UCLA quarterback Bert Emanuel and tight end Bobby Gray have transferred to Rice University in Houston, and linebacker Pat McPherson has enrolled at Santa Clara.
Emanuel, a redshirt freshman, had minimal playing time last season. He was listed as third string behind Tommy Maddox and Jim Bonds.
Emanuel, a football and track star at Langham Creek High in Houston, and Gray, from Arlington, Tex., enrolled at Rice a week ago Monday, according to a university spokesman.
An option-type quarterback, Emanuel reportedly transferred because he didn’t believe that he would get much playing time at UCLA.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Maddox was the Pacific 10 Conference’s total offense leader, averaging 257.3 yards. He was also the league’s second-ranked passer.
Emanuel, 5 feet 10 and 168 pounds, was a sprinter on UCLA’s track team last year. His best 100-meter time was 10.75 seconds, and he was a member of the 400-meter relay team.
Gray, 6-4 and 225, didn’t play as a freshman last season. He was a football and basketball standout at Arlington High School.
Emanuel and Gray must sit out a year before they are eligible to play. McPherson, a junior, who played on UCLA’s special teams, will be eligible to play at Santa Clara next season because he is transferring to a Division I-AA school.