Linebacker Eric Kendricks ready to become UCLA’s top tackler

Eric Kendricks, Bryce Dixon
UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, left, moves in on Southern California tight end Bryce Dixon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Linebacker Eric Kendricks will play his last regular-season game for UCLA when the Bruins face Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Friday, and he stands a good chance of leaving the game as the Bruins’ all-time leader in tackles.

Kendricks is second on UCLA’s all-time list with 460 tackles, just eight behind former UCLA linebacker Jerry Robinson. Kendricks has 128 tackles this season and has reached double digits in eight of 11 games.

“It’s not just what he means to the defense, but what he means to the team,” Coach Jim Mora said. “The heart that he plays with, the consistency he plays with, he’s just an inspirational guy to everybody. He comes out here every day and works his butt off. He’s a machine out there.”