Sept. 24, 2009
BERKELEY - Former Golden Bear Alex Mack has been selected as the best player at his position over the last 10 years of college football in this week's issue of Sporting News, where the two-time All-America center is named to its All-Decade Team.
At Cal, Mack started all 39 possible games and anchored an offensive line that opened holes for three of the top five individual single-season rushers in school history. He earned a first-team spot on the All-Pac-10 team his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, with two Morris Trophies as the Pac-10's top offensive lineman and two selections to ESPN's All-Bowl squad. The Cleveland Browns selected Mack in the first round with the 21st overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Mack excelled in the classroom as well at Cal, earning the prestigious Draddy Trophy (now known as the The Campbell Trophy) awarded to college football's top scholar-athlete in 2008. He was also selected the 2008-09 Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while adding his second consecutive first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honor. In addition, he was a 2008 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for the first time and repeated for a second consecutive year as a Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist.
No. 6 Cal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will play its Pac-10 opener at Oregon (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) this Saturday, Sept. 26 (12:30 p.m.). The game at Autzen Stadium will be televised live nationally by ABC.
The Golden Bears return to Memorial Stadium for a showdown with seven-time defending champion and No. 10/12 USC (2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3 (5 p.m.) for a contest that ABC will also televise nationally.
For tickets to all 2009 Cal football games, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS.