June 20, 2006
BERKELEY - University of California senior Nu'u Tafisi became the fourth Golden Bear to earn preseason Watch List recognition on Tuesday as he has been named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award list. In addition to Tafisi, Brandon Mebane, Daymeion Hughes and Marshawn Lynch have been placed on preseason watch lists for five different awards.
The award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first team All-American. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the award is presented. On field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities and contributions to school and community as well as academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the award's winner.
Tafisi was a second team All-Pac-10 selection last season for the Golden Bears. He recorded 38 tackles to rank second among Cal down linemen. He also tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks.
Cal Preseason Watch List Selections
Daymeion Hughes - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy
Brandon Mebane - Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
Marshawn Lynch - Maxwell Award
Nu'u Tafisi - Hendricks Award
Cal Preseason All-Americans (first team unless noted)
Brandon Mebane - Athlon Sports, Lindy's Football Annual, The Sporting News
Marshawn Lynch - Lindy's Football Annual, The Sporting News, Athlon Sports (second team)
Daymeion Hughes - Blue Ribbon Defense, Playboy Magazine, Lindy's Football Annual (second team), The Sporting News (second team)
Cal Preseason Top 10 Rankings
No. 7 ESPN.com (post-spring)
No. 8 SI.com (post-spring)
No. 8 Athlon Sports (preseason)
No. 9 Lindy's (preseason)
California is coming off an 8-4 season that included a win at the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. The Bears ended the 2005 season ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Cal opens the 2006 season on the road at Tennessee on Sept. 2. The home opener for the Golden Bears is Sept. 9 against Minnesota.