Oct. 30, 2012
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This Week In Cal Football
Friday, Nov. 2, 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (3-6, 2-4) vs. Washington (4-4, 2-3)
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: ESPN2 - Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Rod Gilmore (Analyst), Jemele Hill (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), Matt Foley (^Postgame Show)
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
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast of the Golden Bears' game vs. Washington 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), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst), Gaby Buccinio (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio:Cal's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Washington game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 91 on both Sirius and 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: 82-54/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 91
Series Record: Washington leads series, 49-38-4
First Meeting: 11/24/04, Cal 6, at Wash 6
Last Meeting:9/24/11, at Wash 31, Cal 23
Tedford vs. Wash 6-4
Current Streak: Wash win 3
Kickoff - Cal vs. Washington (Friday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. PT)
Heading home for two of the final three weeks of the regular season, Cal hosts Washington at Memorial Stadium tonight for Cal's first-ever "Gold Out" football game. Cal is coming off a 49-27 loss at Utah last Saturday, while Washington knocked off previously unbeaten Oregon State, 20-17, at home. Cal needs to sweep its final three regular-season games to become bowl eligible, while Washington must win two of its remaining four.
The last time the Huskies came to Berkeley was the 2010 regular-season finale, which also marked Cal's last game at Memorial Stadium before the venue was renovated. Although Washington has won three straight in the series, the last two meetings between the Bears and the Huskies were not decided until the final moments of the game. Washington plunged into the end zone from one yard out to score the game-winning touchdown on the final play in 2010 for a 16-13 victory. In 2011, Cal took the ball 85 yards for first-and-goal from the Washington two-yard line before the Huskies held them out of the end zone four straight times for a 31-23 win.
Keenan Allen became Cal's all-time leader in career receptions (205) during last Saturday's game at Utah, as he surpassed previous record holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04) last week at Utah, while his 2,570 career receiving yards rank third in school history and are within 161 of second-place Bobby Shaw (2731, 1994-97) but still 618 shy of McArthur's record 3,188. Allen also ranks sixth on Cal's list of all-time 100-yard receiving games (7) and seventh in touchdown catches (17). Allen has caught at least one pass in every game he's played at Cal (33), which ranks eighth nationally and first in the Pac-12. He is Cal's leading receiver in 2012 with 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns. Last Saturday at Utah, he became only the second player in Cal history to have two single season rankings on the school's all-time single-season top 10 list, with the other DeSean Jackson (65, 2007; 59, 2006). Allen's 2011 total of 98 ranks second.
Zach Maynard moved into 10th place on Cal's all-time list for total offense (5189) during Cal's game at Utah and is nearing the top 10 in passing yards, currently 153 shy of 10th place.
In the last four games, the defense has garnered 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions. Last Saturday at Utah, Michael Lowe registered an interception that was the third of his career.
Brendan Bigelow boasted a 57-yard touchdown run at Utah, becoming the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 to score three touchdowns on runs of 50 or more yards. Bigelow posted touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards earlier this season at Ohio State. Bigelow has 343 rushing yards on the season and is averaging 12.7 yards per run on 27 carries.
Vincenzo D'Amato leads the Pac-12 in field goals made (1.44 fgmpg) and field goal percentage (13-18, .722) and has been good on each his last nine field goal attempts, including a personal-best 52-yarder at Washington State. Last week at Utah, he was good on his both of his attempts from 49 and 38 yards out. D'Amato is attempting to become the second Cal kicker in as many years to lead the Pac-12 in both field goals made and field goal percentage.
Keenan Allen Tops Cal's Career Receptions Record
Keenan Allen became Cal's all-time leader in receptions when he surpassed Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04) at the top of the list last Saturday against Utah. Allen, who now has 205 career catches in his first 33 collegiate games, is also third all-time at Cal in career receiving yards (2570), with McArthur (3188, 2000-04) and Bobby Shaw (2731, 1994-97) the only two Golden Bears ahead of him. In addition, Allen extended his streak to 33 straight contests with a reception - every game he's played at Cal. That streak currently ranks eighth in the nation and first in the Pac-12. He also hauled in his 17th career touchdown reception - sixth of 2012 - and ranks seventh all-time in career scoring catches at Cal.
