Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best

“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”

-RONNIE LOTT

ERIC KENDRICKS – LINEBACKER – UCLA

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AT A GLANCE

Number: 6
Class: 
Redshirt Senior
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 230
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Position: Linebacker
High School: Hoover
Experience: 3L

OFF THE FIELD

Eric Kendricks has been named to the honorable mention academic all-conference team every year he has taken the field as a Bruin. Kendricks is known as a leader in his community and on his team because of his dedication. As a junior Kendricks was named a team co-captain and was presented the N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership on defense, the UCLA Captains Award and the Bruin Force Award at their team banquet. ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell describes Kendricks as a “veteran leader” who “quietly comes to work every day, turns in double-digit tackles, then comes back and does it again next week.”  Kendricks’ structured approach to practices and games reflects his approach to academics. A highly respected player, Kendricks represented UCLA, along with quarterback Brett Hundley, at the Pac-12 Media Days in late July.

ON THE FIELD

As a freshmen Kendricks immediately made an impact on the Bruins, seeing action in all 14 games and starting the final three contests. He ranked second on team in tackles with 75, tied for second with 2.0 sacks and tied for fourth with 4.5 tackles for loss. For his performance he was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com and earned the John Boncheff Jr. Memorial team award for Rookie of the Year at the annual team banquet. As a sophomore, Kendricks started in all 14 games and led the Pac-12 in tackles with an average of 10.64, a mark which ranked 11th in the nation. This season Kendricks became the first Bruin to lead the conference in tackles since Spencer Havner in 2004. For his efforts Kendricks was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 by the coaches. As team co-captain his junior season Kendricks’ 150 tackles were the most by a UCLA player since 1978. This was his second season leading the team in tackles – earning him third place in Pac-12 tackles average. Again, like in 2012, Eric Kendricks received an all-conference honorable mention. Kendricks’ selflessness on the field, as described by Gemmell, is one that “allows outside linebackers to flourish,” because when “there is a play to be made, he’ll make it.”