1999 Football Biographies
Meet the returning Cal defensive lineman.
Tully Banta-Cain - 48Position: DE
Hometown: Mountain View
Last School: Fremont HS
A young player who made the move from outside linebacker to the rush end position on the defensive line during the spring ... has fine potential because of his athletic ability and speed, but will need to grow before he emerges as a starting candidate ... gained 10 pounds in his first year in the program and that figure should increase greatly over the next few years.
1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Played a number of positions at Fremont HS, including tailback, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and kick returner...earned first team all-league honors as an outside linebacker after being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior...also gained more than 700 yards as a running back...has good bloodlines as former San Francisco Giant outfielder Jeff Leonard and current NBA standout Rodney Rogers are cousins ... father, Adam Cain, played football in the Navy ... mother is Joya Banta ... born Aug. 28, 1980 in Mountain View, CA.
Andre CarterPosition: DE
Hometown: San Jose
Last School: Oak Grove HS
A major talent who figures as a prime candidate for national honors after picking up second team Pac-10 accolades as a sophomore last fall...enters his junior campaign rated as the No. 4 defensive end in college football by The Sporting News (ranked No. 16 DE by Lindy's) and a first team Pac-10 selection by both pre-season magazines...expects to be a more dominant performer in 1999 as he's gained over 10 pounds of muscle during the offseason ... has gone up almost 50 pounds in his clean press and now can lift 355 pounds ... also benches almost 400 pounds ... spent the summer working out at the Washington Redskins training facility under the guidance of his father, who is the NFL team's defensive line coach ... had minor surgery on his ankle after spring drills, but is completely recovered and poised for a big season...was considered by some as the top defensive line recruit in the country coming out of Oak Grove HS in 1997...is a natural pass rusher who combines terrific physical ability with a relentless work ethic...his best assets are his strength and speed ... plays equally well against the rush and the pass.
1998: had a very solid season, particularly considering the fact that he was giving away as much as 50 or more pounds to opposing offensive tackles...finished as the team's seventh-leading tackler with 39 stops...also had eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 42 yards...registered 4 sacks for minus 32 yards...had several impact games, including the Oklahoma game in which he recovered two fumbles, one which stopped a Sooner drive at the Cal 36-yard-line and another which he picked off the ground and returned six yards to the Sooner 4-yard-line, setting up Cal's lone TD of the game...also played very well against Nebraska with five tackles (four unassisted), including a sack for minus six yards and another tackle behind the line of scrimmage...suffered a sprained ankle in the Washington State game and sat out the following week at USC, with limited playing time at Washington.
1997: showed steady progress throughout the season, moving into the starting lineup for good as a true-freshman in the year's sixth game at Washington State...ranked fifth on the team with seven tackles for loss...in fact, the seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage were one-third of his total of 21 tackles for the year...finished the season in strong fashion with five of his tackles for loss and 2.5 of his 3.5 sacks coming in the final three games of the year...had a season-high four unassisted tackles against both Arizona State and Arizona.
High School/Personal: Earned first team USA Today All-America honors as a senior at Oak Grove HS...was rated the nation's No. 1 defensive lineman and an All-American by Parade magazine...was one of 26 players to receive Reebok Prep All-America honors...received a perfect 10 votes on the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...rated the No. 1 rush end in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and ranked as the No. 2 defensive line prospect in the country by PrepStar...was a SuperPrep All-America selection, rating as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect in the Far West region...named the Gatorade California state Player of the Year in 1996...first team all-state selection by Student Sports...as a senior, had 20 quarterback sacks among 102 tackles and had an additional 12 tackles for loss...set a state prep record with 28 sacks as a junior...during his career, he had 48 sacks as well as 22 tackles for loss...comes from great bloodlines as his father, Rubin, played at Miami (FL) and had a long NFL career with the Denver Broncos...father is now coaching the defensive line with the Washington Redskins after spending the last season at Maryland ... his mother, Diana, lives in Miami...had offers from virtually every school in the country before deciding on Cal over Northwestern, Miami and Arizona State...in track and field, was a state finalist in the shot put as a junior with a throw of 56-5...born May 12, 1979 in Denver, CO.
