1999 Football Biographies
June 30, 1999
Omar Bennett - 15
Hometown: Los Angeles
Last School: Beverly Hills HS
A redshirt-freshman who has an opportunity for a good amount of playing time this fall ... figures as one of Cal's top seven receivers, all who should have a chance to play with Cal's many multi-receiver sets ... has steadily improved since his arrival last season ... has gained over 20 pounds in the last year and improved his strength significantly ... runs well with the ball after the catch.
1998: came to Cal and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Had a big senior season with 62 catches for 984 yards (15.9 average) and 16 touchdowns...also returned punts for TDs from 75 and 68 yards and had a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD called back due to a penalty...received seven votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West poll...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, ranking as the No. 33 prospect (and third receiver) in the region...also was on the Tom Lemming Prep Report All-Far West team as the No. 60 overall prospect and on the PrepStar Western Region list as the No. 13 receiver...earned first team All-CIF honors and was a first team South Bay selection by the LA Times...had a good junior season with 34 catches for 486 yards and five TDs...once had 16 catches in one game, tying a school record...also ran track at Beverly Hills HS ... chose Cal after considering Wisconsin, Michigan State, Arizona and Arizona State...parents are Paul Bennett and Vivian Burgess...born Oct. 17, 1979 in Los Angeles, CA.
Sean Currin - 86
Last School: Loyola HS
A solid possession receiver who came out of nowhere as a walk-on to earn a spot in the playing rotation last season as a true-freshman ... a well-rounded player who rarely makes mistakes and runs excellent routes ... has greatly improved his strength in the year he's been in the program ... figures to get a good amount of playing time as he's one of the few young receivers who has any playing experience.
1998: steadily improved during the course of his first collegiate season and saw increasing playing time in the latter half of the year ... actually was in the starting line-up in the season finale against Stanford when the Bears went to a four-wide receiver set ... did not catch any passes, but did gain valuable experience.
High School/Personal: Came from a very strong prep program at Loyola HS ... picked up first team Del Rey League honors as a senior after posting 40 receptions ... also was a standout prep track athlete, running on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that broke school records ... posted a 48.7 time in the open 400 meters ... an excellent student who is interested in majoring in business at Cal ... parents are Kevin and Theresa Currin ... born Nov. 30, 1979 in Torrance, CA.
Marcus Helfman - 83
Hometown: Agoura Hills
Last School: Agoura HS
A player with immense potential who ranked among the biggest developments during the spring ... has gained over 20 pounds since first arriving at Cal last fall and that increased size, along his natural athletic ability and soft hands make him a potential standout on the collegiate level if he continues to develop and gain strength ... got a lot of reps during the spring and had the coaching staff raving about his potential ... figures to be one of three tight ends to be in the playing rotation this fall.
1998: attended Cal's fall camp before becoming home sick and electing to leave the team ... returned home and attended Moorpark JC, while also playing on its football team for three games ... convinced the Cal coaches that he had made a mistake during the Bears trip to USC in early October and re-enrolled at Cal for the spring semester.
High School/Personal: Played quarterback much of his senior year at Agoura HS after an injury to prep teammate Ryan McCann (UCLA)...caught 61 passes for 880 yards and six TDs as a junior and senior...as a QB, completed 25-of-45 passes for 350 yards and three TDs...member of the PrepStar Western Region team as the No. 11 tight end prospect...earned first team Marmonte League and Ventura County honors...also a superb prep basketball player who was recruited by several schools for hoops...scored 41 points in a game as a sophomore...earned all-league and all-county honors in hoops...chose Cal after considering BYU, Colorado State and Arizona State, among others...lists water skiing and weight lifting among his hobbies...born Jan. 8, 1980 in Van Nuys, CA.
Eddie Macha - 1
Last School: Atwater HS
A compact wide receiver who has excellent speed and could emerge as a deep threat this fall ... has shown flashes of brilliance catching the football, but needs the confidence and consistency that comes with experience ... hampered by a hamstring injury last season and again this past spring, but hopes to be in full health this fall ... might be the strongest of all Cal receivers as he bench presses 340 pounds.
