Sept. 24, 2012
Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) / GameTracker
Cal Game Notes
This Week In Cal Football
Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (1-3) vs. Arizona State (3-1)
California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: FX - Justin Kutcher (Play-by-Play), Eric Crouch (Analyst), Darius Walker (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show)
*Pregame Show: Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, Memorial Stadium;^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates:*KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego) ^Primary, *Secondary; +preempted by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim broadcast
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game against Arizona State can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Danny Fry (Analyst), Beni Shpringer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Arizona State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 94 on Sirius and channel 200 on XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 80-51/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 31
Series Record: Cal leads series, 17-14-0
First Meeting: 9/25/76, Cal 31, at ASU 22
Last Meeting:11/25/11, Cal 47, at ASU 38
Tedford vs. ASU 8-1
Current Streak: Cal win 4
Cal returns to Memorial Stadium for its Pac-12 home opener against Arizona State on Saturday to take on a Sun Devil team that ranks second in the conference in scoring offense (41.2 ppg) and first in pass efficiency (181.9), as well as first in scoring defense (12.8 ppg), total defense (274.0 ypg), pass defense (139.8 ypg) and pass defense efficiency (92.5), and tied for first in interceptions (8). The Golden Bears have taken a 17-14 lead in the series by winning the past four meetings against the Sun Devils, including last year's 47-38 win in Tempe that propelled the Bears into the Holiday Bowl. In the Jeff Tedford era, Cal has posted an 8-1 record Arizona State with the lone Sun Devil win a 31-20 victory in the desert in 2007. The last time the Sun Devils came to Berkeley in 2010, the Bears were 50-17 winners. This is the third week in a row that Cal is facing a team that has at least been receiving top 25 votes. Cal coming off back-to-back road games against top 15 opponents, falling at then No. 12 Ohio State, 35-28, and then No. 12/13 USC, 27-9.
Standout wide receiver/returner Keenan Allen, who racked up numerous preseason accolades and is a member of multiple watch lists including the Maxwell Award and Biletnikoff Award given annually to the nation's top player and wide receiver respectively, currently ranks tied for 16th nationally and third in the Pac-12 in receptions (7.25 rpg), 22nd in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in punt returns (15.44 ypg) with an average that would be third on Cal's all-time single-season chart, tied for 50th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.25 ypg) and tied 51st nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yards (121.75 ypg). Allen is Cal's leading receiver with 29 catches for 309 yards. Last week, he moved up to fourth all time at Cal in career receptions with 173 and is now only 29 away from Geoff McArthur's school record of 202 (2000-04). Allen also cracked Cal's top 10 in career receiving yards against the Trojans, posting 93 yards on his second consecutive nine-catch game to give him 2,142 yards for his career, which ranks ninth in school history.
Steve Williams notched his fifth career interception at USC - second of 2012 - to become Cal's active career leader in that category.
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Brennan Scarlett and Steve Williams - rank in the top 25 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Hill is tied for third (8.0 tpg), while Mullins is ninth (7.8 tpg), Williams is tied for 12th (7.3 tpg) and Scarlett tied for 24th (6.3 tpg).
Vincenzo D'Amato converted on three of his four field goal attempts at USC, marking the second time this season - and in his career - that D'Amato has made a career-high-tying three field goals in a game (Southern Utah).
The Bears have been facing some successful teams through the season's first four weeks. The three teams that Cal has suffered losses to - Nevada (3-1), Ohio State (4-0) and USC (3-1) - have a combined record of 10-2. This week's opponent, Arizona State, is 3-1.
Keenan's Countdown on All-Time Charts
Keenan Allen continued to move up Cal's all-time charts with his performance last week at USC. Allen finished the day with nine catches for 93 yards. He has moved up to fourth all time at Cal in career receptions with 173 and is now 29 shy of all-time leader Geoff McArthur's 202 receptions from 2000-04. Dameane Douglas (195, 1995-98) and Bobby Shaw (180, 1994-97) are the only two others still ahead of Allen on the list. Allen also cracked Cal's top 10 in career receiving yards against the Trojans and now has 2,142 yards for his career, which ranks ninth in school history. Allen has moved to within 193 yards of breaking into the top five in the category. He has also extended his streak of 28 straight games with a reception - every game he's played at Cal. That streak currently ranks tied for eighth in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-12.
Allen currently ranks tied for 16th nationally and third in the Pac-12 in receptions (7.25 rpg), 22nd in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in punt returns (15.44 ypg) with an average that would be third on Cal's all-time single-season chart, tied for 50th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (77.25 ypg), and tied 51st nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yards (121.75 ypg).
