April 28, 2012
NEW YORK CITY - Former Cal defensive lineman Trevor Guyton was selected Saturday by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 219th pick overall.
Guyton was the sixth Golden Bear taken in the draft. In addition to Guyton, offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall) were chosen in the second round of the 2012 draft on Friday. Punter Bryan Anger (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 70 overall) also went on Friday in the third round, while Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals - No. 166 overall) and D.J. Campbell (Carolina Panthers - No. 216 overall) were taken Saturday in the fifth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Guyton is the third Cal defensive lineman to be selected in the last three drafts following the first-round picks in 2010 and `11 of Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville Jaguars - No. 10 overall) and Cameron Jordan ( New Orleans Saints - No. 24 overall).
"Trevor Guyton is a player that has a great deal of energy and passion for the game and is really excited for his opportunity at the next level," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "He plays with a motor and is also a very good technician. He uses his hands well and plays with good pad level."
Guyton played in 42 games and made 17 starts at Cal from 2008-11, starting all 13 games as a senior after finishing his junior campaign with four consecutive starts. He recorded career totals of 92 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss (-104 yards), 11.0 sacks (-75 yards), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one he returned 19 yards for a touchdown in the 2011 season opener vs. Fresno State. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection and the only Cal player to garner three team awards as a senior, earning the Joe Roth Award given to the player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship, in addition to the Brick Muller Award as the top lineman on defense, and a Cort Majors Captains Award on the defensive side of the ball. He led the team with 5.5 sacks (-32 yards) and ranked second with 12.0 tackles for loss (-49 yards), while also among the Pac-12's per-game leaders in tackles for loss (0.96, 6th) and sacks (0.42, 10th). He was also tied for 94th nationally in tackles for loss. In addition, Guyton co-led the team with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, while adding 46 tackles that were the most among Cal's defensive linemen and sixth on the team overall. He recorded a career-high eight tackles and added a fumble recovery against USC.
Guyton played in 11 games and made the first four starts of his career in each of his last four contests as a junior, making his collegiate starting debut at nose guard in a game at Washington State, and then starting at defensive end in three consecutive home games vs. Oregon, Stanford and Washington that concluded the season. He was the recipient of the team's Bob Tessier Award as the Most Improved Defensive Lineman, finishing with 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 4.5 sacks (-35 yards) and a team co-leading two quarterback hurries. Guyton ranked third on the club in both tackles for loss and sacks behind Mychal Kendricks and Jordan, as well as second behind Jordan for tackles by a defensive lineman. His 0.41 sacks per game ranked 14th in the Pac-10, while his 0.77 tackles for loss were tied for 19th. He had his biggest statistical game of the season in his first collegiate start to lead Cal to a 20-13 win at Washington State, recording seven tackles, as well as career bests of 3.0 tackles for loss (-20 yards) and 2.0 sacks (-19 yards) to earn honorable mention recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for its Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors.
Guyton played in 11 games all off the bench as a sophomore primarily as a backup defensive lineman, delivering 13 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), 1.0 sack (-8 yards) and one fumble recovery.
As a true freshman, he played in the final seven games and contributed three tackles. Following his collegiate career, Guyton participated at the 2012 NFL Combine and recorded a 5.07 40-yard dash, a 31.0" vertical jump, an 8' 9" broad jump, a time of 7.45 in the 3 cone drill and a mark of 4.53 in the 20-yard shuttle.
Visit the 2012 Cal NFL Draft Central page for extensive coverage of the selection of former Bears selected in the three-day 2012 NFL Draft that continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN and NFL Network are televising the event live.
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