Cal Looks To Get Back on Track Against WSU
TV - FOX Sports 1 – Justin Kutcher (Play-by-Play), James Bates (Analyst), Brady Poppinga (Sideline Reporter)
FOX Deportes (simulcast) – John Laguna (Play-by-Play), Pablo Alsina (Analyst)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) – Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Danny Freisinger (Postgame Show)
Pregame Show (starts 60 minutes before kickoff): Maxwell Field for first 30 minutes, booth for final 30 minutes
Postgame Show: Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
Cal IMG Sports Network Affiliates: *KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KGO 810 AM (San Francisco), KRAK 910 AM (Los Angeles), KAHI 950 AM (Sacramento), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), ^KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno), XEPE 1700 AM (San Diego)
TuneIn: The Cal commercial broadcast of the Golden Bears’ game vs. Washington State can be heard here
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM, kalx.berkeley.edu (Berkeley) – Sam Gall (Play-by-Play), Anthony Manzella (Analyst), Cliff Zimmerman (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Cal’s commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Washington State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio on Sirius channel 138 and XM channel 194.
Kickoff – Cal vs. Washington State (Sat., Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m. PT)
After facing teams ranked in the top five nationally its last two games, the California football team returns to Memorial Stadium this week, looking for its first conference win of the season in its Pac-12 home opener. The Golden Bears will host Washington State at Memorial Stadium this Saturday for the homecoming game, part of Alumni & Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with a simulcast on FOX Deportes. The Bears have dominated this series recently with eight consecutive wins. While the Bears currently sport a record of 1-3, all three losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25 (No. 22/22 Northwestern, No. 4/3 Ohio State, No. 2/2 Oregon).
• Sonny Dykes and Washington State head coach Mike Leach have worked together in the past. Dykes spent seven seasons under Leach at Texas Tech, serving as receivers coach from 2000-04 and adding the title of co-offensive coordinator from 2005-06. The Red Raiders made seven straight postseason appearances and won 56 games during the span, including four postseason victories in the Tangerine Bowl, Houston Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Insight bowl.
• The current combined record of the three teams that have defeated Cal is 13-0 with Northwestern (4-0), Ohio State (5-0) and Oregon (4-0) all unbeaten. Cal’s schedule heading into the 2013 season was rated the third-toughest nationally according to Phil Steele.
• Cal’s current eight-game win streak over Washington State equals the longest win streak in the series by either team when the Golden Bears won eight in a row from 1920-29. During its current eight-game win streak, Cal has won its last three in Berkeley as well as in San Francisco in 2011 at AT&T Park where the Bears played their home games that season, and four in a row in Pullman. The Bears’ last loss to Washington State was in Berkeley in 2002.
• Cal has run at least 90 plays from scrimmage in all four games this season with a high of 99 in the season opener against Northwestern.
• Cal is second in the conference and fourth nationally in passing offense wth an average of 373.0 yards per game, while the Bears are the league leaders in kickoff coverage (44.0 nypr) and opponent penalties (68.2 ypg). Several Bears also rank near the top of the Pac-12 in a number of statistical categories. Vincenzo D’Amato is the leader in field goals made per game (2.3 fgmpg) and field goal percentage (9-10, 90.0%), while ranking third nationally in the latter. He is also fourth in the conference in scoring among kickers (9.8 ppg). Jared Goff is third in passing yards (392.2 ypg) and completions (26.5 cpg) per game as well as fourth in total passing yards (1,317). Khalfani Muhammad is third in kickoff returns (23.3 ypr). Cole Leininger is third in punting (42.0 ypp). Bryce Treggs is fourth in receptions (7.5 rpg) and fifth in receiving yards (87.0 ypg). Viliami Moala is tied for fifth in fumble recoveries (0.5 frpg). Khairi Fortt is fifth in tackles (8.0 tpg).
