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2012 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 8, 12:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (0-1) vs. Southern Utah (0-1)
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks - Rich Cellini (Play-by-Play), Gary Plummer (Analyst), Erin Coscarelli (Sideline)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show)
*Pregame Show: Lisa and Doug Goldman Plaza, Memorial Stadium
^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego)
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Southern Utah 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 at CalBears.com.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Josh Toyofuku (Analyst), David Fusaro (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Southern Utah game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on Sirius channel 125 and XM channel.
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.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 79-49/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Kickoff - Southern Utah at Cal (Sat., Sept. 8, 12 p.m. PDT)
Cal will strive for its first win of the 2012 campaign when it takes on Southern Utah on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. This will be the first meeting between the two teams, and Cal's sixth game all-time against an FCS opponent. The Golden Bears won the five previous contests against FCS teams, including last season's 63-12 victory over Presbyterian. Cal returned to Memorial Stadium last week, but the welcome home party was spoiled by Nevada, as the Wolf Pack knocked off the Bears, 31-24. Cal trailed 14-0 in the first quarter before rallying to tie the game at 24-24 before Nevada scored the game-winning touchdown with 0:36 remaining. Zach Maynard threw two touchdown passes to a couple of the Bears' highly-touted true freshmen wide receivers. Bryce Treggs recorded Cal's first touchdown of the season on a 37-yard pass from Maynard. Later, fellow freshman Chris Harper scored a key touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass from Maynard. Standout junior wide receiver Keenan Allen made his presence felt with a 39-yard touchdown on a reverse. On defense, 10 defenders either tied or set new career highs in tackles, including Cal's active leading tackler Josh Hill boasting a new personal best of 12 tackles, one of four Bears to total 12 - Steve Williams, Brennan Scarlett and Robert Mullins. Making his Cal debut, true freshman punter Cole Leininger booted seven punts, including a 50-yarder and two inside the 20-yard line.
Cal's standout wide receiver Keenan Allen, who has racked up numerous preseason accolades and been named to multiple watch lists, showcased his talents against Nevada last week, taking a hand off on a reverse 39 yards for his first touchdown of the season. He also led the Bears in receiving with six catches for 67 yards.
For the first time in his tenure at Cal, C.J. Anderson paced the Bears in the ground attack, rushing a personal-best tying 14 times for 66 yards. Isi Sofele, the other half of Cal's dynamic one-two punch in the backfield, hauled in personal bests in receptions (3) and receiving yards (33).
Ten players on the Cal defense either tied or set new career highs in tackles - Josh Hill (12), Steve Williams (12), Brennan Scarlett (12), Robert Mullins (12), Chris McCain (9), Deandre Coleman (8), Alex Logan (5), Kameron Jackson (5), Nick Forbes (3) and Keni Kaufusi (2). Hill, Williams, Scarlett and Mullins are all tied for second in the Pac-12 in tackles per game.
Saturday's tilt with Southern Utah marks the sixth time Cal will face an FCS opponent. The Bears are 5-0 against FCS teams, with the most recent game a 63-12 victory over Presbyterian last season. Cal will be the first Pac-12 opponent Southern Utah has faced in the history of the program.
Cal's Jeff Tedford is one win away from his 80th career victory at Cal.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced 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 facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 317-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Cal vs. FCS Opponents
Cal has posted a 5-0 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, UC Davis (52-3, 2010) and Presbyterian (63-12, 2011) for a combined total point advantage of 257-41.
Difficult Schedule With No Bye Week
The Bears never take a back seat when it comes to putting top-notch opponents on the schedule every year and the 2012 season is certainly no different. Four teams on Cal's schedule have earned preseason national rankings as the Bears will visit USC (No. 1 AP/No. 3 USA Today), host Oregon (No. 5 AP/USA Today) and Stanford (No. 18 USA Today/No. 21 AP), and travel to Ohio State (No. 18 AP). Of the seven teams to visit Berkeley - Nevada, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington, Oregon - six participated in a bowl game in 2011. Cal has a strength of schedule ranking of No. 15 according to Phil Steele.
