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2012 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Cal (1-1) at No. 12 Ohio State (2-0)
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV: ABC - Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Chris Spielman (Analyst), Quint Kessinich (Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show)
^Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates:*KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), +KLAA 830 AM (Los Angeles), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego)
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Ohio State game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page at CalBears.com.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Isaac Wolf (Play-by-Play), Josh Toyofuku (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Ohio State's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Ohio State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 91 on both Sirius and XM.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 80-49/11th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 6
Series Record: Ohio State leads series, 5-1
First Meeting: 1/1/1920, Cal 28, Ohio State 0
Last Meeting:10/7/72, Ohio State 35, at Cal 18
Current Streak: Ohio State win 5
Fresh off its first win of the 2012 season, Cal hits the road this week to take on No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the first meeting between the teams since 1972, and the Buckeyes lead the series, 5-1. Last Saturday, the Golden Bears topped Southern Utah, 50-31, to improve to 1-1 on the season. The victory was filled with big plays such as Keenan Allen's 69-yard punt return for a touchdown. As a result of Allen's strong performance on punt returns, he was named a national Punt Returner Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. Other big plays for the Bears included a 77-yard touchdown run by tailback Daniel Lasco, which is Cal's longest play from scrimmage this season. Defensive back Marc Anthony picked off his fourth career interception and took it 61 yards for a touchdown. Cal also got the running attack going against the Thunderbirds. In addition to the long run by Lasco, seniors Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson both hit paydirt for the first time this season. Sofele finished with 104 rushing yards, which gave him his sixth career 100-yard rushing performance to tie for 10th all-time at Cal. True freshman Chris Harper is Cal's leading receiver through the first two games with 12 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. He had career highs of seven catches for 94 yards against Southern Utah.
Cal's standout wide receiver Keenan Allen, who has racked up numerous preseason accolades and been named to multiple watch lists, scored twice last week against Southern Utah on a 69-yard punt return and a 19-yard reception. Allen currently ranks fourth in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in punt returns (22.17 ypg). Allen also ranks tied for 50th in the nation and seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring (9.0 ppg) and tied for 25th and fourth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (154.0 ypg).
The Cal defense has racked up 20.0 tackles for loss for 66 yards, which ranks second in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation with an average of 10.0 per game. Last week against Southern Utah, senior J.P. Hurrell posted 3.0 sacks and shares the conference lead with 1.5 sacks per game while ranking tied for 11th nationally. Marc Anthony had 3.0 tackles for loss in the season opener against Nevada and remains tied for ninth nationally with an average of 1.5 per game. Cal also ranks tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 23rd nationally with 3.0 sacks per game.
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Brennan Scarlett and Steve Williams - rank in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Hill and Mullins are tied for third, averaging 10.0 tackles per game.
Cal produced 518 yards of total offense against Southern Utah, the team's most since racking up 581 against Presbyterian in 2011.
Vincenzo D'Amato nailed a career-high three field goals when he made all three of his tries last week, including tying his personal best with a 47-yarder that hit the crossbar and bounced between the posts.
Head coach Jeff Tedford earned his 80th career victory with Cal's win over Southern Utah.
A Decade of Sustained Success Under Jeff Tedford
Cal averaged 7.9 wins per year in the first 10 seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. After a brief one-year absence in 2010, Tedford led the Bears back to the bowl scene in 2011 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl against Texas. It was Cal's third appearance in the Holiday Bowl with Tedford at the helm. In his most recent game against Southern Utah, Tedford picked up his 80th career win at Cal. He is the Bears' all-time winningest coach. Below is a look at Cal's year-by-year results and bowl appearances in the Tedford era.
Year Record Final Rankings Bowl
2002 7-5 None Bowl eligible but not selected 2003 8-6 None Insight (Cal 52, Virginia Tech 49) 2004 10-2 No. 9 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Texas Tech 45, Cal 31) 2005 8-4 No. 25 (AP/Coaches) Las Vegas (Cal 35, BYU 28) 2006* 10-3 No. 14 (AP/Coaches) Holiday (Cal 45, Texas A&M 10) 2007 7-6 None Armed Forces (Cal 42, Air Force 36) 2008 9-4 No. 25 (Coaches) Emerald (Cal 24, Miami, Fla. 17) 2009 8-5 None Poinsettia (Utah 37, Cal 27) 2010 5-7 None None 2011 7-6 None Holiday (Texas 21, Cal 10) 2012 1-1 Season in progress Season in progress
All Eyes on Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen has been Cal's most decorated and productive player in 2012, scoring a team-high three touchdowns in three different ways - receiving, punt return and rushing. Allen currently ranks fourth in the nation and first in the conference in punt returns (22.17 ypg), while ranking tied for 50th in the nation and seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring (9.0 ppg) and tied for 25th and fourth in the Pac-12 in all-purpose yardage (154.0 ypg).