Last week's game at USC was the second straight contest in which Allen posted nine receptions following his nine-reception effort at Ohio State. He is the Bears' leading receiver through four games with 29 receptions for 309 yards and one receiving touchdown and has three total scores in 2012, adding another one on a 39-yard run and another on a 69-yard punt return. Allen also became the fastest Cal player to reach the 2000-yard career receiving mark when he reached the milestone against Ohio State. He also completed the third pass of his career in as many attempts against the Buckeyes, finding Zach Maynard for eight yards. His career passing totals are now 3-for-3 for 52 yards.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD Ohio State 9-80-0-18 ... 1-1 passing, 8 yards USC 9-93-0-17 ... 2 punt returns, 15 yards
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-11) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to the bowl scene in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. Tedford's most recent victory was his 80th career win at Cal when the Golden Bears knocked off Southern Utah on Sept. 8, 2012. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl 2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected 2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) 2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31) 2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28) 2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10) 2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36) 2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17) 2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27) 2010 5-7 None None 2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10) 2012 1-3 Season in progress Season in progress
Zach Maynard's Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard has completed 78-of-123 passes for 927 yards in 2012, with four passing touchdowns and four interceptions. Maynard's passer efficiency rating of 130.95 is an improvement from 2011 and his raised his career mark to 127.90, which ranks eighth all time at Cal. Maynard completed a career-high 26-of-37 passes for 280 yards with a touchdown, an interception, and his first rushing score of the season at Ohio State. Maynard also came on strong at the end of 2011, completing 68.1 percent of passes, throwing for five touchdowns to one interception, and posting a 154.25 rating over the final four regular-season games.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 17-30-0-245-2-37 Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards Ohio State 26-37-1-280-1-36 ... 10 rushes, 1 TD USC 18-33-2-173-0-17 ... 19 rushes, -2 yards
Freshmen Harper and Treggs Among Receiving Leaders
True freshmen Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs rank second and third in receptions and receiving yards behind Allen after four games. Harper currently boasts 16 catches for 192 yards and a team-high two touchdowns, scoring in the season opener against Nevada and adding another at Ohio State, while hauling in career highs of seven receptions for 94 yards against Southern Utah. Treggs has 10 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown with a 14.5 yard average that is the highest of the three and second among all Cal receivers. Treggs caught three passes in each of the first three contests vs. Nevada (62 yards, TD) and Southern Utah (38 yards), and at Ohio State (28 yards). Harper and Treggs became the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in a season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004.
2012 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-57-1-25 Southern Utah 7-94-0-21 Ohio State 3-32-1-19 USC 1-9-0-9
2012 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 3-62-1-37 Southern Utah 3-38-0-23 Ohio State 3-28-0-15 USC 1-17-0-17
The Rushing Game
Cal combined for 513 yards in back-to-back games against Southern Utah (289) and at Ohio State (224) and was averaging 208.7 yards rushing per game before a 77-yard rushing effort at USC dropped its season mark to 175.8 yards per contest. Isi Sofele (53 carries, 228 yards, 57.0 ypg, 1 TD), Brendan Bigelow (10 carries, 206 yards, 51.5 ypg, 2 TD) and C.J. Anderson (157 yards, 39.2 ypg, 1 TD) combine for 147.7 yards per contest. Bigelow rushed for a career-high 160 yards at Ohio State, including an 81-yarder that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009. Sofele collected 104 yards on the ground on 19 carries with his first touchdown of 2012 against Southern Utah in his sixth career 100-yard performance, which tied him for 10th all-time at Cal. Sofele also had 86 yards on the ground on a season-high 21 carries at Ohio State and is now just 30 yards away from 2,000 career rushing yards. Anderson has been the Bears' leading rusher twice, going for a season-high 66 yards vs. Nevada and 32 at USC. He also posted a career-high four receptions for a season-high 65 receiving yards at Ohio State.
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 catches, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 Ohio State 21-86-0-26 USC 8-16-0-9
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 Southern Utah 5-46-1-35 Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 catches, 65 yards USC 5-32-0-13
2012 Bigelow Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 1-3-0-3 ... 2 kick returns, 59 yards Southern Utah 1-12-0-12 ... 1 kick return, 27 yards Ohio State 4-160-2-81 ... 3 kick returns, 74 yards USC 4-31-0-11 ... 3 kick returns, 66 yards
Big Play, Big Day Bigelow
Brendan Bigelow had Cal's two biggest plays of the day at Ohio State and the team's two longest plays from the line of scrimmage this year with touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards against the Buckeyes. The 81-yarder was the longest run in the history of Ohio Stadium, the second-longest by a Pac-12 player this year and the longest by a Cal rusher since Jahvid Best's 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. Bigelow also ranks third in the Pac-12 and 34th in the nation in kick return average (25.1 ypr). He set a new career-high in all-purpose yards at Ohio State with 234 that was the highest total by a Cal player since Best had 311 (all rushing) against Washington in 2009. As a result of Bigelow's big day, he was named the All-Purpose Performer of the Week honors by the College Football Performance Awards and was also an honorable mention CFPA Running Back Performer of the Week.
