Oct. 7, 1999
BERKELEY - In an effort to provide a spark to a lackluster Cal running game, head coach Tom Holmoe announced Wednesday that freshman Joe Igber would start at tailback for Saturday's game at Brigham Young.
Igber is a 5-8, 190-pound true freshman out of Iolani HS in Honolulu. He has shown flashes of brillance in his first four collegiate games. On his first carry, he broke a 34-yard run against Rutgers on Sept. 4. He also had a 35-yard run two weeks ago against Arizona State. He leads the Bears with a 5.9 yards per carry average (22 carries, 127 yards) thus far.
Igber was the prep Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Hawaii last year. He finished his career at Iolani HS with 4,472 yards and 56 touchdowns, both state records.
"Joe is an explosive runner and we want to give him a chance to show what he can do as a starter," said Holmoe. "We need a spark on our offense and he gives us the type of quickness that can make a big difference."
While Igber will replace Marcus Fields as the starting tailback, Fields will see plenty of duty both at tailback and in a slot position.