After blossoming into one of the nation's premier receivers last season, the second team All-American is now on track to shatter Cal's career receiving records this fall . already ranks No. 4 in receiving yards (2,326) and No. 5 in receptions (145) on Cal's career lists . needs 51 catches (leader: Dameane Douglas, 195, 1995-98) and 406 yards (Bobby Shaw, 2731, 1994-97) to become the school's all-time leader in both categories . set a school record in 2003 with 1,504 receiving yards on 85 catches with 10 touchdowns . the leading returning receiver in the country in terms of yards per game after rating second to Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald with 115.7 ypg last year
2003: earned second team All-America honors from The Sporting News and SportsIllustrated.com, and honorable mention All-America by Rivals.com . also chosen second team All-Pac-10 and was voted Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Player . named the team's Most Improved Player . his 85 catches were the second-most in Cal single season history (Douglas, 100 in 1998), while his 1,504 yards ranked third in the Pac-10 record book and only 16 yards shy of the conference all-time best of 1,520, set by USC's Johnnie Morton in 1993 . a freak accident during Cal's first practice session in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 21 sidelined him for the Insight Bowl, as he fractured his right ulna when his arm hit his knee during a reception attempt that involved no defensive contact . third in Pac-10 all-purpose with his 115.7 yards per game, trailing only Oregon State's Steven Jackson (155.0) and Washington State's Sammy Moore (127.2) . averaged 17.7 yards per catch, a figure only bettered by Oregon State's Mike Hass (23.0 average on 41 fewer catches) among Pac-10 receiving leaders . blistered opposing defenses for 150 yards or more five times and cleared the 100-yard barrier in seven games, both Cal single-season marks . his 6.54 receptions per game year ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 14th among NCAA Division I-A players . capped his year by reeling off the second and eighth greatest receiving yardage days ever by a Cal player in his final two games, combining for 22 catches, 425 yards and three touchdowns vs. Washington (6 rec., 180 yds., 1 TD) and Stanford (16 rec., 245 yds., 2 TDs . earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 22 for his performance at Stanford, as his receptions and yardage were both records in the 106-year history of the Big Game . his 16 catches against the Cardinal were also a Cal single-game mark and the second most in Pac-10 history (three shy of the conference record of 19, set by Arizona State's Ron Fair in 1989) . connected with Aaron Rodgers on a 79-yard touchdown pass on Cal's first play from scrimmage against Washington Nov. 15, the longest pass play by a Bear tandem since Kyle Boller hit Derek Swafford on an 81-yard TD strike vs. Oregon State in 2000 . it was also the seventh longest pass play in Cal history.named the College Male Athlete of 2003 by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
2002: snared 36 passes for 454 yards and one TD, averaging an estimable 12.6 yards per catch ... started the first five games of the season for Cal, cranking out 6.0 receptions per contest during that stretch with 30 catches for 359 yards and one touchdown ... a hamstring injury slowed him soon after, and he started only one game thereafter (vs. UCLA in Week 7) ... held catchless in three of his last seven games of the season ... enjoyed three seven-grab games against Baylor (90 yards), Washington State (96) and Michigan State (62).
2001: logged four receptions for 32 yards in season opener vs. Illinois Sept. 1, but his arm injury suffered later that evening would sideline him for the remainder of the campaign ... lacerated his right triceps in a non-football related accident.
2000: ended the season with a team-high 336 receiving yards despite playing much of the year with a painful thumb injury ... led the Bears in receiving in his debut game against Utah (4 catches, 34 yards) ... had three catches for 79 yards at Fresno State, including a 56-yard reception ... did not travel to Arizona State due to his thumb injury ... caught a two-point conversion in the third overtime vs. UCLA ... also had a two-point conversion at USC ... scored the first TD of his career at Washington on a 24-yard pass early in the first quarter ... his season-long reception was a 63-yarder for a TD at Oregon ... ended the year with four catches for 65 yards vs. Stanford.
Led the nation with an amazing 1,779 receiving yards, while his 91 catches (19.5 ypr) ranked fourth nationally as a senior at Palisades HS ... also had 28 touchdown receptions ... played free safety on defense and was recruited by some schools as a defensive player ... recorded 80 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior ... the Los Angeles Times Westside Player of the Year ... selected a PrepStar All-American, rating as the No. 3 receiver in the West ... earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as the No. 123 prospect in the region ... caught 48 passes as a junior ... left high school as the career leading receiver at Palisades HS ... mother is Evelyn Thomas ... born Nov. 30, 1982 in Lynwood, CA . social welfare major.
McArthur's Career Statistics
McArthur's 2003 Receiving Stats
|8/23||vs. Kansas State||8||169||21.1||1||65|
|11/1||at Arizona State||4||160||40.0||1||52|
|12/26||vs. Virginia Tech||INJ|