Aug. 14, 2007
University of California wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named an ESPN Preseason All-American on Tuesday. The team was selected by senior writer Ivan Maisel.
"Every once in a while, the recruiting guys hit the bull's-eye," said Maisel. "They said three years ago that Jackson would be a game breaker, and he proved them right as a sophomore last season, averaging 18 yards on his 59 receptions and returning four punts for touchdowns."
Last season, Jackson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a wide receiver and as a punt returner. He was chosen as a first-team All-America punt returner by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News and Rivals.com. He captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the nation, and led the country with 18.2 yards per punt return. He ranked second in the Pac-10 with nine receiving touchdowns, and set school and Pac-10 records for season (4) and career punt return TDs (5) with a 95-yarder against Arizona. Jackson had four 100-yard receiving games and registered 28 plays of 20 or more yards.
In addition, Sports Illustrated rated Jackson as the eighth-best player to watch (out of 20) this season in college football. The magazine also cited Cal's match up versus Tennessee (on Sept. 1) as the 16th-best game to watch, while the Bears' tilt with USC on Nov. 10 was chosen as its sixth-best game to watch.
Cal returned to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon (in shells), revisiting various route running techniques and one-on-one drills on offense, while still continuing to sharpen its variety of schemes on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bears were certainly active defensively in the 11-on-11 drills, as Thomas DeCoud, Justin Moye and Bernard Hicks all corralled interceptions. Other defensive highlights were provided by Brett Johnson (pass break up in the one-on-ones), Rulon Davis (forced fumble) and Syd'Quan Thompson (pass break up). Chris Conte, Zack Follett, Gary Doxy, Scott Smith and Michael Mohamed also made plenty of tackles as well.
Cal continued to fine tune its offense in the one-on-one tutorials, as wide receiver Michael Calvin made a nice catch on a designed route. Justin Forsett motored for a big gain in the 11-on-11 drills as well.
Cal resumes practice tomorrow with a double-day session in Memorial Stadium.
California opens the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Tennessee at Memorial Stadium in a 5 p.m. contest. Single-game tickets are also available for all games except Tennessee, USC and Stanford. Season tickets are currently available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.