Saleem Muhammad
Saleem Muhammad

Player Profile


High School:
De La Salle

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205




A versatile athlete who was just beginning to carve out a valuable position on the Cal offense last season when he went down with an ankle sprain and was sent to the sidelines...might be Cal's most powerful tailback, but can also make opponents miss with subtle head-and-shoulder a mature player who does all the little things well and rarely makes mistakes...coaches also note his pass-catching ability and his blocking in blitz pick-up...sat out the entire spring drills while rehabilitating his ankle injury...

1999...saw spot duty in the early season, averaging just over three carries a game through the first five games...then had a breakthrough performance at UCLA when he rushed for a career-high 77 yards on 16 carries...biggest play of his career came when he converted a 3rd-and-25 situation, taking a draw play for 33 yards and a TD early in the fourth quarter to give Cal a 14-0 lead...sprained his ankle during that game and was unable to return until a brief appearance in the final game of the season at Stanford...finished the year with 35 carries for 112 yards and a single TD...

1998...was originally planning to redshirt his first year at Cal until a Joshua White injury put him into the playing rotation...responded splendidly in a reserve role, finishing as the team's second-leading rusher...ended the year with 128 yards on 36 carries and one TD...had several impressive games, including a 9-carry, 37-yard performance at USC, including a 17-yard carry...also had 38 yards on 10 carries at Oregon State, rating as the team's leading ball-carrier in that game...debuted with a six-carry, 29-yard outing vs. Washington State...had a nine-yard rush vs. the Cougars on his first collegiate carry...also had a pair of catches for 19 yards on the season.

High School/Personal: Originally signed with Cal in 1997, but needed to fulfill one academic requirement before becoming eligible...stayed out of college for a year and re-signed with Cal in February of '98...was a SuperPrep All-Far West selection in 1997, ranking as the No. 30 prospect in the region...also earned honorable mention USA Today All-America honors...rated the No. 3 prospect in the East Bay by the Contra Costa Times...earned two votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West poll...played on an undefeated De La Salle team (12-0) and his squad was usually so far ahead, he rarely played late in games...did not lose a game in his 3-year varsity career as a prep...finished with 1,472 yards, on just 140 carries (10.5 average), and 29 touchdowns in '96...most extensive action came when he rushed 22 times for 237 yards in a 36-19 win over Rancho Buena Vista HS...recruited by USC and Washington before choosing Cal...also was a fine prep triple jumper...born May 17, 1978.