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Craig Bragg

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 196 | College: UCLA
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Positives: Has good size, speed, strength and athletic ability for the position … Displays solid work habits … Generates a quick release with good lateral movement … Can get deep and create separation after the catch and is best when working against man coverage, as he uses his hands effectively to prevent the defender from rerouting him … Runs precise short curl options, quick slants and out routes and has the ability to run the deep post and fade route … Makes good adjustments on his routes and to the ball and shows excellent ball concentration with the ability to catch out of his frame and make the over-the-shoulder catch … Both a hands-and-body catcher with the ability to use his size shield defender from the ball … Will not hesitate to compete and catch the ball over defenders … Does a good job of sinking his hips, dropping his weight and accelerating out of his breaks without gearing down … Solid effort blocker who can pester and get in the way of a defender … Despite a lack of blazing speed, he does have that second gear to elude after the catch … Slippery and elusive working in space, displaying the vision to come break off his route and come back to the ball when the quarterback is pressured.

Negatives: Lacks top-end speed, but compensates with a good burst and quickly builds up his acceleration … Has the short area burst to avoid the jam, but when a defender gets hands on him, he shows inconsistency getting off the line … While he generally displays good hands, he needs to secure the ball better before heading up field (looks to run before catching the ball, leading to some drops of easy throws) … Must do a better job of settling and finding the soft spot in the zone … Sets up a defender with fakes to get deep, but does not have that outstanding quickness to gain separation on speed alone … Will gather and round on cuts … Must be more aware of the markers and do a better job of keeping his feet in bounds when working the sidelines.

2004 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention … Offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award as the team's Most Valuable Player … Saw action in all 13 games, starting 11 times … Finished the season with 73 receptions for 1065 yards (14.6 avg) and five touchdowns … Became the first player in UCLA history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons (he had 55 catches in 2002) … Gained 302 yards on 38 punt returns (7.9 avg) and also had a 21-yard kickoff return … Totaled 1338 all-purpose yards … Only the second player at UCLA to catch at least 10 passes in two different games (J.J. Stokes was the first) … Ranked sixth in the conference and 37th nationally with his average of 5.62 receptions per game … Ranked seventh in the conference and 37th in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (81.92) … His 73 catches rank third on UCLA's all-time single-season list, while his 1,065 receiving yards rank fifth … Set a school record for punt returns in a season with 38

2003 GAME Analysis

Colorado: Had four catches for 63 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown … Also returned three punts for 42 yards, including one for 30 yards.

Oklahoma: Hauled in 10 passes for 87 yards and four first downs … His 10 catches rank fourth on UCLA's single-game reception list and were the most by a Bruin since Freddie Mitchell caught 10 passes against Michigan in 2000.

San Diego State: Added five receptions for 83 yards, including one for 54 yards.

Washington: Gained a season-high 142 yards on eight grabs … His diving 41-yard catch led to UCLA's second quarter touchdown.

Arizona: Recorded his second straight 100-yard game with six catches for 105 yards … Two of his catches measured 43 and 37 yards … Also returned a punt for 37 yards.

California: Added two catches for 54 yards, including a 40-yard scoring pass that gave the Bruins a 14-3 lead.

Arizona State: Enjoyed his third 100-yard game of the season with five catches for 118 yards … His 52-yard catch-and-run set up a field goal and his 25-yard leaping grab in the end zone gave UCLA a 10-3 first quarter lead … He made a 37-yard reception in the second quarter.

Stanford: Made six catches for 86 yards and returned four punts for 71 yards, including one for 64 yards … Made a 45-yard reception on UCLA's fourth quarter scoring drive.

Washington State: Added 72 yards on five grabs with a 34-yard touchdown and had four punt returns for 48 yards.

Oregon: Tied his career-high with 10 catches, seven in the second half and totaled 115 yards on the afternoon.

Fresno State (Silicon Valley Classic): Caught five passes for 71 yards, including a spectacular diving touchdown catch near the end of the first half from 27 yards out.

