Cal Senior Football Bios
April 20, 2001
BERKELEY - Below are updated profiles an several of Cal's potential NFL draft picks: DE Andre Carter, OL Reed Diehl, P Nick Harris, CB Chidi Iwuoma and DT Jacob Waasdorp. The draft is Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.
ANDRE CARTERDE 6-5, 265
Enjoyed a brilliant senior season as he collected a school record 13.5 sacks during the season...also set a Cal record with 31 career sacks...finished the 2000 season with 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 111 yards, among his 59 tackles on the year...his tackle and sack totals were impressive in view of the fact that he was double teamed virtually the entire season...named one of five finalists for the 2000 Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player...named the winner of the Morris Trophy, given to the top defensive (and offensive) lineman in the Pac-10 via a vote by opponent linemen around the league...one of 10 semi-finalists for the Lombardi Award...earned unanimous first team All-America honors including Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Football Writer's Association, Football News, Sporting News, CNN/Sports Illustrated and the Football Coaches Association teams...also was a unanimous first team Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season...showed amazing resiliency as he was on the field for 805 of Cal's 810 defensive plays during the season...ended his career with 55 tackles for loss, the second best total in Cal history...twice named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week in 2000 after the Utah and UCLA games...had several brilliant games, including an outing against Illinois pre-season All-America OT Marques Sullivan when he registered 9 tackles, including 6 unassisted stops and 2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 3 yards, also caused a holding penalty on Sullivan...had 3 sacks for minus 8 yards at ASU...helped hold UCLA to 45 yards rushing in 45 attempts as he had 6 tackles (2 unassisted), including a pair of sacks for minus 17 yards...caused a fumble at Washington which Cal returned 34 yards for TD...had huge game at USC with 9 tackles (8 unassisted), including 4 behind the line for minus 32 yards, also had 2.5 sacks for minus 32 yards and caused a fumble which Cal recovered at SC 7-yd line which resulted in Cal TD...1999....was a unanimous first team All-Pac-10 selection by the conference coaches in 1999 and picked up second team All-America honors as named by Football News and CBS Sportsline... recorded 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 101 yards, the best total among any Pac-10 defensive lineman and second overall...also was tied for third in the league with 10 sacks for minus 83 yards...finished the year with a total of 53 tackles, which meant that 38 percent of his tackles were big plays for a loss of yardage...also had six pass deflections and recovered a pair of fumbles...may have been Cal's most consistent player in '99 as he played all 11 games at a very efficient level...best game may have come at Nebraska where he dominated the vaunted Cornhusker offensive line in picking up four tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including sacks of 18 and 5 yards vs. the elusive Bobby Newcombe...also was impressive at BYU where he recorded three tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a pair of sacks for minus 10 yards...put together another dominant performance in Cal's shutout of UCLA as he had one sack for minus five yards, forced one fumble to end a Bruin threat in Cal territory and was credited with five pass deflections...had a pair of sacks for minus 16 yards plus a fumble recovery against USC...1998...earned second team Pac-10 accolades as a sophomore...finished as the team's seventh-leading tackler with 39 stops...also had eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 42 yards...registered four sacks for minus 32 yards...had several impact games, including the Oklahoma game in which he recovered two fumbles, one which stopped a Sooner drive at the Cal 36-yard-line and another which he picked off the ground and returned six yards to the Sooner 4-yard-line, setting up Cal's lone TD of the game...also played very well against Nebraska with five tackles (four unassisted), including a sack for minus six yards and another tackle behind the line of scrimmage...suffered a sprained ankle in the Washington State game and sat out the following week at USC, with limited playing time at Washington...1997...showed steady progress throughout the season, moving into the starting lineup for good as a true freshman in the year's sixth game at Washington State...ranked fifth on the team with seven tackles for loss...in fact, the seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage were one-third of his total of 21 tackles for the year...finished the season in strong fashion with five of his tackles for loss and 2.5 of his 3.5 sacks coming in the final three games of the year...had a season-high four unassisted tackles against both Arizona State and Arizona.
High School/Personal: Earned first team USA Today All-America honors as a senior at Oak Grove HS...was rated the nation's No. 1 defensive lineman and an All-American by Parade magazine...was one of 26 players to receive Reebok Prep All-America honors...received a perfect 10 votes on the Best in the West poll by the Long Beach Press-Telegram...rated the No. 1 rush end in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and ranked as the No. 2 defensive line prospect in the country by PrepStar...was a SuperPrep All-America selection, rating as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect in the Far West region...named the Gatorade California state Player of the Year in 1996...first team all-state selection by Student Sports...as a senior, had 20 quarterback sacks among 102 tackles and had an additional 12 tackles for loss...set a state prep record with 28 sacks as a junior...during his career, he had 48 sacks as well as 22 tackles for loss...comes from great bloodlines as his father, Rubin, played at Miami (FL) and had a long NFL career with the Denver Broncos...father is now coaching the defensive line with the Washington Redskins after spending the last season at Maryland...his mother Diane lives in Miami...had offers from virtually every school in the country before deciding on Cal over Northwestern, Miami and Arizona State... in track and field, was a state finalist in the shot put as a junior with a throw of 56-5...born May 12, 1979 in Denver, CO.
