CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sophomore running back/kick returner Khalfani Muhammad was named Thursday to the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Trophy. Muhammad is one of 42 FBS kick returners on the list nationally with the winner of the award to be announced January 14, 2015.
The goal of the CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
Muhammad is a national honors candidate who was earlier named to the watch list for the 2014 Paul Hornung Award. He had a strong true freshman season in 2013 when he led Cal with 445 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 6.0 yards per rush (best among regulars) and 1,638 all-purpose yards, as well as school records of 46 kick returns and 1,006 kick return yards. Muhammad earned 2013 third-team Freshman All-American honors by Athlon and was a third-team All-Pac-12 pick of College Sports Madness as a kick returner. He proved he is a home run threat with both Cal’s longest run (73 yards for a touchdown at Washington) and kick return (52 yards vs. Oregon State) of the season, as well as a 62-yard reception against Portland State and a 55-yard TD run at Colorado.
Muhammad and the Golden Bears open the 2014 season at Northwestern on Aug. 30 (2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT, ABC/ESPN2) before hosting the first of six home games at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium against Sacramento State on Sept. 6 (Noon PT, Pac-12 Networks).
The Bears will also play Pac-12 opponents Colorado (Sept. 27), Washington (Oct. 11), UCLA (Oct. 18) and Stanford (Nov. 22) in Berkeley before concluding the 2014 regular season by hosting a non-conference game against BYU on Nov. 29.
In addition, Cal will play a home contest against Oregon in the first-ever collegiate football game at Levi’s® Stadium on Friday, Oct. 24. The game will be televised by FOX Sports 1 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. PT.
Cal has Pac-12 road games at Arizona (Sept. 20), Washington State (Oct. 4), Oregon State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 13), with the final road game of the regular season against the Trojans an ESPN Thursday night contest (6 p.m. PT).Cal football tickets are available at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).