1999 Football Biographies

Increased size, strength and maturity could go a long ways in making the 1999 season a breakthrough campaign for tailback Marcus Fields...has all the tools to be one of the premier running backs in th
By Cal Athletics on Fri, July 02, 1999

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July 2, 1999

Marcus Fields - 4

Position: TB
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Year: JR
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Stockton
Last School: Stagg HS

Increased size, strength and maturity could go a long ways in making the 1999 season a breakthrough campaign for tailback Marcus Fields...has all the tools to be one of the premier running backs in the country and seems dedicated to emerging this fall ... had minor shoulder surgery the first week of June, but is expected back in full health in August ... should benefit from Cal's new offensive scheme, which will see him primarily in an "I" back formation where he can use forward momentum and his size to greater advantage...possesses 4.5 speed in the 40 to go along with his 6-4, 215-pound frame...hopes to play in the 220-pound range in the fall...figures to be even more of workhorse as a junior, expecting to carry the ball 20-25 times per game...also is an excellent receiver out of the backfield...put together four 100-yard games last fall and looks to have a more consistent effort this year as Cal aims for a more balanced offensive attack with greater emphasis on the running game...has a career average of 4.5 yards per carry and has totaled 1,153 yards on the ground ... ran track on Cal's team as a freshman in the spring of 1998 in the 200 and 400 meters, but concentrated on football this past spring.

1998: led Cal and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with an average of 66.7 yards per game...had four 100-yard efforts, including a career-best 140 yards on 21 carries in a 13-12 win at Oklahoma (6.7 ypc)...during Cal's game-winning, fourth-quarter drive against the Sooners when the Bears scored the go-ahead field goal, had two 24-yard gallops and another run for a first down...scored his first two TDs of the year in Cal's victory at USC, the final one from three yards out with 3:30 left in the game to provide the winning margin in a 32-31 Bear triumph...ended the game with 82 yards on 19 carries...touched the ball just nine times at Arizona State, but finished with 101 rushing yards (6 carries, 1 TD) and 49 receiving yards (3 catches, 1 TD) ... busted loose for a career-long 72-yard TD run vs. the Sun Devils...also scored twice versus Arizona, finishing with 117 yards and one TD on the ground and 38 yards and one TD receiving against a team that ended the season ranked No. 12 nationally in rushing defense...his other 100-yard game came against UCLA when he had 118 yards on 27 rushes...finished the season with 19 catches for 232 yards, with a long of 43 at ASU...a consistent performer who only fumbled the ball once last season on 163 attempts.

1997: as a true-freshman, finished the season second on the team in rushing with 95 carries for 419 yards (4.4 ypc)...had at least 10 carries in four games and rushed for more than 50 yards each time...scored a touchdown on just his second collegiate carry, a three-yard scamper in the fourth quarter at Houston...finished that day with 35 yards on seven carries...had the most productive game of the year at Louisiana Tech when he rushed 19 times for a season-high 90 yards and a TD and also caught one pass for 24 yards...had 54 yards on 11 carries, plus a two-point conversion, at Washington State...sprinted for a 20-yard TD on a third-and-two situation at UCLA on his way to a team-high 67 yards on 16 carries against the Bruins...had a 31-yard run -- his longest of the season -- for a touchdown against Oregon State.

High School/Personal: Became the first back in San Joaquin County history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season...ran for 2,253 yards (ranking fourth on the state rushing list) in just 10 games as a senior in 1996...also scored 30 touchdowns...set CIF San Joaquin Section single-game record with 417 yards against Stockton's St. Mary's HS...a SuperPrep All-America selection, rated as the No. 18 running back prospect in the country...first team all-state running back as named by Student Sports...received seven votes in the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...finished his prep career with 4,631 yards and 49 TDs...registered 1,409 yards and 10 TDs as a junior and 969 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore...also competed in track at Stagg HS and was a state finalist in the 200 meters as a senior, finishing with a time of 21.43...chose Cal after considering Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and USC...born Feb. 18, 1979.

The Marcus Fields File

  • Produced four 100-yard games during his sophomore season, including a 72-yard run at ASU, one of only two runs of longer than 70 yards by a Cal player in the last seven years (Tarik Smith, 90-yard run in 1996).
  • Averaged 225 rushing yards a game as a high school senior, becoming the first back in San Joaquin County to break the 2000-yard barrier.

