April 15, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH - Cal senior linebacker Mike Mohamed was named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List on Thursday as announced in Newport Beach by Ronnie Lott and the Pacific Club Impact Foundation.
The watch list consists of 42 of the nation's top defensive players vying for the Lott Trophy, which is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Lott Trophy has been awarded annually since 2004 to the college football player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
"This is a superb list of young men," said Lott as he announced the list. "We at the Pacific Club Impact Foundation are always pleased to see the accomplishments of such outstanding student-athletes, all of whom are worthy of consideration for the Lott Trophy."
"I've seen the watch list and I think it's a great honor to be on it," said Mohamed. "To be recognized along with many of the top defensive players in the nation is awesome."
Mohamed is a 2010 national honors candidate and will be one of Cal's most experienced players this upcoming campaign, having participated in all 39 games over the last three seasons with 16 starts. He is Cal's active leader in career tackles with 245 and has posted other career totals of 15.0 tackles for loss (-58 yards), 5.0 sacks (-37 yards), six interceptions (36 return yards), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He will long be remembered in Cal football history for his interception at the Golden Bears' own three-yard line thwarted a potential game-winning Stanford drive and clinched a 34-28 victory in the 2009 Big Game on The Farm. He also returned one of his three interceptions in 2008 for a touchdown during a 41-20 win over UCLA.
Mohamed received first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 for the first time in his career when he led the conference with 112 tackles, while adding 8.0 tackles for loss and a team-high three interceptions. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice after his performances in victories at Arizona State (12 tackles, 11 solo) and Stanford (10 tackles, 0.5 TFL, game-clinching interception). Mohamed was also selected as Cal's defensive MVP in 2009 by his teammates.
In addition to his performances on the field, Mohamed has been honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, earning first team recognition in each of the last two years. In 2009, he also earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic District 8 First-Team for the first time in his career.
He has also been heavily involved in the community as one of the team's most active participants in a local mentoring project.
Mohamed and his 2010 teammates on the Cal football squad will hold an open practice presented by Peterson Tractor at Memorial Stadium as part of Cal Day festivities on campus Saturday, Apr. 17. The general public will have the rare opportunity to take in one of the team's workouts and watch a scrimmage. All fans are asked to enter from the North Tunnel. Gates open at 9 a.m. PT and admission is free.
Information on the 2010 Cal football season, including souvenir roster posters and schedule cards will be available. Cal football fans will also be able to renew or purchase their 2010 football season tickets at the event, as well as view seat locations.
Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign will be the final season with the current configuration of Memorial Stadium and also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.
Parking on campus is free all day on Apr. 17 but expected to be limited due to the events of Cal Day. Fans are encouraged to use public transportation.
The Cal Athletics clothing and shoe surplus sale, traditionally held in conjunction with the annual open practice each spring, will take place the following Saturday this year at Memorial Stadium on Apr. 24 (8 - 11 a.m. PT).