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Four California Football Players Earn First Team All-Pac-10 Honors
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/28/2005

Nov. 28, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four California football players have been named to the 2005 first team All-Pac-10 football team, announced Monday by the conference office. Overall, 13 Golden Bears were honored in the voting.

Offensive linemen Ryan O'Callaghan and Marvin Philip, defensive lineman Brandon Mebane and cornerback Daymeion Hughes were named first-team all-conference as voted on by the 10 head coaches. O'Callaghan and Philip were both repeat selections to the first-team.

Cal also had five second-team selections, including offensive lineman Aaron Merz, defensive lineman Nu'u Tafisi, linebacker Desmond Bishop, safety Donnie McCleskey and special teams player Byron Storer.

California's honorable mention selections included running back Marshawn Lynch, fullback Chris Manderino, defensive back Tim Mixon and tight end Craig Stevens.

Philip started all 11 regular season games this season at the center position for the Bears. A Rimington Award Trophy finalist in 2004, Philip protected the quarterback and provided wide open holes for Cal's run game this season. The senior was on the watch list for both the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch list this season. O'Callaghan, who played in all but one game this year, was named to the Outland trophy watch list.

Joining Philip and O'Callaghan on the first team are Mebane and Hughes. An anchor in the Golden Bears' defensive line, Mebane recorded 27 tackles, including eight for a loss of 44 yards. Hughes ranks third in the Pac-10 for interceptions after he returned four for a total of 141 yards, including one for a touchdown. He also recorded 59 tackles (45 solo) and accrued 12 pass break-ups and was named mid-season All-American by SI.com.

Tafisi, a second-team selection, tallied 29 solo tackles this season and recorded nine tackles for loss, including a season-high four for a loss of 11 yards at Oregon. In his first season with Cal, Bishop leads the team in tackles with 81 (56 solo), in addition to picking up five tackles for a loss of 10 yards this year. In 11 games this season, McCleskey finished second on the team with 62 tackles (47 solo), four pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and one interception, which he returned for 27 yards against Oregon State. On special teams, Storer recorded nine tackles (eight solo).

Lynch, who ranks No. 11 in the country in rushing with 116.89 yards-per-game, ran for 1,082 yards on 172 carries this season for the Golden Bears. He also recorded seven touchdowns in nine games. In his final season, Manderino rushed for 61 yards, scoring two touchdowns, in addition to catching 11 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Mixon ranks No. 10 nationally in returns. On the season, he had 24 punt returns totaling 357 yards and one touchdown. He also collected three interceptions, 38 tackles (36 solo) and recorded nine pass break-ups. Stevens played in all 11 games for the Bears this season, recording 165 yards on 13 catches and two touchdowns.

First Team Offense
QB Matt Leinart, Sr., USC
RB Reggie Bush, Jr., USC
RB Jerome Harrison, Sr., Washington State
WR Mike Hass, Sr., Oregon State
WR Derek Hagan, Sr., Arizona State
WR Dwayne Jarrett, So., USC
TE Marcedes Lewis, Sr., UCLA
OL Ryan Kalil, Jr., USC
OL Taitusi Lutui, Sr., USC
OL Marvin Philip, Sr., California
OL Sam Baker, So., USC
OL Ryan O'Callaghan, Sr., California

First Team Defense
DL Frostee Rucker, Sr., USC
DL Haloti Ngata, Jr., Oregon
DL Brandon Mebane, Jr., California
DL Lawrence Jackson, So., USC
LB Keith Ellison, Sr., Oregon State
LB Dale Robinson, Sr., Arizona State
LB Trent Bray, Sr., Oregon State
CB Justin Phinisee, Sr., Oregon
CB Daymeion Hughes, Jr., California
S Darnell Bing, Jr., USC
S Darrell Brooks, Sr., Arizona

First Team Specialists
PK Alexis Serna, So., Oregon State
P Sam Paulescu, Sr., Oregon State
KOR Terry Richardson, Jr., Arizona State
PR Maurice Drew, Jr., UCLA
ST Timi Wusu, Sr., Stanford