Allen caught six passes for 67 yards in the season opener against Nevada, to lead all receivers. Perhaps is most dynamic play of the day came on a rush when he scored his first touchdown of the 2012 season on a reverse that went for 39 yards to paydirt. Allen also had a strong day returning punts in his first game as the team's top punt returner, bringing back three for 39 yards. He caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against Southern Utah, and also returned a punt 69 yards for another score among his three punt returns for 94 yards.
Allen now has career totals of 155 receptions, 1,969 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches in 26 games played and 22 starts in just over two seasons at Cal. His 155 career receptions rank ninth all time at Cal and are only 47 shy of all-time school leader Geoff McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04. He is just outside the school's top 10 for career receiving yards and 1,219 shy of McArthur's school-record career total of 3,188. In addition, Allen has caught a pass in all 26 games he's played in since first arriving in Berkeley in 2010.
2012 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 6-67-0-32 ... 2 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD Southern Utah 5-69-1-29 ... 69-yard punt return TD
Freshmen Harper and Treggs Among Receiving Leaders
True freshmen Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have joined Allen as the team's top receivers in the first two games. Harper leads the team in receiving with 12 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. Harper scored a touchdown in the season opener, and then hauled in career highs of seven receptions for 94 yards against Southern Utah. Harper ranks tied for 50th in the nation and tied for sixth in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.0 rpg) and 55th in the nation and seventh in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (75.50 ypg). Treggs has six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, catching three passes in both of his contests vs. Nevada (62 yards, TD) and Southern Utah (38). Harper and Treggs both scored in the season opener against Nevada, becoming the first pair of true freshmen at Cal to score touchdowns in the season opener since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett against Air Force in 2004.
2012 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-57-1-25 Southern Utah 7-94-0-21
2012 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 3-62-1-37 Southern Utah 3-38-0-23
Zach Maynard Efficient Under Center
Zach Maynard's efficiency has improved since 2011. His 2012 passer efficiency rating of 154.18 would be third on Cal's all-time single season list, while his career mark of 128.38 ranks eighth all time at Cal. Against Southern Utah, Maynard completed 17 of 23 passes for 229 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a 163.20 rating. Always a threat to run with the ball, as well, Maynard ran six times for 39 yards against the Thunderbirds. Maynard and his half brother Keenan Allen connected for their first touchdown of 2012 on the first play of the fourth quarter against Southern Utah on a 19-yard scoring strike. In the season opener against Nevada, Maynard completed 17-of-30 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Maynard came on strong at the end of last season as evidenced by the dramatic rise in his completion percentage, touchdown to interception ratio and quarterback rating. Over the last four regular-season games of 2011, he completed 68.1 percent of passes, threw five touchdowns to one interception, and posted a 154.25 rating.
2012 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 17-30-0-245-2-37 Southern Utah 17-23-1-229-1-29 ... 6 rushes, 39 yards
The Dynamic Duo - Sofele and Anderson
The Cal rushing attack was in full force last week against Southern Utah with 289 rushing yards. Isi Sofele collected 104 yards on the ground on 19 carries with his first touchdown of 2012. The 104 yards gave him his sixth career 100-yard performance, which tied him for 10th all-time at Cal. For the fifth time dating back to last season, Sofele and C.J. Anderson each tallied rushing touchdowns in the same game, as Anderson notched his ninth career rushing TD against Southern Utah. The Bears' leading rusher in the season opener, Anderson also rattled off a career-high 35-yard gain.
Redshirt freshman Daniel Lasco also saw his first action in the backfield last week and made his presence felt with a 77-yard run that is Cal's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest rush by a Cal player since a 93-yard touchdown run by Jahvid Best at UCLA in 2009.
