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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Colorado (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
TV: Comcast SportsNet California - Barry Tompkins (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Kate Longworth (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)
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 Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on satellite radio on Sirius Premier channel 211 and XM channel 193.
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: 73-42/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 5
Series Record: Cal leads series, 3-2
First Meeting: 9/28/68, at Cal 10, CO 0
Last Meeting:9/11/10, at Cal 52, CO 7
Current Streak: Cal win 2
Tedford vs. Colorado: 1-0
Kickoff - Cal at Colorado
Sat., Sept. 10 (1:37 p.m. MT/12:37 p.m. PT)
Cal will continue its 2011 season with its first true road game of the campaign at Colorado. The Golden Bears are visiting Boulder for the first time since 1982 when Cal came away with a 31-17 victory. This Saturday's contest is the second in a home-and-home series the schools scheduled for the 2010 and 2011 seasons prior to the Buffaloes joining the Bears in the Pac-12. The 2011 game will be played as a non-conference contest and not count as part of either team's league record, although the two schools are now in the same league.
Cal was a 52-7 winner over Colorado the last time the teams met at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11, 2010. The meeting had been the first time the teams had played in 28 years since the 1982 contest in Boulder. The teams have played only five times in their history, with Cal a 10-0 winner in the first ever meeting in Berkeley (Sept. 28, 1968) before Colorado won each of the first two of three meetings in Boulder (20-10 on Sept. 9, 1972; 34-27 on Sept. 13, 1975).
More series history and notes as well as detailed information on the most recent game between the clubs in 2010 is available on page 22 of the game notes.
Cal and Colorado are coming off opposite results in the first week of the 2011 season.
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.
Colorado traveled about 4,100 miles each way to play a game at Hawai'i, falling 35-17.
Now the Buffaloes return home, while the Bears will cover approximately 1,250 miles for their first road game of the 2011 campaign.
Bears Win Season Opener
Cal was a 36-21 winner over Fresno State as Marvin Jones (5-118, career-high 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. 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.
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford for a 72-42 record that ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams during that period.
Tedford at 73 Career Wins, One Shy of Cal's All-Time Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford improved his all-time record both at Cal and in his collegiate career as a head coach to 73-42 (.635), moving only one victory shy the school's all-time leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and into a tie for second place all-time with James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its all-time leader in games coached during the 2010 season.
Most Coaching Wins in Cal History
Coach (Seasons) Record
1. Andy Smith (1916-25) 74-16-7 2T. James Schaeffer (1909-15)* 73-16-8 2T. Jeff Tedford (2002-Present) 73-42-0 4. Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) 67-32-4
*Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
On The Road
Cal will play the first of six true road games during the 2011 regular season at Colorado this Saturday. 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 a victory at Washington State in its its road contest of the campaign. 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. The 2004 squad was 5-1 in true road contests. Prior to 2009, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2 in true road games.
Jones Off To Strong Start, Nears 100 Career Catches
Marvin Jones began the 2011 season right where he left off last year by catching five passes for 118 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in the season-opening 36-21 win over Fresno State. Jones is Cal's active career leader with totals of 99 catches for 1,542 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 receiving scores leave him just one shy of moving onto the school's all-time record books, with four players currently tied for eighth with 13. Although he's not quite knocking on the door yet for career receptions or receiving yards he still 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. Jones posted career highs of 50 catches and 765 receiving yards, while ranking second on the club with four touchdown grabs during his 2010 honorable mention All-Pac-10 campaign.
Allen Another Big Season Opener
Keenan Allen set out to show their no such thing as a sophomore jinx when he equaled a career-best with eight catches for 112 yards in his first game of the 2011 season, a 36-21 win over Fresno State. Allen was coming off a season in 2010 in which he 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's school record of 38 receptions by a true freshman set in 2005. In addition, he led the team with a kick return average of 22.6 yards (No. 9 Pac-10) on a team-high 18 kick returns, while adding a 17-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Jones on his only passing attempt. Allen ranked second on the club behind Shane Vereen with 1,040 all-purpose yards (136 rush, 490 receiving, 8 punt return, 406 kick return) and third on the squad with 46 points. 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. His 120 receiving yards were the most by a Cal wide receiver since LaReylle Cunningham had 138 yards at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008 (since surpassed by Jones' 161 yards at Nevada).
Allen and Jones Both Go Over 100 Yards Receiving
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 when they accomplished the feat in the season opener since current NFL receivers DeSean Jackson (7-114, 3 TD) and Lavelle Hawkins (9-125) did it in a 42-17 victory over Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 9, 2006.
Zach Maynard Debuts as Starting Quarterback
Zach Maynard made his debut as Cal's starting quarterback in last Saturday's 36-21 win over Fresno State, completing 16-of-35 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Maynard also ran six times for 52 yards, including a 43-yarder that was the longest run of the game.
