UCLA first-team All-Americans Justin Hickman and Justin Medlock have accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Both will play for the West team, being coached by Dan Reeves. The Shrine Game is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th and will be played in Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 P.M. PT and the game will be televised by ESPN2.
Hickman was selected first-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America and second-team by Associated Press, CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com. He was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks National Defensive End of the Year Award. In addition, he was also named co-winner of UCLA's Red Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player and winner of the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior.
During the regular season, he ranked second nationally (tied with Bruce Davis) with 1.04 sacks per game (12.5 total) and 10th in tackles for loss (1.54 - 18.5 total). He ranked first in the Pac-10 in both sacks and tackles for losses. Twice this season, he recorded three solo sacks in a game (Notre Dame, Rice). On the year, he made 42 total tackles (30 solos) and led the Bruins in sacks (tied at 12.5) and tackles for loss (19.0).
Hickman ranks third (tied) on UCLA's single-season sack list (the record is 16.5 by Dave Ball in 2003) and fifth (tied) on the single-season tackles for loss list. He is ninth on the career sack list and 15th (tied) on the career tackles for loss list.
Medlock was selected first-team All-American by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, the Football Writers Association of America, Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was also named second team by the Walter Camp Foundation. This season, he made 28 of 32 field goals (he had a string of 14 straight) -- 87.5% -- and all 29 PATs for a team-high 113 points. During the regular season. he ranked first nationally in field goals (2.15 per game) and 12th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 in scoring (8.69). His 113 points were a career high and rank No. 5 on UCLA's single-season scoring list.
His 28 field goals rank No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list, trailing only John Lee's 32 in 1984. His streak of 14 straight was the third longest single-season streak in school history behind John Lee's 18 in 1985 (he made 22 straight over two seasons) and Chris Sailer's 15 straight in 1997.
Medlock is second on UCLA's career field goal list with 70. He also ranks second on the career scoring list with 357 points. Medlock made 31 of his 42 field goal attempts (.738) from 40 yards and out.