CAREER: As a Division I-A pass catcher at San Jose State and USC, Hayes has 121 career receptions for 1,723 yards (14.2 avg) with 11 TDs.
1999: The veteran Hayes, known for his precise routes and good hands, will start at split end as a senior in 1999. He is also the backup holder on placekicks.
PAUL HACKETT SAYS: "We're counting on Windrell to be our most consistent receiver. For us to be good offensively, he has to have an outstanding fall. He's an excellent route runner and he complements R. Jay Soward well."
1998: USC bolstered its 1998 receiving corps with the signing of transfer Hayes, who was San Jose State's leading receiver in 1995 and 1996 and ranks in the Spartans' receiving career Top 10. He served as an often-used backup wide receiver as a junior in 1998. Overall while appearing in 12 games (all but the Sun Bowl against TCU) in 1998, he had 24 receptions for 340 yards (14.2 avg.) and 2 TDs.
He had 2 catches each against Purdue (19 yards), San Diego State (33 yards) and Arizona State (28 yards), then had his first TD catch as a Trojan (13 yards) in the California game. He added a 17-yard catch at Washington State, 2 grabs for 34 yards at Oregon and 2 for 70 yards versus Washington. He grabbed 2 aerials for 20 yards, including an 8-yard TD, at Stanford, then caught a game-topping 9 passes (most by a USC receiver in 1998) for 95 yards at UCLA. He grabbed an 11-yard pass against Notre Dame, but sprained a ligament in his right foot on the play and was sidelined (the injury kept him out of the Sun Bowl against TCU).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton (Calif.) in 1997, but did not play football.
SAN JOSE STATE: He spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons as a starting wide receiver at San Jose State, leading the Spartans in receiving both seasons. As a sophomore in 1996, he earned All-Western Athletic Conference Pacific Division second team honors while catching 58 passes for 848 yards (14.6 avg.) and 4 TDs. He was sixth in the WAC in receptions (4.8) and 10th in receiving yards (70.7).
In 1995 as a freshman, he had 39 receptions for 535 yards (13.7 avg.) and 5 TDs. In San Jose State's game against USC that season, he grabbed 4 passes for 40 yards. He is in San Jose State's career Top 10 in receiving with 97 receptions for 1,383 yards (14.3 avg.) and 9 TDs.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named a 1994 Blue Chip All-American, USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma Morning News Tribune Western 100, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second team and Cal-Hi All-State second team pick as a senior at Franklin High in Stockton. In 1994, he had 62 catches for 1,054 yards (17.0 avg.) and 15 TDs (plus 3 more TDs on end-around runs) on offense and 7 interceptions on defense, plus 29 kickoff returns for 892 yards (30.8 avg.) and 9 TDs.
He attended St. Mary's High in Stockton as a freshman, sophomore and junior, recording 89 receptions for 1,881 yards (21.1 avg.) with 25 TDs in his career at St. Mary's. He also ran track in high school. Current USC recruits Armand Holland and Frank Strong also prepped at Franklin (Strong also attended St. Mary's).
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His nickname is "Scissors," because of his ability to make sharp cuts on his routes. Hayes' brother, Ashanti, was a defensive back at Washington State in 1994 and 1995.
WINDRELL HAYES ON:
His goals: "My goal is to break all the records. I've just got to keep working hard out on the field, the classroom, the weight room, everywhere, just to be a better person and a better player. My time is going to come...I can get better in a lot of things. I still don't feel as if I've reached my full potential yet. Every day you have to go out and keep working hard. I always feel like I can catch better, run routes better."
His strength as a receiver: "Route running is my strength. I'm naturally good at it, but it's something that I've worked hard at to keep sharp. It's a combination of being natural at it and working hard at it, too...In Coach Hackett's offense, it's a lot of timing. You really have to be more precise in your route running. You've got to get the right depth in your routes. It really does feature a route runner...I see myself as a receiver who can run good routes to where the quarterback pretty much knows that at least one person is going to be open. I see myself as being able to be open all the time."
Leaving San Jose State and coming to USC: "I felt like I couldn't really reach my full capabilities or make the most of my potential at San Jose State. I didn't feel like the school was getting any respect for anything, so I felt like I had to make a move before I got stuck there...I figured if I could get into the starting lineup at USC and do the things that I did at San Jose State, as far as the publicity in the Los Angeles area and especially it being USC, I'd get a chance to go to another level."
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
USC wide receiver R. Jay Soward: "He has the best cuts in college football."
Franklin High coach Tom Verner: "Windrell is the complete package. He runs the best routes of any receiver I've seen. He is a great blocker. He is a strong receiver and he knows how to deliver a blow. He has such a wonderful football mind. He really understands everything you are trying to do."
WINDRELL HAYES CAREER STATISTICS