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JOE IGBER
Position: HB
Class: Sr
School: California
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 5'7½, 180
40 Time: 4.51
Grade: 3.26

BIO: Cal's starting running back three of the last four seasons but also saw action with the first unit as a true freshman. Led the team in rushing last season posting career numbers of 241 carries for 1,130 yards with seven TDs and catching 34 passes for 309 yards with three scores. Junior totals were 94-399-2 on the ground with 16-139-2 as a pass catcher after missing four games with a broken clavicle. Earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 and first team Pac-10 All Academic honors as a sophomore when he totaled 195-901-5 on the ground and 23-229-2 catching the ball.

POSITIVES: Quick, elusive ball carrier who could fit in nicely as a third down back at the next level. Displays vision, follows blocks and a quick footed runner who immediately cuts it back and makes defenders miss. Finds the running lanes, displays a burst through the hole or squirts through the small openings in the defense. Solid open field running skills and keeps the play in bounds, working to pick up positive yardage. Nice receiving threat out of the backfield and effective running after the catch.

NEGATIVES: Running lacks power and rarely picks up yardage off initial contact. Gives effort blocking but gets minimal results. Marginal skills outside of tackle and at times does too much east-west running instead of taking it up the field.

ANALYSIS: Not considered a prospect prior to 2002 but put it together as a senior and now getting looks as a situational running back.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
33 303 9.18 3

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1130 241 4.69 7

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