Oct. 31, 2011
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2011 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12)
AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
TV: CSN California/ROOT - Roxy Bernstein (Play-by-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Kate Longworth (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, *Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter, *Pregame Show), Lee Grosscup (^Postgame Show), Kate Scott (^Postgame Show)
*Pregame Show: 24 Willie Mays Blvd., Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA
^Postgame Show: The Decks at Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA
IMG College/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KFPT 790 AM (Fresno), KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KMZT 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento), KFIG 1430 AM (Fresno).
All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Washington State game can be heard on the Internet through the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KKALX 90.7 FM, kalx.com (Berkeley) - Elliott Schwimmer (Play-by-Play), Isaac Wolf (Analyst), Jeff Anguis (Analyst)
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The home team's commercial radio broadcast feed of the Cal-Washington State game can be heard on Sirius XM satellite radio. The Cal feed of the contest is available on Sirius channel 134 and XM channel 194.
CalBears.com: Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: The one-hour program airs from 6-7 p.m. each Monday on KNEW Radio (910) and is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 7 p.m. PT, and Friday at 2 and 10 p.m. PT. The show normally debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 76-46/10th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Tim Miguel
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Kickoff - Cal vs. Washington State Sat., Nov. 5 (3:36 p.m. PT)
Games Played: 72
Series Record: Cal leads series, 42-25-5
First Meeting: 10/25/1919, WSU 14, at Cal 0
Last Meeting: 11/6/10, Cal 20, at WSU 13
Current Streak: Cal win 6
Tedford vs. WSU: 6-1
Washington State at Cal - Sat., Nov. 5 (3:36 p.m. PT)
Cal returns to AT&T Park to host Washington State in the first of back-to-back home games that will conclude its 2011 home schedule and begin the final month of the regular season. The teams are currently tied for fifth place in the Pac-12's North Division. Cal is 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-12, while Washington State is 3-5 and 1-4. The Bears need two wins in their final four games to become bowl eligible, while the Cougars will need to take three of their last four contests.
The Bears have posted a 2-1 record in record over their first three games at AT&T Park in 2011, picking up victories over Presbyterian and Utah, while falling to USC. With wins over Washington State and Oregon State in its next two games at AT&T, the Bears would become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine campaigns. Cal is coming off a 31-14 loss at UCLA in its most recent contest at The Rose Bowl last Saturday that was the team's fourth defeat in its last five contests.
Washington State has lost four in a row overall after a 3-1 start to the season. The Cougars picked up wins over Idaho State, UNLV and Colorado, in addition to a loss at San Diego State to open the campaign, but have since lost UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Oregon.
Cal leads the all-time series between the schools, 42-25-5, including a current string of six consecutive wins in which the Bears have outscored the Cougars by a 218-91 count. Cal also has won three straight at home over Washington State, with the last Cougar win in the series a 48-38 victory in Berkeley the first time head coach Jeff Tedford
faced Washington State. He has won all six meetings since.
Detailed information on the Cal-Washington State series is located on page 35.
Keep An Eye on WSU's Passing Game vs. Cal's Pass Defense
A quick look at the team statistics shows the most interesting matchup could be Washington State's greatly improved passing game that ranks second in the Pac-12 and No. 10 nationally (316.1 ypg) against Cal's pass defense that leads the conference and is No. 32 nationally (199.2 ypg).
Cal averaged 8.0 wins per year in the first nine seasons (2002-10) under head coach Jeff Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. The Bears have won four of their first eight games in 2011 and are halfway to their average of the last nine seasons, with four regular-season contests and a possible bowl game remaining in 2011.
Final Home Stretch at AT&T Park
Cal will wrap up a stretch that has the Bears playing four of five games at AT&T Park with its back-to-back home contests against Washington State (Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Nov. 12). Cal is playing its 2011 home games at the San Francisco venue while Memorial Stadium in Berkeley is going through a renovation and retrofit.
