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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 29, 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) at UCLA (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12)
The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
TV: Prime Ticket - Bill McDonald (Play-by-Play), J.J. Stokes (Analyst), Chris McGee (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott (Postgame Show) P*Postgame at the Paragon, Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, 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 thorugh 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 (Berkeley) - KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-UCLA game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The UCLA home feed of the contest is available on Channel 85 on both Sirius and XM.
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: 76-45/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 81
Series Record: UCLA leads series, 49-31-1
First Meeting: 11/4/1933, at UCLA 0, Cal 0
Last Meeting:10/9/10, at Cal 35, UCLA 7
Current Streak: Cal win 3
Tedford vs. UCLA: 6-3
Kickoff - Cal at UCLA Sat., Oct. 29 (4:07 p.m. PT)
Cal and UCLA will square off in a Pac-12 game at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, with both teams looking to enhance their chances of becoming bowl eligible by winning the contest.
Cal picked up its first conference win of the season with a 34-10 victory over Utah last Saturday, while UCLA last played at Arizona on Thursday and was defeated 48-12. Cal had dropped its first three Pac-12 games at Washington and Oregon, and at home against USC. The Bruins had won two of their first three conference contests, picking up victories at Oregon State and against Washington State before the loss to the Wildcats.
UCLA holds a 49-31-1 advantage in the all-time series but Cal has won each of the last three. Last year, the Bears posted a 35-7 victory at Memorial Stadium and two seasons ago in 2009 Cal won for the first time in Los Angeles in the Jeff Tedford era with a 45-26 victory at The Rose Bowl. Cal started the streak that is the longest over the Bruins since a Cal series record five straight from 1990-94, with a 41-20 win over UCLA in 2009 at Memorial Stadium. UCLA's last win in the series was a 30-21 triumph at The Rose Bowl in 2008. Cal has won two in a row at The Rose Bowl only once since the teams began playing their series at the venue in 1983, with those back-to-back road wins coming in 1991 and `93.
Detailed information on the Cal-UCLA series is located on page 34.
Interesting Statistical Matchups for Cal-UCLA Contest
There are several intriguing statistical matchups to keep an eye on in the Cal-UCLA contest. Cal's pass defense that leads the Pac-12 by allowing only 214.6 yards of passing offense goes up against a UCLA passing game that is 11th in the conference at 211.1 yards per game. The Bruins' fourth-ranked rushing offense (172.0 ypg) will up against a Cal run defense that is also fourth in the conference (115.6 ypg). When Cal has the ball, its running game that is ranked sixth in the Pac-12 will go up against a UCLA run defense that has struggled, giving up the most yards on the ground of any Pac-12 team (191.9 ypg). The Bears' pass offense that is fourth in the conference (293.0 ypg) will go up against a UCLA pass defense that is seventh (244.3 ypg).
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have won four of their first seven games in 2011 and are halfway to their average of the last nine seasons, with five regular-season contests and a possible bowl game remaining in 2011.
Only Road Game During Home Stretch
After playing its first five games of the 2011 season in five different stadiums, Cal is in the midst of a stretch that has the Bears playing four of five games at AT&T Park, which is where Cal is playing its 2011 home games while Memorial Stadium in Berkeley is going through a renovation and retrofit. Saturday's contest at UCLA is the team's only road game during the period that began with home contests vs. USC (Oct. 13) and Utah (Oct. 22), and will conclude with two more home games against Washington State (Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Nov. 12) in Cal's 2011 home finale.
Six-Game Conference Losing Skid Snapped vs. Utah
Cal snapped a six-game conference losing skid with a victory over Utah last Saturday. Cal had lost its final three Pac-10 games of 2010 vs. Oregon, Stanford and Washington, and then its first three Pac-12 contests of 2011 at Washington and Oregon, and vs. USC. The skid was Cal's longest since the Bears dropped 12 straight conference games that covered their final three Pac-10 games of 2000, all eight of their 2001 conference tilts, and their first league contest of 2002.
Three-Game Losing Skid to Excellent Competition
The three teams - Washington (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12), Oregon (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) and USC (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) - that defeated Cal on its three-game losing skid have combined for a 17-4 overall mark and a 10-2 conference record in 2011.
