Nov. 2, 2009
WALNUT CREEK - Cal junior linebacker Mike Mohamed was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, winning the honor for the second time in his career and on the first occasion in 2009. Mohamed is the fourth Cal player to be honored with a Pac-10 Player of the Week selection this season, following the Offensive picks of Kevin Riley (Sept. 5) and Jahvid Best (Sept. 19), and the Special Teams choice of Bryan Anger (Oct. 17).
Mohamed continued his recent spectacular play with a game-high and season-high-tying 12 tackles (11 solo) in a 23-21 victory at Arizona State last Saturday that extended Cal's season-high-tying winning streak to three in a row. The Pac-10's leading tackler has opened a wide gap in the race for the conference crown with a season total of 74 stops and an average of 9.2 tackles per game, all well ahead of his nearest competitors' totals of 65 tackles and 8.1 stops per game. Mohamed has led or co-led Cal in tackles in each of the last five contests with at least nine tackles in each, including a season-high-tying 12 in each of the last two games.
Riley was also nominated for Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Anger was nominated for the conference's Defensive Player of the Week. Oregon's LaMichael James (Offensive) and Oregon State's Justin Kahut (Special Teams) captured those honors.
Riley put up his biggest numbers of the season at Arizona State by completing 27-of-44 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. More importantly, he engineered Cal's game-winning drive. The Bears took possession of the ball on their own 19-yard line trailing 21-20 with 3:16 remaining and drove 74 yards on 11 plays for the victory, culminating when Giorgio Tavecchio connected on a game-winning 24-yard field goal with 0:21 to go. Riley was 5-of-6 for 85 yards on the drive and has been on fire during Cal's current three-game winning streak, completing 53-of-85 passes (62.4%) for 785 yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception to compile a 168.64 passer efficiency rating. On the season, he is 126-of-227 (55.5%) for a career-high 1,805 yards and has tossed a Pac-10 high 13 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.
Anger averaged a season-high 53.0 yards per punt on five kicks at Arizona State with four of his punts traveling 50 yards or more. He was named the College Football Performance Awards Punter Co-Performer of the Week for his performance. A candidate for the Ray Guy Award given to annually to the nation's top punter, Anger is averaging 48.3 yards per punt on 16 attempts during Cal's current three-game win streak with eight of those punts going at least 50 yards.
Cal (6-2, 3-2 Pac-10) will play its final two home games of the 2009 season at Memorial Stadium the next two Saturdays. The Bears will face Oregon State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10) in a nationally-televised Fox Sports Net game this Saturday, Nov. 7 (4:00 p.m. PT). The contest will be broadcast locally on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The starting time and television broadcast information for the team's final home game of the 2009 campaign against Arizona (Saturday, Nov. 14) is expected to be announced on Sunday, Nov. 8.
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