Cal ranks fourth in the nation in passing offense (373.0 ypg) and 19th in total offense (498.2 ypg) while ranking second in the conference in passing offense. Cal produced more than 500 yards of total offense in its first three games, and ran at least 90 plays from scrimmage in each of its first four. In the season opener against Northwestern, Cal posted 549 yards of total offense on 99 plays from scrimmage. In the Bears’ first win of the season against Portland State, the Bears produced a season-high 616 offensive yards topped by Jared Goff’s 485 passing yards. Cal and Portland State combined for 1,169 total offensive yards to rank second all-time at Cal. Some of the big plays in the Portland State contest were a 75-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Richard Rodgers that was the longest from scrimmage since Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen connected for a school-record 90-yard touchdown reception at Washington in 2011. The Bears came up with 503 yards of total offense against Ohio State. Goff had another long touchdown pass against the Buckeyes when he connected with James Grisom for a 61-yard score. The touchdown pass was the first of a career-high three on the day for Goff. Cal was limited to a season-low 325 yards of total offense at Oregon but still ran 95 plays from scrimmage against the Ducks.
Kline Gets Some Time
After Jared Goff completed 3-of-7 passes for 11 yards and lost a pair of fumbles in the first quarter at Oregon, Zach Kline came on in relief in his collegiate debut. Kline threw for 165 yards, completing 18 of 37 passes. In the fourth quarter, he found James Grisom for a seven-yard score and his first career touchdown pass. It was Grisom’s second career touchdown reception in as many games.
A redshirt freshman, Kline has been with the Cal football program since enrolling in school in the spring of 2012. Along with Austin Hinder, Kline and Goff were in a quarterback competition that began during spring ball and continued until Goff was named the starter during training camp.
Coprich Gets Opportunity To Shine
Zach Kline wasn’t the only Bear to get added playing time last week at Oregon. Jeffrey Coprich entered the contest with one carry for two yards on his career resume before posting 14 rushes for 51 yards and his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard score in the third quarter.
Coprich founded the Essence K. Coprich Book Club at the 116th Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles in memory of his seven-year-old sister who was killed in a car crash that Jeff survived when he was three years old. He was also the receipient of the 2012 Watkins Scholar Athlete of the Year for the state of California given annually by the Los Angeles Chapter of The National Alliance for African American Athletes as a means for recognizing an exceptionally talented African American male athlete who, by his example, helps promote high academic standards and a commitment to community service.
Bears Face Third Toughest Schedule
With a docket that features eight teams that played in bowl games a year ago, Cal’s 2013 schedule ranked as the nation’s third-most difficult by Phil Steele and was No. 4 in the country according to Sporting News heading into the season. The 2012 bowl schools on the Bears’ slate are Arizona, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington. In addition, Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 last season but ineligible to go to the postseason. Six of Cal’s games in 2013 come against squads that were ranked at the time of the game in Northwestern (No. 22 AP/No. 22 USA Today), Ohio State (No. 4/3) and Oregon (No. 2/2) or are currently ranked for those still remaining on the schedule in Stanford (No. 5/5), UCLA (No. 12/13) and Washington (No. 15/18). The combined record of all of Cal’s ranked opponents is 24-0 with the three ranked teams they have played to this point 13-0. The Bears were also the only team in the nation who had seven teams on its schedule ranked in the preseason top 25.
Cal’s 2013 squad is one of the nation’s youngest with a preseason experience rating that was No. 12 in the Pac-12 and No. 125 out of No. 126 teams according to Phil Steele’s combined experience chart. Ironically, head coach Sonny Dykes’ former school, Louisiana Tech, is the only team in the nation according to Steele with less experience than the Bears. Currently on the Cal depth chart, only four seniors are listed as starter (Jackson Bouza, Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman, Vincenzo D’Amato), while a combined 15 freshmen (Damariay Drew, Jared Goff, Zach Kline, Steven Moore, Khalfani Muhammad, Hardy Nickerson) and sophomores (Stephen Anderson, Chris Harper, Jalen Jefferson, Daniel Lasco, Cole Leininger, Stefan McClure, Jordan Rigsbee, Freddie Tagaloa, Bryce Treggs) are listed as starters.