All-American Candidate Allen Continues to Lead Nation
All-American candidate Keenan Allen has led the nation in receiving yards per game for the last two weeks and has a current average of 129.43 receiving yards per contest. His 8.57 receptions per game are second in the Pac-12 and seventh nationally. Allen paces the Bears with season totals of 60 receptions, 906 receiving yards and five touchdown catches, while his average of 15.1 yards per reception is the team's highest among regular receivers. Allen's five 100-yard receiving games are tied for the Pac-12 lead. Allen was also on the receiving end of a school record and the longest pass play of the season in the Pac-12 at Washington when he caught a ball from Zach Maynard for a 90-yard touchdown. Allen finished with career highs of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time at Cal) in that contest against the Huskies, with the 197 receiving yards marking the fourth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He set a career-high with 13 grabs for 160 yards in his next game against USC, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list. The versatile Allen also paces the club with 939 all-purpose yards and an average of 134.14 per game that ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 38th nationally. In addition to his receiving totals, he has rushed three times for 21 yards, completed a 27-yard pass to Zach Maynard the only time he attempted to throw and returned two punts for 12 yards.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards Presbyterian 6-85-1-27 ... none at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards at Oregon 9-170-1-31 ... none USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards Utah 8-78-1-16
Allen on School Record Pace
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 138.0 yards and 8.67 receptions per contest have him on pace to finish the 12-game regular-season schedule with single-season school records of 103 receptions and 1,553 receiving yards. Cal's current records in those categories were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Allen moved into the single-season record books in both categories in only his seventh game of the season vs. Utah in his most recent game, with his 60 catches now ranking seventh all-time at Cal and his 906 receiving yards eighth. His five touchdown receptions leave two more scoring grabs outside the top 10. His career-high 13 against USC is tied for third all-time in a single game at Cal, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington are fifth.
Jones Having another Big Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another big season with 40 receptions, 599 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. Jones' average of 15.1 yards per catch is also second among the team's regular receivers and the same as his career average. In addition, he paces the team with eight punt returns for 61 yards, including a career-long 37-yarder against USC.
Jones is fifth in the Pac-12 and 34th nationally with his average of 85.57 receiving yards per contest, while his 5.71 receptions per contest rank sixth in the conference 36th and 44th nationally. He is on pace to easily surpass the career highs of 50 receptions and 756 receiving yards he posted as a 2010 junior, with projected regular-season totals in 2011 of 69 catches and 1,027 receiving yards.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards at Colorado 5-55-0-21 ... none Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards at Washington 6-79-0-16 ... none at Oregon 6-66-0-18 ... none USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards Utah 5-69-0 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards
Allen and Jones Reach Career Milestones
Keenan Allen became the fastest player to reach 100 receptions in his career when he made it to mark in his 18th game at Cal in his most outing vs. Utah. Earlier this season, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Golden Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006. Through his first 18 games at Cal, Allen now has career totals of 106 receptions, 1,396 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches. Marvin Jones reached the 2,000-yard career receiving mark also against Utah and moved closer to the school's all-time top-10 in both receptions and receiving yards. He is Cal's active career leader in receptions (134), receiving yards (2,023) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 13 touchdown catches are already tied for eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receptions are only two shy of the top 10 and the receiving yards 24 away from the record book.
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a streak of 32 straight contests as he has a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 18 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Sofele Most Recent in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Isi Sofele has established himself as the next Cal tailback to take a shot at the 1,000-yard rushing mark that a Golden Bear has reached in eight of the last nine campaigns. Sofele is well on his way, having already rushed for a career high 627 yards in his first seven games of 2011, with his 89.57 yard per-game average ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and 42nd nationally. He is currently on pace for 1,075 yards rushing in 12 regular-season games, which would put him in the elite categories of 1,000-yard rushers but leave him just outside the school's top 10 single-season rushing campaigns. Sofele has posted at least 84 yards rushing per contest in six of his seven games in 2011, reaching the mark in all games other than USC.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 24-88-2-39 ... None at Colorado 20-84-0-29 ... None Presbyterian 18-110-2-25 ... None at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards
Maynard's First Seven Games
Seven games into his career as Cal's starting quarterback, Zach Maynard has completed 136-of-251 passes for 1,840 yards, with twice as many touchdowns (12) as interceptions (6) for a 126.76 passer efficiency rating that would be eighth on Cal's all-time list. Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his seven starts, one of only three Pac-12 quarterbacks along with Arizona's Nick Foles and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler to do so. He threw for at least one score in each of his first five contests before failing to do so at USC but did run for his first career touchdown against the Trojans. In his most recent outing vs. Utah he had both passed and ran for a touchdown for the first time in his Cal career.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards
Anger Back to Near 2010 Record-Setting Numbers
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has moved up 48 spots from where he was after the season opener into the No. 15 position nationally with a 44.47 yard per punt average that is also the fourth highest in the Pac-12. Anger has been selected as an honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards three times after his performances at Colorado and Washington, and vs. Utah. Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 232 times for 10,083 yards and an average of 43.5 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20 at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20 Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20 at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+ at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+ USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards Utah 5-231-46.2-62, 1 50+, 2 I-20
Kendricks Third in Pac-12 in Tackles
Mychal Kendricks fell from first to third in the race to become the Pac-12's tackle leader after being limited to a pair of tackles in his most recent contest against Utah, with his average of 7.86 stops per game ranking tied for 86th nationally. In addition to pacing Cal with his total of 55 tackles, he has added 5.0 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.0 sack (-5 yards), an interception that he returned 32 yards in his most game against Utah, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles.
