1999 Football Biographies
July 6, 1999
Chris Chick - 72Position: OT
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Last School: Mesa CC
An excellent athlete who will compete for playing time at a tackle position this fall ... also has the versatility to play guard, if needed ... arrived at Cal this past spring and showed improvement during spring drills ... still needs to gain more strength, which will come with more time in the weight room.
Junior College/High School/Personal: Had an impressive season at Mesa CC in 1998 and attracted offers from several schools including Arizona State, Arizona, BYU and Kansas ... rated among the Top 100 JC players nationally by SuperPrep magazine ... earned first team all-conference and all-league honors as a sophomore ... originally attended Saguaro HS in Scottsdale where he was a starter on state championship football and basketball teams during his junior year ... earned all-city and all-state honors ... father, William, is an attorney ... mother is Suzanne ... lists weight lifting, surfing, golf and volleyball among his hobbies ... born May 14, 1979 in Phoenix, AZ.
Nate DeSomber - 75Position: OT
Last School: Gridley HS
A big, phsyical player who returned to football for the first time since high school this past spring and is a candidate for the playing rotation ... concentrated on track and field his first year of college, but then made the decision to walk-on to the Cal football team ... had a good spring as he showed fine quickness for his size ... coaches also like his intelligence and ability to read defensive schemes ... figures as a primary back-up behind Langston Walker at the right tackle position.
High School/Personal: Was a standout lineman at Gridley HS ... earned first team Westside League honors as both a defensive tackle and offensive tackle his senior season ... also starred on the track and field team, setting new school records in the shot put (55-7) and discus (174-6) ... was recruited by several schools, including Oregon, Fresno State and Oregon State, in football but elected to walk-on at Cal in the fall of 1997 and concentrate on track and field ... eventually decided to resume his football career ... majoring in rhetoric at Cal ... lists working on cars as a hobby and owning a ranch as a future goal ... parents are Earl DeSomber and Chris Mills ... born Oct. 26, 1978 in Yuba City, CA.
Reed Diehl - 60Position: OT
Last School: Mater Dei HS
One of the keys to Cal's offensive plans in 1999 as his development at the left tackle position will be a critical piece of the puzzle ... has all the elements to be successful as he's grown into nearly a 300-pounder, has fine strength and superb athletic ability ... is a dedicated student of the game and seems to have blossomed under the tutelage of new line coach Ed White ... an incredibly versatile player, who has spent time as a tight end, guard, center and tackle during his Cal career ... also has very good strength with a best of 400 pounds in the bench press.
1998: got a solid amount of playing time last season, including a starting assignment at right guard in the season-opener against Houston ... playing time decreased the rest of the season in a reserve role.
1997: started six games at tight end in 1997, being utilized primarily as a blocker...did catch one pass on the season, a 2-yarder at Washington State.
1996: spent his first year in the program as an offensive guard and center on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Played both ways in a highly regarded Mater Dei program that went 44-2 during his four years (1992-95)...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as an offensive tackle and picked up BlueChip Illustrated All-Far Western Region accolades as well...named to all-area team by Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register ... earned first team South Coast League honors...also started as a junior when Mater Dei was ranked the No. 1 prep team in the country...chose Cal over Arizona, Northwestern and Navy, among others...parents are Russell and Diane Diehl...plans to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in investment banking...born Sept. 18, 1978 in Newport Beach, CA.
Kevin Doherty - 71Position: OG
Last School: Atascadero HS
A veteran player who is being counted on to fill a critical role as a starter at the right guard position ... has a tremendous amount of experience as he's been a member of the travelling squad the last three years, including eight starts over the last two seasons ... has played both guard and tackle during his career, but is slated to play inside this season...strength is evidenced by a 420-pound bench press ... graduated from high school as a 16-year-old and delayed his entrance to Cal for one semester, meaning he's had the benefit of four full spring practices.
1998: earned a starting assignment at right tackle in the season-opener against Houston, but then moved to right guard where he started the next six games ... finished the season as a reserve the final four games of the season.
1997: was slated to be a part of the playing rotation in '97, but sprained a knee in the final fall scrimmage and sat out the first three weeks of the season...came back to play in short-yardage situations at Louisiana Tech...earned his first collegiate start the next week at left guard against Washington, but lasted only 13 plays before going down with an ankle sprain...came back two weeks later at UCLA to block in PAT and field goal situations, and stayed in that capacity the rest of the season.
