|Hometown:||Salt Lake City, UT|
|High School:||Cottonwood HS|
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Features: San Francisco Chronicle (10/26/12)
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CAL CAREER (Career Stats): The only players in his class to play in all 50 possible games with 23 starts during his four-year Cal career from 2009-12 ... shared the starting tailback spot with C.J. Anderson as a 2012 senior after becoming the team's regular starting tailback for the first time in 2011 ... spent time as a third-stringer behind Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen during his 2009 true freshman season, and a second-stringer behind Vereen as a sophomore in 2010 ... rushed for 2,499 yards and 15 touchdowns over 479 carries on the ground to rank five yards and one touchdown outside of Cal's all-time list (5.22 ypr) ... had nine 100-yard rushing games to rank 10th on Cal's all-time list ... added 21 catches for 154 yards and two scores ... longest run was a 56-yard touchdown jaunt vs. Oregon State, while longest reception was a 22-yard catch at Washington, both as a 2011 junior ... had 480 kick return yards on 24 attempts (20.00 ypr), including a career-long 65-yarder at Washington as a 2009 true freshman ... had 3,133 all purpose yards (2499 rushing, 154 receiving, 480 kick return) ... scored 102 career points on 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, two receiving) ... had 15 tackles, primarily on special teams where he saw significant action as a gunner during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
2012 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 12 games with eight starts and was narned the Cal Football Bear Backers MVP Award voted on by the players on the offensive side of the ball ... second on the club to C.J. Anderson with 757 rushing yards on a team-high 146 carries (5.18 ypr), while also co-leading the team along with Anderson with four rushing scores ... averaged 63.08 rushing yards per game to rank 12th in the Pac-12 ... combined with Anderson (790 yards) for 1,547 yards rushing to give Cal 1,500 or more rushing yards by its top two rushers for the 10th consecutive campaign ... led the Bears in rushing on five occasions along with Anderson ... added seven catches for 67 yards and one kick return for 12 for a total of 836 all purpose yards to rank fourth on the squad ... posted four 100-yard rushing games and scored a rushing touchdown in each of those contests with a season-high 134 and a touchdown on 15 carries vs. Oregon while adding a catch for three yards for a season-high 137 all purpose yards to earn CFPA Honorable Mention All Purpose Performer of the Week recognition, 105 on 15 carries vs. Arizona State, 104 on 19 carries vs. Southern Utah and 104 on 18 carries at Oregon State ... other outings came at Oregon State (21 carries, 86 yards), at Washington State (14 carries, 63 yards), at Utah (12 carries, 47 yards), vs. Washington (four carries, 42 yards), vs. Nevada (five rushes, 22 yards), vs. UCLA (five rushes, 21 yards), at USC (eight rushes, 16 yards) and at Stanford (10 rushes, 13 yards) ... led the team in rushing against the Cardinal despite his lowest output of the season when the Bears struggled with three team rushing yards ... had season-long-tying rushes of 35 yards in each of his last two games vs. Oregon and at Oregon State ... had career highs of three receptions for 33 yards in the season opener vs. Nevada and then had single catches in each of the next three contests vs. Southern Utah (14 yards), at Ohio State (six yards) and at USC (four yards) before adding one more vs. Oregon (three yards) ... was credited with seven receiving yards without a catch on the back end of a lateral at Utah ... had a kickoff return for 12 yards at Utah ... ranked third on the club behind Zach Maynard and Allen with nine "explosive plays" of 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage ... a preseason national honors candidate who was on the watch list for the Maxwell Award given to the nation's most outstanding player, and the CFPA Running Back Trophy and the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back ... earned second-team preseason All-Pac-12 honors from Athlon and was a third-team selection by Lindy's and Phil Steele ... the No. 27 draft-eligible running back prior to the season according to Phil Steele ... listed by Lindy's as one of Cal's Players to Watch ... rushed nine times for 34 yards to pace the Blue team in the spring game.
