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Cal Visits Stanford Saturday For 116th Big Game

Bears look for first win over Stanford since 2009
By Cal Athletics on Tue, November 19, 2013

Kickoff – Cal at Stanford (Saturday, Nov. 23, 1:00 p.m. PT)
For the fifth time this season, the Cal football team will square off against a top-25 opponent as the Golden Bears prepare to meet No. 9/10/12 Stanford in the 116th Big Game on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. The Big Game is tied for ninth among the most-played FBS rivalry games.

After enjoying a streak of winning seven of eight contests in the series, the Bears have lost the last three to the Cardinal. The last time Cal beat Stanford was in 2009 when the Bears upset then-No. 14 Stanford, 34-28, at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal lead the all-time series, 58-46-11.

The Bears rank third in the Pac-12 and 10th nationally in passing offense, averaging 333.4 yards per game, and will go up against a Stanford pass defense that ranks ninth in the conference, allowing 253.9 passing yards per game, but is third in both total defense (345.5 ypg) and scoring defense (19.5 ppg).

The Cal rushing attack has improved in the past three games. Last week’s contest at Colorado marked the third straight week that the Bears averaged a season-high yards per carry (5.8 ypr) and set a season high in total rushing yards (197). Brendan Bigelow scored his first two touchdowns of the season against the Buffaloes, along with a season-best 107 rushing yards on 15 carries. The improving rushing attack will go up against a Stanford run defense Saturday that ranks first in the conference and third nationally, allowing 91.6 yards per game.

Quick Hitters
• Freshman All-American candidate Jared Goff has reached 3,314 passing yards and ranks second in single-season passing yards at Cal, needing 186 yards to break the school record of 3,499 set by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff also ranks second on the single-season list in total offense (3,252) and is now 165 yards away from surpassing Barnes’ 1996 total of 3,416. Goff has already completed (310) and attempted (512) more passes than any player in school history.

• Cal has a current offensive and defensive depth chart that features a combined total of 16 freshmen (9) 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 in 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.

• Saturday’s game against No. 9/10/12 (BCS/AP/USA Today) Stanford will mark the fifth time Cal has faced an opponent ranked in the top 25, and the fourth opponent ranked in the top 15.

Freshman All-American Candidate Goff Nearing Single-Season Records
Jared Goff has 3,314 passing yards on the season and has moved within 186 yards of breaking Cal’s single-season record of 3,499 by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff ranks in the top 25 nationally in completions per game (6th, 28.18 cpg), passing yards (7th, 3,314), passing yards per game (11th, 301.3 ypg) and total offense (21st, 295.6 pg). He is also third in the Pac-12 in passing yards per game and fifth in total offense. Goff has completed 310-of-512 passes (60.5%) with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 121.97 passer efficiency rating over his first 11 collegiate contests. He is now one touchdown pass from entering Cal’s top-10 single-season list.

In addition, Goff is 427 yards shy of breaking the NCAA and Pac-12 freshman record for passing yards 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.

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

Colorado 23-45-1-173-0-22

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. Goff needs 186 yards to break the school’s single-season record of 3,499 set by Pat Barnes in 1996. Goff also ranks second on the single-season list in total offense (3,252) and needs 165 yards to top Barnes in that category, as well. Goff has already completed (310) and attempted (512) more passes than any player in school history. Treggs ranks fourth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list for receptions with 76, while Harper ranks seventh on that list with 70. Treggs is three catches away from his 100th career catch, which Harper reached three games ago against Arizona. Harper is also just 20 yards away from the single-season top 10 list in receiving yards.

Success In The Air, Going For Single-Season Record in Passing Yards
Cal ranks 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 in passing offense (333.4 ypg), with the Golden Bears ahead of the school-record pace 321.5 yards per game posted by the 1997 team. With 3,667 total passing yards on the season, the Bears are also 39 yards from breaking 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.

Treggs And Harper Create One-Two Punch
Chris Harper has 111 career receptions at Cal, while Bryce Treggs is three away from the mark with 97. Harper has totaled 1,396 career receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while Treggs has 929 yards and two touchdowns.

