BERKELEY – Running back/kick returner Khalfani Muhammad has been named a third-team Freshman All-American as an all-purpose player by Athlon Sports, who earlier had named him third-team All-Pac-12 as a kick returner. Muhammad is the first Cal player to earn Freshman All-American honors since wide receiver/returner Keenan Allen in 2010.
29 – Khalfani Muhammad, RB/RET, 5-8, 175, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame HS)
Muhammad led Cal in all-purpose yardage (1,638) while ranking sixth in the conference with an average of 148.9 all-purpose yards per game at the end of the regular season. He also ranked second in the Pac-12 in kick return yardage (1,006) as well as fifth in the conference in yards per kick return (21.9 ypr) on 46 returns, with both his yardage and number of returns the most in school history. Muhammad also paced the Bears with 445 yards rushing, four touchdowns on the ground and an average of 6.0 yards per carry that was the highest among the team’s regulars. In addition, he added 14 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. His five total touchdowns tied for the most on the team and gave him 30 points to rank tied for second on the squad in scoring. He also had the team’s longest rush of the season with a 73-yard touchdown run at Washington and longest kickoff return with a 52-yarder against Oregon State over 11 games played and two starts.