Cal Closes 2012 Season at Oregon State
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Nov. 12, 2012

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Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (3-8, 2-6) at Oregon State (7-2, 5-2)
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

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Head Coach:
Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 82-56/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Phone: 510-219-9340
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Phone: 510-326-9761
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Phone: 510-642-0515
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS

Games Played: 64
Series Record: Cal leads series, 34-30
First Meeting: 10/28/05, at Cal 10, OSU 0
Last Meeting:11/12/11, at Cal 23, OSU 6
Tedford vs. OSU 2-7
Current Streak: Cal win 1

Kickoff - Cal at No. 15 Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. PT)
Cal will take the field for the final time in 2012 this Saturday with a road game at Oregon State (No. 15 AP/No. 16 BCS/No. 17 USA Today). The Golden Bears will play a nationally-ranked team for a second consecutive week and the sixth time in 2012. The Bears have captured two of the last four meetings in Corvallis and also were a 23-6 winner in their temporary home at AT&T Park in San Francisco last season.

Last season's matchup between Cal and Oregon State saw Isi Sofele register a career-high 190 rushing yards, including a career-long 56-yard run. Sofele, who is coming off a season and game-high 134 rushing yards against Oregon last Saturday, is just 109 yards away from 10th place on Cal's all-time career rushing list. He also needs two more rushing touchdowns to crack Cal's all-time top 10 chart in that category.

Cal has been within a single score in the fourth quarter during five of its eight defeats in 2012 and was within a touchdown against then second-ranked and now top-ranked Oregon last Saturday before the Ducks put the game away by scoring touchdowns on five consecutive possessions.

Quick Hitters
• The Bears rushed for 236 yards against Oregon to mark the fifth time this season and third time in the last five games that Cal has rushed for 200 or more yards as a team. The rushing attack against the Ducks was led by Isi Sofele and his season-best 134 yards on the ground. Cal's top three rushers of C.J. Anderson, Sofele and Brendan Bigelow have combined for 1,794 yards and seven 100-yard rushing performances this season, with Anderson and Sofele both hitting the 100-yard rushing mark twice and Bigelow once.

• Head coach Jeff Tedford is Cal's winningest coach ever, posting an 82-56 (.594) mark in 138 career games.

Isi Sofele is just 109 yards away from 10th place on Cal's all-time career rushing list. He also needs two more rushing touchdowns to crack Cal's all-time top 10 chart in that category.

Chris Harper currently boasts season totals of 38 receptions and 516 receiving yards. He is eight receptions short of Keen Allen's true freshman record of 46 catches in 2010 and 85 receiving yards shy of DeSean Jackson's true freshman record of 601 receiving yards in 2005.

Vincenzo D'Amato continues to lead the Pac-12 in both field goals made (1.45 fgmpg) and field goal percentage (11-16, .696) following in the footsteps of 2011 Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who became the first Cal player to ever lead the conference in field goals made and the first since Doug Brien in 1991 to leader the league in field goal percentage.

• Cal is 31st nationally in sacks at 2.45 per game and 38th in tackles for loss at 6.36. Fourteen different Cal players have contributed to the team's sack total, with Chris McCain and Kendrick Payne co-leading the team at 3.5. Cal's tackles for loss have come from 22 different players, with McCain's 8.5 leading the way and followed by Marc Anthony and Steve Williams with 6.5 each. Last Saturday against Oregon, Cal produced 6.0 tackles for loss for 25 yards. The Bears have had at least 6.0 tackles for loss seven times in 2012, including each of the past three games.

Allen Tops Cal's Career Receptions Record
Keenan Allen is the Golden Bears' all-time leader in receptions, surpassing former record-holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04) at the top of the list during the last game in which he played at Utah on October 27. Allen, who now has 205 career catches in his first 33 collegiate games, is also third all-time at Cal in career receiving yards (2570), with McArthur (3188, 2000-04) and Bobby Shaw (2731, 1994-97) the only two Cal players ahead of him. He also has 17 career touchdown receptions to rank seventh all-time in career scoring catches at Cal. In addition, Allen has caught a pass in each of the 33 games he has played at Cal for a streak that currently ranks tied for eighth in the nation and tied first in the Pac-12. He has missed three games in his career due to injury, including Cal's most recent contests against Washington and Oregon.

