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Matt Summers-Gavin and Brian Schwenke Have Been Mainstays on Cal's Offensive Line
Jim Michalczik spent nine seasons over two stints on the Cal coaching staff from 2002-08 and 2011-12, spending his first seven campaigns with the Golden Bears as the offensive line coach and his final two as the team's offensive coordinator in addition to his offensive line duties. Michalczik has a combined 23 campaigns of experience in the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, including a total of eight winning seasons and seven bowls with the Bears.
The play of Cal's offensive line under Michalczik's direction from 2002-08 and again in 2011 and 2012 was a key factor to the Bears posting a 69-45 (.605) record during the nine-year period. Cal produced bowl teams in each of seven of those nine season (2003-08, '11) and bowl victories five times (2003, `05-08). The 2004 and 2006 squads both tied the single-season school record with 10 victories, with the latter sharing the regular-season Pac-10 title.
The Bears put a lot of points on the scoreboard with Michalczik as their offensive line coach, ranking among the nation's top 30 in scoring offense in six of his nine seasons in Berkeley. Cal also averaged at least 30.0 points per game six times during the period, including a 36.8 scoring mark in 2004 that ranked second in the Pac-10 and seventh nationally as well as a single-season school-record 457 total points over a 14-game schedule in 2003.
Cal also had a balanced attack that has chewed up yardage both in the air and on the ground during Michalczik's time at Cal, averaging at least 350.0 yards per game of total offense in all nine of Michalczik's seasons, including a school-record 492.4 yards per contest in 2004 as part of a five-year run from 2003-07 when the Bears averaged at least 400.0 yards per game every season.
His 2012 squad that averaged 391.25 yards of total offense per game featured a trio of rushers in C.J. Anderson (790), Isi Sofele (757) and Brendan Bigelow (431) that combined for 1,978 rushing yards. Throw in Daniel Lasco's 109 yards and the team's top four rushers broke the 2,000-yard mark as the Bears averaged 183.0 yards rushing per game to rank fifth in the Pac-12 and 43rd nationally. Two of Cal's top three receivers in 2012 were true freshman in Chris Harper (41 receptions, 544 yards, 2 TD) and Bryce Treggs (21 receptions, 216 yards, 1 TD), while fellow true freshman Darius Powe (12 receptions, 134 yards) also saw significant action. The trio learned from the school's all-time receptions leader Keenan Allen, who reached career totals of 205 receptions, 2,570 receiving yards (No. 3 all-time at Cal) and 17 touchdown receptions (No. 7 all-time at Cal) before an injury late in the game at Utah caused him to miss the final three contests of his career before announcing his intention on December 5 to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen finished the 2012 campaign with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. Brian Schwenke anchored the team's offensive line, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors in his first season as the team's center.
The Bears showed tremendous improvement during the first season of Michalczik's first stint at Cal, improving in nearly every facet offensively. Cal went from 334.00 yards per game and a No. 90 national ranking in 2010 the season before Michalczik came back to 401.46 yards per game and a No. 44 national showing in 2011, sparked by a passing game that moved up 48 spots nationally from No. 94 (175.08 ypg) to No. 46 (246.62 ypg). Cal moved also moved up 20 positions nationally to No. 53 in scoring, improving from 25.8 points per game the previous season to 28.3. Allen (98 receptions, 1,343 receiving yards) put up a pair of numbers that were the second-highest single-season totals in school history and earned him first-team All-Pac-12 recognition, while Zach Maynard (2,990 yards passing) posted the third-highest passing yardage total in school history and Isi Sofele (1,322 yards rushing) had the sixth-highest single-season rushing total ever at Cal. Much of the offensive production was fueled by the play of second-round NFL Draft pick and first-team All-Pac-12 offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, who had come to Cal in 2007 and first played for Michalczik as a redshirt freshman the following year.
