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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 3, 4 p.m. (PT)
Cal (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Fresno State (0-0, 0-0 WAC)
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
TV: Comcast SportsNet California - Barry Tompkins (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Dan Dibley (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)
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), Isaac Wolf (Analyst).
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on satellite radio on Sirius Premier channel 211 and XM channel 193.
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 3:30 and 9 p.m. PT, and Friday at 10 p.m. PT. The show 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: 72-42/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 2
Series Record: Fresno State leads series, 2-0
First Meeting: 9/9/95, Fresno State 25, at Cal 24
Last Meeting:9/23/00, at Fresno State 17, Cal 3
Current Streak: Fresno State win 2
Tedford vs. Fresno State: First Meeting
Kickoff - Fresno State vs. Cal (Sat., Sept. 3, 4 p.m. PT)
Cal will get its 2011 campaign underway by playing against Fresno State in the neutral-site game dubbed the "TicketCity Battle by the Bay" at Candlestick Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. CSN California will televise the contest scheduled to kick off at 4:07 p.m. PT. The game is believed to be the first regular-season college football game to ever be played at the venue. The Golden Bears and Bulldogs have met only twice in their history, with Fresno State winning on both occasions. The Bulldogs were victorious in the fi rst meeting between the schools in Berkeley on Sept. 9, 1995, squeaking out a 25-24 win. The last time the teams played in Fresno was on Sept. 23, 2000, and Fresno State was a 17-3 winner. Cal and Fresno State have not played since Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, a former Fresno State quarterback, became the head coach of the Golden Bears prior to the 2002 season. More series history and notes as well as detailed information on the most recent game between the clubs in 2000 is available on page 20 of the game notes.
2011 Quick Cal Preview
Cal will be an experienced group in 2011 with a roster that features 20 players with significant collegiate starting experience, including four that earned at least one 2011 preseason All-American honor in Bryan Anger (Sr., P), Sean Cattouse (Sr., DB), Mychal Kendricks (Sr., LB) and Mitchell Schwartz (Sr., OL). Nine Bears have been bestowed with preseason All-Pac-12 honors, with the All-American foursome being joined by Keenan Allen (So., WR), Trevor Guyton (Sr., DL), D.J. Holt (Sr., LB), Marvin Jones (Sr., WR) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Sr., PK). The team's preseason two-deep has 16 of the 28 positions occupied by seniors and another eight manned by juniors. During 2011 spring workouts, head coach Jeff Tedfordcontinued to learn a tremendous amount about a solid core of younger players from the 2010 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 11 nationally. He also had the advantage of seeing a pair of early entrees from the 2011 recruiting class that ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation.
Cal has an all-time record of 72-39-4 in season openers over the first 115 campaigns of Cal football that began in 1892, excluding 12 seasons when the Bears played rugby rather than football. Cal has won six of its last seven season openers, most recently with a 52-3 triumph over UC Davis at Memorial Stadium in 2010 that extended the Bears' record in home season openers since head coach Jeff Tedfordarrived prior to the 2002 campaign to 6-0. The Bears also have home victories over Baylor (2002), Sacramento State (2005), Tennessee (2007), Michigan State (2008) and Maryland (2009) during the period. Cal is 7-2 overall in season openers under Tedford, also with a victory at Air Force (2004), and losses at Kansas State (2003) and Tennessee (2006).
The last time the Bears played a regular-season neutral-site game was a 41-34 loss to Louisiana Tech in Shreveport on Oct. 4, 1997. Arguably the most memorable was a 17-17 tie against Washington State nearly 10 years earlier in Tokyo on Nov. 28, 1987. Cal has played 28 regular-season neutral-site contests since Memorial Stadium was built in 1923 and is 18-10 in those contests, including a 2-4 mark in season-openers at neutral-site venues. The Bears' most recent neutral-site season opener was a 41-13 loss to Florida in Tampa 31 seasons ago on Sept. 13, 1980.
