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2015 UCLA Bruins football team

The 2015 UCLA Bruins football team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bruins were coached by fourth-year head coach Jim L. Mora and played their home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. They were members of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

2015 UCLA Bruins football
UCLA Bruins logo.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2015 record8–5 (5–4 Pac-12)
Head coachJim L. Mora (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorNoel Mazzone (4th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumRose Bowl
(Capacity: 91,136)
Uniform
2015 UCLA Football Jerseys.jpg
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The team finished the season as the No. 10 ranked team in the country with 10 wins, including a 40–35 win over the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2015 Alamo Bowl. The Bruins were led by quarterback Brett Hundley, running back Paul Perkins and linebacker Eric Kendricks. The team defeated the cross-town rival USC Trojans for three straight years, this time 38–20 on November 22, 2014 in the Rose Bowl.[1]

PreseasonEdit

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Zach Bateman
OL
Costa Mesa, CA Orange Coast College 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 320 lb (150 kg) N/A Nov 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Cordell Broadus
WR
Las Vegas, NV Bishop Gorman HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) N/A Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Chris Clark
TE
Avon, CT Avon Old Farms 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 253 lb (115 kg) 4.7 Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Tevita Halalilo
OL
Moreno Valley, CA Rancho Verde HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 315 lb (143 kg) N/A Jan 9, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Dechaun Holiday
ATH
San Marcos, CA Mission Hills HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 207 lb (94 kg) N/A Feb 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Soso Jamabo
RB
Plano, TX Plano West Senior HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 4.61 Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Andre James
OL
Herriman, UT Herriman HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 5.34 Jul 10, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Stephen Johnson
ATH
San Leandro, CA San Leandro HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 4.37 Jul 8, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
William Lockett
DB
Manvel, TX Manvel HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) N/A Aug 7, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Keisean Lucier-South
DE
Orange, CA Lutheran HS - Orange County 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.81 Nov 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nathan Meadors
DB
San Bernardino, CA San Gorgonio HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) N/A Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Bolu Olorunfunmi
RB
Fresno, CA Clovis North HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 216 lb (98 kg) N/A Mar 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Josh Rosen
QB
Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 4.99 Mar 20, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Colin Samuel
DB
Long Beach, CA Long Beach Poly 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) N/A Dec 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Octavius Spencer
DB
Monrovia, CA Monrovia HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.6 Dec 16, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Fred Ulu-Perry
OL
Honolulu, HI Saint Louis School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 310 lb (140 kg) N/A Jul 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Rick Wade
DE
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Santa Margarita Catholic HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) N/A Jul 31, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Josh Wariboko
OL
Oklahoma City, OK Casady School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 314 lb (142 kg) N/A Feb 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Joshua Woods
LB
Upland, CA Upland HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) N/A Jul 29, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 9   Rivals: 13  247Sports: 14  ESPN: 11
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 6, 2015.

RosterEdit

2015 UCLA Bruins roster

Offense

Receivers

  • 2 Jordan Lasley  Freshman
  • 4 Darren Andrews  Sophomore
  • 6 Stephen Johnson III – Freshman
  • 7 Devin FullerSenior
  • 9 Jordan PaytonSenior
  • 10 Aaron Sharp –   Freshman
  • 10 Kenneth Walker III  Junior
  • 14 Mossi Johnson – Sophomore
  • 18 Thomas DuarteJunior
  • 19 Craig Myers –   Freshman
  • 27 Christian Pabico –   Freshman
  • 29 Brad Sochowski –   Freshman
  • 81 Tyler Scott –   Senior
  • 82 Eldridge Massington –   Sophomore
  • 83 Alex Van Dyke – Sophomore
  • 85 Colby Cyburt –   Junior
  • 86 Logan Sweet –   Senior
  • 87 Chris Clark – Freshman
  • 87 Daniel Fields –   Sophomore
  • 88 Austin Roberts  Freshman
  • 89 Zack Bornstein –   Freshman

