Bret Lockett, Aaron Perez, Pat Cowan, Kahlil Bell and Brigham Harwell Sign Free Agent Contracts
May 4, 2009
Previously, quarterback Pat Cowan had signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints, defensive tackle Brigham Harwell had signed a free agent deal with the Washington Redskins and tailback Kahlil Bell had signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Cowan missed the 2008 season after suffering a season-ending injury late in Spring Practice. He spent the season as an undergraduate assistant coach.
As a sophomore in 2006, Cowan started the final eight games of the season, including a 13-9 victory over No. 2 USC in which he scored the only Bruin touchdown. On the year, he completed 145 of 276 passes for 1,782 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
In 2007, he appeared in just five games due to injury, starting them all. He completed 72 of 135 passes for 696 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Cowan ranks 12th on UCLA's career completion list. He finished with 217 completions on 411 attempts for 2,478 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
This past season, Harwell a season team captain, was named UCLA's defensive MVP. Returning from a knee injury to start all 12 games, he earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors while making 53 tackles to rank sixth on the squad. He was third on the squad with 6.0 tackles for loss and concluded his Bruin career with 26.5 tackles behind the line.
A three-year starter, he started 41 games during his Bruin career.
Bell concluded his career ranked 20th among UCLA's all-time rushers with 1,741 yards. At Minnesota, he will be reunited with assistant coach Eric Bieniemy, who coached him as a freshman in 2005.
This past season, Bell led the team in rushing with 397 yards in 10 games. He ranked 16th in the Pac-10 (39.70). He also led the Bruins with eight touchdowns and ranked 11th in the Pac-10 in non-kick scoring (4.80 per game).
His 1,741 career rushing yards rank 20th on UCLA's all-time list.
He led the Bruins in rushing in 2007 with 795 yards on 142 attempts and a team-high five touchdowns in just eight games. His average of 99.38 would have been fifth in the Pac-10 and his average of 113.63 all-purpose yards would have ranked eighth. He enjoyed the best game of his career in 2007 at Stanford, rushing for a career-high 195 yards. He was also named co-MVP of the 2005 Sun Bowl, rushing for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Lockett started the final 11 games of the 2008 season at strong safety. In his only year as a starter, he ranked third on the squad with 61 tackles (39 primaries), including three for losses.
Perez served as the team's punter for the last four seasons (2005-08) and set a new school record with 286 career punts and 12,220 career punting yards and his average of 42.73 ranks fourth on UCLA's career punting list. In 2008, he ranked sixth in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 with 45.21 yard punting average. In addition, twenty-nine of his kicks traveled at least 50 yards and 22 were downed inside the 20-yard line. His 2008 season average (45.21) ranked fourth on the UCLA's all-time season list.
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