Harper and Bryce Treggs have combined for 146 catches, 1,565 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions in the first 11 games of the 2013 season.

Treggs has career highs of 76 receptions and 713 yards receiving, while matching his single touchdown from last season. His 76 receptions rank fourth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list. He is also three catches away from his 100th career reception. Treggs is third in the Pac-12 and 20th in the nation in per-game receptions (6.9 rpg), as well as averaging 64.8 receiving yards per game.

Harper’s season totals for 2013 include 70 receptions, 852 yards receiving and five touchdown catches. He is seventh on Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions with 70 and also 20 receiving yards shy of the single-season top list in that category. Harper ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (6.4 rpg) and sixth in receiving yards (77.5 ypg). He is 29th in the nation in per-game receptions and 48th 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. Treggs added six catches for 70 yards to give the duo 20 catches for 301 yards against the Cougars, 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

Colorado 2-10-0-10

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

Colorado 7-32-0-7

Lawler Continues Recent Surge
Kenny Lawler has scored five touchdowns in the last three games, the first five of his career. Against Arizona, Lawler became the first Cal player since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006 to catch three touchdowns in a game. His three-yard score in the third quarter, a one-handed grab with his left hand, was ranked the No. 8 play of the day by ESPN. The following week, he hauled in two more touchdown receptions against USC. While he didn’t score last Satuday at Colorado, Lawler posted a career-high 81 receiving yards. In each of his last three games against Arizona, USC and Colorado, Lawler has tied his personal best with six catches.

2013 Lawler Game-By-Game Statistics

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

Northwestern 1-7-0-7

Portland State 0-0-0-0

Ohio State 6-39-0-14

Oregon 3-17-0-10

Washington State 1-2-0-2

UCLA 2-18-0-13

Oregon State 1-9-0-9

Washington 2-21-0-15

Arizona 6-72-3-29

USC 6-54-2-21

Colorado 6-81-0-22

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.

Improved Ground Attack
Cal entered the Arizona contest three weeks ago averaging 3.0 yards per carry but has improved that number to 3.5 after setting season highs in each of the past three games. After averaging a then-season-high 5.0 yards per rush on the ground against Arizona, Cal came up with a then-season-high 190 rushing yards two weeks ago against USC, followed by a season-high 197 yards and a season-best 5.8 yards per carry last week at Colorado. While true freshman Khalfani Muhammad had been Cal’s leading rusher in recent weeks, Brendan Bigelow who paced the rushing attack against Colorado, rattled off a season-best 107 yards on the ground and his first two touchdowns of the season on runs of 1 and 26 yards. Bigelow reclaimed the spot as Cal’s leading rusher on the season with 404 yards on 92 carries and two touchdowns. Muhammad, who had a 55-yard touchdown run at Colorado, is second on the season with 400 rushing yards on 69 carries. He also has a team-high four rushing touchdowns and a 5.8 yards per carry average that is the highest among regulars.

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 with USC currently ranked. Cal will face a fifth top-25 and third top-10 team when the Bears visit Stanford (No. 9 BCS/No. 10 AP/No. 12 USA Today) this Saturday.

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 16 freshmen (9) 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.

Muhammad Top All-Purpose Threat
True freshman Khalfani Muhammad leads Cal, ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally with an average of 145.2 all-purpose yards per game. Muhammad has a team-high 1,452 all-purpose yards (400 rush, 187 receiving, 865 kick return) in 10 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. Muhammad notched his third rushing TD of the season against USC and followed that with a 55-yard touchdown run last week at Colorado.

Muhammad has totaled team highs of 37 kick returns and 865 kick return yards on the season, with his average of 23.4 yards per kick return ranking third in the Pac-12 and 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.

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)

Colorado 142 (78-18-46)

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

Colorado 10-78-1-55

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

Washington 0-0-0-0

Arizona 3-33-1-18

USC 2-16-0-12

Colorado 2-18-0-12

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

Colorado 2-46-0-25

D’Amato Continues Senior Campaign with Consistent Kicking
Fourth-team Phil Steele Midseason All-American and Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award semifinalist Vincenzo D’Amato is tied for 32nd nationally and fourth in the Pac-12 in field goals made per game with an average of 1.40. D’Amato has made 15 of his 18 attempts to rank tied for third in the conference in field goal percentage (83.3%). 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 D’Amato to be named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for the opening week of the season.

