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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) vs. Texas (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)
Snapdragon at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
TV: ESPN - Rece Davis (Play-by-Play), Craig James (Analyst), Jesse Palmer (Analyst), Jenn Brown (Sideline)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, *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), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Holiday Bowl 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.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-by-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst), Beni Shpringer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The ESPN Radio feed of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio channel 84.
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.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 79-47/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
First Meeting: 10/3/1959, at Texas 33, Cal 0
Last Meeting: 9/19/1970, at Texas 56, Cal 15
Current Streak: Texas win 4
Tedford vs. Texas: First Meeting
Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) and Texas (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) will meet for the first time in 41 years in the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Both teams enter the game with identical overall and conference records. Cal finished fourth in the North division of the Pac-12, while Texas tied for sixth in the Big 12. Only two seasons ago, the Longhorns played in the BCS National Championship Game, falling 37-21 to Alabama at The Rose Bowl.
Cal finished the 2011 campaign with three victories in its final four contests, with its only loss during the stretch by a slim 31-28 margin on the road to a Stanford team that is headed to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State after finishing the regular season ranked No. 4 in the BCS Standings, AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll. The Bears started their final month of the regular season with home victories over Washington State and Oregon State, and finished November with an emphatic 47-38 road victory in their regular-season finale over an Arizona State team that had been nationally ranked most of the season.
Texas began its 2011 season with four straight victories and was 6-2 before dropping three of its final four regular-season contests. Two of the three losses came to nationally-ranked teams on the road at Kansas State and against Baylor at home. The Longhorns also fell on the road at Missouri. The lone win during the stretch came in their rival game at Texas Tech.
Texas holds an all-time series lead of 4-0 over Cal, and was ranked in the nation's top 10 in each previous meeting, including the last matchup in 1970 in Austin when a second-ranked Longhorns club prevailed, 56-15. A No. 10 UT team also took the first meeting in 1959 in Austin, 33-0, while the other games were contested in Berkeley with No. 4 Texas squads winning 28-3 in 1961 and 17-0 in 1969.
Cal and Texas will see more of each other in the near future as the teams have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, with the Bears visiting Austin on Sept. 12, 2015, and UT making a return trip to Berkeley on Sept. 10, 2016.
More on the Bears-Longhorns Matchup
Cal and Texas have put up strong numbers on defense, with the Longhorns No. 14 in total defense (315.33 ypg) and the Bears No. 26 (339.42 ypg).
Cal's defense will go up against a Texas offense that is powered by the nation's No. 19 rushing team (210.42 ypg) but only No. 85 in passing (193.58 ypg).
Cal's balanced offense that is No. 37 in total offense (418.67 ypg), No. 38 in passing (251.50) and No. 48 in rushing (167.17 ypg) will face a Texas defense that has been stingy against the run at No. 11 (103.67 ypg) and No. 47 in pass defense (211.67 ypg).
Cal's Quick Hitters
Cal's 2011 team features an All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Mychal Kendricks, while three others (WR Keenan Allen, P Bryan Anger, OL Mitchell Schwartz) joined Kendricks as first-team All-Pac-12 selections.
Cal is bowl eligible in 2011 for the ninth time in 10 seasons under Jeff Tedford and playing in its eighth bowl in the last nine campaigns.
Cal has clinched its eighth winning season in the last nine years in 2011.
Cal is playing in the Holiday Bowl for the third time, having defeated Texas A&M (45-10) in 2006 after a loss to Texas Tech (45-31) in 2004.
Cal has an all-time bowl record of 10-9-1 dating back to the team's first bowl game on January 1, 1921, a 28-0 victory over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
Head coach Jeff Tedford is one win away from his 80th career and Cal victory as he wraps up his 10th season as Cal's head coach.