Goff Remains One of the Top QBs in the Nation
Jared Goff ranks seventh in the nation in passing yards per game (329.3 ypg) and 17th in total offense (322.3 ypg), while ranking third in the Pac-12 in completions per game (26.5 cpg), as well as fourth in the conference in total passing yards (1,317). Goff has completed 106-of-175 passes (60.6%) with seven touchdowns and four interceptions for a 132.42 passer efficiency rating over his first four collegiate contests.
Goff became only the second Cal quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in back-to-back games with 450 in his first contest in the season opener against Northwestern and 485 in a victory over Portland State the following game. The two totals were the second and third-highest total passing yards in a single game at Cal and the two highest in non-overtime contests. Pat Barnes is the only other Cal quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games, accomplishing the feat in 1996 and breaking the school record for the most passing yards in a game with 503 in a quadruple overtime victory over Arizona.
Against Ohio State, Goff threw for 371 yards and notched three passing touchdowns for the first time in his career. Goff had five completions of 50 or more yards to five different receivers in the first three games, finding Richard Rodgers (75-yard TD, Portland State), Khalfani Muhammad (62 yards, Portland State), James Grisom (61-yard TD, Ohio State), Chris Harper (52-yard TD, Northwestern) and Bryce Treggs (50 yards, Portland State). He also scored a rushing touchdown against Portland State.
2013 Goff Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 33-51-0-485-2-75
Ohio State 31-53-1-371-3-61
Cal’s 400-Yard Passing Performances
Player (Opponent-Year) Passing (C-A-Yds)
Pat Barnes (Arizona-1996) 35-46-503 - 4OT
Jared Goff (Portland State-2013) 33-51-485
Jared Goff (Northwestern-2013) 39-64-450
Pat Barnes (UCLA-1996) 26-57-435
Kevin Riley (Maryland-2008) 33-58-423
Rich Campbell (Florida-1980) 43-53-421
Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch
Sophomore wide receivers Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper have combined for 54 catches, 687 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions in the first four games. Treggs has already surpassed his number of catches from 2012 with 30 receptions for 348 yards and a touchdown, while Harper has 24 receptions for 339 and three scores.
Treggs ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 13th in the nation in receptions (7.5 rpg) as well as fifth in the Pac-12 and 36th in the nation in receiving yards (87.0 ypg).
Harper ranks seventh in the Pac-12 and 40th in the nation in receiving yards (84.8 ypg), as well as tied for sixth in the Pac-12 and tied for 42nd in the nation in receptions (6.0).
In the season opener against Northwestern, Harper had personal bests in catches (11), receiving yards (148) and touchdown catches (2), which were also team highs. Treggs also notched personal bests of 13 catches and a career-high 145 yards against the Wildcats. The 13 receptions ranks tied for third all-time in Cal single-game history. The record is 16 catches by Geoff McArthur against Stanford in 2003. Their performances marked the 11th time in school history that Cal had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving in the same game. The 293 yards receiving by Harper and Treggs against Northwestern ranks tied for second on the school’s all-time list for yards receiving by two receivers in a game. The record is 327 set by Wesley Walker (8-289) and Jesse Thompson (4-38) on Oct. 2, 1976, against San Jose State.
Treggs and Harper both had a receiving touchdown against Ohio State. It was Treggs’ first TD since his debut last season against Nevada. Harper went over the century mark for the third time in his career and second time this season with six catches for 115 yards.