Head coach Jeff Tedford announced on May 14, 2011, that Maynard would be the team's starting quarterback heading into the 2011 season, and Maynard has reamined in the role since.
"Zach showed a tremendous amount of upside during spring practice and is the quarterback that gives us the best opportunity to win football games," Tedford said. "He has the ability to both throw and run the ball effectively, giving us another dimension at that position that we haven't had in a while."
"I'm excited and honored to have been named the starting quarterback at Cal," Maynard said. "I enjoyed competing for the job with some excellent competitors during spring practice and will continue to work hard to keep the starting role. I have an excellent opportunity to help lead this football team and plan to take full advantage of it."
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 Bridgford claimed the No. 2 spot on the team's two-deep following training camp.
Sofele Next in Line of Successful 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 rusher has reached in eight of the last nine campaigns. Sofele rushed for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries (all career highs) during his first game in the role as the starter against Fresno State on Saturday. Sofele's current average of 88.0 yards per game would give him 1,056 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, while Jahvid Best added 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 Starts Senior Season Strong
Preseason All-American Mychal Kendricks started his senior season strong with game highs of nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards), as well as a half-sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup to lead Cal's defense during a 36-21 victory over Fresno State. Kendricks is in his fourth season at Cal and has played in all 39 games possible during his career. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (161), tackles for loss (24.5), 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. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 and was one of the conference's top big-play players, leading Cal and ranking among the conference leaders with 8.5 sacks (0.71 spg, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 26-T NCAA), 15.0 tackles for loss (1.25 tflpg, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 28-T NCAA) and three fumble recoveries (0.25 frpg, No. 1-T Pac-10). His 66 tackles for an average of 5.5 stops per game ranked No. 31 in the conference.
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 90 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (39), Justin Cheadle (24), Brian Schwenke (14), Matt Summers-Gavin (14) and Dominic Galas (2).
Defense Back on Top
Under now second-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, Cal's defense continues to impress. After the first week of the 2011 campaign, the Bears lead the Pac-12 in total defense (218.0 ypg, No. 18 NCAA) and are tied for the conference leads in sacks (6.0 spg, No. 5-T NCAA). 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).
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. They started 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 Tedford took 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 56-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, adding its most recent victory to the mark with a 36-21 win over Fresno State last Saturday. 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 has appeared on live television 57 times over its last 58 contests through the end of the 2010 regular season. The lone exception 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 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
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 41-6 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 15-26 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 and Fresno State both committed two turnovers (one interception, one fumble) in Cal's 36-21 win over the Bulldogs last Saturday.
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) - made their first appearance in a Cal uniform for the 2011 season opener against Fresno State.
Jed Barnett (Fr., P), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Gabe King (Fr., DE) and Bill Tyndall (So., LT) are others on the two-deep that have yet to see action at Cal.
Cal's Colorado Connections
Defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose spent three seasons (2008-10) on the football staff at Colorado, including the last season as the team's defensive backs coach.
Passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau coached at Colorado for five seasons (2006-10), spending the 2006-08 as the Buffaloes' pssing game coordinator and receivers coach, before being promoted to offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, and working with the quarterbacks during his final two campaigns in Boulder (2009-10).
Two current Cal players - quarterback Austin Hinder (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Alex Logan (Denver, CO) - list hometowns in the state of Colorado.
Two former Cal players - linebacker Mike Mohamed and cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson are now members of the NFL's Denver Broncos.
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. 5, 2011, including 38 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 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 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! They deserve all the accolades coming their way!"
Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 111.5. He had one touchdown throw in each the first, second and fourth quarters.
Bishop had eight tackles, a game-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a key fumble recovery on Pittsburgh's first play of the fourth quarter that led to Green Bay's final touchdown of the contest.
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 Rodgers was 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Tedford continued 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.
After a 36-21 victory over Fresno State in its 2011 neutral-site season opener at Candlestick Park last Saturday, Cal has an all-time record of 80-39-4 in season openers. Cal has won seven of its last eight season openers, including all six of its home season openers since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived prior to the 2002 campaign to 6-0. The Bears have home victories over Baylor (2002), Sacramento State (2005), Tennessee (2007), Michigan State (2008), Maryland (2009) and UC Davis (2010) during the period. Cal is 8-2 overall in season openers under Tedford, also with a victory at Air Force (2004), and losses in a neutral-site game vs. Kansas State (2003) and a road opener at Tennessee (2006).
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.
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 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 Presbyterian at AT&T Park in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17 (2:30 p.m.), as well as 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.
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 Blasquez from men's basketball to football.
Four Preseason All-Americans, Nine All-Pac-12 Selections 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 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 at Colorado on Sept. 10, 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 Jones at 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