Today's Cal Kickoff game program features tailback Shane Vereen on the cover. The corresponding profile on the Golden Bear tailback was written by back-up kicker David Seawright, an aspiring journalist who covered Cal's track & field team for the Daily Californian last spring.
Other stories to check out include a feature on defensive lineman Derrick Hill and his community service activities; water polo legacy Charlie Steffens; freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen; and a quick look at the eight new members of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame who were enshrined in ceremonies last night. The group, which represents the 25th class of inductees, will be introduced at halftime today.
Shane Vereen's 31-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Riley marked the 30th time in his career he has reached the end zone. Vereen now has 11 TDs this season, eight on the ground and three through the air.
Earlier in the game, Vereen added to his consecutive games streak with at least once catch . He has caught a pass in all 32 of his Cal games and his string is the longest for a running back in the country.
Mychal Kendricks recovered a USC fumble at the Cal 26-yard line, his third fumble recovery of the season. It marks the fifth fumble recovery of his career.
D.J. Campbell's sack of USC QB Matt Barkley was the first of his career. The third-down tackle set the Trojans back nine yards and forced them out of field goal range.
USC won the toss, but deferred until the second half. Cal will receive the ball to start the game.
The CalBears.com blog is set up and ready to go from the LA Coliseum for this afternoon's tilt between Cal and USC. Skies are currently overcast and are expected to become partly cloudy by this afternoon with a high 72 degrees forecast.
Several Bears have made their way out to the field and are casually beginning to warm up, stretching and tossing the ball around.
Check back throughout the day for more updates and notes on Cal and USC.