2011 (Game-By-Game Stats): Started all 13 games and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection by the coaches ... also earned spots on Yahoo! Sports' second-team All-Pac-12 squad and College Sports Madness' third team ... on the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's All-Underrated team ... captured a pair of team awards, being named the Most Valuable Back and also picking up the Ken Cotton Award as the Most Courageous Player, both on the offensive side of the ball ... started all 13 games at tailback and rushed for 1,322 yards on 252 carries (5.2 ypr) to give Cal its ninth season with a 1,000-yard rusher in the past 10 campaigns, with his final rushing total the sixth-highest in school history and the highest since Jahvid Best rushed for 1,580 yards in 2008 ... scored a team-high 10 touchdowns (all on the ground) and was also second on the squad in scoring with 60 points ... had 1,381 all purpose yards to rank second on the team behind Keenan Allen, adding six receptions for 33 yards and one kick return for 26 yards to his rushing yardage ... posted a per-game rushing average of 101.69 yards per contest that ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally, with the same 101.69 yards of total offense ranking 17th in the conference ... his per-game all purpose yards average of 106.23 was 15th in the conference and tied for 83rd nationally, while his scoring average of 4.62 points per contest tied for 23rd in the conference ... had the first five 100-yard rushing games of his career, including three in the team's final four regular-season contests ... had at least 74 yards rushing in 11 of 13 contests, reaching the mark in every outing other than against USC and vs. Texas in the Holiday Bowl ... had a career-high and a team season-high 190 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, as well as a career-long and team season-long 56-yard rush against Oregon State to earn honorable mention Running Back Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards ... had 145 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the regular-season finale at Arizona State ... posted 138 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries vs. Washington State ... had 119 rushing yards on 12 carries at Oregon ... posted 110 rushing yards and a career-high-tying and team season-high-tying two rushing touchdowns on 18 carries vs. Presbyterian ... narrowly missed the 100-yard rushing mark at Washington with 98 yards on 17 carries and at Stanford with 96 yards on 21 carries ... picked up 88 rushing yards and a career-high-tying and team season-high-tying two rushing scores in the season opener vs. Fresno State ... had 84 rushing yards both at Colorado on 20 carries and against Utah on a career-high and team season-high 26 carries, with one touchdown while adding his lone kick return of the season for 26 yards against the Utes ... had 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries at UCLA ... had 52 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas ... limited to a season-low 44 rushing yards on 12 carries vs. USC ... had a season-high-tying two receptions in three consecutive games at Washington (season-high 29 yards, career-long 22-yard reception), at Oregon (-2 yards) and vs. USC (6 yards) ... scored four rushing touchdowns in the first three games, with a career-high-tying and team season-high-tying two against both Fresno State and Presbyterian, but then went three games without a rushing score before picking up one each in four consecutive contests vs. Utah, at UCLA, vs. Washington State and vs. Oregon State ... finished the season with six rushing touchdowns in his last seven games, adding single scores at Arizona State and in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas after the four-game streak was broken when he didn't score at Stanford ... had at least one run of double-digit yards in each of his 13 games ... ranked third on the club behind Zach Maynard and Allen with 14 "explosive plays" of 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage ... selected No. 128 in Athlon's Fantasy Football Mock Draft and was listed as the publication's No. 132 Fantasy Football player prior to the season ... the No. 38 Fantasy Football running back nationally according to Lindy's ... called a "Game-Changer" by Sporting News and listed as a "Bulk Carrier" on a Fantasy Flash sidebar in Cal's team section of Athlon's season preview magazine.
