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Tony Mekari
Player Profile:
Tony Mekari 1552737
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 280
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
High School: Westlake HS
Experience: 1 Letter

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Pronunciation
muh-CARE-ee

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014

Mekari was in the rotation at both defensive tackle and defensive end during his 2014 redshirt freshman season when he played in all 12 games as a and made five starts, contributing 17 tackles along with 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards). Mekari moved to defensive tackle full-time in the spring of 2015 and is expected to begin the campaign in that role.

Cal Career (2013 – Present)
► Has played in 12 games with five starts and contributed 17 tackles along with 1.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards) and two quarterback hurries all in his second year with the program in 2014 after redshirting as a true freshman in 2013
► Had a career-high-tying three tackles as well as 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) that is his lone stop in the backfield as a redshirt freshman against USC, while he equaled a career-high with three tackles vs. Colorado the same season

Sophomore (2015)
► Listed in the No. 2 spot at one defensive tackle position on the preseason depth chart
► Contributed one tackle in the spring game

Freshman (2014)
► Made a significant contribution to a defensive line that helped the Cal defense move up 48 spots from the previous season to No. 38 in rushing defense (144.6 ypg), cutting 44 yards off its per-game average allowed from the 2013 campaign
► Played in all 12 games with five starts and contributed 17 tackles along with 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and two quarterback hurries that ranked tied for fourth on the team
► Earned his first start in the sixth game of the season vs. Washington and started each of the final four contests
► Had a big game at USC with a career-high-tying three tackles as well as 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) that was his lone stop in the backfield
► Equaled a career-high with three tackles vs. Colorado
► Had two tackles each vs. Sacramento State, vs. Washington, vs. UCLA and vs. BYU, adding a career-high-tying one quarterback hurry against both the Bruins and Cougars
► Recorded single stops at Arizona, at Oregon State and vs. Stanford
► Named a Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar-Athlete of the Week for April 14-20, 2014
► Had a big spring game, recording 2.0 sacks (-5 yards) and 2.0 tackles for loss (-5 yards) with the same tackles total

Freshman (2013)
► Redshirted
► Did not play

Westlake HS (Class of 2013)
► A first-team All-Southern Section (MaxPreps) choice as well as the Ventura County and Marmonte League Lineman of the Year as a 2012 senior when he played on both sides of the line, recording 17 tackles and 3.0 sacks on defense while helping his offense to 377.7 yards of total offense and 26.4 points per game and a spot in the Southern Section Pac 5 playoffs
► Played offensive line on powerhouse teams during his freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns from 2009-11 that won two Southern Section North Division titles and three Marmonte League crowns while compiling a 40-3 overall record, 24-1 Marmonte League mark, a pair of No. 4 state rankings during his freshman and junior seasons, and No. 17 and No. 19 national rankings in his junior and freshman campaigns, respectively
► Offense had per-game averages of 44.5 points and 415.0 yards of total offense during his junior campaign, 42.4 points and 439.7 yards of total offense in his 2010 sophomore season, and 41.4 points and 409.2 yards of total offense as a freshman
► Played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a junior for a team that won the Southern Section North Division, finished 14-1 overall and 9-0 in the Marmonte League, and suffered its only loss in the California State Open Bowl in its final game of the season
► Recorded 27 tackles, 4.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries on defense during his junior campaign
► Named the Marmonte League Most Improved Player as a sophomore
► Had career totals of 44 tackles, 7.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries on defense
► A four-time Academic Honor Roll and Ventura County All-Academic selection, and a National Football Foundation Academic nominee
► Represented his school at a leadership conference hosted by Pepperdine
► Also played basketball and lacrosse

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2013)
► A three-star recruit according to 247Sports Composite, 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout
► Ranked as high as the nation’s No. 63 defensive tackle according to 247Sports, with additional rankings at the position by Scout (No. 67), ESPN (No. 73) and 247Sports Composite (No. 82)
► ESPN listed him at No. 177 among the top players overall in his region
► 247Sports gave him his top ranking among all players in California at No. 113, while he checked in at No. 121 according to ESPN and No. 153 by 247Sports Composite
► Scout listed him at No. 10 among the top defensive tackles in the West heading into 2013 National Signing Day
 
Other
► Full name is Tony Sayed Mekari
► Born September 23, 1995
► Parents are Tony and Carol Mekari
► Brother, Patrick Mekari, will join him on the football team at Cal as a true freshman offensive lineman in 2015
► Intended double major is business administration and legal studies

Mekari's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 3 (twice, last at USC, 2014)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (at USC, 2014)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 2 (at USC, 2014)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (twice, last vs. BYU, 2014)

Last Updated
August 21, 2014

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