Sept. 2, 2009
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BERKELEY - California senior defensive back Syd'Quan Thompson picked up another 2009 preseason honor on Wednesday when he was tabbed as one of 30 candidates nationally for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Both have been named to multiple first-team preseason All-American squads prior to the 2009 campaign. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Bowl Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
Thompson is a first-team preseason 2009 preseason All-American already has his name on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Lott Trophy, the Bronco Naguski Trophy and the Jim Thorpe Award. He is the Golden Bears' active career leader in tackles (208), interceptions (6), passes defended (32), pass breakups (26), punt returns (28) and punt return yardage (344). Last year, Thompson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after recording 70 tackles, 7.5 TFL, a team-high four interceptions that he returned for 128 yards and a school record-tying 18 passes defended. He also ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in punt returns, averaging 12.3 yards per return.
The Golden Bears will open their 2009 campaign by hosting Maryland in a nationally televised ESPN2 contest at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, September 5 (7 p.m.). Cal fans are encouraged to participate in a Blue Out in the season-opener. The best way to show your support is to pick up the CalBears.com/Blueout. For more information, visit CalBears.com/Blueout.
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