Oct. 22, 2011
2011 Cal Football
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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Oct. 22, 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Cal (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) vs. Utah (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12)
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
TV: CSN Bay Area - CSN Bay Area/KJZZ - Roxy Bernstein (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Chris Townsend (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott (Postgame Show) Postgame at The Decks at Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd.,San Francisco, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet thorugh the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Utah game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The channels for the Cal home feed of the contest are Sirius 93 and XM 197.
National Radio: ESPN Radio Network, ESPN Radio - Bill Rosinski (Play-by-Play), David Norrie (Analyst), Joe Schad (Sideline Reporter)
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 75-45/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 7
Series Record: Cal leads series, 4-3
First Meeting: 10/23/1920, at Cal 63, Utah 0
Last Meeting:12/23/09, Utah 37, Cal 27 (Poinsettia Bowl)
Current Streak: Utah win 2
Tedford vs. Utah: 0-2
Kickoff - Utah at Cal Sat., Oct. 22 (4:06 p.m. PT)
Cal will face new Pac-12 foe Utah in a conference game for the first time ever when the Bears host the Utes at AT&T Park on Saturday in a contest to be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Both teams are looking for their first conference win of the campaign.
After starting its 2011 season with three consecutive non-conference wins over Fresno State, at Colorado and vs. Presbyterian, the Bears have fallen in each of their first three Pac-12 contests. Cal's streak started with road losses at Washington and Oregon before the Bears dropped their 2011 conference home opener to USC last Thursday. Cal is in sixth place in the conference's South Division.
Utah is coming off an impressive road win last Saturday at Pittsburgh that improved the Utes record in non-confererence games to the same 3-0 mark the Bears have posted. Utah also has victories over Montana State and at Brigham Young. But just like the Bears, the Utes have dropped each of the three Pac-12 games they have played in, falling at USC and in home contests against Washington and Arizona State.
The teams will be playing for the eighth time ever, with the most recent meeting coming in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl when the Utes pulled off a 37-27 victory. Cal won the first three meetings between the teams (1920, `58, `63) but have won only one (2000) of the last four, with the Utes victorious in 1964, 2003 and `09.
Matchup Features Two of the Pac-12's Top Defenses
Both teams boast defenses that have put up some of the top numbers in the Pac-12 in 2011. Cal features a pass defense that has allowed a league-low 222.8 yards per contest and is third in total defense (355.5 ypg). Utah's total defense (326.3) and scoring defense (20.5) are both second in the Pac-12 as the Utes have been one of the conference's most successful teams at stopping both the run (94.5 ypg) and the pass (231.8 ypg), ranking second and third, respectively.
After playing its first five games of the 2011 season in five different stadiums, the Golden Bears are currently trying to settle in at AT&T Park, which is where Cal is playing its 2011 home games while Memorial Stadium in Berkeley is going through a renovation and retrofit. Beginning with last Thursday's game against USC, Cal will play four of five contests at the venue, with its only road game during the period a trip to the Rose Bowl to play UCLA on October 29.
Cal in Unfamiliar Territory with 0-3 Conference Start
Cal has started its 2011 conference slate with three consecutive losses for the first time since the 2001 team dropped all eight of its contests as part of a 12-game conference losing skid that also included the Bears' final three Pac-10 games of 2000 and their first league contest of 2002. Cal has never lost four straight games under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the team's only previous three-game losing streak under his tenure coming over last season's final three contests.
Three-Game Losing Skid to Excellent Competition
The three teams - Washington (5-1, 3-0, Pac-12), Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) and USC (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) - that have defeated Cal on its current three-game losing skid have combined for a 15-3 overall mark and a 9-1 conference record in 2011.
Despite its current three-game losing streak, Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period.
Allen and Kendricks Highlight Midseason Honors
Four Cal football players earned a spot on Phil Steele's 2011 Midseason All-American team announced on Oct. 14. Keenan Allen led the way as a third-team selection, while Mychal Kendricks (fourth team), Bryan Anger (honorable mention) and Marvin Jones (honorable mention) were also selected.
In addition, Allen and Kendricks were both first-team picks on Steele's midseason All-Pac-12 squad, while Anger and Jones were second-team all-conference selections along with Mitchell Schwartz.
Sean Cattouse, D.J. Holt, Ernest Owusu and Giorgio Tavecchio picked up third-team All-Pac-12 nods.
