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  Joe Igber
Joe Igber

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Honolulu, HI

High School:
Iolani

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 190

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
04/23/1981

Experience:
3V

Enters his senior season as the No. 7 all-time rusher in Cal history with 1,994 yards and 4.5 yards-per-carry average ... if he can muster his best season of career in 2002, he could move up as high as No. 3 on list, trailing only Russell White (3,367) and Chuck Muncie (3,052) ... was a shoo-in to crack 2,000-yard plateau last year until he suffered fractured clavicle at Oregon State Oct. 27, which halted his season after seven games ... elusive back who has rare ability to run to daylight ... while his experience gives him the inside track, will receive competition for his starting tailback job from sophomore Terrell Williams, who performed admirably in his absence ... led the Bears in rushing his first two seasons and was leading Cal for a third straight year at time of his injury last fall ... if not for the injury, he may have become first player since John Tuggle (1980-82) to lead Bears in rushing three consecutive years ... has six 100-yard games in his Cal career, tied for fifth among all Cal players in that category ... one of only three running backs in school history to rush for at least 180 yards in a game twice (also Russell White and Paul Jones) ... reminds some of former NFL great Barry Sanders because of his cutback style of running ... has also developed into a good receiver out of the backfield, ranking second on the team with 23 catches as a sophomore and fourth on the club with 16 grabs as a junior despite playing only seven games ... while he participated in spring practice this year, was kept out of scrimmages and contact drills as a precautionary measure to avoid re-injury of the shoulder ... wore No. 30 in 2001 after being No. 29 as a freshman and No. 6 as sophomore, a tradition he established in high school when he changed his numbers all three seasons as a prep ... "Joe is a solid all-around player who can run, catch the ball and block," said offensive coordinator George Cortez. "He was our starter at tailback last year before he got hurt and we would expect him to compete for the starting job again this season." ... 2001 ... chalked up 538 yards in total offense (399 rushing, 139 receiving) and scored four touchdowns before suffering broken clavicle ... motored for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the season opener vs. Illinois, an effort which turned out to be finest game of the year ... averaged 5.5 yards per carry over his last three games, including the Oregon State tilt when his injury occurred ... during that stretch, he rushed for 197 yards on 36 carries, including a 91-yard, 17-attempt performance at UCLA Oct. 20 ... besides missing the final four games of season after the shoulder mishap, also was used sparingly at Washington State (0 yards, 0 carries) due to a leg injury ... 2000 ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 and first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors as a sophomore ... rushed for 901 yards, good for fifth in the Pac-10 and ninth on Cal's all-time season list ... had 84 yards on 23 carries in the Utah opener, including a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Bears a 21-7 lead ... rushed for 181 yards on just 15 carries at Arizona State (16th best single-game performance in Cal history) ... had an 80-yard run vs. the Sun Devils, the longest at Cal since Tarik Smith went 90 yards vs. San Diego State in 1996 ... came back the next week vs. UCLA to rush for 49 yards and a touchdown and catch five passes for 126 yards and two TDs ... ran for 116 yards, including a 40-yard scamper, at Washington ... rushed for at least 80 yards in three of Cal's last four games, including a 16-carry, 89-yard, 2-TD performance vs. Stanford ... 1999 ... ended his freshman season with 694 yards, finishing seventh in the Pac-10 rushing derby despite the fact he started only four games ... broke loose on a 35-yard run on his first collegiate carry vs. Rutgers, ending the day with 55 yards on 7 carries (7.9 average) ... had one of the key plays in Cal's win over Arizona State when he took a swing pass for 34 yards to set up a fourth quarter TD for the Bears ... made his starting debut at BYU and scooted on a 55-yard run on the first play from scrimmage ... had over 100 yards in the first half at BYU, including an 11-yard TD run ... finished with 116 yards on 18 carries ... also had a 17-yard reception at BYU ... became the first frosh in Cal history to put together back-to-back 100-yard games with 113 yards on 20 carries the next week at UCLA, including a long of 23 yards ... set a Cal freshman rushing record with 182 yards (since broken by Terrell Williams) on 25 carries vs. Washington, including a long of 26 yards ... also had a 19-yard reception vs. the Huskies ... injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter vs. Washington and played sparingly the next week ... wasn't fully healthy until the season finale at Stanford when he rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries, including a long of 15 yards.

High School/Personal: Arrived at Cal after a brilliant prep career in Hawaii ... the Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Hawaii in 1998 ... set seven Hawaii state rushing records during his prep career ... had 1,567 yards and 21 TDs as a junior ... came back with 2,017 yards (just 8 yards shy of the state season record) and 27 touchdowns (a state record) as a senior ... his yardage totals were even more amazing in view of an undersized offensive line with three of the starters weighing less than Igber ... finished his career with 4,472 yards and 56 touchdowns, both state records ... also set state records for season points (162), career points (336), touchdowns in a game (6) and single game rushing yardage (352 vs. Pac-Five) ... member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 58 overall prospect ... a superb student who achieved a 4.0 GPA his senior year ... course load during final HS semester was creative writing, symmetry science, calculus and conceptual physics ... civil engineering major ... father, Joe Sr., is a professor in Hawaii and mother, Theresa, is a teacher ... born April 23, 1981 in Nigeria.

Igber's Career Statistics
Year Att Yds Avg TD Long 1999 148 694 4.7 2 55 2000 195 901 4.6 5 80 2001 94 399 4.2 2 39 Totals 437 1994 4.6 9 80

Year Rec Yds Avg TD Long 1999 13 78 6.0 0 19 2000 23 229 10.0 2 36 2001 16 139 8.7 2 25 Totals 52 446 8.6 4 36

Igber's Game-by-Game Rushing Stats Date Opponent No Yds Avg Long 1999 9/4 Rutgers 7 55 0 35 9/11 at Nebraska 4 17 0 5 9/25 Arizona State 8 44 0 34 10/2 at WSU 3 11 0 6 10/9 at BYU 18 116 1 55 10/16 at UCLA 20 113 0 23 10/23 Washington 35 182 1 26 10/30 USC 5 1 0 3 11/6 at OSU 19 46 0 13 11/13 Oregon 16 56 0 8 11/20 at Stanford 13 53 0 15 Totals 148 694 2 55

2000 9/9 Utah 26 84 1 13 9/16 at Illinois 11 39 0 9 9/23 at Fresno State 14 66 0 21 9/30 WSU 18 74 0 21 10/7 at ASU 15 181 0 80 10/14 UCLA 21 49 1 9 10/21 at Washington 17 116 0 40 10/28 at USC 28 80 0 17 11/4 Oregon State 17 82 0 15 11/11 at Oregon 12 41 1 18 11/18 Stanford 16 89 2 27 Totals 195 901 5 80

2001 9/1 Illinois 21 116 2 29 9/8 BYU 16 42 0 15 9/22 at WSU 0 0 0 0 9/29 Washington 21 44 0 11 10/13 Oregon 11 56 0 34 10/20 at UCLA 17 91 0 39 10/27 at OSU 8 50 0 28 11/3 Arizona INJ (shoulder) 11/10 USC INJ (shoulder) 11/17 at Stanford INJ (shoulder) 11/23 at Rutgers INJ (shoulder) Totals 94 399 2 39


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