Cal Football Trio Named to NFF's Hampshire Honor Society
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/02/2012

May 2, 2012

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DALLAS, Tex. - Former Cal players Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and Giorgio Tavecchio have been selected as members of the 2012 National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The trio earned the selection by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better throughout their entire course of undergraduate study and maintaining all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation, while making significant contributions to their team.

A total of 721 players from 232 schools qualified for membership in the society's sixth year, marking this year's class as the largest since the program's creation in 2007.

"The growing number of students involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best student-athletes on campus as well," NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said. "We salute each one of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."

Owusu graduated along with Schwartz from Cal in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in political economy and a cumulative GPA of 3.33. He earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors as a senior after being selected second-team for his academic performance during his junior campaign. He was also a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District® 8 pick as a junior and senior. Owusu played in 42 games with 18 starts at Cal from 2007-11, recording 55 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss (-61 yards), 8.0 sacks (-49 yards), one forced fumble and five pass breakups. Owusu has agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

Mitchell Schwartz

Schwartz graduated from Cal in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in American studies and a cumulative GPA of 3.275 GPA. He was a second-round pick (37th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. Schwartz was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic choice as a senior after being named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic each of his first three seasons. He started all 51 games possible during his Cal career from 2008-11 to fall one start short of Syd'Quan Thompson's school record of 52, making all of his starts at either left tackle (35) or right tackle (16). Schwartz earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior, and was also a second-team All-Pac-10 pick as a junior after an honorable mention selection in his sophomore campaign.

Giorgio Tavecchio

Tavecchio has a cumulative GPA of 3.73 in his political economy major and is on track to pick up his bachelor's degree from Cal later this month. He was a national semifinalist during his senior season for the NFF"s prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman," as well as a candidate for the organization's Scholar-Athlete Awards. He earned second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors in each of his final three seasons and added a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District® 8Tavecchio selection as a senior. Tavecchio played in 46 games at Cal and finished his collegiate career with 256 points to rank fifth on the school's all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers. He made 48-of-64 (75.0%) field goal attempts and 112-120 (93.3%) extra-point tries, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made. As a senior, he became the first Cal player to pace the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (20-23, 87.0%) and the first since Doug Brien in 1991 to lead the conference in field goals made per game (1.54). His field goal percentage of 87.0% was a single-season school record, while his 20 total field goals rank third on Cal's single-season list.

Cal is preparing for a return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012, opening the season at home against Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. Cal's seven-game home slate will also feature Pac-12 contests against Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference tilt against Southern Utah. Cal plays on the road at Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State.

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Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
Sat., Sept. 1 - Nevada (TBA)
Sat., Sept. 8 - Southern Utah (TBA)
Sat., Sept. 15 - at Ohio State (TBA)
*Sat., Sept. 22 - at USC (TBA)
*Sat., Sept. 29 - Arizona State (TBA)
*#Sat., Oct. 6 - UCLA (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 13 - at Washington State (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 20 - Stanford (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 27 - at Utah (TBA)
*Fri., Nov. 2 - Washington (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 10 - Oregon (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 17 - at Oregon State (TBA)
!Fri., Nov. 30 - Pac-12 Championship Game (TBA)
Home Games in Bold at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Pac-12 Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming; All Times Pacific