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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Washington (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
TV: Fox Sports Net/Comcast SportsNet Bay Area - Craig Bolerjack (Play-By-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst), Petros Papadakis (Sideline Analyst)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott (Postgame Show)
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), ^KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet thorugh the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on satellite radio on Sirius Premier channel 211 and XM channel 193.
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.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 75-42/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 90
Series Record: Washington leads series, 48-38-4
First Meeting: 11/24/1904, at Washington 6, Cal 6
Last Meeting:1/27/10, Washington 16 at Cal 13
Current Streak: Washington win 2
Tedford vs. Washington: 6-30
Kickoff - Cal at Washington
Sat., Sept. 10 (12:41 p.m. PT)
Cal travels to Washington in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Husky Stadium. The Bears come into their conference opener with a 3-0 overall record after victories over Fresno State, Colorado and Presbyterian in non-conference contests. Washington had been 2-0 after home victories over Eastern Washington and Hawai'i before losing its first game of the season in a road contest at Nebraska (then No. 10 AP, No. 11 USA Today) last Saturday.
Washington holds a 48-38-4 lead in the all-time series, including each of the past two meetings as well as the last two times the clubs have met in Seattle. Prior to Washington's 2009 victory over the Bears, Cal had won six of the previous seven in the series (2002-08) following what had been a 19-game losing skid (1977-2001) that Cal head coach Jeff Tedford broke in his first year on the job with a 34-27 victory over the Huskies in Seattle in 2002.
One key to this year's matchup pits a Cal offense that is averaging 45.0 points per game in its first three contests against a Washington defense that has surrendered the most points in the Pac-12 with an average of 36.7 points allowed per contest. Detailed information on the Cal-Washington series is located on page 19.
Cal in Conference Openers
Cal has a 6-3 all-time record in conference openers under head coach Jeff Tedford. The Golden Bears had won six straight from 2003-08 (USC, at Oregon State, at Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State) before dropping each of the last two in road games at Oregon and Arizona, with the game at Washington on Saturday the third consecutive season Cal has opened its conference slate on the road. Cal also lost Tedford's first-ever game against a Pac-10 team to Washington State in 2002. The victory over Washington (the only time Cal has played the Huskies in a conference opener under Tedford) was a 56-17 decision in Berkeley on Sept. 10, 2005. Each of the previous nine conference openers were with the Bears as members of the Pac-10, with Saturday's game at Washington the team's first official conference game as a member of the Pac-12.
Tedford Sets Cal's Career Wins Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford became Cal's all-time leader for victories when he improved his record both at Cal and in his collegiate career as a head coach to 75-42 (.641) following the Bears victory over Presbyterian at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Sept. 17, 2011. Tedford moved past former leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25), who had held the record for 86 years. Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its all-time leader in games coached during the 2010 season.
Bears Start Season 3-0 for Sixth Time in Tedford Era
Cal is off to a 3-0 start for the sixth time in 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford. Cal has victories over Fresno State in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay (36-21) at Colorado in overtime (36-33) and against Presbyterian as the team christened San Francisco's AT&T Park as its home field for 2011 home games. The Bears have gone on to win their fourth game of the season two times in its previous five attempts with Tedford as head coach. Details on the team's three 2011 victories are available on pages 26-28.
Cal ended its conference schedule with Washington in 2010 and then will play the Huskies again to open its 2011 league slate. The last time Cal ended its conference schedule with one team and then opened it with the same team the following year came in 1943 and 1944 when the Bears closed out their regular season by hosting UCLA to end the 1943 conference slated and welcomed the Bruins again to start 1944 league play. Both teams were part of the Pacific Coast Conference at the time.
Allen and Jones Make Quite The Duo
Receivers Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen have posted similar numbers in their second year of action as the team's starting wide receivers.
Allen, a sophomore, leads the team by slim margins over the senior and his mentor Jones in both receptions (20) and receiving yards (301), with Jones close behind at 17 catches for 296 yards. Allen is third in the conference and tied for 25th nationally with an average of 6.67 receptions per game, while Jones is tied for eighth and tied for 40th at 5.67. In receiving yards per game, Allen holds a smaller advantage over Jones ranking fifth in the conference and 24th nationally with an average of 100.33 yards per game. Jones is sixth in the conference and 25th nationally at 98.67.