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

Colorado 1-1-42 ... 3-3 ... 4-206-51.5

Leininger Having a Solid Sophomore Campaign
Cole Leininger ranks second in the Pac-12 and No. 18 nationally with a 43.7 yard punt average. His average currently ranks sixth on Cal’s single-season list, and his career average of 41.8 ranks tied for seventh 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 13 times. Leininger had a career-best average of 54.2 at Colorado, while he punted a career-high 10 times at 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 the last two games due to injury, and is tied for second on the team 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
10 prominent Cal defenders (Nathan Broussard, Austin Clark, Nick Forbes, Mustafa Jalil, Alex Logan, Stefan McClure, Hardy Nickerson, Brennan Scarlett, Avery Sebastian, Sione Sina) have either been ruled out for the season due to injury or have missed at least most of the season due to injury. Another three (Gabe King, Chris McCain, David Wilkerson) were dismissed or left the team. This has allowed younger players a chance to take on a bigger role. Cameron Walker leads the team in tackles with 65, while Khairi Fortt and Nickerson are tied for second with 64 tackles. Walker’s average of 7.2 tackles per game ranks 10th in the Pac-12, while Fortt and Nickerson are tied for 24th. Jalen Jefferson (61), Michael Lowe (60) and Michael Barton each have over 50 stops. Lowe (11) and Barton (10) each posted career highs in tackles at Colorado last week.

Pac-12 Leaders
Cal ranks first in the Pac-12 in first downs with an average of 24.8 per game and a total of 250 (81 rush, 171 pass, 21 penalty) and opponent penalties (65.2 ypg).

Cal-Stanford Connections
• Nine Cal players – Stephen Anderson (San Jose, CA/Piedmont Hills HS), Noah Beito (Scotts Valley, CA/Scotts Valley HS), Kyle Boehm (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS), Fabiano Hale (Santa Cruz, CA/Soquel HS), Jonah Hodges (Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz HS), Duke Moran (Menlo Park, CA/Sacred Heart Prep HS), Bradley Northnagel (San Carlos, CA/Junipero Serra HS), Ikem Okwudiafor (Hayward, CA/Mission San Jose HS/St. Mary’s College HS), and Kenny Portera (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) – played prep football and list hometowns in the South Bay or the Peninsula near Stanford.

• Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh spent three seasons at Stanford as linebackers coach in 2007 and co-defensive coordinator from 2008-09.

• Stanford special teams coordinator Pete Alamar served the same position and tight ends coach for Cal from 2003-09.

• Stanford Director of Player Development Ron Lynn spent three seasons at Cal as secondary coach in 1980 and defensive coordinator from 1981-82.

• Associate director of athletic communications Kyle McRae spent eight seasons on the Stanford media relations staff (1999-2007) and one campaign (2008) on the media relations staff of the San Francisco 49ers.

• Freshman long snapper Duke Moran has relatives that played for Stanford, with his grandfather playing college football for Pop Warner, and aunt, Noel, swimming for the Cardinal and setting an American record in the 200 breaststroke.

• Six sets of Cal and Stanford players were teammates in high school: Duke Moran, Chris Gaertner, Ryan Gaertner, and Brian Moran were teammates at Sacred Heart Prep HS; Alejandro Crosthwaite, Mustafa Jalil, and Tyler Gaffney were teammates at Cathedral Catholic HS; Michael Barton and Austin Hooper were teammates at De La Salle HS; Matt Cochran, Aaron Cochran, and Aziz Shittu were teammates at Buhach Colony; Chad Smith, Cameron Walker, Cary Kriegsman, Conrad Ukropina, and Kodi Whitfield were teammates at Loyola HS; Edward Tandy and Anthony Wilkerson were teammates at Tustin 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 PLAYER. 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’s will feature Dan Camporeale and Jackson Bouza.

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 recently selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 8 First-Team for NCAA Division I football.

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.

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.

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