As if the tough opponents weren't enough of a challenge, the Bears won't get a break in the schedule because their bye week doesn't come until the final week of the regular season. Cal will play 12 weeks straight with one game that won't be played on a Saturday (Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Washington).
Home Field Advantage
Cal had a 37-9 record in its last 46 games at Memorial Stadium before the venue's renovation moved the Bears to AT&T Park for their 2011 home games. Cal responded by posting a 4-1 record in its temporary home. Following last week's loss against Nevada, Cal has now won 41 of its last 52 home games overall.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Tedford
Cal averaged eight 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. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to the bowl scene in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Season Record Final Rankings Bowl
2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected
2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49)
2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31)
2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28)
2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10)
2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36)
2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17)
2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27)
2010 5-7 None None
2011 7-5 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10)
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls in eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive seasons from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning campaigns from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories with a return to the bowl scene in 2011 by playing in the Holiday Bowl. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) record in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 for NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Head coach Jeff Tedford has brought in a pair of new coaches for the 2012 season in Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line). Also, Marcus Arroyo has added pass game coordinator to his title while he will continue to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his job as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. Chandler has spent 25 seasons in professional football, including stints as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. He has also coached at both the collegiate and high school levels.
Howard has a combined 20 years of coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate levels, and joins the Bears after being a member of the Washington State coaching staff as the defensive line coach in 2011, where he tutored second-team All-Pac-12 selection Travis Long on a vastly improved Cougar team. He was also at UCLA for five seasons from 2006-10.
All Eyes on Keenan Allen
Wide receiver Keenan Allen has been Cal's most decorated player prior to the 2012 season, earning nearly unanimous preseason All-American accolades and is on several national watch lists also including the Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year given annually to college football's top receiver and player. He has also been named a second-team preseason All-American. He returns the fourth-highest per-game averages from 2011 of all active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players for both receptions (7.54) and receiving yards (103.31).
Allen caught six passes for 67 yards in the season opener against Nevada, to lead all receivers. Perhaps is most dynamic play of the day came on a rushing play. Allen scored his first touchdown of the 2012 season on a reverse that went for 39 yards to paydirt. Allen also had a strong day returning punts in his first game as the team's top punt returner, bringing back three for 39 yards. After the first week, Allen is second in the Pac-12 in punt returns yards.
Allen has career totals of 150 receptions, 1,900 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches in two seasons at Cal. His 150 career receptions are only 52 shy of all-time school leader Geoff McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04, while he will start the 2012 season 1,288 receiving yards short of McArthur's career total of 3,188. In addition, Allen has caught a pass in all 25 games he's played in since first arriving in Berkeley in 2010.
Freshmen Receivers Score in First Game
Cal quarterback Zach Maynard has many more options to throw to in the passing game this season besides Keenan Allen. It didn't take long for Maynard to get the new freshmen receivers involved in the offense. Last week against Nevada, Maynard connected with Bryce Treggs for a 37-yard touchdown reception. Treggs joins tight end Spencer Hagan as the only active Cal players to record touchdowns on their first collegiate receptions. Later in the game, Maynard led the Bears on a scoring drive to tie the game at 24 capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper.
Treggs and Harper became the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in the season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004.
Harper finished the day with five receptions for 57 yards, while Treggs garnered three catches for 62 yards.
Zach Maynard Returns for Second Season as Starting QB
Zach Maynard completed 231-of-405 (57.0%) of his passes for 2,990 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 126.98 quarterback rating in his first season as Cal's starting quarterback in 2011. Maynard finished third on Cal's all-time single-season list, finishing only 10 yards shy of becoming the third Cal passer to ever throw for 3,000 yards in a season. In addition, Maynard's additional 108 yards rushing brought his total offense yardage to 3,098 yards, also third on the school's single-season list.
Maynard came on strong at the end of the regular season as evidenced by the dramatic rise in his completion percentage, touchdown to interception ratio and quarterback rating. Over the last four regular-season games, he completed 68.1 percent of passes, threw five touchdowns to one interception, and posted a 154.25 rating. Last Saturday against Nevada, Maynard did not start the game and entered it towards the end of the first quarter. In three-plus quarters of action, Maynard completed 17 of 30 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Bigelow Leads Pac-12 in Kick Return Average
Brendan Bigelow leads the Pac-12 in kick return average after bringing back two for 59 yards and a 29.5 yard average against Nevada.
