Feb. 2, 2009
BERKELEY - Six former California football players - Rulon Davis, Anthony Felder, Zack Follett, Alex Mack, Cameron Morrah and Worrell Williams - have all been invited to participate in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 18-24 in Indianapolis.
The combine, which features more than 300 of the best college players from around the nation, will have executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel present from all 32 NFL teams to evaluate players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft in April.
"This is very exciting for me," said Williams. "I'm a little nervous, but I think that's normal. I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to showcase my talent and skill. I am also going to be cheering for my other teammates who will be there as well. The combine can't come soon enough, but in the meantime I will continue to work on my speed and strength and getting my body in shape to perform in from of all 32 NFL teams."
Davis started seven of the nine games he played last season for the Bears. He registered 5.5 tackles for loss for minus 33 yards, including four sacks. He was given the team's Bob Tessier Award as Cal's most improved defensive lineman. He had a season-best six stops at Maryland, including a sack and a forced fumble. Davis blocked a field goal attempt at Washington State that Follett returned 68 yards for a touchdown, as well.
Felder was Cal's leading tackler in 2008 with 93 stops; ranking eighth in the Pac-10 with 7.2 tackles per game. He was given the Ken Cotten Award as the team's most courageous player on defense. He reached double figures in tackles three times, with a high of 13 vs. Stanford. He also had 12 stops vs. Michigan State and 10 at USC (8 unassisted). Overall, Felder registered at least six tackles in 9 of 12 games and had his lone interception at Arizona. He was voted honorable mention All-Pac-10 and assisted on four tackles against Miami in the Emerald Bowl.
As one of the hardest hitters in the Pac-10, Follett was chosen MVP of the Emerald Bowl after finishing with nine tackles (eight solo) vs. Miami with four tackles for loss (minus 33 yards) and two sacks (minus 27 yards). He forced a fumble on his last sack, which set up the Bears' game winning touchdown. Follett led the league in tackles for loss with 23.0 and was fourth in the conference with 10.5 quarterback sacks in 2008. He also topped the Pac-10 with five forced fumbles and tied for 12th in total tackles (6.7 per game). He ranked third nationally in tackles for loss and tied for 17th in sacks to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Follett was voted Pac-10 Player of the Week following his 11-tackle performance vs. Oregon, when he finished with eight solo stops, 3.0 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack.
Regarded as one of the best centers in the country, Mack was the recipient of the Draddy Trophy as college football's top scholar-athlete in 2008, an award that includes a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship. He was also named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football. Mack was selected a first-team All-American by Rivals.com and was also chosen a second-team All-American by Walter Camp and the Sporting News and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He won the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10 (as voted by league's defensive linemen) for the second year in a row, just the third player to receive the award twice.
An early entry to the draft, Morrah became one of Cal's most reliable targets in 2008. His eight TD catches were the most ever for a Bear tight end in one season. He had a breakout game against Michigan State, hauling in five catches for 93 yards and a TD, including a 50-yard completion down the sidelines from Nate Longshore. Morrah equaled his career-high in catches with five for 49 yards and a touchdown at Maryland and had 60 yards on three catches, including a back-of-the-end zone grab, at Arizona.
A senior stalwart at linebacker (36 career starts), Williams was named Cal's Most Improved Player for the 2008 season. He returned an interception 50 yards to the Oregon 3-yard-line just before halftime to set up a Cal touchdown vs. the Ducks and finished the game with a season-high eight tackles. His 246 career tackles rank 11th on Cal's all-time list. The Sacramento native received honorable mention All-Pac-10 notice.
At last year's combine, former Cal wide receiver and current member of the Philadelphia Eagles DeSean Jackson clocked the fastest 40-yard dash time of any wideout at 4.35 seconds. Also former tight end and current member of the Tennessee Titans Craig Stevens recorded the most reps (27) for a tight end on the bench press.
The NFL Combine can be seen on the NFL Network. Fans can also get all of the information with video feed, player interviews and exclusive news via the Internet at www.nfl.com/combine.