Carter's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1997 15 6 21 7-18 3.5 0 0 1998 21 18 39 8-42 4.0 0 0 Totals 36 24 60 15-60 7.5 0 0
The Andre Carter File
- Enters his junior season ranked the No. 4 defensive end in college football by The Sporting News..
- Obviously comes from good genes as his dad, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, earned All-America honors at Miami, played 12 years with the Denver Broncos (1975-86) and is now the defensive line coach with the Washington Redskins.
Jerry DeLoach - 98Position: DT
Hometown: Elk Grove
Last School: Valley HS
A player with enormous potential, as few have his combination of size and athletic ability...could emerge as one of the top defensive tackles in all of college football ... rated the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation by The Sporting News (he's ranked No. 8 DT nationally by Lindy's) ... usually attracts the attention of at least two blockers, but still manages to make a lot of plays...sat out spring drills rehabilitating a sprained knee that was injured late last season...is one of Cal's most experienced players, starting 23 games over the last three seasons...pro scouts project him as a high draft pick if he continues to develop...has great leg strength (635-pound squat press, which ties for the third-best total in Cal history) and has excellent pass-rushing skills.
1998: was a major force on the interior line and clearly earned the respect of coaches around the league who voted him second team All-Pac-10...ended the season with 8 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (including a pair of sacks for minus 26 yards) despite missing all but one play of the final three games of the season...suffered a knee sprain on a low block on the first play of the Arizona State game and was sidelined for the remainder of the season...finished the year with 31 tackles, including 19 unassisted stops...had several dominant games, including 6 tackles (2 for loss) at Washington...had a 14-yard sack of UCLA QB Cade McNown and forced a fumble on the play, which Jacob Waasdorp recovered at the Bruin 2-yard-line, to set up a Cal TD for a 7-0 lead...also had a 12-yard sack in the Nebraska game...made a key interception at Oregon State, picking off a deflected pass to stop a Beaver drive in Cal territory in the third quarter with the Bears trailing by two points, returning the ball 11 yards to near midfield.
1997: began his sophomore season at defensive end, but made the move to the inside at Washington State...had 22 tackles on the year, including 16 unassisted stops...ranked second among Cal's defensive tackles with five tackles for loss...had a pair of stops behind the line for minus 10 yards against Oklahoma...strained a calf muscle at WSU and had to sit out the next week against UCLA.
1996: showed signs of future greatness, moving into the starting lineup in the last half of the 1996 season as a redshirt-freshman...played in all 12 games for the Bears and ended the year with 45 tackles (38 in the regular-season), including four sacks among six tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 24 yards)...started five games at tackle (UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Navy)...had an important fumble recovery early in the fourth quarter against Nevada, helping stop a Wolf Pack drive and protect an 8-point Cal lead...had an 11-yard sack at Washington State, helping him earn a starting spot the next week vs. UCLA...enjoyed a fruitful starting debut with six tackles (four unassisted) vs. the Bruins, including two stops behind the line of scrimmage (minus seven yards), one being a 4-yard sack of Cade McNown...also had six tackles at Oregon...concluded his freshman season with seven unassisted tackles against Navy in the Aloha Bowl.
1995: redshirted his first year at Cal while serving on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Played both ways at Elk Grove HS in Sacramento...recorded 77 tackles, including eight sacks, his senior year...earned first team Delta League, all-city and All-Northern California honors...helped lead his team from a 0-10 record his junior season to a 9-3 mark as a senior in '94...also lettered in basketball all four years...elected to come to Cal after considering UCLA, Colorado State and Oregon State...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.8 GPA...received the Scholar-Athlete Award from the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the California Legislative Sports Award as a scholar-athlete...parents are Richard and Wanda Singer...majoring in sociology with thoughts of attending medical school...born July 17, 1977 in Sacramento, CA.
DeLoach's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 30 15 45 6-24 4.0 0 0 1997 16 6 22 5-19 0.5 0 0 1998 19 12 31 8-37 2.0 1 0 Totals 65 33 98 19-80 6.5 1 0
* includes stats from bowl game
The Jerry DeLoach File
- Has immense leg strength as his 635-pound best on the leg press rates as the third-best mark in Cal history.
