Seven on Phil Steele Preseason All-Pac-12 Teams
May 29, 2013
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Seven Cal players have been honored on the annual preseason All-Pac-12 team released by Phil Steele on Wednesday.
Deandre Coleman (Sr., DL) earned second-team recognition to lead the way.
Phil Steele's College Football Preview has been sent to the press and is due to hit newsstands on June 18.
91 ->Deandre Coleman, DL, 6-5, 320, Sr., 3L, Seattle, WA (Garfield HS)
Coleman played in all 12 games in 2012, recording a team-high-tying 8.5 tackles for loss (-32 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-20 yards) to rank third on the club as well as 48 tackles to lead all defensive linemen. He also added a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Coleman is Cal's active career leader with 17.5 tackles for loss (-62 yards) and tackles (85), while ranking second among the team's active players with 5.0 sacks (-35 yards). He has played in all 37 games possible with 13 starts over the past three seasons.
13 ->Vincenzo D'Amato, PK, 6-1, 200, Sr., 3L, Lake Forest, CA (El Toro HS)
D'Amato is Cal's lone returning first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2013 after leading the conference and ranking tied for 34th nationally in field goals made (1.33 fgmpg). He was also fifth in the league in field goal percentage (16-23, 69.6%), as well as fifth in per-game scoring among kickers and tied for 11th overall (6.5 ppg). D'Amato scored a team and career-high 78 points in 2012, adding 30-of-33 extra points to his 16 field goals. D'Amato made 11 consecutive field goals at one point during the campaign. He is Cal's active career leader with 130 points, making 23-of-35 field goals and 61-of-64 extra-point attempts since beginning his collegiate career at Cal in 2009.
6 - Chris Harper, WR, 6-0, 165, So., 1L, Encino, CA (Crespi HS)
Harper had a huge true freshman season in 2012, recording 41 catches for 544 yards and two touchdowns to rank second on the team in all three categories. Harper was just shy of true freshman records posted by Keenan Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 receiving yards in 2005). He had per-game averages of 45.33 receiving yards and 3.42 receptions that both ranked 19th in the Pac-12. Harper played in all 12 games with starts in each of the last five and led Cal in receiving on five occasions, including four of the last five contests. He was honored for his performance in the Big Game when he co-led the team with four catches for a team-high 82 yards to earn the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Outstanding Player in the Big Game on the offensive side of the ball.
16 - Cole Leininger, P, 6-1, 200, So., 1L, Fruit Cove, FL
Leininger averaged 39.9 yards per punt as a true freshman in 2012, totaling 2,395 yards on 60 punts. He forced opponents to make 26 fair catches and punted inside their 20-yard line 13 times with only one touchback. He also had one tackle.
73 - Jordan Rigsbee, OL, 6-4, 325, So., 1L, Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)
Jordan Rigsbee started all 12 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and even contributed a fumble recovery and two tackles.
5 ->Brendan Bigelow, RB, 5-10, 185, Jr., 2L, Fresno, CA (Central East HS)
Bigelow had a career-high 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only four carries at Ohio State as he became only the second Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last decade to post 150 or more yards rushing in a game on five or fewer carries. He was also the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 with three or more runs of 50-plus yards during a season on a pair of scoring jaunts at Ohio State of 81 and 59 yards, as well as a 57-yard TD rush at Utah. The 81-yard rush was the longest ever by an opponent at Ohio Stadium. Bigelow has 1,844 career all-purpose yards over 23 games played and three starts in his first two seasons at Cal as he has returned 58 kicks for 1,285 yards and a touchdown, while adding 456 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. His all-purpose and rushing totals are all the most by an active Cal player.
1 - Nick Forbes, LB, 6-1, 235, Jr., 2L, Frederick, MD (Governor Thomas Johnson HS)
Forbes had a breakout year in the most significant action of his career in 2012 to earn Cal's Most Improved Player honors, playing in all 12 games with eight starts and finishing second on the club with 85 tackles. His 7.1 stops per game ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while he also had three of the team's nine fumble recoveries to rank tied for third in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest. He added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign.
Cal will host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with a three-game homestand to open the season against non-conference opponents that will include visits from Northwestern (Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Portland State (Sept. 7, 2 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) and Ohio State (Sept. 14, 4 p.m. PT, FOX). The Golden Bears will also play home Pac-12 games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9) at times and on television networks to be announced at later dates.
Cal plays on the road at Oregon (Sept. 28), UCLA (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 26), Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford (Nov. 23). The contest at Oregon will be televised by Pac-12 Networks with game times for all five contests still to be announced.
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