Emerged as one of Cal's most dependable secondary men in 2003, as he rattled off 93 tackles to rank third on the team as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection . crowning moment came in the Bears' 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech when he was named Defensive MVP of the Insight Bowl, ripping off a game-high 12 tackles (including 11 solo stops) against the Hokies . has improved steadily throughout his Cal career ... always seems to be around the football and has shown the ability to make plays . 2003 . appeared in 13 of the Bears' 14 games, although a pre-season knee injury limited his play during the first four weeks of the campaign . after playing in reserve during that period, he started at safety in each of the last 10 games . a vicious tackler who won "The Big Hitter" Award for the player with the most big hits . garnered five tackles for losses of 16 yards, while his five passes broken up ranked fourth on the defense . during one three-game stretch in October, he pocketed 31 tackles vs. Oregon State (13), UCLA (5) and Arizona (13) . also punched out nine stops at Illinois . three of his five tackles for loss came against Oregon State . 2002 ... appeared in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... piled up 14 tackles (13 solo) ... blocked a Tim Parker punt in Cal's 55-38 win at Arizona State ... also forced and recovered one fumble at Michigan State in a 46-22 Bears' upset ... 2001 ... saw action in two games, the opener vs. Illinois and the finale at Rutgers ... 2000 ... came to Cal and redshirted while rehabilitating a knee injury suffered in high school.
Led Clovis HS to a 12-1 record and the state's No. 4 ranking as a senior ... recorded 246 tackles (141 unassisted) and 9 interceptions in his three-year prep career ... had 97 tackles and 5 interceptions as a senior ... named the Tri-River League Defensive Player of the Year ... a SuperPrep All-Far West selection, ranking as the No. 104 prospect in the region ... also a two-time all-league, all-city and all-valley selection ... a standout prep wrestler ... lists Ronnie Lott as his favorite athlete ... parents are Joel and Donna Gutierrez ... born Jan. 23, 1982 in Fresno, CA . American studies major.
GUTIERREZ'S CAREER STATISTICS