Nov. 28, 2011
(WALNUT CREEK) - Giorgio Tavecchio was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his performance Friday in Cal's 47-38 win at Arizona State in the Golden Bears' regular-season finale.
Tavecchio scored a career-high 17 points on 4-of-4 field goals and 5-of-5 extra points in the victory that marked Cal's third win in its final four regular-season contests. The 17 points equaled the most scored by a Pac-12 kicker in 2011, while the four field goals made tied both Tavecchio's career high and the most in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Tavecchio has made 19-of-22 (86.4%) field goals on the season and eight in a row over his last four games. He leads the Pac-12 in both field goals made (1.58 fgpg) and field goal percentage. Tavecchio also ranks tied for 10th nationally in field goals made per game.
In addition, Tavecchio leads the Bears with a career-high 92 points and in his most recent game against the Sun Devils moved into fifth on Cal's all-time scoring list. He now has 252 career points.
Tavecchio is the second Cal player to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors in 2011. Brendan Bigelow picked up the same honor for his performance against Presbyterian on Sept. 17. Tavecchio was chosen for the award for the second time in his career. He was also selected as the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week after his four field goals in a 24-16 win over Arizona on Nov. 14, 2009.
Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) is bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The Bears will find out the 2011 bowl they will be playing in and their opponent when bowl selections are made on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information on Cal's bowl prospects, visit CalBears.com.