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Clark and Leininger Named Jonathan & Judy Hoff Scholar-Athletes of the Week

Two Golden Bear football players honored each week.
By Cal Athletics on Thu, October 31, 2013

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BERKELEY – Senior defensive tackle Austin Clark and sophomore punter Cole Leininger have been named the Jonathan & Judy Hoff Football Scholar-Athletes of the Week head coach Sonny Dykes announced Thursday.

“It means a lot to me because academics are of the utmost importance at this prestigious university,” Clark said. “I will do whatever it takes to help lead the way on and off the field.”

“I am honored to be recognized for my academic work,” Leininger said. “It’s crucial that we all strive to succeed both on the field and in the classroom. We have terrific coaches and support staff that encourage us to do both.”

Each week two Cal football 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.

September 18 – James Langford, Sione Sina
September 25 – Michael Lowe, Freddie Tagaloa
October 2 – Cormac Craigie, Daniel Lasco
October 10 – Jack Austin, Bradley Northnagel
October 17 – Mitchel Bartolo, Hardy Nickerson
October 24 – Caleb Coleman, Avery Sebastian
October 31  Austin Clark, Cole Leininger

*Cal will play its final two home games of the 2013 season against Arizona and USC the next two Saturdays. The contest against Arizona will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT and be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The USC game will begin at Noon PT and be televised by FOX. The USC contest will also serve as Senior Day and the annual Joe Roth Game.

*Following the two home contests against Arizona and USC, Cal will close out its 2013 season with a pair of Pac-12 road games at Colorado (Nov. 16) and Stanford in the 116th Big Game (Nov. 23).

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