Jan. 30, 2010
MOBILE, AL - Former Cal football player Tyson Alualu contributed a sack for a loss of four yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 31-13 North victory over the South in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday. Syd'Quan Thompson, a Golden Bear teammate of Alualu for the past four years, was also on the North roster but did not play.
Alualu recorded a sack of 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on the first play of a South drive early in the fourth quarter. His fumble recovery came in the third quarter when his North teammate Brandon Graham (Michigan) sacked the Sorth's Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State).
Alualu played all 52 games possible with 40 starts over his Cal career (2006-09), including a run of 39 consecutive starts over his final three campaigns. His final career numbers were highlighted by 195 tackles to go along with 26.0 TFL (-134 yards), 16.0 sacks (-111 yards), seven passes defended, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Alualu earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career as a senior in 2009 and led all Pac-10 defensive linemen with 65 tackles, while also contributing 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Thompson was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, earning the honor in each of his final two campaigns. He started all 52 games possible over his four-year collegiate career (2006-09) to set a school record for starts as he held down a starting cornerback job for each of his four seasons. Thompson finished his career as Cal's all-time leader in pass breakups with 36 while other notable final career totals included 257 tackles, seven interceptions that he returned for 204 yards, 43 passes defended, 20.0 tackles for loss (65 yards) and 36 punt returns that he brought back for a total of 389 yards, including one that he returned 73 yards for a touchdown vs. Colorado State in 2008. Thompson recorded a career-high 78 tackles as a sophomore in 2007 and posted four of his seven career picks in 2008.
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