All-American Candidate Allen Leads Nation in Receiving
All-American candidate Keenan Allen has taken over the top spot in the nation with his average of 138.0 yards receiving per game, while his 8.67 receptions per contest are second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally. Allen paces the Bears with season totals of 52 receptions, 828 receiving yards and four touchdown catches, while his average of 15.9 yards per reception is the team's highest among regular receivers.
Allen's five 100-yard receiving games that including a current string of four in a row lead the Pac-12. Allen was also on the receiving end of a school record and the longest pass play of the season in the Pac-12 at Washington when he caught a ball from Zach Maynard 90-yard touchdown. Allen finished with career highs of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time at Cal) in the contest, with the 197 receiving yards marking the fourth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He set a career-high with 13 grabs for 160 yards in his most recent game against USC, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list.
The versatile Allen also paces the club with 861 all-purpose yards and an average of 143.5 per game that ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 27th nationally. In addition to his receiving totals, he has rushed three times for 21 yards, completed a 27-yard pass to Zach Maynard the only time he attempted to throw and returned two punts for 12 yards.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards Presbyterian 6-85-1-27 ... none at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards at Oregon 9-170-1-31 ... none USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards
Allen on School Record Pace
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 138.0 yards and 8.67 receptions per contest have him on pace to finish the 12-game regular season schedule with school records of 104 receptions and 1,656 receiving yards. Cal's current records were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Both of Allen's current totals have nearly reached the school's top-10 single seasons with his 52 receptions five shy and his 828 receiving yards 34 short. He has already tied for third in single-game receptions with his career high 13 against USC, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington are the fifth-highest single-game total ever at Cal.
Jones Having another Big Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another big season with 35 receptions, 530 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. Jones' reception and receiving yards numbers have him on pace to easily surpass the career highs of 50 receptions and 756 receiving yards he posted as a 2010 junior, while his three touchdowns are exactly halfway to the six he record a year ago. Jones average of 15.1 yards per catch is also second among the team's regular receivers and the same as his career average. He also leads the team with six punt returns for 61 yards, including a career-long 37-yarder in his most recent game against USC.
Jones is fifth in the Pac-12 with his per game numbers in both receiving yards (88.33) and receptions (5.83), ranking 36th and tied for 43rd nationally.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards at Colorado 5-55-0-21 ... none at Washington 6-79-0-16 ... none at Oregon 6-66-0-18 ... none USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards
Allen and Jones Closing in on Milestones
Keenan Allen needs two receptions in his next game vs. Utah to become the fastest Cal player to reach 100 in his career. Earlier this season, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Golden Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006. Through his first 17 games at Cal, Allen has career totals of 98 receptions, 1,318 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches.
Marvin Jones is closing in on both the 2,000-yard career receiving mark as well as the school's all-time top-10 in both receptions and receiving yards. He is Cal's active career leader in receptions (129), receiving yards (1,954) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 13 touchdown catches are already tied for eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receptions are only seven shy of the top 10 and the receiving yards 93 away from the record book.
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a streak of 31 straight contests as he has a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 17 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Sofele Next in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Isi Sofele has established himself as the next Cal tailback to take a shot at the 1,000-yard rushing mark that a Golden Bear has reached in eight of the last nine campaigns. Sofele is well on his way, having already rushed for a career high 543 yards in his first six games of 2011, with his 90.5 yard per-game average ranking fifth in the Pac-12 and 46th nationally. Sofele posted at least 84 yards rushing per contest in each of his first five games, marking the longest such stretch by a Cal running back since Jahvid Best had tallied at least 116 yards for seven consecutive games spanning the final four contests of 2008 and the first three of 2009. Sofele is currently on pace for 1,086 yards rushing in 12 regular-season games, which would leave him just outside the school's top 10 single-season rushing campaigns. Sofele also has an impressive average of 5.3 yards per carry.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 24-88-2-39 ... None Presbyterian 18-110-2-25 ... None at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards at Colorado 20-84-0-29 ... None at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 rushes, 6 yards
Maynard's First Six Games
Six games into his career as Cal's starting quarterback, Zach Maynard has completed 117-of-226 passes for 1,585 yards, with 11 touchdown throws and six interceptions for a 123.62 passer efficiency rating that would be 10th on Cal's all-time list. He also has several memorable plays, including a school-record 90-yard pass completion to Keenan Allen at Washington, a 43-yard run vs. Fresno State and a 27-yard reception from Allen at Colorado.
