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  Marcus O'Keith
Marcus O'Keith

Player Profile
Hometown:
Carson, CA

High School:
Narbonne HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 190

Position:
Tailback

Birthdate:
10/15/1983

Experience:
4V

Major:
Social Welfare

Marcus O'Keith...In His Words, Oct. 21, 2006

2006: Provided quality depth at the running back position ... awarded the team's Ken Harvey Award, for the player showing academic commitment and improvement ... saw action in nine games before being sidelined with a toe injury ... carried the ball 22 times for 104 yards ... in eight carries against Portland State he recorded 65 yards, including a five-yard touchdown ... also snagged four receptions for 55 yards on the year ... recorded 12 kickoff returns for 293 yards (average of 24.4 yards per return, fifth in the Pac-10) ... broke a season-long 41-yard return against Portland State.

2005: His 71-yard touchdown run at Washington was Cal's longest play from scrimmage in 2005 and second longest scoring play, behind only a 79-yard punt return by Tim Mixon vs. Illinois ... finished with 103 rushing yards and two TDs against the Huskies ... had a 52-yard run against Sacramento State ... caught a 26-yard pass against Illinois and a 27-yarder vs. Oregon State ... averaged a team-high 11 yards per rush ... lone kickoff return went for 15 yards against Washington State ... had three tackles on the season ... ended the year with 246 rushing yards on 22 carries ... also averaged 18.7 yards on three pass receptions.

2004: Saw action in all 11 regular-season games, tallying 96 yards while averaging 5.3 yards per carry over 18 attempts as the third-string back behind J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch ... biggest day came vs. New Mexico State, a 32-yard effort ... longest run from scrimmage was recorded at Washington (18 yards).

2003: Averaged a team-leading 5.8 yards per carry off the bench, carrying the ball only 40 times and gaining 230 yards and one touchdown as the third-string tailback behind starter Adimchinobe Echemandu (1,195 yards) and Arrington (607) ... only start came in the opener when Echemandu nursed an ailing knee, as his 32 yards on seven carries led all Cal rushers against Kansas State ... his paramount effort came in the 54-7 rout of Washington when he tallied a career-high 103 yards on 12 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter ... also looked sharp against Arizona State (6 carries for 35 yards) and Arizona (6-28) in relief duty ... became a demon on special teams, contributing six tackles and recovering a fumble on punt and kickoff coverage units.

2002: Had five carries for 21 yards, including a two-yard TD run for Cal's final score in a 70-22 rout of Baylor ... also rushed four times for three yards at Michigan State ... sat out the rest of the season with a lower back injury and qualified for a medical redshirt.

High School: Named a 2001 preseason All-American by SuperPrep magazine ... earned All-West Region notice by PrepStar and second team Best in the West by Long Beach Press-Telegram ... rushed for more than 3,300 yards and 35 touchdowns during his career ... gained more than 1,600 yards as an all-league star his junior season, then topped 1,000-yard plateau as a senior despite a nagging knee injury ... named MVP of the Marine League as senior, as Narbonne won the CIF 3-A division title ... PacWestFootball.com ranked him as the 10th-best running back on the West Coast ... chosen to play in CaliFlorida Bowl ... also played varsity basketball for three seasons.

Personal: Sister, LaTasha, was a member of the Cal women's basketball team (2001-04) ... parents are Mack and Jackie O'Keith ... born Oct. 15, 1983, in Bellflower, Calif. ... earned his degree in social welfare in December 2006.

O'Keith's Final Career Rushing Stats

Year G-GS No. Yds. Yds/C TD Long
2002 2-0 9 24 2.7 1 8
2003 14-1 40 230 5.8 1 48
2004 11-0 18 96 5.3 0 18
2005 10-0 22 246 11.0 3 71
2006 9-0 22 104 4.7 1 14
Totals 46-1 111 673 5.9 7 71

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