Nov. 23, 2009
WALNUT CREEK - Cal junior linebacker Mike Mohamed was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, winning the award for the third time in his career and on the second occasion in 2009. Mohamed is one of five Cal players to be honored with a Pac-10 Player of the Week selection this season, joining Offensive Player of the Week picks of Kevin Riley (Sept. 5) and Jahvid Best (Sept. 19), and Special Teams Player of the Week selections Bryan Anger (Oct. 17) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Nov. 14).
Mohamed, who earned the first national honor of his career Sunday when he was named a College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Honorable Mention Performer of the Week, preserved a 34-28 Cal victory in the Big Game at Stanford on Saturday when he intercepted Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck at the Cal 3-yard line with 1:36 remaining in the contest. Mohamed also had a team-high 10 tackles.
Mohamed leads the Pac-10 with a career-high 100 tackles in 2009 and ranks No. 35 nationally with an average of 9.09 stops per contest. He has five double-digit tackle games this season, while recording at least seven tackles in 10 of 11 games and at least nine stops in eight of those contests. His three interceptions lead the Bears and his 0.27 picks per game rank tied for sixth in the Pac-10.
Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli (Offensive) and Nate Costa (Special Teams) captured the Pac-10's other weekly Player of the Week honors.
Cal sophomore tailback Shane Vereen, who earned multiple national honors Sunday (Walter Camp Football Foundation BCS National Offensive Player of the Week, AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award Nominee, CFPA Honorable Mention Running Back Performer of the Week), was also nominated for Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
Vereen rushed 42 times for 193 yards (both career highs) and three touchdowns (tied career-high) in the Big Game victory over Stanford. The 42 rushing attempts tied for the most in the nation in 2009 along with Central Florida's Brynn Harvey, who had 42 carries against Memphis on Oct. 3.
Cal will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Washington (3-7, 2-5 Pac-10) for the final regular season game of the 2009 campaign for both teams on Saturday, Dec. 5 (3:30 p.m. PT). The contest will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California.
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