Maynard has thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his six starts. He threw for at least one score in each of his first five contests before failing to do so at USC but did run for his first career touchdown against the Trojans. He also completed a career-high 25 passes in a career-high-tying 43 attempts.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards
Anger Back to Near 2010 Record-Setting Numbers
Bryan Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has moved up 48 spots from where he was after the season opener into the No. 15 position nationally with a 44.12 yard per punt average that is also the third highest in the Pac-12. Anger has twice selected been selected as an honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards, picking up the honor for his showings at Colorado when he averaged 51.0 yards per punt on four attempts to mark the sixth time in his illustrious career that he has averaged 50.0 or more yards in a game, and then again at Washington when he averaged 49.7 yards on three punts.
Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 227 times for 9,852 yards and an average of 43.4 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20 Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20 at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20 at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+ at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+ USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards
Kendricks Takes Over as Pac-12's Tackles Leader
Mychal Kendricks recorded 12 tackles in his most recent contest against USC and has moved into the top spot in the Pac-12 in tackles with an average of 8.8 stops per game that also ranks tied for 46th nationally. He now has a season total of 53 and also paces Cal with 5.0 tackles for loss (-20 yards), while also adding fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles. Kendricks has played in all 44 games possible and made 23 starts during his career at Cal. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (205), tackles for loss (27.0), sacks (11.5) and fumble recoveries (6), while tying for team's active career lead in blocked kicks (1). The national honors candidate was Cal's most decorated player in the 2011 preseason and is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU Presbyterian 3 tackles at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard)
D.J. Holt Having another Solid Season
D.J. Holt has spent most of the season in a tight battle with Mychal Kendricks for the team lead in tackles. Holt had been only one tackle behind Kendricks before the USC game when Kendricks surged ahead when Holt managed only a season-low two tackles while Kendricks posted 12.
Still, Holt maintained his hold on second place and now has 42 tackles on the campaign, with his 7.0 tackles per game ranking tied for eighth in the Pac-12. Holt was also second on the 2010 squad with 85 tackles to rank behind only leader Mike Mohamed. He is second among active Cal players with 178 career tackles. He also has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, has two fumble recoveries that tie for second, 14.0 tackles for loss that are third and his seven pass breakups that are fifth. Holt has played in 43 consecutive games after not participating in the first contest of his 2008 redshirt freshman season. He has started all 18 games possible over the last two campaigns and 26 overall.
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards) Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU at Colorado 9 tackles at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards) at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards) USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Tavecchio Campbell Semifinalist/NFF Scholar-Athlete Award Candidate
The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame announced on Sept. 29 that Giorgio Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Tavecchio's selection continues Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 39 games at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 204 points, making 37-of-51 (72.5%) field goal attempts and 93-of-99 (93.9%) extra-point tries. Through the first six games of his 2011 senior season, Tavecchio is now only six points shy of reaching Cal's all-time top-10 list in scoring. He has also kicked off 206 times in his career for 12,371 kickoff yards and an average of 60.1 yards per kickoff with 12 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
Tavecchio is 9-of-10 on field goal attempts in 2011, making his first eight before a 40-yarder that was his fourth attempt of the first half at Oregon was blocked on the final play prior to halftime. He also has a 54-yarder at Washington in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. He leads Cal in scoring with 44 points.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He has earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10. In terms of community service Tavecchio has been off the charts, with his activities including ...
Taking part in the SAGE mentorship program which provides Cal students as mentors for elementary school children in local public schools
Working with high school kickers in his hometown area
Volunteering at the St. Mary's Center working in the soup kitchen
Sponsoring a poor child in Honduras through Compassion International
Participation with Athletes in Action, including going on "PB&J giveaways" where the group makes PB&J sandwiches and gives them away to homeless in the Berkeley area
Taking part in a COPWATCH (community-based police accountability) decal class in which homeless individuals were educated about their rights and Berkeley civic law
Tutoring Italian student-athletes at Cal
Volunteering at a local Catholic church to help with confirmation
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0 Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6 USC 1-1-27 0-1 3-199-66.3
Cal Passing, Total and Scoring Offense Much Improved
Cal's offensive numbers in the passing game, as well as total offense and scoring offense, have improved significantly through the team's first six games of 2011. Below is a look at the numbers over the past two seasons, comparing the first six games of 2011 with the Bears' final numbers in 2010.
