Sept. 17, 2012
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco)/GameTracker
Cal Game Notes
This Week In Cal Football
Saturday, Sept. 22, 3:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (1-2) at No. 12 USC (2-1)
Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Ted Robinson (Play-by-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Ryan Nece (Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show) ^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates:*KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) ^Primary, *Secondary; +preempted by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim broadcast Saturday
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Golden Bears' game at USC can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com.
National Radio: ESPN Radio - Rich Cellini (Play-by-Play), John Machovic (Analyst), Brett McMurphy (Sideline)
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Josh Toyofuku (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: USC's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-USC game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 93 on Sirius and channel 194 on XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 80-50/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 99
Series Record: USC leads series, 64-30-5
First Meeting: 11/28/12, Cal 18, at USC 0
Last Meeting:10/13/11, USC 30, at Cal 9
Tedford vs. USC 1-9
Current Streak: USC win 8
Cal remains on the road this week after nearly defeating then-No. 12 Ohio State in Columbus last Saturday. The Golden Bears will take on USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP) on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the Pac-12 opener for Cal and the second conference game of the season for the Trojans after their 21-14 loss at Stanford last Saturday. The Bears caused the Buckeyes to drop four spots in the AP poll after a narrow 35-28 win over Cal. The Bears head into Pac-12 play with a record of 1-2, which marks their first losing record heading into their conference opener since 2003 when they were 2-3 overall before knocking off the third-ranked Trojans, 34-31 in three overtimes, at Memorial Stadium in their memorable 2003 conference opener. Saturday's contest will be the 100th meeting between Cal and USC (USC leads 64-30-5). Two games played in the series were rugby games.
Standout wide receiver Keenan Allen, who racked up numerous preseason accolades and is a member of multiple watch lists including the Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award given annually to the nation's top player and wide receiver respectively, currently ranks 14th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in punt returns with an average of 17.71 ypg that would be third on Cal's all-time single-season chart. He also ranks tied for 24th nationally and tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.67) and 48th nationally and sixth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (126.33 ypg). He is Cal's leading receiver with 20 catches for 216 yards after collecting season highs of nine receptions for 80 yards at Ohio State, along with throwing an eight-yard pass, the third completion of his career in as many attempts.
Brendan Bigelow's 81-yard and 59-yard touchdown runs at Ohio State gave him a career-high 160 rushing yards on the day. Cal finished with 224 rushing yards as a team against Ohio State for its second straight 200-yard rushing peformance. Bigelow was named the All-Purpose Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his performance against the Buckeyes and was also an honorable mention CFPA Running Back Performer of the Week.
Steve Williams notched his fourth career interception - first of 2012 - to tie teammates Marc Anthony and Josh Hill as the Bears' active career leaders in that category.
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Brennan Scarlett and Steve Williams - rank in the top 15 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Williams is tied for fourth (8.0 tpg), Mullins and Hill are tied for seventh (7.7 tpg) and Scarlett is tied for 14th (7.0 tpg).
Zach Maynard had one of his strongest games as a Bear at Ohio State, setting a career-high in completions (26) while going 26-of-37 for 280 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and also scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season. Maynard spread the ball around, completing passes to eight different receivers and also picking up a reception himself.
Cal has produced over 500 yards of total offense each the past two weeks. The Bears garnered 518 yards of total offense against Southern Utah before sporting 512 last week at Ohio State.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-11) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to the bowl scene in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. Tedford's most recent victory was his 80th career win at Cal when the Golden Bears knocked off Southern Utah on Sept. 8, 2012. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl 2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected 2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) 2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31) 2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28) 2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10) 2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36) 2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17) 2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27) 2010 5-7 None None 2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10) 2012 1-2 Season in progress Season in progress
Early Pac-12 Success
Through the first three weeks of the season, the Pac-12 has produced numerous notable non-conference victories, and currently have five teams ranked among the nation's top 25 - Oregon (No. 3 AP/No. 3 USA Today), Stanford (No. 9 AP/No. 11 USA Today), USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), UCLA (No. 19 AP/No. 19 USA Today) and Arizona (No. 21 USA Today/No. 22 AP). Some of the big early-season victories include Oregon State topping Wisconsin, UCLA defeating Nebraska, Arizona beating Oklahoma State and Utah besting BYU. The only game between Pac-12 schools that has been played so far was Stanford upsetting then-No. 3 USC. The combined Pac-12 record thus far is 24-10, with Cal's North Division sporting a 12-4 mark.