2013 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-61-0-37
Ohio State 6-115-1-42
2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 8-121-0-50
Ohio State 7-51-1-14
Treggs And Harper On Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Bryce Treggs was one of nine receivers added on Sept. 24 to the watch list for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., the creator and sponsor of the award presented annually to college football’s outstanding receiver. Treggs joined fellow Golden Bear wide receiver Chris Harper, who was announced on the preseason watch list in July. Fans can vote for Treggs and Harper online at BiletnikoffAward.com. Every fan can vote once daily on the Biletnikoff Award Fan Vote page. The aggregate tally will be counted as one official vote when semifinalists, finalists and the winner are selected.
Muhammad An All-Around Threat
Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks 11th in the Pac-12 and 56th nationally with an average of 123.8 all-purpose yards per game. Muhammad has a team-high total of 495 all-purpose yards (99 rush, 117 receiving, 279 kick return). Muhammad has totaled team highs of 12 kick returns for 279 yards with his average of 23.3 per kick return ranking third in the Pac-12 and 44th nationally.
Muhammad had team highs in all purpose-yards against Portland State (career-high 174), Northwestern (152) and Ohio State (142).
Muhammad had 13 rushes for 68 rushing yards as well as his first collegiate touchdown on a four-yard scoring run that capped Cal’s first drive of the game against Portland State, while half of his rushing yards came on a career-long 33-yarder. Muhammad also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a career-long 62-yarder, and added one kick return for 21 yards against the Vikings. All of his numbers other than kick returns were career highs. He had career highs of six kick returns for 126 yards in the season-opener against Northwestern.
2013 Muhammad Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent All-Purpose Yardage (Rush-Rec-KR)
Northwestern 152 (8-18-126)
Portland State 174 (68-85-21)
Ohio State 142 (21-14-107)
Oregon 27 (2-0-25)
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 13-68-1-33
Ohio State 5-21-0-7
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-85-0-62
Ohio State 1-14-0-14 Oregon 0-0-0-0
Opponent Kick Returns (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 1-21-0-21
Ohio State 4-107-0-42
D’Amato Leads Pac-12 In Field Goals Made
Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for third nationally and first in the Pac-12 in field goals made with an average of 2.3 per contest. D’Amato has made nine of his 10 attempts to also rank first in the conference in field goal percentage. He tied his career high with three makes in each of the first two games and added two more against Ohio State, including a 43-yarder. He booted a season-high 46-yard field goal in the rain at Oregon. D’Amato is also tied for 23rd nationally in scoring with an average of 9.8 points per game, ranking tied for eighth in the conference overall.
In addition, D’Amato threw his first career touchdown pass against Northwestern. On the opening drive of the season, Cal lined up for a field goal only to run a fake when holder Jackson Bouza flipped the ball back to D’Amato, who then passed it back to Bouza who ran in for the score to open the Sonny Dykes era. Those efforts helped Cal garner its first conference player of the week honors as D’Amato was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the opening week of the season against Northwestern.
2013 D’Amato Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FGM-FGA-LG ... PAT/ATT ... KO
Northwestern 3-3-38 ... 3-3 ... 7-429-61.3
Portland State 3-4-39 ... 4-4 ... 8-517-64.6
Ohio State 2-2-43 ... 4-4 ... 5-318-63.6
Oregon 1-1-46 ... 1-2 ... 3-165-55.0
Leininger Emerging As A Ray Guy Award Candidate
Cole Leininger is emerging as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and No. 46 nationally with a 42.0 yard punt average. Leininger’s number was called upon a lot last Saturday against Oregon, as he booted a career-high eight punts for an average of 38.8. His first punt of the season went for a caerer-long 70 yards against Northwestern, while he had a career-best average of 49.0 against Ohio State. Leininger was a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele after a solid freshman season when he played in all 12 games and averaged 39.9 yards per punt.
National Championship Week
National titles are a tradition at the University of California and the 2012-13 campaign was no exception as the Golden Bears notched a team title, had a championship crew boat and saw five different individuals capture national crowns. It was the 40th consecutive year the nation’s No. 1 public university has produced at least one national champion, and this year’s celebration of these impressive athletic achievements by some of the nation’s most esteemed student-athletes will be this week (Sept. 30 through Oct. 5) during the school’s eighth annual National Championship Week celebration.
