Dec. 3, 2007
Berkeley - The University of California football program held its annual team banquet on Sunday night at the Oakland Marriott Civic Center, paying tribute to this year's seniors, as well as announcing a host of team awards to various individuals. Among the notable honorees, senior running back Justin Forsett was selected as the Offensive MVP, while senior safety Thomas DeCoud was honored as the Defensive MVP.
Forsett garnered three awards (Stub Allison Most Inspirational, Most Valuable Back and Offensive MVP), and also received three standing ovations from the audience. The 5-8 product from Arlington, Texas has produced 1,406 yards on the ground - third-most in school history for a single season. His 13 rushing touchdowns are not only tied for the most in the conference, they also are the third-most for a single season in program history.
A member of the football team since 2003, DeCoud enjoyed his best season in a Cal uniform in 2007, registering a team-best 106 tackles to go along with a sack, an interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. DeCoud was also bestowed with the Andy Smith Award (player with the most Big C time), the Most Valuable Back Award and the Court Majors Award (team captain).
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).
2007 California Football Team Awards
Dink Artal Award (player best exemplifying Cal spirit)
Ken Harvey Award (player showing special academic commitment and improvement)
Frank J. Schlessinger Coaches Award (player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service)
Stub Allison Award (most inspirational player)
Joe Roth Award (player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship)
Andy Smith Award (player with the most Big C time)
Everett Merriman Award (player demonstrating a commitment of community service)
Bob Simmons Award (most valuable freshman)
Pappy Waldorf Coaches Award
Greg Van Hoesen