One of the most intense players in college football ... loves the physical aspect of the game, even given the fact that he's often outweighed by 50 pounds on the interior line ... uses his quickness and tenacious style of play to more than hold his own ... made a quick transition in fall camp last year from linebacker to nose tackle and made a big contribution ... has battled knee and back injuries during his college career, but always seems to pull himself together on game day and figure out a way to get on the playing field ... has started 11 games in his career at both linebacker and nose tackle despite a chronic problem with his left knee, which has undergone four surgeries in the last four years.
1998: made the move from linebacker to nose tackle in fall camp to help fill a critical need for depth, and he immediately began to have an impact in the middle of the pit ... split time with Jacob Waasdorp, another undersized interior player, and wound up starting three games ... started the game at Washington as well as the final two games against Arizona and Stanford ... finished the season with 18 tackles, including nine unassisted stops ... had three tackles for loss (minus 9 yards) ... best game may have been at Washington when he finished with five tackles ... had 4-yard sack vs. both Washington State and Arizona State.
1997: sat out the season in medical redshirt status as he rehabilitated his left knee following off-season surgery.
1996: started the first seven games of the '96 season as a true-freshman, but the wear and tear of the season finally took a toll on a knee that he injured in the spring of '95...playing at less than full strength, he still proved to be a very active part of Cal's defense...finished the year as the team's seventh-leading tackler with 46 stops, including 25 unassisted tackles...had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 11 yards, including an 8-yard sack, against Oregon State...best game was certainly at USC when he finished with eight tackles (seven unassisted), including one behind the line for minus one yard, had a pass deflection, and recovered a USC fumble in the Cal endzone to stop a Trojan scoring threat in the third quarter...had seven assisted tackles in his college debut at San Jose State...had to leave a number of games when his knee acted up, but he usually just gritted his teeth and re-entered those games after a short time on the sidelines...also had a sprained ankle in the Arizona game...eventually had to rest the knee and ankle, sitting out the ASU (Nov. 9) and Stanford (Nov. 23) games, with just a brief appearance as a starter at Oregon (Nov. 16) before he realized he wasn't healthy enough to be effective...did come back to start the Aloha Bowl against Navy (Dec. 25).
1995: did not enroll at Cal in fall semester of '95 while he rehabilitated from that knee surgery in May of '95, thus saving a year of eligibility...enrolled in January of '96 and went through spring football in April.
High School/Personal: Played on an undefeated De La Salle HS team that went 11-0 in 1994 and was ranked No. 2 in the nation...earned first team all-state honors and was the East Bay Player of the Year as named by the Alameda Newspaper Group as a senior...was a member of the SuperPrep All-Far West team as the No. 31 prospect in the region...also was a BlueChip Illustrated All-West selection and Tacoma News-Tribune Western Top 100 pick...originally hurt his knee while playing basketball in the spring of 1995...chose Cal after considering offers from Oregon and Arizona...majoring in sociology at Cal ... married to the former Nicole Belcher in July of 1998...has a twin brother, Jason, who is an inside linebacker at UC Davis...mother is Sheila Geldermann...born Nov. 7, 1976 in Castro Valley, CA.
Geldermann's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 25 21 46 3-11 1.0 0 0 1998 9 9 18 3-9 2.0 0 1 Totals 34 30 64 6-20 3.0 0 1
The Nate Geldermann File