- Rated the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country by The Sporting News, while he's the No. 8 defensive tackle nationally by Lindy's magazine.
Nate Geldermann - 99Position: NT
Last School: De La Salle HS
One of the most intense players in college football ... loves the physical aspect of the game, even given the fact that he's often outweighed by 50 pounds on the interior line ... uses his quickness and tenacious style of play to more than hold his own ... made a quick transition in fall camp last year from linebacker to nose tackle and made a big contribution ... has battled knee and back injuries during his college career, but always seems to pull himself together on game day and figure out a way to get on the playing field ... has started 11 games in his career at both linebacker and nose tackle despite a chronic problem with his left knee, which has undergone four surgeries in the last four years.
1998: made the move from linebacker to nose tackle in fall camp to help fill a critical need for depth, and he immediately began to have an impact in the middle of the pit ... split time with Jacob Waasdorp, another undersized interior player, and wound up starting three games ... started the game at Washington as well as the final two games against Arizona and Stanford ... finished the season with 18 tackles, including nine unassisted stops ... had three tackles for loss (minus 9 yards) ... best game may have been at Washington when he finished with five tackles ... had 4-yard sack vs. both Washington State and Arizona State.
1997: sat out the season in medical redshirt status as he rehabilitated his left knee following off-season surgery.
1996: started the first seven games of the '96 season as a true-freshman, but the wear and tear of the season finally took a toll on a knee that he injured in the spring of '95...playing at less than full strength, he still proved to be a very active part of Cal's defense...finished the year as the team's seventh-leading tackler with 46 stops, including 25 unassisted tackles...had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 11 yards, including an 8-yard sack, against Oregon State...best game was certainly at USC when he finished with eight tackles (seven unassisted), including one behind the line for minus one yard, had a pass deflection, and recovered a USC fumble in the Cal endzone to stop a Trojan scoring threat in the third quarter...had seven assisted tackles in his college debut at San Jose State...had to leave a number of games when his knee acted up, but he usually just gritted his teeth and re-entered those games after a short time on the sidelines...also had a sprained ankle in the Arizona game...eventually had to rest the knee and ankle, sitting out the ASU (Nov. 9) and Stanford (Nov. 23) games, with just a brief appearance as a starter at Oregon (Nov. 16) before he realized he wasn't healthy enough to be effective...did come back to start the Aloha Bowl against Navy (Dec. 25).
1995: did not enroll at Cal in fall semester of '95 while he rehabilitated from that knee surgery in May of '95, thus saving a year of eligibility...enrolled in January of '96 and went through spring football in April.
High School/Personal: Played on an undefeated De La Salle HS team that went 11-0 in 1994 and was ranked No. 2 in the nation...earned first team all-state honors and was the East Bay Player of the Year as named by the Alameda Newspaper Group as a senior...was a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 31 prospect in the region...also was a BlueChip Illustrated All-West selection and Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 pick...originally hurt his knee while playing basketball in the spring of 1995...chose Cal after considering offers from Oregon and Arizona...majoring in sociology at Cal ... married to the former Nicole Belcher in July of 1998...has a twin brother, Jason, who is an inside linebacker at UC Davis...mother is Sheila Geldermann...born Nov. 7, 1976 in Castro Valley, CA.
Geldermann's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 25 21 46 3-11 1.0 0 0 1998 9 9 18 3-9 2.0 0 1 Totals 34 30 64 6-20 3.0 0 1
* includes stats from bowl game
The Nate Geldermann File
- Despite four knee surgeries, has managed to start 11 games during his first two seasons at Cal.
- Has an identical twin brother, Jason, who starts at inside linebacker at UC Davis.
Johnny Jackson - 9Position: DE
Hometown: San Diego
Last School: Sacramento CC
One of the premier defensive ends in the nation emerging from the JC ranks in 1999 ... a flat-out sack master who could immediately contend for starting duties, if healthy ... suffered a knee injury in the final regular-season game last November and when it continued to bother him in January, an MRI discovered ligament damage ... surgery in late February was successful and he is hopeful of being 100 percent when he arrives for fall camp in August.
