July 30, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - Junior Deandre Coleman was named Monday to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end. Coleman added to his preseason honors which also include a first-team All-Pac-12 pick according to USA Today, a second-team selection of Lindy's and a third-team choice of Athlon. He is also a candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award given annually to the nation's top lineman on either side of the ball.
Coleman has moved into a starting spot in the lineup in 2012 after playing in all 13 games and starting twice in the team's final two regular-season games of 2011 when he contributed career highs of 19 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, including the biggest sack of his career with an 11-yard in the team's Holiday Bowl game vs. Texas. He has career numbers of 37 stops, 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in his first two seasons at Cal.
Now in its eleventh season, the Ted Hendricks Award is named in honor of college football's first three-time first-team All-American. As a defensive end at the University of Miami, Hendricks used his agility, height and reach to block passes and kicks, force interceptions and pressure quarterbacks and running backs. He roamed the front line, read plays and blitzed on impulse, completely transforming the way the defensive end position was played. His professional career spanned 15 season and 215 consecutive games. It included four Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and inductions into the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. It is in the spirit of Ted Hendricks' aggressive style of play, winning attitude and determination that the Defensive End of the Year Award for college football's premier defensive end is presented.
On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community, and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the award's winner. Members of the national media, head coaches, professional scouts and former winners are included in the award's voting committee. Candidates may represent any class as well as any four-year NCAA accredited school.
Coleman and the Bears officially begin the team's 2012 training camp this Sat., Aug. 4. The season opener is scheduled to take place against Nevada at a renovated Memorial Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 (Noon PT). The contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, and the radio broadcast will be available on the Cal IMG Sports Radio Network with KGO Newstalk 810 AM in San Francisco serving as the flagship station.
Tickets for Cal's return to 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. For more ticket information and 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 seven-game home schedule in 2012 includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.