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Ja'Warren Hooker
Ja'Warren Hooker

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Ellensburg, Wash.

High School:
Ellensburg High School

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165

Position:
SE

Experience:
2L

Washington: Status for 2000 season is dependent on his performance at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track Trials ... he is expected back on the roster if he fails to qualfy for the U.S. sprint teams ... one of the fastest receivers in the nation ... won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 55-meters in 1998, and has captured four Pac-10 sprint titles in three years ... can be used as a kick returner on special teams ... has not participated in spring drills due to track commitments.

1999: Redshirted the season to concentrate on track and a berth on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team ... had an outstanding junior season in track ... named the Pac-10's Male Track Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career ... is the only Washington athlete to receive the award since its inception in 1976 ... only three men have won the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year award twice ... Hooker, who is the first multiple winner since 1983, joins USC's Clancy Edwards (1977, 1978) and Oregon's Dean Crouser (1982, 1983). ... captured both the 100-meter (10.19) and 200-meter (20.39) titles at the Pac-10 championships in 1999 ... became the most accomplished sprinter in Husky history, adding two school records to the 100-meter standard of 10.18 that he established in 1998 ... clocked a 400-meter time of 44.91 on May 13 in Seattle to shave nearly one second off the record of 45.81 set by Orlando McKay in 1990 ... broke the 19-year-old 200-meter mark on April 15 in Tempe, Ariz. with a time of 20.33 and improved that record by another .01 with a mark of 20.23 on May 6 in Provo, Utah ... placed sixth in both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Championships ... finished sixth in both the 60- and 200-meter races at the NCAA indoor championship meet ... twice recognized by the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Association ... was named the Western Region Indoor and Western Region Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year ... won the 100- and 200-meter titles at the prestigious Drake Relays on April 29 in Des Moines, Iowa to earn the Maury White Award as the meet's top male performer.

1998: Earned his second letter ... appeared in a total of seven games ... playing time was limited due to shoulder injury ... did not travel to the O'ahu Bowl ... finished the season with nine receptions ... averaged 32 yards per return on five kickoff returns ... top game catching the ball was three grabs for 31 yards at USC ... had a 61-yard kickoff return at Arizona State in season opener ... suffered shoulder injury at the end of that play ... came back to return four kickoffs for 99 yards vs. UCLA.

1997: One of 10 true freshmen to play for UW ... one of six true freshmen to letter ... appeared in a total of eight games ... the first time he touched the ball in a game he returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a TD at Arizona ... caught six passes - three were for touchdowns ... had a 44-yard TD reception at Oregon State ... caught a 41-yard scoring pass vs. Oregon ... pulled in a 28-yard TD pass at UCLA ... averaged 22.7 yards per catch on his six receptions ...started vs. Arizona, Oregon State and USC as a third receiver ... (Track) Named the Pac-10's 1998 Male Track Athlete of the Year ... won the 55-meter title at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships ... UW's first track national champion since 1988 ... won the Pac-10 titles in both the 100 and 200 meters ... first UW athlete to be a double-event winner at Pac-10 Championships ... was undefeated in 21 consecutive sprint races before finishing third at 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... set the school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.18 to break a 23-year-old University mark.

High School and Personal: Born Sept. 24, 1978 in Chicago ... mother's name is Beverly ... stepfather's name is Royal Schoen ... lived in Germany as a youngster ... named to the Class AA all-state team by the Associated Press ... named to the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" Team ... a "Blue Chip" selection by the Seattle Times as one of the top five players in the state ... received four votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" ranking ... rushed for 1,385 yards on 138 carries as a senior at Ellensburg ... recorded 15 rushing touchdowns last season ... caught 22 passes for 422 yards and four scores while leading his team to a 7-2 record ... finished his prep career as the school's all-time rushing champion with 3,589 yards and 48 touchdowns ... the top high school sprinter in the nation his senior season ... won the Class AA state titles in the 100, 200 and 400-meters as a junior and senior ... set state records in all three events as a senior ... times were 10.35 in 100m, 21.23 in 200m and 46.23 in 400m ... led team to state track title in 1997 ... broke state record in 100m with a 10.27 timing on April 26 ... that proved to be the fastest 100m time in the nation by a high schooler ... old record was held by ex-Husky Ron Jackson, who ran a 10.54 while at Franklin H.S. ... his 21.20 time in the 200m was the second-fastest in the nation in 1997 ... his 400m time (46.27) also ranked as the best in the nation ... as a senior he ran the eight fastest 100 meter times in state history ... won the 100 meters at the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships in Edwardsville, Ill., in June of 1997 ... finished with a time of 10.28 seconds ... won a total of eight state titles in track - the most ever by a Washington high schooler ... has three titles in the 100m, three in the 200m and two in the 400m ... high school football coach was Eddie Ashworth ... majoring in English.

Receiving

YearG-SRec.Yds.Avg.TDLG
19978-3613622.7344
19987-49788.7021
Totals15-71521414.3344

Kickoff Returns

YearG-SNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
19978-328944.5189
19987-4516032.0061
Totals15-7724935.6189

Career Highs

Receptions: 3 vs. USC, 1998
Reception Yards: 51 yards vs. Oregon State, 1997
Longest Reception: 44 yards vs. Oregon State, 1997
Longest TD Reception: 44 yards vs. Oregon State, 1997
Kickoff Returns: 2 vs. Arizona, 1997
Kickoff Return Yards: 89 yards vs. Arizona, 1997
Longest KO Return: 89 yards vs. Arizona, 1997

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