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Cal Treks to Pacific Northwest to Face Washington
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/22/2013

Kickoff – Cal at Washington (Saturday, Oct. 26, 8:00 p.m. PT)
The Cal football travels to Seattle to face Washington at the newly-renovated Husky Stadium on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. PT. The game will be telecast on FOX Sports 1 while fans can also listen on the Cal IMG Sports Network including flagship station KGO 810 AM or via TuneIn on CalBears.com. Cal heads to Washington with the Pac-12’s third-ranked passing offense (359.9 ypg) and will be facing a Washington defense that leads the nation in pass defense (194.9 ypg). Washington’s rushing offense is third in the Pac-12 (211.9 ypg) and will go up against a Cal rushing defense that is 11th (178.7 ypg). The Huskies have a 50-38-4 overall lead in the series and have won the last four games between the teams as well as five of the last six. The Huskies have won three straight in Seattle with the last Cal victory in the Emerald City a 56-17 win in 2005 that was the fourth of five straight triumphs between the schools.

Quick Hitters
• Khalfani Muhammad has been Cal’s top all-purpose threat in his true freshman season with the Golden Bears. Muhammad ranks second in the Pac-12 in kick returns (24.4 ypg) and sixth in all-purpose yards (145.5). Last week against Oregon State, Muhammad garnered 148 kick return yards on five returns, including a career-long 52-yarder. The week before at UCLA, Muhammad carried the ball a career-high 14 times for a team-high 63 yards. In addition to the rushing totals, Muhammad posted career highs of seven kick returns for 158 yards as he also set career and team season highs with 224 all-purpose yards, which was also the most by a Cal player since Brendan Bigelow had 234 against Ohio State in 2012.

• The combined record of the six teams that have defeated Cal is 33-9 overall and 12-4 in Pac-12 action, while its five remaining opponents are 21-12 but only 7-11 in the Pac-12. Cal’s schedule heading into the 2013 season was rated the third-toughest nationally according to Phil Steele. Cal has played opponents in the top 25 in four of its first seven games and has one opponent remaining that is currently in the top 25 in No. 8/8/8 Stanford.

• Chris Harper is seven receptions away from his 100th career catch at Cal. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with 52 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. He is also seven catches shy of cracking Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions. Harper ranks tied for second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in receptions (7.4 rpg), and third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation in receiving yards (99.7 ypg). He had a career day against Washington State with 14 catches for 231 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown reception, the second-longest pass play in school history. Both his receptions and receiving yards total against the Cougars ranked third in school history.

• Cal has a combined 14 players listed as starters on the offensive or defensive depth chart with both seven freshman and seven sophomores in starting roles. Only three seniors are listed as starters.

Bears Face Nation’s 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. Five of Cal’s games in 2013 come against squads ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game with the Bears having already played four of them in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Ohio State (No. 4/3), UCLA (No. 11/13) and Northwestern (No. 22/No. 22). Over its final five games only Stanford (No. 6 BCS/No. 6 AP/No. 8 USA Today) is currently ranked. The Bears were the only team in the nation who had seven teams on its schedule ranked in the preseason top 25.

Youthful Squad
Cal’s 2013 squad facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule 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 nationally according to Phil Steele’s combined experience chart. Ironically, head coach Sonny Dykes’ former school, Louisiana Tech, was the only team in the nation at the start of the season according to Steele with less experience than the Bears. Currently on the Cal depth chart, only three seniors are offensive or defensive starters (Mark Brazinski, Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman), while a combined 14 freshmen (Damariay Drew, Jared Goff, Zach Kline, Steven Moore, Khalfani Muhammad, Hardy Nickerson, Cameron Walker) and sophomores (Brian Farley, Chris Harper, Jalen Jefferson, Darius Powe, Jordan Rigsbee, Freddie Tagaloa, Bryce Treggs) are listed as starters.

Success In The Air
Cal ranks seventh in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (359.9 ypg) with the Golden Bears ahead of the school-record 321.5 yards per game posted by the 1996 team. Cal has produced 460 or more passing yards three times against Washington State (season-high 521), Portland State (485) and Northwestern (460). Cal also had 371 yards of passing offense against Ohio State. In the Bears’ win against Portland State, Cal had a season-high 616 yards of total offense 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. The Bears were also over 500 yards of total offense against Washington State (585), Northwestern (549) and Ohio State (503), with Goff throwing for a school-record 504 yards against Cougars. One of Goff’s passes against Washington State went for an 89-yard touchdown to Chris Harper, the second longest pass play in the history of the program.