Cal in Pac-12 Openers
Cal has a 6-4 all-time record in conference openers under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Golden Bears had won six straight from 2003-08 (USC, at Oregon State, at Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State) before dropping each of the last three in road games at Oregon, Arizona and Washington, with the game at USC on Saturday marking the fourth consecutive season Cal has opened its conference slate on the road. Cal also lost Tedford's first-ever game against a Pac-10 team to Washington State in 2002. The victory over USC (the only other time Cal has played the Trojans in a conference opener under Tedford) was a 34-31 triple overtime decision in Berkeley on Sept. 27, 2003.
Cal On Natural Grass Fields
Saturday's contest at USC will be Cal's first and only regular-season game played on natural grass in 2012. Last season, when the Bears called AT&T Park home - a natural grass field - Cal went 4-1 in those contests with wins over Presbyterian, Utah, Washington State and Oregon State, and a loss to USC. Cal played 11 games on natural grass fields in 2011, going 7-4 in those contests. Besides the five games played at AT&T Park, the Bears beat Fresno State at Candlestick Park, Colorado in overtime in Boulder, and Arizona State in Tempe, while losing to UCLA in Pasadena, at Stanford and to Texas in the Holiday Bowl. The team was 0-2 on artificial surfaces, falling at Washington and Oregon.
All Eyes on Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen currently ranks 14th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in punt returns (17.71 ypg) that ranks third on Cal's single-seson chart. He also ranks tied for 24th nationally and tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.67 rpg), 48th nationally and sixth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage per game (126.33 ypg), and 67th nationally and ninth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (72.00 ypg).
With his season highs of nine receptions for 80 yards at Ohio State, Allen reclaimed the team lead in receiving, now with 20 catches for 216 yards. Allen also became the fastest Cal player to reach the 2000-yard career receiving mark when he did it in his 27th career game at Cal against Ohio State and now has 2,049 for his career, needing 36 more receiving yards to catch Steve Rivera (2,085) for 10th all-time at Cal. He also completed the third pass of his career in as many attempts that went to Zach Maynard for eight yards. His career passing totals are now 3-for-3 for 52 yards.
Allen owns updated career totals of 164 receptions, 2,049 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches in 27 games played and 23 starts in just over two seasons at Cal. His 164 career receptions rank sixth all time at Cal and are only 38 shy of all-time school leader Geoff McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04. He is just outside the school's top 10 for career receiving yards and 1,139 yards shy of McArthur's school-record career total of 3,188. In addition, Allen has caught a pass in all 27 games he has played in, which ranks tied for eighth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD Ohio State 9-80-0-18 ... 1-1 passing, 8 yards
Freshmen Harper and Treggs Among Receiving Leaders
True freshmen Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have joined Allen as the team's top receiving trio in the first three games. Harper currently boasts 15 catches for 183 yards and a team-high two touchdowns. Harper scored a touchdown in the season opener against Nevada and added another at Ohio State, and also hauling in career highs of seven receptions for 94 yards against Southern Utah. Treggs has nine catches for 128 yards and a touchdown with a 14.2 yard average that is the highest of the three, catching three passes in each of his contests vs. Nevada (62 yards, TD) and Southern Utah (38 yards), and at Ohio State (28 yards). Harper and Treggs became the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in a season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004.