Junior College/High School/Personal: Finished his two-year JC career at Sacramento CC with 30 sacks, a national junior college record ... was sensational in a game against Oakland's Laney JC when he recorded seven sacks in that game ... was recruited by all the top schools around the nation, turning down Ohio State, Texas, Nebraska and Arizona to come to Cal ... has some ties to the Bay Area as his dad lives in the East Bay and he grew up in the area as a youth ... was a high school All-American at St. Augustine HS in San Diego ... was also highly recruited as a prep, signing a letter-of-intent with Colorado ... instead went the JC route to work on his academics ... is good friends with Oakland Raider DT Darrell Russell, also a St. Augustine HS grad ... born May 1, 1979.
Ryan Jones - 69Position: DT
Hometown: Castro Valley
Last School: Castro Valley HS
A young defensive lineman who has added 30 pounds of bulk since his arrival at Cal and is one of the program's most improved weight-lifters ... took advantage of fewer numbers during the spring to get a lot of reps and showed some potential ... coaches love his work ethic and enthusiasm.
1998: came to Cal as a walk-on and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Came to Cal after starting two years at Castro Valley HS ... played offensive guard as a junior and then was a two-way starter at defensive end and offensive guard his senior year ... pulled down first team HAAL honors both ways as a senior ... an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.85 GPA and has an interest in majoring in English ... recruited by Princeton before electing to walk-on at Cal ... lists reading as a main hobby and James Ellroy as his favorite author ... parents are Randy and Sandy Jones ... born Dec. 26, 1979 in Hayward, CA.
Jeremiah Parker - 95Position: DE
Last School: DeAnza HS
A solid, experienced defensive end, Parker could emerge as an NFL prospect with a good effort during his senior year...has played anywhere from 250 pounds as a freshman to as much as 300 pounds early last season, but seems to have found his ideal weight at 275 pounds...has good quickness for a player his size and is at his best in pass-rushing situations ... injured an ankle during plyometric exercises during the off-season and sat out spring drills ... had minor surgery on the ankle in April and figures to be back in full health in the fall ... does have the benefit of an unused redshirt year if needed ... coaches like his enthusiasm and leadership skills.
1998: saw a good amount of playing time at defensive end, splitting time with Andre Carter...earned starting assignments vs. Nebraska, USC and Washington...made a big play early in the Oregon State game when he recognized a pass batted into the air and made a sensational diving interception at the Beaver 3-yard-line, setting up Cal's first TD...ended the season with a pair of sacks, including a 6-yarder at USC...had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage among his 18 stops on the season.
1997: saw action in 10 of Cal's 11 games in 1997, mostly at the two interior line positions...finished the year with 12 tackles (nine unassisted)...also registered three tackles for loss, including an 11-yard sack versus Oregon State and a nine-yard sack at Washington State...came off the bench to record a pair of tackles in four games (USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Arizona).
1996: came back from an early season ankle sprain to eventually take over as a starter at defensive end for the final four games of the season...saw his first collegiate action vs. Oregon State, before seeing more extensive duties at Washington State where he was in for 14 plays and was credited with three tackles (two unassisted) and a pass deflection...had an impressive game off the bench against UCLA with two tackles for a loss of 10 yards...made his first collegiate start against Arizona and also ended up starting the Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford games...finished the year with 16 tackles, including 11 unassisted stops.
High School/Personal: Had an impressive prep career at DeAnza HS in Richmond where he registered 87 tackles, seven sacks, one blocked punt and two fumble recoveries in just seven games as a senior...missed a pair of games with a hyperextended knee...was rated the No. 12 defensive line prospect by the West by BlueChip Illustrated and also earned All-Far West honors by SuperPrep magazine, rating as the No. 46 overall prospect in the West...highly recruited, but elected to stay close to home, partly because he has a brother confined to a wheelchair and wanted to be able to stay in contact...chose Cal over UCLA, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State, among others...also was a standout basketball player and track and field athlete as a prep...has served as a volunteer for a senior citizen community program in Richmond and served as a volunteer youth counselor for the Koforonia Christian Camp...parents are Timothy and Raynell Parker...born Nov. 15, 1977 in Franklin, LA.