All-American Candidate Allen Among Nation's Leaders
After leading the nation in receiving yards for two weeks, All-American candidate Keenan Allen is currently sixth nationally in receiving yards per game with an average of 123.62 per contest. His 8.38 receptions per game are seventh nationally. Both rank second in the Pac-12. Allen paces the Bears with season totals of 67 receptions, 989 receiving yards and five touchdown catches, while his average of 14.8 yards per reception is the team's second highest among regular receivers. Allen's five 100-yard receiving games are tied for the Pac-12 lead. Allen was also on the receiving end of a school record and the longest pass play of the season in the Pac-12 at Washington when he caught a ball from Zach Maynard for a 90-yard touchdown. Allen finished with career highs of 10 catches and 197 receiving yards (fifth all-time at Cal) in that contest against the Huskies, with the 197 receiving yards marking the fourth most by a Pac-12 player in 2011. He set a career-high with 13 grabs for 160 yards in his next game against USC, with the 13 receptions tying for third on school's all-time single-game list.
The versatile Allen also paces the club with 1,034 all-purpose yards and an average of 129.25 per game that ranks seventh in the Pac-12 and 49th nationally. In addition to his receiving totals, he has rushed four times for 33 yards, completed a 27-yard pass to Zach Maynard the only time he attempted to throw and returned two punts for 12 yards.
2011 Allen Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 8-112-0-31 ... 1 punt return, 7 yards
at Colorado 6-104-1-37 ... 1 rush, 1 yard; 1-1 passing, 27 yards
at Washington 10-197-1-90 ... 2 rushes, 20 yards
at Oregon 9-170-1-31
USC 13-160-0-27 ... 1 punt return, 5 yards
at UCLA 7-83-0-27 ... 1 rush, 12 yards
Allen Chasing School Records
Keenan Allen's per-game averages of 123.62 receiving yards and 8.38 receptions per contest have him on pace to finish the 12-game regular-season schedule with 101 receptions and 1,483 receiving yards. Cal's current records in those categories were set by Dameane Douglas in 1998 (100 receptions) and Geoff McArthur in 2003 (1,504 receiving yards). Allen's 67 receptions and 989 receiving yards already rank fifth and sixth on Cal's all-time lists, respectively. Allen is only 11 receiving yards from becoming the sixth player in Cal history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, with DeSean Jackson the most recent in 2006. Allen's five touchdown receptions leave him two scoring grabs from entering the single-season top 10. His career-high 13 catches against USC is tied for third all-time in a single game at Cal, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington are fifth.
Jones Having Another Big Season
Marvin Jones, who has led the team in both receptions and receiving yards each of the past two seasons, is having another big season with 41 receptions, 610 receiving yards, three touchdown catches that are all second on the team behind Keenan Allen, and a 14.9 yards per catch that leads the team's regular receivers. In addition, he paces the team and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 averaging 6.4 yards per punt return with 70 yards on 11 punt returns, including a career-long 37-yarder against USC.
Jones is tied for seventh in the Pac-12 and tied for 60th nationally with his 5.12 receptions per contest average, while his 76.25 receiving yards per game are eighth in the conference and 46th nationally. Jones' projected regular-season totals of 61 catches and 915 receiving yards would both be career highs.
2011 Jones Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Receiving (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 5-118-2-42 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards
at Colorado 5-55-0-21
Presbyterian 7-123-1-51 ... 3 punt returns, 24 yards
at Washington 6-79-0-16
at Oregon 6-66-0-18
USC 6-89-0-24 ... 1 punt return, 37 yards, 1 rush, -1 yards
Utah 5-69-0 ... 2 punt returns, 0 yards
at UCLA 1-11-0 ... 3 punt returns, 9 yards
Allen and Jones Vying to be Nation's Top Duo
Keenan Allen (67) and Marvin Jones (41) have combined to catch 108 passes that ranks sixth nationally as a duo. Western Michigan's Jordan White (83) and Robert Arnheim (42) are the nation's top duo with 125 receptions.
