By Jack Ryan

Grattan was part of a line that gave up 12 sacks last season, ranking Villanova first in the CAA and seventh nationally in fewest sacks allowed, according to

Grattan told that he was driven by the memory of his father, who died when he was in the eighth grade.

“After my dad passed I knew the only way I was going to be able to go to a good university was to pay for it through football,” Grattan told the website. “I wasn’t the greatest student in high school and without football, Villanova would have never even looked at my application.”

Grattan said he graduated with a 3.0 grade-point average and made the dean’s list. He becomes UCLA’s fourth graduate transfer, joining running back Brittain Brown (Duke) and defensive backs Obi Eboh (Stanford) and Qwuantrezz Knight (Kent State).