It appears that the UCLA football program is gaining a transfer, who may be able to contribute immediately during the upcoming season. According to Jeff Lockridge - Vanderbilt beat writer for The Tennessean - former Vanderbilt DB Jamie Graham is transferring into UCLA to attend graduate school and to play football.
Graham reportedly was a "fan favorite" for the Commodores and also a face for their program:
At 6-0, 170, Graham is also reportedly a great athlete who can potentially play a role in our return game and provide depth in our defensive backfield. Bruins can certainly use some help in that department. Also, as Gold noted, he could be helpful to our secondary given the Bruins had lost Courtney Viney to transfer during this past off-season.
Since Graham has reportedly graduated, he will most likely be able to play immediately but he will only have one season. Some additional notes on Graham after the jump.
Graham got moved around a lot in Vandy:
Graham, who also plays guard on the Vanderbilt basketball team, has 15 catches for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also is very effective at running the ball, picking up 113 yards on 19 rushes. His biggest game this season was at Georgia on October 18. That day Graham caught 4 passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores were leaping catches at almost the same spot in the end zone. He made another similar catch against Florida in Nashville.
The speedy athlete also has returned 8 punts for 40 yards for the 'Dores.
Yes, Graham can play a little bit of basketball. At SBN's Anchor of Gold, Graham was described as a defensive "stopper" at the point guard position. Although, I will be surprised if he gets to join Coach Howland's program in Westwood.
Graham as mentioned above was a popular athlete among Vandy fans and he was also known as an excellent representative of the Vandy football program off the field. Sounds like he is going to be great addition to our program.
Welcome to Westwood Jamie.