Offensive Comparison - 2011 vs. 2010
Category 2011 (Pac-12/NCAA Rank) 2010 (Pac-10/NCAA Rank) Passing Offense 299.33 ypg (No. 4/16) 175.08 ypg (No. 9/94) Total Offense 436.50 ypg (No. 5/33) 334.0 ypg (No. 7/90) Scoring Offense 30.33 ppg (No. 6/48) 25.83 ppg (No. 6/73)
Tedford Sets Cal's Career Wins Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedford became Cal's all-time leader for victories when he recorded his 75th career victory against Presbyterian at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Sept. 17, 2011. Tedford moved past former leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25). Tedford, who is now 75-45 (.625) all-time at Cal, became the school's all-time leader in games coached in 2010.
Fans Can Vote Allen for Paul Hornung Award
As of October 17, Keenan Allen is in third place in fan voting for the Paul Hornung Award. Allen's 475 votes trail only Georgia's Brandon Boykin (641) and Toledo's Eric Page (530).
Fans can vote once every 24 hours by visiting www.votepaulhornungaward.com. Fans' selections on this page will count as one vote and be added to the votes cast by the 16-member selection committee.
Bears as the Best, against the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 31 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-18 record in those contests, with the Bears game at Oregon last Thursday their only against a ranked team to this point in 2011. Cal is 0-3 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 15-13 to Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Cal also lost 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped four consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then to Oregon again in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four. Cal has opened a campaign ranked nationally five times during the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the highest preseason ranking coming in 2006 at No. 9 by AP (No. 12 USA Today). The Bears have also been ranked as high as No. 12 by both AP and USA Today to begin the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2004, AP started the Bears at No. 13 (No. 15 USA Today), and Cal opened 2005 ranked No. 19 by AP (No. 20 USA Today).
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 37 plays (28 passing, nine rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already within two of the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular season games all of last year. With an average of 6.2 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first six contests of 2011, Cal is also ahead of the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 26 of the 37 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (13), Marvin Jones (9), Isi Sofele (9), Allan Bridgford (3), Anthony Miller (2) and Michael Calvin (2).
Big Plays Are Back ... On Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first six games of 2011, the Bears rank third in the Pac-12 and tied for 27th nationally in sacks per game (2.50). A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 in sacks per game, while ranking No. 13 nationally (2.83). Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 as the Bears rank second in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally (7.33). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out The Sacks
Despite its high team numbers, Ernest Owusu is the only Cal player ranking among the Pac-12 (T-12th, .42 sacks per game) leaders and none rank nationally and national (T-86th). Owusu's total of 2.5 sacks also leads a group of 13 players that have contributed at least a half sack that includes Cecil Whiteside (2.0), Trevor Guyton (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (1.0), Kendrick Payne (1.0), Aaron Tipoti (1.0), David Wilkerson (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Defense Makes Marks in Record Book
Cal's defense put up a performance for the record books against Presbyterian on Sept. 17, 2011, as the Bears allowed only 48 total yards. The 48 yards allowed were the fifth-fewest in school history, while Presbyterian's three first downs were the third-fewest all-time by a Cal opponent and the least since the "Bear Minimum" defense held San Jose State to a single first down on Oct. 5, 1968.
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 115 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the five members of the group that have each started all of the team's first six games in 2011 have now combined to make 115 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (44), Justin Cheadle (28), Brian Schwenke (18), Matt Summers-Gavin (18) and Dominic Galas (6).
Opponents Making Mistakes against Bears
Cal's opponents have been racked up the second-most penalty yards per game among all Pac-12 teams' opponents, with Cal's competitors being flagged 52 times for 453 yards (75.5 ypg).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 58-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 3-0 mark in 2011 after victories over Fresno State (36), Colorado (36) and Presbyterian (63). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-40, including an 0-3 mark in 2011 with losses at Washington (23), at Oregon (15) and vs. USC (9).
