Dec. 15, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - On the heels of a 10-1 regular season and No. 4 national ranking, the University of California has signed quarterback Joseph Ayoob and linebacker Desmond Bishop, a pair of first team junior college All-Americans from nearby City College of San Francisco, to national football letters of intent, Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford announced today.
In signing the two mid-year transfers, the Golden Bears have secured the state's JC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, as voted recently by the JC Athletic Bureau/California Community College Football Coaches Association.
"Cal has added two outstanding players to our program," said Tedford. "We are very fortunate to have a relationship with such a quality program as City College of San Francisco," said Tedford. "There is no doubt that both young men will make strong contributions to our team."
Ayoob (pronounced A-yoob), a first team JC Gridwire All-American from San Rafael, completed 61.3 percent (217-of-354) of his passes for 3,679 yards, 35 touchdowns in leading City College of San Francisco to a 11-1 record and state runner-up finish this year. The team's only loss was a 39-32 thriller to College of the Canyons in the California State Championship Game. In defeat, Ayoob was named the Offensive Player of the Game, as the 6-3, 215-pound quarterback passed for 386 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 62 yards on seven carries in the title game.
In his two-year career at CCSF, Ayoob threaded 352 of 571 pass attempts (61.6%) for 5,790 yards and 55 touchdowns while rushing for nine additional TDs. He directed his JC team to a 23-1 record over the two seasons, leading his club to the national championship (12-0) in 2003 and a state runner-up finish this year. Ayoob, who led California JC quarterbacks in passing efficiency (177.5) this year, won MVP honors of the state championship game in each of his two seasons.
"Joseph has tremendous arm strength and athleticism, "added Tedford about the former Terra Linda High School ace. "He also impressed us with his true passion and competitiveness for the game."
CCSF has produced several top-flight quarterbacks during the 28-year tenure of Head Coach George Rush, with the program sending nine QBs to play NCAA Division I-A football during the past 13 years.
"Joe is clearly the premier quarterback we've had since I've been here 35 years (as a player, assistant and head coach)," Rush was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 5.
Bishop, another first team JC Gridwire All-American from Fairfield, averaged almost 12 tackles per game from his middle linebacker position this year with 118 total tackles in 10 regular-season contests. The 6-2, 240-pound standout shined in the state title game against College of the Canyons, reeling off a game-high 14 tackles (including eight solo stops), one sack and two tackles for loss. As the state's JC Defensive Player of the Year, Bishop spearheaded a Rams defense that ranked seventh in points allowed (15.4) and ninth in yards allowed (249.7) per game in the state.
A former second team all-state selection by Calhisports.com while a senior at Fairfield High School, Bishop also was voted the Northern California Conference's Defensive Most Valuable Player this season at CCSF.
"Desmond is a physical linebacker that has the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline," said the Cal coach. "He was a main force behind City College of San Francisco's great defense this year."
While today was the first opportunity to sign mid-year JC transfers, Cal and other Division 1-A programs now must wait until Feb. 2 to sign high school seniors to national letters of intent.