2012 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-57-1-25 Southern Utah 7-94-0-21 Ohio State 3-32-1-19
2012 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 3-62-1-37 Southern Utah 3-38-0-23 Ohio State 3-28-0-15
Zach Maynard Efficient Under Center
Zach Maynard's efficiency has improved since 2011, with a 2012 passer efficiency rating of 147.26 that would be fourth on Cal's all-time single season list, while his career mark of 130.67 ranks eighth all time at Cal. Against Ohio State, Maynard completed a career-high 26-of-37 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and his first rushing touchdown of the season. On the season, Maynard has completed 60-of-90 passes for 754 yards, with four passing touchdowns and two interceptions. Maynard began to come on strong at the end of last season, completed 68.1 percent of passes, throwing for five touchdowns to one interception, and posting a 154.25 rating over the final four regular-season games.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 17-30-0-245-2-37 Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards Ohio State 26-37-1-280-1-36 ... 10 rushes, 1 TD
The Rushing Game
The Cal rushing attack has been in full force the last two weeks against Southern Utah (289) and at Ohio State (224) with a combined 513 rushing yards for an average of 256.5 over those two contests. Over three contets, Cal is averaging 208.7 yards rushing per game to rank fourth in the Pac-12 and 36th nationally. Brendan Bigelow rushed for 160 yards at Ohio State, including an 81-yarder that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009. Isi Sofele collected 104 yards on the ground on 19 carries with his first touchdown of 2012 the week before against Southern Utah. The 104 yards gave him his sixth career 100-yard performance, which tied him for 10th all-time at Cal. Sofele had 86 yards on the ground on a season-high 21 carries at Ohio State, and is now just 46 yards away from 2,000 career rushing yards. The Bears' leading rusher in the season opener, C.J. Anderson posted career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (65) at Ohio State. Daniel Lasco also saw his first action in the backfield against Southern Utah and made his presence felt with a 77-yard TD run.
On the season, Sofele leads the way with 212 yards and a touchdown on 45 carries. Bigelow is second with 175 yards and a pair of scores on only six carries, while Anderson is third with 125 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Lasco has 74 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
Cal also has the top two individual games in the Pac-12 this year in total offensive yards per play and rushing yards per play in Bigelow at Ohio State (40.0, 4-160) and Lasco against Southern Utah (37.0, 2-74).
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 catches, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 Ohio State 21-86-0-26
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 Southern Utah 5-46-1-35 Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 catches, 65 yards
2012 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 1-3-0-3 ... 2 kick returns, 59 yards Southern Utah 1-12-0-12 ... 1 kick return, 27 yards Ohio State 4-160-2-81 ... 3 kick returns, 74 yards
2012 Lasco Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 0-0-0-0 ... 1 kick return, 21 yards Southern Utah 2-74-1-77 ... 1 kick return, 8 yards Ohio State 0-0-0-0
Big Play Bigelow
Brendan Bigelow had Cal's two biggest plays of the day at Ohio State and of the team's longest players from the line of scrimmage this year with touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards. The 81-yarder was the longest run in the history of Ohio Stadium, the longest by a Pac-12 player this year and the longest by a Cal rusher since Jahvid Best's 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. His 160 rushing yards on the day were fourth highest single-game total in Pac-12 this season and most by a Cal player. It was also his first 100-yard rushing game. Bigelow also ranks second in the Pac-12 and 27th in the nation in kick return average, sporting an average of 26.67 ypr. He set a new career-high in all-purpose yards at Ohio State with 234 that was the highest total by a Cal player since Jahvid Best had 311 (all rushing) against Washington in 2009. As a result of Bigelow's big day, he earned All-Purpose Performer of the Week honors by the College Football Performance Awards and was also an honorable mention CFPA Running Back Performer of the Week.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game appearance streak of seven consecutive campaigns from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record in 2011. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Challenging Schedule With No Bye Week
Four teams on Cal's remaining 2012 schedule are currently nationally ranked as the Bears will visit USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP) this Saturday, and then host UCLA (No. 19 AP/No. 19 USA Today), Stanford (No. 9 AP/No. 11 USA Today) and Oregon (No. 3 AP/No. 3 USA Today) on October 6 and 20, and November 10. Of the seven teams to visit Berkeley in 2012, six participated in a bowl game last season - Nevada, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Oregon. Cal had a preseason strength of schedule ranking of No. 15 according to Phil Steele.
The Bears essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular season schedule because their bye comes in the week after their regular season finale.