Allen is the Bears' leading receiver through nine games of 2012 with 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, with the 61 receptions ranking ninth on Cal's single-season reception list to make him one of only two players in Cal history along with DeSean Jackson to post two of the school's top-10 single seasons in receptions. Allen's total of 98 in 2011 ranked second on the all-time list. Allen ranks tied for 19th nationally and is third in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.78), while he is 37th nationally and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (81.89 rpg). He is also among the national and Pac-12 leaders in both punt returns and all-purpose yardage, ranking 14th nationally and third in the conference in punt returns (14.13 ypr), and 73rd nationally and ninth in the Pac-12 in all purpose yardage (109.78 ypg). In addition, Allen is 10th in the conference in scoring off touchdowns with seven and 18th in overall scoring (5.3), adding two other scores on a 39-yard run vs. Nevada and a 69-yard punt return against Southern Utah.
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 Arizona State 4-79-1-44 UCLA 8-79-2-34 ... first career two-receiving TD game WSU 11-166-1-69 ... season-high 69-yard catch Stanford 4-43-0-23 ... 29-yard punt return Utah 5-61-1-23 ... broke all-time Cal reception record
Averaging Nearly 60,000 Fans Per Home Game
Cal has averaged 58,246 fans per home game in 2012, with a total of 291,232 spectators taking in the first five contests at the renovated Memorial Stadium, including a sellout crowd of 63,186 in the season opener against Nevada. Cal has drawn at least 50,000 fans in all five games, a number that has been reached in 48 of the last 49 contests over the last eight seasons played at Memorial Stadium (2004-10, 2012). Cal has averaged more than 60,000 fans per game four times since 2004. The team's biggest numbers during the Jeff Tedford era came in 2006, when the Bears drew 450,233 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest.
Tough Schedule With No Bye Week
Cal's strength of schedule for its first nine games ranks 15th nationally in the Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The team's schedule that has included five of six losses to teams that have combined to post a record of 32-10 (.762) in Ohio State (9-0), Stanford (6-2), USC (6-2), Nevada (6-3) and Arizona State (5-3). The Golden Bears have played four teams ranked in the top 25 this season at the time of their contest in Ohio State (then-No. 12 AP), USC (then-No. 12 USA Today/No. 13 AP), UCLA (then-No. 25 AP) and Stanford (then No. 20 BCS/No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today). Cal still has two teams both currently in the top 25 on its schedule in 8-0 Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today/No. 4 BCS) and 6-1 Oregon State (No. 11 BCS/No. 13 AP/No. 13 USA Today). Also, 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 at Oregon State on November 17.
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 Golden Bears back to a bowl game in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. Tedford's most recent victory at Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012, was his 82nd career win and also his 50th conference triumph. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 82-54 (.603). 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 3-6 Season in progress Season in progress
Rushing Trio Looking For 2,000 Yards
Cal's top three rushers in 2012 - C.J. Anderson (513 yards), Isi Sofele (477 yards) and Brendan Bigelow (343 yards) - have combined for 1,333 yards rushing through nine games. The trio is attempting to become the first at Cal to combine for 2,000 rushing yards since Shane Vereen (952), Jahvid Best (867) and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (211) ran for a combined 2,030 yards in 2009. Although Cal's rushing attack has been held to a 78.0 yard average over the last two games after averaging 220.7 in the previous three, Bigelow was able to rattle off his third touchdown run of 50-plus yards at Utah when he scored on a 57-yard TD and is averaging 12.7 yards per run on 27 carries. The last time a Cal running back had three rushes of 50 or more yards was Best in 2009 (61, 73, 93). Bigelow's other two 50-plus yard TD runs came at Ohio State when he rushed for a career and team-high 160 yards on four carries to become only the second FBS player in the last decade to have over 150 yards rushing on five or fewer carries. One of Bigelow's runs at Ohio State was an 81-yard touchdown that was the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Best at UCLA in 2009 and the longest run by an opponent in the history of Ohio Stadium. Bigelow also had another score of 59 yards at Ohio State.
