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Bears Set To Make Third Holiday Bowl Appearance
Giorgio Tavecchio Has Loved Every Minute Of His Roller Coaster Ride at Cal
Tavecchio Cal Bears Blog Feature
AFTER CAL: Agreed to terms on an undrafted free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers on May 4, 2012 ... participated at Cal's 2012 Pro Day.
CAL CAREER (Career Stats): Played in 46 games and finished his career with 256 points to rank fifth on the school's all-time scoring list and fourth among kickers ... made 48-of-64 (75.0%) field goal attempts and 112-120 (93.3%) extra-point tries, ranking third in both all-time made field goals and extra points made ... scored at least one point in each of his final 25 consecutive games, all of Cal's contests in 2010 and '11 ... kicked off 245 times for 14,790 yards and an average of 60.4 yards per kickoff with 14 touchbacks ... made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was finally snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State when his try was blocked ... had eight tackles ... became Cal's starting kicker for field goals, PAT's and kickoffs in 2010 for the first time and continued that role through the 2011 season after sharing kickoff and placekicking duties during each of his first two seasons in 2008 and 2009 ... earned second-team Pac-10/12 All-Academic honors each of his final three seasons (2009-11) ... twice named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, once in both 2009 and 2011 ... added honorable mention College Football Performance Awards Placekicker Performer of the Week honors five times, twice in 2010 and three times in 2011.
2011 (Game-By-Game Stats): A semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman," and a candidate for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards but did not become a finalist or pick up the NFF's Scholar-Athlete Award when both were named on Oct. 26 ... also a candidate the Wuerffel Trophy as well as the Burlsworth Trophy given annually to the nation's most outstanding player who began his collegiate career as a walk-on ... picked up second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors for the third time and Capital One All-Academic All-District® 8 honors for the first ... added the team's Schlessinger Coaches Award for outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from the coaches in addition to first and third-team All-Pac-12 selections according to Yahoo! Sports and College Sports Madness with a huge senior season, playing in all 13 games and becoming the first Cal player to pace the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (20-23, 87.0%) and the first since Doug Brien in 1991 to lead the conference in field goals made per game (1.54), with his field goals made per game also tied for 16th nationally ... his field goal percentage of 87.0% was a single-season school record, while his 20 total field goals ranked third on Cal's single-season list ... ranked among Pac-12 leaders in scoring among kickers (fifth) and overall scoring (10th), with his scoring average of 7.38 points per game also tied for 60th nationally ... made each of his last nine field goal attempts over his final five games, including a career-high-tying four in the first 4-for-4 performance of his career in the regular-season finale at Arizona State, with the four field goals made and 100.0% both tying Pac-12 season bests ... scored a career-high 17 points that also equaled the most by a Pac-12 player in 2011 against the Sun Devils with his four field goals from 48, 27, 19 and 30 yards, and by adding a 5-for-5 showing on extra points as well as a tackle to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors and honorable mention Placekicker Perfomer of the Week recognition from the CFPA for the third time of the season ... made at least one field goal in 11 of 13 games, including a 3-for-3 contest at Washington in which he was good from 29, 36 and 25 yards while adding a pair of extra points for 11 points and a career-high-tying two tackles to earn his first of three honorable mention Placekicker Performer of the Week honors from the CFPA ... scored 10 points vs. Utah, making two-of-three field goals, hitting from 35 and 27 yards before a 29-yarder was blocked, and all four of his extra points ... hit three of four field goals at Oregon (all in the first half) for nine points to earn honorable mention Placekicker Performer of the Week honors from the CFPA, going through the uprights from 27, 38 and a career-long 54 yards that was one yard shy of the school record, before having a 40-yarder blocked on the final play of the first half ... made his lone field goal attempts in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas (47), vs. Washington State (43), vs. Fresno State (40), at Colorado (39), vs. Oregon State (32) and vs. USC (27) ... was 9-for-9 on extra points vs. Presbyterian, equaling the most extra points both made and attempted by a Pac-12 player in 2011 as well as the highest percentage for extra point attempts ... 36-of-42 (85.7%) on extra points ... posted a career-high four touchbacks and a career-high-tying 70.0 yards per kickoff average at Colorado with six kickoffs for 420 yards ... kicked off 76 times for 4,652 yards and an average of 61.2 yards per kickoff, with seven touchbacks ... twice kicked off a career-high-tying 10 times vs. Presbyterian (527 yards) and at Arizona State (career-high 609 yards) ... made four tackles, adding one vs. Presbyterian and at Arizona State to the two he recorded at Washington ... third-team midseason and fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele.