D'Amato Ties Career High Field Goals Made at USC
Vincenzo D'Amato tied his career best by making three of his four field goals attempts at USC, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato was good against the Trojans from distances of 24, 26 and 35 yards.
In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato ranks tied for 13th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.75 fgmpg), and tied for 60th in the nation and tied for ninth in the conference in scoring at 8.2 ppg.
2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO ... Other Nevada 1-2-40 ... 3-3 ... 5-310-62.0 Southern Utah 3-3-47 ... 5-6 ... 9-528-58.7 Ohio State 0-3 ... 4-4 ... 5-323-64.6 USC 3-4-35 ... 0-0 ... 4-260-65.0
Quartet in Top 25 in Pac-12 in Tackles
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Steve Williams and Brennan Scarlett - rank in the top 25 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Hill is tied for third (8.0 tpg), Mullins is ninth (7.8 tpg), Williams is tied for 11th (7.2 tpg) and Scarlett is tied for 24th (6.2 tpg).
Hill, who has played in 40 career games with 24 starts, has 159 tackles to lead all players on the roster, while his 32 tackles on the season also paces the Bears and three career forced fumbles are the most among active Cal players. He is also tied for second among the team's active players with four career interceptions, second with 46 interception return yards and third with 20 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 34 career games with 26 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (93), passes defended (23) and pass breakups (19), while totaling 110 tackles to rank second to Hill in that category. Against Southern Utah, Anthony picked off Thunderbird quarterback Brad Sorensen and returned it 61 yards for his first career touchdown, following in the footsteps of Hill who had owned Cal's most-recent pick-six against Utah last year.
Williams, who has played in 29 games with 20 starts, is now Cal's active career leader in interceptions with five after one in each of his last two games at Ohio State and at USC, with his two interceptions leading the team and ranking tied for seventh in the Pac-12 (0.50 ipg). He is also second among all active Cal players with 22 career pass breakups, tied for second with two forced fumbles, and third in tackles (99) and interception return yards (45).
Coleman Leads Defensive Line
Deandre Coleman leads the way on the defensive line with 20 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) and one pass breakup. Coleman, who is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end, registered a career-high eight tackles against Nevada, including a half-sack. He followed that with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.0 sack (-8 yards) against Southern Utah before recording two tackles at Ohio State and three more with 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards and his first career pass breakup at USC.
Sofele and Hurrell Have Played in Every Game
Isi Sofele and J.P. Hurrell share Cal's active career lead in games played, with both having played in all 42 games over the last four seasons from 2009-12. Hurrell secured his first career interception at USC last week, while also leading the team in sacks (2.5, -13 yards) and ranking tied for second in tackles for loss (2.5, -13 yards).
Early Pac-12 Success
After the first four weeks of the 2012 season, there are four Pac-12 teams ranked among the nation's top 25 - Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Stanford (No. 8 AP/No. 9 USA Today), USC (No. 13 AP/No. 13 USA Today) and Oregon State (No. 18 AP/No. 21 USA Today). Last week, UCLA and Arizona were also in the top 25, and are still receiving votes this week along with Arizona State and Washington. The combined Pac-12 record in non-conference games is 25-9.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has a 42-11 record in its last 53 home games and is 38-10 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch, also going 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated. The Bears will get to enjoy some home cooking for a while as three of the next four games will be played at Memorial Stadium.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game appearance streak of seven consecutive campaigns from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record in 2011. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Challenging Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal has played two teams ranked in the top 15 in the last two weeks, and still have three teams currently in the top 25 remaining on the schedule - Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Stanford (No. 8 AP/No. 9 USA Today) and Oregon State (No. 18 AP/No. 21 USA Today). The Bears have already faced some successful teams through the season's first month, with a 10-2 combined record by the three teams that have defeated Cal - Nevada (3-1), Ohio State (4-0) and USC (3-1). Cal next takes on an Arizona State squad that is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-12.
The Bears essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular season schedule because their bye comes in the week after their regular season finale.