Allen and Jones Reach Career Milestones
Keenan Allen became the fastest player to reach 100 receptions in his career when he made it to mark in his 18th game at Cal vs. Utah on Oct. 22. Earlier this season, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Golden Bear to reach 1,000 career receiving yards when he accomplished the feat in his 16th career game at Cal, which Jackson also did in 2006. Through his first 19 games at Cal, Allen now has career totals of 113 receptions, 1,479 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.
Marvin Jones reached the 2,000-yard career receiving mark against Utah and. He is Cal's active career leader in receptions (135), receiving yards (2,034) and receiving touchdowns (13). The 13 touchdown catches are already tied for eighth on the school's all-time list, while the receptions are only one shy of the top 10 and the receiving yards 13 away from the record book.
Both have six career 100-yard receiving games to rank tied for sixth at Cal.
Jones and Allen Catch Streaks
Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen both have current streaks in which they have made at least one reception in a game. Jones has a string of 33 straight contests with a catch in every Cal game over the last three years. Allen's run covers each of the 19 games he has played at Cal since 2010.
Sofele Most Recent in Line of Successful Cal Tailbacks
Cal has had a 1,000-yard rusher in eight of the last nine campaigns and Isi Sofele is well on his way to making it nine of 10, having already rushed for a career high 701 yards in his first eight games of 2011, with his 87.62 yard per-game average ranking sixth in the Pac-12 and 48th nationally. He is currently on pace for 1,051 yards rushing in 12 regular-season games, which would leave him just outside the school's top 10 single-season rushing campaigns. Sofele has posted at least 74 yards rushing in seven of his eight games in 2011, reaching the mark in every contest other than USC.
2011 Sofele Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Rushing (No.-Yds.-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 24-88-2-39
at Colorado 20-84-0-29
at Washington 17-98-0-22 ... 2 receptions, 29 yards
at Oregon 12-119-0-34 ... 2 receptions, -2 yards
USC 12-44-0-17 ... 2 receptions, 6 yards
Utah 26-84-1-17 ... 1 kick return, 26 yards
at UCLA 15-74-1-15
Maynard's First Eight Games
Eight games into his career as Cal's starting quarterback, Zach Maynard has completed 150-of-281 passes for 2,039 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a 121.31 passer efficiency. Maynard had thrown for at least 200 yards in each of his seven starts, before falling just shy of the mark with 199 in his most recent contest at UCLA. He also had a couple of other streaks snapped against the Bruins in what was arguably his most difficult game to date as he was 14-of-30 with four intereceptions and no touchdowns, and was also sacked three times. The game also marked the first time he did either throw or run for a touchdown as well as the first occasion in which he did not complete at least 15 passes. He did rush nine times for 39 yards, his second highest total on the ground this season. Maynard has rushed for 75 yards in his last two contests.
2011 Maynard Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Passing (C-A-I-TD-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 16-35-1-266-2 ... 6 rushes, 52 yards
at Colorado 18-35-1-243-4 ... 1 reception, 27 yards
Presbyterian 15-25-1-215-3 ... 2 rushes, 14 yards
at Washington 23-43-0-349-1 ... 6 rushes, -5 yards
at Oregon 20-41-0-218-1 ... 5 rushes, -10 yards
USC 25-43-3-294-0 ... 9 rushes, -5 yards
Utah 19-29-255-1-44 ... 10 rushes, 36 yards
at UCLA 14-30-4-199-0 ... 9 rushes, 39 yards
Anger Officially Named Ray Guy Award Candidate
Bryan Anger was officially named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award on October 31. Anger, who broke a 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, has moved up 51 spots from where he was after the season opener into the No. 12 position nationally with a season-high 45.20 yard per punt average that is also third in the Pac-12 and tied for the third-best single-season average all-time at Cal. Should Anger finish above Scott Tabor's 45.3 average posted in 1987 he would end up with the top two seasons in Cal history in his final two campaigns.