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 ... 1 reception, 12 yards Southern Utah 5-46-1-35 Ohio State 4-13-0-5 ... 4 receptions, 65 yards USC 5-32-0-13 ... 1 reception, 7 yards Arizona State 8-78-0-44 UCLA 21-151-1-68 ... career high yds. and car. WSU 15-112-2-29 ... career-high-tying rush TD Stanford 7-5-0-4 ... 3 receptions, 24 yards Utah 3-10-0-4
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 receptions, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21 ... 1 reception, 14 yards Ohio State 21-86-0-26 ... 1 reception, 5 yards USC 8-16-0-9 ... 1 reception, 4 yards Arizona State 15-105-1-32 ... 13th career rushing TD UCLA 5-21-0-7 WSU 14-63-0-16 ... 1 kick return, 12 yards Stanford 10-13-04 Utah 12-47-0-12 ... had 7 rec. yards without a catch on lateral from Keenan Allen
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 Arizona State 0-0-0 UCLA 5-12-0-7 ... 2 receptions, 35 yds, TD WSU 8-59-0-25 ... 1 kick return, 29 yards Stanford 2-0-0-0 ... 2 rec. 40 yds; 4 KR, 96 yds Utah 2-66-57-1 ... 1 rec., 6 yds; 2 KR, 34 yds
Zach Maynard's Moves Onto All-Time Total Offense List
Zach Maynard moved into 10th place on Cal's all-time list for total offense (5189) during his most recent contest against Utah and is nearing the all-time leaders in all-time passing yards, with a current total of 5,029 that is currently 153 shy of 10th place Mike Pawlawski's 5,182 career yards from 1988-91. Maynard has completed 165-of-267 passes for 2,039 yards in 2012, with 12 touchdown throws and nine interceptions. Maynard has a passer efficiency rating of 134.04 to rank 58th nationally, while his 129.78 career passer efficiency is eighth on Cal's all-time list. Maynard's top game of the season and arguably the best game of his career came when he completed 25-of-30 passes (career high 83.3%) for a season-high 295 yards, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in a win against UCLA, with the five touchdowns he was responsible for a career best.
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 ... rushing TD USC 18-33-2-173-0-17 ... career-high 19 rushes Arizona State 9-28-0-126-1-44 UCLA 25-30-1-295-4-50 ... 5 total TDs (1 rushing) WSU 14-23-2-189-1-69 ... career-high 78 rush yds Stanford 19-31-1-214-0-31 ... team-long 11-yard run Utah 20-32-1-288-2-51 ... 11 rushes, 30 yards
D'Amato Leads Pac-12 in Field Goals Made and Percentage
Vincenzo D'Amato has made each of the last nine field goals he has attempted and now leads the Pac-12 in both field goals made (1.44 fgmpg) and field goal percentage (13-18, 72.2%) on the footsteps of 2011 placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who last season became the first Cal player to ever lead the conference in field goal percentage and the first to pace the league in field goals made since Doug Brien in 1991. D'Amato started his current streak at USC when he tied his career best by making the final three of his four field goals attempts, equaling a mark he had previously set two games earlier by hitting all three of his attempts vs. Southern Utah. D'Amato was then good on his only attempts vs. Arizona State and UCLA, at Washington State and against Stanford, connecting on a career-long 52-yarder at Washington State which is also the second-longest in the Pac-12 in 2012. Last Saturday at Utah, D'Amato was good on both of his attempts from 49 and 38 yards. D'Amato is 25th nationally in field goals made (1.44 fgmpg). He is also fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring among kickers (7.11 ppg) and ninth in the conference overall. D'Amato has a team-high 64 points for the season, adding 25-of-28 extra points to his 13 field goals. For his career, he has 116 points (20-30 FG, 56-59 PAT) to rank second among the club's active players behind Keenan Allen's 120 points on 20 touchdowns.
