A heady player who adds speed and strength to the Cal secondary, as well as quality depth . started four games and figured prominently off the bench in nickel and dime coverage packages throughout last season . enrolled at Cal in spring 2003 and had the benefit of working out with the Bears during spring practice . 2003 . started first four games this season when regular safety Ryan Gutierrez was sidelined with a knee injury and made an instant impression on Cal's young defense . played off the bench the remainder of the season, but his 50 total tackles (32 solos) ranked fourth on the team . he and Gutierrez combined for 144 tackles at the safety position . belted out a game-high 12 tackles in his first major college game in the BCA Classic against Kansas State . also peeled off eight-tackle games against Southern Miss and Utah ... bagged 30 tackles in his four starts to open the campaign . his only interception came in the 34-31 3OT victory over USC . notched two tackles in the 2003 Insight Bowl.
Junior College/High School/Personal:
A two-time all-conference selection at Fresno City College and was voted the Defensive MVP in the Northern California championship game ... as a freshman at FCC, earned all-state honors at strong safety, recording 62 tackles (26 solos), four fumble recoveries and one interception ... as a prep, played key role as team co-captain in Buchanan High's first ever Valley championship in 2000 ... as a senior, posted five interceptions and 64 tackles, while causing three fumbles, and averaged nine yards per carry and 12.6 yards per reception on offense ... broke Buchanan records for longest punt return for a touchdown, most blocked kicks and most interceptions in a game ... a two-time all-conference first team choice ... named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Clovis Exchange Club and Buchanan High's Most Outstanding Player in both football and track in 2001 ... crowned individual league champion in the 400 meters in 1999 . great grandfather, Ralph Giordano, was a world welterweight boxing champion in 1933 . parents are Victor and Janet Giordano . born Oct. 16, 1982 in Fresno, CA . American studies major.
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