Bowling and Winning
Cal has done a lot of both lately with the Bears bowl eligible for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons and playing in their eighth bowl in the last nine campaigns in 2011. Cal has also clinced a winning record for the ninth time in the last 10 campaigns. Cal was bowl eligible for eight straight seasons (2002-09) and played in a school-record string of seven straight bowls from 2003-09. The Bears also equaled another school record with eight consecutive winning seasons before all the runs finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7 and out of the bowl picture. In its seven consecutive bowl appearances, all under head coach Jeff Tedford, Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Tedford is only Cal head coach to ever record more than two bowl victories.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Tedford
Cal averaged eight wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have an opportunity to extend their average of eight wins per season to 10 in a row and close out their first decade under Tedford with 80 victories if they can defeat Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Season 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 7-5 None Holiday (Cal vs. Texas) *Pac-10 Co-Champion
Kendricks RACKS UP THE HONORSbr>
Mychal Kendricks (Sr., LB) has been the Bears' top award winner following the 2011 regular season. He has been named a second-team All-American by both Phil Steele and College Sports Madness, third-team by Yahoo! Sports and honorable mention by SI.com. At the conference level, he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches, who also named his first-team All-Pac-12 along with College Sports Madness, the ESPN Pac-12 Blog, Phil Steele and Yahoo! Sports. Kendricks is tied for third in the Pac-12 in tackles per game (1.08 tflpg) and tackles (8.0 tpg), while leading the team in both with totals of a career-high 96 tackles and 13.0 tackles for loss. He also co-leads the squad with a pair of interceptions that he has returned for a team-high 62 yards, while adding 3.0 sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries that he has returned for 33 yards. Kendricks has posted four double-digit tackle games in 2011, including a career-high-tying and team season-high 15 stops at Washington. He also had 13 tackles at Stanford along with a season-high-tying 2.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and his first full sack of the season when he dropped Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck for a 14-yard loss. Kendricks was a fourth-team midseason All-American and first-team midseason All-Pac-12 choice according to Phil Steele.
Kendricks is Cal's active career leader in tackles (248), tackles for loss (35.0), sacks (13.5) and fumble recoveries (7) in 50 games played and 28 starts. He has added four interceptions, a forced fumble, five pass breakups and one blocked kick. Kendricks became the seventh Cal player to earn Pac-10/12 Player of the Year honors. Previous selections include Chuck Muncie (1975), Ron Rivera (1983, Co-Defensive), Mike Pawlawski (1991, Co-Offensive), Deltha O'Neal (1999, Defensive), Daymeion Hughes (2006, Defensive) and Marshawn Lynch (2006, Offensive).
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) Presbyterian 3 tackles at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard) Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32-yard return) at UCLA 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards) Washington State6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard), 1 INT (30-yard return) at Stanford 13 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-18 yards), 1.0 SK (-14 yards) at Arizona State8 tackles, 2.0 TFL (-12 yards), 1.0 SK (-11), 1 FR (33 yards)
KENDRICKS JOINED BY 14 OTHERS on all-Pac-12 team
Mychal Kendricks was joined by 14 others selected in a vote of the conference coaches as All-Pac-12 selecrtions, including first-team picks Keenan Allen (So., WR), Bryan Anger (Sr., P) and Mitchell Schwartz (Sr., OL). Trevor Guyton (Sr., DL) was a second-team selection. An additional 10 Cal players - D.J. Campbell (Sr., DB), Sean Cattouse (Sr., DB), Justin Cheadle (Sr., OL), D.J. Holt (Sr., LB), Marvin Jones (Sr., WR), Anthony Miller (Sr., TE), Isi Sofele (Jr., RB), Matt Summers-Gavin, (Jr., OL), Giorgio Tavecchio (Sr., PK) and Aaron Tipoti (Jr., DL) - earned honorable mention honors.
"I'm very proud of the student-athletes that were recognized as all-conference players," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of these guys have worked very hard to put themselves in position to not only help the team but achieve personal recognition."
