Nov. 9, 2006
BERKELEY - Senior Byron Storer and sophomore Alex Mack have both been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team. Both student-athletes were selected to the District 8 First Team, meaning they enter the pool of candidates for Academic All-America recognition.
Storer is a senior running back from Modesto, Calif., majoring in mass communications, while Mack is a sophomore offensive lineman from Santa Barbara, Calif., majoring in legal studies.
Storer has been the Golden Bears' starting fullback in every game this season, establishing himself as one of the top blocking backs in the Pac-10. Mack, meanwhile, has been a force at center for the Bears, leading the team in knockdown blocks and pancake blocks.
In order to be nominated for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be in his second year at the school, maintain a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher and be a prominent contributor to his/her team.
Here are the other Cal Academic All-District selections under Coach Jeff Tedford:
2005: LB Ryan Foltz (first team)
2004: OL Jonathan Giesel (first team)
2004: DB Mike McGrath (first team)
2003: OL Chris Murphy (first team)
2003: DB Mike McGrath (first team)
2003: P Tyler Fredrickson (second team)
2002: OL Ryan Jones (first team)
2002: OL Chris Murphy (second team)
California has won eight straight games to improve to 8-1 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 action. The Golden Bears have climbed to No. 8 in the nation in the AP poll, as well as No. 8 in the BCS Rankings. This year marks the first time in over 50 years that Cal has had five straight winning seasons. The Bears are back in action on Saturday, playing another key Pac-10 game at Arizona. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (Pacific); the game will be televised regionally by ESPN on ABC.