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Bryce McGovern
Player Profile:
Bryce McGovern 1250461
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Danville, CA
High School: Monte Vista HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Twitter: @calfootball
Instagram: b_mcgov | cal_football

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

McGovern played in more games than any Cal player from 2011-14 participating in a career total of 47 out of 49 possible games during the period all off the bench. He emerged as arguably Cal’s top special teams player during the second half of his career and was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a 2014 senior when he also moved from wide receiver to safety. McGovern finished his career with 35 tackles, one pass breakup and one blocked kick, as well as two receptions for 43 yards. McGovern graduated from Cal in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

Cal Career (2011-14)
► Played in more games than any Cal player from 2011-14 participating in a career total of 47 of 49 possible games during the period all off the bench
► Emerged as arguably Cal’s top special teams players during the second half of his career and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as an all-purpose/special teams player (non kick or punt returner) and Cal’s Scott Duncan Award as its Most Valuable Special Teams Player during his final campaign
► Spent his first three-plus seasons as a wide receiver before moving to safety during his 2014 senior campaign
► Finished his career with 35 tackles, one pass breakup and one blocked kick
► Registered a career-high nine tackles as a 2014 senior vs. Stanford in a contest in which he also had his lone career pass breakup and blocked kick
► Also had two receptions for 43 yards receiving for an average of 21.5 yards per catch with his longest career reception a 34-yarder vs. USC as a 2013 junior
► Changed his uniform to No. 27 during the 2014 season after wearing No. 86 in each his first three campaigns with the Cal program from 2011-13 and also was suited in No. 26 at times during his 2014 senior campaign
► Graduated from Cal in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies
 
Senior (2014)
► Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as an all-purpose/special teams player (non kick or punt returner) and Cal’s Scott Duncan Award as its Most Valuable Special Teams Player, garnering both the most special teams snaps (347) and points (336) as a starter on five of six units
► Recorded a career-high 27 tackles as well as one pass breakup and one blocked kick, both the first of his career
► Pressed into action at safety for nearly the entire contest vs. Stanford after starter Michael Lowe was ejected for targeting on the game’s first play from scrimmage and responded by co-leading the team with a career-high nine tackles as well as his lone career pass breakup and blocked kick
► Blocked punt vs. Stanford was Cal’s first since Richard Rodgers blocked a punt vs. Presbyterian in 2011
► Had four tackles vs. Sacramento State and at USC, three vs. Oregon, two vs. Washington and one each vs. Colorado, at Washington State, vs. UCLA, at Oregon State and vs. BYU
► Saw action on offense, defense and special teams vs. UCLA
► Had at least one tackle in each of the team’s last nine games
► Named one of Cal’s Special Teams Players of the Week after a win at Northwestern
► First season as the team’s holder
► Wore three different numbers (26, 27, 86) at one point during the season
► Became a scholarship player during training camp after having previously been a walk-on prompting head coach Sonny Dykes to say “It’s really rewarding for a coach to get to put deserving student-athletes on scholarship. One of the best things that we get to do is reward people for their hard work.”
► Had one reception for 15 yards in the spring game
 
Junior (2013)
► Played in all 12 games off the bench and was one of the team’s primary special teams players while contributing one catch for 34 yards receiving (team-high 34.0 ypc) and eight tackles
► Registered his lone catch of the season on a career-long 34-yard reception vs. USC
► Had eight tackles including a season-high three against Arizona, as well as two each at Oregon and Washington, and one vs. Washington State
 
Sophomore (2012)
► Played in 10 games off the bench primarily on special teams and also as a reserve wide receiver without recording any statistics other than participation
► Had three catches for 51 yards receiving in the spring game
 
Freshman (2011)
► Played in all 13 games off the bench as a true freshman walk-on, primarily on special teams but also as a backup wide receiver with one reception for nine yards against Presbyterian
 
Monte Vista HS (Class of 2011)
► Finished his career with 177 catches for 3,263 yards receiving and 28 touchdowns
► Caught 71 passes for 1,200 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns as a 2010 senior, while adding 172 yards and one TD on the ground on 29 carries, and even completing both of his pass attempts for 51 yards and one score
► Added 2.5 sacks, four interceptions that he returned 30 yards, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble on defense during his senior campaign
► Also was part of the kicking game and special teams as a senior with two kick returns for 58 yards, four punt returns for 13 yards and two touchbacks on his seven kickoffs
► Named a U.S. Air Force Player of the Week during his senior season when he caught a career-high-tying 13 passes for a season-high 241 yards and scored four touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing), while also adding 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for a loss in a win over San Ramon Valley
► Put up huge numbers during a first-team All-East Bay Athletic League junior campaign in 2009 with 106 catches for a Northern California single-season record 2,083 yards receiving and 17 TDs, including career highs of 300 yards receiving and five touchdown catches on 10 receptions in a victory over Heritage, and another 272 yards receiving on a career-high-tying 13 catches in a loss to Foothill while adding four carries for 21 yards on the ground
► Posted at least 100 yards receiving and had at least one touchdown catch in 11 of 13 games as a junior
► Finished with defensive numbers during his junior season of four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery
► Also returned 10 punts for 81 yards and one kickoff for 15 yards as a junior

Other
► Full name is Bryce Mathew McGovern
► Born May 13, 1993
► Parents are Joe and Debbie McGovern

McGovern's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 9 (vs. Stanford, 2014)
Pass Breakups: 1 (vs. Stanford, 2014)
Blocked Kicks: 1 (vs. Stanford, 2014)
Receptions: 1 (twice, last vs. USC, 2013)
Receiving Yards: 34 (vs. USC, 2013)
Long Reception: 34 (vs. USC, 2013)

Last Updated
June 7, 2015

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