Kendricks has played in all 45 games possible and made 24 starts during his career at Cal. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (207), tackles for loss (27.0), sacks (11.5) and fumble recoveries (6), while tying for team's active career lead in blocked kicks (1) and ranking tied for second with three interceptions. 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.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) Presbyterian 3 tackles at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard) Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32 yard return)
D.J. Holt Having another Solid Season
Seven games into the 2011 campaign D.J. Holt remains in the tight battle for the team lead that he has been in with Mychal Kendricks throught most of the season. Holt is second on the club with 51 tackles on the campaign, while his 7.29 tackles per game average is seventh in the Pac-12. Holt was also second on the 2010 squad with 85 tackles to rank behind only leader Mike Mohamed. He is second among active Cal players with 187 career tackles. He also has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, 15.0 tackles for loss that are third, two fumble recoveries that tie for third and seven pass breakups that are fifth. Holt has played in 44 consecutive games after not participating in the first contest of his 2008 redshirt freshman season. He has started all 19 games possible over the last two campaigns and 27 overall.
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) at Colorado 9 tackles Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards) USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Tavecchio Campbell Semifinalist/NFF Scholar-Athlete Award Candidate
The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Sept. 29 that Giorgio Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy and NFF Scholar-Athlete Award winners will be announced on Oct. 26.
Tavecchio continues Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking game ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 40 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 214 points. In his most recent game vs. Utah, Tavecchio moved past three household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch and Shane Vereen - into ther schhool's all-time record book for scoring. He is now ninth with the next person to pass on the list also a famous Cal running back in Chuck Muncie, who scored 224 points from 1973-75.
Tavecchio has made 39-of-54 (72.2%) field goal attempts and 97-of-103 (94.2%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 213 times in his career for 12,810 kickoff yards and an average of 60.1 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
Tavecchio is 11-of-13 on field goal attempts in 2011, making his first eight before he had one blocked both at Oregon and vs. Utah. He also has a 54-yarder at Washington in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. His nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyteran both equal the most by a conference player in 2010.
Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with 54 points, ranking tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in points per game (7.7 ppg) and tied for fourth among kickers.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He has earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10.
In terms of community service Tavecchio has been off the charts, with his activities including ...
Taking part in the SAGE mentorship program which provides Cal students as mentors for elementary school children in local public schools
Working with high school kickers in his hometown area
Volunteering at the St. Mary's Center working in the soup kitchen
Sponsoring a poor child in Honduras through Compassion International
Participation with Athletes in Action, including going on "PB&J giveaways" where the group makes PB&J sandwiches and gives them away to homeless in the Berkeley area
Taking part in a COPWATCH (community-based police accountability) decal class in which homeless individuals were educated about their rights and Berkeley civic law
Tutoring Italian student-athletes at Cal
Volunteering at a local Catholic church to help with confirmation
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0 at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6 USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199 Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439 1 TB
Cal Passing, Total and Scoring Offense Much Improved
Cal's offensive numbers in the passing game, as well as total offense and scoring offense, have improved significantly through the team's first seven games of 2011. Below is a look at the numbers over the past two seasons, comparing the first six games of 2011 with the Bears' final numbers in 2010.
Offensive Comparison - 2011 vs. 2010
Category 2011 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) 2010 (Pac-10/NCAA Rank) Passing Offense 293.00 ypg (No. 4/19) 175.08 ypg (No. 9/94) Total Offense 429.00 ypg (No. 6/40) 334.00 ypg (No. 7/90) Scoring Offense 30.86 ppg (No. 6/44) 25.83 ppg (No. 6/73)
Tedford Sets Cal's Career Wins Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford became Cal's all-time leader for victories when he recorded his 75th career victory against Presbyterian at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Sept. 17, 2011. Tedford moved past former leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25). Tedford, who is now 76-45 (.628) all-time at Cal, became the school's all-time leader in games coached in 2010.
