Price named Pac-10 Defensive POY; five on first team

UCLA junior defensive tackle Brian Price was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year today, selected by the conference coaches.

Price had a monster season for the Bruins, demanding double- and sometimes triple-teams. They did not work. Price had 43 tackles, a conference-leading 22.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His 22.5 TFL ranks No. 2 in UCLA history and No. 1 among defensive linemen.

He was more than just stats, though, constantly harrassing the quarterback and forcing poor throws, several of which were picked off by sophomore safety Rahim Moore, who joins Price on the Pac-10 first team.


Price was also named a first-team American Football Coaches Association All-American after finishing the regular season tied for third in tackles for loss.

In addition to Price and Moore, senior linebacker Reggie Carter, senior cornerback Alterraun Verner and junior kicker Kai Forbath were all-conference first-team selections.

Redshirt freshman punter Jeff Locke and senior kickoff returner Terrence Austin were named to the second team, while sophomore linebacker Akeem Ayers, senior linebacker Kyle Bosworth, sophomore wide receiver Nelson Rosario and freshman offensive tackle Xavier Su’a-Filo were honorable-mention picks.

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  • Anonymous

    An individual award.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Brian, and we thank you for chosing UCLA and spoiling us with your performances over the last three years.

    You have done everything you can for UCLA and it would be selfish of us to ask you to stick around for one more year. Provide for your family and take your game to the next level.

  • Anonymous

    Only total of 5 on first team, not 5 others.

  • Anonymous

    With this award, his draft stock will be at it’s highest. Good luck to him.

  • Reformed Droog

    Indeed. We’ll miss you, Brian the Bruin.

  • lavsmousse

    How in the world does the type of year Reggie had this year warrant first team Pac10? I understand he was injured for much of the year, but come on, this award shows what a joke all conference selection has become. Don’t the voters actually watch the games being played?

  • Wow

    No wonder Brian Price is such a beast. He’s got 7 sacks!!

  • kiriba08

    Brian Price is indeed a great DT talent, but I feel he would be best served to play college ball one more year.

    There are some great DTs in the draft this year (like Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska)and I think Brian’s draft status will improve with another fine year in college.

    On the flip side, I know he has a large family at home (in a not very desirable neighborhood) and he may just want to grab some money as soon as possible to help his family out…tough choice for a young guy, but I wish him the best in whatever he decides to do.

  • RC3UCLA

    Congrats to beastly Brian Price and our ball-hawking FS Rahim! Talent has taken you a long way, but both of you have shown what HEART and DESIRE will afford you! Outstanding years for them as well as Kai, Akeem, Reggie, and TA…

  • aguacate

    When you tell us that he is second on UCLA’s all time list for TFLs, who’s first and whom did he beat out?

  • Anonymous

    Brian Price is talented, but he’s a good guy.
    He allows us to take his pictures, always say hello to us. He goes to games to support other UCLA teams.

  • Mikael

    @aguacate

    TACKLES FOR LOSS (1975-2008)
    1. Robert Thomas 2001 26.0 Sr.
    2. Brian Price 2009 22.5 Jr.
    3. Marvcus Patton 1989 22.0 Sr.
    4. Donnie Edwards 1994 21.0 Jr.
    5. Dave Ball 2003 20.5 Sr.

  • Rick’s Bookie

    Great career Brian! Now time to leave this JC and go tear up the NFL.

  • ocbruinbacker

    Ah ha! If you consider UCLA a JC then what is suc? That crap hole must be the neighborhood elementary school.