Sept. 2, 2009
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BERKELEY - California junior running back Jahvid Best was fourth in the 2009 Hiesmanpundit.com Preseason Heisman Poll released on Wednesday. Quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida topped the poll with 58 total points and seven of the 13 first-place votes. Fellow quarterbacks Colt McCoy (Texas) and last year's Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) were second and third, tallying 56 and 41 points respectively. McCoy had five first-place votes, while Bradford racked up the final one.
Best, who was the only other player to reach double digits in voting with 20 points, is a 2009 preseason All-American and already on watch lists for the College Football Performance Awards Player of the Year and Running Back of the Year, Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award. He is the country's leading returning rusher after averaging 131.67 yards per game last year when he ran for 1,580 yards to record the second-highest single-season total ever at Cal. His 8.1 yards per carry in 2008 set a new single-season school record while his 15 rushing touchdowns tied the Bears' single-season mark. Best was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a running back in 2008 after earning the same honor on special teams as a true freshman the previous campaign.
The Heismanpundit.com Poll is in its fourth season and is released every Wednesday during the college football season. The poll is comprised of 13 Heisman voters from across the country.
The Golden Bears will open their 2009 campaign by hosting Maryland in a nationally televised ESPN2 contest at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, September 5 (7 p.m.). Cal fans are encouraged to participate in a Blue Out in the season-opener. The best way to show your support is to pick up the CalBears.com/Blueout. For more information, visit CalBears.com/Blueout.
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