1998: was making a bid for a spot in the playing rotation before a hamstring problem forced him to redshirt.
High School/Personal: Earned second team all-state honors as named by Student Sports magazine...also was a member of the PrepStar Western region team...was amazingly productive as a junior and senior, accounting for 2,418 yards and 32 TDs while leading his Atwater team to back-to-back 13-1 seasons...caught 49 passes for 1,071 yards (21.9 ypr) his senior year...has been timed in the 100 meters at 10.71 electronically...has a 36-inch vertical jump...caught 48 passes for 1,189 yards and 17 TDs as a junior...recruited by Washington, Washington State and USC, among others...parents are Rob and Cathy Macha...born Feb. 9, 1980 in Merced, CA.
Phillip Pipersburg - 88
Hometown: Santa Barbara
Last School: Santa Barbara HS
Rates as the fastest player on the Cal team and could have a huge impact for the Cal offense as a deep threat...has the ability to stretch a defense with his superior speed...needs only to show consistency in his pass-catching abilities to elevate his game to an elite level ... made good strides during the spring in the consistency category and his confidence seems to have likewise improved ... was Cal's top sprinter on the track team this past spring, finishing fifth at the Pac-10 championships with a 10.47 time in the 100, tied for the eighth fastest time in Cal track history...has gained 15 pounds since his arrival at Cal and is much stronger.
1998: got off to a great start in the Houston opener and faded out of the spotlight the rest of the way ... accelerated beautifully under a 30-yard TD pass in the first series of the season against Houston and finished that opener with four catches for 56 yard.
1997: caught only three passes during the season, but showed off his big play ability with a 25-yard TD reception at Washington State and a 33-yard catch versus Oregon State...also had a 13-yard catch at UCLA.
1996: came to Cal and redshirted while working on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Caught 40 passes and scored 11 touchdowns, leading Santa Barbara HS to a 9-2 mark his senior season...earned first team All-Channel League as well as Santa Barbara County honors as a defensive back as a senior...was team offensive MVP, playing wide receiver, tailback and kick returner, in addition to his duties in the defensive secondary...ran a 10.48 time in the 100 meters in 1995...was an accomplished track athlete, winning a pair of gold medals in the TAC Junior National Championship in the 100 and 200 meters in 1991...finished fifth in the state in the 200 meters in a time of 21.44 as a senior, just ahead of Arizona tailback Leon Callen...ran a 10.72 as a prep...chose Cal over Washington, Nevada and Colorado State...parents are Phillip and Lillian Pipersburg...born Sept. 24, 1978 in San Jose, CA.
Pipersburg's Career Statistics
Year Rec. Yds Avg. TD LG 1997 3 71 23.7 1 33 1998 4 56 14.0 1 30 Totals 7 127 18.1 2 33
Philip Pippersburg File
- Turned in a 10.47 time in the 100 meters while competing for the Cal track team last spring, tied for the eighth fastest time in school history.
- Had his entire career total of four receptions for 56 yards (and a 30-yard TD) in a single game, last year's season-opener vs. Houston.
Corey Smith - 32
Last School: Galt HS
A tight end with enormous potential, but has been held back early in his collegiate career by injuries ... saw a significant amount of playing time last season, but sat out the entire spring after off-season shoulder surgery ... is expected back in full health this fall...has great size and strength for the tight end position and is an extremely dedicated athlete...is probably the best blocker among all of Cal's tight ends and has shown steady improvement running routes and catching the football.
1998: had a solid redshirt-freshman season, seeing substantial field duty ... played most of the year despite a shoulder injury that was corrected in post-season surgery ... sat out the Arizona and Arizona State games entirely and playing time was limited in the Stanford finale as well because of the shoulder problem ... ended the season with six catches for 45 yards ... best game was clearly at Oregon State when he had three catches for 19 yards, including a 3-yard TD catch in the first quarter ... also had a crucial 11-yard catch to convert a 3rd-and-8 situation with under three minutes left in the game that allowed Cal to run out the clock and protect a 20-19 lead.