Second Team Offense
QB Drew Olson, Sr., UCLA
RB LenDale White, Jr., USC
RB Maurice Drew, Jr., UCLA
WR Jason Hill, Jr., Washington State
WR Demetrius Williams, Sr., Oregon
TE Troy Bienemann, Sr., Washington State
OL Nick Mihlhauser, Sr., Washington State
OL Enoka Lucas, Jr., Oregon
OL Fred Matua, Jr., USC
OL Grayling Love, Grad., Arizona State
OL Aaron Merz, Sr., California

Second Team Defense
DL Copeland Bryan, Sr., Arizona
DL Mkristo Bruce, Jr., Washington State
DL Sir Henry Anderson, Sr., Oregon State
DL Nu'u Tafisi, Jr., California
LB Anthony Trucks, Sr., Oregon
LB Desmond Bishop, Jr., California
LB Joe Lobendahn, Sr., Washington
LB Spencer Havner, Sr., UCLA
CB Aaron Gipson, Sr., Oregon
CB Antoine Cason, So., Arizona
S Scott Ware, Sr., USC
S J.D. Nelson, Jr., Oregon
S Donnie McCleskey, Sr., California

Second Team Specialists
PK Justin Medlock, Jr., UCLA
P Danny Baugher, Sr., Arizona
KOR T.J. Rushing, Sr., Stanford
PR Reggie Bush, Jr., USC
ST Derrick Doggett, So., Oregon State
ST Byron Storer, Jr., California

ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

Offensive Player of the Year:
Reggie Bush, TB, Jr., USC

Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Players of the Year:
Haloti Ngata, DT, Jr., Oregon
Dale Robinson, MLB, Sr., Arizona State

Co-Freshmen of the Year:
Jeremy Perry, OG, Oregon State
Michael Thomas, WR, Arizona

Co-Coaches of the Year:
Pete Carroll, USC
Karl Dorrell, UCLA

Honorable Mention

ARIZONA: RB Mike Bell, Sr.; PK/P Nick Folk, Jr.; OT Peter Graniello, So.; SS Michael Johnson, Jr.; WR Syndric Steptoe, Jr.

ARIZONA STATE: TB Rudy Burgess, So.; OT Andrew Carnahan, Jr.; S Zach Catanese, Jr.; DT Jordan Hill, Jr.; TE Zach Miller, So.; OT Brandon Rodd, So.; OLB Jamar Williams, Sr.

CALIFORNIA: TB Marshawn Lynch, So.; FB Chris Manderion,Sr.; CB/PR Tim Mixon, Jr.; TE Craig Stevens, So.

OREGON: ROV Patrick Chung, Fr.; QB Kellen Clemens, Sr.; TE Tim Day, Sr.; WR James Finley, Jr.; DE Devan Long, Sr.; OT Max Unger, Fr.; TB Terrence Whitehead, Sr.

OREGON STATE: TB Yvenson Bernard, So.; C Kyle DeVan, So.; OG Jeremy Perry, Fr.; SS Sabby Piscitelli, Jr.; OG Roy Schuening, So.; DT Alvin Smith, Sr.

STANFORD: OLB Jon Alston, Sr.; DE Julian Jenkins, Sr.

UCLA: OT Ed Blanton, Sr.; DE Justin Hickman, Jr.; FB Michael Pitre, So.; OG Shannon Tevaga, So.

USC: PK Mario Danelo, So.; NT Sedrick Ellis, So.; OT Winston Justice, Jr.; FB David Kirtman, Sr.; MLB Oscar Lua, Jr.; DT LaJuan Ramsey, Sr.; OLB Keith Rivers, So.; FL Steve Smith, Jr.; CB Justin Wyatt, Sr.

WASHINGTON: OLB Evan Benjamin, Sr.; P Sean Douglas, Jr.; SS C.J. Wallace, So.

WASHINGTON STATE: WR Michael Bumpus, So.; OLB Scott Davis, Jr.; MLB Will Derting, Sr.


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