Begins his second season as a defensive end for the Bears after arriving in Berkeley as a linebacker ... had an impressive spring and should challenge for starting duties this fall ... has the size, strength and speed to develop into an impact player ... 2001 ... saw action in nine games and made seven tackles on the year ... earned a start in game No. 3 at Washington State and had a tackle for loss against the Cougars ... also recorded a sack vs. USC ... 2000 ... withdrew from Cal before the start of classes for personal reasons and attended West Valley JC ... returned to Cal and rejoined the team in time for the spring 2001 semester and participated in spring drills ... 1999 ... had 20 tackles, including six for loss and 1.5 sacks ... recorded four tackles, including a 4-yard sack, vs. Arizona State ... also had four tackles, with two for loss, and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter against USC ... had a career-high five tackles vs. Oregon ... 1998 ... saw playing time in all 11 games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams ... finished the year with four tackles, including a pair of unassisted stops.
High School/Personal: Regarded as one of the top prep prospects in Nevada in 1997, despite missing four games his senior year with a foot injury ... earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as the No. 50 overall prospect ... also on the PrepStar Western Region team as the No. 12 linebacker ... recorded an astounding 86 tackles in just four games as a senior ... earned first team all-state honors as both a junior and senior ... had 185 career tackles, finishing with 15 sacks ... also lettered in baseball and track at Clark HS ... grew up in the San Jose area ... an amateur boxer in the Golden Gloves program in Las Vegas ... has spent some time with Cal's club boxing team ... American studies major ... parents are Ronald Cherry and Patricia Ahmed ... born Sept. 7, 1979 in Tacoma, WA.
Cherry's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int FR 1998 2 2 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 1999 11 9 20 6-22 1.5-14 0 1 2001 5 2 7 2-2 1-1 0 0 Totals 18 13 31 8-24 2.5-15 0 1