July 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal will be represented Tuesday at 2012 Pac-12 Football Media Day by head coach Jeff Tedford, junior wide receiver Keenan Allen and senior defensive back Josh Hill. The event will take place at the Gibson Ampitheatre and begins at 9 a.m. PT. A free video stream will be available on Pac-12 Football Media Day and the Pac-12's YouTube channel.
Video and transcripts of the press conferences featuring the head coach and two players from each of the 12 schools will be available on Pac-12.org.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Pac-12 Enterprises president Gary Stevenson kick off the day's festivities at 9:00 a.m. PT. The Cal trio is scheduled to be the ninth school on the main stage at 12:05 p.m. PT. They will also make the rounds with many other media outlets throughout the day.
The Cal contingent arrived in the Los Angeles area Monday evening, with Allen and Hill taking part in a student-athlete dinner and doing some bowling after the meal with players from most of the other 11 teams. The players from the North and South divisions of the conference had a friendly competition with the South victorious. Allen and Hill played in the same lane along with Washington's Keith Price and Desmond Trufant. Allen posted the best score of the four players with a 135, while Hill was second with a 130.
"It was a good competitive game, but as always I seem to come out with the victory," Allen said with a smile after the game. "We're having a great time with media day."
It will be back to business Tuesday for Allen and Hill when they will be joined by Tedford for the annual event that makes the league's head coaches and top players available to a large group of media that is expected to be in excess of 400 this year.
Allen has been Cal's most decorated player prior to the 2012 season, earning nearly unanimous preseason All-American accolades. He is also on several national watch lists including the Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year honor given annually to college football's top receiver and player.
Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2011, with the receptions and receiving yards both ranking second on Cal's all-time single season lists behind school record holders Dameane Douglas (100 receptions in 1998) and Geoff McArthur (1,504 receiving yards in 2003). He returns the fourth-highest per-game averages from 2011 of all active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players for both receptions (7.54) and receiving yards (103.31).
Allen has career totals of 144 receptions, 1,833 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches in two seasons at Cal. His 144 career receptions are only 58 shy of all-time school leader Geoff McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04, while he will start the 2012 season 1,355 receiving yards short of McArthur's career total of 3,188.
Hill has played in 36 games with 20 starts during the last three seasons and is Cal's active career leader in tackles (127), interceptions (4), interception return touchdowns (1), interception return yards (46), forced fumbles (2, tied with Steve Williams and Aaron Tipoti) and fumble recoveries (2). He also ranks second among all active players in pass breakups (15) and passes defended (19), while adding 5.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and 1.0 sack (-4 yards).
Last season, Hill played in all 13 games with six starts at nickel back and either set or tied career highs in every defensive category other than fumble recoveries. Hill ranked fifth on the team with 49 tackles and was one of five players to share the team lead with two interceptions that he combined to return for 32 yards and a touchdown that was the only interception return for a score by a Cal player in 2011.
Tedford is the winningest coach in Cal football history with a career record of 79-48 (.622) in a school-record 127 games. He is also the school's all-time leader for victories in conference games (48), road contests (26) and bowl games (5). To top it off, he is 7-3 in the Big Game, equaling Pappy Waldorf's school record of seven wins against Stanford.