Allen is the Bears' leading receiver through 11 games of 2012 with 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. The 61 receptions ranks ninth on Cal's single-season list and makes him one of only two players in Cal history along with DeSean Jackson to post two of the school's top-10 single seasons in receptions. Allen's total of 98 catches in 2011 ranked second on the all-time list. Allen ranks tied for 18th nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12 in receptions (6.78 rpg), while he is 33rd nationally and sixth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (81.89 ypg). Allen also ranks 10th nationally and second in the conference in punt returns (14.13 ypr), and tied 71st nationally and tied for 10th in the Pac-12 in all purpose yardage (109.78 ypg). Allen is tied for 22nd in the conference in scoring (5.3 ppg), adding two other scores on a 39-yard run vs. Nevada and a 69-yard punt return against Southern Utah.

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
USC             9-93-0-17 ... 2 punt returns, 15 yards
Arizona State   4-79-1-44 ... 2 punt returns, 10 yards
UCLA            8-79-2-34 ... first career two TD reception game
WSU             11-166-1-69 ... season-high 69-yard catch
Stanford        4-43-0-23 ... 29-yard punt return
Utah            5-61-1-23 ... broke all-time Cal reception record
Washington      DNP (Injury)
Oregon          DNP (Injury)

Injuries Taking A Toll
Cal has had 27 players who were expected to play in 2012 miss a combined 126 games due to injury this season. A list of players and games missed due to injury is below. The eight players listed below in bold have been ruled out for the season.

Tough Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal's strength of schedule ranks eighth nationally in the Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The team's eight losses have come to teams that have combined for a record of 56-24 (.700) in Oregon (10-0), Ohio State (10-0), Stanford (8-2), USC (7-3), Nevada (6-4), Washington (6-4), Arizona State (5-5) and Utah (4-6). Cal has played five teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of their contest in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today/No. 3 BCS), Ohio State (No. 12 AP), USC (No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), Stanford (No. 20 BCS/No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today) and UCLA (No. 25 AP). Cal's final game of 2012 is against a 7-2 Oregon State team that is ranked No. 15 according to AP, while sitting at No. 16 in the BCS Standings and No. 17 in the latest USA Today coaching poll. Cal will also play its 2012 slate with essentially no bye as its "bye week" comes the week after the Bears' final game of the season at Oregon State this Saturday.

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 Golden Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. Tedford's most recent victory at Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012, was his 82nd career win and also his 50th conference triumph. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 82-56 (.594).

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    3-8     Season in progress      None

*Pac-10 Co-Champion

Cal Rushing Trio Approaches 2,000 Yards
Cal's rushing leaders - C.J. Anderson (729), Isi Sofele (653) and Brendan Bigelow (412) - have totaled 1,794 yards rushing and are just 206 yards away from being the first Cal trio to reach 2,000 yards rushing since 2009 when Shane Vereen (952), Jahvid Best (867) and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (211) achieved the feat. Last Saturday against Oregon, Sofele rushed for a season-high 134 yards to lead a rushing attack that totaled 236 yards, marking the fifth time in 2012 and third time in the last five games that the Bears have rushed for 200 or more yards as a team. The week before against Washington, Anderson paced Cal in rushing with his career-high 160 yards to mark his third career 100-yard performance. Anderson's efforts helped the Bears rush for 249 yards against the Huskies. Overall, the Bears are fourth in the conference in rushing (182.36 ypg). Anderson leads the Bears in rushing with his career-high 729 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 115 attempts. Sofele is second with his 653 yards and three scores on 128 carries, while Bigelow is averaging just under 11 yards per carry (10.6) with 412 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 39 attempts. If Anderson and Sofele can combine for 118 yards at Oregon State to reach the 1,500-yard mark between them, it will extend Cal's streak of two players combining for 1,500 rushing yards to 10 consecutive seasons.