Harper Approaching Century Mark
Chris Harper is seven receptions away from his 100th career catch at Cal. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with team highs of 52 receptions, 698 yards receiving and four touchdown catches. He is also seven receptions shy of cracking Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions and 174 receiving yards shy of the single-season top list in that category. Harper ranks tied for second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in receptions (7.4 rpg), and third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation in receiving yards (99.7 ypg). He had a career day against Washington State with 14 catches for 231 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown reception from Jared Goff, the second-longest pass play in school history. The receptions and receiving yards rank third in each category on Cal’s single-game lists. He became the fifth Cal receiver to post 200 yards receiving in a contest and the first since Geoff McArthur accomplished the feat against Stanford in 2003, with McArthur’s 16 catches in the same game setting the school record.

Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have combined for 98 catches, 1,194 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions in the first seven games. Harper leads the team with career highs of 52 receptions, 698 yards receiving and four scores. Treggs also has career highs of 46 receptions and 496 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown from last season.

Harper ranks tied for second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in receptions (7.4 rpg), as well as third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation in receiving yards (99.7 ypg). Treggs is fifth in the Pac-12 and tied for 22nd in the nation in receptions (6.6 rpg), as well as 11th in the Pac-12 and 70th in the nation in receiving yards (70.9 ypg).

Against Washington State, Harper posted career highs of 14 catches and 231 receiving yards while adding a touchdown. Treggs added six catches for 70 yards to give the duo 20 catches for 301 yards, with the yardage total the second most by two Cal receivers in a single game. The record is 327 set by Wesley Walker (8-289) and Jesse Thompson (4-38) on Oct. 2, 1976, against San Jose State.

In the season opener against Northwestern, Treggs notched career highs of 13 catches and 145 yards receiving against the Wildcats. The 13 receptions ranks tied for fourth all-time in Cal single-game history. Combined with Harper’s 11 catches for 148 yards, their performances marked the 11th time in school history that Cal had two receivers go over 100 yards receiving in the same contest. The 293 yards receiving by Harper and Treggs against Northwestern ranks tied for third on the school’s all-time list for yards receiving by two receivers in a game.
Treggs and Harper stormed onto the scene at Cal when both had a touchdown catch in their first collegiate game in the 2012 season-opener against Nevada.

2013 Harper Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 11-148-2-52

Portland State 4-61-0-37

Ohio State 6-115-1-42

Oregon 3-15-0-6

Washington State 14-231-1-89

UCLA 7-35-0-20

Oregon State 7-93-0-45

2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)  

Northwestern 13-145-0-36

Portland State 8-121-0-50

Ohio State 7-51-1-14

Oregon 2-31-0-17

Washington State 6-70-0-24

UCLA 5-42-0-23

Oregon State 5-36-0-12

Harper and Treggs On Biletnikoff Award Watch List
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs are both on the watch list for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award given annually to college football’s most outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., the creator and sponsor of the award. Harper was announced on the preseason watch list in July, while Treggs was one of nine receivers added Sept. 24. 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.

All-Purpose Threat Muhammad Now Atop Running Back Depth Chart
Current starting running back and true freshman Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally with an average of 145.5 all-purpose yards per game. Muhammad has a team-high 873 all-purpose yards (168 rush, 120 receiving, 585 kick return) in six games, missing the Washington State contest due to injury. At UCLA, he compiled a career-best and team season-high 224 all-purpose yards. In addition to his career highs of 158 return yards on seven kick returns against the Bruins, Muhammad garnered his first collegiate start at running back and finished the game with a career-high 14 carries for 63 yards. Last week against Oregon State, Muhammad secured a personal-best 52-yard kick return among his five kick returns for 148 yards.

Muhammad has totaled team highs of 24 kick returns and 585 kick return yards on the season, with his average of 24.4 yards per kick return ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for 34th nationally.

Muhammad had 13 rushes for a career-high 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.

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)

Washington State DNP

UCLA 224 (63-3-158)

Oregon State 154 (6-0-148)

Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)

Northwestern 3-8-0-8

Portland State 13-68-1-33

Ohio State 5-21-0-7

Oregon 1-2-0-2

Washington State DNP

UCLA 14-63-0-12

Oregon State 6-6-0-6

Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) 

Northwestern 1-18-0-18

Portland State 4-85-0-62

Ohio State 1-14-0-14

Oregon 0-0-0-0

Washington State DNP

UCLA 1-3-0-3

Oregon State 0-0-0-0

Opponent Kick Returns (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)  

