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#1 Nick Forbes
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230
Year: Junior
Hometown: Frederick, MD
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson HS
Experience: 2 Letters

CAL CAREER (Updated Career Stats): Has played in 13 games with eight starts during his first three campaigns with the program from 2010-12, seeing all of his action in 2012 other than one appearance off the bench in 2010 ... Cal’s active career leader with 86 tackles and three fumble recoveries, as well as one of only two active players with a blocked kick … has added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups and one forced fumble … recorded all of his stats other than one tackle in 2012 … has had three different uniform numbers during his Cal career, changing to his current No. 1 in the spring of 2013 after wearing No. 11 for the entire 2012 calendar year and spending his first two campaigns in 2010 and 2011 with the program as No. 33.

2013: A fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice as a linebacker according to Phil Steele … the nation’s No. 40 draft eligible linebacker prior to the season according to Steele … listed as a “Key Bear” prior to the season by Athlon … a strong candidate for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® that shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes has on their communities … named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards Defensive Awards Watch List for the Linebacker Trophy … also a candidate for the Butkus Award and The Jack Lambert Trophy as the nation’s top linebacker, as well as the Wueffel Trophy as the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement … missed the spring game due to injury … listed as the starter at the “MIKE” position on the preseason depth chart.

2012 (Game-by-Game Stats): Played in all 12 games with eight starts and was Cal's Most Improved Player, finishing second on the club with 85 tackles while ranking 11th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 stops per game … had a team-high three of the squad’s nine fumble recoveries, ranking tied for third in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest … involved in a team-high-tying four turnovers as he also had an interception that he returned 26 yards (third-longest interception return by a Cal player in 2012) … added a forced fumble but it was recovered by the fumbling team … had 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign … led the team in tackles twice (vs. Stanford, vs. Washington) and shared the team lead two other times (vs. Southern Utah, vs. UCLA) with all four occasions at home … posted four double-digit tackle contests including a career-high 13 vs. Stanford … also reached double-digit stops in home games against Washington (11), UCLA (10) and Oregon (10) … played a role in three turnovers (two fumble recoveries, one interception returned 26 yards) while adding 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) vs. Washington, earning honorable mention Linebacker Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards … both forced a fumble on his first career sack for a career-long minus-11 yards and had a fumble recovery vs. the Bruins … added a career-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-4 yards) against the Ducks … had eight tackles both vs. Southern Utah and at USC, adding his first career pass breakup vs. the Thunderbirds and a career-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) for his first career TFL against the Trojans … picked up seven tackles, a career-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and 0.5 sacks (-0 yards) at Utah … had six tackles, his first career quarterback hurry, a pass breakup and a blocked kick on an Arizona State field goal attempt against the Sun Devils that marked the first Cal block of an opponent’s field goal attempt since 2008 … registered four tackles in his first career start at Ohio State and at Washington State, adding a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup against the Cougars … had three tackles in the season opener against Nevada … recorded one tackle in the season finale at Oregon State … led the Blue team with seven tackles, while adding 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup in the spring game. 

2011 (Game-by-Game Stats): Redshirted … did not play after suffering an injury during spring practice.

2010 (Game-by-Game Stats): Played in one game off the bench in the season opener vs. UC Davis and had one tackle against the Aggies … named Cal’s Freshman Lifter of the Year … listed by Phil Steele as Cal’s No. 4 newcomer prior to the campaign, while Sporting News had him as the Bears’ No. 5 newcomer … ranked as the nation’s No. 13 freshman linebacker by Phil Steele, as well as the No. 14 linebacker recruit and No. 40 Pac-10 recruit according to Athlon before the season began.

GOVERNOR THOMAS JOHNSON HS: A four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals, as well as a Prepstar and SuperPrep All-American during his 2009 senior season … played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Maryland Crab Bowl following his senior campaign … pegged by Rivals as the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker while SuperPrep checked him in at No. 5, and Scout had him at No. 11 among middle linebackers … the No. 73 overall player in the country according to Sporting News, while checking in at No. 104 on the Rivals250 list … top-ranked player overall in Maryland and the DC/Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia area by Rivals and SuperPrep, respectively … earned All-State honors as a senior when he recorded 114 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles, while adding 1,519 yards and 16 TDs rushing on the offensive side of the ball … posted 96 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions on defense as a 2008 junior when he was named second-team All-State, Frederick News-Post Area Defensive Player of the Year, the Gazette League Co-Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League, Washington Post All-Metro honorable mention, and his team’s Defensive Player of the Year, while picking up 1,176 rushing yards and 15 TDs on the ground to add first-team All-Gazette League honors on offense … was selected to the preseason top 50 of the Washington Post prior to his junior campaign … had 1,052 yards rushing and 10 TDs on 115 carries, as well as 121 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a 2007 sophomore when he earned his team’s Defensive Player of the Year, All-County and second-team All-Gazette League honors as a linebacker, and added honorable mention All-Gazette League recognition for his performance as a running back … led his squad to the 4A Regional semifinals and was also a team captain in each of his final three prep seasons … also participated in basketball and track and field, leading his club to the Maryland 4A state title as a junior in 2009 in the latter …a Maryland 4A discus champ during both his sophomore and senior seasons, while adding an AAU national discus title and a shot put runner-up performance … had best marks of 167’ in the discus and 53’ in the shot put.

OTHER: Full name is Nickolas Forbes … born January 15, 1992 … mother is Carol Forbes … served as one of the hosts in May of 2012 for the second annual Oskis, an event planned by the Golden Bear Advisory Council (Cal’s student-athlete advisory council) … an executive member of GBAC who served as the organization’s vice president in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 … has represented Cal at the Pac-12 SAAC Conference as well as the NCAA APPLE Conference … very active in community service with organizations including Read Across America, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Blue and Gold Relations, College Sports Day, City of Berkeley, Playworks, Sage Mentorship Program and Swim with Mike … major is political economy. 

Tackles: 13 (Stanford, 2012)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (four times, last vs. Oregon, 2012)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 11 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Sacks: 1.0 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Sack Yards: 11 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Fumble Recoveries: 2 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Fumble Return Yards: 3 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Long Fumble Return: 3 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Interceptions: 1 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Interception Return Yards: 26 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Long Interception Return: 26 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (three times, last vs. Washington, 2012)
Pass Breakups: 1 (three times, last at Washington State, 2012)
Blocked Kicks: 1 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
All-Purpose Yards: 26 (vs. Washington, 2012)

LAST UPDATED: July 11, 2013

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