1997: sprained an ankle during fall training camp and missed the season-opener at Houston...came back the next week versus Oklahoma to make a 7-yard reception, but suffered a sprained knee and ended up being a medical redshirt as a true-freshman.
High School/Personal: Earned SuperPrep All-America honors at Galt HS, ranking as the No. 9 tight end prospect in the country...also was rated the No. 23 overall prospect in the Far West by the same publication...rated as the No. 2 tight end prospect in the West by PrepStar magazine....registered four votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...earned team MVP honors three consecutive seasons as a prep...caught 22 passes for 417 yards and three TDs as a senior...had three sacks and three interceptions as a DE/LB...caught seven passes for 188 yards and two TDs vs. Laguna Creek HS...had an 87-yard interception return for a TD vs. Rio Americana HS...also starred as a defensive end and many schools recruited him to play defense...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.8 GPA...has an interest in dentistry as a career...caught 17 passes for 296 yards and four TDs as a junior...had 77 tackles, including an amazing 20 tackles for loss, and caused six fumbles as a junior...chose Cal over UCLA and Oregon, among others...also lettered in baseball as a junior and senior...parents are Warren and Rhonda Smith...born July 8, 1979 in Lodi, CA.
Brian Stumpf - 80
Last School: Arcata HS
A tall receiver who hopes to overcome a serious hip injury and return to the playing field for the first time in two years...has excellent size and presents a good target in the passing game, but has little actual playing experience...coaches like his intelligence and perseverance ... could contribute on Cal's special teams, if healthy.
1998: sat out the season with a hip injury.
1997: earned a letter as a member of Cal's special teams.
1995-96: served on Cal's scout teams, redshirting in 1995 and being a squad member in '96.
High School/Personal: Came to Cal in 1995 on scholarship after a lettering in football just one season at Arcata HS...had 58 catches for 1,039 yards (17.9 average) and eight touchdowns in just nine games as a senior ... earned first team all-state honors for medium sized schools as a senior...best game was a 13-catch, 213-yard, 2-TD performance vs. Fortuna HS...also was a fine prep sprinter who won the county 100- and 200-meter titles...arrived at Cal with a 3.95 GPA and a 1360 SAT...was a member of the Cal-Hi Sports Western States All-Academic team...a longtime Cal fan who used to drive 300 miles each way with his family to watch Golden Bear games as a youth...parents are Ken (played college football at UC Riverside in 1969, but transferred and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Cal) and Margaret Stumpf, and their first date was at a Cal football game in September of 1968 when the Bears beat Colorado 10-0...grandfather worked at Cal from 1953-70 and grandmother graduated from Cal in 1947 and worked at the University from 1961-83...mass communications major...born Dec. 8, 1976 in Arcata, CA.
Brian Surgener - 87
Hometown: Diamond Bar
Last School: Diamond Bar HS
A consistent player who has been a big contributor in his first two seasons in the Cal program ... doesn't overwhelm anybody with his physical skills, but is solid in all areas and finds a way to get the job done ... might be Cal's best pass receiver at the tight end position as he runs good routes and has excellent hands ... has improved significantly in his blocking duties as he's matured and gained strength ... also contributes as a long-snapper in punting situations.
1998: finished the season with 12 catches for 112 yards ... moved into the starting lineup at Oregon State and responded with a pair of catches for 18 yards ... best game came at Arizona State when he had three catches for 39 yards, including a season-long 25-yarder.
1997: was Cal's second-leading returning receiver with 12 catches for 168 yards and a TD during the year...had two catches versus USC, including a career-long 33-yarder...also had four receptions for 38 yards against Washington...hauled in a 2-yard TD pass late in the first half against Oregon State to give the Bears a 33-0 lead...caught a pair of 2-point conversions at Washington State and Stanford...also participated on special teams, recording 14 tackles and recovering a fumble at WSU.
1996: came to Cal and redshirted while working on scout teams.