Northwestern 6-126-0-34

Portland State 1-21-0-21

Ohio State 4-107-0-42

Oregon 1-25-0-25

Wash. State DNP

UCLA 7-158-0-35

Oregon State 5-148-0-52

D’Amato Tied For Sixth Nationally and Second in Pac-12 In Field Goals Made
Fourth-team Phil Steele Midseason All-American Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for sixth nationally and second in the Pac-12 in field goals made with an average of 1.86 per contest. D’Amato has made 13 of his 15 attempts to rank third in the conference in field goal percentage (86.7%). He tied his career high with three makes in each of the first two games and added two more against Ohio State and Washington State. He also booted a season-high 51-yard field goal at UCLA, one yard shy of his career best 52-yarder at Washington State in 2012. In addition, D’Amato is tied for 54th nationally and 11th in the Pac-12 (sixth among kickers) in scoring with an average of 8.0 points per game.

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.

D’Amato is a preseason first-team All-Pac-12 choice of Lindy’s and Sporting News, a second-team selection according to Athlon and College Sports Madness, a third-team pick by Phil Steele and was recently selected as a fourth-team Midseason All-American by Phil Steele. D’Amato is also on the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker Trophy, a candidate for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker and the No. 8 draft eligible placekicker in the nation prior to the season according to Phil Steele. He is also one of 30 final candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award given to a player for notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

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

Washington State 2-2-43 ... 2-2 ... 5-303-60.6

UCLA 1-1-51 ... 1-1 ... 3-195-65.0

Oregon State 1-2-22 ... 2-2 ... 4-258-64.5

Goff Having Strong Freshman Season
Jared Goff ranks in the top 10 nationally in completions per game (6th, 26.6 cpg), passing yards (7th, 2,256) and passing yards per game (10th, 322.3 ypg). He is also third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game. Goff has completed 186-of-308 passes (60.4%) with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 127.01 passer efficiency rating over his first seven collegiate contests.

Against Washington State, Goff passed for a school single-game record of 504 yards passing, surpassing Pat Barnes’ 503 yards in a quadruple-overtime win against Arizona in 1996. Goff owned three of the top four single-game passing performances in school history after his first five contests as he also had 485 yards in the air against Portland State and 450 against Northwestern. Goff also became the second Pac-12 quarterback to throw for 450 yards in three games in his career (Andrew Walter, Arizona State, 2002). One of Goff’s two touchdown passes against the Cougars went for 89 yards to Chris Harper. It was the second-longest pass play in school history. With 2,256 passing yards through seven games, Goff is also ready within 429 yards of the school’s single-season top 10. The list if topped by Pat Barnes with 3,499 yards in 1996.

2013 Goff Game-By-Game Statistics

Opponent Passing (C-A-I-Yds-TD-Lg.)

Northwestern 39-64-3-450-2-52

Portland State 33-51-0-485-2-75

Ohio State 31-53-1-371-3-61

Oregon 3-7-0-0-6

Washington State 33-59-1-504-2-89

UCLA 26-43-1-0-23

Oregon State 21-31-1-220-0-45

Cal’s Top Single-Game Passing Performances
Player (Opponent-Year) Passing (C-A-Yds)
Jared Goff (Washington State, 2013) 33-59-504
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

Kline Gets More Time
For the third time this season Zach Kline received playing time at quarterback last Saturday against Oregon State. The redshirt freshman came on in relief of Jared Goff in the third quarter and completed 11 of his 16 pass attempts for 71 yards, including the second and third touchdown passes of his caerer and an interception. He also ran four times for 28 yards. On the season, Kline’s totals are 31-for-57 with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also saw significant playing time at Oregon and entered the game late in the second half against Washington State.

Leininger Emerging As A Ray Guy Award Candidate
Cole Leininger is emerging as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, ranking third in the Pac-12 and No. 33 nationally with a 42.6 yard punt average. His first punt of the season went for a career-long 70 yards against Northwestern, while he has punted for 50 or more yards seven times. Leininger 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.

Under The Lights
Saturday’s game against Washington will mark the third consecutive night game for the Bears after kickoffs at 7:30 p.m. at Oregon and UCLA. The contest will mark Cal’s sixth night game overall (4 p.m. PT or later) out of eight games thus far in 2013. The Portland State and Washington State games were the only day games, although Cal’s ninth game of the season vs. Arizona at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 2 is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

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 320-222-16 (.588) 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.

Home Field Advantage
Despite falling to Oregon State in its most recent contest at Memorial Stadium, Cal is 44-19 in its last 63 home games and 40-18 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch. The Bears were 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated.

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 then-No. 25 UCLA at Memorial Stadium in 2012 but after falling to then-No. 22 Northwestern in the 2013 season opener and later this season to No. 4/3 Ohio State, No. 2/2 Oregon and No. 11/13 UCLA, the Bears have lost 12 of their last 13 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 ranked team.

