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  James Bethea
James Bethea

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Reseda, CA

High School:
Cleveland

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
09/24/1982

Experience:
3V

Continued to be a significant contributor to Cal's coverage game as a part-time starter at cornerback last season ... a physical player who is a big hitter ... as the lone senior in this year's secondary, expected to provide vital leadership ... projected to start at cornerback ... has started 15 games during the past two seasons ... a solid special teams player who has returned 29 kickoffs for 581 yards (20.0 avg.) the past three years ... 2002 ... tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with four interceptions (0.33 per game), including a brilliant two-pick effort in Cal's 46-22 upset at Michigan State Sept. 14 ... only Washington State's Will Derting had more interceptions (three) in a game among Pac-10 players last season ... was second to Jemeel Powell (five) on the team in interceptions ... returned his four picks a total of 48 yards ... also tied for seventh on '02 club in tackles with 42, including 35 solo stops ... played in all 12 games, starting in seven ... perhaps the crowning moment of his season came against Arizona Nov. 16 when he scooped up a blocked field goal attempt and raced 60 yards for a touchdown ... his best overall performance occurred at Michigan State, with his two interceptions and a season-high seven tackles, plus two passes broken up ... his other interceptions came at home against Baylor (returned 32 yards) and UCLA (13 yards) ... enjoyed his finest season as a kick returner, averaging 22.9 yards per return (9 for 206) as backup to Pac-10 leader, LaShaun Ward (28.9) ... returned four kicks for 105 yards in the Baylor opener, including a season-high 49-yarder ... 2001 ... finished the season with 39 total tackles, including 30 unassisted stops ... started eight games at the corner ... did not record an interception, but did break up five passes ... came through with eight tackles vs. both USC and Oregon ... also had four stops in the finale at Rutgers ... returned three kickoffs for 56 yards, including a 27-yarder, in the opener vs. Illinois ... 2000 ... finished the season with 14 total tackles ... recovered a fumbled punt return vs. Washington State to set up a first quarter Cal touchdown ... had a season-best four tackles (3 unassisted) at Arizona State ... averaged 18.8 yards on 17 kickoff returns ... first return of his career was a 50-yarder on the opening kickoff at Fresno State ... also had 26-yard returns at Arizona State and vs. Oregon State.

High School/Personal: Made his mark as a prep at running back, but moved to cornerback at Cal ... rushed for 1,982 yards (9.8 ypc average) as a senior ... best game was a 30-carry, 282-yard performance to key his prep team's first win over Taft HS in 20 years ... earned all-league and all-city honors ... the League Player of the Year, sharing the honor with two other players ... picked as a PrepStar All-American, rating as the No. 12 running back prospect in the West ... timed in 48.3 seconds in the 400 meters as a junior ... a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete as a prep ... has an interest in majoring in computer science at Cal ... selected honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in '01 ... father, James W. (computer programmer), played football at Hawaii ... mother is Gracie Bethea ... born Sept. 24, 1982 in Honolulu, HI.

BETHEA?S CAREER STATISTICS

Year	UT	AT	TT	Loss	Sacks	Int	BR
2000	12	2	14	0-0	0-0	0	0
2001	30	9	39	1-1	0-0	0	5
2002	35	7	42	0-0	0-0	4	1
Totals	77	18	95	1-1	0-0	4	6

Year	KR	Yds	Avg	TD	Long
2000	17	319	18.8	0	50
2001	3	56	18.7	0	27
2002	9	206	22.9	0	49
Totals	29	581	20.0	0	50

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