UCLA and the NFL

Here is a release about UCLA and the NFL draft:

Several other reach free agent agreements

UCLA standouts Bruce Davis, Matthew Slater and Chris Horton were selected on the second day of the 2008 NFL Draft and several other Bruins reached free agent agreements.

Davis, a defensive end, was selected in the third round (88) by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Slater, a kick returner and safety, was chosen in the fifth round (153) by the AFC champion New England Patriots. Horton, a strong safety, was selected in round seven (249) by the Washington Redskins.

Several other Bruins will also be in NFL camps this week. Free safety Dennis Keyes has reached agreement with the Arizona Cardinals, Brandon Breazell has a two-year deal with Kansas City and Trey Brown has joined the Chicago Bears. In addition, tailback Chris Markey has been invited to the Chicago Bears’ mini-camp while defensive tackle Kevin Brown will be attending the mini-camp of the Seattle Seahawks.

Davis earned second-team All-America honors this past season while making 45 tackles, most among the Bruin linemen. An outstanding pass rusher, he tied for first in the Pac-10 and was sixth (tied) nationally with his average of 0.92 sacks per game – 12 total. He also led the team with 15.5 tackles for losses. In 2006, he earned first-team All-America honors while recording 12.5 sacks, tied for third on UCLA’s single-season list.

Davis ended his career ranked second all-time at UCLA in career quarterback sacks (29.0) and third all-time in career tackles for a loss (42.5). His total of 24.5 sacks during the last two seasons ranks second only to Dave Ball (27.5 sacks in 2002-03) for the most ever by a Bruin in back-to-back seasons.

Slater enjoyed an outstanding senior season as a kick returner, earning first-team All-America honors from SI.com. His three kickoff returns for touchdowns (100 yards versus Arizona, 89 versus Arizona State and 85 versus Washington) set new UCLA records for kickoff return touchdowns in a season and a career, breaking the marks held by Maurice Drew and Brandon Breazell. He also tied the Pac-10 season record, set by Anthony Davis in 1974.

Slater’s 986 kickoff return yards in 2007 were a new UCLA school record for a season, breaking the mark of 626 set by Tab Perry in 2002 and his 34 returns were also a new season record, breaking the mark of 29, set by Tab Perry in 2000. His return average of 29.00 is the highest in school history among players with at least 20 kickoff returns in a season and also led the Pac-10 Conference. His 986 return yards also rank No. 4 on the UCLA career list. He also made 25 tackles on the year.

Horton, a starter since the final two games of his sophomore season, earned first-team All-America acclaim from The Sporting News as a senior. On the year, he ranked second on the squad with 90 tackles and 24th in the Pac-10 (6.92 average). He made 44 tackles in his final six games. Horton also ranked fifth (tied) on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and was named first-team All-Pacific-10 this year.

As junior in 2006, Horton led the Bruins with 95 tackles and his average of 7.31 tackles per game ranked ninth in the Pac-10. He led the team in tackles in four of the last six games (including ties) and six of the last eight. He ranked second on the team with three interceptions and also tied for third with two fumbles forced.

Keyes led the Bruins with 115 tackles, 25 more than anyone else on the squad and was UCLA’s defensive Most Valuable Player in 2007.

Breazell led the Bruins with 51 receptions, the most by a Bruin since 2003, for 810 yards and four touchdowns.

Trey Brown tied for the national lead in passes defensed and led UCLA with five interceptions.

Markey concluded his career third on UCLA’s career all-purpose list (4,225 yards) and eighth on the career rushing list (2,733 yards).

Kevin Brown made 41 tackles as a senior, second only to Davis among defensive linemen, and also ranked second on the team with 4.0 sacks despite playing hurt the latter part of the year.

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