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 60 of its last 62 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). A total of 100 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford through the team's most recent contest at Washington.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 42-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-27 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 25-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-23 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 have not followed the trend as strongly as in previous seasons. Cal won the turnover battle only once (Presbyterian) in its three victories but twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its three losses.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 25 Cal players have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011. The list includes Chris Adcock (Fr., OL), Ted Agu (Fr., LB), David Aknin (Jr., FB), C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB), Jackson Bouza (So., WR), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., DB), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DL), Keni Kaufusi (So., DL), Gabe King (Fr., DL), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Adrian Lee (Fr., DB), Mike Manuel (Jr., TB), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., LB), Stefan McClure (Fr., DB), Bryce McGovern (Fr., WR), Viliami Moala (Fr., DL), Richard Rodgers (Fr., TE), Brennan Scarlett (Fr., LB), Avery Sebastian (Fr., DB), Bill Tyndall (So., OL) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB).
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight straight winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven consecutive bowl appearances that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. The Bears were 67-35 (.657) overall during their eight winning seasons in a row.
Pac-12 Time of Possession Leader
Cal is tied for second in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 31:41. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in four of its first six games in 2011, including a whopping advantage against Presbyterian (40:23 - 19:37).
Notable Numbers Against Utah
The only time any members of the current Cal team have played against Utah came when the clubs met in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl
Seven current Cal players (Sean Cattouse, Justin Cheadle, Marvin Jones, Anthony Miller, Kendrick Payne, Mitchell Schwartz, Isi Sofele) started against Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl
Anthony Miller (5-55) and Marvin Jones (5-44) were Cal's top two receivers in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl
Vincenzo D'Amato (3-3 PAT), Bryan Anger (7 punts, 251 yards, 35.9 ypp) and Giorgio Tavecchio (4 kickoffs, 242 yards, 60.5 ypk) handled Cal's kicking duties at the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, while Isi Sofele (6 kickoff returns, 121 yards) returned kickoffs
Cattouse led Cal with a game-high-tying eight tackles to go along with 1.0 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and one pass breakup, while Mychal Kendricks Mychal Kendricks recorded seven tackles, a career-high-tying 3.0 tackles for loss (-3 yards), 1.0 sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup
Kendrick Payne had a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss (-6 yards) and a career-high-tying 1.0 sacks (-5 yards) in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl
Others recording single tackles in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl included D.J. Campbell, Dominic Galas, Trevor Guyton, J.P. Hurrell, Ben Ladner, C.J. Moncrease, Ernest Owusu Matt Rios, Eric Stevens and Aaron Tipoti.
Marc Anthony, D.J. Holt, Will Kapp and Brian Schwenke also participated in the game but did not record any statistics.
Cal's Utah Connections
Two Cal players - Keni Kaufusi and Isi Sofele - both list Salt Lake City as their hometown and prepped at Cottonwood High School in nearby Murray, Utah
Passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau spent two seasons on the football coaching staff at Utah State (2000-01), working with the running backs in his first season and the wide receiver in his second.
Offensive graduate assistant Matt Wiegand spent the past two seasons on the Utah football staff, spending the 2009 campaign as an administrative assistant on offense before a one-year run in 2010 as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Oct. 17, 2011, including 31 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
"I watched the game with great pride and admiration for what Aaron and Desmond accomplished," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "They are two class individuals who did a lot for Cal and have continued their growth as leaders and major contributors to the World Champions!"
The appearance of Rodgers and Bishop marked the 10th consecutive season Cal has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team. Cal's second-team selections included Alex Lagemann, Ernest Owusu, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. Justin Cheadle, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Mitchell Schwartz, Matt Summers-Gavin and Beau Sweeney were selected honorable mention.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the honor in 2011 and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon was the choice to win the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football title. The Ducks were also listed in the top spot in the North Division by 29 of the 42 voters participating in the poll, collecting 239 points. USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Arizona State collected 13 first-place votes in the division race, with three of the pollsters predicting a Pac-12 Championship crown for the Sun Devils. The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.
Cal Makes AT&T Park Home in 2011; Back to Berkeley in 2012
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit.
Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park has remaining visits from Pac-12 newcomer Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22 (4:00 p.m. PT) as well as long-time Pac-12 foes Washington State (Saturday, Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). Start times for all games other than Utah will be announced at later dates when the information becomes available, as will television broadcast information.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game scheduled for Dec. 2, 2011, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
California Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this season. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
The Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, which will house football and 12 other sports, opened the Olympic wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 12, 2011, after more than two years of construction. The month of September was used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins are being conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football will move into the building from its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.
Active Players in Cal Record Book
The following active players are listed in the Cal record book. For career and season categories, everybody above the active player's current stats in the top 10 is listed. A full list of records can be found on pages 169-198 of the .