Parker's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 11 5 16 3-11 0.0 0 1 1997 9 3 12 3-21 1.0 0 0 1998 13 5 18 5-15 2.0 1 1 Totals 33 13 46 11-47 3.0 1 2
* includes stats from bowl game
The Jeremiah Parker File
- Has played at various weights during his three years in the Cal program, from 250 pounds as a freshman to 300 pounds last season and now seems settled in at the 275-pound level.
- Turned down offers from many schools across the country in large measure so he could be close to an older brother who's confined to a wheel chair.
Tim Pompa - 91Position: DT
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Last School: Glendale CC
An intense defensive lineman who will add some bulk to Cal's interior as he figures to play in the 270-pound range this fall ... is an excellent athlete who runs the 40 in 4.8 ... the Cal coaches like his aggressive style of play and believe he'll immediately move into the playing rotation this fall ... comes to Cal after one season at Glendale CC and will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Bears.
Junior College/High School/Personal: Earned first team all-state and second team Western States Football League all-region ... played tight end as a prep, earning first team all-region and honorable mention all-state in 1996 out of Greenway HS in Phoenix ... accepted a scholarship offer for that position from New Mexico ... he elected to return to junior college after the '97 season and play on defense ... chose Cal after being recruited by Wisconsin, Arizona and Oregon ... an excellent student who plans to major in biology at Cal with an eye on medical school ... parents are Joseph and Yulin Pompa ... born Feb. 1, 1979 in St. Louis, MO.
Mawuko Tugbenyoh - 58Position: DE
Last School: De La Salle HS
An aggressive player who clearly has a knack for making big plays...has now returned three fumbles for touchdowns in his career...has put on 10 pounds since last season and the additional bulk should be a big factor his senior season...combines both athleticism and speed at the defensive end position ... also has fine strength as evidenced by a 340-pound clean lift...moved from linebacker to end during the spring of 1997 and secured a place in the starting lineup...is a determined player blessed with instinctive rushing skills, great quickness off the ball and the type of intensity that can't be taught...has only played football five years.
1998: missed virtually all of the pre-season while sorting out eligibility issues and did not play in the opener vs. Houston...played sparingly in the Nebraska and Oklahoma games, but playing time increased dramatically once the Pac-10 season began...made a critical play in the win over Washington State as he ripped the ball loose from WSU running back DeJuan Gilmore at the Cougar 10-yard-line and ran in into the endzone for Cal's first touchdown, marking his third fumble recovery for a TD in a nine-game span...had a big hand in Cal's win over USC when he forced a fumble by Frank Strong that Cal recovered at the USC 43-yard-line with 6:42 left in the game, setting up Cal's game-winning TD drive...had a sack of Washington QB Marques Tuiasosopo to cause a fumble, but the ball rolled out of bounds before it could be recovered...picked up a fumble at Oregon State and rambled 12-yards to the Cal 26-yard-line to stop a Beaver drive and give the Bears some breathing room...also had a 12-yard sack in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that Cal recovered at the Beaver 18-yard-line...ended the season tied for second in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (4).
1997: ranked second on the team with five sacks (minus 47 yards) and rated fourth on the squad with nine tackles for loss (minus 58 yards) among 25 total tackles...showed his big-play ability by returning two fumbles for TDs...the first was at Washington State when he sprinted 60 yards for a score...also ran the ball in from 38 yards out early in the third quarter at Arizona to bring the Bears within one point at 14-13...also recorded a safety and had a nine-yard sack in the WSU game...had at least one tackle for loss in nine of 11 games and in each of the final seven contests...best game may have been at UCLA when he had a season-high five tackles, including two sacks for minus 21 yards, recovered a fumble and batted down a pass attempt.
1996: saw increasing playing time as the season wore on...had a big game against Stanford with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 16 yards), including 1.5 sacks (minus 13 yards)...played sparingly in the first five games at inside linebacker, recording just one assisted tackle in that span, but played more extensively at Washington State, registering three unassisted tackles and a fumble recovery in 17 plays from scrimmage...moved to outside linebacker the next week against UCLA and responded with eight tackles, including five unassisted stops...finished the season with 20 tackles, including 15 solos.
