinger ... Rated No. 32 prospect in the West by Tom Lemming ... SuperPrep All-American (No. 32 DB) ... Rated No. 28 prospect in California by SuperPrep ... SuperPrep All-American ... Rated No. 15 CB nationally and a three-star selection by rivals.com ... No. 40 prospect in the West and No. 30 player in California by rivals.com ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Second-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports.com ...First-team All-CIF by Cal-Hi Sports.com ...First-team All-CIF SS Division I ... As a senior, he made 84 tackles, including 54 solos ... Made one interception and recovered three fumbles ... Returned two punts for a total of 100 yards ... As a junior, he made 52 tackles and one interception ... Returned 10 punts for a total of 250 yards ... As a sophomore, he was credited with 15 tackles and two interceptions ... Had one punt return for 50 yards ... Also lettered three years in track for coach Don Norford ... Had best marks of 10.74 in 100m, 21.3 in 200m, 47.9 in 400m and 23-2 in long jump ... Earned all-league and All-CIF track honors.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Rodney Eric Van, Jr. ... Born: June 8, 1986 in Long Beach, CA ... Parents: Pamela Harper and Rodney Van, Sr. ... Has one brother, Xavier, and two sisters, Monique and Lashay ... Lists his biggest thrills in sports as playing before 15,000 people in the high school championship game and jumping over 23 feet in the long jump ... Favorite athletes are Charles Woodson (football) and Michael Johnson (track) ... Hobbies include fishing and video games ... Interested in a career in the legal profession ... Psychology major.
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