Nov. 7, 2006
BERKELEY - The California football team has added to its list of honors as senior Daymeion Hughes and sophomore Nate Longshore have been selected as semifinalists for national awards. Hughes was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's top defensive back and Longshore is a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.
The duo join running back Marshawn Lynch, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and head coach Jeff Tedford as Golden Bears who have been named semifinalists for national awards. Lynch is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player), Jackson is a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top receiver) and Tedford is a semifinalist for the George Munger Award (nation's top coach). Hughes has also been tabbed as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and a quarterfinalist for the Ronnie Lott Trophy, both awarded to the nation's top defensive player.
There are 11 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award and 18 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award. The three finalists for each award (announced Nov. 20 for Thorpe and Nov. 21 for O'Brien) will be invited to ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show scheduled for December 7 at 7 p.m. EST. The show will air live from the Atlantic Dance Hall on The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The official presentation of the Thorpe Award will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on February 12, 2007.The 2006 award marks the 20th anniversary of the trophy, which recognizes performance on the field, athletic ability and character.
The winner of the Davey O'Brien Award will be honored on February 19, 2007, at the 30th annual Davey OBrien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, along with Paul Hornung, recipient of the 2006 Davey OBrien Legends Award, and the O'Brien High School Scholarship Award winner.
The Golden Bears, who are ranked No. 8 in the nation, have won eight straight games to improve to 8-1 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 action. This weekend, they play on the road at Arizona, meeting the Wildcats in a 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) battle in Tucson. The game will be televised regionally by ESPN on ABC.