Fields' Career Statistics

Year     Att    Yds   Avg   TD   LG
1997      95    419   4.4    5   31
1998     163    734   4.5    4   72
Totals   258   1153   4.5    9   72

Fields' Game-by-Game Rushing Stats

Date   Opponent              No   Yds  TD   LG
9/6    at Houston             7   35    1   12
9/20   Oklahoma               8   30    1    8
9/27   USC                   DNP 
10/4   at Louisiana Tech     19   90    1   15
10/11  Washington             6   36    0   11
10/18  at Washington State   11   54    0   16
10/25  at UCLA               16   67    1   20
11/1   Oregon State          11   54    1   31
11/8   Arizona State          5    7    0    5
11/15  at Arizona             5   15    0   17
11/22  at Stanford            7   31    0    8
Totals                       95  419    5   31

1998 9/5 Houston 12 14 0 8 9/12 Nebraska 9 29 0 11 9/19 at Oklahoma 21 140 0 27 9/26 Washington State 22 62 0 13 10/10 at USC 19 82 2 21 10/17 at Washington 6 17 0 11 10/24 UCLA 27 118 0 28 10/31 at Oregon State 11 28 0 9 11/7 at Arizona State 6 101 1 72 11/14 Arizona 18 117 1 41 11/21 Stanford 12 26 0 6 Totals 163 734 4 72

Chris Hanks - 26

Position: TB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Year: FR
Experience: RS
Hometown: Los Angeles
Last School: Cathedral HS

A young tailback who has begun to evolve from a small, darting runner as a prep to a bigger, more physical back in college ... has gained over 10 pounds of muscle since he's arrived at Cal ... figures as Cal's No. 3 tailback heading into the fall, but will have to continue to develop if he wants to keep an edge on a heralded group of incoming freshmen ... showed some good signs early in spring drills, but a hamstring injury meant he was shelved for the majority of the practice sessions.

1998: came to Cal last year and redshirted while working on scout teams.

High School/Personal: Was the second-leading rusher in the state of California in 1997 with 3,039 yards on 260 carries (11.7 average) during the regular season...also led the state with 47 touchdowns...including playoffs, finished with 3,263 yards and 49 TDs...his yardage total ranked fourth in the country in '97, while his 312 points were second-best in the country and his 49 TDs tied for third best...had several amazing games, including an 18-carry, 461-yard game against Panorama City HS in which he scored seven TDs on runs of 71, 2, 57, 40, 44, 70 and 87 yards...also had a 466-yard 7-TD game, a 354-yard 6-TD game (9 carries), and a 288-yard 5-TD game (on eight carries)...had a streak of four straight games with seven TDs in each game...was the CIF Player of the Year in his division and was a member of the PrepStar Western Region team as the No. 14 running back prospect...also earned USA Today honorable mention All-America honors...gained 2,348 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as a junior, averaging 13.1 yards per carry...also had 118 tackles and five interceptions as a junior...chose Cal after considering UNLV and San Jose State ... mother is Anna Hanks ... born on June 14, 1980.

Roy Jackson - 30

Position: FB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 230
Year: SR
Experience: SQ
Hometown: Richmond
Last School: St. Mary's HS

A veteran player who has made the move to fullback for his senior year after spending time at safety, linebacker and defensive end earlier in his career ... provides good size and blocking ability for the position ... also could contribute on special teams...coaches like his effort and his contribution as a scout team member.

1998: was a member of Cal's traveling squad as a defensive end ... played sparingly on defense, but did see occasional action on special teams.

1996-97: served as a scout team safety in 1996 and a scout team linebacker in '97, but did not see any action on the field.

High School/Personal: A local product who came to Cal from St. Mary's HS in Berkeley...served as team captain and earned first team all-league honors as a senior after averaging three sacks per game...once recorded 4.5 sacks against Bishop O'Dowd HS as a junior...an excellent student who is majoring in integrative biology at Cal...parents are Roy P. and Tonja Jackson...born Dec. 21, 1978 in Oakland, CA.

Keala Keanaaina - 46

Position: FB
Height: 6-3
Weight: 260
Year: JR
Experience: JC
Hometown: San Mateo
Last School: San Mateo CC

A massive fullback who figures to contend for immediate playing time ... will bring a sense of maturity to the Cal team as he turned 23 years old this past spring, having served a two-year Mormon mission from 1996-97 ... a dominating blocker, whether in pass protection or in the running game ... has good athletic ability for a player his size ... has the versatility to play tight end, if needed.

