Dec. 18, 2009
BERKELEY - Cal senior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson and junior linebacker Mike Mohamed were selected to the Sporting News All-Pac-10 team on Thursday. Thompson had previously been named a third-team All-American by the organization on Tuesday.
Thompson started all 12 contests this season to run his streak of starts to all 51 games possible over his four-year Golden Bear career. He regularly draws the assignment on opponents' top receivers and has contributed 47 tackles, 4.0 TFL, one interception and a team-high eight pass breakups this season. Thompson is also Cal's active career leader in tackles (254), interceptions (7), passes defended (41) and pass breakups (34, No. 2 all-time at Cal). He needs only more pass breakup to equal the 35 recorded by all-time school leader Chidi Iwuoma (1997-2000).
Mohamed paces the Pac-10 with an average of 8.8 tackles per game and the team with 105 total stops. He was also responsible for one of the most dramatic plays of the 2009 season when he picked off Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck at the Cal 3-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 34-28 Cal victory in the Big Game at Stanford Stadium. Mohamed was named the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2009 for his efforts at Stanford and on Oct. 31 at Arizona State when he had a season-high-tying 12 tackles in a 23-21 Cal win.
Cal finished the 2009 regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-4 Pac-10 mark to finish tied for fifth in the league standings. The Golden Bears will play Utah (9-3, 6-2 MWC) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Dec. 23 (5:00 p.m. PT). The Utes are ranked No. 23 in the final regular-season AP Top 25 and BCS Standings, as well as No. 24 by USA Today. Cal is unranked. The game will be televised live on ESPN and also be broadcast online at ESPN360.com.
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