July 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Cal will be represented Monday at the fifth annual Bay Area College Football Media Day by head coach Jeff Tedford, junior wide receiver Keenan Allen and senior defensive back Josh Hill. The event is presented by the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and will take place at Hotel Nikko beginning at 10:45 a.m. PT. Stay tuned to CalBears.com and the new @CalFootball Twitter account for coverage of the event.
Head coaches David Shaw of Stanford and Mike MacIntyre of San Jose, as well as two student-athletes from each of the two others Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs in the Bay Area will also be on hand for the event that will be followed immediately by the Bay Area College Football Kickoff Luncheon.
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.
Season tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at CalBears.com, or in person at the Sales and Service Center located in the Haas Pavilion Club Room Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. More season-ticket information is available at CalBears.com. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium, visit californiamemorialstadium.com.
In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.