Junior College/High School/Personal: Originally attended Serra HS where he was the WCAL Defensive Player of the Year as well as first team San Mateo County as a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker ... recruited by several schools, including BYU, San Diego State and Hawaii, but elected to stay closer to home and accepted a scholarship offer to San Jose State ... played 10-of-11 games as a true-freshman at San Jose State at linebacker and on special teams in 1993 ... then spent a year and a half preparing for his Mission, which he eventually served under former major league baseball star Dale Murphy in the Boston community ... came back home and enrolled at College of San Mateo where he made the transition to fullback last season ... had a fine season, gaining over 1,000 yards of all-purpose rushing and led the team with 14 touchdowns ... wasn't highly recruited, but turned down late trips to Arizona State and BYU when he committed to Cal ... mother is Catherine, who lives in San Carlos, and father is Vornell, who recently moved from Hawaii to Portland, OR ... born May 30, 1976 in Kealakekua, HI.

Saleem Muhammad - 34

Position: FB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Year: SO
Experience: 1V
Hometown: Pittsburg
Last School: De La Salle HS

A versatile athlete who will contribute in many different ways in 1999 ... is slated to be Cal's starting fullback, but can also play the tailback position in a one-back set ... despite only having one year on the college level, is a mature player who does all the little things well and rarely makes mistakes ... was having a great spring session until a back/neck problem put him on the sidelines ... expected to return in full health this fall ... is a north-south runner who gets every yard out of his carries while still managing to weave enough to find any holes at the line of scrimmage ... coaches also note his pass-catching ability and his blocking in blitz pick-up.

1998: was originally planning to redshirt his first year at Cal until Joshua White went down with a knee sprain at Oklahoma ... responded splendidly in a primary reserve role, finishing as the team's second-leading rusher ... ended the year with 128 yards on 36 carries and one TD ... had several impressive games for a rookie, including a nine-carry, 37-yard performance at USC ... had a career-long 17-yard carry against the Trojans ... also had 38 yards on 10 carries at Oregon State, rating as the team's leading ball-carrier in that game ... debuted with a six-carrry, 29-yard outing vs. Washington State ... had a nine-yard rush vs. the Cougars on his first collegiate carry ... also had a pair of catches for 19 yards on the season.

High School/Personal: Originally signed with Cal in 1997, but needed to fulfill one academic requirement before becoming eligible...stayed out of college for a year and re-signed with Cal in February of '98...was a SuperPrep All-Far West selection in 1997, ranking as the No. 30 prospect in the region...also earned honorable mention USA Today All-America honors...rated the No. 3 prospect in the East Bay by the Contra Costa Times...earned two votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West poll...played on an undefeated De La Salle team (12-0) and his squad was usually so far ahead, he rarely played late in games...did not lose a game in his 3-year varsity career as a prep...finished with 1,472 yards, on just 140 carries (10.5 average), and 29 touchdowns in '96...most extensive action came when he rushed 22 times for 237 yards in a 36-19 win over Rancho Buena Vista HS...recruited by USC and Washington before choosing Cal...also was a fine prep triple jumper ... born May 17, 1978.

Muhammad's Career Statistics

Year   Att   Yds   Avg   TD   LG
1998    36   128   3.6    1   17

Marcus Oliver - 35

Position: TB
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Year: JR
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Bonita
Last School: Bonita Vista HS

A solid, steady tailback who enters his junior season with increased size and strength ... figures as the No. 2 player at that position behind Marcus Fields and thus should get a good opportunity for playing time ... is fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game: running, blocking, catching ... has gained 10 pounds in the off-season and increased his strength ... missed most of the spring with a knee sprain, but should be fully helathy in the fall.

1998: finished as Cal's third-leading rusher last season with 73 yards on 28 carries ... best outing came at Washington when he was the team's leading rusher with five carries for 32 yards, including a career-long 13-yarder ... also had 23 yards on eight carries at Oregon State ... had at least one carry in nine of Cal's 11 games ... had a single reception for two yards on the season.

1996-97: earned a letter in 1997, seeing most of his action on Cal's special teams...came to Cal and redshirted in '96 while spending time on the scout team.

High School/Personal: Ran for 1,502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Bonita Vista HS...had three games with over 200 yards as a senior (205 vs. Castle Park HS, 205 vs. Montgomery HS and 204 vs. Hilltop HS)...also had 1,372 yards as a junior...has excellent athletic skills and 4.55 speed in the 40...played both tailback and fullback as a prep...a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 70 selection...earned BlueChip Illustrated All-Western Region honors...chose Cal over San Diego State and UNLV...a superior student who came to Cal with a 4.18 GPA and a 1120 SAT...majoring in civil engineering...chose Cal over Colorado State, Nevada and New Mexico...parents are Michael and Pinkie Oliver...born April 18, 1978 in San Diego, CA.