D’Amato Leads Cal’s Phil Steele Midseason Honorees
Vincenzo D’Amato was selected as a fourth-team All-American to lead five Cal players honored on Phil Steele 2013 Midseason All-American and All-Pac-12 teams announced on Oct. 17. D’Amato was also a second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 pick along with Chris Harper. Deandre Coleman, Khalfani Muhammad and Jordan Rigsbee earned third-team All-Pac-12 recognition.

Young Defenders Take Advantage of Opportunity
With a Cal defense that has seen nine prominent players (Nathan Broussard, Austin Clark, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Sione Sina) miss at least most of the season due to injury and another be dismissed from the team (Chris McCain), it has given some of the younger players a chance to take on a bigger role. Khairi Fortt leads the team in tackles with 50, while redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson, is right behind Fortt with 48 takedowns. True freshman Cameron Walker has posted career highs in tackles the past two weeks with eight at UCLA two weeks ago and nine last week against Oregon State.

Cal-Washington Connections

• Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) is the only Cal player to list a hometown in the state of Washington.

• Erik Bunte and Mike Criste were teammates at Mission Viejo HS; Ross Anderson and Ross Dolbec were teammates at Miramonte HS; Antione Davis and Travis Feeney were teammates at Pinole Valley HS; Freddie Tagaloa and Jermaine Kelly were teammates at Salesian HS; Hardy Nickerson and Kevin King were teammates at Bishop O’Dowd HS; Jacob Wark and Andrew Kirkland were teammates at Jesuit HS; Kenny Lawler and Joe Mathis were teammates at Upland HS; Bryce Treggs, Keith Price, and Will Shamburger were teammates at St. John Bosco HS; Chad Smith, Cameron Walker, Coleman Shelton, and Colin Tanigawa were teammates at Loyola HS; Viliami Moala and Shaq Thompson were teammates at Grant HS.

• Washington’s Shaq Thompson’s older brother, Syd’Quan Thompson, is a former Cal defensive back (2005-09).

• Defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks lists his hometown as Ephrata, Washington.

• Washington offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau spent the 2002-2005 seasons at Cal as the wide receivers coach and the 2011 campaign with the Bears as passing game coordinator.

• Washington offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto spent the 1990-1991 seasons as an assistant coach at Cal.

• Washington defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator Tosh Lupoi was the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008. He was associated with Cal football for 12 years having spent six as a Golden Bear player (2000-05, which included an extra season due to a medical redshirt), two as a graduate assistant (2006-07) and four as defensive line coach (2008-11).

‘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.

Captains
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 although McClure is out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Washington State. Cal also selects a game captain each week with the first seven picks being Mark Brazinski (Northwestern), Austin Hinder (Portland State), Dan Fadelli (Ohio State), Dan Camporeale (Oregon), Richard Rodgers (Washington State), Kyle Kragen (UCLA) and Bryce McGovern (Oregon State).

Catch the Bears on The Drive
Cal fans 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 offensive line coach Zach Yenser and Mark Brazinski. 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.

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. This week’s installment will feature longtime football operations assistant Bud “Dog” Turner.

Brazinski Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
Mark Brazinski is one of 170 candidates across all divisions of college football for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, and he is also a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The award is often referred to as the “Academic Heisman” 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. 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.

What The Bears Will Be Wearing
The Bears, who are sporting brand new jerseys and helmets this year, will be wearing grey jerseys and grey pants for this Saturday’s game at Washington. Cal will primarily wear navy blue jerseys and gold pants for home games and sported that combination for each of the first five home games, but will wear gold jerseys and navy blue pants for one home game this season. Cal wore grey jerseys and grey pants for its first road game of the season at Oregon and white jerseys with blue pants at UCLA. Cal will always wear navy helmets both at home and on the road.

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 hosted 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.

Cal Football in the Social Media and Online World
Fans can visit CalBears.com and various award-winning social media pages for comprehensive coverage of Cal football with a wide array of engaging content. Find out more by visiting CalBears.com, Facebook (CalAthletics), Instagram (CalAthletics), Twitter (@CalAthletics, @CalFootball, @CalCoachDykes) and YouTube (CalAthletics). In addition, Cal fans can access the complete 2013 Cal football information guide, the Gameday page with helpful hints about Memorial Stadium on gamedays and check out clips with what media outlets are saying about the Golden Bears on CalBears.com. Be sure to follow @calfootball for extensive coverage and @calfbnotes on gamedays for news and notes.


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