High School/Personal: A talented linebacker in one of the country's premier prep programs at De La Salle HS...was undefeated while playing as a junior and senior, including a pair of North Coast Section titles...had 16 sacks as a senior...was a first team East Bay selection as named by the Oakland Tribune...prepped with Cal teammate Nate Geldermann at De La Salle...chose Cal over Washington State...father was born in Ghana and works as a mortgage banker, while his mother, Darlene, provides some good bloodlines as her cousin is former NFL great Earl Campbell...born April 9, 1978 in Hayward, CA.
Tugbenyoh's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 15 5 20 3-16 1.5 0 0 1997 19 6 25 9-58 5.0 0 1 1998 21 9 30 11-64 6.0 0 0 Totals 55 20 75 23-138 12.5 0 1
* includes stats from bowl game
Mawuko Tugbenyoh File
- A player with a knack for making big plays, he has returned three fumbles for touchdowns over the last two seasons, more than any other defensive lineman in college football.
- Has great bloodlines as ex-NFL great Earl Campbell is a second cousin.
Jacob Waasdorp - 94Position: NT
Last School: Quartz Hill HS
A player who has been a valuable member of the Cal defensive line the past two seasons and could earn league honors this fall...has been extremely productive despite giving away massive amounts of weight, but enters his junior season 10 pounds heavier and much stronger, which should pay dividends...coaches love his intensity and all-out effort...his quickness and low center of gravity cause fits for bigger, slower offensive linemen...has the ability to recognize blocking patterns and how plays develop, enabling him to always be around the football...also possesses the ability to serve as a long snapper.
1998: ended the season with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 42 yards), an inordinately high number for an interior linemen who was often double-teamed...had three sacks on the season, including a 4-yard sack on the final Oregon State series to help thwart a last-ditch comeback attempt...had a sensational game at Arizona State, as he was credited with 5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 24 yards), including a pair of sacks (minus 19 yards), and caused one fumble...recovered one fumble on the season early in the UCLA game when he snatched up a ball at the Bruin 2-yard-line to set up a Cal touchdown.
1997: had a solid freshman campaign, appearing in six games...played both noseguard and defensive tackle during the season...saw his first collegiate action at Houston in the Bears opener was credited with an assisted tackle...ended the season with three tackles, including one that went for a six-yard loss vs. Oregon State.
High School/Personal: Earned first team all-state honors (medium-sized schools) as a defensive lineman at Quartz Hill HS...played center, tight end and fullback on offense, but really shined on defense where he had seven sacks among his 80 tackles as a senior...also had 537 rushing yards and five TDs at fullback in 1996...chose Cal over Washington and UCLA...was an excellent prep wrestler who ranked among the Top 5 in the state in the 215-pound weight class...lists fishing as a hobby...mother is Rhonda Green of Lancaster...born Oct. 18, 1979.
The Jacob Waasdorp file
- Had one of the finest games of any defensive linemen in the Pac-10 last year when he recorded five tackles behind the line of scrimmage at Arizona State.
- Produced excellent results as a 240-pound freshman and a 255-pound sophomore and now hopes to have a bigger impact as a 270-pound junior.
Waasdorp's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1997 2 1 3 1-6 1.0 0 0 1998 16 6 22 10-42 3.0 0 2 Totals 18 7 25 11-48 4.0 0 2
Zech Whittington - 78Position: DE
Last School: Vallejo HS
A talented young player who could develop into an excellent pass rusher...has excellent speed for a player his size and should become even more explosive as he matures and develops in the weight room.
1998: came to Cal last season and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Had an excellent senior season at Vallejo HS, recording 16 sacks...also had 15 sacks as a junior and nine as a soph...earned first team Monticello Empire League honors as both a junior and senior and was the league's Lineman of the Year in '97...chose Cal early in the recruiting process over several schools, including Arizona State, Utah and UNLV...an excellent track and field athlete who finished eighth nationally in the discus in the summer of '97...plans to join the Cal track and field team this spring...lists reading and fishing as hobbies...was a peer mentor in high school...parents are Vincent and Marvel Whittington...born May 10, 1979 in Beaumont, TX.