Regarded as one of Pac-10's top special teams players for a second straight season in 2003, he also saw increased playing time at defensive back last year . had his season cut short when he fractured both the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in the Oregon game Nov. 8 . missed this past spring's workouts as he fully recovered from his injury . unleashed a remarkable special teams season as a redshirt-freshman, pouncing on 2002 opponents for an eye-popping 21 tackles (17 solos) and forcing one fumble ... his extraordinary effort did not go unnoticed, as the high-energy walk-on was awarded All-Pac-10 second team accolades as a special team performer . made big strides since joining the program four years ago ... now a scholarship player, he backed up Donnie McCleskey at rover last fall ... 2003 . despite playing in only 11 games, piled up 26 tackles (mostly on special teams) and shared the team lead with two interceptions . named honorable mention All-Pac-10 despite his shortened season, and also earned the Scott Duncan Award as the team's most valuable special teams player . as a student, also voted first team CoSIDA District VII All-Academic and first team Pac-10 All-Academic ... produced a season-high four tackles at Illinois, and registered three stops against Kansas State, Southern Mississippi (plus an interception), Utah and USC . 2002 ... played a key role in Cal leading the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage (17.4 yards per return), playing exclusively on special teams in all 12 games ... belted out four special team tackles in Cal's 70-22 rout of Baylor ... had at least one stop in every game, except the Arizona contest ... averaged 1.75 tackles per game, one of the greatest individual special team performances in school history ... forced a fumble at Michigan State ... 2001 ... saw action in four games and made one tackle in the Big Game at Stanford ... 2000 ... came to Cal and redshirted.
High School/Personal: Earned first team all-league and all-county honors as a junior and senior and was the county defensive player of the year as a senior ... also earned All-CCS honors ... has worked with the Special Olympics program ... class valedictorian ... also a two-time all-league performer in baseball ... parents are Gene and Christine McGrath ... born June 29, 1982 in Santa Cruz, CA . received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering last May and is attending Cal's Graduate School of Education this year.
McGRATH'S CAREER STATISTICS Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 2001 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2002 17 4 21 0-0 0-0 0 0 2003 20 6 26 1.0-4 0-0 2-17 0 Totals 37 11 48 1.0-4 0-0 2-17 0