Has provided quality line play for the Bears the past two seasons despite an assortment of injuries . a converted defensive lineman who made a quick transition to offense . limited in spring practice due to offseason shoulder surgery, but should be back a full strength in the fall, returning to his starting position . already received his bachelor's degree in religious studies and is working toward his master's in education this year . 2003 . started at left guard in eight of Cal's first 10 games last year, missing both the Oregon State and UCLA games due to a right knee injury . sustained a pinched neck nerve in the Arizona State game Nov. 1 and was inactive the last three games of the regular season . healthy enough to come off the bench in Cal's 52-49 slugfest against Virginia Tech in the Insight Bowl Dec. 26 . named Pac-10 All-Academic first team . 2002 ... a breakout year for the often-injured right guard, as he battled through knee miseries to make key contributions to the Bears' revamped offensive line ... started 11 of 12 games at right guard, only missing the Washington game in Seattle Oct. 5 due to his knee injury . helped steady an offensive line which was somewhat unproven entering the season ... named the Bob Tessier Award recipient, given annually to the Most Improved Lineman on both offense and defense ... 2001 ... sat out the season due to a shoulder injury suffered during 2001 spring drills ... underwent surgery in May of 2001 ... 2000 ... made an immediate impression as a true freshman during preseason drills and quickly moved into the playing rotation at a defensive tackle spot ... injured his right thumb in the Utah opener, but returned the next week at Illinois ... however, tore his left biceps vs. the Illini ... following surgery, missed the rest of the season and received a medical redshirt waiver ... finished the year with a pair of tackles, one against Utah and the second at Illinois.
A two-way prep star at Los Banos HS ... earned PrepStar All-Region honors ... also voted first team all-league and all-district ... finished his senior season with 84 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles ... also a fine track and field athlete, who earned all-league status in the discus ... father, Gerry, played college football at Southern Illinois while his uncle, Ron, played at Arizona ... mother, Kathy, is a grade school teacher ... lists Junior Seau and Tony Boselli as his favorite athletes ... chosen to the Academic All-District second team in 2002 . born May 3, 1982 in Modesto, CA.