Carter's Career StatisticsYear UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR1997 15 6 21 7-18 3.5 0 01998 21 18 39 8-42 4.0 0 01999 33 20 53 20-101 10.0 0 62000 44 16 60 20-118 13.5 0 0Totals 113 60 173 55-279 31 0 6
REED DIEHLOL 6-4, 295
A relentless offensive lineman who is the essence of versatility...started at every position on the offensive line, including tight end, during his Cal career...is best suited as a center, due to his tenacity in the trenches and his intelligence in making calls.. only played center six games as a senior, filling in at other spots along the line when injuries hit...earned second team all-conference honors as named by The Sporting News, while he was an honorable mention selection by the Pac-10...began the 2000 season at center, but moved to the left guard slot to fill in for the injured Brandon Ludwig in the third game of the season...After moving back to center in the mid-season, Diehl was asked to move to left tackle in the 10th game of the season to shore up that position...played through a pair of injuries during the 2000 season, including a sprained knee in the pre-season and then a nerve problem in his leg which caused him to miss the Illinois game in mid-September....has excellent strength with a 400-pound bench press...1999...started all 11 games for the Golden Bears, the first two at left tackle and the last nine at right tackle...best performance may have been at UCLA when he helped the Bears rush for 248 yards on the ground...1998...got a solid amount of playing time last season, including a starting assignment at right guard in the season-opener against Houston...playing time decreased the rest of the season in a reserve role...1997...started six games at tight end in 1997, being utilized primarily as a blocker...did catch one pass on the season, a 2-yarder at Washington State..1996..spent his first year in the program as an offensive guard and center on the scout team.
High School/Personal: Played both ways in a highly regarded Mater Dei program that went 44-2 during his four years (1992-95)...earned SuperPrep All-Far West honors as an offensive tackle and picked up BlueChip Illustrated All-Far Western Region accolades as well...named to all-area team by Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register...earned first team South Coast League honors...also started as a junior when Mater Dei was ranked the No.1 prep team in the country...chose Cal over Arizona, Northwestern and Navy, among others...parents are Russell and Diane Diehl...plans to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in investment banking...has been married for the past three years and he and his wife, Rachel, have two children Preston and Madison...born Sept.18, 1978 in Newport Beach, CA.
NICK HARRISP 6-3, 225
Finished his Cal career as the NCAA record holder for career punt yardage and career punts...was a consensus All-America selection in 2000, earning first team honors by Associated Press, the Football Coaches Association and the Walter Camp Foundation...also earned first team Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season...was one of three finalists for the 2000 Ray Guy Award, given to the top punter in college football...became the first punter in college history to punt for over 13,000 yards as he finished with 13,621 yards on 322 punts, both national records...2000...during the 2000 season, he placed an amazing 36 of his 73 punts (49.3%) inside opponent 20-yard-lines and had an equally astounding 20 punts downed inside opponent 10-yard-lines...finished the season with a 41.5 yards per punt average, but that stat was misleading as he was asked to punt for placement rather than distance most of the season, 23 of his 73 punts (31 .5 percent) came with a line of scrimmage inside opponent territory... had an unbelievable game at Illinois as 10 of his 12 punts downed inside the Illini 14-yard-line, including those downed at the 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 9 and 10 yards. Ron Turner comment: If I had a Heisman vote right now, I'd vote for Nick Harris. I have never, ever seen a situation like that. He had the best day I've ever seen by a punter in my life...also had a sensational game at Arizona State when averaged 47.8 yards on eight punts, including four inside the 20...selected as one of 10 finalists for the Ray Guy Award for the nation's top punter...NFL former all-pro and Hall of Famer Ray Guy commented: 'Someone like Nick comes along maybe once in a century.'...1999... earned unanimous first team All-Pac-10 honors...led the Pac-10 in punting by over four yards and set a conference record with 3,795 punting yards...finished seventh nationally with a 44.65 yards per punt average...his average is even more amazing when considering he was asked to pooch kick inside opponent territory 14 times, including six punts from the opponent 40-yard-line or closer.....Harris now has had a punt of at least 47 yards in all 33 games of his career...last year had 29 punts of 50 yards or longer and six of 60 yards or longer... The following are the Harris punts of 50 yards or more in 1999: Rutgers: 56, 52, 67, Nebraska: 65, 50, 64, ASU: 50, 60, 58, WSU: 52, 50, BYU: 51, 50, 51, 54, UCLA: 50, 57, 58, 68, 60, Washington: 54, 51, USC 53, 57, 52, Oregon State 70, 54, Oregon 51, 54...placed 21 of his 85 punts inside opponents' 20-yard-line and has 56 