Jones has a team-leading three touchdown receptions and a 17.4 yards per catch average that is the best of all the team's wide receivers, with Allen second in both categories posting two touchdown grabs and an average of 15.1 yards per catch. Jones also has the team's two longest catches of the year with a 51-yarder against Presbyterian and a 43-yarder vs. Fresno State. Allen hsa the next three with two at Colorado on a 37-yarder and a 32-yarder, while adding a 31-yarder vs. Fresno State. picked up the 100th career catch of his career when he pulled in a five-yarder from Zach Maynard in the first quarter at Colorado. Jones is now Cal's active career leader with totals of 104 catches for 1,597 yards and 12 touchdowns, with his 12 receiving scores leaving him just one shy of moving into the school's all-time record books. Four players are currently one TD grab ahead of Jones tied for eighth with 13. Although he's not quite knocking on the door yet for career receptions or receiving yards he has an excellent opportunity to reach both of those by the end of the season. Jones has led Cal in both receptions and receiving yards for each of the last two seasons, most recently posting career highs of 50 catches and 765 receiving yards, while ranking second on the club with four touchdown grabs to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in his 2010 junior campaign. Jones is second on the team to Keenan Allen after two games in 2011, with 10 receptions for 173 receiving yards. He also co-leads the Bears with two touchdown catches and his 17.3 yards per catch average is the highest for all Cal players other than Maynard, who has caught one pass for 27 yards.
Two In A Row on The Road
Cal heads into its game at Washington having won each of its last two road contests, with a 36-33 overtime win at Colorado in its first true road game of 2011 adding to a victory in the club's final road game of the 2010 campaign at Washington State. The last time the Bears won three straight on the road came in 2009 at UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford, before a loss at Washington in the regular-season finale ended the streak.
Following its trip to Seattle, Cal will have remaining road games at Oregon (Oct. 6), UCLA (Oct. 29), Stanford (Nov. 19) and Arizona State (Nov. 25). The Bears had distinctly different levels of success on the road in 2009 and 2010. Last sesaon, Cal lost each of its first four road games (Nevada, Arizona, UC, Oregon State) before avoiding a winless season on the road with the win at Washington State. Two seasons ago in 2009, the Bears posted a 4-2 record in true road games to register its best mark in those contests since 2004. Cal won at Minnesota, UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford, with the two losses coming at Oregon and Washington. Prior to 2009, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2 in true road games. Cal's best record in true road contests under head coach Jeff Tedford was a 5-1 mark in 2004.
Big Plays Are Back
The big play has returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 24 plays (19 passing, five rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, compared to only 39 in 12 regular season games all of last year. With an average of 8.3 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first three contests of 2011, Cal is also well ahead of the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered the distance for an average of 5.5 per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 18 of the 24 plays, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (8), Marvin Jones (7), Isi Sofele (4), Allan Bridgford (2), Anthony Miller (2) and Michael Calvin (2). Below is a look at the 17 plays from the line of scrimmage that have gone for at least 20 yards in 2011.
Yds Type Player Opponent *51 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Presbyterian 43 Rush Zach Maynard Fresno State *42 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State *39 Rush Isi Sofele Fresno State 37 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 33 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Presbyterian 32 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 31 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Fresno State 29 Rush Isi Sofele Colorado 27 Pass Keenan Allen from Allan Bridgford Presbyterian 27 Pass Michael Calvin from Zach Maynard Colorado 25 Rush Isi Sofele Presbyterian 24 Pass Anthony Miller from Zach Maynard Fresno State 23 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Fresno State *23 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 23 Rush Isi Sofele Presbyterian 22 Pass Michael Calvin from Zach Maynard Presbyterian 22 Pass Zach Maynard from Keenan Allen Colorado 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 21 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Presbyterian 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Colorado 20 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 20 Pass Anthony Miller from Zach Maynard Colorado
Zach Maynard Impressive
Zach Maynard, who was named Cal's starting quarterback last May shortly after the conclusion of spring football workouts, has been impressive while leading the Golden Bears to victories in each of his first three games in the role. Maynard has completed 49-of-95 passes for 724 yards, with nine touchdown throws and three interceptions for a 140.54 passer efficiency rating that would currently be third on Cal's all-time list.
In his most recent outing against Presbyterian, Maynard was a solid 15-of-25 for 215 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception while playing in only the first half of a 63-12 Cal victory.
