Sept. 20, 2009
ATLANTA - Cal Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best has been named the Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. Best, who is also one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award this week, is the only running back in the country to have been honored by the CFPA in each of the first weeks of the 2009 college football season.
Best was the CFPA's Running Back Performer of the Week during the first week of the college football season, an award he also won in week three. He was the first honorable mention selection for the honor in week two.
Best broke the modern-era (1937-current) single-game school record and also posted a new career-high with five rushing touchdowns to lead Cal to a 35-21 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. He finished with 131 yards rushing on a career-high 26 carries against the Golden Gophers.
Best now ranks among Cal's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (25, No. 5) and rushing yards (2,213, No. 10). In addition, he had three rushes of 20 or more yards against Minnesota and now has eight this season and 30 in his career.
After the first three games of 2009, Best leads the nation in scoring (18.0 ppg) as well as the Pac-10 in rushing (137.3 ypg, No. 3 NCAA) and all-purpose running (163.0 ypg, No. 15 NCAA). He has rushed for 412 yards and eight TDs on 53 carries for an average of 7.8 yards per carry. Best also co-leads the Bears with seven catches for 59 yards and one touchdown.
In addition, Best has a current string of seven consecutive games of 100 or more rushing yards dating back to the final four contests of 2008. He has rushed for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs on 126 carries (9.7 yards per rush, 175.4 yards per game) during that seven-game span.
Best is a 2009 preseason All-American and on watch lists for the CFPA Player of the Year and Running Back of the Year honors, as well as the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award.
Last season, he averaged 131.67 rushing yards per game when he totaled 1,580 yards on the ground to record the second-highest single-season total ever at Cal. His 8.1 yards per carry in 2008 set a new single-season school record while his 15 rushing touchdowns tied the Bears' single-season mark. Best was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a running back in 2008 after earning the same honor on special teams as a true freshman the previous campaign.
Cal (3-0) will play its Pac-10 opener at Oregon (2-1) this Saturday, Sept. 26 (12:30 p.m.). The game at Autzen Stadium will be televised live nationally by ABC.
The Golden Bears return to Memorial Stadium for a showdown with seven-time defending champion USC (2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3 (5 p.m.) for a contest that ABC will also televise nationally.
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