2012 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 5-22-0-5 ... 3 catches, 33 yards Southern Utah 19-104-1-21
2012 Anderson Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other Nevada 14-66-0-13 Southern Utah 5-46-1-35
Bigelow Among Conference and National Kick Return Leaders
Brendan Bigelow ranked second in the Pac-12 and 19th in the nation in kick return average, sporting an average of 28.67 ypr. Bigelow returned two kicks for 59 yards and a 29.5 average against Nevada and then one for 27 versus Southern Utah.
Summers-Gavin and Schwenke Anchor O-Line
One of the key factors why Cal has produced nine 1,000-yard rushers in the last 10 seasons has been the solid play from the offensive line, guided by offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. Led by seniors Matt Summers-Gavin and Brian Schwenke, the 2012 offensive line helped the Cal rushing attack get back on track last week after a relatively quiet game in the season opener. Matt Summers-Gavin and Brian Schwenke have both started 26 games in their careers, which are the most among Cal's active players. Last season, Summers-Gavin started all 13 of the team's games at right tackle protecting the back side of left handed starting quarterback Zach Maynard. He had started 18 consecutive games dating back to the final four games of 2010 that was snapped when he didn't play against Southern Utah due to injury. Schwenke and Summers-Gavin are both national awards and All-American candidates.
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal has played in bowls in eight of the last nine seasons, posting a school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive campaigns from 2003-09 and a school-record-tying string of eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 before both came to an end in 2010. However, the Bears started new streaks in both categories with a return to the bowl scene at the Holiday Bowl and a 7-6 overall record in 2011. Cal has posted a 5-3 (.625) mark in bowl games in the Jeff Tedford era that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. Cal won enough games to be bowl eligible but was ineligible to play in a bowl game in 2002 due to NCAA sanctions imposed prior to the arrival of Tedford.
Challenging Schedule With No Bye Week
Five teams on Cal's remaining 2012 schedule are currently nationally ranked as the Bears will visit USC (No. 2 AP/No. 3 USA Today) on September 22 after this Saturday's game against Ohio State (No. 12 AP), and then host UCLA (No. 22 AP/No. 23 USA Today), Stanford (No. 16 USA Today/No. 21 AP) and Oregon (No. 4 AP/No. 4 USA Today) on October 6 and 20, and November 10. Of the seven teams to visit Berkeley in 2012, six participated in a bowl game last season - Nevada, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Oregon. Cal had a preseason strength of schedule ranking of No. 15 according to Phil Steele.
The Bears also essentially do not have a bye week during their 12-game regular season schedule because their bye comes in the final week of the regular season.
New Coaches and Coaching Responsibilities in 2012
Wes Chandler (wide receivers) and Todd Howard (defensive line) joined the staff in 2012. Also, Marcus Arroyo added pass game coordinator to his duties while he will continue to work with the team's quarterbacks. Kenwick Thompson is also now an associate head coach in addition to his positions as the team's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Cal's next game at Ohio State will start at 9 a.m. PT. During the Jeff Tedford era, Cal has played six road games in other time zones that have started before noon PT and the Golden Bears have a 5-1 record in those contests. Cal had won four straight early morning starts under Tedford with victories at Michigan State (2002), Illinois (2003), Air Force (2004) and Colorado State (2007) before falling at Maryland in 2008. The most recent early-morning game was in 2009 when the Bears won at Minnesota, 35-21.
Two-Time League Leaders In Total And Pass Defense
Cal has led the Pac-12 in total defense and pass defense each of the past two seasons, utilizing a balanced attack and creative schemes to create pressure and make the Bears one of the top big-play teams in the country. Cal was first in the conference and seventh nationally in tackles for loss in 2011, while ranking third in the league and 19th nationally in sacks. Cal led the league and ranked 13th nationally in sacks in 2010. Through two games in 2012, Cal has remained one of the nation's best team in sacks and tackles for loss. The Bears currently rank sixth in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss (10.00 tflpg), as well as tied for 23rd in the nation and tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in sacks (3.0 spg). Senior J.P. Hurrell recorded a career-high three sacks vs. Southern Utah, the first of his career, and now ranks tied for 11th nationally and tied first in the Pac-12 in that category. Senior Marc Anthony is tied for 51st nationally and tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with 1.50 tackles for loss per game.
Quartet in Top 10 in Pac-12 in Tackles
Four Bears - Josh Hill, Robert Mullins, Steve Williams and Brennan Scarlett - rank in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in tackles. Hill and Mullins are tied for third at 10.00 stops per game, while Williams is ninth at 9.00 and Scarlett tied for 10th at 8.00.