Maynard completed 18-of-35 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Keenan Allen in overtime to lead the Bears to a 36-33 win at Colorado in his previous performance. He also had one interception and even came up with a reception when he found himself on the other end of a 27-yard completion from Allen. He was 16-of-35 for 266 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the season opening win over Fresno State. He also ran six times for 52 yards against the Bulldogs, including a 43-yarder that was the longest run of the game.
Maynard accepted a scholarship offer from Cal in February of 2010 and sat out last season to become eligible after transferring from Buffalo. He has two years of eligibility remaining at Cal, including the 2011 campaign.
Allan Bridgford claimed the No. 2 spot on the team's two-deep following training camp and made his debut in a Cal uniform against Presbyterian, completing 4-of-10 passes for 76 yards.
Sofele Next in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Starting tailback Isi Sofele looks to be the next tailback in line to take a shot at the 1,000-yard rushing mark that a Cal player has reached in eight of the last nine campaigns. Sofele has rushed for 282 yards in his first three games of 2011, with his 92.33 yard per-game average ranking fifth in the Pac-12 and 40th nationally. Sofele came up with a career-high 110 rushing yards (also his first career 100-yard rushing game) and two touchdowns on 18 carries against Presbyterian. He began the season with 88 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 24 carries against Fresno State, and followed that up with 20 rushes for 84 yards at Colorado. Sofele is currently on pace for 1,108 yards rushing in 12 regular-season games and only 57 yards shy of establishing a new career season-best. Cal's string of seven straight campaigns in which a running back gained over 1,000 yards rushing ended in 2009 when Shane Vereen's then career-high and team-leading total of 952 yards fell just short, with Jahvid Best adding 867 despite missing the final four games due to injury. But Vereen started a new streak in 2010 with a career-high total of 1,167 yards on the ground.
Holt Takes Over Team Lead in Tackles
D.J. Holt has taken over the team lead with 23 tackles after leading Cal with six tackles in the squad's most recent game against Presbyterian. Holt is tied for sixth in the Pac-12 with a per-game average of 7.7. He is looking to lead the team in tackles for the first time after ranking second with 85 in 2010 behind leader Mike Mohamed.
Holt has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, while his 159 career tackles are second, his two fumble recoveries tied for second, his 11.0 tackles for loss third and his seven pass breakups tied for fourth. He has played in 40 consecutive games after missing the first game of the 2008 season.
Kendricks Active Career Leader in Many Categories
Mychal Kendricks is in his fourth season at Cal and has played in all 41 games possible during his career. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (172), tackles for loss (25.5), sacks (11.0) and fumble recoveries (5), while tying for team's active career lead in blocked kicks (1). The national honors candidate was also Cal's most decorated player in the 2011 preseason and is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
Anger Back in Form
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal school record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has returned to form the last two games following a rare off week in the Bears' season opener vs. Fresno State. Anger was selected as an honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after punting four times for a 51.0 yard average at Colorado to mark the sixth time in his illustrious career that he has averaged 50.0 or more yards. He then averaged 49.0 yards per punt on only two attempts in his most recent game vs. Presbyterian. Anger has moved up 37 spots from where he was after the season opener to a tie for No. 26 nationally with a 42.9 yard per punt average. Last year, Anger's season average was also 2.3 yards better than his career average of 43.3, a figure that ranks second all-time at Cal behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). Tabor had held Cal's previous single-season record with a 45.3 average in 1987. Anger was a second-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2010 and is on the award's watch list for the fourth consecutive season in 2011.
Veteran Offensive Line Reaches Century Mark
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that have started each of the team's first three games have combined to make 100 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (41), Justin Cheadle (25), Brian Schwenke (15), Matt Summers-Gavin (15) and Dominic Galas (4).
Defense Makes Marks in Record Book
Cal's defense put up a performance for the record books in its most recent game against Presbyterian. One game after allowing 582 yards and 33 points at Colorado, the Bears gave up only 48 yards while Presbyterian's 12 points were scored on returns after a blocked punt and an interception. The 48 yards allowed were the fifth-fewest in school history, while Presbyterian's three first downs were the third-fewest all-time by a Cal opponent and the least since the "Bear Minimum" defense held San Jose State to a single first down on Oct. 5, 1968.
Defense Vaults Back to the Top of Pac-12 Stats
A strange but true stat is that Cal has led the Pac-12 in total defense for two of the first three weeks of the 2011 season but were 10th the week in between. The Bears led the Pac-12 and ranked 18th nationally in total defense after the first week (218.0 ypg) but after allowing 582 total yards at Colorado, Cal fell all the way to 10th in the conference and 84th nationally in total defense (400.0 ypg). After allowing only 48 yards to Presbyterian, the Bears returned to the top (282.67 ypg).
