Cal will host Northwestern in 2013 season-opener at Memorial Stadium to be televised by ESPN2 on August 31.
Cal Thumps Washington. 48-7
Bears put up 24 points in final quarter to stay undefeated at Memorial Stadium
Images from the Cal vs. Arizona game on Saturday, October 18, 2008.
Bears score twice in 48 second span in first quarter
Jahvid Best ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns
AFTER CAL: Selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round (30th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft on April 22, 2010 ... the 24th first-round NFL Draft pick in Cal history and one of seven first-round choices in the last eight years under head coach Jeff Tedford ... declared for the 2010 NFL Draft on January 2, 2010, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility ... tabbed by Athlon as a key loss for Cal prior to the start of the 2010 season.
CAL CAREER: Played three seasons at Cal from 2007-09 ... a first-team All-Pac-10 choice in 2007 and 2008, and a second-team selection in 2009... played in 31 games with 19 starts ... finished his career ranked among Cal's all-time leaders in 200-yard rushing games (3, No. 1), rushing touchdowns (29, No. 3-T), total touchdowns (35, No. 4), all-purpose running (4,045, No. 5), 100-yard rushing games (13, No. 6), rushing yardage (2,668, No. 7) and scoring (210, No. 9) ... scored 16 touchdowns in both 2008 and 2009, with the number ranking fourth on the school's single-season list and only one shy of Cal's modern-era record and two short of the school's all-time mark ... had career rushing averages of 7.3 yards per carry and 86.1 yards per game ... added career totals of 844 yards in kick returns on 32 attempts (26.4 ypr) as well as 62 receptions for 533 receiving yards and six touchdown catches ... recorded 50 plays of 20 or more yards (25 rush, 3 receiving, 22 kick return) ... the only Cal player in history with more than one 200-yard rushing outing ... posted seven consecutive games of 100 or more rushing yards that included the final four contests of 2008 and the first three of 2009, totaling 1,228 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground on 126 carries (9.7 ypr, 175.4 ypg) during the span ... posted 34 career rushes of 20+ yards, to go along with 11 of 60+ yards and four of 80 or more ... missed spring football in both 2008 and 2009 after a hip injury following the 2007 campaign and foot and elbow surgeries after the 2008 season ... missed the final four contests of 2009 after sustaining an injury when he landed hard in the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State ...named a Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week four times, picking up the honor on three occasions as a 2008 sophomore and once during his 2009 junior campaign.
2009 (Game-By-Game Stats): A second-team All-Pac-10 selection, co-recipient of the team's Bear Backers Offensive MVP Award voted on by his teammates, a Phil Steele 2009 Postseason All-Pac-10 Second-Team choice and Maxwell Award semifinalist ... earned the season honors despite missing the final four games due to a season-ending injury sustained when he landed hard in the end zone at the conclusion of a seven-yard touchdown run against Oregon State ... was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland from the field after the injury vs. Oregon State, where he stayed overnight before being released the following day ... still led the team in total touchdowns (16), points (96) and 100-yard rushing contests (5) over nine games played and eight starts, while co-leading the squad along with fellow tailback Shane Vereen in rushing touchdowns with 12 ... second on the club behind Vereen in rushing yards (867) and carries (141), averaging 6.1 yards per rush ... his 16 total touchdowns for the second consecutive campaign tied for fourth on the school's single-season list and was only one shy of Cal's modern-era record and two short of the school's all-time mark ... averaged 10.67 points per game to rank second in the Pac-10 and No. 3 nationally in scoring at the conclusion of the regular season but did play in the minimum 75% of the team's games to qualify for the final NCAA or Pac-10 statistics ... was also fourth in the conference in rushing (96.33 ypg) at the conclusion of the regular season ... presented with a 2009 Elite Running Back Trophy at halftime of the Cal-Stanford women's basketball game at Haas Pavilion on March 6, 2010 ... the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, an AT&T All-America Player of the Week nominee and the Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week after rushing for 131 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns that set Cal's new modern-era record on a career-high 26 carries in a win at Minnesota on Sept. 19, adding three receptions for 17 yards ... entered the season as one of the nation's top candidates to win the 2009 Heisman Trophy ... reached the top spot on the CBSSports and Sports Illustrated lists, as well as the No. 2 position according to ESPN and HeismanPundit after his performance in the third game of the season at Minnesota ... on watch lists for the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and College Football Performance Awards Overall Performer and Running Back Performer of the Year ... the only player in the nation honored by the College Football Performance Awards in each of the first three weeks of the season (honored five times total), winning the CFPA's Overall Performer of the Week in the third week of the season and the organization's Running Back Performer of the Week in both the first and third weeks of the campaign, while picking up honorable mention recognition for the CFPA's Running Back Performer of the Week in the second week ... opened the season vs. Maryland with 137 yards rushing on only 10 carries with two touchdowns, one