The 2012-13 Cal national champions will be honored with an in-game ceremony during Saturday’s game against Washington State.
Last spring, Cal rugby won its 27th national title, and its first title in the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s. The Bears’ women’s varsity eight crew boat won that program’s third title in that race, while Max Homa became men’s golf first-ever individual medalist at an NCAA championship. In the pool, women swimmers Rachel Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz and Elizabeth Pelton gave coach Teri McKeever’s squad three individual champions. On the men’s swimming side, Tom Shields concluded his phenomenal Cal with two more national crowns under coach David Durden.
Mike White Recipient of Glenn T. Seaborg Award
Mike White, a three-sport letterman at Cal who served as the Golden Bears’ head football coach from 1972-77 and later earned induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Glenn T. Seaborg Award. White will be honored in an on-field ceremony during Saturday’s game against Washington State.
The award, named after the former University of California chancellor and 1951 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude. While will be recognized for the honor during a ceremony during the Cal-Washington State football game on Oct. 5.
White lettered in football, rugby and track & field at Cal from 1955-58. Playing as member of the football team under coaches Pappy Waldorf and Pete Elliott, he was a wide receiver for the Bears and served as team captain as a senior.
White returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1972 and compiled a 35-30-1 record over six seasons. His 1975 squad, led by running back Chuck Muncie and quarterback Joe Roth, tied for the Pac-8 title with an 8-3 mark, and White was named Pac-8 Coach of the Year. The squad led the nation in total offense and was ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll.
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 320-220-16 (.590) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three in the past decade (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). 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.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
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. Cal also had a 43-17 victory over No. 25 UCLA at Memorial Stadium but after falling to then-No. 22 Northwestern to open the 2013 season and later to No. 4/3 Ohio State and No. 2/2 Oregon the Bears have lost 11 of their last 12 games to ranked teams. Cal was last ranked in 2010 after having been among the nation’s top 25 teams at one point in seven consecutive campaigns from 2004-10 and eight times in nine seasons from 2002-10. Since 2002, Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 37-26 when their opponent is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings.
Craigie and Lasco Named Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Cormac Craigie and Daniel Lasco were named Cal football’s Scholar-Athletes of the Week head coach Sonny Dykes announced on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Each week two players earn the honor that recognizes student-athletes for an academic skill that has developed through practice, a study habit that has formed into an effective routine, a positive measured outcome that has been achieved through a course assignment or exam, and/or a leadership trait that has been portrayed through academics.
Sione Sina and James Langford were the first student-athletes recognized, followed by Michael Lowe and Freddie Tagaloa prior to this week’s award winners.
Cal-Washington State Connections
• Sonny Dykes spent seven seasons under WSU head coach Mike Leach at Texas Tech, serving as receivers coach from 2000-04 and adding the title of co-offensive coordinator from 2005-06. The Red Raiders made seven straight postseason appearances and won 56 games during the span, including four postseason victories in the Tangerine, Houston, Holiday and Insight bowls.
• Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) is the only Cal player to list a hometown in the state of Washington.
• WSU receiver Rickey Galvin lists Berkeley as his hometown and attended Berkeley HS.
• Cal’s Viliami Moala and Puka Lopa and WSU’s Darryl Paulo were all defensive lineman for the 2008 state champion Grant High School football team out of Sacramento.
• Cal’s Sione Sina and WSU’s Lyman Faoliu, Devonte McClain, and Justin Sagote were teammates at College of San Mateo.
• Cal’s Darius Allensworth and WSU’s Jamal Morrow were teammates at Heritage HS in Southern California.
•Cal’s Jason Gibson and Bradley Northnagel and WSU’s Kache Palacio were teammates at Junipero Serra HS in Southern California.