Offensive Linemen

  • 51 Alex RedmondJunior
  • 52 Scott QuessenberryJunior
  • 54 Jake Brendel  Senior
  • 55 Giovanni Gentosi –   Freshman
  • 56 Josh Wariboko-Alali – Freshman
  • 59 Zack Bateman – Junior
  • 60 Jesus Moreno –   Freshman
  • 63 Jake Tourville –   Freshman
  • 64 Fred Ulu-Perry – Freshman
  • 68 Conor McDermott  Junior
  • 70 Simon Goines –   Junior
  • 71 Poasi Moala –   Sophomore
  • 72 Christian Garcia –   Junior
  • 73 Tevita Halalilo – Freshman
  • 74 Caleb BenenochJunior
  • 75 Andre JamesFreshman
  • 76 Kenny Lacy –   Sophomore
  • 77 Kolton Miller  Freshman
  • 78 John Lopez –   Sophomore

Quarterbacks

  • 3 Josh RosenFreshman
  • 10 Jake Hall –   Junior
  • 11 Jerry Neuheisel –   Junior
  • 12 Mike Fafaul –   Junior
 

Fullbacks

  • 32 Nate Iese –   Junior
  • 28 Taylor Lagace –   Junior

Running Backs

  • 1 Soso Jamabo – Freshman
  • 20 Bolu Olorunfunmi – Freshman
  • 21 Craig Lee –   Sophomore
  • 22 Roosevelt Davis –   Senior
  • 23 Nate Starks – Sophomore
  • 24 Paul Perkins  Junior
  • 33 Steven Manfro –   Senior
  • 35 Ryan Davis –   Junior

Defense

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

  • 4 Cameron JudgeJunior
  • 11 Keisean Lucier-South – Freshman
  • 12 Jayon BrownJunior
  • 19 Josh Woods – Freshman
  • 30 Myles JackJunior
  • 37 Dwight Williams –   Freshman
  • 40 Cameron Griffin –   Freshman
  • 42 Kenny YoungSophomore
  • 43 Willie Green –   Junior
  • 44 Issako Savaiinaea – Junior
  • 45 Jack Savage – Freshman
  • 46 Kene Orjioke –   Junior
  • 51 Aaron Wallace Jr.  Senior
  • 55 Sean Burd –   Senior
  • 58 Deon Hollins – Junior
 

Defensive Backs

  • 1 Ishmael Adams –   Junior
  • 2 Jaleel Wadood – Sophomore
  • 3 Randall Goforth  Junior
  • 6 Adarius Pickett –   Freshman
  • 7 John Johnson –   Sophomore
  • 9 Marcus Rios –   Junior
  • 10 Fabian MoreauSenior
  • 14 Octavius Spencer – Freshman
  • 17 DeChaun Holiday – Freshman
  • 20 Justin Combs –   Junior
  • 21 Tahaan Goodman – Junior
  • 22 Nate MeadorsFreshman
  • 23 Will Lockett – Freshman
  • 24 Charles Dawson – Junior
  • 25 Denzel Fisher –   Freshman
  • 27 Alex Staff –   Sophomore
  • 31 Colin Samuel – Freshman
  • 33 Dylan Luther –   Sophomore
  • 39 Michael Carlson –   Sophomore

Special Teams

Punters/Kickers

  • 15 Ka'imi FairbairnSenior PK/KO
  • 20 Stefan Flintoft –   Freshman PK / P
  • 39 Adam Searl – Junior P
  • 46 Matt Mengel – Senior KO/P

Long Snappers

  • 59 Christopher Longo –   Senior

Punt Returners/Kickoff Returners

  • 1 Ishmael Adams –   Junior PR/KR
  • 2 Jaleel Wadood – Sophomore KR
  • 3 Randall Goforth –   Junior PR
  • 4 Darren Andrews –  Sophomore PR/KR
  • 7 Devin Fuller – Senior PR/KR
  • 10 Kenneth Walker –   Junior KR
  • 14 Mossi Johnson – Sophomore KR
  • 22 Roosevelt Davis –   Senior KR
  • 33 Steven Manfro –   Senior KR

