A pass-rushing specialist who ranked among Pac-10 leaders in sacks and tackles for loss last year ... has pummeled opposing quarterbacks for 13.5 career sacks to rank No. 14 on Cal's all-time list entering his senior season ... originally came to Cal as an outside linebacker, but made the switch to rush end as a redshirt-freshman ... a fine all-around athlete with good quickness ... 2001 ... stockpiled 33 tackles, with 18 of those stops coming in Bears' final four games ... ranked third in tackles for loss (17 for 80 yards) and fourth in sacks (eight) among Pac-10 leaders ... punctuated his season in the Rutgers finale, ripping off six tackles (including five for losses of 31 yards and four sacks) against the host Scarlet Knights to earn Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... also excelled vs. Arizona, posting 5.5 tackles, including four for losses of 17 yards and one sack ... other noteworthy performances came against Washington (4 tackles, 2 sacks) and Stanford (4 tackles, 3 for losses of 9 yards, 1 sack) ... won the Brick Muller Award as Cal's most valuable defensive lineman ... 2000 ... finished eighth in the Pac-10 with six sacks among his 13 tackles for loss ... gained his first start in the season-opener against Utah and finished with a pair of tackles and a fumble recovery that led to a Cal touchdown in the third quarter ... played one of his best games against UCLA with six unassisted tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack ... recorded two tackles for loss for minus 21 yards at USC ... played particularly well in the season-finale against Stanford with six unassisted tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage (minus 41 yards) and two sacks (minus 31 yards) ... received the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the outstanding player in the Big Game for his effort ... also recipient of the Bob Tessier Award as Cal's most improved lineman ... 1999 ... played on special teams and in spot duty behind Mawuko Tugbenyoh at defensive end ... ended the year with five tackles, including four unassisted stops ... had a pair of tackles at BYU and vs. Washington ... 1998 ... redshirted his first season at Cal.
High School/Personal: Played a number of positions at Fremont HS, including tailback, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and kick returner ... earned first team all-league honors as an outside linebacker his senior season after being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior ... also gained more than 1,000 yards as a running back ... cousins include former San Francisco Giant outfielder Jeff Leonard and current NBA forward Rodney Rogers ... American studies major ... father, Adam Cain, played football in the Navy ... mother is Joya Banta ... born Aug. 28, 1980 in Mountain View, CA.
Banta-Cain's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int FR 1999 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2000 31 4 35 13-92 5.5-73 0 1 2001 26 7 33 17-80 8-57 0 0 Totals 61 12 73 30-172 13.5-1300 1