Cal Readies for AT&T Park; Back to Memorial Stadium 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 fi rst time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofi t. Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park is highlighted by visits from Pac-12 rival USC on Thursday, Oct. 13 (6 p.m. PT) and conference newcomer Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22. The game against USC will be a live national telecast on ESPN 3D. The Bears will also host Presbyterian at AT&T Park in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17 (2:30 p.m.), as well as Washington State (Saturday, Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). Starting times for all games other than USC and Presbyterian will be announced at later dates when the information becomes available, as will television broadcast information.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears fi nished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven straight 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.
Tedford at 72 Wins, Two Shy of Cal's All-Time Mark
Head coach Jeff Tedfordbegins the 2011 season with an all-time record of 72-42 (.632) at Cal, only two victories behind the school's all-time leader Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and one shy of James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its alltime leader in games coached during the 2010 season.
Most Coaching Wins in Cal History
Coach (Seasons) Record 1. Andy Smith (1916-25) 74-16-7 2. James Schaeffer (1909-15)* 73-16-8 3. Jeff Tedford (2002-Present) 72-42-0 4. Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) 67-32-4 *Note: Cal played rugby instead of football from 1882-85 and 1906-14
More on Tedford's Fresno State Connection
Head coach Jeff Tedfordhas spent 10 seasons of his football life associated with the Fresno State football program. Tedford played two seasons of football for the Bulldogs from 1981-82. He established several school passing records, including career marks for passing yardage (4,872) and touchdown passes (35), while earning honorable mention All-America notice in 1982 when he set single-season Fresno State standards for passing yardage (2,993) and TD passes (24). A 1983 graduate of Fresno State with a bachelor's degree in physical education, he returned to his alma mater to begin his coaching career, spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Bulldogs from 1987-88. He returned to Fresno State for a six-year coaching stint starting in 1992. Tedford began as the team's quarterbacks coach for one season before spending his fi nal fi ve campaigns as the offensive coordinator.
New Coaches on Board for 2011
Head coach Jeff Tedford announced a series of changes to Cal's offensive coaching staff on February 5, 2011, when Jim Michalczik returned to the Bears as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach and Marcus Arroyo was hired as quarterbacks coach. At the same time, associate head coach Ron Gould was promoted to the team's run game coordinator, while it was announced that recently hired Eric Kiesau, who like Michalczik had previously coached at Cal, would serve as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach. The announcement followed the previous hiring of defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose and the move of head strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquezfrom men's basketball to football.
Four Preseason All-Americans, Nine All-Pac-12 Selections Highlight 2011 Preseason Honors
National honor candidates Bryan Anger, Sean Cattouse, Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz have each been recognized as preseason All-Americans prior to the beginning of the 2011 campaign. Anger (Phil Steele), Cattouse (Sporting News) and Schwartz (GoDaddy.com) are third-team picks, while Kendricks (GoDaddy.com) is an honorable mention choice. A total of nine Cal players have earned 2011 preseason All-Pac-12 recognition, with the four preseason All-Americans being joined by Keenan Allen, Trevor Guyton, D.J. Holt, Marvin Jones and Giorgio Tavecchio. A complete listing of Cal's individual and team preseason honors and rankings can be found on the sidebars of pages 2-4 of the game notes.
Mychal Kendricks Primed for Senior Season
Preseason All-American Mychal Kendricksbegins his senior season having played in all 38 games possible over the past three campaigns. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles (152), tackles for loss (22.0), sacks (10.5), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1). The national honors candidate has been 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. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 and was one of the conference's top big-play players, leading Cal and ranking among the conference leaders with 8.5 sacks (0.71 spg, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 26-T NCAA), 15.0 tackles for loss (1.25 tfl pg, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 28-T NCAA) and three fumble recoveries (0.25 frpg, No. 1-T Pac-10). His 66 tackles for an average of 5.5 stops per game ranked No. 31 in the conference.
Jones Leads Club in Receiving for Second Straight Year
Marvin Jones led Cal in both receptions and receiving yards for the second consecutive year in 2010 with career highs of 50 catches and 765 receiving yards, while ranking second on the club with four touchdown grabs. The 2010 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ranked among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in per-game numbers for both receiving yards (63.75, No. 6 Pac-10, No. 67 NCAA) and receptions (4.17, No. 11 Pac-10, No. 92-T NCAA) He also had the four longest catches of his career in 2010 (all 50 or more yards). Jones exploded for career highs of 12 catches and 161 receiving yards at Nevada. The 12 catches tied for the most by a Pac-10 player in a game in 2010 and tied for the seventh-most catches by a Cal receiver in school history, as well as the most since Geoff McArthur hauled in a school-record 16 at Stanford on Nov. 22, 2003. His yardage total against the Wolf Pack was the most since Lavelle Hawkinshad 192 receiving yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 13, 2007. Jones had a total of three 100-yard receiving games (the third and fourth of his career), also hitting the mark when he made four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown vs. Arizona State and four catches for 101 yards at Washington State.