Fans Can Vote Allen for Paul Hornung Award
As of October 24, Keenan Allen is in third place in fan voting for the Paul Hornung Award. Allen's 522 votes trail only Georgia's Brandon Boykin (817) and Toledo's Eric Page (764).
Fans can vote once every 24 hours by visiting www.votepaulhornungaward.com. Fans' selections on this page will count as one vote and be added to the votes cast by the 16-member selection committee.
Bears as the Best, against the Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 31 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-18 record in those contests, with the Bears game at Oregon on Oct. 6 their only contest against a ranked team to this point in 2011. 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). Cal has dropped four consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then to Oregon again in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four. Cal has opened a campaign 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 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).
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 40 plays (31 passing, nine rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular season games all of last year. With an average of 5.7 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first seven contests of 2011, Cal is also slightly ahead of the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 29 of the 40 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (13), Marvin Jones (10), Isi Sofele (9), Allan Bridgford (3), Anthony Miller (3) and Michael Calvin (3).
Big Plays Are Back ... On Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first seven games of 2011, the Bears rank third in the Pac-12 and 19th nationally in sacks per game (2.71). A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 in sacks per game, while ranking No. 13 nationally (2.86). Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 as the Bears rank second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally (8.75). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out The Sacks
A group of 13 players have contributed at least a half sack to combine for 20 total sacks in 2011, including co-team leaders Ernest Owusu and David Wilkerson that both have 3.5 and a per-game average of .50 that is tied for ninth in the Pac-12. Trevor Guyton (2.5 sacks. 36 per game) is the only other Cal player among the league's top 20 with Guyton tying for 16th. Others with at least half a sack include Cecil Whiteside (2.0), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (1.0), Kendrick Payne (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 120 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that have each started all of the team's first seven games in 2011 have now combined to make 120 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (45), Justin Cheadle (29), Brian Schwenke (19), Matt Summers-Gavin (19) and Dominic Galas (7).
Opponents Making Mistakes against Bears
Cal's opponents have been racked up the second-most penalty yards per game among all Pac-12 teams' opponents, with Cal's competitors being flagged 55 times for 478 yards (68.3 ypg).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 59-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 4-0 mark in 2011 after victories over Fresno State (36), Colorado (36), Presbyterian (63) and Utah (34). 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 17-40, including an 0-3 mark in 2011 with losses at Washington (23), at Oregon (15) and vs. USC (9).
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 61 of its last 63 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). A total of 101 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford through the team's most recent contest at Washington.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 43-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-27 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 26-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-23 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 were not following the trend as strongly as in previous seasons until recently. Turnovers have played a critical role in each of the last two games. In a loss against USC, Cal turned the ball over a season-high five times before forcing a season-high four turnovers in the victory against Utah. Cal had previously won the turnover battle only once (Presbyterian) in its three victories but twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its three losses.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 25 Cal players have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011. The list includes Chris Adcock (Fr., OL), Ted Agu (Fr., LB), David Aknin (Jr., FB), C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB), Jackson Bouza (So., WR), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., DB), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DL), Keni Kaufusi (So., DL), Gabe King (Fr., DL), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Adrian Lee (Fr., DB), 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), Bill Tyndall (So., OL) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB).
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive 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 straight winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven consecutive 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. Cal needs only two victories over its last five regular-season games in 2011 to become bowl eligible for the eight time in the last nine years.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is second in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 32:10. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in five of its first seven games in 2011, including a whopping advantage against Presbyterian (40:23 - 19:37).
Notable Numbers Against UCLA
Keenan Allen had three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown, while adding two rushes for 10 yards in 2010.
Bryan Anger has averaged 46.5 yards per punt in three career outings, including averages of 50.0 in 2009 and 50.4 in 2010 as well as a 72-yarder in 2009 that is the third longest of his career and tied for the eighth longest in school history.
Marc Anthony had four tackles in 2010.
D.J. Campbell has three career tackles and pass breakup.
Sean Cattouse has nine career tackles, an interception that he ran back nine yards in 2008 and a pair of pass breakups.
Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson contributed 14 yards rushing on four carries in his lone action in 2010.
Trevor Guyton has a tackle, which was an eight-yard tackle for loss, in 2009.
Josh Hill has 10 career tackles and a fumble recovery (2010), with eight of the tackles coming in 2009.
D.J. Holt has three career tackles, as well as 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) in 2010, and a pass breakup and fumble recovery in 2009.
Marvin Jones has scored three times, posted five catches for 98 yards and a pair of touchdown catches , with four of those receptions and 89 of the receiving yards coming in 2009. Jones also had a 48-yard touchdown run in 2010.