The Dynamic Duo
Tailback Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson combined for 1,667 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground last season, giving Cal a ninth consecutive campaign with 1,500 or more yards rushing by its top running backs.
Sofele also gave Cal its' ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 years by leading the team with 1,322 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground on 252 carries to rank sixth on the school's single-season list for rushing yardage. His 101.69 yards per-game rushing average ranked fifth in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally. Sofele had five 100-yard rushing games and posted at least 74 yards rushing in 11 of his 13 contests in 2011.
Anderson came on strong at the end of the year and finished second to Sofele with 345 yards rushing and eight scores on the ground on 72 carries. He had 195 of his rushing yards over the team's final four regular-season contests.
Anderson rushed for a team-high 66 yards on a personal-best tying 14 carries vs. Nevada. Sofele posed five carries for 22 yards.
Hagan, Rodgers, Wark Look Forward to Two-Tight End Sets
This past June, Jeff Tedford trekked to New England to visit with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, specifically to discuss how the Patriots use two tight ends in their offense. Tedford wants to maximize the abilities of three receiving tight ends that he has at his arsenal in sophomore Richard Rodgers, Spencer Hagan and Jacob Wark. Last Saturday against Nevada, while Rodgers earned his first career start, Wark was the lone tight end to record a reception - a 20-yarder on the first completion of the season from Zach Maynard.
Summers-Gavin and Schwenke Anchor O-Line
One of the key factors why Cal has produced so many 1,000-yard rushers during the Jeff Tedford era has been the solid play from the offensive line, guided by offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. The Bears lost some key linemen from last season - Mitchell Schwartz and Justin Cheadle - but returning to the trenches in 2012 are seniors Matt Summers-Gavin and Brian Schwenke. Experience is definitely on the side of Summers-Gavin and Schwenke. Summers-Gavin has started 26 games in the previous three years, which are the most among Cal's active players, one ahead of the 25 starts recorded by Schwenke. Last season, Summers-Gavin started all 13 of the team's games at right tackle protecting the back side of left handed starting quarterback Zach Maynard. Schwenke and Summers-Gavin are both candidates for national and All-America honors. Joining Schwenke and Summers-Gavin in the trenches are Jordan and Tyler Rigsbee and Chris Adcock - all three of which earned their first career starts last week.
Two-Time League Leaders In Total And Pass Defense
Cal has led the Pac-12 in total defense and pass defense each of the past two seasons, utilizing a balanced attack and creative schemes to create pressure and make the Bears one of the top big-play teams in the country. Cal was first in the conference and seventh nationally in tackles for loss in 2011, while ranking third in the league and 19th nationally in sacks. Cal led the league and ranked 13th nationally in sacks in 2010.
Quartet Boasts 12 Tackles Each Against Nevada
While multiple members of the Cal defense recorded career highs in tackles last Saturday against Nevada, four Bears led the way with 12 tackles - Josh Hill, Steve Williams, Robert Mullins and Brennan Scarlett. All four players are tied for second in the conference in tackles per game. The 12 tackles were personal bests for all four players. In addition, the 12 tackles gave Hill 139 career tackles, Cal's active leader in that category. All four players also recorded tackles for loss, and Scarlett also notched a forced fumble.
Cal Leads Nation in Tackles For Loss
The Cal defense collected a total of 11 tackles for loss for -25 yards and, after the first week of the season, leads the country in tackles for loss. Leading the way in that stat was Marc Anthony with 3.0 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and Chris McCain with 2.0 TFL (-2 yards). Deandre Coleman and Todd Barr shared a one-yard sack, part of Coleman's eight tackles for the game. Kameron Jackson secured Cal's first fumble recovery of the season and also chipped in a pass breakup. Part of his career-high 12 tackles on the day, Brennan Scarlett also secured a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
Hill, Anthony and Williams - Active Career Leaders
With the departure of Mychal Kendricks, Cal's active leading tackler is now defensive back Josh Hill. The starting safety who has played in 37 career games with 21 starts either set or tied his career high in every defensive category other than fumble recoveries in 2011. Last season against Utah, Hill garnered his fourth career interception and returned it 32 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
Hill isn't the only member of Cal's defensive backfield to be one of the team's active career leaders. Marc Anthony, who has played in 31 career games with 23 starts, is Cal's active career leader in passes defended (21) and pass breakups (18).
