Scott Fujita
Scott Fujita

Player Profile


High School:
Rio Mesa

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 255




A veteran linebacker who may quickly emerge from relative anonymity into one of the premier linebackers in college football ... won't garner much preseason attention as he's started just one season and only picked up honorable mention Pac-10 honors last year ... Cal linebacker coach Lyle Setencich, though, raved about Fujita's spring performance and indicated, with continued improvement, he could evolve into a potential first round draft choice ... added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame during the offseason and also improved his speed ... coaches also point to improvement in his technique, especially in shedding potential blockers ... a former walk-on who arrived at Cal as a 210-pound safety, but was switched to linebacker after his first season and was awarded a scholarship several months later ... a key member of Cal's special teams throughout his career ... an intelligent player who received the Frank Storment Award as Cal's outstanding student-athlete from southern California last December ... also a first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection last year ... 2000 ... started all 11 games and had 41 tackles, including four sacks and 13 behind the line of scrimmage ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... had a strong game at Fresno State with six total tackles, including three for loss (minus 14 yards) and a 10-yard sack ... had at least one tackle for loss in each of the last six games of the year ... recorded six unassisted tackles at Washington ... also had five unassisted tackles, with three for loss and two sacks, at USC ... 1999 ... saw a good amount of playing time during his sophomore season ... made his first collegiate start at UCLA and played well with four tackles (three unassisted) ... also started at Oregon State and had two unassisted tackles ... finished the season with 15 tackles, including 11 unassisted stops ... had offseason neck surgery in the spring of 2000, but returned for the start of fall drills the following August ... 1998 ... saw a limited amount of duty at outside linebacker, but had an impact on special teams, finishing the year with eight tackles, including three unassisted stops ... 1997 ... spent the '97 season redshirting while working as a scout team safety.

High School/Personal: A standout two-sport athlete at Rio Mesa HS who earned first team Channel League and Ventura County honors in both football and basketball ... played safety on defense and tight end on offense ... had 118 tackles as a senior, including four sacks and five interceptions ... had 15 receptions for 350 yards and six TDs on offense ... earned Defensive MVP honors in the '97 Ventura County East-West All-Star Game after grabbing a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned 50 yards for a TD ... averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in his final basketball season ... won the halftime slam dunk contest in the Ventura County All-Star Game his senior year ... also lettered in track and field in the long jump, triple jump and high jump ... recruited by several Ivy League schools ... graduated as political science major last May and attends Cal's Graduate School of Education this fall with the plan of obtaining his Master's degree by the end of the year ... earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 1999 in addition to first team honors this past season ... parents are Rod and Helen Fujita ... was married July 17, 1999 to the former Jaclyn Stiles ... born April 28, 1979 in Ventura, CA.

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