including a safety,
Sekou Sanyika Earned
Pac-10 Player of Week Honors
Sanyika Pac-10 Player of Week, Bears No. 11 in Poll
Cal linebacker makes case for All-America honors.
October 12, 1998
Berkeley - Cal linebacker Sekou Sanyika, who continues to establish a reputation for big plays, was named today the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Cal's big upset victory over USC last Saturday.
Sanyika started Cal's dramatic comeback when he sacked SC quarterback Carson Palmer in the endzone for a safety that cut USC's lead to 31-12. The Bears went on to score three unanswered touchdowns to pull out the 32-31 decision in Los Angeles.
Sanyika ended the day with three sacks for minus 20 yards to increase his Pac-10 league-leading total for tackles for losses to 13 on the year. He is on pace to challenge the Cal school record of 26 set by Ron Rivera in 1983 and by Duane Clemons in 1995. Both of those players earned first team All-America honors for their efforts those seasons.
In other Cal news, the Golden Bears were again ranked No. 11 nationally in the Seattle Times computer poll this week, the same rating Cal had a week ago. The poll had Tennessee as the nation's No. 1 team followed by UCLA, Ohio State, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas St., Nebraska, Wisconsin, Cal and Florida State. Other Pac-10 teams were Arizona at No. 21, USC at 23, Washington State at 38, Washington at 41, Oregon State at 43 and Stanford at No. 77.
Head coach Tom Holmoe indicated that the knee injury to starting offensive guard Brandon Ludwig was not as serious as the first time he banged up his knee during fall camp that caused him to miss the first two games of the season. Ludwig is doubtful for this week's game but is hopeful to return for the UCLA game.
The Cal-UCLA game has been selected for television, but the decision as to whether it will be on ABC at 12:30 p.m. or on Fox Sports Net at 3:30 p.m. will not be made until this coming Sunday.