12 Cal Players Earn Pac-10 Honors
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999
Four Football players pulled down first team All-Pacific-10 honors when the conference officially announced its all-conference teams Monday afternoon.

Junior linbacker Sekou Sanyika, senior offensive tackle John Welbourn, senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas and senior special teams standout John McLaughlin all were voted onto the first team by a vote of the conference coaches.

In addition, junior linebacker Matt Beck earned second team honors, despite missing almost two entire games and parts of several others with various minor injuries. The other second team all-league picks were junior defensive lineman Jerry DeLoach, sophomore defensive end Andre Carter and junior safety Marquis Smith.

Honorable mention honors went to junior return specialist Deltha O'Neal, junior center John Romero, senior linebacker Albert Dorsey and junior safety Pete Destefano.

Sanyika was a candidate for the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors, which was won by USC linebacker Chris Claiborne. He finished the year as the league leader in tackles behind the line of scrimmage as he finished 1998 with 23 stops for minus 125 yards (including 7 sacks). Welbourn is expected to be a high draft choice after playing every offensive snap during the '98 season. Douglas had an amazing senior campaign, setting a Pac-10 record with 100 receptions for 1150 yards and four touchdowns. McLaughlin earned first team special teams honors for the second consecutive season for his tremendous punt and kickoff coverage abilities.

Beck had a very productive season, despite ankle, knee and shoulder problems. He finished with 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage for 75 yards, to rank second in the Pac-10 (behind Sanyika) in that category.

DeLoach was developing into one of the premier interior linemen in college football until he went down with a knee sprain in the Arizona State game. Carter continued to establish his growing reputation as a big-play artist as he finished the year with eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including four sacks.

Smith finished as the team's second leading tackler with 68 stops and added a pass interception and three deflections.

O'Neal finished the year ranked among the national leaders in both kickoff returns, as he finished with 28.4 yards per return, and punt returns, as he ended the campaign with a 11.8 ypr average on 38 returns. Romero was a dominant performer on the interior of Cal's offensive line, while Dorsey led the Cal team with 84 tackles and Destefano was third on the team with 66 stops.