Kickoff – Cal vs. Arizona (Saturday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m. PT)
The Bears return to Memorial Stadium to take on Arizona for the first time since 2010, and the first time in Berkeley since 2009 when Cal was a 24-16 winner over an 18th-ranked Wildcats’ team that featured Cal head coach Sonny Dykes as the offensive coordinator. The all-time series is tied 14-14-2, with the home team winning each of the last six meetings. The last road win for either team was a 38-0 Cal victory in Tucson in 2004. Arizona’s last victory at Cal was a 41-38 double-overtime win in 1997. The all-time series is tied at 14-14-2, and the home team has won last six meetings. The last road win for either team was on Oct. 23, 2004, when Cal blanked Arizona, 38-0 (also the largest margin of victory in series).
Last week, the Bears faced the third-ranked rusher in the nation in Washington’s Bishop Sankey. Today, Cal squares off against the top-ranked rusher in the country in Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey (153.3 ypg). The Cal pass attack remains in the nation’s top 10, currently ranked eighth as well as third in the Pac-12 (358.9 ypg). The Bears’ pass game will go up against an Arizona pass defense which ranks first in the conference and 18th nationally (201.3 ypg).
• Chris Harper is one reception away from both his 100th career catch at Cal and his 59th of the season, which would crack Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with career highs of 58 receptions for 796 yards and five touchdowns. Harper ranks third in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg) and receiving yards (99.5 ypg), as well as total receiving yards. He is 15th in the nation in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg), 17th in total receiving yards and 21st in per-game receiving yards (99.5 ypg).
• Khalfani Muhammad has been Cal’s top all-purpose threat, ranking fourth in the Pac-12 in kick returns (23.8 ypg) and sixth in all-purpose yards (145.9). Muhammad dashed for a personal-best 73-yard touchdown run at Washington that was also Cal’s longest of the season in route to a career-high 90 yards rushing on four carries. Muhammad posted a career-high and team season-high 224 all-purpose yards at UCLA, the most by a Cal player since Brendan Bigelow had 234 against Ohio State in 2012, when he had career highs of seven kick returns for 158 yards while adding another 63 yards on the ground on a career-high 14 carries and three more on a reception.
• Cal head coach Sonny Dykes will be looking at a familiar foe on the other side of the field. Dykes served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona for three seasons from 2007-09. Dykes helped the Wildcats reach the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl and 2009 Holiday Bowl after having not played in the postseason for 10 years.
• Cal has a combined 15 players that are freshmen or sophomores listed as starters on the offensive and defensive depth charts (60% of its depth chart), with eight freshmen and seven sophomores in starting roles. Only two seniors are listed as starters (8% of its depth chart).
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 Bears were the only team in the nation who had seven teams on its schedule ranked in the preseason top 25 as well as eight 2012 bowl teams on its slate. In addition, Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 last season but ineligible to go to the postseason. Cal has played four teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of their meeting in 2013 in Oregon (No. 2 AP/No. 2 USA Today), Ohio State (No. 4/3), UCLA (No. 11/13) and Northwestern (No. 22/No. 22). Two other opponents – Oregon State and Washington – have been ranked during the season. Stanford (No. 5 BCS/No. 6 AP/No. 7 USA Today) is the lone ranked team remaining on the team’s schedule but USC has also been ranked.
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. Cal has a current offensive and defensive depth chart that features a combined 15 freshman and sophomores (60%) that are listed as starters with only two seniors (8%) in that role.
Much Different Depth Chart
Since the season opener against Northwestern on Aug. 31, the Cal depth chart has had numerous changes due to multiple injuries and players no longer on the team. Nine players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season – Chris Adcock, Matt Cochran, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Chris McCain, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian – are either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury. Cochran is the only to have returned to action since the injury.
Success In The Air
Cal ranks eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (358.9 ypg), with the Golden Bears ahead of the school-record 321.5 yards per game posted by the 1997 team. With 2,871 total passing yards on the season, the Bears are also 834 yards away from the school record for most passing yards in a season (3,705 in 2003). 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 and 352 at Washington. 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.
