Lewis and Havner To Return as Seniors

After mulling over the option to go to the NFL, junior tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Spencer Havner have decided to return to UCLA for their senior seasons in 2005...

UCLA received huge news today when linebacker Spencer Havner and tight end Marcedes Lewis both decided to delay their entry to the NFL, and return for their senior seasons.

In years past, the Bruins have lost Matt Ware, Freddie Mitchell, Kris Farris and Karim Abdul-Jabar to the NFL following their junior years, and both Havner and Lewis were likely first day picks, with Lewis being a potential first-rounder, but both felt the need to stay in college for their final seasons.

Havner led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2004, with 125 and was an All Pac-10 selection and a Butkus Award Semifinalist, given to the nation's top linebacker.

He was also named a First Team All-American and was named by College Football News as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He missed the Las Vegas Bowl after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. In three years at UCLA, Havner has tallied over 300 tackles.

"We have nine starters coming back on defense and I think we will be very good," said Havner. "I am looking forward to an exciting senior season."

Lewis was second on the team in receptions with 32 for 402 yards, and led the Bruins with 7 touchdown receptions. An All Pac-10 selection as well, Lewis was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given to the nations top tight end. He set the UCLA career touchdown record for tight ends this season.

"I am excited about our future," said Lewis. "We played much better on offense last season. I think we'll be even better next year and I want to be a part of it."

More quotes from Lewis and Havner will come later.

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