1999 Football Biographies
July 1, 1999
Samuel Clemons - 5Position: QB
Hometown: El Dorado Hills
Last School: Oak Ridge HS
A strong-armed quarterback who has the inside track for starting duties this fall ... an intensely dedicated athlete who has worked extremely hard in the off-season, spending as much as six to eight hours a day watching films or working out ... picked up the new offense quickly during the spring and showed excellent command by the end of the drills ... has a rocket arm, but has worked hard on throwing passes with touch ... is a fearless player who isn't afraid to hang in the pocket and take a hit...brings the type of intensity and aggressiveness to the quarterback position that the Cal program hasn't seen since the departure of Mike Pawlawski in 1991.
1998: saw action in four games as a redshirt-freshman ... played in the first half of games against UCLA and USC, with mop-up duty against Nebraska and Arizona State ... most extensive action came against the Bruins when he was in for five series (23 plays) ... completed 1-of-7 passes for minus one yard in that game, but had a 22-yard completion called back due to a holding penalty ... also had a 12-yard scramble for a first down against the Bruins.
1997: came to Cal and redshirted.
High School/Personal: A late-bloomer who captured Cal's attention with a brilliant senior season...signed by the Bears over many higher profile quarterbacks...completed 136 of 209 passes (65 percent) for 2,141 yards and 28 touchdowns with only two interceptions as a senior...in one game, completed 14-of-15 passes for 245 yards and had another when he hit 15-of-19 for 235 yards...earned Sierra Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in '96...also earned first team All-Metro honors in Sacramento...lettered in three sports (football, basketball and baseball)...recruited by San Diego State, BYU and Oregon, but chose Cal early in the recruiting process...excellent prep baseball player who earned first team league honors as a third baseman ... was offered a full-ride scholarship to play baseball in college...comes from a good football background as grandfather, Raymond Clemons, played four years for the Green Bay Packers and father and two uncles played college football...was very active as a speaker and volunteer in DARE anti-drug programs in high school...parents, Patrick and Victoria Clemons, are both teachers...born Oct. 10, 1978 in Sacramento, CA.
Clemons' Career Statistics
Year PC PA HI Pct Yds TD LG Rating 1998 2 12 1 16.7 2 0 3 1.40
The Samuel Clemons File
- Has great football genes as his grandfather, Raymond Clemons, played four years with the Green Bay Packers.
- Has solid prep credentials at Oak Ridge HS, including one game when he completed 14-of-15 passes for 235 yards.
Wesley Dalton - 18Position: QB
Last School: Monte Vista HS
A veteran quarterback who enters the fall in his fifth season in the program after joining the squad as a walk-on...coaches were pleased with his progress under new assistant Steve Hagen and believe he'll be a quality reserve in his final season ... will enter fall camp as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart...still needs experience, but is an intelligent player who doesn't rattle easily ... has great leadership skills and is a very popular member of the team.
1998: sat out the season after suffering a broken ankle the previous winter..1995-97..served primarily as a scout team quarterback his first three seasons, redshirting in 1995 and being a squad member in '96 and '97.
High School/Personal: Walked on to the Cal program in 1995 after a fine prep career at Monte Vista HS...was a second team BVAL selection as a senior after throwing for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns with just four interceptions in 1994...lists golf and tennis among his hobbies...considered offers from smaller schools such as UC Davis, St. Mary's and Occidental, but elected to attend Cal where his father, Bob, played on the Bears 1959 NCAA championship basketball team...mother is Joyce Dalton...plans to attend law school following graduation...born April 6, 1977 in Walnut Creek, CA.
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