1999 Football Biographies

A strong-legged kicker who looks to emerge as Cal's starter during his senior season...has connected on 11 field goals over the last two seasons as a part-time starter ... continues to work on improvi
By Cal Athletics on Fri, July 09, 1999

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July 9, 1999

Ignacio Brache - 27

Position: PK
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Year: SR
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Sun Valley
Last School: Village Christian HS

A strong-legged kicker who looks to emerge as Cal's starter during his senior season...has connected on 11 field goals over the last two seasons as a part-time starter ... continues to work on improving consistency.

1998: began the season as Cal's starter, but ended up splitting time with Tim Wolleck after an inconsistent performance in the first two games when he missed a 45-yarder vs. Houston and a 36-yarder vs. Nebraska ... biggest highlight came when he hit a game-winning 45-yard field goal with 11:01 left in the game at Oregon State ... that tied his career long ... finished the year hitting 5-of-9 field goals and 10-of-13 extra points.

1997: appeared in all 11 games, but handled kickoff duties only versus Arizona and Arizona State...was good on 6-of-10 field goal attempts, including two from beyond 40 yards out...one was a 45-yard field goal as the halftime gun sounded to get Cal back into the Cal-Stanford game at 21-10...also knocked home 18-of-24 PATs...opened season with a 5-for-5 PAT performance at Houston...drilled a pair of field goals the following week versus Oklahoma, including a 35-yarder...also was good on a 40-yard field goal at UCLA on Oct. 25...ended the year with a total of 36 points.

1995-96: spent two seasons as the primary back-up to Ryan Longwell, redshirting in 1995 and being a squad member in '96.

High School/Personal: Tied a state prep record with 16 field goals as a senior at Village Christian HS...connected on field goals from 60, 59, 65, 55, 54 and 49 yards while his shortest miss of the 1994 season was from 40 yards...was 75-of-77 on PATs during his career and put 79-of-86 career kickoffs into the endzone...also was a superior punter as a prep, earning first team all-state honors by Student Sports magazine after averaging more than 42 yards per punt as a senior...earned all-league honors three years in soccer as a prep...majoring in American studies at Cal...born Aug. 18, 1977 in Van Nuys, CA.

Brache's Career Statistics

Year     FG   FGA   XP   XPA   PTS 
1997      6    10   18    24    36
1998      5     9   10    13    25
Totals   11    19   28    37    61

Josh Feldman - 54

Position: PK
Height: 6-0
Weight: 220
Year: FR
Experience: RS
Hometown: San Ramon
Last School: Monte Vista HS

A redshirt-freshman walk-on who hopes to emerge as a starting candidate this fall in a wide-open field ... has a powerful leg, but is still making the adjustment from kicking without a tee.

1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted.

High School/Personal: One of the Bay Area's top prep kickers in 1997 ... earned first team league honors as a senior...made 8-of-12 field goals to go along with 22-of-24 PATs in 1997...was also the team's punter...was most impressive on kickoffs, where he forced touchbacks 80 percent of the time...was a three-year starter at Monte Vista and made a big impression on his first-ever field goal attempt, nailing a 49-yarder to beat San Ramon Valley HS as a sophomore...was recruited by Arizona, UC Davis, Saint Mary's and San Diego but decided to come to Cal...parents are Michael and Nancy Feldman of San Ramon...born Jan. 26, 1980 in San Francisco, CA.

Nick Harris - 89

Position: P
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Year: JR
Experience: 2V
Hometown: Avondale, AZ
Last School: Westview HS

An excellent all-around athlete who has one of the strongest and most accurate legs in the nation...may have been the best punter in all of college football over the last half of the '98 season and should contend for All-America honors in '99 ... rated a pre-season second team Pac-10 pick by both The Sporting News and Lindy's magazines...has placed 35 punts inside the 20-yard-line the last two years, including 27 of 87 punts last season (31.0 percent)...despite many "pooch" kicks, has still managed to average more than 41 yards per punt for his career...tied the Cal record for punts in a season with 77 as a freshmen, then broke the mark last year with 87 kicks...has had a kick of at least 48 yards in all 22 games of his career...could surpass all of Ryan Longwell's Cal punting records by the time he is through kicking at Cal...has superior athletic skills and is a threat to run or pass from punt formation at any time...is also a strong tackler and contributes well in punt coverage.

