Sept. 12, 2011
2011 Cal Football
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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Presbyterian (1-1, 0-0 Big South)
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Live Stream: All Access
*Audio will be used from KGO 810 AM broadcast
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show*), Kate Scott (Postgame Show*) *The Decks at Mission Rock, San Francisco, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), ^KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno)
All-Access Radio:The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Beni Shpringer (Play-By-Play), Jeff Anguis (Analyst), Josh Toyofuku (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio:The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The channel for the Cal home feed of the Cal-Presbyterian game is Sirius 139.
CalBears.com:Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner:The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley. Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report:Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 74-42/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
SERIES FACTS: First Meeting
Kickoff - Presbyterian at Cal
Sat., Sept. 17 (2:36 p.m. PT)
Cal will play its first of five home games in 2011 when the Bears welcome FCS opponent Presbyterian from the Big South Conference to AT&T Park on Saturday. The teams from the Pac-12 and Big South, respectively, will meet for the first time ever in the final non-conference game of the season for the Bears.
The contest be streamed live on CalBears.com. The online feed will include the Cal/IMG College radio broadcast of the contest, with the usual team of Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor and Todd McKim calling the action.
Fans who are current subscribers to All Access through CalBears.com will receive the game as part of their service. Others can watch for $7.95, which includes a one-month subscription to All Access, Cal's multimedia site that includes a variety of both free and paid content.
Cal received a special exemption to be able to stream Saturday's game because the contest will be played within exclusive broadcast windows for Pac-12 partners ESPN and FSN.
Cal vs. FCS Opponents
Cal has posted a 4-0 record in games against teams from the Football College Subdivision (FCS), formerly Division I-AA, since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford in 2002. After not playing an FCS team for his first three seasons, the Golden Bears have recorded victories over Sacramento State (41-3, 2005), Portland State (42-16, 2006), Eastern Washington (59-7, 2009) and UC Davis (52-3, 2010) for a combined total point advantage of 194-29.
The Bears were a 36-21 winner over Fresno State in the neutral-site game dubbed the TicketCity Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park in nearby San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Tedford Ties Career Wins Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedfordimproved his all-time record both at Cal and in his collegiate career as a head coach to 74-42 (.638), moving into a tie with Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) for the school's all-time lead with last Saturday's victory at Colorado. Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its all-time leader in games coached during the 2010 season.
Bears Start Season 2-0 for Fourth Straight Year
Cal is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth consecutive season after opening its 2011 campaign with a 36-21 victory over Fresno State in the TicketCity Battle by the Bay and a thrilling 36-33 overtime win at Colorado.
Marvin Jones (5-118, career-high-tying 2TD) and Keenan Allen (8-112) became the first two Cal players to both go over 100 yards receiving in the same game since 2006 in the win over the Bulldogs, while Zach Maynard (16-35-1-266, 2TD) made a strong Cal debut at quarterback in what was believed to be the first regular-season college football contest to have ever been played at Candlestick Park. Maynard added 52 yards rushing on six carries, including a 43-yarder that was the longest run of the day by either team. Isi Sofele rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 24 rushes, all career bests. Mychal Kendricks led the Bears' defensive effort, totaling game-highs of nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) to go along with being credited for 0.5 sack and a pass breakup.
Maynard and Allen then hooked up on a five-yard game-winning TD pass in overtime to give the Bears their first ever win in overtime on the road at Colorado. The touchdown pass was the fourth of the day for Maynard (18-35-1-243-4), the most since Kevin Riley also threw four against Colorado in 2010. Allen (6-104-TD), Jones (5-55), Michael Calvin (3-42), Anthony Miller (2-27-2TD) and Nico Dumont (first career TD reception) were Maynard's favorite targets. Isi Sofele (20-84) and C.J. Anderson (4-33-TD) led the rushing attack, while D.J. Holtpaced the Bears with nine tackles.
Jones Picks up 100th Career Catch
Marvin Jones picked up the 100th career catch of his career when he pulled in a five-yarder from Zach Maynard in the first quarter at Colorado. Jones is now Cal's active career leader with totals of 104 catches for 1,597 yards and 12 touchdowns, with his 12 receiving scores leaving him just one shy of moving into the school's all-time record books. Four players are currently one TD grab ahead of Jones tied for eighth with 13. Although he's not quite knocking on the door yet for career receptions or receiving yards he has an excellent opportunity to reach both of those by the end of the season. Jones has led Cal in both receptions and receiving yards for each of the last two seasons, most recently posting career highs of 50 catches and 765 receiving yards, while ranking second on the club with four touchdown grabs to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in his 2010 junior campaign. Jones is second on the team to Keenan Allenafter two games in 2011, with 10 receptions for 173 receiving yards. He also co-leads the Bears with two touchdown catches and his 17.3 yards per catch average is the highest for all Cal players other than Maynard, who has caught one pass for 27 yards.
