Dec. 5, 2007
Berkeley - Eleven members of the California football team were selected for Pac-10 All-Academic honors, including junior center Alex Mack (legal studies), who garnered a first-team selection, the league office announced on Wednesday. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant substitute.
The Golden Bears had a trio of athletes on the second-team, including seniors Justin Forsett (interdisciplinary studies), John Allen (political science) and Greg Van Hoesen (art practice). Cal's seven honorable mentions included sophomore Cody Jones (undeclared), juniors Jordan Kay (American Studies), Noris Malele (social welfare) and Shea McIntrye (undeclared), sophomore Mike Mohamed (undeclared) and juniors Will Ta'ufo'ou (sociology) and Bryan Van Meter (business)
In Tedford's six years at the helm of the California program, 61 of his players have been recognized by the conference for their combination of athletic and academic excellence. Allen, Mack, Malele and Van Hoesen were members of last year's academic team as well.
Cal will play in a fifth straight bowl game for the first time in program history as the Golden Bears will battle Air Force in the 2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 31. The game will be televised live by ESPN from Amon G. Carter Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. Central).