Aug. 14, 2009
BERKELEY - California junior running back Jahvid Best continued to rack up 2009 preseason honors on Friday when he was selected to a 2009 Preseason All-American team selected by Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com and was also named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the national player of the year.
Two days earlier, Best was listed fourth in an ESPN.com poll of Heisman hopefuls and panel member Bruce Feldman called him "the most exciting player in college football" in an explanation of his picks. Best has also moved up one spot into fourth place since a fifth-place showing Wednesday on the "Rank `Em: Heisman Watch 2009" that allows website visitors to select their 2009 Heisman picks. (Vote for Jahvid here).
Best is the country's leading returning rusher after averaging 131.67 yards per game last year when he ran for 1,580 yards to record the second-highest single-season total ever at Cal. His 8.1 yards per carry in 2008 set a new single-season school record while his 15 rushing touchdowns tied the Bears' single-season mark. Best was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a running back in 2008 after earning the same honor on special teams as a true freshman the previous campaign.
Best and his Cal teammates are currently in the midst of the team's 2009 training camp that continues through August 29 with the day's final practice followed by Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, PT. All practices are closed to the public.
The Bears begin their 2009 campaign with a nationally televised ESPN2 contest against Maryland at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 5 (7:00 p.m., PT). Cal fans are encouraged to participate in a Blue Out in the season-opener. The best way to show your support is to pick up the CalBears.com/Blueout.
For 2009 Cal football tickets, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS.