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Bears Face Buffs For First Time Since 2011 OT Win

Cal looks to three-game extend winning streak over Colorado
By Cal Athletics on Tue, November 12, 2013

Kickoff – Cal at Colorado (Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. PT)
Hitting the road for the final two weeks of the season, the Cal football team faces Colorado this week for the first time since winning in overtime the last time the teams met in 2011. Saturday’s game marks the first time Golden Bears and Buffaloes will meet as conference opponents. While Colorado was in the Pac-12 when they last played, the game was a nonconference game that had been scheduled prior to Colorado joining the league. Cal leads the all-time series, 4-2, and has won the last three in a row.

The Bears rank third in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally in passing offense, averaging 345.3 yards per game, and will go up against a Colorado defense that ranks 11th in the conference allowing 273.4 passing yards per game.

The Cal rushing attack has improved the past two games and will face a Colorado rush defense ranks last in the conference (211.9 ypg). The Bears averaged a season-high 5.1 yards per carry last week against USC, setting a season high in total rushing yards with 190 yards on the ground.

Quick Hitters
• Jared Goff has reached 3,141 passing yards and now ranks second in single-season passing yards at Cal, needing 359 yards to break the school record of 3,499 set by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff also ranks fourth on the single-season list in total offense (3,070). Goff has already completed (287) and attempted (467) more passes than any player in school history.

• Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper moved their names up the single-season reception list in the Cal record book last week. Treggs now ranks sixth with 69, while Harper is seventh with 68. Lavelle Hawkins is fifth with 72 receptions. Harper also has a team-high 842 yards receiving and is just 30 yards away from the school’s top 10 list.

• Kenny Lawler has five touchdown receptions in the last two games, notching a career-high three against Arizona and then two more last Saturday against USC. The three touchdown catches against Arizona were the first by a Cal player since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006. Lawler also tied his career high in catches in both games with six, matching the six he had against Ohio State.

• Cal has a current offensive and defensive depth chart that features a combined total of 17 freshmen (10) and sophomores (7) listed as starters. Only two seniors are in that role.

• Cal has 13 players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season that are either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury – Chris Adcock, Nathan Broussard, Matt Cochran, Darren Ervin, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Daniel Lasco, Alex Logan, Hardy Nickerson, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Bill Tyndall. Five others – Michael Barton, Khairi Fortt, Jalen Jefferson, Khalfani Muhammad and Richard Rodgers – have missed one game each due to injury. Three players – Gabe King, Chris McCain and David Wilkerson – are no longer in the program.

Goff, Harper, Treggs, Move Up in Record Book
Jared Goff, Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper moved their names up the lists in the Cal record book last week, needing 359 yards to break the school’s single-season record of 3,499 set by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff also ranks fourth on the single-season list in total offense (3,070). Goff has already completed (287) and attempted (467) more passes than any player in school history. Treggs ranks sixth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list for receptions with 69, while Harper ranks seventh on that list with 68. Lavelle Hawkins is fifth with 72 receptions. Treggs is 10 catches away from his 100th career catch, which Harper reached two games ago against Arizona. Harper is also just 30 yards away from the single-season top 10 list in receiving yards.

Improved Ground Attack
Cal entered the Arizona contest two weeks ago averaging 3.0 yards per carry but has edged that number up to 3.3 yards per game after setting season highs each of the past two games. After averaging a season-high 5.0 yards per rush on the ground against Arizona, Cal came up with a season-high 190 rushing yards last Saturday against USC. Khalfani Muhammad, Cal’s leading rusher on the year with 322 yards, three touchdowns and an average of 5.5 yards per carry, posted 61 yards on 10 carries and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season against the Trojans. Jeffrey Coprich added a career-high 55 yards on the ground to give Cal two or more players over 50 yards rushing in a game for the third time this season.

Bears Have 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). Three other opponents – Oregon State, USC and Washington – have been ranked at one point during the season. Cal will face a fifth top-25 and third top-10 team when the Bears visit Stanford (No. 4 BCS/No. 5 AP/No. 5 USA Today) for the 116th Big Game at Stanford Stadium to end the season on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Youthful Squad
Cal’s 2013 squad facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule is also 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 total of 17 freshmen (10) and sophomores (7) listed as starters on the team’s depth chart with only two seniors in that role.

