Derek Swafford
Derek Swafford

Player Profile


Last College:
Ventura JC

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 175

Wide Receiver



A versatile all-around athlete who emerged as Cal's most dangerous receiver down the stretch last year ... seems poised to make a run for conference honors this fall ... a former prep running back who played baseball for five years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before returning to football ... has excellent quickness and a knack for getting open ... coaches also note his maturity and blocking skills downfield ... 2000 ... despite missing the first three games of the season (and playing sparingly the next two games) with a back sprain, finished as Cal's leading receiver with 25 catches, all of which came in the final six games of the year ... his first catch was in the UCLA game and he finished that contest with five catches for 61 yards, including a 22-yard TD reception in the first of three overtimes ... played a big role in Cal's win at USC with four catches for 62 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter ... brought the Bears within two points of Oregon State in the fourth quarter with a career-long 81-yard TD ... also had five catches in the Big Game vs. Stanford.

Junior College/High School/Personal: Played the first five games of the 1999 season at Ventura JC ... had five catches for 230 yards (46.0 yards per catch) and one touchdown, before he left the team ... his tuition costs at Cal are being covered by the Pirates, as per a clause in his baseball contract ... after only advancing as far as Single A as a second baseman, made the decision to re-enroll in school and continue his football career ... an all-around athlete at Ventura HS who gained more than 1,300 yards rushing per season as a three-year starter ... recruited by such schools as UCLA, Colorado and USC before signing a football letter-of-intent with Northwestern ... also a baseball prep All-American who had offers in that sport from LSU, Pepperdine and USC ... a cousin is former Oakland Raider safety Eric Turner and his dad, Derek Swafford Sr., is the baseball coach at Sacramento CC ... mother is Mary Ellen Cottrell ... lists fishing and music among his hobbies ... born Jan. 21, 1975 in Ventura, CA.

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