Rangy senior figures to be one of team leaders in 2002 after starting 20 games during past two seasons ... should contend for All-Pac-10 honors this fall at his strong safety position ... highly intelligent player who swarms to football and can make big plays ... his 134 career tackles are most of any returning Cal player ... a team leader who has as much on-field experience as anyone on the defensive side of the ball ... 2001 ... despite missing one game and two starts, ranked third on club with 54 tackles ... opened the campaign with a bang, racking up a team-high eight tackles vs. Illinois in his season debut ... also paced the Bears at UCLA with eight stops in the Rose Bowl ... shined in the Big Game at Stanford, reeling off seven tackles (including 2 for losses), two interceptions and 2 passes defensed ... returned one of the picks 16 yards for a first-quarter touchdown ... other top efforts of '01 came at Oregon State (4 tackles, 1 interceptions) and vs. Arizona (5.5 tackles, blocked FG) ... 2000 ... had 48 unassisted stops among his team-leading 76 tackles ... had at least five tackles in eight of 11 games ... recorded three tackles for loss (minus 15 yards), including a sack, in his starting debut against Utah ... also forced a fumble to set up Cal's go-ahead score ... came back the next week at Illinois with a career-high 15 tackles - the most for any Cal player during the year - and added a fumble recovery and two pass deflections ... played a big role in Cal's win over UCLA, returning an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter ... finished that game with seven tackles and a pair of pass deflections, including one in the end zone, to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honors ... had nine tackles in back-to-back games at USC and vs. Oregon State, with one sack in each game ... 1999 ... saw action primarily on special teams and in long-yardage situations as a true freshman ... broke his ankle in game number eight against USC and missed the rest of the year ... returned to see limited action in spring drills, but was at full strength in time for fall practice in August 2000.
High School/Personal: One of the nation's most highly recruited defensive backs in 1999 ... a first team all-state selection by Student Sports magazine and one of the Top 20 DBs in the country by SuperPrep as a member of its All-America team ... finished his senior year with 86 tackles and 7 interceptions ... returned a pick 98 yards for a school record ... caused 8 fumbles and recovered 6 others as a senior ... returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns ... also had 23 receptions for 408 yards and 6 TDs on offense ... played some quarterback, completing 14-of-22 passes for 192 yards and a pair of TDs ... rated as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Far West by SuperPrep ... a PrepStar All-American ... member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 ... received 6 votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Bear of the West poll ... listed by National Recruiting Adviser as the No. 3 free safety prospect in the nation ... played in the California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... also a standout prep basketball player who earned all-league honors as a junior and senior ... his Nigerian name means "Jesus Lives" ... older brother, Chijioke, was a cornerback at Stanford ... cousin is Cal teammate Adimchinobe Echemaandu and is also a cousin of former Cal WR Iheanyi Uwaezuoke ... intended business administration major ... mother, Lilian, is a pharmacist ... born July 6, 1981 in Lafayette, LA.
Asomugha's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1999 3 1 4 0-0 0.0 0 0 2000 48 28 76 7-31 3-16 1 5 2001 40 14 54 7-15 0-0 3 1 Totals 91 43 134 14-46 3-16 4 6