Romero is the acknowledged leader of Cal's offensive line from his center position...has the size, strength and agility to be a dominant force for the Bears...after earning honorable mention Pac-10 honors as a junior last season, should contend for first team accolades this fall...NFL scouts are also eyeing him closely as a potential high round draft choice ... is ranked as the No. 5 center in college football this season by Lindy's magazine...played on the defensive line as a redshirt-freshman in 1996, but has been on the offensive side of the ball ever since...can play both guard and center...started all 11 games at center last year...clearly is Cal's strongest player as he benched pressed a team-leading 460 pounds last spring...may rank as Cal's best pass blocker on the line.
1998: is the only returning lineman to start all 11 games for Cal last year (along with the departed John Welbourn)...was a model of consistency despite much uncertainly in the lineup around him, due to injuries and position changes...was voted by the conference coaches as an honorable mention Pac-10 selection.
1997: saw a lot of action throughout the '97 season, including starting assignments against Louisiana Tech, Arizona, Washington and WSU...best game was against Arizona when he graded out at 91 percent in the coaches' film evaluations.
1996: started the year on the offensive line, but made the transition to defensive tackle early in the season when the coaching staff thought he could make a quicker contribution on that side of the ball...played sparingly in mop-up duty and the decision was made for him to return to offense after the season.
1995: came to Cal and redshirted while working on the scout team as an offensive guard.
High School/Personal: A first team East Bay selection who was honored as the Alameda-Contra Costa Athletic League (ACCAL) Lineman of the Year...earned BlueChip Illustrated All-America honors as the No. 10-ranked offensive lineman in the West...a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 67 prospect in the region...a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 list...led St. Mary's HS to a 9-2 record and the ACCAL title his senior year...earned league and county honors as a pitcher/third baseman on the baseball team, compiling a 6-1 record with a 2.77 ERA and a .360 batting average...volunteered in the Big Brothers program in high school...chose Cal over Washington State, San Diego State and Fresno State...mother is Anna Romero...sociology major with plans to pursue a career in pathology in the coroner's office, which will require two years of medical school...born Oct. 3, 1976 in San Leandro, CA.
The John Romero File
- A versatile athlete enters his senior season ranked as the No. 5 center in college football by Lindy's magazine.
- One of the strongest players in Cal history as he has a 460-pound bench press, and he also improved two inches in the vertical leap to 25.1 inches.