Record-Setting Rookie Season for Allen
Keenan Allen set a Cal single-season school record for receptions by a true freshman in 2010 by making 46 catches for 490 yards (both second on the team behind Marvin Jones), while picking up a team-high fi ve-touchdown grabs. Allen surpassed DeSean Jackson's school record of 38 receptions by a true freshman set in 2005. In addition, he led the team with a kick return average of 22.6 yards (No. 9 Pac-10) on a team-high 18 kick returns, while adding a 17-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Jones on his only passing attempt. Allen ranked second on the club behind Shane Vereen with 1,040 all-purpose yards (136 rush, 490 receiving, 8 punt return, 406 kick return) and third on the squad with 46 points. Allen began his record-setting rookie season by making one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 4 when he caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception. His 120 receiving yards were the most by a Cal wide receiver since LaReylle Cunninghamhad 138 yards at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008 (since surpassed by Jones' 161 yards at Nevada).
Anger Also Coming Off Record-Setting Campaign
Preseason All-American Bryan Angerbroke a 23-year-old single-season Cal school record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, ranking second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally. Anger's season average was also 2.3 yards better than his career average of 43.3, a fi gure that ranks second all-time at Cal behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). Tabor had held Cal's previous single-season record with a 45.3 average in 1987. Anger was a second-time Ray Guy Award semifi nalist in 2010 and is on the award's watch list for the fourth consecutive season in 2011.
Tedford Names Zach Maynard Starting Quarterback
Head coach Jeff Tedford announced on May 14, 2011, that Zach Maynard would be the team's starting quarterback heading into the 2011 season, and Maynard has remained going into the team's season opener.
"Zach showed a tremendous amount of upside during spring practice and is the quarterback that gives us the best opportunity to win football games," Tedford said. "He has the ability to both throw and run the ball effectively, giving us another dimension at that position that we haven't had in a while."
"I'm excited and honored to have been named the starting quarterback at Cal," Maynard said. "I enjoyed competing for the job with some excellent competitors during spring practice and will continue to work hard to keep the starting role. I have an excellent opportunity to help lead this football team and plan to take full advantage of it."
Maynard accepted a scholarship offer from Cal in February of 2010 and sat out last season to become eligible after transferring from Buffalo. He has two years of eligibility remaining at Cal, including the 2011 campaign. Maynard played in all 12 games and started 11 contests during his 2009 sophomore season with the Bulls when he completed 218-of-379 (57.5%) passes for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with 15 interceptions. He was also Buffalo's third-leading rusher with 300 yards on 87 carries and one touchdown on the ground. Maynard had a huge day in the second start of his career against Big East power Pittsburgh, passing for career highs of 400 yards and four touchdowns to set and tie single-game school records as he hit on 24-of-35 attempts. Maynard was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Performer of the Week for the performance. He rushed for a career-high 61 yards on six carries and scored his rushing touchdown against Miami, Ohio. Allan Bridgfordclaimed the No. 2 spot on the team's two-deep following training camp.
Veteran Offensive Line
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features several players with a significant amount of experience as the fi ve projected starting members of the group have combined to make 85 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (38), Justin Cheadle (22), Brian Schwenke (12), Matt Summers-Gavin (12) and Dominic Galas(1).