2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent        Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada          14-66-0-13 ... 1 reception, 12 yards
Southern Utah   5-46-1-35
Ohio State      4-13-0-5 ... 4 receptions, 65 yards
USC             5-32-0-13 ... 1 reception, 7 yards
Arizona State   8-78-0-44
UCLA            21-151-1-68 ... career high yds. and car.
WSU             15-112-2-29 ... career-high-tying rush TD
Stanford        7-5-0-4 ... 3 receptions, 24 yards
Utah            3-10-0-4
Washington      22-160-0-64 ... career highs in rushes, yards
Oregon          11-56-0-10 ... 2 receptions, 33 yards	

2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent        Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Nevada          5-22-0-5 ... 3 receptions, 33 yards
Southern Utah   19-104-1-21 ... 1 reception, 14 yards
Ohio State      21-86-0-26 ... 1 reception, 5 yards
USC             8-16-0-9 ... 1 reception, 4 yards
Arizona State   15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD
UCLA            5-21-0-7
WSU             14-63-0-16 ... 1 kick return, 12 yards
Stanford        10-13-04
Utah            12-47-0-12
Washington      4-42-0-29
Oregon          15-134-1-35 ... season-high rushing 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
USC             4-31-0-11 ... 3 kick returns, 66 yards
Arizona State   0-0-0
UCLA            5-12-0-7 ... 2 receptions, 35 yds, TD
WSU             8-59-0-25 ... 1 kick return, 29 yards
Stanford        2-0-0-0 ... 2 rec. 40 yds; 4 KR, 96 yds
Utah            2-66-57-1 ... 1 rec., 6 yds; 2 KR, 34 yds
Washington      6-49-0-30
Oregon          6-20-0-9 ... 7 KR, 171 yds, season-long 57-yd KR

Harper Making Run at True Freshmen Receiving Records
True freshman Chris Harper currently boasts season totals of 38 receptions and 516 receiving yards that are eight receptions short of Keenan Allen's true freshman record of 46 catches in 2010, as well as 85 yards shy of DeSean Jackson's true freshman record of 601 receiving yards in 2005. Playing without injured fellow receivers Keenan Allen and Bryce Treggs, Harper had a career-high 101 yards receiving on a career-high-tying seven catches against Washington, including a couple of impressive grabs including a one-hander that was the day's No. 2 play on SportsCenter. Has has paced the Bears in receiving four times on the season, including each of the last three contests.

Maynard on All-Time Passing and Total Offense Lists
Zach Maynard is 10th on Cal's all-time list for both total offense and passing. Through his first 23 career games at Cal, Maynard has passed for 5,204 yards, while compiling 5,350 yards of total offense. Maynard has completed 180-of-296 passes for 2,214 yards over 10 games in 2012, with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer efficiency rating of 130.26 to rank 61st nationally, while his 128.36 career passer efficiency is eighth on Cal's all-time list. Arguably the best game of his career came when he completed 25-of-30 passes (career high 83.3%) for a season-high 295 yards, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in a 2012 win against UCLA, with the five touchdowns he was responsible for a career best. Maynard missed last week's game at Oregon due to injury.

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 ... rushing TD
USC             18-33-2-173-0-17 ... career-high 19 rushes
Arizona State   9-28-0-126-1-44
UCLA            25-30-1-295-4-50 ... 5 total TDs (1 rushing)
WSU             14-23-2-189-1-69 ... career-high 78 rush yds
Stanford        19-31-1-214-0-31 ... team-long 11-yard run
Utah            20-32-1-288-2-51 ... 11 rushes, 30 yards
Washington      15-29-1-175-0-36
Oregon          DNP

D'Amato Leads Pac-12 in Field Goals Made and Percentage
Vincenzo D'Amato leads the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.45 fgmpg) and field goal percentage (16-23, .696) on the footsteps of 2011 placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who last season became the first Cal player to ever lead the conference in field goal percentage and the first since Doug Brien in 1991 to lead the conference in field goals made. D'Amato made 11 straight field goals before missing his third attempt against Washington. He started his streak at USC when he tied his career best by making the final three of his four field goals attempts, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato was also good on his only attempts vs. Arizona State, UCLA, at Washington State (career-long 52-yarder) and against Stanford. At Utah, D'Amato was good on both of his attempts from 49 and 38 yards and had made his first two against the Huskies from 23 and 21 yards before missing wide right on a 41-yard attempt. He made his first attempt against Oregon from 27 yards before missing from 48. In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato is 23rd nationally in field goals made (1.45 fgmpg), 97th nationally and 12th in the Pac-12 in scoring (6.91 ppg) and sixth in the conference in scoring among kickers. D'Amato has a team-high 76 points for the season, adding 28-of-31 extra points to his 16 field goals. He is Cal's active career leader with 128 points (23-35 FG, 59-62 PAT).