punts inside the opponent 20 during his career... had seven punts for 372 yards (53.1 ypp) at UCLA, booming one for 68 yards, and placing one 60-yard punt down at the Bruin 2-yard-line and another 50-yard punt at the UCLA 9-yard-line without returns...earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors for that performance...had a career long 70-yard punt at Oregon State, tied for the eighth longest in Cal history...tied the Cal record for punts in a season with 77 as a freshmen, then broke the mark in 1998 with 87 kicks and had 85 more last season...1998...averaged 40.8 yards per punt on 87 kicks, breaking the school mark of 77 he shared with Mike Ahr (1981)...placed 27 punts inside the 20-yard-line (31.0 percent), with only five touchbacks, including five which were downed inside the opponent's 5-yard-line...totaled 16 punts of 50 yards or longer for the year, including three against both Arizona and Stanford...was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. UCLA when he had 9 punts for a 45.1 ypp average and had four punts downed inside the Bruin 10-yard-line, including one at the 2-yard-line and one at the 1-yard-line...long punt was a 63-yarder vs. Arizona...his 11 punts in the season-opener against Houston were the high for a punter in the Pac-10 in 1998...averaged a season-high 47.7 ypp on seven punts at Arizona State...1997...appeared in all 11 games for the Bears in his first year as Cal's starting punter...had 77 punts for 3,250 yards - an average of 42.2 yards per punt that ranked him 39th in the nation...his 42.2 yard average placed him seventh on Cal's all-time single season punting chart...had 10 of his punts travel at least 50 yards, including a 63-yard boot against Arizona State...killed eight kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line...had his best game of the season versus ASU when he averaged 45.7 yards on 10 punts...longest run came in the second quarter vs. Oklahoma when he scampered for 20 yards, netted a first down and kept a Cal scoring drive alive...also rushed for eight yards against Washington...credited with two unassisted tackles on the season...1996...redshirted during first year at Cal.
High School/Personal: Averaged 42.3 yards per punt as a senior (25 for 1,057 yards) at Westview HS in Phoenix...had a long of 60 yards as a senior, 75 yards as a junior...earned National Coaches' Association All-American honors as a punter...also registered 11 sacks and earned all-state honors in Arizona as a linebacker...contributed as a prep on offense with 11 receptions for 201 yards and two TDs to go along with six rushes for 77 yards and four TDs...turned down a scholarship offer from Arizona to come to Cal...an excellent student who came to Cal with a 3.9 GPA...also earned all-state honors in soccer as a prep...lists golf among his hobbies...has an identical twin brother, Chris, whose football career was curtailed by a serious knee surgery...parents are James and Angela Harris...born July 28, 1976 in Phoenix, AZ.
Nick Harris Career Punting StatisticsYear Punts Yards Avg LG In 201997 77 3250 42.2 63 81998 87 3546 40.8 63 271999 85 3795 44.6 70 212000 73 3030 41.5 64 36Total 322 13,621 42.30 70 92
CHIDI IWUOMACB 5-9, 185
An excellent coverage player who started in four different seasons for Cal...finished his senior season as a honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...started all 11 games and finished the year with 11 pass deflections and 46 tackles...also had a 31-yard interception in the fourth quarter against USC which helped protect a Cal lead in a 28-16 victory...also led the Bears with 17 punt returns for 116 yards (6.8 average)...also had 3 kickoff returns for 52 yards, a 17.3 ypr average... 1999...Pulled down honorable mention Pac-10 honors...started 10 of 11 games in '99, missing the WSU game with a sprained ankle...ended the season with nine pass deflections, second only to Deltha O'Neal...also had 50 tackles in 1999, including 40 unassisted tackles...had a pair of interceptions, one each vs. UCLA and Oregon...best game may have been at UCLA when he had four unassisted tackles, one pass interception which stopped a UCLA threat and three pass deflections...served as Cal's punt returner in the second half of the Rutgers game when O'Neal suffered a sprained thumb...had three returns for 46 yards, including a career best 20-yarder, vs. Rutgers and ranked 15th nationally with a 15.3 ypr average after that game...1998...was a mainstay in Cal's starting lineup and finished the season leading the team with 11 pass deflections...was Cal's most consistent corner, starting all 11 games...also was the team's sixth leading tackler...ended the year with 48 tackles, including 38 unassisted stops...had four tackles behind the line of scrimmage...his first career interception came against Arizona...1997...improved steadily throughout his freshman season, getting his first start vs. Oregon State and was also in the lineup in the season finale at Stanford...notched a season-high nine tackles, including one unassisted stop, against the Cardinal...also recorded five tackles at Washington State and four tackles versus both Houston and Arizona State...ended up seeing playing time in all 11 games for the Bears in '97 and closed the season with a total of 32 tackles (six unassisted) and four pass deflections...1996...redshirted as a member of the scout team.