Allen Off To Big Start
Keenan Allen has set out to show there is no such thing as a sophomore jinx in his first two games as a second-year player at Cal in 2011. Allen leads the Bears and ranks among conference and national leaders in receiving yards (216, 108.0 ypg, No. 22) and receptions (14, 7.0 rpg, No. 31-T NCAA). He has also added a touchdown catch, the game-winner in overtime at Colorado, as well as a 27-yard completion on his only passing attempt and one rush for one yard. Allen is a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award and Paul Warfield Award given annually to the nation's top receiver, as well as on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award bestowed upon the nation's most versatile player. In 2010, Allen set a Cal single-season school record for receptions by a true freshman by making 46 catches for 490 yards (both second on the team behind Marvin Jones), while picking up a team-high five-touchdown grabs. Allen surpassed DeSean Jackson'sschool record of 38 receptions by a true freshman set in 2005. Allen began his record-setting rookie season by making one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 4 when he caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception.
First Overtime Road Win Ever
Cal's victory at Colorado marked the first time the school had won an overtime road game in four opportunities all-time, the most recent being a 27-20 loss at Oregon on Nov. 5, 2005. Cal had previous overtime losses at UCLA in 2003 and Arizona (two overtimes) in 1997. The Bears are 6-4 all-time in 10 overtime contests, sporting a 5-1 mark at home victories at Memorial Stadium over Oregon State (1996, 3ot), Arizona (1996, 4ot), UCLA (2000, 3ot), USC (2003, 3ot) and Washington (2006). The only time the Bears have ever lost an overtime game at home came in 2000 when Stanford was a 36-30 winner in the Big Game.
Two In A Row on The Road
Cal won its second conseuctive road game with last Saturday's win at Colorado adding to the short streak that began with a victory in the club's final road game of the 2010 campaign at Washington State. Cal has five remaining true road games in 2011 at Washington (Sept. 24), Oregon (Oct. 6), UCLA (Oct. 29), Stanford (Nov. 19) and Arizona State (Nov. 25). The Bears have had distinctly different levels of success on the road in the past two seasons. Last year, Cal lost each of its first four road games (Nevada, Arizona, UC, Oregon State) before avoiding a winless season on the road with the win at Washington State. Two seasons ago in 2009, the Bears posted a 4-2 record in true road games to register its best mark in those contests since 2004. The Bears won at Minnesota, UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford, with the two losses coming at Oregon and Washington. Prior to 2009, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2 in true road games. Cal's best record in true road contests under head coach Jeff Tedfordwas a 5-1 mark in 2004.
Big Plays Are Back
The big play has returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 17 plays (14 passing, three rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, compared to only 39 all of last year. With an average of 8.5 plays covering 20 or more yards in its first games of 2011, Cal is actually well ahead of the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered the distance for an average of 5.5 per game. Zach Maynard has been involved with 15 of the 17 plays, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (6), Marvin Jones (5), Anthony Miller (2), Isi Sofele (2) and Michael Calvin(1). Below is a look at the 17 plays from the line of scrimmage that have gone for at least 20 yards in 2011.
Yds Type Player Opponent 43 Rush Zach Maynard Fresno State *42 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State *39 Rush Isi Sofele Fresno State 37 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 32 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 31 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Fresno State 29 Rush Isi Sofele Colorado 27 Pass Michael Calvin from Zach Maynard Colorado 24 Pass Anthony Miller from Zach Maynard Fresno State 23 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Fresno State *23 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 22 Pass Zach Maynard from Keenan Allen Colorado 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Fresno State 21 Pass Marvin Jones from Zach Maynard Colorado 20 Pass Keenan Allen from Zach Maynard Colorado 20 Pass Anthony Miller from Zach Maynard Colorado *Touchdown
Zach Maynard Impressive
Zach Maynard, who was named the team's starting quarterback last May shortly after the conclusion of spring football workouts, has made an impression in his first two games in the role. Maynard has completed 34-of-70 passes for 509 yards, with six touchdowns and two interceptions for a 132.22 passer efficiency rating that would currently be fifth on Cal's all-time list.