Allen Among National and Pac-12 Leaders
Keenan Allen ranks second in the Pac-12 and tied for 12th nationally with his per-game average in receptions (7.42), as well as third in the Pac-12 and 12th nationally with his per-game average in receiving yards (105.08). The third-team midseason All-American choice according to Phil Steele led the nation in receiving yards per game for two weeks after contests against USC and Utah. He has career and team-high totals of 89 receptions, 1,261 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. His reception and receiving yard totals are both second on Cal's all-time single season lists, while his touchdown total is only one score from entering the school's all-time single-season list. All three are already career highs. His average of 14.2 yards per reception leads the team's receivers with at least one catch per game and is also a career best. Allen posted a then-career high of 10 catches and a career high 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time on Cal's single-game list) against Washington, with the 197 receiving yards marking the seventh most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He then set another career-high two games later against USC with 13 grabs for 160 yards, with the 13 receptions tying for third on the school's all-time single-game list. His five 100-yard receiving games are tied for third in the Pac-12. He has had at least five catches and 61 yards receiving 11 of his 12 games in 2011, with the only exception being when he was held to season lows of three catches and 29 receiving yards against Oregon State. Allen also paces the club with 1,340 all-purpose yards and an average of 111.67 per game that ranks 11th in the Pac-12 and 74th nationally. In addition, he is fourth on the team in scoring with 36 points. Allen was one of 10 Biletnikoff Award semifinalists for the honor given annually to the nation's top receiver, as well as a candidate for the Paul Hornung Award bestowed upon the nation's most versatile player.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards Presbyterian 6-85-1-27 at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards at Oregon 9-170-1-31 USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards Utah 8-78-1-16 at UCLA 7-83-0-27 ... 1 rush, 12 yards Washington State 8-85-0-29 ... 1 rush, 8 yards; 2 punt returns, 20 yards Oregon State 3-29-0-19 at Stanford 6-97-1-42 at Arizona State 5-61-0-34 ... 1 rush, 6 yards
Allen Chasin' and Breakin' Records
Keenan Allen's current 2011 totals of 89 receptions and 1,261 receiving yards are 11 receptions and 243 yards shy of Cal's single-season records in those categories set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). His current totals both rank second on Cal's all-time single-season lists. After 23 games in just under two seasons at Cal, Allen is threatening to move onto the school's all-time top-10 lists with his career totals of 135 receptions (three shy), 1,751 receiving yards (296 shy) and 11 touchdown catches (two shy). He already has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth all-time at Cal. Allen has set one record at Cal in 2011 when he caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Zach Maynard at Washington that was the longest pass play in school history.
Sofele CAL'S LATEST 1,000-YARD RUSHER
Isi Sofele gave Cal its' ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 years when he reached the mark while rushing for a career high 190 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Oregon State. He has since moved to sixth on Cal's single-season rushing list with a total of 1,270 yards on the ground on 232 (5.5 ypr). Sofele is 86 yards away from the fifth spot on the list that Marshawn Lynch currently holds with his 1,356 yards in 2006. He also has a team-high nine rushing touchdowns, a team-high-tying nine total touchdowns, and is tied for second on the squad in scoring with 54 points. In his last six games, Sofele has found paydirt in five of them. His 105.83 yards per-game rushing average has him ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 20th nationally. Sofele has five 100-yard rushing games to rank tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in that category and has posted at least 74 yards rushing in 11 of his 12 contests in 2011, reaching the mark in every game other than USC. In addition, he has one double-digit run in all 12 of his contests. Sofele is second on the team with his 1,329 all-purpose yards, with his per-game average of 110.75 ranking 12th in the conference and 77th nationally.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 24-88-2-39 at Colorado 20-84-0-29 Presbyterian 18-110-2-25 at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards at UCLA 15-74-1-15 Washington State 23-138-1-22 Oregon State 23-190-1-56 at Stanford 21-96-0-13 at Arizona State 21-145-1-26
Jones Having Another Solid Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another solid season with 54 receptions, 758 receiving yards and three touchdown catches that are all second on the team behind Keenan Allen (tied for second in touchdown catches). Jones is also second behind Allen among all of Cal's players with one catch or more per game with an average of 13.9 yards per catch.
His 54 receptions are a career high, while his 758 receiving yards are only seven shy of the career high 765 he recorded in 2010.