Cal's rushing attack that produced 1,000-yard rushers in eight of Michalczik's nine seasons and each of the first eight was a key factor in the success of the offense during his tenure. In 2004, J.J. Arrington set a single-season school record with 2,018 rushing yards and ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game (168.17 ypg), with Michalczik's offensive line clearing the way. Arrington was also the eighth-leading vote-getter in the Heisman Trophy race that year. The Bears were ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing offense in both 2004 (256.75 ypg, 6th) and 2005 (235.25 ypg, 9th), while leading the Pac-10 in both 2003 (168.29 ypg) and 2004.
Cal's offensive line also had a great deal of success protecting the quarterback under Michalczik, including a pair of back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007 when the Bears allowed only a combined 24 sacks in 26 games - fewest in the Pac-10 and third-best in the nation during that period. The protection helped Cal quarterbacks produce five of the six highest single-season TD passing totals in school history over his nine campaigns. The Bears averaged at least 240.00 yards per game in passing five times during those nine seasons, including an average of 264.64 yards per game in 2003 that is the fourth-best in school history and a 246.62 average in 2011 that was their best in five years.
Michalczik was instrumental in the development of two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Pac-10 center Alex Mack, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (21st pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has started all 61 games possible in his first four NFL seasons (2009-12) heading into his final three regular-season games of 2012. Mack, who was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time following his 2010 NFL campaign, was a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 choice, two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy awarded to the nation's top center, and two-time Morris Trophy winner on the offensive side of the ball. The latter honor is annually awarded to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-10/12. In 2008, Mack also won the Draddy Trophy (often referred to as the Academic Heisman). The award has since been renamed the William V. Campbell Trophy.
There have been other significant success stories on the offensive line under Michalczik, with a total of 10 first-team All-Pac-10/12 selections during his nine seasons at Cal. Brian Schwenke's selection in 2012 is the most recent addition to this list. Schwartz, who was selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by Cleveland, was selected in 2011. In addition to Mack's three consecutive selections (2006, 2007, 2008), Mark Wilson (2003), Ryan O'Callaghan (2004, 2005) and Marvin Philip (2004, 2005) were also first-team choices. In addition, O'Callaghan was a Morris Trophy winner as a senior in 2005 while Philip was a two-time finalist for the Rimington Trophy in 2004 and 2005. All told, Cal offensive linemen earned 25 a combined first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-Pac-10/12 selections under Michalczik, including all five starters in 2004.
Current NFL players Mack and Schwartz of the Browns, along with current NFL player Brian De La Puente (New Orleans Saints), are among the 12 former Cal offensive linemen that played for Michalczik to be signed by NFL teams. Others that have spent time on NFL rosters include Justin Cheadle, Mike Gibson, O'Callaghan, Aaron Merz, Philip, Erik Robertson, Mike Tepper, Scott Tercero and Wilson.
During his most recent position not at Cal, Michalczik played a key role in the Oakland turnaround in 2010, as the Raiders went undefeated in the AFC West. The Oakland offense ranked second in the NFL in rushing (155.9 ypg), sixth in scoring (25.6 ppg) and 10th in total offense (354.6 ypg). Tackle Jared Veldheer was chosen to several All-Rookie teams. Michalczik also coached at Oakland during the 2009 campaign.
Prior to joining Cal in 2002, Michalczik spent three seasons at Oregon State coaching the tight ends, while also serving as special teams coordinator and an assistant coach on the offensive line. The Beavers posted their first winning season in 29 years in his first campaign in Corvallis in 1999. The following season Oregon State earned a final No. 4 national ranking after going 11-1 and tying for the Pac-10 title.
Michalczik was also the offensive line coach for seven seasons at Montana State from 1992-98 after beginning his coaching career with two campaigns (1990-91) as a defensive line coach at Miami, Fla. The Hurricanes won the 1991 national title after posting an unbeaten 12-0 season. In 1990, Miami was ranked fourth nationally and finished with a 9-2 mark.
After a standout prep career at Port Angeles High School, Michalczik earned three letters as an offensive guard at Washington State. He was an honorable mention All-American selection by Sporting News as a senior in 1988. Michalczik earned a bachelor's degree in education from Washington State in 1988 and signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals the following year.
The native of Port Angeles, Wash. and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Max and Chase.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
9th Season at Cal
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