A punishing defender who emerged as a major contributor at outside linebacker the past two seasons . named preseason first team All-Pac-10 this summer by Athlon Sports magazine . as one of Cal's best athletes in the linebacker corps, possesses combination of explosiveness, speed and hitting ability ... has shown big-play potential during his time in Berkeley . 2003 . the honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection was club's second-leading tackler last year, rattling off 94 tackles (including 61 solos) . also paced Cal's 2003 defense in sacks (8th in Pac-10) with seven and tied McCleskey for the team lead in tackles for loss with 12 for team-high losses of 81 yards . led Bears in fumble recoveries with two and added one interception and three pass break-ups ... notched five or more tackles in 12 games, including eight straight contests to open the season . pounded out five stops against Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl, including a game-high two tackles for losses . nabbed Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors after Cal's 31-24 victory at Illinois Sept. 20, when he pummeled the Illini for a game-high 15 tackles and three sacks . his final sack came on the last play of the game, when he dumped QB Jon Beutjer at the Cal 16-yard line to preserve the win . stockpiled 40 tackles and three sacks over a four-game stretch against Utah (10 tackles), Illinois (15), USC (7) and Oregon State (8) Sept. 11-Oct. 4 . 2002 ... the club's sixth-leading tackler with 43 stops (31 solos), including 2.5 tackles for losses and one sack ... played in all 12 games, assuming the starting outside linebacker job in the Washington State game (Week 5) when senior Matt Nixon injured his knee ... started the next four games after the Cougar match-up, before coming off the bench for the final three contests of the season when Nixon returned ... enjoyed an electrifying three-game run during his time as a starter, pocketing a combined 21 tackles vs. WSU (9), Washington (6) and USC (6) ... presented the team's "Big Hit Award" following the season, an honor given to the player registering the most big hits during the year ... 2001 ... a big special teams contributor who accumulated six total tackles ... recorded a pair of tackles in the finale at Rutgers, include one for a loss of two yards ... 2000 ... redshirted.
Starred at Carson HS at both running back and linebacker ... a prolific tackler who ended his senior season with 120 tackles, including four sacks and one interception ... on offense, rushed for 955 yards on 130 carries and 15 touchdowns ... earned first team all-state honors by Student Sports ... selected as a PrepStar All-American, ranking as the No. 9 linebacker in the West Region ... earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as the No. 56 prospect in the region ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 prep players ... named by the LA Times as the City Player of the Year ... the Marine League Offensive Player of the Year ... father, Forrest, is an engineer ... born April 19, 1982 in Long Beach, CA . sociology major.
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