Jones is ninth in the Pac-12 and 78th nationally with his 63.17 receiving yards per game average, while his 4.50 receptions per contest are 14th in the conference and tied for 93rd nationally.
Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (148), receiving yards (2,182) and receiving touchdowns (13). The receptions and receiving yards are eighth on Cal's all-time list, while the receiving touchdowns are tied for 10th. He also has six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at Colorado 5-55-0-21 Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards at Washington 6-79-0-16 at Oregon 6-66-0-18 USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards Utah 5-69-0-30 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at UCLA 1-11-11 ... 3 punt returns, 9 yards Washington State 2-19-0-10 ... 1 rush, 23 yards; 1 punt return, 14 yards Oregon State 3-23-0-9 at Stanford 3-52-0-20 at Arizona State 5-54-0-18 ... 2 rushes, 9 yards
Jones AND ALLEN CATCH STREAKS
Marvin Jones extended his catch streak to 37 consecutive games at Arizona State (school record is 42 by Robert Jordan from 2004-07). Keenan Allen also has a streak going that covers each of the 23 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Maynard's First Season As Starting Quarterback
First-year starting quarterback Zach Maynard has completed 212-of-372 (57.0%) of his passes for 2,802 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 129.43 quarterback rating. Maynard is currently sixth on Cal's all-time single-season list for passing yards and needs 198 yards in the air in the Holiday Bowl to become only the third Cal passer to ever throw for 3,000 yards in a season. He is another 21 yards shy of Nate Longshore's 3,021-yard season in 2006 that is the second-most passing yards in Cal history. Pat Barnes holds the school's single-season record with 3,499 in 1996. In addition, Maynard ranks fourth on the school's single-season list with 2,949 of total offense and is within range of both the second and third-places seasons on the list posted by Aaron Rodgers (3,113, 2003) and Nate Longshore (2,969, 2006). Pat Barnes also holds the school record with 3,416 yards of total offense in 1996.
Maynard came on strong at the end of the 2011 campaign as evidenced by the dramatic rise in his completion percentage, touchdown to interception ratio and quarterback rating. Over the last four games, he has completed 68.1 percent of passes, thrown for five touchdowns to one interception, and posted a 154.25 rating. Over his first eight contests, he hit on 53.4 percent of his passes, had nearly as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns (12), and a rating of 121.31.
On the season, Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards and completed at least 15 passes in nine of his 12 starts, including each of his first seven contests. He arguably posted his signature game at Stanford when he was 20-of-29 (69.0%) for 280 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception, posting slightly better stats than Stanford's Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck. Maynard has either thrown or run for a touchdown in 11 of 12 contests, while both throwing and running for a score four times. He has also rushed 76 times for 147 yards and four touchdowns on the season. On three occasions, he has rushed for over 35 yards including a career-high 52 in the season opener vs. Fresno State and 40 in the regular-season finale at Arizona State.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards, TD Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards, TD at UCLA 14-30-4-199-0 ... 9 rushes, 39 yards Washington State 10-17-0-118-1 ... 5 rushes, 4 yards Oregon State 13-19-1-128-1 ... 6 rushes, 3 yards, TD at Stanford 20-29-0-280-2 ... 8 rushes, -4 yards at Arizona State 19-26-0-237-1, 5 rushes, 40 yards, TD
Anderson's Role Increasing as Backup Tailback
C.J. Anderson has been emphasized in Cal's offensive attack more over the past four games, compiling a combined 197 yards on 32 rushes (6.2 ypr) with a team-high four touchdowns all on the ground, and catching five passes for 167 yards (33.4 ypc) during the period. Anderson had a huge game in the regular-season finale at Arizona State, becoming the first Cal player to score three touchdowns in a game in 2011. In that contest, Anderson rushed 10 times for 48 yards and two scores while also catching a pass from Maynard for a short gain that he turned into a 74-yard play and his first career receiving touchdown. On the season, he has rushed 68 times for 343 yards (5.0 ypr) and caught seven passes for 186 yards (26.6 ypc). He has nine touchdowns (eight rushing, one receiving) to co-lead the team and is tied for second on the club in scoring with 54 points.