1998: averaged 40.8 yards per punt on 87 kicks, breaking the school mark of 77 he shared with Mike Ahr (1981)...placed 27 punts inside the 20-yard-line, with only five touchbacks, including five which were downed inside the opponent's 5-yard-line ... totalled 16 punts of 50 yards or longer for the year, including three against both Arizona and Stanford...was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. UCLA when he had 9 punts for a 45.1 ypp average and had four punts downed inside the Bruin 10-yard-line, including one at the 2-yard-line and one at the 1-yard-line...tied his career long with a 63-yarder vs. Arizona...his 11 punts in the season-opener against Houston were the high for a punter in the Pac-10 in 1998...averaged a season-high 47.7 ypp on seven punts at Arizona State.

1997: appeared in all 11 games for the Bears in his first year as Cal's starting punter...had 77 punts for 3,250 yards -- an average of 42.2 yards per punt that ranked him 39th in the nation...his 42.2 yard average placed him seventh on Cal's all-time single season punting chart...had 10 of his punts travel at least 50 yards, including a career-long 63-yard boot against Arizona State...killed eight kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line...had his best game of the season versus ASU when he averaged 45.7 yards on 10 punts...longest run came in the second quarter vs. Oklahoma when he scampered for 20 yards, netted a first down and kept a Cal scoring drive alive...also rushed for eight yards against Washington...credited with two unassisted tackles on the season.

1996: redshirted during first year at Cal.

High School/Personal: Averaged 42.3 yards per punt as a senior (25 for 1,057 yards) at Westview HS in Phoenix...had a long of 60 yards as a senior, 75 yards as a junior...earned National Coaches' Association All-American honors as a punter...also registered 11 sacks and earned all-state honors in Arizona as a linebacker...contributed as a prep on offense with 11 receptions for 201 yards and two TDs to go along with six rushes for 77 yards and four TDs...turned down a scholarship offer from Arizona to come to Cal...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.9 GPA...also earned all-state honors in soccer as a prep...lists golf among his hobbies...has an identical twin brother, Chris, whose football career was curtailed by a serious knee surgery...parents are James and Angela Harris...born July 23, 1978 in Phoenix, AZ.

Harris's Career Statistics

Year   Punts    Yds    Avg   LG   In 20
1997      77   3250   42.2   63     8
1998      87   3546   40.8   63    27
Totals   164   6796   41.4   63    35

The Nick Harris File

  • Has averaged 82 punts a season over the last two years, more than any other player in college football.
  • A pre-season second team All-Pac-10 selection who has placed 21.3 per cent of his punts inside the opponents' 20-yard-line.

Mark-Christian Jensen - 14

Position: PK
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Year: FR
Experience: RS
Hometown: Pleasant Grove, UT
Last School: Pleasant Grove HS

A mature redshirt-freshman who has good leg strength ... looking to establish consistency at the college level, but has great prep credentials...graduated from high school in 1995 and spent the last two years on a Mormon mission in Leipzig, Germany.

1998: redshirted last season.

High School/Personal: Had an outstanding high school career at Pleasant Grove HS in Utah, earning all-region and all-state first team honors as a senior in 1994...connected on 17 of 19 field goals, including a 52-yarder, and 42 of 44 PATs that year...was also tabbed as the nation's second-best place kicker in 1994 by USA Today...named first team all-region following junior season after hitting on 10 of 18 field goals and 34 of 38 PATs...displayed an ability to kick under pressure that season, clinching the Utah 4-A state title with a 32-yard field goal at the final gun...recruited by schools such as Washington, Arizona State, BYU and San Jose State before announcing his intentions to go on his mission...grew up in Denmark and holds dual citizenship (USA-Denmark)...speaks fluent German...parents are Lee and Pia Jensen of Pleasant Grove, UT...born July 11, 1976 in Oregon City, OR.

Stay Tuned!! The final installment of the 1999 Cal football biographies, the returning Golden Bear defensive lineman, will appear tomorrow, Saturday, July 10.


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