2003 Season

Named the winner of the Paul I. Wellman Award for All-Around Excellence … Led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns and produced 34 first downs … Finished his sophomore season ranked No. 1 on the all-time school list for receiving yards (889) for the class, breaking J.J. Stokes' mark of 728, set in 1992 … His 55 receptions were the most ever by a sophomore, surpassing Mike Sherrard's total of 48 in 1983 … His nine touchdowns measured 74 (punt return), 41, 33, 5, 37, 53, 71, 46 and 33 yards ? an average of 43.6 yards per play … Ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards (68.4), 10th in receptions (4.23) and first in punt returns (16.0) … Gained 256 yards on 16 punt returns (16.1 average) with a touchdown … Carried seven times for 49 yards (7.0 average).


Oklahoma: Rushed twice for 35 yards and caught three passes for 89 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown.

Colorado: Gained 70 yards on seven grabs with scores of 33 and 5 yards.

San Diego State: Totaled 60 yards on four catches with a 37-yard touchdown.

Oregon … Exploded for 230 yards on nine catches with touchdowns of 53, 71 and 46 yards, adding 11 yards on a punt return … The 230 yards rank second to J.J. Stokes' 263 yards versus USC in 1992 … The nine catches tied for eighth on the school list … The three receiving touchdowns were the most by a Bruin since Stokes scored four vs. Washington in 1993.

California: Followed with 113 yards on seven receptions.

Arizona: Caught three passes for 64 yards and raced 33-yards with an inside screen for a touchdown, becoming No. 1 on UCLA's single-season sophomore receiving yardage list in the process … Added 40 yards on five punt returns and 4 yards on a reverse.

Southern California: Made five catches for 91 yards.

New Mexico (Las Vegas Bowl): Selected game MVP after catching four passes for 38 yards and returning two punts for 89 yards and broke a 6-6 tie when he returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown.

2002 Season

Started three games as a red-shirt freshman, leading the team with 29 receptions for 408 yards (14.1 average) and two touchdowns … Gained 100 yards and a pair of scores on eight carries … Returned ten kickoffs for 186 yards (18.6 average) and 14 punts for 118 yards (8.4 average).


Kansas: Scored his first career touchdown on a 37-yard run.

California: Had a 58-yard reception, an 8-yard punt return, 39 yards on two kickoff returns and a 42-yard touchdown on a reverse.

Southern California: Caught six passes for 29 yards and returned two kickoffs for 37 yards.

Oregon: Totaled 64 yards on three receptions.

Arizona State: Hauled in seven passes for 138 yards and touchdowns of 62 and 39 yards.

2001 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman … Offensive winner of UCLA's Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player.

Injury Report

2004: Sat out the San Diego State, Arizona and California games after separating his left shoulder making a 9-yard diving catch in the fourth quarter vs. Washington.


History major … Son of Norma and Craig Bragg … Brother, Darrin, was a freshman on the Notre Dame football team in 2004 … Cousin of longtime major league outfielder and former New York Yankee, Roberto Kelly … Born Craig Milton Bragg on 3/15/82 in San Jose, California.

High School

4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 25/33 Wonderlic score. … From the combine: Suffered a right hamstring strain running the 40-yard dash and did not run again. 1.60 10-yard dash. 36-inch vertical jump. 32 -inch arm length. 9-inch hands.27 Wonderlic score.


Attended Bellarmine College Prep (San Jose, Cal.), lettering three times in football for coach Mike Janda … Prep Star All-American and rated the sixth-best receiver in the West by that service … . Super Prep All-Far West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, second-team All-Pac-West and All-San Jose by the Mercury News … Made 39 receptions for over 600 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 300 yards and three scores on 50 carries and also scored on a punt return (45 yards) and a kickoff return (98 yards) as a senior … As a junior, he caught 29 passes for 633 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 450 yards and three scores. On defense, he made 30 tackles and two interceptions … Also lettered three seasons in baseball.


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