Defensive Improvement in 2010
Under fi rst-year defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, Cal's 2010 defense led the Pac-10 and ranked in the top 25 nationally in per-game averages for sacks (2.83 spg, No. 13), total defense (319.08 ypg, No. 18) and pass defense (187.00 ypg, No. 21). Cal was also fi rst in the conference in first downs allowed (217) and second in opponents' third-down conversion percentage (34.7%). The team's pass effi ciency defense and scoring defense, which held opponents to 17 points or less in eight of 12 games, were both third in the Pac-10, as well as 31st and 40th nationally. Cal was signifi cantly better in all the above categories compared to 2009 when the Bears were seventh in the Pac-10 and No. 72 nationally in total defense (378.85 ypg). Cal was fi fth in the Pac-10 and 35th nationally in rushing defense in 2010.
Cal has been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since 2002 prior to this season. The Bears begin the 2011 campaign unranked for the second straight year. They have been ranked nationally in the preseason fi ve times during the fi rst 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 both 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).
Cal in Top 25, Cal vs. Top 25
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when the club is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedfordtook over in 2002. Cal has played 30 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-17 record in those contests. 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).
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 55-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, reaching the mark most recently with a 50-17 win over Arizona State on Oct. 23, 2010. 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 17-37.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared on live television 56 times over its last 57 contests through the end of the 2010 regular season. The lone exception was a non-televised home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009, that snapped a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 96 games have been televised in the first nine seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford'sarrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 41-6 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 16-10 when tied and 15-26 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 25-4 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-22 with a deficit.
One 1,000-Yard Rushing Streak Ends, Another Begins
Cal's string of seven straight seasons in which a running back gained over 1,000 yards rushing ended in 2009 when Shane Vereen's then career-high and team-leading total of 952 yards fell just short, while Jahvid Bestadded 867 despite missing the final four games due to injury. But Vereen started a new streak in 2010 with a career-high total of 1,167 yards on the ground.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 10 Cal players - Chris Adcock (Fr., LG), Jed Barnett (Fr., P), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., S), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DE), Gabe King (Fr., DE), Mke Manuel (Jr., KR), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., OLB) and Bill Tyndall(So., LT) - who have yet to see action in a Cal uniform are on the team's two-deep for the 2011 season opener against Fresno State.
Cal's Fresno Connections
Head coach Jeff Tedford spent 10 seasons of his football life at Fresno State, playing with the Bulldogs for two campaigns (1981-82) before serving as a volunteer assistant (1987-88) for two more years and then six seasons as a full-time member of the Bulldog coaching staff (1992-97).
Two current Cal players - Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB) and Mychal Kendricks(Sr., LB) - list Fresno as their hometown.
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 Aug. 29, 2011, including 41 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 22-23 of the game notes.
Former Bears Aaron Rodgers and Desmond 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! They deserve all the accolades coming their way!"
Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 111.5. He had one touchdown throw in each the fi rst, second and fourth quarters. Bishop had eight tackles, a game-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a key fumble recovery on Pittsburgh's fi rst play of the fourth quarter that led to Green Bay's final touchdown of the contest. 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 fi rst 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 fi rst 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 fi rst 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 ... Jordan was selected with the same overall pick (No. 24) as former Cal quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgerswas by the Green Bay Packers in 2005.
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 Mackearned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a fi nalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given 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 fi ll 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.
Who's The New Guy
A look at the Cal roster shows an Avery "Sebastian" wearing No. 4. It's really not a new player but rather the former Avery Walls, who is planning to officially change his last name to "Sebastian" shortly after turning 18 years of age on Sept. 11, 2011. We're starting early.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to fi nish fi fth 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. Twentyeight of those pollsters tabbed the Ducks to come out on top in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Stanford was picked to fi nish second in the North Division, collecting the other 13 fi rst-place votes in the balloting for the division race, with 11 of those members of the media casting a vote for the Cardinal to capture the Pac-12 title. USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Due to NCAA sanctions, USC is on probation and ineligible to participate in the postseason. Therefore, the Trojans would not be able to represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Should USC capture the South Division crown, the team finishing second would be the South Division's representative in the Pac-12 Championship Game. 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 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, 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 fi eld of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will 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 fi ve 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 interdivisional games between the 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 sideby- side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements. Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not CAL FOOTBALL GAME NOTES - Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 (vs. Fresno State) 9 disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the fi rst 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 westside 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. Now, four tower cranes rise from what was the field, and the stadium is beginning to take shape from the bottom up. 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 fall. 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 fi rst 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.
