Sept. 9, 1999
Berkeley - Several Cal players rank among the national leaders following the first game of the 1999 season.
Official NCAA statistics released this week show that Deltha O'Neal is tied with five other players with two interceptions (average of 2.0 interceptions per game). The other players who nabbed a pair of interceptions in the opening games were Cory Robinson of Georgia, Erik Olson of Colorado State, Adrian Beasley of Purdue, Eric Nunlee of Western Michigan and Dempsy Dees of Boise State.
Cal punter Nick Harris is ranked No. 4 in net punting nationally with an average of 47.60 yards per punt. This is even more impressive considering he was asked to "pooch" two punts from the 40 and 39-yard lines. Kurtis Doerr of Oregon is the national leader at 51.20 ypp, followed by Joey Pelfanio of Kansas at 50.50 ypp and Chris Shaw of SW Louisiana at 48.20.
Tailback Marcus Fields is tied for No. 23 in NCAA rushing with 123.0 yards per game, despite only having 11 attempts in the Rutgers opener.
Chidi Iwuoma is ranked 15th nationally in punt returns with a 15.3 yards per return average while Kyle Boller is No. 34 in pass efficiency with a 125.2 rating.
As a team, Cal is 33rd nationally in total defense (287.0 ypg) and tied for 13th in scoring defense (7.0 ppg) while the Bears are 78th in total offense (265.0 ypg).