Anger was named a National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards in his most recent contest at UCLA after averaging 49.6 yards overall and 49.0 yards net on five punts. He also had a season-long 64-yarder, pinned the Bruins inside their 20-yard line a career-high-tying three times, forced a season-high two fair catches and had a season-high-tying three punts of 50 or more yards. Anger had earlier been selected as an honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the CFPA three times after his performances against Colorado, Washington and Utah.
Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 237 times for 10,331 yards and an average of 43.6 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Scott Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87.
2011 Anger Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg-Lg.) ... Other
Fresno State 6-213-35.5-44 ... 2 I-20
at Colorado 4-204-51.0-59 ... 1 FC, 3 50+, 2 I-20
Presbyterian 2-98-49.0-50 ... 1 blkd, 1 50+, 2 I-20
at Washington 3-149-49.7-58 ... 2 50+
at Oregon 6-268-44.7-59 ... 1 50+
USC 4-171-42.8-61 ... 1 FC, 1 50+, 1 rush, 5 yards
Utah 5-231-46.2-62 ... 1 50+, 2 I-20
at UCLA 5-248-49.6-64 ... 2 FC, 3 50+, 3 I-20
Kendricks and Holt Continue Tight Race for Team Tackle Lead
Mychal Kendricks (59) and D.J. Holt (56) remain in a tight race for the team's tackle lead and among the Pac-12 leaders. Kendricks is fifth in the conference with an average of 7.38 stops per game, while Holt is seventh at 7.00.
In addition to pacing Cal in tackles, Kendricks has added a team-high-tying 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 1.0 sack (-5 yards), an interception that he returned 32 yards against Utah, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, which he picked up at Washington along with a career-high-tying 15 tackles.
Kendricks has played in all 46 games possible and made 24 starts during his career at Cal. He is the Bears' active career leader in tackles (211), tackles for loss (28.5), sacks (11.5) and fumble recoveries (6), while tying for team's active career lead in blocked kicks (1) and ranking tied for second with three interceptions.
Holt was second in tackles on the 2010 squad with 85 tackles to rank behind only leader Mike Mohamed. He is second behind Kendricks among active Cal players with 192 career tackles. He also has three career forced fumbles that are the most by any active Cal player, 16.5 tackles for loss that are third, two fumble recoveries that are tied for third and seven pass breakups that are fifth. Holt has played in 45 consecutive games after not participating in the first contest of his 2008 redshirt freshman season. He has started all 20 games possible over the last two campaigns and 28 overall.
2011 Kendricks Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays
Fresno State 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL (-10 yards), 0.5 SK (-1 yard), 1 PBU
at Colorado 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards)
Presbyterian 3 tackles
at Washington 15 tackles, 0.5 TFL (-4 yards), 0.5 SK (-4 yards), 1 FR
at Oregon 6 tackles, 1 PBU
USC 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-1 yard)
Utah 2 tackles, 1 INT (32 yard return)
at UCLA 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-3 yards)
2011 Holt Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles, Big Plays
Fresno State 8 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-5 yards)
at Colorado 9 tackles
Presbyterian 6 tackles, 1 QBH, 1 PBU
at Washington 6 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
at Oregon 11 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-8 yards)
USC 2 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
Utah 9 tackles, 1.0 TFL (-2 yards)
at UCLA 5 tackles, 1.5 TFL (-7 yards), 1.0 SK (-6 yards)
Tavecchio Having Memorable Senior Season
Giorgio Tavecchio leads Cal in scoring with 54 points through the team's first eight games of 2011 and has made 11-of-14 field goal attempts. Tavecchio's current per-game averages rank among the Pac-12's leaders in field goals (T4th, 1.38 fgpg), scoring among kickers (T7th, 7.0 ppg) and overall scoring (T83rd, 7.0 ppg). He also has a 54-yarder at Washington in 2011 that is the longest of his career and the longest by a Pac-12 player this season. His nine extra-point makes and attempts vs. Presbyteiran both equal the most by a conference player in 2011.
