April 30, 2012
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former Cal safety Sean Cattouse has agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers. Cattouse was a three-time honorable mention all-conference selection, earning the honor in each of his final three campaigns.
Cattouse played in 49 games at Cal from 2008-11, including all 42 possible contests over his final three seasons, with 26 starts. He registered 185 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 2.0 sacks (-3 yards), seven interceptions that he returned 44 yards, 17 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and 44 all-purpose yards.
Cattouse played in 13 games and started 11 as a senior, recording a career-high 75 tackles to rank third on the club. He also co-led the team with two interceptions that he returned 20 yards and two fumble recoveries. In addition, he was among the Pac-12's per-game leaders in both tackles (5.77, T23rd) and interceptions (0.15, T24th), while adding 1.0 sack (-2 yards), 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and two pass breakups. His two first-half interceptions vs. Presbyterian that both led to Cal touchdowns equaled the most interceptions in a game by a Pac-12 player in 2012. He had a season-high 13 tackles against Stanford, adding 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and a pass breakup. He also earned a couple of team honors with the Pappy Waldorf Coaches Award on the defensive side of the ball and the Andy Smith Award on defense for the player who took the most snaps on the field (most Big 'C' time).
Cattouse played in 12 games with six starts as a junior and posted 59 tackles to rank second among the team's defensive backs and sixth overall. He added 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard), 1.0 sack (-1 yard), one interception, one quarterback hurry and a team-high-tying and career-high seven pass breakups. He was among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in tackles (4.9, 43rd). Cattouse also picked up the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Game on defense after recording a career-high 15 tackles and a pass breakup against Stanford. Cattouse had his lone interception of the season and a career-high-tying two pass breakups vs. Arizona State.
Cattouse earned the team's Stub Allison Award given to Cal's Most Inspirational Player as a sophomore. He played in all 13 games and started the final six contests, recording 37 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards), one interception and three pass breakups. He had identical totals of a season-high-tying eight tackles and a career-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) vs. both Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl and against Oregon State, while he also had an interception against the Beavers.
He played in 11 games with two starts as a redshirt freshman in 2008, tying for second on the team with a career-high three interceptions that he returned for a career-high 24 yards and all halted opponents' scoring drives deep in Cal territory. Cattouse's average of 0.27 picks per-game ranked 10th in the Pac-10. He added 13 tackles as well as five pass breakups for an average of 0.45 per game to rank 14th in the Pac-10. His first career start came for an injured Brett Johnson in the Big Game vs. Stanford and he came through with a season-high five tackles. He also started in the Emerald Bowl vs. Miami, Fla.
Following his Cal career, Cattouse participated at the 2012 NFL Combine, recording a time of 4.74 in the 40-yard dash, as well as marks of 6.99 in the 3 cone drill and 4.15 in the 20-yard shuttle. He added marks of 34.0" in the vertical jump and 9' 6" in the broad jump. Cattouse also participated in Cal's 2012 Pro Day.
Six former Cal players were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday including second-round picks offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall), third-round punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall), fifth-round wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall), and seventh round picks in defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings, No. 219 overall). Cattouse is the third former Cal player to agree to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with an NFL team in 2012. Tight end Anthony Miller (Denver Broncos) and offensive lineman Justin Cheadle (Kansas City Chiefs) have also agreed to terms.
Additional announcements of former Cal players agreeing to terms on undrafted free agent contracts are expected soon but will not be made until official announcements by the NFL team.