April 29, 2010
HOUSTON - Cal senior linebacker Mike Mohamed was named to the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List on Thursday as announced by the Rotary Lombardi Award Committee. Earlier this month, Mohamed was named to the Lott Trophy Watch List for 2010.
"It's an honor to be on the watch list for such a prestigious award," said Mohamed. "The Rotary Lombardi Award has yielded some of college football's best defensive players throughout the years and it is sweet to be recognized as someone who has an opportunity to win this award."
The 2010 national honors candidate will be one of Cal's most experienced players this upcoming campaign, having participated in all 39 games over the last three seasons with 16 starts. He is Cal's active leader in career tackles with 245 and has posted other career totals of 15.0 tackles for loss (-58 yards), 5.0 sacks (-37 yards), six interceptions (36 return yards), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He will long be remembered in Cal football history for his interception at the Golden Bears' own three-yard line thwarted a potential game-winning Stanford drive and clinched a 34-28 victory in the 2009 Big Game on The Farm. He also returned one of his three interceptions in 2008 for a touchdown during a 41-20 win over UCLA.
Mohamed received first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 for the first time in his career when he led the conference with 112 tackles, while adding 8.0 tackles for loss and a team-high three interceptions. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice after his performances in victories at Arizona State (12 tackles, 11 solo) and Stanford (10 tackles, 0.5 TFL, game-clinching interception). Mohamed was also selected as Cal's defensive MVP in 2009 by his teammates.
In addition to his performances on the field, Mohamed has been honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, earning first team recognition in each of the last two years. In 2009, he also earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic District 8 First-Team for the first time in his career.
He has also been heavily involved in the community as one of the team's most active participants in a local mentoring project.
Former Cal and current Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack was a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award in both 2007 and 2008.
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The candidates earn a place on the preliminary watch list by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches. The Rotary Lombard Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2010 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as preseason honors candidates. The 41st Rotary Lombardi Award will be held on Dec. 7-8, 2010 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. For more information on the two-day schedule of events, visit rotarylombardiaward.org.
Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign will be the final year with the current configuration of Memorial Stadium and also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.
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