Tavecchio was also a national semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and a candidate for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Although Tavecchio was not named one of the 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy or a Scholar-Athlete Award winner when they were announced on Oct. 26, his semifinal status and candidacy continued Cal's strong tradition with the NFF honors in recent years. In 2008, Alex Mack won the Campbell Trophy (named the Draddy Trophy at the time). Mike Mohamed was one of 16 Campbell Trophy finalists in 2010. Both were recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tavecchio has an interesting Cal football story, having joined the Bears as a walk-on three days before the 2008 season-opener against Michigan State and then handling the team's kickoff duties against the Spartans in his first collegiate contest. He has played a primary role in the team's kicking game ever since and been a full-time starter each of the past two campaigns.
On the field, Tavecchio has played in 41 contests at Cal over the past three-plus seasons and is the Golden Bears' active career leader with 216 points. Tavecchio recently moved past three household Cal football names - Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch and Shane Vereen - into the school's all-time record book for scoring. He is now ninth with the next person to pass on the list also a famous Cal tailback in Chuck Muncie, who scored 224 points from 1973-75. Tavecchio has made 39-of-55 (70.9%) field goal attempts and 99-of-105 (94.3%) extra-point tries. He has also kicked off 216 times in his career for 13,001 kickoff yards for an average of 60.2 yards per kickoff with 13 touchbacks, leading all active Cal players in each category. Tavecchio made the first 65 extra-point tries of his career before the streak was snapped on his second PAT attempt in the seventh game of his junior year against Arizona State.
In the classroom, Tavecchio has a 3.711 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Political Economy in May of 2012. He has earned second-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors each of the last two seasons in 2009 and `10.
In terms of community service Tavecchio has been off the charts, with his activities including ...
Taking part in the SAGE mentorship program which provides Cal students as mentors for elementary school children in local public schools
Working with high school kickers in his hometown area
Volunteering at the St. Mary's Center working in the soup kitchen
Sponsoring a poor child in Honduras through Compassion International
Participation with Athletes in Action, including going on "PB&J giveaways" where the group makes PB&J sandwiches and gives them away to homeless in the Berkeley area
Taking part in a COPWATCH (community-based police accountability) decal class in which homeless individuals were educated about their rights and Berkeley civic law
Tutoring Italian student-athletes at Cal
Volunteering at a local Catholic church to help with confirmation
2011 Tavecchio Game-By-Game Statistics
Opponent FG (M-A-Lg.) PAT (M-A) KO Other
Fresno State 1-1-40 3-5 7-406-58.0
at Colorado 1-1-39 3-4 6-420-70.0-4TB
Presbyterian 0-0-NA 9-9 10-527-52.7-1TB 1 tackle
at Washington 3-3-36 2-2 6-378-63.0 2 tackles
at Oregon 3-4-54 0-0 5-303-60.6
USC 1-2-27 0-1 3-199-66.3
Utah 2-3-37 4-4 7-439-62.7-1TB
at UCLA 0-1-NA 2-2 3-191-63.7
Fans Can Vote Allen for Paul Hornung Award
As of October 31, Keenan Allen is in third place in fan voting for the Paul Hornung Award. Allen's 551 votes trail only Toledo's Eric Page (991) and Georgia's Brandon Boykin (936).
Fans can vote once every 24 hours through the end of the 2011 college football bowl season by visiting votepaulhornung.com. Fans' selections on this page will count as one vote and be added to the votes cast by the 16-member selection committee.