a 73-yarder in the opening quarter for Cal's first points of the year, while adding two catches for 23 yards and his only kick return of the season for 18 yards ... followed that performance with 144 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground on 17 carries against Eastern Washington, adding another score on a 22-yard pass reception ... had a pair of sub-par games in blowout Cal losses at Oregon (16 rushes, 55 yards; 2 receptions, 14 yards) and vs. USC (14 rushes, 47 yards; 2 receptions, 5 yards) to drop out of realistic contention for the Heisman Trophy ... rebounded with back-to-back 100-yard games in wins at UCLA (18 rushes, 102 yards, TD; 2 receptions, 51 yards, TD) and vs. Washington State (13 rushes, 159 yards, 2 TD; 1 reception, 27 yards, TD), earning the CFPA's Running Back Performer of the Week nod for the third time during the season after his effort against the Cougars and an honorable mention selection following the UCLA contest ... had a 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA that was the third-longest in school history and also hauled in a 51-yard TD pass against the Bruins, while posting a 61-yard scoring run vs. Washington State ... had a productive game as a receiver out of the backfield with a career-high seven catches for 61 yards at Arizona State, while adding 63 yards rushing on 18 carries ... caught at least one pass in each of the nine games he played in and had a TD grab in three consecutive wins at UCLA, vs. Washington State and at Arizona State ... had 29 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight carries at the time he was injured in the second quarter vs. Oregon State ... entered the season as the nation's leading returning rusher and was recognized as one of the preseason 2009 Heisman Trophy favorites by Athlon (No. 4), The Big Lead (No. 4), Lindy's (No. 4), Phil Steele (No. 6), NationalChamps.net (No. 9) and Sports Network (Second-Tier preseason favorites), among others ... selected as a first-team preseason All-American by Athlon, CBS Sports, ESPN, Lindy's and Playboy, as well as a second-team choice according to Phil Steele and Sporting News, and a third-team pick of NationalChamps.net ... named by Sporting News as the nation's top returning running back and the seventh-best player in the country prior to the season ... a first-team preseason All-Pac-10 choice of Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News ... Lindy's also picked Best as the Pac-10's 2009 preseason Most Valuable Player ... added second-team preseason All-Pac-10 kick returner mention from Athlon and was third team according to Phil Steele ... Lindy's and Rivals listed Best as their top running back nationally in the preseason, while he also checked in at No. 2 on Lindy's list of Pac-10 NFL talents ... Phil Steele had him as the No. 4 draft eligible running back and the No. 25 kick returner in the country.
2008 (Game-By-Game Stats): A first-team All-Pac-10 choice for the second straight year (special teams in 2007), as well as a second-team All-American by College Football News ... also shared the Bear Backers Award given to the team MVP with seniors Zack Follett and Alex Mack, while taking home the club's Most Valuable Back honor ... led the Pac-10 and ranked third in the country in rushing, averaging 131.67 yards per game and finishing with a total of 1,580 rushing yards that was the second-highest ever at Cal at the time, behind only J.J. Arrington's 2,018 yards in 2004 ... his 8.1 yards per carry was the best of any player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with at least 125 rushes in 2008, as well as a school record ... led the Pac-10 and ranked second in the nation with his 187.3 all-purpose yards per game average behind Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, who was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft ... also paced the Pac-10 in kick return average (26.3, No. 21 NCAA), and tied for the league lead in scoring with an average of 8.0 points per game (No. 35-T NCAA) and scoring touchdowns with the same per-game average on 16 TDs that ranked tied for fourth on the school's all-time single-season list for a total of 96 points that ranked tied for ninth for a single campaign at Cal ... became the first non-quarterback to pace Cal in total offense (No. 8 Pac-10) since Gary Fowler co-led the team in 1969 and the first running back to lead the squad by himself since John Olszewski in 1952 ... his 15 rushing TDs tied the Cal single-season mark also held by J.J. Arrington (2004) and Justin Forsett (2007) ... a three-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6, Nov. 22, Dec. 6) ... voted Offensive MVP of the Emerald Bowl after galloping for a bowl-record 186 yards on 20 carries (9.3 ypc) and the first two touchdowns of the game on a one-yard plunge and a 42-yard gallop to give Cal an early 14-0 first-quarter lead ... capped off the regular season with a single-game school-record 311 yards on 19 carries vs. Washington - the fourth-highest total in Pac-10 history at the time and the most in the Pac-10 as well as the fourth-most in the nation in 2008 ... his 311 all-purpose yards against Washington were also a career-high and the most in the Pac-10 in 2008 ... also had four rushing TDs vs. the Huskies, including scoring sprints of 60 and 84 yards, to tie the Cal modern era record that he would later break in 2009, and equal the most in the Pac-10 in 2008 with his 24 points scored, four touchdowns and four rushing TDs also matching season-bests in the Pac-10 ... preceded the Washington performance by rushing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, including a 45-yard score, on 19 carries vs. Stanford, while adding another touchdown on a 14-yard reception ...added a 65-yard non-scoring run vs. the Cardinal ... had the two longest runs in the Pac-10 during 2008 as in addition