Dec. 22, 2009
BERKELEY - Cal junior tailback Jahvid Best was selected an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly on Monday. The honor marked the first time this season and the second occasion in his career that Best has been named recognized on a post-season All-American team after his 2008 selection as a second-team All-American by College Football News.
Best was also one of the nation's top candidates for the Heisman Trophy during the early stages of the 2009 season and was well on his way to a second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaign before being injured on a seven-yard touchdown run against Oregon State on Nov. 7. Best has not played or practiced since the injury that required medical personal to attend to him on the field and transport him to the Highland General Hospital in Oakland for an overnight stay.
Best will also not play in the team's Poinsettia Bowl matchup with Utah on Wednesday, Dec. 23 (5 p.m.) in a game to be televised live by ESPN and also broadcast online on ESPN360.com.
The authority on pro football, Pro Football Weekly, annually honors the most talented players in college football and is determined based on considerable feedback from NFL evaluators taking into consideration a player's pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams awarding the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process.
Despite missing the team's last four games including the upcoming bowl contest, Best paces the club with 867 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns (12 rushing, 4 receiving) that are only one shy of Cal's modern-era record and two short of the school's all-time mark. His scoring average of 10.67 points per game ranks second in the Pac-10 and third nationally. He also ranks among the conference per-game leaders in rushing yardage (96.33 ypg) and all-purpose running yardage (122.0 ypg). Best was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 after rushing for 131 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns on a career-high 26 carries to lead Cal to a 35-21 win at Minnesota.