Defense Leading Pac-12 in Opponents' Third-Down Conversions
Opponents have more difficultly being successful on third downs against Cal than any other team in the Pac-12. Cal's opponents have converted only 9-of-43 (20.9%) third-down tries.
Spreading Out The Sacks
Cal is tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 12th nationally in sacks with an average of 3.67 per game, but ironically have no player with more than 2.0 of the team's 11.0 sacks and 11 players contributing at least a half sack. Cecil Whiteside (2.0) leads the way and is followed by Ernest Owusu (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Kendrick Payne (1.0), David Wilkerson (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (0.5), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford for a record of 72-42 (.632) that ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams during that period. Cal is nearly halfway to its average win total already in 2011 as the Bears are off to a 3-0 start.
Cal has been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since 2002 prior to the 2011 campaign. The Bears began the 2011 campaign unranked for the second straight year but have been among the teams receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll each of the last two weeks, with this week's total of 21 their highest of the season. Cal also received three votes in the most recent AP Top 25, marking the first time they have received votes in the AP poll all season. Cal has opened the campaign ranked nationally five times during the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the highest preseason ranking coming in 2006 at No. 9 by AP (No. 12 USA Today). The Bears have also been ranked as high as No. 12 by both AP and USA Today to begin both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2004, AP started the Bears at No. 13 (No. 15 USA Today), and Cal opened 2005 ranked No. 19 by AP (No. 20 USA Today).
Opponents Making Mistakes against Bears
Cal's opponents have been penalized more times than any other team's opponents by a wide margin as the Golden Bears lead the Pac-12 in opponent penalties, with Cal's competitors being flagged 29 times for 257 yards (85.7 ypg). All three numbers lead the Pac-12, with the opponents of Washington State (24-190-63.3) the closest behind.
Cal in Top 25, Cal vs. Top 25
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when the ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 30 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-17 record in those contests. Cal is 0-3 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 15-13 to Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Cal also lost 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 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 (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 58-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, adding to the win total by scoring more than 30 points in each of its three victories in 2011 over Fresno State (36), Colorado (36) and Presbyterian (63). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. As would be expected, their record become even better when scoring 40 or more points (40-2), 50 or more (14-0), and 60 or more (3-0). When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-37.
On the Tube
Cal's game against Presbyterian was not televised, marking only the second time in their last 59 games the Bears have not been on the tube. The other during the span was a non-televised home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009, that snapped a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 97 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 42-6 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-26 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 25-4 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-22 with a deficit. Cal has won all three of its games this year despite winning the turnover battle only once in its most recent game against Presbyterian, forcing two by the Blue Hose while committing only one. Cal and Fresno State both had two turnovers, while the Golden Bears committed one without causing one at Colorado.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 25 Cal players have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011. The list includes Chris Adcock (Fr., OL), Ted Agu (Fr., LB), David Aknin (Jr., FB), C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB), Jackson Bouza (So., WR), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., DB), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DL), Keni Kaufusi (So., DL), Gabe King (Fr., DL), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Adrian Lee (Fr., DB), Mike Manuel (Jr., TB), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., LB), Stefan McClure (Fr., DB), Bryce McGovern (Fr., WR), Viliami Moala (Fr., DL), Richard Rodgers (Fr., TE), Brennan Scarlett (Fr., LB), Avery Sebastian (Fr., DB), Bill Tyndall (So., OL) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB).
Notable Numbers vs. Washington
Keenan Allen rushed seven times for 60 yards against Washington in 2010, while adding four catches for 46 yards and two punt returns for eight yards.
Brock Mansion was 14-of-27 for 108 yards and one interception against Washington in 2010.
Marvin Jones has eight career catches for 124 yards against the Huskies.
Michael Calvin has three career catches for 29 yards against Washington.
Giorgio Tavecchio has scored 14 career points (3-4 FG, 5-5 PAT) but is the only current Cal player to ever score against Washington. Tavecchio has also kicked 12 times vs. Washington for an average of 61.2 and one touchback.
Coleman Edmond returned one kick for 33 yards against Washington in 2010.
Bryan Anger has a career 41.6 punting average on 16 punts all-time against Washington, including a 56-yarder that is his best against the Huskies.
Mychal Kendricks has put up the top defensive numbers of any current Cal player against Washington, totaling 13 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss.
