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Paul Arnold
Paul Arnold

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Seattle

High School:
Kennedy

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
09/27/1980

Experience:
3V

Washington: Should have a breakout season after breaking into the receiving ranks last year ... outstanding speed makes him a threat to break big plays ... hard to tackle in the open field thanks to his background as a running back. 2001: Emerged as one of the conference’s top receivers after moving from tailback in the spring of 2001 … earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention … helped Washington’s passing attack rank second in the Pac-10 at 279.5 yards per game, nearly 100 yards per game more than in 2000 … averaged 3.9 receptions and 59 receiving yards per game… one of just two Husky receivers, along with freshman Reggie Williams, to have at least one catch in every game … started eight games at wide receiver … one of three Husky receivers to finish the season with more than 30 receptions, the first time that has happened at Washington since 1989 … caught the Huskies’ first three passing TDs of the season … against Cal, managed five catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns … earned coaches’ award as offensive MVP for his efforts … grabbed a 78-yard touchdown reception in Huskies’ win over Arizona, the eighth-longest catch in school history … finished with a career-high 138 receiving yards against the Wildcats, the most by a Husky since Andre DeSaussure’s 167-yard day against Oregon State in 1998 … in his career, has scored touchdowns running, receiving, and returning kickoffs. 2000: Played in first 19 games of UW career before missing last four games, and the Rose Bowl, with a back problem ... averaged over 5.0 yards-per-carry for the second-consecutive season ... started first six games for Husky offense that ranked first in the conference and 16th in the nation with 211.7 rush yards per game ... made first-career start in season-opener against Idaho, carrying eight times for 46 yards and a score ... earned both Huskies’ and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors after racking up 167 total yards (102 rushing, 65 receiving) in Huskies’ 33-30 win over Oregon State ... one of four Husky tailbacks to earn the Pac-10 honor during the 2000 season ... also named the Columbia Bank/KOMO Radio Player of the Game for that game ... seven receptions and 65 yards receiving vs. Oregon State were both career-highs. 1999: Did not start but appeared in all 11 games plus the Holiday Bowl … selected as the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his play against Air Force … finished the season strong with 126 yards on 14 carries vs. Washington State … turned in UW’s longest rush of the season when he ran 80 yards for a score vs. Washington State … that was the longest rush by a Husky since Rashaan Shehee cut loose for an 85-yard TD run vs. Washington State in 1995 … finished 19th in the nation with a kickoff return average of 24.86 yards per runback … figured fourth in the Pac-10 in kickoff return average … set a UW record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a score against Air Force … he was one of two Pac-10 players to run a kickoff back 100 yards for a score during the season … Cal’s Delta O’Neal also accomplished the feat vs. Stanford … finished as one of four Pac-10 players to run a kickoff back for a touchdown during the season … had 14 kickoff returns to top the team in that statistic … his 80-yard run vs. WSU tied for the second longest in the Pac-10 in 1999 … carried the ball at least once in every game except against California … had a 27-yard TD run at Arizona ... rushed five times for 27 yards vs. Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl.

High School and Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1980 ... selected to USA Today’s All-American first team ... Parade All-American ... rated the No. 15 overall player in the nation by The Sporting News and selected the No. 5 running back in the nation by the same publication ... rated the nation’s No. 20 player on the Cornwell 100 ... rated the No. 35 player in the nation by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) ... rated the nation’s No. 13 player by SuperPrep ... tabbed as No. 14 player in the nation by the Tampa Tribune ... a SuperPrep All-American who was ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back and the No. 1 player in the Northwest region ... member of the PrepStar Dream Team ... rated No. 4 running back by PrepStar ... named to PrepStar’s Super 30 All-Western Region team ... ranked No. 1 running back in the Western Region by PrepStar ... rated nation’s No. 32 player and No. 6 running back by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com ... rated No. 35 player nationally by Rivalnet ... named to Student Sports All-America team ... ranked third nationally among running backs by the National Recruiting Advisor ... member of the Dallas Morning News National 100 ... member of fansonly.com Top 100 ... member of Orange County Register Fab 15 ... member of Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" squad with a unanimous 10 votes ... member of Tacoma News-Tribune "Western 100" ... named the Associated Press Player of the Year for all classes ... selected Washington State 3A Player of the Year ... member of the Seattle Times All-State team ... tabbed as the Player of the Year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ... rushed for 1,974 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior ... had 2,555 all-purpose yards ... on defense, made five interceptions and two fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown of each variety ... rushed for 800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior despite ankle problems ... as a sophomore at O’Dea High, he ran for 1,136 yards and 26 touchdowns on 70 carries ... also ran track and won the state 3A title in the 200 meters as a junior ... was the runner-up in the 100 meters ... top 100-meter effort was 10.6 and top 200 was 21.8 ... ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the Nike Football Training Camp in Portland ... elected student body treasurer ... his guardian, James Johnson, is a former UNLV football player ... a general studies major, is focusing in management and communications.

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