• Cal’s Kameron Jackson and WSU’s Gerard Wicks were teammates at Long Beach Poly HS in Southern California.
• Two former Cal players (Marshawn Lynch and Brandon Mebane) are currently on the roster of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
‘The Grab’ Nominated for GEICO Play of the Year
Maurice Harris’ one-handed touchdown catch against Portland State dubbed ‘The Grab’ is a nominee for GEICO Play of the Year. Harris made ‘The Grab’ on a pass by Jared Goff in the second quarter of Cal’s 37-30 victory over Portland State
Each week, fans vote for the GEICO Play of the Year and the winner will be announced on GEICO Best of College Football 2013 on CBS Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Jackson Bouza, Deandre Coleman, Stefan McClure and Freddie Tagaloa were selected as the Golden Bears’ season captains in a vote by the team’s players.
Catch the Bears on The Drive
Cal fans will have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through the show that will air on Pac-12 Networks this fall with each new 30-minute episode making its debut each Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT. Check the Pac-12 Networks TV Schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.
Listen To Cal Football On Inside The Locker Room
Cal fans can listen to head football coach Sonny Dykes, as well as assistant coaches and Cal football players throughout the season on Inside the Locker Room from the Memorial Stadium Field Club. In addition to Dykes, this Wednesday’s show will feature defensive ends coach Garret Chachere and junior defensive end Kyle Kragen. Inside the Locker Room will air during the football season on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on KGO Radio 810 AM, and is hosted by Todd McKim. Coaches and student-athletes from the other 28 Golden Bear sport programs, as well as athletic department staff will also appear on the show that continues into March. The winter portion of the show will feature head coaches Mike Montgomery and Lindsay Gottlieb from the Cal men’s and women’s basketball programs. Fans can also listen to show on TuneIn by visiting calbears.com/TuneIn.
What The Bears Will Be Wearing
The Bears, who are sporting brand new jerseys and helmets this year, will be wearing blue jerseys, gold pants and blue helmets for this Saturday’s game vs. Washington State. Cal will primarily wear blue jerseys and gold pants for home games and sported that combination for each of the first three home games, but will wear gold jerseys and blue pants for one home game this season.
Beyond The Gridiron
Every Wednesday during the season, Cal fans can check out a new installment of Beyond the Gridiron on CalBears.com. Beyond the Gridiron takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Cal players and coaches. The week’s installment will feature Mark Brazinski.
Brazinski Nominated For NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award
Mark Brazinski has been nominated for a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award. Among the senior offensive lineman’s academic accomplishments at Cal include being the youngest person to ever be admitted to an information technology master’s program in Silicon Valley at the age of 20 (most of his classmates are in their mid-late 30’s). Brazinski received two bachelor’s degrees (Business Administration, Media Studies) in his first three years at Cal and is currently a graduate student in information technology. He was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2011. Brazinski is also a member of Mensa International, which is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Forbes Named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Nick Forbes is on a 22-player roster across all levels of collegiate football selected by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Recognizing the “good works” of a select group of college football players from across the country, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports. The award pays tribute to the positive impact these young student-athletes have had on their communities and the lives of others. Forbes has worked with a long list of community service organizations including Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, City of Berkeley, Playworks, Read Across America, SAGE Mentorship Project and Swim with Mike. Forbes has also been the vice president of the Golden Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (GBAC) since 2011 and has represented Cal at both the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Conference and the NCAA APPLE Conference. In addition, Forbes has been a speaker at a local elementary school and to youth football teams speaking on the importance of education, respect, treating others right and staying out of trouble. He even found time to host Cal’s Oski Student Awards show in the spring of 2013 and also organized both a fashion show fundraiser and a student-athlete formal earlier this year.
Starkey In 39th Season
Long-time Cal radio play-by-play announcer Joe Starkey is enjoying his 39th season of calling Cal football. Starkey is currently the sixth-longest tenured radio announcer in the country and the longest tenured among Pac-12 announcers.
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