All four garnered a career-high 12 tackles in the season opener against Nevada. Hill and Mullins added eight against Southern Utah, while Williams had six and Scarlett four.
Hill is Cal's active career leader in tackles with 147.
Coleman Leads Defensive Line
Deandre Coleman had led the way on the defensive line with 14 tackles (fifth on the team), 2.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) to rank tied for 13th in the Pac-12 (0.75 spg). Coleman, who is on the watch list for the Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end, registered a career-high eight tackles against Nevada, including a half-sack. He followed that with six tackles, 1.0 sack (-8 yards) and 1.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) against Southern Utah. Tipoti, who received the most recognition on the defensive line in the 2012 preseasonm, is on the watch list for the Outland Trophy given to the nation's top interior lineman and also a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection by Phil Steele. He has five tackles on the season and notched his first career fumble recovery against Southern Utah. Payne has six tackles on the season, including 0.5 tackles for loss vs. Nevada.
D'Amato Has Career Day vs. Southern Utah
Returning to the role as Cal's placekicker for the first time since the 2009 campaign, Vincenzo D'Amato put up career numbers last week against Southern Utah in his second game back as the team's full-time starting placekicker. D'Amato made all three of his field goal attempts, including tying his career best with a 47-yarder. Combined with his five extra points D'Amato set a new personal best with 14 points on the day.
In the national and conference rankings, D'Amato ranks tied for 10th in the nation and tied for second in the Pac-12 in field goals made (2.00 fgmpg), and tied for 40th in the nation and ninth in the conference in scoring at 10.00 ppg.
2012 D'Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) ... PAT (M-A) ... KO ... Other Nevada (1-2-40) ... (3-3) ... 5-310-62.0 Southern Utah (3-3-47) ... (5-6) ... 9-528-58.7
Hill, Anthony and Williams - Active Career Leaders
Cal's active leading tackler is senior Josh Hill. The starting safety who has played in 38 career games with 22 starts currently boasts 147 tackles to lead the team. Hill is also first among the team's active career players with two career forced fumbles, tied for first with four interceptions, and tied for second with 19 passes defended.
Hill isn't the only member of Cal's defensive backfield to be one of the team's active career leaders. Marc Anthony, who has played in 32 career games with 24 starts, is Cal's active career leader in passes defended (23) and pass breakups (19). Last Saturday against Southern Utah, Anthony picked off Thunderbird quarterback Brad Sorensen and returned it 61 yards for his first career touchdown, following in the footsteps of Hill who had owned Cal's most-recent pick-six against Utah last year.
In the season opener against Nevada, Hill posted 12 tackles, and Anthony set a new career high in tackles for loss with 3.0 (-9 yards), part of his six tackles on the day. Like Hill, Steve Williams also notched 12 tackles against the Wolf Pack. Williams shares Cal's active career lead along with Hill and Aaron Tipoti with two forced fumbles, while ranking tied for third in interceptions (3), third in interception return yards (45), second in pass breakups (16) and third in passes defended (19).
Sofele and Hurrell Have Played in Every Game
There are two members on the 2012 Golden Bear squad who have played in every game during their tenure at Cal - tailback Isi Sofele and linebacker J.P. Hurrell. Both have played in all 40 games the previous three seasons and the two games played in 2012. Senior offensive lineman Dominic Galas had played in 38 games straight before missing the first two games this season due to injury. Sofele garnered his sixth career 100-yard performance (104) last week and also scored his first touchdown of the season. Hurrell racked up his first career sack last week against Southern Utah, and ended with 3.0 on the day. Hurrell currently leads the Pac-12 in sacks (1.5 spg). Galas started all 13 of the team's games at center in 2011 and had been slated to be the starting right guard in 2012 before an injury suffered while lifting weights in July will force him to miss several games at the start of his senior campaign.