Maynard completed 18-of-35 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Keenan Allen in overtime, to lead the Bears to a 36-33 win at Colorado. He was 16-of-35 for 266 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the season opening win over Fresno State. Maynard also ran six times for 52 yards against the Bulldogs, including a 43-yarder that was the longest run of the game Maynard accepted a scholarship offer from Cal in February of 2010 and sat out last season to become eligible after transferring from Buffalo. He has two years of eligibility remaining at Cal, including the 2011 campaign.
Maynard played in all 12 games and started 11 contests during his 2009 sophomore season with the Bulls when he completed 218-of-379 (57.5%) passes for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with 15 interceptions. He was also Buffalo's third-leading rusher with 300 yards on 87 carries and one touchdown on the ground. Maynard had a huge day in the second start of his career against Big East power Pittsburgh, passing for career highs of 400 yards and four touchdowns to set and tie single-game school records as he hit on 24-of-35 attempts. Maynard was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Performer of the Week for the performance. He rushed for a career-high 61 yards on six carries and scored his rushing touchdown against Miami, Ohio.
Allan Bridgfordclaimed the No. 2 spot on the team's two-deep following training camp.
Sofele Next in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Starting tailback Isi Sofele looks to be the next tailback to make a run at the 1,000-yard rushing mark that a Cal player has reached in eight of the last nine campaigns. Sofele has rushed for 172 yards in his first two games of 2011, with his 86.0 yard per-game average ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 47th nationally. Sofele's consistent games began with 24 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns (all career highs) against Fresno State. He followed that up with 20 rushes for 84 yards at Colorado. Sofele's current average of 88.0 yards per game would give him 1,032 over a 12-game regular season. Cal's string of seven straight seasons in which a running back gained over 1,000 yards rushing ended in 2009 when Shane Vereen's then career-high and team-leading total of 952 yards fell just short, with Jahvid Bestadding 867 despite missing the final four games due to injury. But Vereen started a new streak in 2010 with a career-high total of 1,167 yards on the ground.
Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt Co-Lead Team in Tackles
Senior linebackers Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt co-lead the team with 17 tackles and are tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with per-game averages of 9.5.
Kendricks is in his fourth season at Cal and has played in all 40 games possible during his career. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (169), tackles for loss (25.5), sacks (11.0), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1). The national honors candidate was Cal's most decorated player in the 2011 preseason and is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Holt, who was second on the team in tackles in 2010, started right where he left off last season with another steady game in the season opener.
Holt's three career forced fumbles are the most by any active Cal player, while his 153 career tackles are second, his two fumble recoveries tied for second, his 11.0 tackles for loss third and his six pass breakups fifth.
Anger Back in Form
Preseason All-American Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal school record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, was back in form at Colorado after a rare off week in the Bears' season opener vs. Fresno State. Anger, one of three Cal players selected Sunday as honorable mention Performers of the Week at their respective positions by the College Football Performance Awards, punted four times for a 51.0 yard average at Colorado to mark the sixth time in his illustrious career that he has averaged 50.0 or more yards per punt to move up 33 spots from where he started the contest to No. 30 nationally in punting. Last year, Anger's season average was also 2.4 yards better than his career average of 43.2, a figure that ranks second all-time at Cal behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). Tabor had held Cal's previous single-season record with a 45.3 average in 1987. Anger was a second-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2010 and is on the award's watch list for the fourth consecutive season in 2011.
Veteran Offensive Line
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that started the 2011 season opener against Fresno State have combined to make 95 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (40), Justin Cheadle (25), Brian Schwenke (15), Matt Summers-Gavin (15) and Dominic Galas(3). Each member of the group has started both games in 2011.
After the first week of the 2011 campaign, the Bears led the Pac-12 and ranked 18th nationally in total defense (218.0 ypg). But after allowing 582 total yards at Colorado, Cal fell all the way to 10th in the conference and 84th nationally in total defense (400.0 ypg). The Bears' 2010 defense led the Pac-10 and ranked in the top 25 nationally in per-game averages for sacks (2.83 spg, No. 13), total defense (319.08 ypg, No. 18) and pass defense (187.00 ypg, No. 21). Cal was also first in the conference in 2010 in first downs allowed (217).