Different Depth Chart
The Cal depth chart has had numerous changes to the one the Bears opened their 2013 training camp with. Only 10 of the 29 players listed as starters on offense or defense heading into training camp – Brendan Bigelow, Dan Camporeale, Deandre Coleman, Alejandro Crosthwaite, Khairi Fortt, Lucus Gingold, Chris Harper, Jalen Jefferson, Bryce Treggs, Jordan Rigsbee – are listed as starters on this week’s depth chart Cal has 13 players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season – Chris Adcock, Nathan Broussard, Matt Cochran, Darren Ervin, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Daniel Lasco, Alex Logan, Hardy Nickerson, Stefan McClure, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Bill Tyndall – either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury.

Success In The Air
Cal ranks eighth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (345.3 ypg), with the Golden Bears ahead of the school-record pace 321.5 yards per game posted by the 1997 team. With 3,453 total passing yards on the season, the Bears are also 252 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 Nearing Cal’s Single-Season Record For Passing Yards
Jared Goff has 3,141 passing yards on the season and has moved within 358 yards of the school’s single-season record of 3,499 by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff ranks in the top 15 nationally in passing yards (5th, 3,141), completions per game (6th, 28.7 cpg) and passing yards per game (11th, 314.1 ypg). He is also third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game. Goff has completed 287-of-467 passes (61.5%) with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a 126.11 passer efficiency rating over his first 10 collegiate contests.

In addition, Goff is 599 yards shy of the NCAA freshman record for passing yards that was set last year by UCLA’s Brett Hundley (3,740 yards).

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 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. Goff has seven touchdown passes in his last two games.
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 3-7-0-11-0-6

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

UCLA 26-43-1-215-0-23

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

Washington 32-54-0-336-1-49

Arizona 34-56-2-289-4-29

USC 35-49-0-260-3-28

Harper Hits Century Mark
Chris Harper currently has 109 career receptions at Cal. Harper’s season totals for 2013 include 68 receptions, 842 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. He is also seventh on Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions with 68 and 30 receiving yards shy of the single-season top list in that category. Harper ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (6.8 rpg) and third in receiving yards (84.2 ypg). He is 18th in the nation in per-game receptions and 34th in per-game receiving yards.

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.

Harper and Treggs Create One-Two Punch
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have combined for 137 catches, 1,523 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in the first 10 games. Treggs has career highs of 69 receptions and 681 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown from last season. His 69 receptions rank sixth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list.

Treggs is third in the Pac-12 and 18th in the nation in per-game receptions (6.9 rpg), as well as 12th in the Pac-12 and tied for 79th in the nation in per-game receiving yards (68.1 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.

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

Washington 6-98-1-49

Arizona 4-25-0-10

USC 6-21-0-8

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

Washington 8-95-0-32

Arizona 7-51-0-14

USC 8-39-0-6

Lawler Posts Five Touchdowns in Two Games
Kenny Lawler has scored five touchdowns in the last two games, the first five of his career, including two last week against USC. The week before against Arizona, Lawler became the first Cal player since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006 to catch three touchdowns in a game. His three-yarder in the third quarter, a one-handed grab with his left hand, was ranked the No. 8 play of the day by ESPN. He earned CFPA Honorable Mention WR of the Week honors for his efforts against the Wildcats. In both games against USC and Arizona he tied his personal best with six catches.

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 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.

Muhammad Top All-Purpose Threat
True freshman Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally with an average of 145.6 all-purpose yards per game. Muhammad has a team-high 1,310 all-purpose yards (322 rush, 169 receiving, 819 kick return) in nine 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. 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. Against Arizona, he scored his third career touchdown, which was also his first career receiving touchdown. Last week against USC, Muhammad notched his third rushing TD of the season.

Muhammad has totaled team highs of 35 kick returns and 819 kick return yards on the season, with his average of 23.4 yards per kick return ranking fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 48th nationally.

