Sept. 21, 2009
WALNUT CREEK - Cal Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, adding to the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Week and AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award nomination that he picked up on Sunday. The Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors was the fourth of his career and the first in 2009.
Best broke the modern-era (1937-current) single-game school record and also posted a new career-high with five rushing touchdowns to lead Cal to a 35-21 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. He finished with 131 yards rushing on a career-high 26 carries against the Golden Gophers.
Best now ranks among Cal's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (25, No. 5) and rushing yards (2,213, No. 10). In addition, he had three rushes of 20 or more yards against Minnesota and now has eight this season and 30 in his career.
After the first three games of 2009, Best leads the nation in scoring (18.0 ppg) as well as the Pac-10 in rushing (137.3 ypg, No. 3 NCAA) and all-purpose running (163.0 ypg, No. 15 NCAA). He has rushed for 412 yards and eight TDs on 53 attempts for an average of 7.8 yards per carry. Best also co-leads the Bears with seven catches for 59 yards and one touchdown.
In addition, Best has a current string of seven consecutive games of 100 or more rushing yards dating back to the final four contests of 2008. He has rushed for 1,228 yards and 17 TDs on 126 carries (9.7 yards per rush, 175.4 yards per game) during that seven-game span.
Best is a 2009 preseason All-American and on watch lists for the CFPA Player of the Year and Running Back of the Year honors, as well as the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award.
Last season, he averaged 131.67 rushing yards per game when he totaled 1,580 yards on the ground to record the second-highest single-season total ever at Cal. His 8.1 yards per carry in 2008 set a new single-season school record while his 15 rushing touchdowns tied the Bears' single-season mark. Best was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a running back in 2008 after earning the same honor on special teams as a true freshman the previous campaign.
Cal junior LB Mike Mohamed was also nominated for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week picked off a pair of passes for the first time in his career (both in the second half) to preserve leads both times as Cal scored 14 fourth-quarter points to snap a tie in the 35-21 win at Minnesota. Mohamed also contributed seven tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss.
No. 6 Cal (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will play its Pac-10 opener at Oregon (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) this Saturday, Sept. 26 (12:30 p.m.). The game at Autzen Stadium will be televised live nationally by ABC.
The Golden Bears return to Memorial Stadium for a showdown with seven-time defending champion and No. 10/12 USC (2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3 (5 p.m.) for a contest that ABC will also televise nationally.
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