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 Arizona State 1-1-35 ... 2-2 ... 4-253-63.2 UCLA 1-1-26 ... 4-6 ... 8-504-63.0 WSU 1-1-52 ... 4-4 ... 6-378-63.0 ... career-long FG Stanford 1-1-21 ... 0-0 ... 2-128-64.0 Utah 2-2-49 ... 3-3 ... 5-306-61.2
First-Year Punter Cole Leininger
True freshman Cole Leininger has posted punting averages of 40.0 yards or better in each of his last eight contests, including an average of 46.7 in his most recent game at Utah that was his second-highest of the season behind only the 47.0 average he posted at Ohio State. His longest punt of the season was a 61-yarder at Washington State, while he has had one of at least 50 yards six times including each of the past three contests. For the season, he is averaging 41.3 yards per punt despite averages of 38.6 and 30.7 over a total of 10 punts in his first two games.
Tight Race for Team Lead in Tackles
Josh Hill has been Cal's leading tackler all season, now with 63, but Nick Forbes caught Hill with his seven tackles at Utah. Five Bears have a total of 50 or more tackles, with Steve Williams (56), Robert Mullins (50) and Michael Lowe (50) also among the group. In the conference rankings, Hill and Forbes are tied for seventh (7.1 tpg), Mullins tied for 19th, Williams 22nd and Lowe 37th.
Cal Defense Forcing Lots of Turnovers Lately
The Cal defense has forced 11 turnovers in the last four games. Cal forced six turnovers against UCLA for the highest total in the Jeff Tedford era and then came back with two more each both at Washington State and against Stanford. Cal had one more turnover at Utah when Michael Lowe posted his team-high-tying third interception of the season. Eight of the 11 turnovers in the last four games have been interceptions, while three have been fumbles.
Hill, who has played in 45 career games with 29 starts, has 190 tackles to lead all players on the active roster, while his 63 stops on the season are tied for the team lead with Nick Forbes. His three career forced fumbles are also the most among active Cal players and his two fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown are tied for the most. In addition, Hill is third among the team's active players with four career interceptions, 46 interception return yards, 21 pass breakups and 25 passes defended.
Anthony, who has played in 39 career games with 30 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interception return yards (96), while ranking tied for first in interception return touchdowns (1); second in passes defended (26), pass breakups (21) and tackles (130); and third in tackles for loss (12.0, -27 yards). Anthony is tied for first on the club in 2012 with 6.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards).
Williams, who has played in 34 games with 25 starts, is Cal's active career leader in interceptions with six, having snagging one in two consecutive games at Washington State and vs. UCLA. His three interceptions in 2012 are tied for first on the team. He also collected a career-high four pass breakups against the Cougars and is now the Bears' active career leader with 24 (ninth on all-time list) to give him a total of 30 passes defended that also paces the Bears' active players. He is tied for second among active players with two career forced fumbles, third in tackles (126) and fourth in interception return yards (45). He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in passes defended (1.33 pdpg) and tied for 11th in interceptions (0.33 ipg).
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 46-9 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 19-11 when turnovers are equal and 17-34 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 29-7 with a positive margin in turnovers, 11-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-28 with a deficit. A big key to the Bears' win against UCLA was forcing the six turnovers that were the most in the Jeff Tedford era and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season, including the first three career interceptions by Kameron Jackson, which ties for the most in the Pac-12 this season and are the most by a single player in a game in the Tedford era. Against Washington State and Stanford, the Bears notched two more turnovers in each game. Cal is 68th in the nation in turnover margin (-.11), with 18 takeaways and 19 lost, while ranking ninth in the Pac-12.
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 in a row from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories in 2011 with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record. 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. Cal needs to win each of its final three regular-season games in 2012 to be bowl eligible and would also need to add a bowl victory for a winning season.