Holt Steady Again in 2011
D.J. Holt, who shared the team's Bear Backers MVP Award on the defensive side of the ball with Mychal Kendricks and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice, is second on the squad for the second consecutive year with his 81 tackles. In addition, he has added a career-high 10.5 tackles for loss (-40 yards) that are also second on the 2011 club, with at least 1.0 TFL in each of his last nine games. His per-game averages of .88 tackles for loss and 6.75 tackles rank eighth and tied for 10th in the Pac-12, respectively. Holt has added 2.0 sacks (-13 yards) to double his career total, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries while starting all 12 games. For his career, Holt is tied for first among active Cal players in forced fumbles (3) and second in tackles (217). He has also added 20.5 tackles for loss (-66 yards), 4.0 sacks (-26 yards), two fumble recoveries and eight pass breakups.
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) at Colorado 9 tackles Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards) USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at UCLA 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-7 yards), 1.0 SK (-6 yards) Washington State 6 tackles, 1.0 SK (-6 yards), 1.0 TFL (-6 yards), 1 QBH Oregon State 10 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-4 yards), 1 PBU at Stanford 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Arizona State 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard)
Anger Again Among Nation's Best
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has once again proved he is among the nation's best in 2011. For each of the past three seasons (2009-11), he has earned first-team all-conference honors and also captured the J. Scott Duncan Award as the team's Most Valuable special teams player. Anger is one of only four players in the history of Cal football to be named first-team all-conference for three consecutive seasons. Given the College Football Performance Awards Elite Punter Trophy for his performance over the last two seasons, Anger has had yet another banner season in 2011 in his fourth campaign as the team's starting punter. He is averaging 44.57 yards per punt in 2011 to rank second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally for those with the NCAA's minimum number of punts per game. His 2011 average is also fifth on Cal's all-time single-season list and has improved his career average to 43.54 yards per punt, second on Cal's all-time list. He earned an honorable mention spot on Phil Steele's 2011 midseason All-American squad. If Anger can keep his 2011 punting average above his 42.7 he will finish his career with three of the top seven seasons ever by a Cal punter.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20 at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20 Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20 at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+ at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+ USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 FC, 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards Utah 5-231-46.2-62 ... 1 50+, 2 I-20 at UCLA 5-248-49.6-64 ... 2 FC, 3 50+, 3 I-20 Washington State 4-165-41.2-60 ... 2 FC, 1 50+, 3 I-20 Oregon State 3-118-39.3-54 ... 2 I-20 at Stanford 2-87-43.5-48 ... 2 FC, 1 I-20 at Arizona State 2-98-49.0-57 ... 1 50+
Tavecchio Having Memorable Senior Season
Giorgio Tavecchio has made 19-of-22 field goal attempts for a Pac-12 high 86.4 percentage and also leads the conference in field goals per game (1.58), ranking tied for 11th nationally in the latter category. Tavecchio paces Cal in scoring with 92 points (tied for 49th nationally) and has moved into fifth place on the school's all-time scoring list with 252 career points. He is the first Cal player to pace the Pac-12 in field goals made since Doug Brien led the conference and the nation in 1991 with an average of 1.73 per game. No Cal player in recorded history has ever led the conference in field goal percentage. He is also sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring and third in scoring among kickers with a per-game average of 7.7. In addition, his career-high 17 points at Arizona State in the regular-season finale are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in 2011 and earned him Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career. He also has a career-long 54-yard field goal at Oregon in 2011 that is the longest by a Pac-12 player this season, while his nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyterian both equal the most by a conference player in 2011.
Tavecchio, who has played in 45 contests at Cal from 2008-11, is within reasonable striking distance of the third-place position currently held by Jim Breech (260 points, 1947-77). Tom Schneider (257 points, 2004-06) is currently fourth. Tavecchio has made 47-of-63 (74.6%) field goal attempts and 111-of-119 (93.3%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 242 times in his career for 14,585 yards and an average of 60.3 yards per kickoff with 14 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. He also has eight career tackles.