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line) joined the staff in 2012. Also, Marcus Arroyo added pass game coordinator to his duties while he will continue to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his positions as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Two-Time League Leaders In Total And Pass Defense
Cal led the Pac-12 in total defense and pass defense each of the past two seasons, utilizing a balanced attack and creative schemes to create pressure and make the Bears one of the top big-play teams in the country. Cal was first in the conference and seventh nationally in tackles for loss in 2011, while ranking third in the league and 19th nationally in sacks. Cal led the league and ranked 13th nationally in sacks in 2010. Through three games in 2012, Cal has remained one of the nation's best team in tackles for loss as the Bears currently rank tied for 23rd in the nation and third in the Pac-12 (7.67 tflpg) in the category with 13 different players combining for the team's total of 23.0. J.P. Hurrell recorded a career-high 2.5 sacks vs. Southern Utah, the first of his career, and ranks tied for 18th nationally and tied second in the Pac-12 in that category.
Quartet in Top 15 in Pac-12 in Tackles
Four Bears - Steve Williams, Josh Hill, Robert Mullins and Brennan Scarlett - rank in the top 15 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Williams is tied for fourth (8.0 tpg), Hill and Mullins are tied for seventh (7.7 tpg) and Scarlett is tied for 14th (7.0 tpg).
Coleman Leads Defensive Line
Deandre Coleman leads the way on the defensive line with 17 tackles (tied for fifth on the team), 2.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-9 yards). Coleman, who is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end, registered a career-high eight tackles against Nevada, including a half-sack. He followed that with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.0 sack (-8 yards) against Southern Utah. before recording two tackles at Ohio State.
Anthony, Hill and Williams - Active Career Leaders
The defensive backfield trio of Marc Anthony, Josh Hill and Steve Williams share the team's active lead with four career interceptions each and all are among Cal's active career leaders in other categories.
Hill, who has played in 39 career games with 23 starts, currently boasts 150 tackles as Cal's active career leader in tackles. Hill is also tied for first among the team's active players with four career interceptions and two forced fumbles, second with 46 interception return yards and third with 19 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 33 career games with 25 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (93), passes defended (23) and pass breakups (19), while totaling 97 tackles to rank second to Hill in that category. Against Southern Utah, Anthony picked off Thunderbird quarterback Brad Sorensen and returned it 61 yards for his first career touchdown, following in the footsteps of Hill who had owned Cal's most-recent pick-six against Utah last year.
Williams shares Cal's active career lead along with Hill, Keni Kaufusi and Aaron Tipoti with two forced fumbles. He is also third in interception return yards (45), second in pass breakups (16) and passes defended (20).
Sofele and Hurrell Have Played in Every Game
Isi Sofele and J.P. Hurrell share Cal's active career lead in games played, with both having played in all 41 games over the last four seasons from 2009-12. Dominic Galas had played in 38 games straight before missing the first three games of the 2012 season due to injury.
Other Cal Player Individual Notes From Ohio State
Alex Logan paced Cal in tackles against Ohio State with a career-high seven ... Keni Kaufusi registered his second career forced fumble ... Steffan Mos had Cal's first two punts at Ohio State, including a 57-yarder on his first ever punt for the Golden Bears ... Darius Powe secured his first collegiate reception at Ohio State and ended the day with two grabs for 44 yards, including a 36-yarder ... Eric Stevens and Jacob Wark both had a career-high two receptions ... Cole Leininger had a career-best 47.6 yard punt average ... Brendan Bigelow had a season-long 32-yard kick return. Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes earned their first career starts at linebacker.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 34 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-21 record in those contests. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. But, Cal has dropped seven consecutive games against ranked teams since. Cal has four remaining games in 2012 scheduled against opponents currently ranked in the top 25 - Sept. 22 at USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), Oct. 6 vs. UCLA (No. 19 AP, No. 19 USA Today), Oct. 20 vs. Stanford (No. 9 AP/No. 11 USA Today) and Nov. 10 vs. Oregon (No. 3 AP/No. 3 USA Today). Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 campaign, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 62-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, including nine straight times and 39 of the the last 40 with the only exception a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-45.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 45-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 18-11 when tied and 17-31 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 28-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-24 with a deficit. In the 2012 season opener, Nevada defeated Cal, and the Wolf Pack only had one turnover compared to the two the Bears gave up (all fumbles). Cal and Southern Utah each had two turnovers, with one interception and one fumble recovery each. Cal and Ohio State each had one turnover as well as each team had one interception.
