Nov. 22, 2009
BERKELEY - Cal sophomore tailback Shane Vereen earned multiple national honors for his performance Saturday in Cal's 34-28 victory over Stanford in the 112th Big Game played at Stanford Stadium. Vereen became the first Cal player this season to be honored with a Walter Camp Football Foundation national weekly award when he was named the organization's BCS National Offensive Player of the Week. He is also one of four nominees for the Week 12 AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award and was an honorable mention selection for the College Football Performance Awards Running Back Performer of the Week. The national honors are all the first of Vereen's career.
Vereen rushed 42 times for 193 yards (both career highs) and three touchdowns (tied career-high) to lead the Golden Bears to their fifth win in their last six games overall, and their seventh victory in their last eight games against the Cardinal. The 42 rushing attempts tied for the most in the nation in 2009 along with Central Florida's Brynn Harvey, who had 42 carries against Memphis on Oct. 3.
Vereen now has 738 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground this season on a team-high 147 carries (5.0 average) to rank seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing (67.1 ypg). He is also fifth in the conference in all-purpose running yards per game (136.18) with a team-high total of 1,498 (738 rush, 199 receive, 10 punt return, 551 kick return). In addition, he is sixth in the league in kick returns with an average of 23.0 (24 kick returns, 551 yards).
Fans can help Vereen win the Week 12 AT&T All-America Player of the Week honor by voting for him in the only college football honor determined by fan voting. Text VOTE to 345345 and then reply with your selection. Fans have until 8:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced during Thursday's ESPN College Football Primetime presented by Applebee's. Standard text messaging rates apply.
There is no limit on fan voting and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2010 Bowl Championship Series National Championship game in Pasadena. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at espnallamerica.com/rules.aspx.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get their chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year. Voting ends at 8:59 p.m. PT on Jan. 5, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on ABC on Jan. 7.
Cal (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10, No. 21 USA Today/No. 22 AP/No. 22 BCS) will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Washington (3-7, 2-5 Pac-10) for the final regular season game of 2009 for both teams on Saturday, Dec. 5 (3:30 p.m. PT). The contest will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California.
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