Dec. 10, 2008
BERKELEY - California senior center Alex Mack was selected as a first-team All-American by Rivals.com on Wednesday. Mack, who was first-team All-America selection last season by Sporting News, has piled up several awards already this season, and collected a big honor on Tuesday night as the recipient of the National Football Foundation's Draddy Award given to the top football scholar-athlete in the country.
Mack, who landed a spot on the Pac-10 first-team all-conference team for the third straight year on Monday, is also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy presented to the top center in college football. He was named a first-team mid-season All-American by both the Sporting News and College Football News.
Mack is a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic choice as well as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for athletic and academic achievement. He was named one of 15 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes, which comes with a $15,000 postgraduate scholarship.
The Santa Barbara product has helped pave the way for running back Jahvid Best to go over 1,000 yards rushing and average more than eight yards per carry this season. Mack won the 2007 Morris Trophy last year as the conference's top offensive lineman.
Additionally, he is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the literal poster boy for Cal's "Toe to Toe" fundraising dancing event, which raised money for underprivileged children in the San Francisco area. He was selected as a summer guest columnist for the Sporting News and has participated in an after-school program with local elementary schools.
Mack and Cal will be in action in the Emerald Bowl vs. Miami on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Bears completed the regular season with an 8-4 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the Pac-10.