2010 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in all 12 games during his first season as Cal's full-time starting placekicker, making 11-of-16 field goal attempts (68.8%) and 37-of-39 extra-point tries (94.9%) to rank second on the team in scoring with 70 points ... among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in scoring among kickers (5.8 ppg, No. 5), PAT percentage (94.9%, No. 5), field goal percentage (68.8%, No. 6), field goals made (0.92 fgpg, No. 6, No. 74-T NCAA) and scoring (5.8 ppg, No. 9) ... both of his failed extra point attempts were blocked (not missed), with one each vs. Arizona State and at Washington State, while all five of his unsuccessful field goal attempts were missed (not blocked) ... scored in each of the team's 12 games, including a season-high 14 points when he made all three of his field goal attempts and five-of-six extra-point tries against Arizona State to earn honorable mention CFPA Placekicker Performer of the Week honors ... also had double-digit scoring outputs with 10 points in each of the season's first two games against UC Davis and Colorado, converting all seven of his extra-point attempts and his lone field goal try in each contest ... made his first 23 kicks of the season (18-18 extra points, 5-5 FG) before missing a 33-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter at Arizona and then a critical 40-yarder with 2:37 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Bears clinging to a 9-3 lead on his three earlier field goals before Cal eventually lost, 10-9 ... knocked all four of his kickoffs at Arizona a career-high-tying 70 yards for a career-high average of 70.0 yards per kickoff ... totaled a season-high 587 kickoff yards on a career-high-tying nine kickoffs in the season opener vs. UC Davis ... missed the only two field goal attempts he had during a four-game stretch that included contests at Oregon State, at Washington State, vs. Oregon and vs. Stanford ... made a season-long 53-yard field goal that was Cal's longest since Tom Schneider's 55-yarder at the 2006 Big Game and added another from 47 yards in the season finale against Washington to be named an honorable mention CFPA Placekicker Performer of the Week ... averaged 64.8 yards on kickoffs to improve his average dramatically by 6.7 yards over his 2009 mark, with his 2010 average better than his top game in 2009 ... totaled 3,822 yards on 59 kickoffs as he handled all but one of the team's kickoffs ... had four touchbacks ... also made two tackles, picking up one each vs. Colorado and Oregon ... earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
2009 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in 11 games and scored 38 points, hitting 8-of-12 field goals (67.0%) and all 14 of his extra-point attempts (100.0%) but did have one blocked that was credited to the team ... ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with his 0.73 field goals made per game average as well as ninth in scoring among conference kickers with an average of 3.5 points per contest ... led the squad with 58 kickoffs for 3,372 yards (58.1 avg) ... did not play in back-to-back losses at Oregon and vs. USC ... had a couple of huge games in wins over the Arizona schools, attempting a career-high-tying five field goals in each contest ... hit a game-winning 24-yarder for the deciding points with 0:21 seconds left in a 23-21 win at Arizona State, after booting a season-long 51-yarder in the third quarter ... made 4-of-5 field goals vs. Arizona, equaling a career high for field goals made and a season-high for points (12), with one of the makes covering 46 yards and another 22 to give Cal an 18-16 lead with 4:46 to go, while also recording a career-high-tying two tackles in the 24-16 victory ... named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career for becoming the first Cal player to make four field goals in game since Tom Schneider accomplished the feat in the 2006 Big Game against Stanford when he did it against Arizona ... made a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter at UCLA ...all 14 of his extra points came in four consecutive games at UCLA (3-3), vs. Washington State (7-7), at Arizona State (2-2) and vs. Oregon State (2-2), with Vincenzo D'Amato handling those duties for the team's other nine contests ... posted season highs of nine kickoffs and 552 kickoff yards vs. Eastern Washington, while his 64.6 yard per kickoff average at UCLA was a season-best that also included one of his two touchbacks, with the other coming at Arizona State ... his season bests of four field goals made, five field goals attempted, seven PAT's made, seven PAT's attempted and a 100.0 PAT percentage on 7-of-7 kicking were all one shy of season bests in the Pac-10 ... earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
2008 (Game-By-Game Stats): Joined the team three days before the Michigan State season opener and became an impact player for the Bears in his first collegiate game when he handled kickoff duties against the Spartans ... assumed full-time placekicker responsibilities for an injured David Seawright prior to the Arizona contest on October 18 and stayed in the role for the remainder of the season ... second on the team in scoring with 52 points, finishing the campaign 9-of-13 on field goal attempts (69.2%) and a perfect 25-of-25 on extra-point tries (100.0%) ... ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in field goals made per game (0.90 fgpg), as well as 15th in the conference in scoring per contest (5.2 ppg) ... made 2-of-3 field goal tries in his debut as the team's placekicker vs. Arizona, including a season-long-tying 42-yarder ... also made a 42-yard field goal the following game vs. UCLA and converted both of his PAT's ... made his only field goal attempts at USC (35 yards) and vs. Stanford (28 yards), as well as one-of-two tries vs. Oregon (33 yards), vs. Washington (23 yards) and in the Emerald Bowl vs. Miami, Fla. (23 yards) ... converted a season-high five PAT's vs. UCLA in addition to his season-high-tying two field goals for a season-high 11 points ... handled the majority of the squad's kickoffs with a team-high 52 tries for 2,944 yards (56.6 avg) and one touchback that came in the regular-season finale against Washington ... kicked off eight times for 504 yards and a 63.0 average vs. UCLA, all season highs.
HIGH SCHOOL: A dual-sport athlete who spent three years playing both football and soccer ... scored 50 points as a senior on the gridiron, connecting on six field goals and 32 extra points ... earned first-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors on the pitch as a midfielder his senior season and helped guide his squad to the NCA 2A soccer crown ... a two-time honor roll student ... also a member of Diablo Futbol Club ... led his squad to the State Cup semifinals for three years in a row as well as the California State Cup championship game in May of 2008 ... had originally planned to play Division I soccer at UC Davis.
PERSONAL: Full name is Giorgio Tavecchio ... born July 16, 1990 in Milan, Italy ... parents are Renato and Gabriella Tavecchio ... active in the community with a long list of community service to his credit ... lived in Milan, Rome; Shelton, Conn. and Falls Church, Va., prior to his arrival in the Bay Area ... major is political economy.
TAVECCHIO'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
LAST UPDATED: May 16, 2012