At Stanford: Will battle for a starting safety slot in his fifth and final year in the program...Can play free or strong safety...Made an immediate impact on the Cardinal defense after moving from wide receiver to strong safety during the spring of '98...Although he does not have the prototypical size or speed for a safety, he has shown the ability to make plays...Always near the football...Excellent quickness...Very sound fundamentally...Had a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown in last year's regular season finale vs. Notre Dame.
The 1999 Season: Started five games at free safety...He began the year as a backup to Tank Williams, but after Williams sustained an injury in game #6, Focht started the final five regular season games of the year...Finished the season with 27 total tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries...All but five of those tackles came as a starter...Returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown against Notre Dame (Nov. 27)...Returned an interception 33 yards vs. Arizona State...His other interception came against Cal in The Big Game...Had eight tackles in his first start at USC...Followed that performance by accounting for seven tackles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups at Washington in his second start.
The 1998 Season: Converted from wide receiver to safety during the spring...Saw extensive playing time at strong safety, including five starting assignments during the middle part of the season...Finished with 55 total tackles, sixth best on the team, one tackle-for-loss and one interception...Had 13 tackles and one tackle-for-loss in his starting debut vs. North Carolina...Registered 11 tackles vs. Notre Dame and 10 vs. Oregon State...His interception came at Notre Dame.
The 1997 Season: Received limited playing time as a reserve wide receiver.
The 1996 Season: Redshirted the '96 season.
In High School: Versatile offensive athlete who excelled in the run-and-shoot offense at Valley View High School in Ohio...Aaron accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards while playing the slot position and returning kicks...He rushed for 1,277 yards and 24 TDs on 100 carries while catching 17 passes for 377 yards and five touchdowns...He also returned one kickoff and one punt for a TD...An All-Midwest selection by both SuperPrep and Blue Chip Report...First-Team All-State, All-Southwestern Buckeye League and All-Southwestern District as a running back following his junior and senior seasons...Selected to play in the Big-33 Ohio-Pennsylvania All-Star Game following his senior season...An All-Ohio Athletic Academic Team selection...Named Offensive Back of the Year in the league and district as a senior...As a junior, he rushed for 1,069 yards and 15 TDs, caught 23 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns and had 10 kickoff returns for 412 yards and two TDs...He was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Year and the district's Offensive Player of the Year...Member of the 1994 State Championship team...As a sophomore, he was named the League's Receiver of the Year as well as First-Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State as a receiver...He had 32 receptions for 758 yards and 14 TDs to go along with 779 yards rushing and 11 more TDs...He accounted for over 5,700 all-purpose yards and 83 touchdowns in his HS career...His career numbers include 294 carries for 3,376 yards rushing and 52 TDs, 76 receptions for 1,040 yards and 23 TDs, 23 kickoff returns for 845 yards and four TDs and 27 punt returns for 613 yards and four touchdowns...Participated in basketball and track in high school...Qualified for the state track championships in 1995...... Member of the National Honor Society...Received the Presidential Academic Fitness Award...National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Award Winner.
Personal Information: History major.
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