Source: UCLA Bruins Football 2015 Media Guide

On August 14, 2015, UCLA announced that freshman wide receiver Cordell Broadus had left the UCLA football team, "[deciding] to pursue other passions in his life."[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5, 201512:30 pmVirginia*No. 13FOXW 34–1668,615[3]
September 12, 20157:30 pmat UNLV*No. 13CBSSNW 37–331,262
September 19, 20157:30 pmNo. 19 BYU*No. 10
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FS1W 24–2367,612
September 26, 20155:00 pmat No. 16 ArizonaNo. 9ABCW 56–3056,004
October 3, 20154:30 pmArizona StateNo. 7
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
FOXL 23–3880,113
October 15, 20157:30 pmat No. 15 StanfordNo. 18ESPNL 35–5650,464
October 22, 20156:00 pmNo. 20 California
ESPNW 40–2457,046
October 31, 201512:00 p.m.Colorado No. 24
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
P12NW 35–3151,508
November 7, 20151:30 p.m.at Oregon StateNo. 22P12NW 41–038,074
November 14, 20157:45 p.m.Washington StateNo. 18
  • Rose Bowl
  • Pasadena, CA
ESPNL 27–3176,255
November 21, 201512:30 p.m.at No. 18 UtahFOXW 17–946,230
November 28, 201512:30 p.m.at USCNo. 22ABC/ESPN2L 21–4083,602
December 26, 20156:15 p.m.vs. Nebraska*ESPNL 29–3733,527
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Game summariesEdit

VirginiaEdit

Virginia Cavaliers vs #13 UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Virginia 3 6 0716
#13 UCLA 7 10 14334

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Game information
 
Josh Rosen started at quarterback as a true freshman

UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen completed 28 of 35 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns in a 34–16 win over Virginia. The No. 13 Bruins gained 503 yard in total offense as Rosen completed passes to 11 different receivers. UCLA did not allow a touchdown until the final minutes of the game.[4]

The nation's top quarterback recruit, Rosen was taking over for three-year starter Brett Hundley, who had left for the National Football League (NFL). On the first play, the freshman threw a perfect 55-yard pass to Kenneth Walker III, who dropped the pass. The drive stalled, but Rosen completed seven consecutive passes at the end of the quarter, including a scoring pass to Devin Fuller. In the middle of the second quarter, Rosen connected with Thomas Duarte on a 30-yard pass placed over the defender's shoulder and into his receiver's hands. Two defenders playing on offense scored for UCLA in the third. Linebacker Myles Jack, who also spends some time at running back, scored on a run, and defensive tackle Kenny Clark caught a scoring pass late in the quarter. Virginia, who had been limited to three field goals, scored their only touchdown with 3:29 left in the game.[5]

The Cavaliers had been selected to finish last among seven teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division, and lost six of seven games dating back to the previous season.[4][5] Rosen was honored as the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week.[6]

UNLVEdit

#13 UCLA Bruins vs UNLV Rebels – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#13 UCLA 10 7 17337
UNLV 0 0 033

at Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, NV

Game information

BYUEdit

#19 BYU Cougars vs #10 UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
BYU 7 3 7623
#10 UCLA 0 3 71424

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Game information

#16 ArizonaEdit

#9 UCLA Bruins vs #16 Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 UCLA 14 28 7756
#16 Arizona 7 7 9730

at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ

Game information

Arizona StateEdit

Arizona State vs #7 UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona State 9 6 14938
#7 UCLA 0 10 01323

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Game information

#15 StanfordEdit

#18 UCLA Bruins vs #15 Stanford Cardinal – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#18 UCLA 10 7 31535
#15 Stanford 14 21 21056

at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

Game information

#20 CaliforniaEdit

#20 California Golden Bears vs UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#20 California 3 7 6824
UCLA 10 16 14040

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Game information

ColoradoEdit

Colorado Buffaloes vs #24 UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colorado 0 6 101531
#24 UCLA 7 14 7735

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Game information

Oregon StateEdit

#22 UCLA Bruins vs Oregon State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#22 UCLA 0 24 17041
Oregon State 0 0 000

at Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

Game information

Washington StateEdit

Washington State Cougars vs #18 UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 7 7 71031
#18 UCLA 6 10 01127

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

  • Date: November 14, 2015
  • Game time: 7:52 pm
  • Game weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 76,255
  • Referee: Terry Leyden
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (Play-by-play), Brian Griese (Color) & Tom Luginbill (Sideline)
Game information

#18 UtahEdit

UCLA Bruins vs #18 Utah Utes – Game summary
1 2 34Total
UCLA 10 0 7017
#18 Utah 0 6 309

at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Date: November 21, 2015
  • Game time: 1:35 pm
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 46,230
  • Referee: Mark Duddy
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Davis (Play-by-play), Brady Quinn (Color) & Kris Budden (Sideline)
Game information

