Owusu and Tavecchio Named First-Team Academic All-District 8
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/10/2011

Nov. 10, 2011

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(BERKELEY) - Cal senior defensive lineman Ernest Owusu and senior placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio have been selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District 8 First-Team for football in the University division. All student-athletes selected as a first-team members within one of the nation's eight districts are placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America® consideration.

Owusu is a Political Economy major with a 3.31 cumulative GPA who earned the honor for the second consecutive season after being named in 2010 for the first time. He is also a two-time second-team Pac-10 All-Academic choice ('09, '10). On the field, Owusu has had a productive 2011 season as one of Cal's top pass rushers, tying for second on the squad with 3.5 sacks (-13 yards), while adding 7.0 tackles for loss (-21 yards) to rank third on the team and 20 tackles. For his career, he has posted 7.0 sacks (-40 yards), 13.0 tackles for loss (-52 yards), 46 tackles, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.

"It feels great having the recognition," Owusu said. "Our coaches always try to instill hard work on and off the field, so I can contribute my success to that." Tavecchio is also a Political Economy major and has a 3.71 cumulative GPA. The Academic All-District 8 selection is his first after two previous second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2009 and '10. In 2011, he was also a national semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman," and a candidate for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

Giorgio Tavecchio

Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with 62 points through the team's first nine games of 2011 and has made 12-of-15 field goal attempts. His current per-game averages rank among the Pac-12's leaders in field goals (T4th, 1.33 fgpg) and scoring by kickers (T7th, 6.9 ppg). He also has a 54-yard field goal at Oregon in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. His nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyterian both equal the most by a conference player in 2011. Tavecchio has played in 42 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Bears' active career scoring leader with 222 points. He recently moved past three household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch and Shane Vereen - into the school's all-time record book for scoring. He is now ninth with the next person to pass on the list also a famous Cal tailback in Chuck Muncie, who scored 224 points from 1973-75. Tavecchio has made 40-of-56 (71.4%) field goal attempts and 102-of-109 (93.6%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 222 times in his career for 13,342 kickoff yards and an average of 60.1 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.

"It feels great," Tavecchio said about his most recent academic honor. "I feel that this is a testament to the value and character of our program on the field and in the classroom."

Cal plays its final home game of the 2011 campaign against Oregon State at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 12. Kickoff for the Pac-12 contest to be telecast by CSN California is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PT.

In addition, the commercial radio broadcast of all Cal football games can be heard on the IMG College Sports Radio Network, with KGO 810 AM in San Francisco serving as the flagship station. The KGO broadcast is also available live online at CalBears.com, while KALX 90.7 FM offers fans the student radio broadcast.

In addition to the home finale, Cal has remaining road tilts at Stanford (Saturday, Nov. 19) and Arizona State (Friday, Nov. 25, 8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN). If Stanford defeats Oregon this Saturday, the Big Game will be telecast by ABC to a minimum of 51% of the nation's households with a start time of 5:00 p.m. PST. Should Stanford fall to Oregon, the Cal-Stanford game would be telecast by ESPN and start at 7:15 p.m. PST.

After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal hosted its home contests outside of Berkeley in 2011 for the first time since Memorial Stadium opened while the venue undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. The Bears are slated to return to Memorial Stadium for their 2012 home schedule. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.

Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
*Sat., Nov. 12 - Oregon State (3:30 p.m. PT, CSN California)
*Sat., Nov. 19 - at Stanford (5:00 p.m. PST, ABC ... or ... 7:15 p.m. PST, ESPN)
*Fri., Nov. 25 - at Arizona State (8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN)
!Fri., Dec. 2 - Pac-12 Championship Game (5:20 p.m. PT, FSN)
Home Games in Bold at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming