Pick 195, WR Craig Bragg, UCLA info


Apr 23, 2005
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Allentown, PA
Craig Bragg
Position: Wide Receiver/Punt Returner
College: UCLA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 196
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.

One of the best receivers in UCLA history, Bragg enjoyed a record-setting career. A big-play performer (12 touchdowns of at least 40 yards during his career), he is the only player in school history to make at least 50 receptions in two different seasons. He is also the only player in UCLA history to lead the team in receptions in four consecutive seasons.

Bragg earned three letters in football at Bellarmine College Prep. He was a PrepStar All-American and rated the No. 6 receiver in the west by that service. He was also a SuperPrep All-Far West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, second-team All-Pac-West and All-San Jose by the Mercury News. Bragg 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 and on defense, he made 30 tackles and two interceptions. Bragg also lettered three seasons in baseball.

Bragg red-shirted in 2000 at UCLA. He then started three of 11 games in 2001, leading the team with 29 catches for 408 yards (14.1 avg.) and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 100 yards and two scores on eight carries, returned 14 punts for 118 yards (8.4 avg.) and gained 186 yards on 10 kickoff returns. He set school sophomore receiving records with 55 grabs for 889 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 2002. Bragg also totaled 256 yards and a score on 16 punt returns (16.0 avg.) and rushed seven times for 49 yards.

The team MVP and squad captain started 11 games as a junior. Bragg hauled in 73 passes for 1,065 yards (14.6 avg.) and five touchdowns. Only Freddie Mitchell (77 in 2000) and J.J. Stokes (82 in 1993) had more receptions in a season for the Bruins. He also became only the sixth player in UCLA annals to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

Despite missing the San Diego State, Arizona and California games after dislocating his left shoulder in the Washington contest, Bragg still managed to lead the team in receiving for a record fourth consecutive year as a senior. He caught 36 passes for 483 yards (13.4 avg.) and four touchdowns and returned 19 punts for 285 yards (15.0 avg.), including a score. In 46 games, Craig started 33 times. He finished his Bruins career with 193 receptions for 2,845 yards (14.7 avg.) and 19 touchdowns, topping the old school career-record of 179 catches by Kevin Jordan (1992-95). Only Danny Farmer (3,020, 1996-99) gained more yards receiving in school history.

Bragg added 151 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries (9.4 avg.) and 207 yards on 22 kickoff returns (18.8 avg.). He also returned 87 punts for 961 yards (11.0 avg.) and a pair of scores. His 87 returns were three shy of the school's all-time record of 90, set by Paul Guidry (1993-96) and his 961 yards topped Guidry's old UCLA career-record of 911.

Positives: Has good size, speed, strength and athletic ability for the position

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