Opponents Making Mistakes against Bears
Cal leads the Pac-12 in opponent penalties after the first two contests, with the Bears competitors being flagged 21 times for 173 yards (86.5 ypg). All three numbers lead the Pac-12.
Allen and Jones Both Go Over 100 Yards Receiving in Opener
Keenan Allen (7-105) and Marvin Jones (5-118, 2 TD) became the first two Cal players to both go over 100 yards receiving in a game for the Bears in the season opener. The last duo of Cal players to accomplish the feat are current NFL receivers DeSean Jackson (7-114, 3 TD) and Lavelle Hawkins(9-125) during a 42-17 victory over Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 9, 2006.
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedfordfor a 72-42 record that ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams during that period.
Cal has been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since 2002 prior to the 2011 campaign. The Bears began the 2011 campaign unranked for the second straight year have been among the team's receiving votes (six this week) in the USA Today Coaches' Poll each of the last two weeks. Cal has opened the season ranked nationally five times during the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the highest preseason ranking coming in 2006 at No. 9 by AP (No. 12 USA Today). The Bears have also been ranked as high as No. 12 by both AP and USA Today to begin both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2004, AP started the Bears at No. 13 (No. 15 USA Today), and Cal opened 2005 ranked No. 19 by AP (No. 20 USA Today).
Cal in Top 25, Cal vs. Top 25
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when the club is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedfordtook over in 2002. Cal has played 30 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-17 record in those contests. Cal is 0-3 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 15-13 to Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Cal also lost 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21).
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 57-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, adding its most recent victories to the mark by scoring 36 points in each of its 2011 wins. The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-37.
On the Tube
Cal's game against Presbyterian is not scheduled to be televised, marking only the second time in their last 59 games the Bears have not been on the tube. The other was a non-televised home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009, that snapped a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 97 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford'sarrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 41-6 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-26 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 25-4 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-22 with a deficit. Cal has won twice despite not winning the turnover battle in either of its games this year, equaling Fresno State's two turnovers and committing one without causing one at Colorado.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 15 Cal players - C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Michael Coley (Fr., S), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DE), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Mike Manuel (Jr., TB), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., LB), Stefan McClure (Fr., DB), Bryce McGovern (Fr., WR), Viliami Moala (Fr., DL), Richard Rodgers (Fr., TE), Brennan Scarlett (Fr., LB), Avery Sebastian (Fr., DB) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB) - have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011.
Jed Barnett (Fr., P), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Gabe King (Fr., DE) and Bill Tyndall(So., LT) are also listed on the two-deep but have yet to see action.
Cal's South Carolina Connections
A search of Cal's online information guide comes up with the words "South Carolina" only once in the bio of former Cal linebacker Jerome Meadows, who was from Spartanburg and played at Broome High School.
Cal does have five players - Keenan Allen (Greensboro), Maurice Harris (Greensboro), Gabe King (Burlington) and Zach Maynard(Greensboro) - that list hometowns in the bordering state of North Carolina.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Sept. 12, 2011, including 31 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 25-26 of the game notes.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
"I watched the game with great pride and admiration for what Aaron and Desmond accomplished," head coach Jeff Tedfordsaid. "They are two class individuals who did a lot for Cal and have continued their growth as leaders and major contributors to the World Champions! They deserve all the accolades coming their way!" The appearance of Rodgers and Bishop marked the 10th consecutive season Cal has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three ... Jordan was selected with the same overall pick (No. 24) as former Cal quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgerswas by the Green Bay Packers in 2005.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team. Cal's second-team selections included Alex Lagemann, Ernest Owusu, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. Justin Cheadle, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Mitchell Schwartz, Matt Summers-Gavin and Beau Sweeney were selected honorable mention. In 2008, Alex Mackearned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr(Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Quick Look at 2011 Bears
Cal is an experienced group in 2011 with a roster that features 20 players with significant collegiate starting experience, including four that earned at least one 2011 preseason All-American honor in Bryan Anger (Sr., P), Sean Cattouse (Sr., DB), Mychal Kendricks (Sr., LB) and Mitchell Schwartz (Sr., OL). Nine Bears have been bestowed with preseason All-Pac-12 honors, with the All-American foursome being joined by Keenan Allen (So., WR), Trevor Guyton (Sr., DL), D.J. Holt (Sr., LB), Marvin Jones (Sr., WR) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Sr., PK). The team's current two-deep has 16 of the 28 positions occupied by seniors and another eight manned by juniors. During 2011 spring workouts, head coach Jeff Tedfordcontinued to learn a tremendous amount about a solid core of younger players from the 2010 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 11 nationally. He also had the advantage of seeing a pair of early entrees from the 2011 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation.