to the 84-yard rush vs. Washington, went 86 yards for a score at Washington State ... the first Cal player in his career and the only Pac-10 player in 2008 to have three 200-yard games in a season (311 vs. Washington, 201 vs. Stanford, 200 at Washington State) with those ranking as three of the top four 2008 rushing performances in the Pac-10 ... had eight 100-yard rushing games to tie for first in the Pac-10 ... had 19 rushes of 20 or more yards and seven of 60+ yards, including three runs of 80 or more yards ... recipient of the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the Big Game ... tied for second on the team with 27 receptions for 246 yards and a touchdown ... opened the campaign with 111 yards rushing on 24 carries and one touchdown, five receptions for 63 receiving yards and 103 kick return yards on four attempts for 277 all-purpose yards against Michigan State ... became the first Cal player since J.J. Arrington in 2004 to open a season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games after racking up 200 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries at Washington State in the second game of the season ... limited to 25 yards on 10 carries in a surprising loss at Maryland, but did record a career-high 65 receiving yards on a season-high-tying five catches and returned four kicks for a career-high 135 yards, including a career-long-tying 54-yard return ... dislocated his left elbow vs. Colorado State in the fourth game of the year but still finished that contest with 85 rushing yards on 11 carries, while adding three receptions for 27 yards and one kick return for 46 ... after missing the Arizona State contest, returned at Arizona and rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries including a 67-yard touchdown run, while adding four receptions for 33 yards ... followed the Arizona game by rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against UCLA ... failed to reach 100 yards or score vs. Oregon (16 rushes, 93 yards) or at USC (13 rushes, 30 yards) ... responded in the next game with 116 rushing yards and a 65-yard touchdown jaunt on 15 carries, as well as four kick returns for 91 yards, at Oregon State beginning his four-game blitz at the end of the season (73 rushes, 814 rushing yards, 11.2 ypc, 203.5 ypg, 9 TD's; 3 receptions, 35 yards, TD; 7 kick returns, 137 yards) that continued with the performances vs. Stanford, Washington and in the Emerald Bowl vs. Miami, Fla. ... had two unassisted tackles with one each at Michigan State and Maryland.
2007 (Game-By-Game Stats): Burst onto the scene as a true freshman, seeing action at tailback, and as a kick returner and gunner on kick coverage ... a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a special teams player ... named Cal's Most Valuable Freshman and also received the J. Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player) ... returned 15 kicks for an average of 27.0 yards per effort (second in the Pac-10), including a career-long-tying 54-yarder at UCLA and 12 others of 20 yards or more ... also a standout special teams player with 12 tackles as a gunner, recording a career-high-tying two stops on five different occasions, as well as a fumble recovery at Oregon ... contributed 221 rushing yards and two scores on 29 carries (7.6 ypc), while adding 74 receiving yards and a touchdown catch among his 13 receptions ... missed the final three games of the season (at Washington, at Stanford, Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force) due to a hip injury ... tallied 20 or more yards on 28.0% of his touches (16-of-57 plays) ... had 46 rushing yards on four carries in his collegiate debut vs. Tennessee ... came back in the next contest with a season-high 73 rushing yards on only two carries at Colorado State, bursting through tacklers for a season-best 64-yard touchdown run for his first career touchdown ... added his first career receiving touchdown against Louisiana Tech the following game with a 16-yard grab ... had a season-high-tying three receptions three times in contests at Colorado State (20 yards), at UCLA (13 yards) and vs. Washington State (18 yards) ... returned three kicks for a season-high 74 yards at Arizona State ... picked up his other touchdown with a rushing score vs. Arizona.
HIGH SCHOOL: A SuperPrep and Parade Magazine All-America choice ... rated as the No. 18 running back in the country by Scout ... selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep ... Rivals also tabbed him with a No. 9 ranking at his position and as the No. 11 prospect overall in California ... selected first-team "Best in the West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... PrepStar national top-100 prospect ... the consensus Bay Area Offensive Player of the Year ... garnered CalHiSports first-team All-State honors ... rushed for 6,428 yards and scored 91 touchdowns for his career ... rushed for 3,325 yards and found the end zone 48 times as a senior, both setting Bay Area single-season prep records ... over 25 percent of his touchdowns were 50 yards or longer during his senior campaign ... ran for 1,444 yards to go along with 271 yards in receptions and 20 total touchdowns as a junior in 2005 for the 12-1 BCAL and Class A CIF North Coast Section champion Chieftains ... had 12 carries for more than 50 yards as a senior and 10 more as a junior, when he averaged 10.4 yards per carry ... also ran track and field, winning a gold medal in the 200 meters at the 2005 USTAF Junior Olympics ... won the 2007 California State Championship in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.31 and also finished second in the 200 at 20.65.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jahvid Andre Best ... born January 30, 1989 ... parents are David and Lisa Best ... major is undeclared but considering Legal Studies.
LAST UPDATED: June 21, 2010