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Cal Football Earns Highest Preseason AP Ranking Since 1952
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/18/2006

Aug. 18, 2006

BERKELEY - The University of California is ranked No. 9 in the 2006 Associated Press Preseason College Football Poll which was released on Friday afternoon. It is the highest ranking for the Golden Bears in the preseason poll since the 1952 team was ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Cal opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2, playing at Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Saturday, Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.

The No. 9 ranking is the third-highest overall preseason ranking for Cal behind Pappy Waldorf's 1951 and 1952 teams. The 1951 club was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the preseason. This season marks just the 10th year that Cal has held a preseason ranking from the AP, including the current stretch of three straight years. From 1955 to 2003, the Bears appeared just twice in the poll. Under head coach Jeff Tedford, California has been ranked No. 13 (2004), No. 19 (2005) and now No. 9 in AP Preseason Polls.

Cal in Preseason AP Poll
1950: No. 14
1951: No. 5
1952: No. 8
1953: No. 14
1954: No. 12
1976: No. 15
1992: No. 20
2004: No. 13
2005: No. 19
2006: No. 9

Cal opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2, playing at Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Saturday, Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.

Here is a look at some of the preseason ranks and accolades garnered by the Bears thus far in 2006:

Selected Cal Preseason Rankings
No. 6 Street & Smith's (preseason)
No. 8 SI.com (preseason)
No. 8 Athlon Sports (preseason)
No. 9 Associated Press (preseason)
No. 9 Lindy's (preseason)
No. 10 ESPN.com (preseason)
No. 12 USA Today/Coaches (preseason)

Cal Preseason All-Americans (first team unless noted)
Desmond Bishop - Street & Smith's
Daymeion Hughes - Blue Ribbon Defense, Playboy Magazine, Rivals.com, Phil Steele's, Lindy's Football Annual (second team), The Sporting News (second team), Street & Smith's (second team)
Marshawn Lynch - Lindy's Football Annual, Rivals.com, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports (second team), Phil Steele's (second team)
Brandon Mebane - Athlon Sports, Lindy's Football Annual, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Rivals.com (second team), Street & Smith's (third team), Phil Steele's (fourth team)
Tim Mixon - Street & Smith's (second team)
Craig Stevens - Street & Smith's (hon. mention)
Nu'u Tafisi - Street & Smith's (second team)

Cal Preseason Watch List Selections
Daymeion Hughes - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy
Brandon Mebane - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
Marshawn Lynch - Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award
Nu'u Tafisi - Hendricks Award


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