2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent        FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other
Nevada          1-2-40 ... 3-3 ... 5-310-62.0
Southern Utah   3-3-47 ... 5-6 ... 9-528-58.7
Ohio State      0-3 ... 4-4 ... 5-323-64.6
USC             3-4-35 ... 0-0 ... 4-260-65.0
Arizona State   1-1-35 ... 2-2 ... 4-253-63.2
UCLA            1-1-26 ... 4-6 ... 8-504-63.0
WSU             1-1-52 ... 4-4 ... 6-378-63.0 ... career-long FG
Stanford        1-1-21 ... 0-0 ... 2-128-64.0
Utah            2-2-49 ... 3-3 ... 5-306-61.2
Washington      2-3-23 ... 1-1 ... 4-209-52.2
Oregon          1-2-27 ... 2-2 ... 4-225-56.2

Cal Defense Forcing Lots of Turnovers Lately
The Cal defense forced 15 turnovers in a five-game stretch prior to not causing one against Oregon in its most recent contest. Cal forced six turnovers against UCLA for the highest total in the Jeff Tedford era and then came back with two more each both at Washington State and against Stanford. Cal had one turnover at Utah and then four more turnovers against Washington. Nine of the 15 turnovers were interceptions, while six were fumbles.

Forbes and Hill Battle for Team Lead in Tackles
After Josh Hill led the team in tackles for most of the season, Nick Forbes has been the team's leader since taking over the lead during the team's contest vs. Washington on Nov. 2. Forbes, who has four double-digit tackle games in his last six outings, will head into Saturday's final contest of the season at Oregon State with 84. Forbes had a career-high 13 tackles against Stanford but his signature game arguably was against Washington when he had a game-high 11 tackles and also came up with two fumble recoveries and an interception. Forbes also has season totals of 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, a team-high three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, an interception and the team's only blocked kick. He is third in the Pac-12 in fumbles recovered (0.27 frpg) and sixth in tackles (7.6 tpg). Hill, who had 11 tackles in Cal's most recent game vs. Oregon compared to 10 by Forbes, has had three double-digit contests this season, including two in his last four games. He is eighth in the Pac-12 in tackles (7.4 tpg) and has added seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards).

McCain Making Big Plays
Chris McCain leads Cal in tackles for loss (8.5, -38 yards) and quarterback hurries (4) and is tied with Kendrick Payne for the team's lead in sacks (3.5, team-high -27 yards). In just his second season at Cal, McCain is tied with Deandre Coleman for first among active Bears in career tackles for loss (14.5) with his 50 sacks yards the most among players on the Bears' current roster. His 5.0 career sacks (-28 yards) are second to Payne's 6.5. McCain has had at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each of his past five contests.

Defensive Backfield Trio All Active Career Leaders
The defensive backfield trio of Marc Anthony, Josh Hill and Steve Williams each rank as Cal's active career leader in at least one category.

Hill, who has played in 47 career games with 31 starts, has 208 tackles to lead all players on the active roster, while his 81 stops on the season are second to the 84 postedby Nick Forbes. His three career forced fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown are tied for the most among active Cal players, while his 22 pass breakups are second, and his 26 passes defended and two fumble recoveries are tied for second. In addition, Hill is third among the team's active players with four career interceptions and 46 interception return yards.

Anthony, who has played in 40 career games with 31 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (96), while ranking tied for first in interception return touchdowns (1), tied for second in passes defended (26), and third in tackles (135), pass breakups (21) and tackles for loss (12.0, -27 yards). Williams, who has played in 36 games with 27 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with six. His three interceptions in 2012 are tied with Kameron Jackson and Michael Lowe for the team lead. He also collected a career-high four pass breakups against the Cougars and is now the Bears' active career leader with 25 (tied for sixth on all-time list) to give him a career total of 31 passes defended that also paces the Bears' active players. He is tied for first among active players with three career forced fumbles, second in tackles (141) and fourth in interception return yards (45). Williams also currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in passes defended (1.18 pdpg).

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 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 19-12 when turnovers are equal and 17-35 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 29-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 11-8 when the turnover table is tied and 10-30 with a deficit. A big key to the Bears' win against UCLA was forcing the six turnovers that were the most in the Jeff Tedford era and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season, including the first three career interceptions by Kameron Jackson, which is also tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season and the most by a single player in a game in the Tedford era.