2010 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 12 games off the bench ... second on the club behind Shane Vereen with 338 yards rushing on 69 carries for an average of 4.90 yards per rush ... added five receptions for 28 yards with two receiving touchdowns ... third on the club with 10 kick returns for 194 yards ... fifth on the team with 560 all purpose yards (338 rush, 28 receive, 194 kick return) ... added six tackles ... had his most productive rushing game of the season vs. UCLA with 80 yards on 13 carries (both season highs) that also included a 24-yard run that was his longest of the campaign, while adding a kick return for 29 yards ... had 30 or more rushing yards five times, also reaching the mark vs. UC Davis (9-52), at Washington State (7-48), vs. Arizona State (9-37) and at Arizona (3-30) ... caught single passes in five different games ... picked up his first career scoring catch on a one-yarder from Kevin Riley against Colorado ... his second touchdown reception came when he was credited with a 15-yard touchdown reception but not a catch vs. Stanford when he received a pitch from Keenan Allen in the Cal backfield and took it in for a score after Allen had caught a pass from Brock Mansion ... totaled a season-high 124 all purpose yards at USC, picking up the majority of his yards with 109 on five returns (both season highs), including one that was for a season-long 41 yards and the second-longest by a Cal player in 2010, while adding six rushes for 14 yards and one reception for one yard ... had single tackles in six different games, picking up one each in three consecutive contests on two occasions (vs. UC Davis, vs. Colorado, at Nevada; at USC, vs. Arizona State, at Washington State).
2009 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 13 games with two starts coming when he was in for the first offensive play both in the regular-season finale at Washington and the Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah ... was one of only three true freshmen along with kicker Vincenzo D'Amato and offensive lineman Brian Schwenke that played during the season ... contributed 12 rushes for 82 yards and one touchdown on the ground, three receptions for 26 receiving yards, and 12 kick returns for 248 yards and a 20.7 average after moving into the role as the team's primary kick returner for its final two contests against Washington (career-high-tying six kick returns, career-high 127 yards, career-long 65-yard return) and in the Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah (career-high-tying six kick returns, 121 yards), tying Shane Vereen (6-127 vs. USC) for single-game team season highs in both kick returns and kick return yardage ... added a pair of yards rushing on two carries against the Huskies to give him a season-high 129 all purpose yards ... had his most productive offensive game of the season against Eastern Washington when he rushed twice for a season-high 26 yards and scored his lone touchdown of the campaign on a 22-yard run that was also his longest rush of the season ... added two rushes for 16 yards, including a 17-yard scamper, and caught one ball for 10 yards vs. Washington State ... had a pair of carries for 13 yards at Oregon ... had both a rush for eight yards and his longest reception of the season at Stanford when he caught a pass for a 13-yard gain ... rushed once for eight yards in his collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Maryland ... also was one of the team's top special teams players with nine tackles ... had a career-high four of his tackles at UCLA, as well as one each vs. Maryland, at Arizona State, vs. Arizona, at Stanford and at Washington.
COTTONWOOD HS: Earned a three-star ranking by Rivals and Scout ... a Prepstar and SuperPrep All-Region selection as a 2008 senior ... Rivals also ranked him No. 34 among all purpose backs nationally and the No. 8 overall prospect in Utah ... checked in at No. 72 nationally for running backs on the Scout list ... gained 1,920 yards on the ground and rushed for 30 touchdowns to go along with 16 receptions for 256 receiving yards and four TDs his 2008 senior season to lead his squad to a 4A Region 6 title and a 13-1 final record ... earned first-team All-State and All-4A Region 6 honors for each of his final two campaigns ... ran for 1,436 yards and 18 scores as a 2007 junior to help his squad win a share of 4A Region 6 crown and post a 10-2 overall record.
PERSONAL: Full name is Isileli Manoa Sofele ... born November 6, 1990 ... parents are HuiHui and Langi Sofele ... one of eight siblings ... major is sociology.
SOFELE'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Rushes: 26 (vs. Utah, 2011)
Rushing Yards: 190 (vs. Oregon State, 2011)
Rushing TDs: 2 (twice, last vs. Presbyterian, 2011)
Long Rush: 56 (vs. Oregon State, 2011)
Receptions: 3 (vs. Nevada, 2012)
Receiving Yards: 33 (vs. Nevada, 2012)
Receiving TDs: 1 (twice, last vs. Stanford, 2010)
Long Reception: 22 (at Washington, 2011)
Kick Returns: 6 (twice, last Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah, 2009)
Kick Return Yards: 127 (at Washington, 2009)
Long Kick Return: 65 (at Washington, 2009)
All Purpose Yards: 190 (vs. Oregon State, 2011)
Tackles: 4 (at UCLA, 2009)
Points: 12 (twice, last vs. Presbyterian, 2011)
LAST UPDATED: December 14, 2012