USCEdit

#22 UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#22 UCLA 7 7 7021
USC 3 17 13740

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Date: November 28, 2015
  • Game time: 12:30 pm
  • Game attendance: 83,602
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Sean McDonough (Play-by-play), Chris Spielman (Color) & Todd McShay (Sideline)
Game information

NebraskaEdit

Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska Cornhsukers vs UCLA Bruins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Nebraska 7 14 9737
UCLA 7 14 0829

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

  • Date: December 26, 2015
  • Game time: 6:15 pm
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 33,527
  • Referee: Ron Cherry
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore and Shelley Smith

CoachesEdit

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 13 13 10 9 7 20 18 RV 24 22 18 RV 22 RV  
Coaches 14 13 12 11 10 20 18 RV 25 22 18 RV 23 RV  
CFP Not released 23 19 NR 22 NR Not released

Awards and honorsEdit

National awardsEdit

Lou Groza Award: Ka'imi Fairbairn

Foster Farms Bowl MVP: Jaleel Wadood

All-American teamsEdit

The following Pac-12 players were named to the 2015 College Football All-America Team by the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA):

First team

Ka'imi Fairbairn, K (WCFF, AP, FWAA, AFCA)[7][8]

Second team

Ka'imi Fairbairn, K, (SN)[9]

Third team

Kenny Clark (AP)[10]

Conference awardsEdit

Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Rosen[11]

All-conference teamsEdit

The following players were named to the All-Pac-12 team.[12]

First team
Second team
Honorable mention

2016 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Kenny Clark Defensive lineman 1 27 Green Bay Packers
Myles Jack Linebacker 2 36 Jacksonville Jaguars
Caleb Benenoch Offensive lineman 5 148 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Paul Perkins Running Back 5 149 New York Giants
Jordan Payton Wide receiver 5 154 Cleveland Browns
Aaron Wallace Linebacker 7 222 Tennessee Titans
Thomas Duarte Tight End 7 231 Miami Dolphins
Devin Fuller Wide receiver 7 238 Atlanta Falcons
Jake Brendel Center UDFA Dallas Cowboys
Ka'imi Fairbairn Kicker UDFA Houston Texans

NotesEdit

  • February 24, 2015 – Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coach Mike Tuiasosopo was not retained
  • March 16, 2015 – Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was suspended for alleged rules violation
  • August 25, 2015 – Freshman Josh Rosen was named the starting quarterback[13]
  • October 31, 2015 – The 1965 team was honored as co-captains at the Cal game as part of its 50th anniversary celebration

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Foster, Chris (November 22, 2014). "More Than Ever, It's a UCLA Town After Bruins Pummel USC, 38-20". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Miller, Ted (August 14, 2015). "UCLA Freshman Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg's Son, Opts to Quit Football". ESPN. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Virginia vs. UCLA - Game Summary". ESPN. September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Foster, Chris (September 5, 2015). "Josh Rosen's Debut is Stellar, UCLA Defense Staunch in 34-16 Win Over Virginia". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Beacham, Greg (September 5, 2015). "Rosen Leads No. 13 UCLA Past Virginia 34-16 in Stellar Debut". ESPN. Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "UCLA's Josh Rosen and San Diego State's Calvin Munson Named Walter Camp National FBS Players of the Week, Presented by Generation UCAN". Walter Camp Football Foundation. September 8, 2015. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Kaufman, Joey (December 14, 2015). "Ka'imi Fairbairn lands on FWAA All-American team". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "AFCA Announces 2015 FBS Coaches' All-America Team". American Football Coaches Association. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015.
  9. ^ McGuire, Kevin (December 15, 2015). "Sporting News All-American Team headlined by Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey". College Football Talk. Archived from the original on January 4, 2016.
  10. ^ Haney, Travis (December 13, 2015). "Heisman winner Henry leads selections for Associated Press All-America Team". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015.
  11. ^ Wang, Jack (December 1, 2015). "Josh Rosen, Kenny Clark lead UCLA football in Pac-12 honors". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Kaufman, Joey (December 1, 2015). "UCLA DT Kenny Clark on All-Pac-12 first team; eight Bruins on second team". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Foster, Chris (August 26, 2015). "Josh Rosen is Chosen as UCLA's Starting Quarterback". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 21, 2015.

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