Bears set to make third Holiday Bowl appearance
Senior OT Earns First-Team Pac-12 Honors for Football and Academics
Bears Set To Make Third Holiday Bowl Appearance
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Keenan Allen selected as team's offensive MVP; Mychal Kendricks and D.J. Holt share defensive MVP honors.
AFTER CAL: Agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings on May 1, 2012 ... posted a solid all-around performance at Cal's 2012 Pro Day with 39 bench press reps of 225 pounds that would have been third at the 2012 NFL Combine and a 4.70 40-yard dash that would have been fifth among defensive linemen in Indianapolis ... on 2012 Cal Pro Day bench press - "It's just like clockwork. All of us have been doing this for eight to nine weeks, almost every single day. It's easy by now. You get a little adrenaline because the scouts are watching you and everybody is cheering you on."
CAL CAREER (Career Stats): Played in 42 games with 18 starts from 2008-11 ... recorded 55 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss (-61 yards), 8.0 sacks (-49 yards), one forced fumble and five pass breakups ... earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors as a senior after being a second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection during both sophomore and junior campaigns ... two-time first-team ESPN All-District® 8 pick as a junior and senior.
2011 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 13 games with nine starts, contributing 30 tackles to rank second among the team's defensive linemen behind Trevor Guyton ... also second on the team with 4.5 sacks (-25 yards) and fourth with 7.5 tackles for loss (-30) ... added a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry ... had his biggest game of the season at Oregon with a career-high seven tackles, a season-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss for a season-high 12 yards, a sack for a season-high 10 yards, a forced fumble and a pass breakup ... had four tackles each at Colorado, vs. Utah and vs. Oregon State ... added a sack against both the Beavers (-9 yards) and Utes (-2 yards), as well as a total of 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards) against the Utes and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) against the Buffaloes ... had three tackles in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas ... had 1.5 sacks (-4 yards) against Presbyterian ... other pass breakup came in season-opener vs. Fresno State, while quarterback hurry came against USC ... posted two tackles at Stanford ... had single tackles vs. Fresno State, at UCLA, vs. Washington State and at Arizona State ... picked up first-team ESPN All-District® 8 for the second consecutive year and first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors for the first time ... earned the team's Dink Artal Award on the defensive side of the ball for the player best exemplifying Cal spirit ... earned a spot on Phil Steele's midseason third-team All-Pac-12 squad.
2010 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 12 games and moved into a primary starting role with starts in each of the season's first nine games before coming off the bench in the final three ... recorded a career-high 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-9 yards), as well as a career-high two pass breakups ... twice had a career-high-tying four tackles vs. Colorado and UCLA, adding 1.0 tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks for no gain vs. the Buffaloes, and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and a quarterback hurry against the Bruins ... had a pair of tackles in back-to-back contests at Oregon State and Washington State, also picking up a sack for nine yards against the Beavers ... had single tackles vs. Arizona State and Washington, as well as a pass breakups at Nevada and vs. Oregon ... had a huge year in the classroom, earning first-team ESPN All-District® 8 and second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections.
2009 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in 12 games off the bench and finished the season with seven tackles, a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards), a career-high 2.0 sacks (-15 yards) and one pass breakup ... recorded all of his sacks and tackles for loss in the season-opener vs. Maryland, with the 3.0 tackles for loss tying for the most by a Cal player in 2009 while both were career highs ... had three tackles and his first career pass breakup vs. the Terrapins ... added two tackles in the second game of the season vs. Eastern Washington and then one each at UCLA and at Washington in the regular-season finale ... second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
2008 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in five games off the bench, recording five tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards) ... had a season-high four stops in his collegiate debut against Colorado State ... his other stop was a tackle for loss (-3 yards) in the regular-season finale vs. Washington ... second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
2007: Redshirted ... did not play.
HIGH SCHOOL: Took a prep year in 2006 at The Hun School of Princeton after his 2005 senior season at Father Ryan High School ... listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals, which also ranked him the No. 24 prospect on its top-50 listing for prep schools ... had 60 tackles and 12.0 sacks in 2005 as a senior at Father Ryan and posted nearly identical numbers in 2006 at The Hun School of Princeton with 62 tackles, 13.0 sacks and an interception.
PERSONAL: Full name is Ernest John Yaw Owusu Jr. ... born May 26, 1988 ... parents are Ernest and Margaret Owusu ... graduated from Cal in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in political economy.
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