UCLA — This young player made the switch from linebacker to fullback last season and had a good developmental year … Ray will have a chance to see action in the fullback rotation as he gains experience at the position.
2001 — Played a reserve role at fullback behind seniors Ed Ieremia-Stansbury and Matt Stanley as he adjusted to a new position … Saw action in only one contest … Made one carry in the Kansas game for one yard.
2000 — He did not see action in his first year in the program and has three seasons of eligibility remaining … Practiced at both middle and weakside linebacker that season.
HIGH SCHOOL — Played for coaches Brian Stiman, Gary Spindt and Joe Pontias at Valencia, CA High School … PrepStar All-West Region selection … SuperPrep All-Far West selection … Second-team All-State (Student Sports) … Selected to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … Named first-team All-CIF Division III as a linebacker … L.A. Daily News All-Valley … Three-time first-team all-league and all-Santa Clarita Valley selection … A prep standout at both fullback and linebacker … Strong and physical blocker … On offense, he blocked for fellow Bruin Manuel White … As a senior, he rushed 102 times for 514 yards and five touchdowns … Also made 10 receptions … Made 104 tackles, including 45 solos, and had four interceptions, nine sacks and recovered three fumbles … Selected pre-season PrepStar All-American at running back and SuperPrep All-American (No. 22 linebacker) … As a junior, he made 90 tackles, including eight sacks, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions … On offense, he rushed 99 times for 662 yards and nine touchdowns and made 11 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown … Earned All-State and All-CIF honors … In his sophomore season, he rushed once for five yards … Made nine catches for 95 yards … Had 82 tackles, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions on defense.
PERSONAL — Full Name: Raymond Thomas Cassaday III … Born: July 9, 1982 in Burbank, CA … Parents: Raymond Thomas and Natalia Adair … Has one brother, Brandon … Lists his 187-yard rushing performance in a CIF quarterfinal game in which he scored four touchdowns and also made 11 tackles as his biggest thrill to date … Mike Alstott of the Tampa Bay Bucs is the athlete he patterns his style of play after … Enjoys playing golf in his spare time … History major.