May 26, 2011
(CLEVELAND) - Nine Cal players selected for 2011 preseason awards by Phil Steele were announced Thursday. The preseason All-American and All-Pac-12 teams announced will appear in Phil Steele's 2011 College Football Preview hitting newsstands June 7. Bryan Anger (Sr., P) earned a third-team All-American selection and was joined on the first-team All-Pac-12 squad by Mychal Kendricks (Sr., LB) and Mitchell Schwartz (Sr., OT).
Keenan Allen (So., WR) was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, while D.J. Holt (Sr., LB), Marvin Jones (Sr., WR) picked up third-team honors. Sean Cattouse (Sr., S), Trevor Guyton (Sr., DT) and Giorgio Tavecchio (Sr., K) were fourth-team choices.
Anger's preseason All-American selection was his second of 2011 as he was previously named a preseason All-American by GoDaddy.com. Anger is coming off two consecutive first-team All-Pac-10 selections, only the second Cal punter to earn all-conference honors in two consecutive seasons. He broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal school record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010 to rank second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally . He was also a second-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2010. In his first three seasons at Cal from 2008-10, Anger has posted a 43.3 average that is second all-time at Cal behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87) while playing in all 38 contests.
Kendricks was previously named an honorable mention All-American by GoDaddy.com and is on the watch list for the prestigious Lott IMPACT Award. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as one of the top big-play players in the league in 2010, leading Cal and ranking among the conference and national leaders with 8.5 sacks (0.71 per game, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 26-T NCAA) and 15.0 tackles for loss (1.25 per game, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 28-T NCAA). He was also tied for first in the Pac-10 with three fumble recoveries (0.25 per game), while his 66 tackles was fourth on the team and his average of 5.5 stops per game ranked No. 31 in the Pac-10. He added an interception. Kendricks heads into his senior season at Cal in 2011 as the team's active career leader in tackles (152), tackles for loss (22.0, -85 yards), sacks (10.5, -69 yards), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1), while tying for the team's active lead by having played in all 38 games possible over his first three seasons. His other career numbers include 18 starts, two interceptions that he has returned for 68 yards and a touchdown, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Schwartz, a third-team preseason All-American choice of GoDaddy.com, has started all 38 games on the Golden Bears' offensive line over the past three seasons, including 12 during a 2010 campaign in which he was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice and anchored an offensive line that blocked for 1,167-yard rusher Shane Vereen. He was also a member of the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 College Football All-American team and has been an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection each of the past three seasons.
Allen racked up the honors in a record-setting rookie season in 2010, highlighted by a fourth-team Freshman All-American selection from Phil Steele and an honorable mention nod from College Football News. He was also a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as an all-purpose player according to Scout and a fourth-team All-Pac-10 choice by Steele at wide receiver. Allen posted one of the top seasons by a true freshman wide receiver in school history, setting a Cal single-season record for receptions by a freshman with 46 catches for 490 yards, surpassing current Philadelphia Eagles player DeSean Jackson's previous record of 38. Both his receptions and receiving yards were second on the team behind Marvin Jones, while he added a team-high five-touchdown grabs. He also led the team with a kick return average of 22.6 yards on a team-high 18 returns, while adding 18 rushes for 136 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and even a 17-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Jones on his only passing attempt. Allen ranked second on the club behind Shane Vereen with 1,040 all-purpose yards (136 rush, 490 receiving, 8 punt return, 406 kick return) and third on the squad in scoring with 36 points. He ranked among the Pac-10's top 15 in per-game averages for receptions (No. 13, 3.83), receiving yards (No. 15, 40.83) and all-purpose yards (No. 15, 86.87), playing in 11 games with nine starts.
Holt started all 12 games and ranked second on the club with 85 tackles in 2010 after leading the squad for much of the season before Mike Mohamed took over the team lead late in the campaign. Holt led the team with three forced fumbles and was tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.25 forced fumbles per contest. He tied for 13th in the Pac-10 with his 7.1 per-game tackle average, was fourth on the club with 5.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards) and tied for fourth with 2.0 sacks (-13 yards). He added three pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery. Holt has played in 37 of 38 possible games over the past three seasons and each of the last 37. He is Cal's active career leader with three forced fumbles, while ranking second among all active players behind Kendricks in both tackles (136) and tackles for loss (10.0, -26 yards), tied for second also behind only Kendricks in fumble recoveries (2) and third in pass breakups (6). He has added 2.0 sacks, dropping opponent quarterbacks for a combined total of 13 yards.
Jones was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2010 after leading Cal for the second consecutive season in both receptions (50) and receiving yards (765). He also paced the club with a 15.3 yards per catch average and ranked second to Allen with his four touchdown catches. Jones started all 13 games and led the team in receiving yards on six occasions and receptions five times, while making at least one catch in every contest for the second straight year to run his current string of consecutive games with a reception to 25. Jones ranked among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in per-game numbers for both receiving yards (63.75, No. 6 Pac-10, No. 67 NCAA) and receptions (4.17, No. 11 Pac-10, No. 92-T NCAA). Jones is Cal's active career leader with 94 receptions for 1,424 yards and 10 touchdown catches, with an excellent opportunity to finish his career in the top 10 of all three categories. He also leads all active Cal players with career averages of 15.1 yards per catch and 47.5 receiving yards per game. He has added six rushes for 94 yards and a touchdown to give him a total of 66 career points (also best among active Cal players).
Cattouse picked up honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season in 2010, playing in all 12 games with six starts and posting a career-high 59 tackles that was second among the team's defensive backs and sixth overall. He added 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard), 1.0 sack (-1 yard), one interception, one quarterback hurry and a team-high-tying seven pass breakups. Cattouse was among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in tackles (No. 43, 4.9). Cattouse has played in 36 games during his Cal career, including each of the team's last 29 heading into the 2011 campaign. He has recorded 109 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards), 1.0 sacks (-1 yard), five interceptions that he has returned for 24 yards and 15 pass breakups. He begins the 2011 season as Cal's active leader for interceptions and pass breakups, while ranking third among the team's active players in tackles.
Guyton played in 11 games and made the first four starts of his career in each of the last four contests in 2010. He finished with 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (-42 yards), 4.5 sacks (-35 yards) and a team co-leading two quarterback hurries. He picked up most of his stats in his four starts, recording 20 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss (-25 yards), 2.5 sacks (-19 yards) and two quarterback hurries in his four starts. Guyton ranked third on the club in both tackles for loss and sacks behind Kendricks and Cameron 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 has played in 29 career games over the past three seasons from 2008-10 and made four starts, with career totals of 45 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss (-55 yards), 5.5 sacks (-43 yards) and one forced fumble.
Tavecchio played in all 12 games in 2010 and made 11-of-16 field goal attempts and 37-of-39 extra-point tries to rank second on the team in scoring with a career-high 70 points. He had a career-long 53-yard field goal against Washington in the season finale and was 4-of-6 from 40 yards or longer. He also handled all but one of the team's kickoffs last season, averaging 64.8 yards per kick on 59 attempts. He was a second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the second straight year. For his career, he has made 28-of-41 field goals and 76-of-78 of his extra-point attempts for 160 points to lead all active Cal players.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.
Cal football season tickets for the team's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park and single-game tickets for the TicketCity Battle by the Bay game at Candlestick Park against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 3 are now on sale to the general public. The Cal-Fresno State neutral-site season-opener is not part of the Bears' season-ticket package.
Tickets can be purchased online at CalBears.com or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
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