1996: was a member of the Cal traveling squad as a reserve guard, but did not see any action.
1995: a redshirt who enrolled at Cal during the 1995 spring semester and spent the '95 season on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Earned first-team all-state honors (medium-sized schools) in addition to first team league honors at Atascadero HS...also was a member of the All-Western Region team as picked by BlueChip Illustrated...led team to a 13-1 record and the CIF Southern Section Division IX championship as a senior...is an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.4 HS GPA...served as a role model in the DARE anti-drug program in high school...chose Cal after considering offers from Arizona State, Iowa and Oregon State...majoring in environmental economics at Cal and would like to pursue a career in corporate agriculture or water regulation following graduation...parents are Michael and Margaret Doherty...born Jan. 8, 1977 in Paso Robles, CA.
Adam Fisher - 62Position: OL
Hometown: Huntington Beach
Last School: Huntington Beach HS
A young player with excellent size and improving strength ... still in the development stage of his career and his biggest impact is likely at least a year away.
1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted.
High School/Personal: A durable player who missed only eight offensive snaps in his junior and senior seasons combined at Huntington Beach HS...did not give up a sack his senior year...earned first team Sunset League honors and also was a Huntington Beach-Fountain Valley Dream Team member...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.7 GPA and an 1100 SAT score...parents, Paul and Linda Fisher, are originally from the Sacramento area...was recruited by Villanova and Stanford before choosing Cal...born Jan. 16, 1980 in Newport Beach, CA.
Brian Gray - 79Position: OG
Hometown: Coos Bay, OR
Last School: Marshfield HS
A young offensive lineman who got a lot of reps during the spring and showed signs that he could develop into a contributor as his career evolves over the next few seasons ... slated to play left guard this fall behind Brandon Ludwig ... is a dedicated player who works hard on the field and in the weight room.
1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted while working on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Had an impressive prep career at Marshfield HS in Oregon, pulling down first team conference and second team all-state honors after not giving up a sack all season and helping the team to the state 4A semifinal game...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as the No. 23 overall prospect in the Northwest...was a member of the Tom Lemming Prep Report All-Far West team as the No. 85 overall prospect in the region...also was on the PrepStar Western Region team and an honorable mention USA Today All-American...was a second team all-state selection as a junior...did not lose a league game in high school, compiling a 36-0 record...took recruiting trips to Nebraska and Oregon before choosing Cal...ranked No. 5 in the state in wrestling (heavyweight division) as a junior...was the state champion in power lifting as a sophomore...parents are Bruce and Joan Gray...born Sept. 3, 179 in Coos Bay, OR.
Brandon Ludwig - 65Position: OG
High School: Sonora HS
A young player who enters his second season in Cal's starting offensive line and figures to get better and better as his college career evolves ... has put on over 30 pounds in the two years he's been in the program and greatly increased his strength...has also shown enormous improvement in the weight room and now bench presses 425 pounds, up over 70 pounds from his arrival in the program ... a former prep basketball standout who has excellent quickness and athletic ability ... originally came to Cal as a defensive tackle before making the move to the offensive line.
1998: was slated to nail down a starting position until going down with a sprained knee miday though pre-season drills in August ... sat out the first two games, but came back to play at Oklahoma in a reserve role ... made his first collegiate start at USC and wound up earning five starts during the '98 season ... started at left guard at Oregon State and Arizona State and moved over to right guard the final two games vs. Arizona and Stanford.
1997: redshirted his first season at Cal working as a scout team defensive tackle.
High School/Personal: Starred on both sides of the ball while leading Sonora HS to a 13-0 record and the San-Joaquin Section Division II title as a senior...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, rating as the No. 101 prospect in the region...played both defensive end and linebacker on defense as a prep...had 106 tackles and nine fumble recoveries as a senior...played tight end on offense and recorded 22 catches for 262 yards and four TDs...started for a 30-3 basketball team as a junior...also was a standout soccer player as a youth and lettered in track and field at Sonora HS...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.4 GPA...considered Washington State and Nevada, before choosing Cal...parents are Bill and Pam Ludwig...born April 23, 1979 in Modesto, CA.
