May 11, 2006
BERKELEY -- Two members of the University of California football squad have been named 2006 preseason first-team All-Americans by The Sporting News with another Golden Bear earning second-team All-America honors, the magazine has announced.
Earning first-team status are running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. Daymeion Hughes has been tabbed as a second-team All-America defensive back by The Sporting News. He was earlier named a first-team All-American by Playboy Magazine.
Along with being named All-Americans, both Lynch and Mebane are listed as the second-best players in the country at their respective positions, while Hughes is the nation's fourth-best cornerback, according to The Sporting News.
Two other California players, linebacker Desmond Bishop (No. 9) and receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 10) are considered among America's top 10 players at their positions by the magazine. The Sporting News also named Mebane as its preseason Pacific-10 Conference defensive player of the year.
Lynch is coming off of a season in which he rushed for 1,246 yards in less than 10 full games (due to injury). It was the third-best single-season rushing total in Cal history. He is already eighth all-time at Cal with 1,874 career rushing yards.
Mebane was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior while manning the middle of the Bears' defensive front. He had 29 tackles last season while often facing double and triple teams.
Hughes had five interceptions as a junior and broke up another 12 passes while earning all-conference honors.
Other California players cited by The Sporting News are punt returner Tim Mixon (No. 15 in the country), linebacker Anthony Felder (No. 17 outside linebacker in the nation) and defensive end Tu'u Nafisi (No. 18 defensive end in the country).
California opens its 2006 season on Sept. 2 at the University of Tennessee. The Bears are coming off an 8-4 season and finished 2005 ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.