March 13, 2015

The duality of Fuca

Kevin McCarthy

Whether the ball be a spheroid as in football or basketball's circular shape, Christian Fuca is comfortable handling either. So much so that he may be pulling double duty collegiately.

photo of Christian Fuca

A San Ramon Valley High (SRVH) senior, Fuca has signed to play football as an outside receiver at Humboldt State University for Coach Pat Smith. However, Steve Kinder, who heads the Lumberjacks men's basketball program, has also expressed interest in Fuca's services on the hardwood.

“I'd like to definitely try,” Fuca said. “I've been playing both sports my whole life.” But it won't happen during his freshman year due to the major adjustment in moving from the prep to the college level as both a student and an athlete.

Humboldt State is coming off an 8-2 record so it's a winning program he is heading to and the gridiron season usually ends in mid-November.

In football at SRVH, the 6-foot, 180, Fuca finished his varsity career with 45 catches, 809 yards and nine touchdowns.

Positioned at the point in basketball, he is known as a strong on-the-ball defender and someone who will make opponents pay with his three-point shooting. The Wolves own a 23-6 record and begin play in the state tournament on Saturday.

So why the choice of Humboldt? “I fell in love instantly as I really liked the program and coaches. I also loved the hills and nature. The football team plays in the Redwood Bowl which is actually set in a forest.”

As to what he will bring to the Jacks, he offered, “My quickness, my hands and ability to read defenses.”

“The first thought of getting a scholarship definitely came after my junior season. I was playing in a 7-on-7 league with guys who were getting offers from schools like Cal and Texas.”

Fuca started playing football in the seventh grade and was a running back and linebacker as a high school freshman. “I really wanted to play wide receiver and got that opportunity when [wide receiver teammate] J.J. Koski moved up to varsity.”

His best football moment requires a bit of a prelude. “In my first game, I caught a pass but fumbled it away.” Game two was fairly non-descript for Fuca but “in my third game, I ran a post pattern for a touchdown pass.”

He recalls undergoing a period of transition when moving from football to basketball. “After football season, my shooting confidence isn't there. I have to work to get into a rhythm so I really work on defense.”

Communications or Business are the options he's mulling for a major. He heads north in early July.

Grateful for his achievement, “I really want to thank J.J. Koski -- we really motivated one another -- Corbin Loucks who I train with, and also my Dad.”