John Romero - 73Position: C
Last School: St. Mary's HS
Romero is the acknowledged leader of Cal's offensive line from his center position...has the size, strength and agility to be a dominant force for the Bears...after earning honorable mention Pac-10 honors as a junior last season, should contend for first team accolades this fall...NFL scouts are also eyeing him closely as a potential high round draft choice ... is ranked as the No. 5 center in college football this season by Lindy's magazine...played on the defensive line as a redshirt-freshman in 1996, but has been on the offensive side of the ball ever since...can play both guard and center...started all 11 games at center last year...clearly is Cal's strongest player as he benched pressed a team-leading 460 pounds last spring...may rank as Cal's best pass blocker on the line.
1998: is the only returning lineman to start all 11 games for Cal last year (along with the departed John Welbourn)...was a model of consistency despite much uncertainly in the lineup around him, due to injuries and position changes...was voted by the conference coaches as an honorable mention Pac-10 selection.
1997: saw a lot of action throughout the '97 season, including starting assignments against Louisiana Tech, Arizona, Washington and WSU...best game was against Arizona when he graded out at 91 percent in the coaches' film evaluations.
1996: started the year on the offensive line, but made the transition to defensive tackle early in the season when the coaching staff thought he could make a quicker contribution on that side of the ball...played sparingly in mop-up duty and the decision was made for him to return to offense after the season.
1995: came to Cal and redshirted while working on the scout team as an offensive guard.
High School/Personal: A first team East Bay selection who was honored as the Alameda-Contra Costa Athletic League (ACCAL) Lineman of the Year...earned BlueChip Illustrated All-America honors as the No. 10-ranked offensive lineman in the West...a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 67 prospect in the region...a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 list...led St. Mary's HS to a 9-2 record and the ACCAL title his senior year...earned league and county honors as a pitcher/third baseman on the baseball team, compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.77 ERA and a .360 batting average...volunteered in the Big Brothers program in high school...chose Cal over Washington State, San Diego State and Fresno State...mother is Anna Romero...sociology major with plans to pursue a career in pathology in the coroner's office, which will require two years of medical school...born Oct. 3, 1976 in San Leandro, CA.
The John Romero File
- A versatile athlete enters his senior season ranked as the No. 5 center in college football by Lindy's magazine.
- One of the strongest players in Cal history as he has a 460-pound bench press, and he also improved two inches in the vertical leap to 25.1 inches.
Robert Truhitte - 68Position: OL
Hometown: Santa Cruz
Last School: Cabrillo JC
A player who could insert himself into the playing rotation if he develops during the fall ... was expected to bid for starting duties during the spring, but had to sit out the entire session as he had a mysterious allergic reaction ... the medical staff believes it may have been caused by a surgically inserted screw in his shoulder following an earlier injury ... the screw was removed and the hope is that the allergic problem is solved ... coaches like his potential, if he is healthy and has the versatility to play either guard or tackle.
1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted.
Junior College/High School/Personal: Spent three years at Cabrillo College, redshirting his first season there while rehabilitating a shoulder injury...earned second team Coast Conference honors as a freshman in '96 while leading team to a 9-2 record...came back to lead Cabrillo to a 10-1 record and a national No. 5 ranking in 1998...was named team's Most Valuable Lineman and was a first team Coast Conference pick ... prepped at Santa Cruz HS where he starred in both football and baseball...was a top pitching prospect until a shoulder injury his junior year ended his baseball career...played with the shoulder injury his senior football season and picked up first team SCCAL and second team Santa Cruz County honors...had surgery immediately after his senior year and thus recruiting efforts dwindled away...played offensive line on offense and both defensive end and linebacker on defense ... has gained 75 pounds since he graduated from high school...lists basketball, weight-lifting and swimming among his hobbies...plans to pursue a career in physical therapy after graduation...grandfather, Mickey Masini, coached Monte Clark at Kingsburg HS in the late 1950s...parents are Ron and Marti Truhitte...born July 17, 1977 in San Diego, CA.
Langston Walker - 66Position: OT
Last School: Bishop O'Dowd HS
A young offensive tackle who has made tremendous strides since coming to Cal two years ago ... hard work in the weight room and on the nutrition front has seen him greatly increase his strength while losing 15 pounds ... has excellent feet for a player his size...coaches obviously love his size and believe he can be as good as he wants to be with devotion to weight training and developing an aggressive attitude on the field.
1998: Showed substantial improvement during the course of the season as he had a good fall camp and moved into the starting lineup in the second game of the season vs. Nebraska, staying there the rest of the way..made steady improvement during the season and showed flashes of ability that could have the NFL scouts flocking to his doorstep.
