Dec. 9, 2003
BERKELEY - Geoff McArthur, who broke the Cal single-season receiving yardage record and ranked second nationally with 1,504 yards on 85 catches this season, was named second team All-America by The Sporting News Tuesday.
McArthur, who shattered the Big Game mark for both receptions (16) and yardage (245) on Nov. 22, also earned second team All-Pac-10 honors in 2003. His 1,504 yards ranks third on the all-time Pac-10 season list, only 16 yards shy of the conference record of 1,520, set by USC's Johnnie Morton in 1993. He also ranks third in the conference in all-purpose yards with his 1,504 total.
"Geoff is so richly deserving of this honor," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "No Pac-10 receiver had a better year than Geoff did this season. In fact, very few receivers had a more productive year than Geoff did in the history of the Pac-10."
McArthur, only a junior, enters the Insight Bowl game in Phoenix Dec. 26 with 2,326 yards to rank No. 4 on Cal's career list for receiving yards. In 2003, he set school marks with seven games of 100 yards or more, and five contests of 150 yards or more. His 16 catches in the Stanford game set a school mark and was the second-most ever registered in Pac-10 history.
Oklahoma's Mark Clayton and Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald were named the first team wide receivers on The Sporting News' All-America squad. McArthur joined fellow Pac-10 wide receiver Mike Williams of USC on TSN's second team.