Oliver's Career Statistics

Year   Att   Yds   Avg   TD   LG
1998    28    73   2.6    0   13

Ryan Stanger - 41

Position: FB
Height: 6-2
Weight: 230
Year: FR
Experience: RS
Hometown: Rocklin
Last School: Rocklin HS

A rugged redshirt-freshman who took full advantage of a depleted depth chart at fullback to move up the ladder during spring practices ... got almost all of the reps during the spring and showed an excellent combination of size and running ability ... still inexperienced as he didn't practice at all last season with a rehabilitating a prep knee injury, but surprised the coaching staff with his rapid development during the spring ... is solid in all departments, as he's deceptively fast with the ball in his hands, blocks well and can catch the ball out of the backfield ... now figures as the No. 2 player on the depth chart going into the fall camp.

1998: spent the season as a redshirt, rehabilitating from fall 1997 knee surgery.

High School/Personal: Was expecting a big senior season at Rocklin HS, but went down in the first play of the fourth game of the season with a knee injury that forced surgery...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, ranking as the No. 82 overall prospect in the region...also a member of the PrepStar Western Region team...an avid weight lifter who bench presses 360 pounds and squats 500 pounds...has a 32-inch vertical leap...came to Cal with a 3.75 GPA and an interest in pursuing a career in law or business...nickname is "Stone"...comes from an athletic family as his father was a pro water skier and his sister runs cross country at San Jose State...was recruited by Arizona State, UCLA and San Diego State, among others...parents are Peter and Janet Stanger...born May 25, 1979 in Redondo Beach, CA.

Joshua White - 40

Position: FB
Height: 5-11
Weight: 245
Year SR
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Last School: Snow JC

A powerful fullback who has been in the starting lineup for most of the past two seasons ... has shown flashes of dominance, but hasn't been healthy enough to develop any real consistency ... is at his best in short-yardage or blocking situations ... has played in the 250-pound range the past two years, although he may be most effective if he can get closer to 240 pounds ... also catches the ball surprisingly well for a player with only one operable eye ... missed the entire spring session while concentrating on his academics.

1998: started the season strongly, but went down in the first half of the Oklahoma game with a badly sprained knee ... was on the shelf for a month before returning four games later against UCLA ... finished the year with just 67 yards on 27 carries ... best game came at Oregon State when he registered 20 yards on three carries ... also ended the year with 14 receptions for 93 yards ... had four catches for 37 yards in the season-opener vs. Houston to go along with 16 yards on six carries against the Cougars.

1997: was Cal's leading rusher in his first game, carrying the ball nine times for a season-high 48 yards, including a 5-yard TD run, at Houston...carried the ball 10 times for 39 yards at UCLA and 10 times for 41 yards at Arizona...also had two receptions for nine yards versus the Wildcats.

Junior College/High School/Personal: Was a late addition to Cal's recruiting group in 1997 as he signed with the Bears as a sophomore in late June after earning his A.A. degree in five quarters at Snow JC in Ephraim, UT...had an impressive freshman season while leading Snow JC to a 10-1 record and the Western States Football League title...carried the ball 142 times for 619 yards (4.4 average) and nine TDs in 1996...also caught 33 passes for 352 yards (10.7 average) and an additional TD...was named the Offensive MVP of the 1996 Midwest Bowl in Chicago ... attended a pair of high schools in Honolulu, where he lived for six years, beginning in seventh grade...played at Radford HS, but moved to Ferrington HS for his senior year after the military transferred his stepfather to North Carolina...earned first team all-state honors as a running back...originally was recruited and signed with BYU out of high school, but elected to attend Snow JC and work on his academics....opted for Cal after also considering Arizona State...he and his wife, Ginger, had their first child (daughter Imani) on Sept. 24, 1997...is blind in his left eye from a childhood accident when he was one, but it hasn't affected his athletic career...comes from a military family...spent his first 10 years of his life in Texas and then one year in Washington, before moving to Hawaii...parents now reside in North Carolina...parents are Emmanuel Moten and Sarah D. Moten...born March 8, 1977 in Galveston, TX.

White's Career Statistics

Year    Att   Yds   Avg   TD   LG
1997     51   180   3.5    3   15
1998     27    67   2.5    0   10
Totals   78   247     6    3   25

The Joshua White File

  • He and his wife, Ginger, have two daughters, Imani born on Sept. 24, 1997 and Hunny born on Sept. 23, 1998.
  • Originally signed with BYU out of Ferrington HS in Honolulu, but instead chose to attend Snow JC and transferred to Cal before his sophomore year.

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