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0 at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6 USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199-66.3 Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439-62.7-1TB at UCLA 0-1-NA 2-2 3-191-63.7 Washington State 1-1-43 3-4 6-341-56.8 Oregon State 1-1-32 2-3 5-307-61.4 at Stanford 2-2-25 2-2 5-327-65.4 at Arizona State 4-4-48 5-5 10-609-60.9-1TB 1 tackle
Other Individual Notables
Second-team All-Pac-12 selection Trevor Guyton should have his own note. He was the only player to garner three team awards, earning the Joe Roth Award given to the player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship, in addition to the Brick Muller Award as the top lineman on defense and being selected on the defensive side of the ball for a Cort Majors Captains Award. Guyton co-leads Cal with 4.5 sacks (-23 yards) and ranks third on the club with his 10.0 tackles for loss (-36 yards), with his per-game averages of .83 tackles for loss and .38 sacks checking in tied for ninth and tied for 15th in the conference. He also co-leads the squad in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries with two each, with his .17 fumble recoveries per game tied for sixth in the Pac-12. Guyton's 42 tackles are first among Cal's defensive linemen and sixth on the team overall. For his career, he has equaled D.J. Holt's three forced fumbles for the most of any active Cal player. He also has 91 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss (-91 yards), 10.0 sacks (-66 yards) and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown against Fresno State in the 2011 season opener.
Sean Cattouse is third on the club with a career-high 71 tackles and shares the team lead in both interceptions and fumble recoveries with two each, returning his two picks for 20 yards. Cattouse has added 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and two pass breakups. He leads all active Cal players for his career with seven interceptions that he has returned for 44 yards and 17 pass breakups, while adding 180 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 2.0 sacks (-3 yards) and two fumble recoveries.
D.J. Campbell ranks fourth on the team with a career-high 63 tackles and shares the squad's lead in both interceptions and fumble recoveries with two each, with his .17 fumble recoveries per game tied for sixth in the Pac-12. He has career totals of 102 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards), 2.0 sacks (-17 yards), one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups.
Steve Williams and Marc Anthony are making a run at the school's all-time single-season list in pass breakups. Williams is tied for 10th with 11, while Anthony has 10 and is only one outside of the school's all-time top 10 for a single season. Anthony's total has come in two fewer games and with the addition of one interception he is tied for fourth in the conference in passes defended per game (1.10). Williams has added a pair of interceptions and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with an average of 1.08 passes defended per game.
Michael Calvin is having the most productive season of his career with 19 catches, 260 receiving yards and his first career touchdown reception. His catches, receiving yards and average of 13.7 yards per reception are all career bests.
Anthony Miller is having a solid season with 23 catches for 254 yards and a three of his five career touchdown receptions. He has also received significant support from his backup tight end Spencer Hagan, who has contributed all 12 catches, 94 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions of his career.
Ernest Owusu co-leads the team with 4.5 sacks (-25 yards), while adding 7.5 tackles for loss (-30 yards) to rank fourth on the club and 27 tackles, which is second among the team's defensive linemen. His .38 sacks per game are tied for 15th in the Pac-12, while his 0.63 tackles for loss per contest are 25th. Owusu also has two pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in 12 games played and eight starts. All of his numbers are career highs.
Josh Hill is having the biggest season of his career with 48 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.0 sack (-4 yards), a team-high-tying two interceptions that he has returned for 32 yards with one of them against Utah being Cal's only interception return for a touchdown this season, five pass breakups and one forced fumble. All of the numbers Hill has recorded in 2011 while playing in all 12 games and starting six are either career highs or tied for career highs.
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 62 plays (41 passing, 21 rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, easily surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular-season games last year. With an average of 5.2 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in 2011, Cal is only slightly behind the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 40 of the 62 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (17), Isi Sofele (14), Marvin Jones (12), C.J. Anderson (6), Anthony Miller (4), Michael Calvin (4), Allan Bridgford (3) and Will Kapp (1). The longest play of the year was a school-record 90-yard pass from Maynard to Allen at Washington, while the longest rushing play was Isi Sofele's 56-yarder against Oregon State.