Against Portland State, 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. 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)

Washington 148 (90-0-58)

Arizona 147 (3-33-111)

USC 142 (61-16-65)

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

Washington 4-90-1-73

Arizona 3-3-0-5

USC 10-61-1-13

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

Wash. State DNP

UCLA 1-3-0-3

Oregon State 0-0-0-0

Washington 0-0-0-0

Arizona 3-33-1-18

USC 2-16-0-12

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

Washington State DNP

UCLA 7-158-0-35

Oregon State 5-148-0-52

Washington 3-58-0-28

Arizona 4-111-0-33

USC 4-65-0-25

D’Amato Tied For 10th Nationally and Second in Pac-12 In Field Goals Made
Fourth-team Phil Steele Midseason All-American and Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award semifinalist Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for 25th nationally and fifth in the Pac-12 in field goals made per game with an average of 1.40. D’Amato has made 14 of his 17 attempts to rank fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (82.4%). 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.

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

Arizona 0-1 ... 4-4 ... 5-325-65.0

USC 0-0-0 ... 4-4 ... 5-269-53.8

Leininger Having a Solid Sophomore Campaign
Cole Leininger ranks second in the Pac-12 and No. 24 nationally with a 43.0 yard punt average. His average currently ranks eighth on Cal’s single-season list, and his career average of 41.4 ranks 10th at Cal. His first punt of the season went for a career-long 70 yards against Northwestern, while he has punted for 50 or more yards 11 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. In addition, D’Amato was also recently named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

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 had started every game this season before missing last week’s game due to injury, and is tied for the team lead with 64 tackles, while adding 3.5 tackles for loss. Fortt had career highs of 13 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards). 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 10 prominent players (Nathan Broussard, Austin Clark, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Stefan McClure, Hardy Nickerson, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Sione Sina) out for the season due to injury or miss at least most of the season due to injury and another three (Gabe King, Chris McCain, David Wilkerson) dismissed or leaving the team younger players a chance to take on a bigger role. Khairi Fortt and Nickerson are tied for the team lead in tackles with 64 tackles, while Cameron Walker (57) and Jalen Jefferson (54) each have over 50 stops, with Walker posting career highs in four consecutive games at UCLA (8), vs. Oregon State (9), at Washington (10) and at Arizona (13).

Pac-12 Leaders
Cal ranks first in the Pac-12 in first downs with an average of 25.0 per game and a total of 250 (74 rush, 157 pass, 19 penalty), kickoff coverage (42.6 net average) and opponent penalties (68.4 ypg).

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 320-224-16 (.586) 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 USC in the 2013 home finale at Memorial Stadium, Cal is 44-21 in its last 65 home games and 40-20 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.

Cal-Colorado Connections

• Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer spent 5 seasons (1987-91) in the same position at Cal. He has worked at all three Bay Area (FBS) schools - Cal, Stanford, and San Jose State.

• Colorado director of player development Darian Hagan is the father of former Cal defensive back Darian Hagan Jr. Hagan Jr. played in 38 games with 26 starts in the final four seasons of his Cal career (2007-10) and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior.

• Austin Hinder (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs HS) lists his hometown within Colorado. 

• Defensive backs coach Randy Stewart also lists his hometown as Denver, CO.

• Seven sets of Cal and Colorado players were teammates in high school: Kenny Lawler, Danta Abron, Marques Mosley, and Christian Powell were teammates at Upland HS; Hardy Nickerson and Brandan Brisco were teammates at Bishop O’Dowd HS; Vincent Johnson and Connor Center were teammates at Christian Brothers; Carson O’Connell, Jordan Rigsbee, and Wesley Christensen were teammates at Pleasant Valley HS; Tony Mekari, Brad Cotner, Justin Solis, and Nelson Spruce were teammates at Westlake HS; Darius Allensworth and Jon Wilson were teammates at Heritage HS; Austin Hinder and Alex Wood were teammates at Steamboat Springs HS.

‘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.

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 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 quality control staff member Terrance Jamison and Kenny Lawler. 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

Beyond The Gridiron
Every Wednesday during the season, Cal fans can check out a new installment of Beyond the Gridiron on Beyond the Gridiron takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Cal players and coaches. This week will feature Bill Tyndall.

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.

In addition, Brazinski was selected Thursday to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 8 First-Team for NCAA Division I football.

What The Bears Will Be Wearing
The Bears, who are sporting brand new jerseys and helmets this year, will wear grey jerseys and grey pants for Saturday’s game at Colorado. Cal wore grey jerseys and grey pants for road games at Oregon and Washington, and wore white jerseys with blue pants at UCLA. Cal wore navy jerseys and gold pants for each of its home games. Cal wore 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
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