High School/Personal: A sleeper who came on strong at the end of his senior season at Diamond Bar HS...had a phenomenal game in his final prep contest, catching three touchdowns (including an 80-yarder) in a CIF championship victory over Newberry Park HS...finished his senior year with 30 receptions for 400 yards and five TDs...also starred on defense with 79 tackles, including 13 sacks, while leading prep team to a 14-0 record as a senior...earned first team Sierra League honors both as a junior and senior...also started on prep basketball team as a junior and senior...considering a future career with the FBI...considered Air Force, Washington, Stanford and UCLA before choosing Cal...parents are Gene and Stephanie Surgener...born April 6, 1978 in Anaheim, CA.
Surgener's Career Statistics
Year Rec Yds Avg TD LG 1997 12 168 14.0 1 33 1998 9 112 12.4 1 25 Totals 21 280 13.3 2 33
Brian White - 84
Last School: Ayala HS
A young wide receiver who is just beginning to understand the nuances of playing the wide receiver position ... played in the offensive backfield as a prep and thus is in a development stage ... has good speed, but will need to develop his other receiving skills to contend for playing time.
1998: came to Cal and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Played in a Wing T offense at a small school...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, ranking as the No. 88 prospect in the region...was a first team Sierra League selection as both a junior and senior...had 11 catches for 362 yards and three TDs as a senior...also ran for 184 yards and four TDs on just 23 carries in '97...rushed for 400 yards and seven TDs as a junior with 14 receptions for 400 yards and five more TDs...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 4.03 GPA...father, Bossie, played running back at South Carolina in the 1970s and is now a pastor...mother, Cynthia, is a teacher...chose Cal after considering many schools, including Stanford, Yale, Iowa State, Army and San Diego State...an excellent track athlete who was named team MVP at Ayala HS during spring...also garnered first team all-league track honors...was clocked a 10.6 time in the 100 meters at the Junior Olympics in the summer of '97...has also posted personal records of 21.6 in the 200 and 49.0 in the 400...lists Michael Johnson as his favorite athlete...was named St. Gabrelle Valley Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1998...plans to major in mass communications at Cal with an interest in becoming a sports journalist...born Jan. 11, 1980 in Orange, CA.
Joel Young - 6
Hometown: San Francisco
Last School: St. Mary's HS
A hard-working senior who will carry a big load in the passing game ... one of few veteran receivers on the team ... runs precise routes and catches the ball well ... has toiled in the shadows of the Pac-10's leading receiver the last three seasons (Bobby Shaw in 1996 and '97 and Dameane Douglas in '98) and now will have a chance to emerge into the spotlight ... is an intelligent player who plays with confidence ... originally came to Cal as a walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship by Tom Holmoe during fall camp last year.
1998: finished his junior season with 28 catches for 281 yards while playing in 10-of-11 games to rank as Cal's second-leading receiver ... moved into the starting lineup in the fourth game of the season vs. Washington State and stayed there the rest of the way ... had a pair of catches for 18 yards at Oklahoma, including a 9-yarder in Cal's game-winning fourth quarter drive ... had five catches for 41 yards vs. Washington State and eight catches for 69 yards at Washington ... first career TD was a 2-yard reception vs. UCLA.
1997: saw action in several games and gained one start -- at Louisiana Tech -- but did not catch a pass.
1995-96: came to Cal as a walk-on in 1995 and redshirted...was a squad member in '96.
High School/Personal: Prepped at St. Mary's HS where he lettered three seasons...earned first team all-league twice as a defensive back and earned similar accolades as a wide receiver his senior season...had nine touchdown receptions during his prep career...caught two TD passes and grabbed three interceptions vs. DeAnza HS...a fine track athlete who ranked 15th nationally with a 1:52.8 time in the 800 meters as a senior...also earned all-league honors in soccer as a prep...older brother, Nathon, played football four years at UOP...is a strong student who earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors last season ... majoring in sociology at Cal...parents are Walter Young and Carol Draizer...born Aug. 27, 1977 in San Francisco, CA.
Young's Career Statistics
Year Rec Yds Avg TD LG 1998 28 281 10.0 1 43