Last week against Nevada, Hill posted 12 tackles to give him 139 for his career. Anthony set a new career high in tackles for loss with three (-9 yards), part of his six tackles on the day. Like Hill, Steve Williams also notched 12 tackles last week. Williams shares Cal's active career lead with two forced fumbles, while ranking second in interception return yards (45), tied for second in pass breakups (15) and interceptions (3), and third in passes defended (18).
Tipoti, Payne Lead Defensive Line in 2012
New defensive line coach Todd Howard will have a lot of weapons to work with on the defensive line, with Aaron Tipoti, Kendrick Payne and Deandre Coleman leading the way as the projected starters. Tipoti received the most recognition in the 2012 preseason. He is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy given to the nation's top interior lineman and also a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection by Phil Steele. Tipoti has played in 34 career games with 10 starts. Last week against Nevada, Tipoti recorded four tackles. Payne, who appeared in all 13 games in 2011 with four starts, collected three tackles against the Wolf Pack, one of which was a tackle for loss (-1 yard). In addition to Tipoti and Payne, Howard expects a breakout campaign from Coleman, who played in every game last year and is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award. Coleman registered a career-high eight tackles against Nevada, including a sack. Cal was first in the conference and seventh nationally in tackles for loss in 2011, while ranking third in the league and 19th nationally in sacks.
New Faces Among Specialists
After four seasons of Bryan Anger and Giorgio Tavecchio handling most of the team's punting and placekicking duties, respectively, the Bears will have an all new look in the kicking game in 2012. True freshman Cole Leininger has been listed on the post-training camp depth chart as the starting punter, while veteran Vincenzo D'Amato is expected to handle the team's placekicking duties after sharing them with Tavecchio as a true freshman in 2009. The team's long snapper and holder will also be new, with John Sheperdson listed as the long snapper and Jackson Bouza as the holder.
Leininger booted seven punts against Nevada, including a 50-yarder and two inside the 20-yard line. D'Amato was 1-for-2 on field goal tries. His attempt that was good was a 40-yarder.
Sofele and Hurrell Have Played Every Game
There are two members on the 2012 Golden Bear squad who have played in every game during their tenure at Cal - tailback Isi Sofele and linebacker J.P. Hurrell. All three have played in all 39 games the past three seasons and last week. Senior offensive lineman Dominic Galas had played in 38 games straight before missing last Saturday's game against Nevada. Sofele took over as the team's starting tailback last season, posting a 1,000-yard season (1,322). Hurrell was recently named a starter for the first time in his collegiate career after spending most of the last three seasons as one of the Bears' top special teams' players and a backup linebacker who has 37 career tackles, a force fumble and a fumble recovery on his resume. The previous three years, Hurrell was playing behind current NFL players Mike Mohamed and Mychal Kendricks at linebacker. Galas started all 13 of the team's games at center in 2011 and had been slated to be the starting right guard in 2012 before an injury suffered while lifting weights in July will force him to miss several games at the start of his senior campaign.
