Nov. 16, 2009
WALNUT CREEK - Cal sophomore placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, winning the honor for the first time in his career. Tavecchio is the fifth Cal player to be honored with a Pac-10 Player of the Week selection this season, following the Offensive Player of the Week picks of Kevin Riley (Sept. 5) and Jahvid Best (Sept. 19), the Special Teams Player of the Week choice of Bryan Anger (Oct. 17) and the Defensive Player of the Week naming of Mike Mohamed (Oct. 31).
Tavecchio made a career-high four of five field goal attempts in a 24-16 victory over Arizona last Saturday, becoming the first Cal player to make four field goals in a game since Tom Schneider also made four of his five attempts in the Big Game against Stanford on Dec. 2, 2006. Two of Tavecchio's makes were from 46 yards out (tied for the second-longest in his career), while another was a 22-yarder with 4:46 to go in the game that erased a one-point Arizona lead.
Cal TB Shane Vereen was also nominated for Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Mohamed was nominated for the conference's Defensive Player of the Week. Stanford's Toby Gerhart (Offensive) and UCLA's Akeem Ayers (Defense) captured those honors.
Vereen rushed 30 times for 159 yards (both career highs) and one touchdown against Arizona last Saturday starting in place of injured TB Jahvid Best. On the season, Vereen has rushed for 545 yards and seven touchdowns on 105 carries.
Mohamed recorded a team-high and game-high-tying nine tackles and one pass breakup against Arizona, and continues to lead the Pac-10 with 90 tackles (9.0 stops per game).
No. 25 BCS Cal (7-3, 4-3 Pac-10) faces No. 14 AP/No. 17 USA Today/No. 17 BCS Stanford (7-3, 6-2 Pac-10) in the 112th Big Game at Stanford Stadium this Saturday, Nov. 21 (4:30 p.m.). The contest will be televised nationally on Versus.
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