Who's The New Guy
A look at the Cal roster shows an Avery "Sebastian" wearing No. 4. It's really not a new player but rather the former Avery Walls, who is planning to officially change his last name to "Sebastian" shortly after turning 18 years of age on Sept. 11, 2011. We're starting early.
Cal has played 30 regular-season neutral-site contests since Memorial Stadium was built in 1923 and is 19-11 in those contests, including a 3-5 mark in season-openers at neutral-site venues after last Saturday's 36-21 win over Fresno State at Candlestick Park.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven straight bowl appearances that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. The Bears were 67-35 (.657) overall during their eight winning seasons in a row.
New Coaches on Board for 2011
Head coach Jeff Tedford announced a series of changes to Cal's offensive coaching staff on February 5, 2011, when Jim Michalczik returned to the Bears as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach and Marcus Arroyo was hired as quarterbacks coach. At the same time, associate head coach Ron Gould was promoted to the team's run game coordinator, while it was announced that recently hired Eric Kiesau, who like Michalczik had previously coached at Cal, would serve as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. The announcement followed the previous hiring of defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and the move of head strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquezfrom men's basketball to football.
Four Preseason All-Americans Highlight 2011 Preseason Honors
National honor candidates Bryan Anger, Sean Cattouse, Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz have each been recognized as preseason All-Americans prior to the beginning of the 2011 campaign. Anger (Phil Steele), Cattouse (Sporting News) and Schwartz (GoDaddy.com) are third-team picks, while Kendricks (GoDaddy.com) is an honorable mention choice.
A total of nine Cal players have earned 2011 preseason All-Pac-12 recognition, with the four preseason All-Americans being joined by Keenan Allen, Trevor Guyton, D.J. Holt, Marvin Jones and Giorgio Tavecchio.
A complete listing of Cal's individual and team preseason honors and rankings can be found on the sidebars of pages 2-4 of the game notes.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon was the choice to win the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football title. The Ducks were also listed in the top spot in the North Division by 29 of the 42 voters participating in the poll, collecting 239 points. Twenty-eight of those pollsters tabbed the Ducks to come out on top in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Stanford was picked to finish second in the North Division, collecting the other 13 first-place votes in the balloting for the division race, with 11 of those members of the media casting a vote for the Cardinal to capture the Pac-12 title.
USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Due to NCAA sanctions, USC is on probation and ineligible to participate in the postseason. Therefore, the Trojans would not be able to represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Should USC capture the South Division crown, the team finishing second would be the South Division's representative in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Arizona State collected 13 first-place votes in the division race, with three of the pollsters predicting a Pac-12 Championship crown for the Sun Devils.
The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.
Cal Readies for AT&T Park; Back to Memorial Stadium in 2012
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit.
Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park opens today against Presbyterian and is highlighted by visits from Pac-12 rival USC on Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m. PT) and conference newcomer Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22. The game against USC will be a live national telecast on ESPN 3D. The Bears will also host Pac-12 foes Washington State (Saturday, Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). Starting times for all games other than USC and Presbyterian will be announced at later dates when the information becomes available, as will television broadcast information.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between the Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
California Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. Now, four tower cranes rise from what was the field, and the stadium is beginning to take shape from the bottom up. The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this fall. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Student-Athlete High Performance Center
Cal's Student-Athlete High Performance Center, which will house football and 12 other sports on a daily basis, will open this fall after more than two years of construction. The month of September will be used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins will begin in early October and be conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football, due to the size of its operation, will move its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.
Active Players in Cal Record Book
The following active players are listed in the Cal record book. For career categories, the all-time leader and anybody that an active player could reasonably pass during the game vs. Presbyterian on Sept. 17, 2011, are also listed. A full list of records can be found on pages 169-198 of the 2011 Cal football information guide online at CalBears.com.
Receptions - Game 7T. Marvin Jonesat Nevada, Sept. 17, 2010 12
Punting Average - Career 1. Scott Tabor (1986-87) 44.0 2. Bryan Anger(2008-Present) 43.1
Punting Average - Game 1. Bryan Anger vs. Stanford, 11/22/08 60.2