Other Cal Player Individual Notes From USC
Marc Anthony posted a career-high 13 tackles ... Jacob Wark had a career-high 26 yards receiving on a career-high-tying two catches ... Eric Stevens compiled a career-high-tying 13 receiving yards on a single reception ... Nick Forbes had a career-high-tying eight tackles and notched his first career tackle for loss (1.0 TFL, -2 yards) ... Villiami Moala picked up a career-high three tackles ... Robert Mullins secured his first career fumble recovery ... Brennan Scarlett posted his first career pass breakup ... Zach Maynard rushed a career-high 19 times
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top 10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 35 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-22 record in those contests. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford, but has dropped eight consecutive games against ranked teams since. Cal has three remaining games in 2012 scheduled against opponents currently ranked in the top 25 - Oct. 20 vs. Stanford (No. 8 AP/No. 9 USA Today), Nov. 10 vs. Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today) and Nov. 17 at Oregon State (No. 18 AP/No. 21 USA Today). Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 campaign, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 62-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, including nine straight times and 39 of the the last 40 with the only exception a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-46.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 45-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 18-11 when tied and 17-31 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 28-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-25 with a deficit. This year, Cal is 0-1 when winning the turnover battle (lost to USC), 1-1 when it has been equal (defeated Southern Utah, lost to Ohio State) and 0-1 (lost to Nevada) when it has lost turnover battle.
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line) joined the Cal staff in 2012. Also, Marcus Arroyo added pass game coordinator to his duties while he will continue to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his positions as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has a significant history in Arizona. Pendergast lists his hometown as the Phoenix suburb of Gledale, Ariz., and attended nearby Tolleson High School before moving to Tucson and graduating from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. Pendergast returned to the state as a defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons from 2004-08, helping lead the NFL squad to an NFC title and the lone Super Bowl in franchise history in his final season on the job.
Associate head coach/run game coordinator Ron Gould lists his hometown as Tucson and prepped at Santa Rita High School. He also played community college football in the Phoenix area at Scottsdale Community College.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 29 players on NFL rosters as of Sept. 24, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC, while the team's 25 former players on active 53-player rosters (does not included players on injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists) at the beginning of the 2012 NFL season was tied for ninth nationally. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round, although Guyton was cut prior to the season.
Academic Success Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award® and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 318-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
2012 National Signing Day
Cal put together a top 15 signing class for the third straight year with its 2012 class ranking as high as No. 15 according to MaxPreps, while ESPN (No. 22), Rivals (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 25) also had the Bears in the top 25. Cal's 2011 group ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Scout and its 2010 class was No. 11 according to Rivals. Head coach Jeff Tedford was name the Sporting News Recruiter of the Year in 2011.
Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll
Cal was picked to finish fourth in the North division of the annual preseason poll of media members who cover the league. Oregon (North) and USC (South) were picked to win their respective divisions, both picking up 117 of 123 first-place votes, with the Trojans the choice to win the league's championship game. Oregon was followed in the North division voting by Stanford, Washington, Cal, Washington State and Oregon State, with Stanford (5) and Cal (1) garnering the other first-place votes. USC was followed by Utah, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado in the South division voting, with Arizona State (3), UCLA (2) and Utah (1) picking up the first-place votes not awarded to the Trojans.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal Celebrates National Championship Week
Today's game will be the culmination of the week-long celebration of Cal's seventh annual National Championship Week complete with a ceremony honoring the school's national champion student-athletes and coaches during halftime.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Cal's men and women's swimming and diving programs dominated the pool in repeat runs to the NCAA team title. The Bears' men's and women's swimmers also notched a pair of relay titles to help solidify their top standing at the NCAA meet, while Cal's men's gymnastics team featured another national champion on the pommel horse - Glen Ishino. Overall, Golden Bear student-athletes won 10 individual NCAA crowns in 2011-12 - more individual national titles than any other year in school history.
Since Cal began formally honoring its national champions in 2006 with a weeklong celebration, the Bears have brought home 47 individual national crowns and 40 national team titles (including relays, crews and tennis doubles titles).
Cal Football Gameday Experience
In addition to all of the information listed on CalBears.com, Cal fans and media have other options to obtain information about Cal football. Cal Athletics recently released a Cal football gameday website - CalBears.com/gameday - which includes all kinds of useful information like an A to Z guide, disability access, transit information, maps, tickets, promotions and much more. Besides the gameday specific website on CalBears.com, there is also a free Cal gameday mobile app that can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store where all of the same information can be delivered directly to your phone.