Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#32 Nate Ness
Position: Safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gardena, Calif.
High School: Gardena HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Arizona: 1L... Ness may well be the Cats' leader in the secondary in 2008 after four years of stewardship by cornerback Antoine Cason... Tied the Thorpe Award winner with five interceptions, including two in the victory over No. 2 Oregon, in `07... Broke up two others... Recovered a fumble in the victory at Washington, where he had a career-best 10 tackles... Took over for injured Dominic Patrick and started the Cats' final six games of the year... Finished with 32 tackles, one for a loss... UA's depth at safety gave coaches a chance to redshirt Ness and offer him a year's training in 2006... Was a travel squad player at times just in case...

Junior College: El Camino College, Torrance, Calif., 2006... JC Athletic Bureau and CCCFCA first-team All-America 2005... JC-Gridwire first-team All-American for coach John Featherstone in 2005... Street & Smith's JC Super Soph entering the year... Rivals four-star JC... SuperPrep Juco 100 at No. 14... Mission Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Mission Conference... All-California first-team honors and all Region IV by California Community Colleges Coaches Association in 2005... El Camino was No. 4 in final JC-Gridwire rankings... Made the post-season 2004 JC Grid-Wire All-American team. Started all 11 games as a freshman at El Camino, with 76 tackles, 8 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt, 3 TD... All-State, 3rd team JC Grid-Wire All-American, team's defensive MVP... Returned two interceptions for scores in a game to earn Mission Conference defensive player of the week award... Had 19 career interceptions, eight for scores, in junior college...

High School: Gardena, Calif. High School, 2004.

Personal: Academic major is sociology... Cousin of USC star defensive back Darnell Bing... Date of birth: Sept. 5, 1986.

Ness' Career Totals
Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Other 2007 12-6 27 5 32 1-1 5-91 INT, 2 PD, FR