BERKELEY – Cal players Vincenzo D’Amato (Placekicker), Chris Harper (Wide Receiver) and Cole Leininger (Punter) were named national honorable mention performers of the week Monday by the College Football Performance Awards for their performances in Cal’s 44-30 loss to Northwestern at Memorial Stadium in the Golden Bears’ season opener last Saturday. All three were recognized with a CFPA national performer of the week honor for the first time in their career.
D’Amato, a member of the CFPA’s Special Teams Watch List for the Placekicker Trophy who was also named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, was responsible for a career-high 18 points. D'Amato tied his career-high with three field goals made by converting on each of his three attempts, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to holder Jackson Bouza for Cal's first touchdown of the game when the Bears ran a fake field goal play to conclude their first drive, and made all three of his extra-point attempts. The touchdown pass was the first of his career. He scored 12 points against Northwestern and remains Cal’s active career leader in scoring with 142 career points. D’Amato was a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice according to Lindy’s and Sporting News in 2013 after earning first-team All-Pac-12 recognition from the league’s coaches last season when he led the conference in field goals made per game (1.33 fgmpg).
Harper set career highs in receptions (12), receiving yards (151) and touchdown receptions (2) against Northwestern. One of his two touchdown receptions was a 52-yarder that was the longest catch of his career.
Leininger punted the ball six times for an average of 43.5 yards per punt, including a 70-yarder.
*Cal’s next game is against Portland State at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be televised live nationally by Pac-12 Networks with a kickoff time scheduled for 2 p.m. PT. The game can also be listened to on the Cal IMG Sports Network and flagship radio station KGO 810 AM.
*Cal is offering its season-ticket holders in all sports a special deal for the game against Portland State on Sept. 7. All season-ticket holders can buy single-game tickets for the contest for $5. Fans can get buy Cal football tickets and get details of the deal at CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.
*Cal is in the midst of a string of three straight home games to open the season that will conclude when the Golden Bears host Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. (FOX/KGO 810 AM). 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).
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*Pac-12 Networks will air a special first look of its new docu-series The Drive Thursday, September 5, immediately following Arizona State’s home opener versus Sacramento State. The Drive is a 14-part docu-series offering an exclusive look inside the 2013 football season of Arizona State and Cal and their quest for the Pac-12 Championship. Visit Pac-12.com to view a clip from the first look of The Drive. Following the September 5 first look, new episodes of The Drive will debut Wednesdays at 7:00 PM PT across all seven networks all season long. Here's a preview of Thursday's first look.