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 33 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-20 record in those contests 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 at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford, but has dropped six consecutive games against ranked teams since. Cal has four games scheduled against opponents ranked in the preseason top 25 in 2012 - Sept. 15 at Ohio State (No. 18 AP), Sept. 22 at USC (No. 1 AP/No. 3 USA Today), Oct. 20 vs. Stanford (No. 18 USA Today/No. 21 AP) and Nov. 10 vs. Oregon (No. 5 AP/No. 5 USA Today). Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 campaign, Cal had been 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.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 61-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 6-0 mark last season. Cal scored 30 or more points in six of its seven victories in 2011, with the wins coming over Presbyterian (63), Arizona State (47), Colorado (36), Fresno State (36), Utah (34) and Washington State (30). 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 18-44.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 45-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 17-30 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 28-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-24 with a deficit. However, the numbers last season did not follow the trend quite as strongly as in previous seasons. The Bears won three games in 2011 (Fresno State, at Colorado, Washington State) despite not winning the turnover battle. Cal did win the turnover battle in victories over Presbyterian, Utah, Oregon State and Arizona State. Turnovers played a critical role in losses against USC, at UCLA and in the Holiday Bowl against Texas with Cal turning the ball over a season-high-tying five times in all three of those losses. Cal also turned the ball over twice in a loss at Stanford, while the Cardinal turned it over only once. Cal won the turnover battle twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its five losses. In last week's 2012 season opener, Nevada defeated Cal, and the Wolf Pack only lost one fumble compared to the two fumbles that the Bears gave up.
Cal's Southern Utah Connections
Two Cal players - Keni Kaufusi and Isi Sofele - both list Salt Lake City as their hometown and prepped at Cottonwood High School in nearby Murray, Utah.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand spent the past two seasons on the Utah football staff, spending the 2009 campaign as an administrative assistant on offense before a one-year run in 2010 as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 30 players on NFL rosters as of Sept. 2, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. Cal has now had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round, although Guyton was recently cut.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
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. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 all-academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior Class Award and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
2012 National Signing Day
Cal put together a top 15 signing class for the third straight year with its 2012 class ranking as high as No. 15 according to MaxPreps, while ESPN (No. 22), Rivals (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 25) also had the Bears in the top 25. Cal's 2011 group ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Scout and its 2010 class was No. 11 according to Rivals. Head coach Jeff Tedford was name the Sporting News Recruiter of the Year in 2011.
Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll
Cal was picked to finish fourth in the North division of the annual preseason poll of media members who cover the league. Oregon (North) and USC (South) were picked to win their respective divisions, both picking up 117 of 123 first-place votes, with the Trojans the choice to win the league's championship game. Oregon (732 points) was followed in the North division voting by Stanford (533), Washington (502), Cal (382), Washington State (228) and Oregon State (205), with Stanford (5) and Cal (1) garnering the other first-place votes. USC (729) was followed by Utah (514), UCLA (435), Arizona (385), Arizona State (353) and Colorado (164) in the South division voting, with Arizona State (3), UCLA (2) and Utah (1) picking up the first-place votes not awarded to the Trojans.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), 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 Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment
Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
Pac-12 Enterprises/Pac-12 Networks
Headquartered in San Francisco's SOMA district, Pac-12 Enterprises is the new content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, a leader in collegiate athletics that includes 12 of the most prestigious universities in the world. With a nation-leading 451 NCAA titles across 27 sports, the Pac-12 has earned its preeminent position as the "Conference of Champions."
Pac-12 Enterprises was created in 2011 to develop and launch the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital, and to control the distribution of the Pac-12 intellectual property rights in sports, and other Conference initiatives.
The Pac-12 Networks launched on August 15, 2012, and is a full-time linear network available to cable, satellite and telephone companies, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It consists of a national network and six regional feeds that provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. The networks will televise more than 800 live sporting events annually and will showcase 12 conference championship events each year.
The Pac-12 Digital group encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital programs across the company.
As part of the Conference's globalization initiative, Pac-12 Enterprises plans to extend Pac-12 programming to international audiences, especially in the Pacific Rim, where the Conference already enjoys wide recognition for the quality of its athletic competition and for the prestige of its member universities' academic and research programs.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal Football Gameday Experience
In addition to all of the information listed on CalBears.com, Cal fans and media have other options to obtain information about Cal football. Cal Athletics recently released a Cal football gameday website - http://www.calbears.com/gameday - which includes all kinds of useful information like an A to Z guide, disability access, transit information, maps, tickets, promotions and much more. Besides the gameday specific website on CalBears.com, there is also a free Cal gameday mobile app that can be downloaded from the Itunes App Store where all of the same information can be delivered directly to your phone.