Other Cal Player Notes From Last Week
Posting his first official stats last week, Jalen Jefferson ended up leading Cal on defense with nine tackles ... Nick Forbes (8) and Nathan Broussard (3) also posted career highs in tackles ... Viliami Moala registered his first career tackle for loss and pass breakup ... offensive lineman Bill Tyndall earned his first career start in place of an injured Matt Summers-Gavin at right guard ... Richard Rodgers recorded his first career reception, good for 14 yards.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 33 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-20 record in those contests. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. But, Cal has dropped six consecutive games against ranked teams since. Cal has five remaining games in 2012 scheduled against opponents current ranked in the top 25 - Sept. 15 at Ohio State (No. 12 AP), Sept. 22 at USC (No. 2 AP/No. 3 USA Today), Oct. 6 vs. UCLA (No. 22 AP, No. 23 USA Today), Oct. 20 vs. Stanford (No. 16 USA Today/No. 21 AP) and Nov. 10 vs. Oregon (No. 4 AP/No. 4 USA Today). Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 campaign, Cal had been among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 62-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, including a 6-0 mark last season and last week's 50-31 win over Southern Utah. Cal scored 30 or more points in six of its seven victories in 2011, with the wins coming over Presbyterian (63), Arizona State (47), Colorado (36), Fresno State (36), Utah (34) and Washington State (30). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 18-44.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival at Cal in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 45-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 18-10 when tied and 17-30 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 28-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 10-24 with a deficit. In the 2012 season opener, Nevada defeated Cal, and the Wolf Pack only lost one fumble compared to the two fumbles that the Bears gave up. Cal and Southern Utah each had two turnovers last week, with one interception and one fumble recovery each.
Buckeyes Also Host Bears for Rugby 7s Friday-Saturday
Rugby, the forefather of gridiron football and a returning medal sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will also be featured this weekend in Columbus, where Ohio State hosts Cal, Notre Dame and Navy in the Buckeye 7s Invitational Friday night and Saturday morning. Cal meets Notre Dame at 5:40 p.m. EDT on Friday, followed by Navy at 7:30 p.m. and Ohio State at 9 p.m. at Beekman Park, 1.5 miles from Ohio Stadium. Saturday's consolation match is at 9 a.m. followed by the final at 9:30 a.m. at Lincoln Tower Park, just south of the stadium. Admission is free.
The last time Cal played the Buckeyes in rugby was a 38-0 win by the Bears at the 2011 CRC 7s. That Ohio State team included Nate Ebner, who also played three years as a defensive back and special teams standout for the Buckeyes and was selected by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft. The USA Rugby College 7s Championships are scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in College Station, Texas.
Cal's Ohio State Connections
Cal wide receivers coach Wes Chandler was an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns from 2007-08.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 29 players on NFL rosters as of Sept. 10, 2012, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. Cal has had 40 NFL Draft selections in the 10 drafts held since Jeff Tedford coached his first game at Cal in 2002, including eight first-rounders. Six former Cal players were chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The six draft selections tied for the second-most ever by Cal, who also had six players picked in both the 1977 and 2008 drafts. A school-record 10 Cal players were chosen in 1952. Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were selected in the second round, followed by punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) in the third round. Wide receiver Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) was taken in the fifth round. Defensive back D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton (Minnesota Vikings - No. 219 overall) were picked in the seventh round, although Guyton was recently cut.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 103 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal student-athletes were honored on the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Football Team, including four first-team selections in Mark Brazinski, Ernest Owusu, Mitchell Schwartz and John Tyndall.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the Academic Heisman in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Giorgio Tavecchio was a semifinalist for the honor and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011.
A three-time member of the Pac-10/12 all-academic team, Matt Summers-Gavin is a candidate for the Senior Class Award and the Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.
Back In Berkeley - Memorial Stadium Reopens in 2012
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, Memorial Stadium has produced scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest moments in the history of Cal football. It stands as one of the most enduring symbols of the University of California campus and has served as a gathering point for students, alumni, faculty, staff and other supporters for nearly 90 years.
This fall, the historic building begins a new era following an extensive retrofit and renovation that brings it up to modern standards for fans and student-athletes alike, creating a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit and partake in games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated stadium.
Major construction on the $321 million project got underway in December 2010, and barely 21 months later, the Golden Bears are able to call Memorial Stadium home once again.
The Renovation of Memorial Stadium
Preliminary work on the project, including installation of temporary bracing around the outer wall, hazardous material removal and interior demolition, began in June 2010. Major construction got underway in December 2010, starting with demolition of the interior bowl, soil excavation and wall shoring. The stadium is game-ready to host Cal football in September 2012, with work completed in early 2013.
The $321 million renovation, which impacts all but the outer wall and the east-side seating area, capitalizes on the expertise of seismic engineers and campus experts that found a unique solution to protect the stadium and its users in case of an earthquake. Design features include concrete "seismic blocks" at the end zone where the Hayward Fault bisects the facility and a press box that can sway in a large-scale temblor. The solution came as a result of collaboration between the campus Seismic Review Committee, the architectural team and the structural engineers hired for the job.