Notes From Utah Game
Keenan Allen became Cal's all-time leader in receptions during the contest and now has 205 for his career ... Brendan Bigelow had his third run of 50+ yards on the season with a 57-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter ... Chris Harper matched his career high with seven catches as he also had seven against Southern Utah ... Cal outgained Utah, 441-334, with the Bears notching 288 yards through the air and 153 on the ground ... Michael Lowe notched his third career interception in the third quarter, which was Cal's eighth interception and 11th turnover in the last four games ... Maurice Harris had his first career catch in the fourth quarter, good for 24 yards ... Vincenzo D'Amato made his eighth and ninth consecutive field goal attempts, good from 49 and 38 yards ... Richard Rodgers had a career-long 51-yard reception late in the first quarter - one yard longer than his previous personal best, which he obtained against UCLA, and then recorded first career TD catch late in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard pass from Zach Maynard.
Home Field Advantage
Cal has a 43-13 record in its last 56 home games and is 39-12 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch. Cal is 2-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2012 after going 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated.
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 since head coach Jeff Tedford became the head coach in 2002, while the Bears are 14-23 against ranked teams. In 2009, Cal 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. The Bears snapped an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams with a win over No. 25 UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012, before falling to No. 22 Stanford in its most recent contest against a ranked team on Oct. 20, 2012. Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 or 2012 campaigns, 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 64-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-49.
Under the Lights
Cal will be playing its fourth night game of the year this Friday vs. Washington (6:00 p.m. PT). Cal won its first two games under the lights in 2012 against UCLA and at Washington State before falling at Utah last Saturday night. Times are still to be announced for the final two regular-season contests vs. Oregon and at Oregon State.
Cal's current two-deep features 31 of the 56 positions manned by either a freshman (12) or sophomore (19).
Cal's Washington Connections
Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) is the only Cal player to list a hometown in the state of Washington.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik lists his hometown as Port Angeles, WA. He was an honorable mention All-American player at Washington State before graduating from the school in 1988.
Defensive line coach Todd Howard spent the 2011 season in the same role at Washington State.
Assistant strength and conditioning coach Chris DiSanto was a captain for a Spokane Shock squad that won the Arena Football League 2 title in 2006.
Special Honorees Cal will recognize the following honorees during Friday's game against Washington.
Golden Bear Olympians - A total of 46 Golden Bears competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, matching Cal's historic highs for representatives (46) and medals (17), while Golden Bear student-athletes captured 11 gold medals - one off the record of 12 from 1948. The Cal contingent included representatives from 17 countries in 10 different sports. Among those from Cal who won gold for Team USA were swimmers Dana Vollmer (3 gold) and Nathan Adrian (2 gold, 1 silver) and women's soccer star Alex Morgan. Four medalists are students at Cal this year - swimmers Caitlin Leverenz (USA, 400 IM, bronze) and Rachel Bootsma (USA, 400 medley relay, gold), rower Kara Kohler (USA, quadruple sculls, bronze) and water polo's Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia, bronze).
Steve Bartkowski - Former Golden Bear quarterback Steve Bartkowski will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year during a ceremony in New York. Bartkowski earned consensus All-America honors when he led the nation with 2,580 yards passing as a senior at Cal in 1974. In addition, he was tabbed team MVP and first-team All-Pac-8. Bartkowski was selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. During a 12-year pro career, he was chosen the 1975 Rookie of the Year and appeared in two Pro Bowls.
Caitlin Leverenz - Cal senior Caitlin Leverenz will be honored as the recipient of the 2012 Honda Sports Award as the top female collegiate swimmer. While leading the Bears to their second consecutive NCAA team title, Leverenz won two individual events (200 individual medley, 200 breaststroke) and was a member of two championship relays (200 and 400 medley relays). Her time of 1:51.77 in the 200 IM set an American record. Leverenz was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA and Pac-12 Championships, before capturing a bronze medal in the 400 IM at the 2012 Olympics.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 31 players on NFL rosters as of Oct. 29, 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.
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 in 2012.
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. The building was then rededicated during halftime of Cal's game against UCLA on Oct. 6, 2012. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-216-16 (.593) 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 and is 2-3 in its return to Memorial Stadium in 2012. 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 that celbrated its 30th anniversary last week.
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 and 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.