Cal's Southern California Connections
Cal has plenty of connections to Southern California with 28 players listing a city south of the Grapevine as their hometown or attending high school in the region, including Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS), Mitchel Bartolo (San Diego, CA/Westview HS), Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS), Brett Buchanan (Encinitas, CA/San Diego/Santa Fe Christian HS), Jeffrey Coprich (Stevenson Ranch, CA (West Ranch HS/Golden Valley HS), Vincenzo D'Amato (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS), Brian Farley (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry HS), Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero HS), Chris Harper (Encino, CA/Crespi HS), Kameron Jackson (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), Mustafa Jalil (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS), Jalen Jefferson (Ventura, CA/St. Bonaventure HS), Cary Kriegsman (Pacific Palisades, CA/Loyola HS), Kenny Lawler (Pomona, CA/Upland HS), Brandon Madueño (West Covina, CA/Damien HS), Mike Manuel (Carson, CA/Golden West College/Los Alamitos HS/Carson HS), Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), Steffan Mos (San Diego, CA/Grossmont College/Clairemont HS), Robert Mullins (Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS), Darius Powe (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS), Vachel Samuels (Compton, CA/Lynwood HS), Brian Schwenke (Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS), Chad Smith (Los Angeles, CA/Loyola HS), Eric Stevens (San Pedro, CA/Peninsula HS), Bryce Treggs (Inglewood, CA/St. John Bosco HS), Cecil Whiteside (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) and Joel Willis (Garden Grove, CA/Pacifica HS). Alejandro Crosthwaite lists his hometown as Rosarito Beach in Mexico but attended high school at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego.
In addition to the long list of players hailing from Southern California, head coach Jeff Tedford is from Downey, CA (Cerritos College/Warren HS).
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast spent one season as a defensive assistant at USC in 1992.
Wide receivers coach Wes Chandler played seven seasons with the NFL's San Diego Chargers.
Defensive line coach Todd Howard was at UCLA as the defensive line coach and associate head coach on defense for five seasons (2006-10) with the Bruins going to bowls during three of the first four years of his tenure.
Assistant football athletic trainer Julie Guzman was the Medical Director of Summer Sports Camps at UCLA in 2010.
Director of student-athlete development Keiko Price earned 22 All-America honors as a swimmer at UCLA before graduating cum laude in 2001.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand and defensive graduate assistant Jon Farmerie both graduated from La Verne College.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 29 players on NFL rosters as of Sept. 16, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round, although Guyton was recently cut.
Academic Success Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 all-academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior Class Award and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 318-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
2012 National Signing Day
Cal put together a top 15 signing class for the third straight year with its 2012 class ranking as high as No. 15 according to MaxPreps, while ESPN (No. 22), Rivals (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 25) also had the Bears in the top 25. Cal's 2011 group ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Scout and its 2010 class was No. 11 according to Rivals. Head coach Jeff Tedford was name the Sporting News Recruiter of the Year in 2011.
Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll
Cal was picked to finish fourth in the North division of the annual preseason poll of media members who cover the league. Oregon (North) and USC (South) were picked to win their respective divisions, both picking up 117 of 123 first-place votes, with the Trojans the choice to win the league's championship game. Oregon was followed in the North division voting by Stanford, Washington, Cal, Washington State and Oregon State, with Stanford (5) and Cal (1) garnering the other first-place votes. USC was followed by Utah, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado in the South division voting, with Arizona State (3), UCLA (2) and Utah (1) picking up the first-place votes not awarded to the Trojans.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal Football Gameday Experience
In addition to all of the information listed on CalBears.com, Cal fans and media have other options to obtain information about Cal football. Cal Athletics recently released a Cal football gameday website - http://www.calbears.com/gameday - which includes all kinds of useful information like an A to Z guide, disability access, transit information, maps, tickets, promotions and much more. Besides the gameday specific website on CalBears.com, there is also a free Cal gameday mobile app that can be downloaded from the Itunes App Store where all of the same information can be delivered directly to your phone.