Cal's Washington Connections
Three current Cal players - Jed Barnett (Camas, WA), Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) and Trevor Guyton (Woodinville, WA) - list hometowns in the state of Washington.
Four former Cal players - Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane and Cameron Morrah - are currently on the roster of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
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.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Sept. 20, 2011, including 31 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
"I watched the game with great pride and admiration for what Aaron and Desmond accomplished," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "They are two class individuals who did a lot for Cal and have continued their growth as leaders and major contributors to the World Champions! They deserve all the accolades coming their way!"
The appearance of Rodgers and Bishop marked the 10th consecutive season Cal has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three ... Jordan was selected with the same overall pick (No. 24) as former Cal quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was by the Green Bay Packers in 2005.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team. Cal's second-team selections included Alex Lagemann, Ernest Owusu, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. Justin Cheadle, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Mitchell Schwartz, Matt Summers-Gavin and Beau Sweeney were selected honorable mention. 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.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Quick Look at 2011 Bears
Cal is an experienced group in 2011 with a roster that features 20 players with significant collegiate starting experience, including four that earned at least one 2011 preseason All-American honor in Bryan Anger (Sr., P), Sean Cattouse (Sr., DB), Mychal Kendricks (Sr., LB) and Mitchell Schwartz (Sr., OL). Nine Bears have been bestowed with preseason All-Pac-12 honors, with the All-American foursome being joined by Keenan Allen (So., WR), Trevor Guyton (Sr., DL), D.J. Holt (Sr., LB), Marvin Jones (Sr., WR) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Sr., PK). The team's current two-deep has 16 of the 28 positions occupied by seniors and another eight manned by juniors. During 2011 spring workouts, head coach Jeff Tedford continued to learn a tremendous amount about a solid core of younger players from the 2010 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 11 nationally. He also had the advantage of seeing a pair of early entrees from the 2011 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven straight bowl appearances that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. The Bears were 67-35 (.657) overall during their eight winning seasons in a row.
New Coaches on Board for 2011
Head coach Jeff Tedford announced a series of changes to Cal's offensive coaching staff on February 5, 2011, when Jim Michalczik returned to the Bears as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach and Marcus Arroyo was hired as quarterbacks coach. At the same time, associate head coach Ron Gould was promoted to the team's run game coordinator, while it was announced that recently hired Eric Kiesau, who like Michalczik had previously coached at Cal, would serve as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. The announcement followed the previous hiring of defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and the move of head strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquez from men's basketball to football.
Four All-Americans Highlight 2011 Preseason Honors
National honor candidates Bryan Anger, Sean Cattouse, Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz have each been recognized as preseason All-Americans prior to the beginning of the 2011 campaign. Anger (Phil Steele), Cattouse (Sporting News) and Schwartz (GoDaddy.com) are third-team picks, while Kendricks (GoDaddy.com) is an honorable mention choice.
A total of nine Cal players have earned 2011 preseason All-Pac-12 recognition, with the four preseason All-Americans being joined by Keenan Allen, Trevor Guyton, D.J. Holt, Marvin Jones and Giorgio Tavecchio.
A complete listing of Cal's individual and team preseason honors and rankings can be found on the sidebars of pages 2-4 of the game notes.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon was the choice to win the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football title. The Ducks were also listed in the top spot in the North Division by 29 of the 42 voters participating in the poll, collecting 239 points. USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Arizona State collected 13 first-place votes in the division race, with three of the pollsters predicting a Pac-12 Championship crown for the Sun Devils. The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.
Cal Makes AT&T Park Hme in 2011; Back to Berkeley in 2012
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit.
Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park opens today against Presbyterian and is highlighted by visits from Pac-12 rival USC on Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m. PT) and conference newcomer Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22. The game against USC will be a live national telecast on ESPN 3D. The Bears will also host Pac-12 foes Washington State (Saturday, Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). Starting times for all games other than USC and Presbyterian will be announced at later dates when the information becomes available, as will television broadcast information.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between the Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
California Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated 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 venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. Now, four tower cranes rise from what was the field, and the stadium is beginning to take shape from the bottom up. The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this fall. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Student-Athlete High Performance Center
Cal's Student-Athlete High Performance Center, which will house football and 12 other sports on a daily basis, will open this fall after more than two years of construction. The month of September will be used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins will begin in early October and be conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football, due to the size of its operation, will move its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), 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 SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.