1997: redshirted in 1997 while working on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Came to Cal from nearby Bishop O'Dowd HS after earning first team all-state selection (medium schools division) as named by Student Sports in 1996...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, ranking as the No. 52 prospect in the region...earned first team Bay Area honors as named by the San Francisco Examiner...was rated the No. 5 prospect in the East Bay by the Contra Costa Times...helped O'Dowd to a 10-1 record as a senior, after an 11-2 mark in '95...hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow O'Dowd graduate Tarik Glenn, who earned second team All-America honors at offensive tackle for Cal in '96...chose Cal over Washington, Oregon and Washington State...lists "The Color Purple" as his favorite movie...parents are Collins and Marie Walker...born Sept. 3, 1979 in Oakland, CA.
Yauger Williams - 56Position: OG
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Last School: Curtis HS
A veteran player who has petitioned for a sixth year of eligibility after initially retiring in summer of '98 due to knee problems ... believed his career was over until this past spring when he went snowboarding and felt no discomfort in his knee ... then began lifting and conditioning, pushed his weight up from 265 to 300 pounds, and made the decision to seek eligibility for a final season of football ... has superior intelligence and could play a pivotal role on a Cal offensive line that lacks depth and experience ... will certainly contend for starting duties at the right guard position...is an accomplished art student who has organized several exhibitions both on campus and in his home state of Washington.
1998: was expected to be one of Cal's top offensive linemen until chonic knee pain caused him to retire from the sport in the summer of '98.
1997: was developing into a key player at right guard for the Bears until his knee started acting up during midseason...sat out a few games (Washington, Washington State) and tried to come back late in the year... however, his performance was not up to his standard and he decided to have his knee scoped and sat out the Arizona and Stanford contests...ended up starting seven games overall... earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and was the recipient of the team's Andrew Latham Smith Scholarship for academic excellence.
1996: saw solid late-season action at a guard position when the Bears suffered some injuries along the line... played nearly half the game at left guard at Oregon (33 plays), grading out at 85 percent in the coaches' film evaluations...also played extensively against Arizona (50 snaps) and graded out at 91 percent.
1995: saw double duty at right tackle and right guard as a back-up to Todd Stewart and Jeremy Newberry ... showed versatility with starting duties at both guard positions, stepping in to the starting lineup when Newberry was injured in midseason.
1994: delayed his enrollment at Cal until the spring semester of 1994 and redshirted the following fall after undergoing shoulder surgery.
High School/Personal: Enjoyed an impressive prep career at Curtis HS in Tacoma ... named the state of Washington's prep Lineman of the Year as a senior in '92 ... earned SuperPrep All-America honors, rating as the No. 18 offensive line prospect in the country ... garnered first team BlueChip Illustrated All-America honors ... earned first team all-state honors in every poll published ... considered Stanford, Washington, USC and Arizona State before choosing Cal ... earned a degree in art from Cal in the spring of '98 and now is in his second year in the school's master's program in art ... made headlines in spring of 1996 by organizing an exhibition at the campus art museum called "Open Sesame" that featured his and other campus notables ... works on the Sesame Street characters...was the lone winner among 178 applicants picked by the Tacoma Arts Commission to have a month-long solo art exhibit in May 1998 ... won the Eisner Award in spring of '99, the highest ahievement on campus in creative arts...plays the bass guitar...parents are Rex and Frances Williams...born June 26, 1974 in Tacoma, WA.
The Yauger Williams File
- After being selected from 178 applicants by the Tacoma Arts Commission, produced a solo art exhibit in May 1998.
- Currently enrolled in the second year of the Cal master's program in art after graduating in 1998 with a 3.7 GPA.
Russell Wittman - 61Position: C
Last School: Poway HS
A walk-on offensive lineman who played the entire spring on the first unit of the offensive line and made excellent progress ... is slated to be the primary back-up to starting center John Romero ... also has the versatility to play guard if needed ... appears to be a very durable performer ... coaches love his competitive style of play and his toughness on the line of scrimmage.
1998: came to Cal last year and redshirted.
High School/Personal: A two-year starter at Poway HS, where he earned first team Palomar League honors as a center his senior season ... was a third team all-league pick as a junior playing left tackle ... turned down scholarship offers from several schools including Utah State and New Mexico to walk-on at Cal ... also lettered in baseball as a catcher and in wrestling while a prep ... lists hunting and fishing among his hobbies ... planning to major in political science ... parents, Steve and Sandy, are both attorneys ... born October 1, 1980 in La Jolla, CA.