Solid Home Attendance in 2012
In seven home games in 2012, Cal had an average attendance of 55,876, including a season-high attendance of 63,186 in the season opener against Nevada. Six of the seven games had an attendance of over 50,000.

Senior Sendoff
Saturday's game at Oregon State will mark the final game at Cal for the Bears' 19 seniors - C.J. Anderson, Marc Anthony, Ross Bostock, Tyré Ellison, Dominic Galas, Josh Hill, J.P. Hurrell, Kameron Krebs, Kaulin Krebs, Mike Manuel, Zach Maynard, Robert Mullins, Kendrick Payne, Tyler Rigsbee, Brian Schwenke, Isi Sofele, Eric Stevens, Matt Summers-Gavin and Aaron Tipoti.

Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 64-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-51.

Under the Lights
Cal will be playing its sixth night game of the year this Saturday at Oregon State (7:30 p.m. PT). Each of the Golden Bears' final four games and six of their last seven were under the lights after each of the first five were played in daytime or late afternoon hours. Cal won its first two games under the lights in 2012 against UCLA and at Washington State before falling at Utah, vs. Washington and vs. Oregon in the Bears' last three games.

Young Squad
Cal's current two-deep features 31 of the 56 positions manned by either a freshman (13) or sophomore (18).

Additional Notes From Oregon Game
Cal held the vaunted Oregon rushing attack that came into the game averaging 341.2 yards per contest to just 180 team rushing yards but did allow a season-high 395 yards in the air ... Darius Powe caught his first career reception from Allan Bridgford, which was also his first career touchdown pass in his second career start ... Jalen Jefferson registered his first full career sack ... Steve Williams posted a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss ... Avery Sebastian notched his first career pass breakup ... Brendan Bigelow posted a season-high 57-yard kick return that was the second-longest of his career to an 88-yarder that he returned for a touchdown last season against Presbyterian ... Ross Bostock made his first career start ... the team's 19 seniors went through pregame ceremonies honoring them for their Cal careers ... the 1991 Cal football team who finished that campaign with a 10-2 record and a final AP ranking of eighth was honored in a ceremony during the game.

Cal's State of Oregon Connections
• Head coach Jeff Tedford spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oregon from 1998-2001 and helped lead the Ducks to four bowl games, three post-season wins, the best overall record (38-10) in the Pac-10 during the period and a No. 2 national ranking at the end of his last season in 2001.

• Associate head coach/run game coordinator Ron Gould played collegiately at Oregon for one season in 1987, graduated from the school in 1988, and then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Ducks in 1990 and `91, with the 1990 squad going to the Freedom Bowl. He spent one season as the defensive backs coach at Portland State in 1992.

• Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik spent three seasons (1999-2001) as the special teams coordinator at Oregon State, while also working with the tight ends and as an assistant offensive line coach. The Beavers went to bowl games twice in those three seasons.

• Director of Football Operations Mike McHugh held the same position at Oregon from 1999-2000.

• Five Cal players - Maximo Espitia (Salem, OR/South Salem HS), Isaac Lapite (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS/South Eugene HS), Joey Mahalic (Portland OR/Wilson HS), Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and Jacob Wark (Tualatin, OR/Jesuit HS) - list cities in Oregon as their hometown and played prep football in the state as did Gabe King, who was briefly at South Eugene High School as a prep senior but lists Burlington, North Carolina, as his hometown.

• Brothers Kameron and Kaulin Krebs were members of the Oregon State football program before transferring to Cal.

• Video coordinator Matt Fox was a student assistant in the video office at Oregon from 1999-2000 and graduated from the school in 2001.

• Broadcaster Todd McKim was a long-time media member as a television anchor and sports director in Eugene, and was the 2000 Oregon Broadcaster of the Year.

• Assistant Player Personnel Director/Community Outreach Coordinator Kevin Parker played tailback and wide receiver at Oregon, and was twice named the Ducks' Most Inspirational Player before graduating from the school in 1999.

Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 32 players on NFL rosters as of Nov. 12, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC, while the team's 25 former players on active 53-player rosters (does not included players on injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists) at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season was tied for ninth nationally. 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.

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 in 2012.

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 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. The building was then rededicated during halftime of Cal's game against UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-218-16 (.591) 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). 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 that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.

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 and 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
• Medical Clinic

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.