Goff Having Strong Freshman Season
Jared Goff ranks in the top 10 nationally in completions per game (6th, 27.3 cpg), passing yards (6th, 2,592) and passing yards per game (9th, 324.0 ypg). He is also third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game. Goff has completed 218-of-362 passes (60.2%) with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 125.62 passer efficiency rating over his first eight collegiate contests.
Against Washington State, Goff passed for a school single-game record of 504 yards, 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 has also became the second Pac-12 quarterback to ever 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 2,592 passing yards through seven games, Goff is within 93 yards of the school’s single-season top 10 and the 2,685 passing yards by Pat Barnes in 1995. The list is also topped by Barnes with 3,499 yards in 1996.
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
Wash. State 33-59-1-504-2-89
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
Harper Approaching Century Mark
Chris Harper is one reception away from his 100th career catch at Cal. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with team highs of 58 receptions, 796 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. He is also one reception shy of cracking Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions and 76 receiving yards shy of the single-season top list in that category. Harper ranks third in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg) and receiving yards (99.5 ypg), as well as total receiving yards. He is 15th in the nation in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg), 17th in total receiving yards and 21st in per-game receiving yards (99.5 ypg).
Harper 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. Grisom has been over 100 yards receiving three times in 2013 (four times in his career) and has had more than 90 yards receiving on two other occasions this season.
Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have combined for 112 catches, 1,387 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in the first eight games. Harper leads the team with career highs of 58 receptions, 796 yards receiving and five scores. Treggs also has career highs of 54 receptions and 591 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown from last season.
Harper ranks third in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg) and receiving yards (99.5 ypg), as well as total receiving yards. He is 15th in the nation in per-game receptions (7.3 rpg), 17th in total receiving yards and 21st in per-game receiving yards (99.5 ypg). Treggs is fifth in the Pac-12 and tied for 23rd in the nation in per-game receptions (6.8 rpg), as well as 11th in the Pac-12 and 52nd nationally in total receiving yards, and 11th in the Pac-12 and 63rd in the nation in per-game receiving yards (73.9 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.
Last Saturday at Washington, the pair came close to each hitting the century mark once again as Treggs ended the night with eight catches for 95 yards and Harper with six grabs for 98 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
Washington State 14-231-1-89
Oregon State 7-93-0-45
2013 Treggs Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 8-121-0-50
Ohio State 7-51-1-14
Washington State 6-70-0-24
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. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 18, with the three finalists selected on Nov. 25 and the winner announced Dec. 12 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Rodgers Coming On As Third Threat
Richard Rodgers has supported the receiving efforts of Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs by posting his own career highs of 31 catches for 439 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown catch of last season. Rodgers has been especially productive in his last two contests, combining for 13 catches and 139 yards receiving against Oregon State (6-68) and at Washington (7-71). He had a season-high 100 yards receiving on four catches, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception against Portland State.
2013 Rodgers Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-100-1-75
Ohio State 1-5-0-5
Washington State 48-85-0-38
Oregon State 6-68-0-22
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 14th nationally with an average of 145.9 all-purpose yards per game.
Muhammad has a team-high 1,021 all-purpose yards (258 rush, 120 receiving, 643 kick return) in seven 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. Against Oregon State, Muhammad secured a personal-best 52-yard kick return among his five kick returns for 148 yards. Last week at Washington, Muhammad rattled off a career-high 73-yard touchdown run, giving him 90 rushing yards on the night to go with his second rushing touchdown.
He has totaled team highs of 27 kick returns and 643 kick return yards on the season, with his average of 23.8 yards per kick return ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 38th nationally.
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. 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)
Wash. State DNP UCLA 224 (63-3-158)
Oregon State 154 (6-0-148)
Washington 148 (90-0-58)
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 13-68-1-33
Ohio State 5-21-0-7
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 6-6-0-6
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 4-85-0-62
Ohio State 1-14-0-14
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 0-0-0-0
Opponent Kick Returns (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.)
