SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Cal will be represented at the 2013 Bay Area College Football Media Day by head coach Sonny Dykes, sophomore cornerback Stefan McClure and sophomore offensive tackle Freddie Tagaloa. The event is presented by the Fight Hunger Bowl and will be held Monday at Hotel Nikko beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT.
CalBears.com and @CalFootball will provide both live coverage of the event and a recap of the day’s activities.
Stanford head coach David Shaw and San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher will also be in attendance, as will Cardinal players senior linebacker Shayne Skov and senior offensive tackle David Yankey, and Spartan players senior wide receiver Noel Grigsby and senior cornerback Bene Benwikere.
Cal will open training camp with its first practice on Monday, August 5. The Golden Bears host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with a three-game homestand to open the season against non-conference opponents 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). Cal will also play Pac-12 home games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).
Cal’s road games in 2013 are at Oregon (Sept. 28), UCLA (Oct. 12), Washington (Oct. 26), Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford (Nov. 23). The Oregon contest will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
All other television coverage and remaining kick times will be announced at later dates.
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Cal Football Bay Area College Football Media Day Biographies
Head Coach Sonny Dykes
Sonny Dykes will be in his first season as the head coach at Cal in 2013 after directing an offense that led the nation in both scoring and offense a year ago at Louisiana Tech. Dykes brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to Berkeley. He spent the past three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech, where he compiled a 22-15 record and won 16 of 17 regular-season games during one stretch over the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Dykes guided his 2012 Louisiana Tech team to a 9-3 mark, including road victories over FBS opponents Illinois, Houston and Virginia. The Bulldogs also lost a narrow 59-57 decision to a Texas A&M team that later defeated top-ranked Alabama and earned a spot in the Cotton Bowl. Louisiana Tech reached as high as No. 18 according to USA Today and was No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 after jumping out to a 9-1 start.
Dykes' high-energy style of offense produced a prolific unit that in addition to leading the nation in both scoring offense (51.50 ppg) and total offense (577.92 ypg) posted the fifth-highest per-game scoring average ever by a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Bulldogs were also among the NCAA’s top 20 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 per game), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (17th, 227.17 ypg). Louisiana Tech scored more than 40 points in 11 of 12 games and over 50 points on eight occasions.
Dykes, the son of former longtime Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes, boasts a coaching resume that includes additional stops on staffs in the Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC, where he served under such head coaches as Mike Stoops (Arizona), Mike Leach (Texas Tech) and Hal Mumme (Kentucky).
21 – Stefan McClure, CB, 5-11, 200, So., 1L, Vista, CA (Vista HS)
McClure was listed as an “Impact Player” by Sporting News prior to the 2013 season as he returns from a knee injury that he suffered in the final regular-season game of the 2011 campaign that forced him to miss all of last season. Before suffering the injury, McClure played in 11 games with two starts and recorded 24 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards), one interception that he returned eight yards, three passes defended, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He had a signature game against USC when he held first-team consensus All-American wide receiver Robert Woods to five catches for 36 receiving yards, his second lowest single-game totals of the season in both categories.
78 – Freddie Tagaloa, OL, 6-8, 330, So., 1L, Richmond, CA (Salesian HS)
Tagaloa is a preseason candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award given to the top lineman on either side of the ball or linebacker and the Jim Parker Trophy awarded to the nation’s top offensive lineman. He is expected to take over as the team’s starter at left tackle after playing in 11 of 12 games off the bench as a backup left and right tackle as well as on field goal/PAT protection in 2012 when he was the first true freshman offensive lineman to play at Cal since Brian Schwenke in 2009.