June 21, 2010
CHARLOTTE - Senior linebacker Mike Mohamed continued to rack up the preseason honors on Monday when he was selected to the watch list for the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy that is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The organizations will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 18, with the winner being announced during the annual banquet for the award on Dec. 6 at the West Hotel in Charlotte.
Mohamed has received multiple previous national 2010 preseason honors, including an All-America selection by Playboy, a second-team preseason All-American pick (The Kickoff) and a pair of third-team All-American nods (NationalChamps.net, Phil Steele). In addition, he has been recognized as a preseason first-team All-Pac-10 choice by Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele. He is also on watch lists for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award and The Lott Trophy, and a preseason favorite for the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy.
Mohamed will be one of Cal's most experienced players in 2010, having participated in all 39 games over the last three seasons with 16 starts. He is Cal's active leader in career tackles with 245 and has posted other career totals of 15.0 tackles for loss (-58 yards), 5.0 sacks (-37 yards), six interceptions (36 return yards), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He will long be remembered in Cal football history for his interception at the Golden Bears' own three-yard line that thwarted a potential game-winning Stanford drive and clinched a 34-28 Cal victory in the 2009 Big Game on The Farm. He also returned one of his three interceptions in 2008 for a touchdown during a 41-20 win over UCLA.
Mohamed received first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 for the first time in his career when he led the conference with 112 tackles, while adding 8.0 tackles for loss and a team-high three interceptions. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice after his performances in victories at Arizona State (12 tackles, 11 unassisted) and Stanford (10 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, game-clinching interception). Mohamed was also selected as Cal's defensive MVP in 2009 by his teammates.
In addition to his performances on the field, Mohamed has been honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, earning first team recognition in each of the last two years. In 2009, he also earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic District 8 First-Team for the first time in his career.
Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.
Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit CalBears.com to purchase your 2010 season tickets now. Season-ticket holders for 2010 are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2011 season tickets for games at AT&T Park, which will go on sale at a later date.