Cal's leading receiver in 2002 (54 catches for 682 years), he received a medical redshirt waiver following foot surgery last fall that limited him to just three game appearances in '03 . returned for spring workouts and seems primed for a big final campaign . immediately seized a starting spot upon his arrival in 2002 from nearby City College of San Francisco, where he helped CCSF to the national junior college championship in 2001 . 2003 . played in three of Cal's first five games (Kansas State, Illinois, USC) before undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot Sept. 30 that caused him to miss the rest of the season . still hauled in 14 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown . caught three passes for 37 yards in the Kansas State opener, then missed three straight games due to his painful foot . returned to start at Illinois, grabbing four passes for 68 yards in a 31-24 Cal win, then snared seven balls for 104 yards in his third start of the campaign vs. USC . in one of the season's most dramatic plays, he caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Robertson in the second overtime of that USC game - a contest the Bears finally won, 34-31, in a third OT ... 2002 ... hauled in 54 passes for 682 yards (12.6 yards per grab) and seven touchdowns to finish ninth in catches in Pac-10 ... was acme of consistency, catching at least three passes in 11 of his 12 games ... played in all 12 games and started in 10, including the first seven straight contests ... despite his diminutive size, demonstrated his toughness early on in August, when he missed no practices during preseason camp despite suffering a fractured finger ... during one four-game span, he registered 21 combined catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona and Stanford ... his best individual game performances came against Washington State (7 rec., 136 yds., 1 TD), Oregon State (8 rec., 55 yds.) and Stanford (7 rec., 69 yds.) ... rang up two touchdown catches at both Washington and Arizona State.
Junior College/High School/Personal:
Caught 44 passes for 738 yards and five touchdowns at City College of San Francisco in 2001 ... corralled 62 passes for 1,246 yards and 21 touchdowns at Woodside High as senior, earning County Player of the Year and second team all-state honors ... played in 2000 Cal-Tex Shrine All-Star Game as senior at Woodside ... transferred to Woodside High after attending St. Francis High in Mountain View for three seasons ... caught 49 passes for 849 yards and five TDs as junior ... as defensive back, intercepted seven passes as senior and had four picks as junior ... has worked out with Jerry Rice in the offseason ... mother is Phyllis Cookesy ... born Feb. 18, 1982 . American studies major.
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