A powerful offensive lineman who emerged from spring practice as a starter at right guard ... showing a better understanding of the offense and offensive line techniques ? 2002 ... started at right guard vs. Washington, subbing for an injured Jonathan Giesel ... appeared in seven games overall ... 2001 ... served as a backup guard for the Bears ... 2000 ... came on strong during the preseason camp in Turlock and emerged as a strong starting candidate at guard, before a knee sprain put him into a rehabilitative phase ... came back briefly late in the season to practice, but then made a decision to concentrate on his academics, take care of some personal issues and return in full health in August of 2001 ... 1999 ... redshirted his first season at Cal, spending the year as a scout team center.
High School/Personal: An accomplished prep player at nearby Liberty HS ... earned first team San Francisco Bay Area honors as named by the San Francisco Examiner ... also a first team all-county selection by the Contra Costa Times and a first team East Bay selection by the Alameda Newspaper Group ... a second team all-state selection ... a PrepStar All-America choice, rating as the No. 20 offensive line prospect in the West ... earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors, rating as the No. 122 overall prospect in the region ... rated the No. 6 prospect in the East Bay by the Contra Costa Times ... earned first team Bay Valley Athletic League honors as both a junior and senior ... played in the California-Texas all-star game in the summer of 1999 ... anchored an offensive line that helped his prep team average 205 rushing yards per game in '98 ... had 85 pancake blocks his senior season, after recording 30 as a junior ... best game may have been against Pittsburg HS with 16 pancake blocks ... has a cousin, Deron Thorp, who played offensive tackle with the Detroit Lions ... as a junior in high school, spent time mining for gold with his grandfather, a successful endeavor as the family reaped $30,000 over a two-year period ... interdisciplinary studies major ... parents are William and Rochelle Hays ... born Sept. 21, 1980 in San Leandro, CA.