Big Plays Are Back on Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first 12 games of 2011, the Bears have 32.0 sacks and are third in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally in sacks per game (2.67). A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 and ranked No. 13 nationally with an average of 2.86 sacks per game. Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 with a total of 92.0 as the Bears' per-game average leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth nationally (7.67). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out the Sacks
A group of 16 players have contributed to Cal's 32.0 total sacks in 2011. Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu co-lead the team with 4.5 sacks and an average of .38 per game that is tied for 15th in the Pac-12. David Wilkerson had added 4.0 sacks in nine games and is actually ahead of Guyton and Owusu in the conference rankings at 10th with a per-game average of .44. Others that have recorded sacks in 2011 include Mychal Kendricks (3.0), Cecil Whiteside (3.0), D.J. Holt (2.0), Kendrick Payne (2.0), Chris McCain (1.5), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Robert Mullins (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Second in Pac-12, Seventh Nationally in Punting
Cal is ranked second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally in net punting, with the latter the highest ranking in recorded history for the Golden Bears. Cal's net average is four positions better than the No. 11 individual national ranking punter Bryan Anger holds. The Bears have a net yards per punt average of 40.24 and have improved significantly in each of the two seasons under special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, picking up 11 spots from their No. 30 position (37.31 nypg) the year before Genyk's arrival to No. 19 in 2010 (38.51 nypg) and another 12 spots to their current No. 7 position.
The Defensive Side of the Ball
Cal is second in the Pac-12 in total defense (339.42 ypg) and leads the conference in pass defense (209.08 ypg), ranking 26th and 43rd nationally, respectively. The Bears also pace the Pac-12 and are ranked fifth nationally in tackles for loss (7.67 tflpg), as well as are third in the conference and 17th nationally in sacks (2.67 spg). In addition, the Bears share the league lead in opponents' first down, allowing only 17.8 per game. In the back-to-back wins over Washington State and Oregon State that started their successful final month of November, Cal only allowed a combined 13 points and held the Cougars and Beavers to an average of 48.0 rushing yards per game. Cal has held five opponents under 70 yards rushing in 2011.
Cal's Offense Improved in 2011
Cal's offensive unit has shown tremendous improvement in 2011, increasing its total production from 334.00 yards per game and a No. 90 national ranking in 2010 to 418.67 yards per game and a No. 37 national showing this season. The passing game moved nationally from No. 94 (175.08) to No. 38 (251.50 ypg). The running game was also slightly better, going from 158.92 yards per contest (No. 52) to 167.17 (No. 48).
Offensive Comparison - 2011 vs. 2010
Category 2011 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) 2010 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) Rushing Offense 167.17 ypg (No. 4/48) 158.92 ypg (No. 6/52) Passing Offense 251.50 ypg (No. 7/38) 175.08 ypg (No. 9/94) Total Offense 418.67 ypg (No. 7/37) 334.00 ypg (No. 7/90)
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 32 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-19 record in those contests. The Bears are 0-2 in 2011 against nationally ranked teams with losses at Stanford (No. 8 AP, No. 9 BCS/USA Today and Oregon (No. 9 AP/USA Today) on Oct. 6 and Nov. 19 in their only games against ranked teams in 2011. 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 (Nov. 14) at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped five consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then again to Oregon and Stanford in 2011. Cal will take on one more ranked team in 2011 against Texas (No. 24 BCS) in the Holiday Bowl.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked 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. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today Poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four.
Home and The Road
Cal posted a 4-1 record in its five 2011 regular-season home contests while playing at AT&T Park. Cal was 1-0 in neutral site games in 2011 (a 36-21 win over Fresno State in the season-opening Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park) and 2-4 in road contests. The Bears will return to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and retrofit, for their 2012 home contests.
Tied for Third Nationally in 90-yard Plus Drives
Cal is tied for third nationally in 2011 with five scoring drives of more than 90 yards that have all resulted in touchdowns. The Bears had drives of 92 and 91 yards in their season opener against Fresno State, 91 on the first possession at Washington, and 91 and 96 vs. Oregon State. Cal established season highs season highs in plays (16), yards (96) and time elapsed (9:01) on the second drive of 90-plus yards against the Beavers.