Student-Athlete High Performance Center
Cal's Student-Athlete High Performance Center, which will house football and 12 other sports on a daily basis, will open this fall after more than two years of construction. The month of September will be 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 will begin in early October and be conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing. Football, due to the size of its operation, will move 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.
10th Season at Cal (72-42, .632)
Jeff Tedford has established Cal as one of the elite football programs in the Pac-12 and lifted the Golden Bears into the national discussion on a consistent basis. The Bears won the third-most games of any Pac-10 school during his first nine seasons on the job, have fi nished ranked among the nation's top 25 in four of the last seven seasons and been in the top 10 at some point in five of the past seven campaigns. Cal posted a school-record run of seven straight bowl appearances from 2003-09 and is 5-2 in the postseason under Tedford, making him the only Cal mentor with more than two bowl victories, including a school-record string of four consecutive postseason wins from 2005-08. The Bears also put together a school-record-tying eight consecutive winning campaigns from 2002-09. Cal has twice posted a school-record-tying 10 wins under Tedford, the sixth and seventh times in school history, in 2004 and 2006. Tedford boasts Cal's modern-era record for victories with a 72-42 (.632) all-time mark at the school and will begin the 2011 season third on the school's all-time win list behind Andy Smith (74-16-7, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73-16-8, 1909-15), with the majority of Schaeffer's victories coming when Cal played rugby rather than football. Tedford has now coached 114 games at Cal, setting the school record for most games coached during the 2010 campaign. Only two others - Pappy Waldorf (103, 1947-56) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) - have coached 100 games at Cal. Tedford also already has the school record with 24 road wins and is an impressive 44-33 (.571) in Pac-10 games. To top it off, he is 7-2 in the Big Game, equaling Waldorf's school record of seven wins against Stanford. In his first nine seasons as Cal's head coach, the Bears have had 36 players selected in the NFL Draft including eight fi rst-round picks. As of August 29, 2011, Cal's 41 active NFL players according to ESPN.com rank second among Pac-10 schools. He has also earned a reputation as a strong recruiter, with his last two classes in 2010 and 2011 being ranked as high as No. 11 and No. 13 nationally. Prior to the 2011 campaign, Sporting News bestowed the honor of the Pac-12's best recruiter on Tedford. All of this at the head of a program that won just one game in 2001, the year prior to his arrival. The Cal football renaissance over the past decade rates as one of the most impressive turnarounds in college football history. But Tedford's teams have not only got it done on the fi eld, they've also got it done in the classroom. His players have been recognized as Pac-10 All-Academic honorees 94 times since his arrival. Of the 182 seniors who played for Tedford in his first nine seasons, 160 (88%) earned their college degrees and/or have gone on to NFL careers. Nationally, Cal has also had multiple Heisman Trophy candidates under Tedford, including J.J. Arrington (2004), Marshawn Lynch (2006), DeSean Jackson (2007) and Jahvid Best (2009). Other national recognition has come the Bears way in recent years. Alex Mack was the winner of the 2008 Draddy Award (often referred to as the "academic Heisman"), while Mike Mohamed was one of 16 players across the country in the 2010 National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Class of 2010 and a fi nalist for the prestigious honor won by Mack now known as the William V. Campbell Trophy. In 2006, the Bears had a pair of players collect national awards. Jackson was the recipient of the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top returner in the country, while Daymeion Hughes earned The Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to a defensive player to equally recognize his athletic performance and personal character. Despite his success as a coach and mentor, Tedford still follows a basic philosophy.
"We try to focus on one game at a time and try to reach our full potential," Tedford said emphatically. And he still values each and every member of his football team. "Whether it is the guys who are suited up, the guys who are going to play 50-60 plays or the guys who aren't going to play at all, I want them all to understand that they are very important to the success of the program," he said. "Their contributions are invaluable."
Tedford's hard work and dedication not only inspire his players, it has also made him a role model to the young men in the Cal program.
"Coach Tedford wasn't just a coach, I think of him as more like a father figure," said All-Pac-10 linebacker and currently NFL player Desmond Bishop, who was a key player on the Packers' Super Bowl XLV winning squad. "He taught us lessons about life. He taught us to have integrity, to have character. He prepared us to be men."