High School/Personal: Returned five kicks for touchdowns as a senior at Pasadena HS...played running back, receiver and cornerback as a senior...had over 2,200 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns...named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Pacific League...also earned first team CIF and San Gabriel Valley honors...rushed for 991 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a senior...also caught 18 passes for 501 yards...best game may have been when he had 169 rushing yards on just six carries vs. Alhambra HS...earned BlueChip Illustrated honorable mention All-Western Region honors...chose Cal after considering Oregon State, Idaho and Nevada...lists Christian Okoye and Michael Jordan as his favorite athletes...major is undeclared, but is considering becoming an athletic trainer in the future...parents, Njoku and Martha Iwuoma, both came to the U...S... from Nigeria...born Feb. 19, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA.
Iwuoma's Career StatisticsYear UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR1997 26 6 32 0-0 0.0 0 41998 38 10 48 4-9 0.0 1 111999 40 10 50 0-0 0.0 2 92000 36 10 46 2-3 0.0 1 11Totals 140 36 176 6-12 0.0 4 35
JACOB WAASDORPDT 6-2, 275
A relentless competitor who was a rock in Cal's interior defense for three seasons as a starter...wound up his career with 32 tackles behind the line of scrimmage to rank 15th all-time at Cal in that category... earned second team Pac-10 honors as a senior...has great quickness off the ball, which combined with his intensity, makes him nearly impossible to block...coaches also note his low center of gravity and his ability to read plays in the middle of the pit...had a pair of interceptions as a senior, one against Fresno State and one vs. Stanford...had a pair of sacks at Arizona State and two tackles behind the line of scrimmage at USC...1999...had a sensational campaign in 1999 as one of just five juniors to earn first team all-conference honors...played a critical role on a Cal rushing defense that led the league in allowing just 2...9 yards per rush...was tops among all interior linemen in the Pac-10 with 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (seventh among all defensive players) and with eight sacks (seventh overall)...finished the year with 42 tackles, including 32 unassisted stops...also tied for the team lead with a pair of fumble recoveries...had several dominant games, but the Arizona State and Washington State games particularly stand out...had six tackles (four unassisted) and a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage against Arizona State...had five unassisted tackles at WSU and tried to take over the game single-handedly early in the third quarter as he broke through for a tackle five yards behind the line on the first play of the third quarter and, two plays later, sacked Cougar QB Steve Birnbaum to cause a fumble which he picked up and returned 25 yards for a TD to cut the lead to 17-7...also had a pair of tackles behind the line at BYU and vs. USC...named Cal's Most Inspirational Player in a vote by his teammates last fall...1998...Ended the season with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 42 yards), an inordinately high number for an interior linemen who was often double-teamed...had three sacks on the season, including a 4-yard sack on the final Oregon State series to help thwart a last-ditch comeback attempt...had a sensational game at Arizona State, as he was credited with five tackles behind the line of scrimmage (minus 24 yards), including a pair of sacks (minus 19 yards), and caused one fumble...recovered one fumble on the season early in the UCLA game when he snatched up a ball at the Bruin 2-yard-line to set up a Cal touchdown...1997...had a solid freshman campaign, appearing in six games...played both noseguard and defensive tackle during the season...saw his first collegiate action at Houston in the Bears opener and was credited with an assisted tackle...ended the season with three tackles, including one that went for a six-yard loss vs. Oregon State.
High School/Personal: Earned first team all-state honors (medium-sized schools) as a defensive lineman at Quartz Hill HS...played center, tight end and fullback on offense, but really shined on defense where he had seven sacks among his 80 tackles as a senior...also had 537 rushing yards and five TDs at fullback in 1996...chose Cal over Washington and UCLA...was an excellent prep wrestler who ranked among the Top five in the state in the 215-pound weight class...lists fishing as a hobby...mother is Rhonda Green of Lancaster...born Oct. 18, 1979.
Waasdorp's Career StatisticsYear UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR1997 2 1 3 1-6 1 0 01998 16 6 22 10-42 3 0 21999 32 10 42 15-63 7 0 02000 29 8 37 6-25 3 2 2Totals 79 25 104 32-136 14 2 4