CULVER CITY, Calif. – Cal will be represented at the 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day by head coach Sonny Dykes, junior linebacker Nick Forbes and sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs. The event will be held Friday at Sony Pictures Studios beginning at 9 a.m. PT.
Fans can follow the day’s activities including a live stream and much more at Pac-12.com, while joining in the conversion on Twitter using the hashtag #pac12fb. CalBears.com and follow @CalFootball will also be live from the scene providing additional engaging content.
The entire Pac-12 contingent of two players and the head coach from each team is expected to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for photos, with the day’s activities formally beginning on the Main Stage with a welcome and opening comments from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
Teams from the Pac-12 North Division will take the Main Stage after Scott beginning at 9:15 a.m. with Washington State. Cal’s trio will be second to the stage at 9:30 a.m. and be followed by Washington (9:45 a.m.), Oregon State (10 a.m.), Oregon (10:15 a.m.) and Stanford (10:30 a.m.).
After a short break, Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans will address the media from the Main Stage at 11 a.m. and be followed by South Division schools Colorado (11:05 a.m.), Utah (11:20 a.m.), Arizona (11:35 a.m.), USC (11:50 a.m.), Arizona State (12:05 p.m.) and UCLA (12:20 p.m.).
Head coaches and players from all 12 schools will also make the rounds on a media day circuit, as well as conduct one-on-one interviews with media members throughout the day’s activities scheduled to end at 3 p.m.
Pac-12 Networks will have a one-hour show summarizing the day’s events Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cal players arrived in Los Angeles late Thursday afternoon and immediately spent about an hour with the Pac-12 Networks doing promos and photo sessions before attending a student-athlete dinner for players from the 12 teams.
After making several media appearances Wednesday at ESPN in Bristol, Conn., and meeting with additional national and East Coast-based media members earlier in the day Thursday in Hartford, Dykes returned to the Los Angeles area along with his fellow conference head coaches Thursday evening.
Cal will open training camp on Monday, August 5.
The Bears host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with a three-game homestand to open the season against non-conference opponents Northwestern (Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Portland State (Sept. 7, 2 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) and Ohio State (Sept. 14, 4 p.m. PT, FOX). Cal will also play Pac-12 home games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).
Cal’s road games in 2013 are at Oregon (Sept. 28), UCLA (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 26), Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford (Nov. 23). The Oregon contest will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
All other television coverage and remaining kick times will be announced at later dates.
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Cal Football Media Day Biographies
Head Coach Sonny Dykes
Sonny Dykes will be in his first season as the head coach at Cal in 2013 after directing an offense that led the nation in both scoring and offense a year ago at Louisiana Tech. Dykes brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to Berkeley. He spent the past three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech, where he compiled a 22-15 record and won 16 of 17 regular-season games during one stretch over the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Dykes guided his 2012 Louisiana Tech team to a 9-3 mark, including road victories over FBS opponents Illinois, Houston and Virginia. The Bulldogs also lost a narrow 59-57 decision to a Texas A&M team that later defeated top-ranked Alabama and earned a spot in the Cotton Bowl. Louisiana Tech reached as high as No. 18 according to USA Today and was No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 after jumping out to a 9-1 start.
Dykes' high-energy style of offense produced a prolific unit that in addition to leading the nation in both scoring offense (51.50 ppg) and total offense (577.92 ypg) posted the fifth-highest per-game scoring average ever by a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Bulldogs were also among the NCAA’s top 20 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 per game), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (17th, 227.17 ypg). Louisiana Tech scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions.
Dykes, the son of former longtime Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, boasts a coaching resume that includes additional stops on staffs in the Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC, where he served under such head coaches as Mike Stoops (Arizona), Mike Leach (Texas Tech) and Hal Mumme (Kentucky).
1 – Nick Forbes, LB, 6-1, 235, Jr., 2L, Frederick, MD (Governor Thomas Johnson HS)
Forbes is a fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice in 2013 after a breakout year in the most significant action of his career in 2012 that earned him Cal’s Most Improved Player honors. Forbes played in all 12 games with eight starts a year ago and finished second on the club with 85 tackles. His 7.1 stops per game ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while he also had three of the team's nine fumble recoveries to rank tied for third in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest. He added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign.
1 – Bryce Treggs, WR, 5-11, 180, So., 1L, Inglewood, CA (St. John Bosco HS)
Treggs had a strong true freshman campaign in 2012, playing in nine games with eight starts and catching 21 passes for 216 yards receiving and one touchdown despite missing the final three games due to injury. Treggs made a memorable Cal debut in the season-opener against Nevada, catching three passes for a career-high 62 yards, including a career-long 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter on his first collegiate touch that was also Cal’s first score of the season. Treggs and fellow true freshman wide receiver Chris Harper became the first two true freshmen to both score in their first game at Cal since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett at Air Force on September 4, 2004. Treggs finished third on the team in receptions, tied for third in touchdown catches and fourth in yards receiving. He also had at least one catch in eight of the nine games he played in and all nine starts.