Portland State 1-21-0-21
Ohio State 4-107-0-42
Washington State DNP
Oregon State 5-148-0-52
D’Amato Tied For 10th Nationally and Second in Pac-12 In Field Goals Made
Fourth-team Phil Steele Midseason All-American Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for 10th nationally and second in the Pac-12 in field goals made per game with an average of 1.75. D’Amato has made 14 of his 16 attempts to rank second in the conference in field goal percentage (87.5%). 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 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
Washington 1-1-25 ... 2-2 ... 4-224-56.0
Leininger Emerging As A Ray Guy Award Candidate
Cole Leininger is emerging as a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, ranking second in the Pac-12 and No. 48 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 eight times. Leininger had a career-best average of 49.0 against Ohio State, while he punted a career-high 10 times in his most recent game against Washington with nine of the punts coming in the first half. 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.
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.
Khairi Fortt Named Butkus Award Semifinalist
Khairi Fortt is one of 12 collegiate semifinalists for the prestigious Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fortt has started each of Cal’s first eight games and leads the team with 54 tackles, while adding 3.0 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. Fortt had career highs of 13 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards) and the quarterback hurry against Ohio State. The 13 tackles are the most by a Cal player in 2013, while the 2.0 tackles for loss equal the most.
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 54, while redshirt freshman Hardy Nickerson is right behind Fortt with 51 takedowns. Damariay Drew (43), Jalen Jefferson (40) and Cameron Walker (40) each have 40 or more tackles with Walker posting career highs each of the past three games with eight at UCLA three weeks ago, nine two weeks ago against Oregon State and 10 last week at Washington.
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.
• Sonny Dykes served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona for three seasons from 2007-09. Dykes helped the Wildcats to the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl and 2009 Holiday Bowl after having not reached the postseason for 10 years.
• Defensive ends coach Garret Chachere served as the wide receivers and running backs. coach at Arizona for three seasons from 2009-11. The Wildcats played in bowl games each of his first two seasons at the Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl.
• Arizona assistant coach and offensive line coach Jim Michalczik spent nine seasons over two stints on the California coaching staff from 2002-08 and 2011-12, serving his first seven campaigns with the Golden Bears as the offensive line coach and his final two as the team’s offensive coordinator in addition to his offensive line duties.
• Fourteen sets of Cal and Arizona players were previously teammates in high school – Chad Smith, Cameron Walker, Cary Kriegsman and Jared Baker were teammates at Loyola HS; Bryce Treggs, Beau Boyster and Arlandis Hinton were teammates at St. John Bosco HS; Michael Barton, Jackson Bouza, Kylan Butler and David Redman were teammates at De La Salle HS; Matt Anderson, Zach Kline, Kyle Kragen, John Sheperdson, Patrick Worstell and Ryan Dunn were teammates at San Ramon Valley HS; Edward Tandy and Faitele Faafoi were teammates at Tustin HS; Jacobi Hunter, Reggie Gilbert, and Dwight Melvin were teammates at Fairfax HS; Mitchel Bartolo and Jourdon Grandon were teammates at Westview HS; Tony Mekari and Nick Isham were teammates at Westlake HS; Raymond Davison and Aaron Lacombe were teammates at Crespi Carmelite HS; Kameron Jackson and David Price were teammates at Long Beach Poly HS; Darius Powe, Todd Barr and Jesse Scroggins were teammates at Culver City HS; Geoffrey Gibson and Anu Solomon were teammates at Bishop Gorman HS; Bryce McGovern and David Wilkerson were teammates at Monte Vista HS. David Wilkerson also spent the 2010-12 seasons at California before transferring to Arizona in the fall of 2013.
‘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 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 graduate assistant Jacob Peeler and Richard Rodgers. 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 Berkeley native Lucas King.
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 wear navy blue jerseys and gold pants for all home games this season. Cal wore grey jerseys and grey pants for road games at Oregon and Washington, and wore 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.