An aggressive player who clearly has a knack for making big plays...has now returned three fumbles for touchdowns in his career...has put on 10 pounds since last season and the additional bulk should be a big factor his senior season...combines both athleticism and speed at the defensive end position ... also has fine strength as evidenced by a 340-pound clean lift...moved from linebacker to end during the spring of 1997 and secured a place in the starting lineup...is a determined player blessed with instinctive rushing skills, great quickness off the ball and the type of intensity that can't be taught...has only played football five years.
1998: missed virtually all of the pre-season while sorting out eligibility issues and did not play in the opener vs. Houston...played sparingly in the Nebraska and Oklahoma games, but playing time increased dramatically once the Pac-10 season began...made a critical play in the win over Washington State as he ripped the ball loose from WSU running back DeJuan Gilmore at the Cougar 10-yard-line and ran in into the endzone for Cal's first touchdown, marking his third fumble recovery for a TD in a nine-game span...had a big hand in Cal's win over USC when he forced a fumble by Frank Strong that Cal recovered at the USC 43-yard-line with 6:42 left in the game, setting up Cal's game-winning TD drive...had a sack of Washington QB Marques Tuiasosopo to cause a fumble, but the ball rolled out of bounds before it could be recovered...picked up a fumble at Oregon State and rambled 12-yards to the Cal 26-yard-line to stop a Beaver drive and give the Bears some breathing room...also had a 12-yard sack in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that Cal recovered at the Beaver 18-yard-line...ended the season tied for second in the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (4).
1997: ranked second on the team with five sacks (minus 47 yards) and rated fourth on the squad with nine tackles for loss (minus 58 yards) among 25 total tackles...showed his big-play ability by returning two fumbles for TDs...the first was at Washington State when he sprinted 60 yards for a score...also ran the ball in from 38 yards out early in the third quarter at Arizona to bring the Bears within one point at 14-13...also recorded a safety and had a nine-yard sack in the WSU game...had at least one tackle for loss in nine of 11 games and in each of the final seven contests...best game may have been at UCLA when he had a season-high five tackles, including two sacks for minus 21 yards, recovered a fumble and batted down a pass attempt.
1996: saw increasing playing time as the season wore on...had a big game against Stanford with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 16 yards), including 1.5 sacks (minus 13 yards)...played sparingly in the first five games at inside linebacker, recording just one assisted tackle in that span, but played more extensively at Washington State, registering three unassisted tackles and a fumble recovery in 17 plays from scrimmage...moved to outside linebacker the next week against UCLA and responded with eight tackles, including five unassisted stops...finished the season with 20 tackles, including 15 solos.
High School/Personal: A talented linebacker in one of the country's premier prep programs at De La Salle HS...was undefeated while playing as a junior and senior, including a pair of North Coast Section titles...had 16 sacks as a senior...was a first team East Bay selection as named by the Oakland Tribune...prepped with Cal teammate Nate Geldermann at De La Salle...chose Cal over Washington State...father was born in Ghana and works as a mortgage banker, while his mother, Darlene, provides some good bloodlines as her cousin is former NFL great Earl Campbell...born April 9, 1978 in Hayward, CA.
Tugbenyoh's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 15 5 20 3-16 1.5 0 0 1997 19 6 25 9-58 5.0 0 1 1998 21 9 30 11-64 6.0 0 0 Totals 55 20 75 23-138 12.5 0 1
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