Will Kapp has three tackles.
Mychal Kendricks has five tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss (-16 yards) and 1.0 sack (-12 yards) that he recorded in 2010. In 2009, he had an interception that he brought back 68 yards for a touchdown.
Anthony Miller has three catches for 19 yards.
Ernest Owusu has five tackles (including four in 2010) and 0.5 tackles for loss for one yard (also in 2010).
Isi Sofele has 80 yards rushing on 13 carries one kick return for 29 yards, all in 2010, as well as four tackles in 2009.
Eric Stevens has one reception for four yards as well as three tackles.
Giorgio Tavecchio has made three of four field goals, with a long of 42, and all 13 of his extra-point tries for a total of 24 points. He also kicked off 19 times for 1,203 yards and a 63.3 yard average.
Steve Williams has three tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and a pass breakup, all in 2010.
Cal's Southern California Connections
Cal has plenty of connections to Southern California with 27 players listing a city south of the Grapevine as their hometown, including Bryan Anger (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS), Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS), Mitchel Bartolo (San Diego, CA/Westview HS), Allan Bridgford (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS), Trajuan Briggs (Pacoima, CA/Birmingham HS), Brett Buchanan (Encinitas, CA/San Diego), Kaelin Clay (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), Vincenzo D'Amato (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS), Ryan Davis (Los Angeles, CA/Cerritos College/Artesia HS), Brian Farley (San Diego, CA/Patrick Henry HS), Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero HS), D.J. Holt (Santa Clarita, CA/Crespi Carmelite HS), Kameron Jackson (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), Mustafa Jalil (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS), Jalen Jefferson (Ventura, CA/St. Bonaventure HS), Marvin Jones (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda HS), Cary Kriegsman (Pacific Palisades, CA/Loyola HS), Brandon Madueño (West Covina, CA/Damien HS), Mike Manuel (Carson, CA/Golden West College/Los Alamitos HS/Carson HS), Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), Terrance Montgomery (Los Angeles, CA/West Adams Prep), Robert Mullins (Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS), Mitchell Schwartz (Pacific Palisades, CA/Palisades Charter HS), Brian Schwenke (Oceanside, CA/Oceanside HS), Eric Stevens (San Pedro, CA/Peninsula HS), Cecil Whiteside (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) and Joel Willis (Garden Grove, CA/Pacifica HS). Two others - Alejandro Crosthwaite (Cathedral Catholic HS in San Diego) and Coleman Edmond (Pierce College in Woodland Hills) - played high school and junior college ball in the Southland, respectively.
In addition to the long list of players hailing from Southern California, the coaches who list hometowns in SoCal include head coach Jeff Tedford (Downey, CA/Cerritos College/Warren HS) and passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau (Pasadena, CA/Glendale HS). Kiesau also played football Glendale Community College.
Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast spent one season as a defensive assistant at USC in 2002.
Assistant football athletic trainer Julie Guzman was the Medical Director of Summer Sports Camps at UCLA in 2010.
Director of student-athlete development Keiko Price earned 22 All-America honors as a swimmer at UCLA before graduating cum laude in 2001.
Assistant strength & conditioning coach Josh Powell spent one season at UC Santa Barbara as an assistant sports performance coach during the 2009-10 athletic year and also worked for the Peak Performance Project in Santa Barbara. He was also the defensive coordinator at Pierce College in Woodland Hills in 2009, following a stint in 2006 in which he worked with Santa Monica High School. In addition, he received a master's degree from Cal State Northridge in 2011.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand was a coaching intern and operations assistant for the Las Vegas Avengers of the Arena Football League, as well as a coach at Occidental College in 2008. He also had two separate coaching stints at Arcada High School (2002, `05) and played collegiately at La Verne, where he received his mater's degree from in 2007. Wiegand would later add a master's degree from Azusa Pacific in 2009.
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 Oct. 25, 2011, including 32 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 24-25.
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 Tedford said. "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!"
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.
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 Mack earned 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. Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the honor in 2011 and a candidate for 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.
Cal Makes AT&T Park Home in 2011; Back to Berkeley 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 has remaining visits from Pac-12 foes Washington State (Saturday, Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). Start times and telecast information will be announced when it becomes available.
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. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
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 season. 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.
Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
The Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, which will house football and 12 other sports, opened the Olympic wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 12, 2011, after more than two years of construction. The month of September was 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 are being conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football will move into the building from 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 and season categories, everybody above the active player's current stats in the top 10 is listed. A full list of records can be found on pages 169-198 of the 2011 Cal football information guide online at CalBears.com.