The significant number of upgrades to the facility include three club levels for those participating in the Endowment Seating Program, a new press box, wider concourses, improved ADA access, and more restrooms and concession stands. Capacity has been reduced from 71,799 seats to 63,186.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 318-214-16 (.594) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three during the Jeff Tedford era (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). The Bears went 4-3 at Memorial Stadium in 2010, the last season before the renovation. Cal was 4-1 in their 2011 temporary home at AT&T Park. Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history - "The Play" - Cal's five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
2012 National Signing Day
Cal put together a top 15 signing class for the third straight year with its 2012 class ranking as high as No. 15 according to MaxPreps, while ESPN (No. 22), Rivals (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 25) also had the Bears in the top 25. Cal's 2011 group ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation by Scout and its 2010 class was No. 11 according to Rivals. Head coach Jeff Tedford was name the Sporting News Recruiter of the Year in 2011.
Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll
Cal was picked to finish fourth in the North division of the annual preseason poll of media members who cover the league. Oregon (North) and USC (South) were picked to win their respective divisions, both picking up 117 of 123 first-place votes, with the Trojans the choice to win the league's championship game. Oregon was followed in the North division voting by Stanford, Washington, Cal, Washington State and Oregon State, with Stanford (5) and Cal (1) garnering the other first-place votes. USC was followed by Utah, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado in the South division voting, with Arizona State (3), UCLA (2) and Utah (1) picking up the first-place votes not awarded to the Trojans.
Simpson Center For Student-Athlete High Performance
Cal football players train in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that opened in January of 2012. The Simpson Center embodies the High Performance Initiative (HPI), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. A 142,000 square-foot facility, the Simpson Center is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes. The Simpson Center is home to the locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices for Cal football and 12 Golden Bear Olympic sports for use on a daily basis. The Simpson Center provides ...
Performance Training & Assessment Therapy, Rehabilitation & Reconditioning
Sport Performance Laboratories
Academic Support Services & Study Area
Dedicated Team Room, Locker Room & Office Space
Nutrition & Food Service
The signature feature of the Simpson Center is the High Performance Zone - a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
This multi-purpose space encompasses 18,700 square feet, spans two stories and stretches the length of a football field. Planned to accommodate 100 student-athletes at a time, Golden Bears are able to complete a full training session without the need to move or wait for equipment.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
Other features in the Simpson Center include a training room, rehabilitation facilities including underwater and AlterG treadmills, cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition and academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
Pac-12 Enterprises/Pac-12 Networks
Headquartered in San Francisco's SOMA district, Pac-12 Enterprises is the new content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, a leader in collegiate athletics that includes 12 of the most prestigious universities in the world. With a nation-leading 451 NCAA titles across 27 sports, the Pac-12 has earned its preeminent position as the "Conference of Champions."
Pac-12 Enterprises was created in 2011 to develop and launch the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital, and to control the distribution of the Pac-12 intellectual property rights in sports, and other Conference initiatives.
The Pac-12 Networks launched on August 15, 2012, and is a full-time linear network available to cable, satellite and telephone companies, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It consists of a national network and six regional feeds that provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. The networks will televise more than 800 live sporting events annually and will showcase 12 conference championship events each year.
The Pac-12 Digital group encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital programs across the company.
As part of the Conference's globalization initiative, Pac-12 Enterprises plans to extend Pac-12 programming to international audiences, especially in the Pacific Rim, where the Conference already enjoys wide recognition for the quality of its athletic competition and for the prestige of its member universities' academic and research programs.
A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
A total of 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff members represented Cal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and together, they brought home a school-record tying 17 medals (11 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze). The Bears have won 50 medals over the past three Olympics (16 in 2004, 17 in 2008, 17 in 2012), and they have captured 178 medals all-time (99 gold).
Cal Football Gameday Experience
In addition to all of the information listed on CalBears.com, Cal fans and media have other options to obtain information about Cal football. Cal Athletics recently released a Cal football gameday website - http://www.calbears.com/gameday - which includes all kinds of useful information like an A to Z guide, disability access, transit information, maps, tickets, promotions and much more. Besides the gameday specific website on CalBears.com, there is also a free Cal gameday mobile app that can be downloaded from the Itunes App Store where all of the same information can be delivered directly to your phone.