Offensive Line Now at 145 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features a significant amount of starting experience. The Bears have had the same five starters in 11 of their first 12 games in 2011, with the only exception Brian Schwenke being replaced at left guard by Justin Gates in the ninth game of the season against Washington State when Schwenke missed the game due to an illness. The six players that have starting experience for Cal having combined to make 145 collegiate starts - Mitchell Schwartz (50), Justin Cheadle (34), Matt Summers-Gavin (24), Schwenke (23), Dominic Galas (13) and Gates (1).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 61-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 6-0 mark in 2011. Cal has scored 30 or more points in six of its seven victories this season, with the wins coming over Presbyterian (63), Arizona State (47), Colorado (36), Fresno State (36), Utah (34) and Washington State (30). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to 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 18-42, including a 1-5 mark in 2011 with losses to Stanford (28), Washington (23), Oregon (15), at UCLA (14) and vs. USC (9). The Bears did defeat Oregon State, 23-6, despite not scoring 30 or more points.
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 17-10 when tied and 17-28 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. However, the numbers in 2011 have not following the trend quite as strongly as in previous seasons as the Bears have won three games (Fresno State, at Colorado, Washington State) despite not winning the turnover battle. Cal did win the turnover battle in victories over Presbyterian, Utah, Oregon State and Arizona State. Turnovers also played a critical role in losses against USC and at UCLA, with Cal turning the ball over a season-high-tying five times in each contest. Cal also turned the ball over twice in a loss at Stanford, while the Cardinal turned it over only once. Cal has won the turnover battle twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its five losses.
CAPITALIZING ON OPPONENTS' TURNOVERS
Cal has scored 82 points either on or on the drive immediately following their 23 turnovers in 2011. The Bears' defense directly counted for 12 of the 82 points on a 19-yard fumble return by Trevor Guyton vs. Fresno State and a 32-yard interception return from Josh Hill against Utah.
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 66 of its last 68 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). The team's Holiday Bowl against Texas is scheduled to be nationally televised by ESPN, giving the Bears five nationally-televised ESPN games in 2011 and a sixth national broadcast on FSN at Washington. A total of 107 games, including the 2011 Holiday Bowl, will have been televised in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is third in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 32:01. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in eight of its first 12 games in 2011, including six of its seven wins.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Dec. 15, 2011, including 33 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 28-29.
Rodgers, Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
Four Selections Add To Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed was picked up by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess 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.
Bryan Anger, Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz have all played in 50 career games. Schwartz has started all 50 but Syd'Quan Thompson's school record of 52 starts set from 2006-09 remains out of reach for Schwartz as the Bears have only one game remaining on their 2011 schedule. D.J. Holt has played in 49 career games and will have a chance to join his teammates in the 50-game club at the Holiday Bowl.
LAST GAME IN CAL UNIFORM for 21 players
The 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl will serve as the final game in a Cal uniform for 21 players. The list includes Bryan Anger, Michael Calvin, D.J. Campbell, Sean Cattouse, Justin Cheadle, Ryan Davis, Coleman Edmond, Justin Gates, Trevor Guyton, D.J. Holt, Marvin Jones, Will Kapp, Mychal Kendricks, Brock Mansion, Anthony Miller, C.J. Moncrease, Robert Mullins, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. All but Mullins are seniors who will exhaust their collegiate football eligibility after the Holiday Bowl. Mullins is scheduled to graduate and does not intend to use his final season of eligibility.
LOSSES TO TOUGH TEAMS
Three of Cal's five losses in 2011 came to a trio of teams in Stanford, USC and Oregon teams that are ranked fourth-sixth in the final regular-season AP Top 25. The other two defeats came on the road at bowl-bound teams Washington and UCLA, with the Bruins also the winner of the Pac-12 South division and a participant in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. The combined record of the five teams that have defeated the Bears in 2011 is 45-17 (.726).