Bears as the Best, against the Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has played 31 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-18 record in those contests, with the Bears game at then No. 9 Oregon (AP and USA Today) on Oct. 6 their only contest against a ranked team to this point in 2011. However, two of Cal's remaining four opponents in the 2011 regular season - Stanford (No. 3 USA Today/No. 4 BCS/No. 4 AP) and Arizona State (No. 18 USA Today/No. 19 BCS/No. 20 AP) - are currently ranked. Cal is 0-3 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 15-13 to Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Cal also lost 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) before winning at No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21). Cal has dropped four consecutive games against ranked teams since, falling to No. 23 Utah in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl, last season to No. 6 Stanford and the top-ranked Ducks, and then to Oregon again in 2011.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Cal had been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10. The Bears have yet to be ranked in 2011 but were among teams receiving votes in the USA Today poll twice in weeks three and four, and the AP Top 25 in week four. Cal has opened a campaign ranked nationally five times during the first 10 seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford, with the highest preseason ranking coming in 2006 at No. 9 by AP (No. 12 USA Today). The Bears have also been ranked as high as No. 12 by both AP and USA Today to begin the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2004, AP started the Bears at No. 13 (No. 15 USA Today), and Cal opened 2005 ranked No. 19 by AP (No. 20 USA Today).
Big Plays Are Back
Big plays have returned to the Cal offense in 2011. The Bears have had 43 plays (33 passing, 10 rushing) from the line of scrimmage that have covered 20 or more yards in 2011, already surpassing the total of 39 the Bears posted in 12 regular season games all of last year. With an average of 5.4 plays per game covering 20 or more yards in its first eight contests of 2011, Cal is only slightly behind the pace of a stellar big-play season in 2009 when the Golden Bears had 72 plays that covered at least 20 yards for an average of 5.5 plays per game. Zach Maynard has been involved in a team-high 32 of the 40 plays this season, while other big-play playmakers on offense have included Keenan Allen (14), Marvin Jones (10), Isi Sofele (9), Anthony Miller (4), Allan Bridgford (3) and Michael Calvin (3).
Big Plays Are Back ... On Defense, Too
For the second consecutive season, Cal is among the conference and national leaders in sacks. Through the first eight games of 2011, the Bears are fourth in the Pac-12 and 18th nationally in sacks per game (2.75). A year ago, Cal led the Pac-10 in sacks per game, while ranking No. 13 nationally (2.86). Cal's tackles for loss numbers are way up in 2011 as the Bears lead the Pac-12 and rank 10th nationally (7.88). Last year, Cal was sixth in the Pac-10 and 42nd nationally (6.33).
Spreading Out The Sacks
A group of 14 players have contributed at least a half sack to combine for 20 total sacks in 2011, including tri-team leaders Trevor Guyton, Ernest Owusu and David Wilkerson that all have 3.5 and a per-game average of .44 that is tied for 10th in the Pac-12. Others with at least half a sack include Cecil Whiteside (2.0), Aaron Tipoti (1.5), Sean Cattouse (1.0), Deandre Coleman (1.0), Ryan Davis (1.0), Josh Hill (1.0), D.J. Holt (1.0), Mychal Kendricks (1.0), Kendrick Payne (1.0), Mustafa Jalil (0.5) and C.J. Moncrease (0.5).
Veteran Offensive Line Now at 125 Combined Starts
The Bears' 2011 offensive line features a significant amount of staring experience as the Bears have had the same five starters in each 2011 game, with the members of that fivesome now having combined to make 125 collegiate starts in Mitchell Schwartz (46), Justin Cheadle (30), Brian Schwenke (20), Matt Summers-Gavin (20) and Dominic Galas (9).
Score 30 or More Points, Usually Win
Cal is 59-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, with a 4-0 mark in 2011 after victories over Fresno State (36), Colorado (36), Presbyterian (63) and Utah (34). The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17, 2010. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-41, including an 0-4 mark in 2011 with losses at Washington (23), at Oregon (15), at UCLA (14) and vs. USC (9).
On the Tube
Cal has played on television in 62 of its last 64 games, with the team's only two non-televised games during the span home contests vs. Washington State (Oct. 24, 2009) and Presbyterian (Sept. 17, 2011). A total of 102 games have been televised in the first nine-plus seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 43-8 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 17-10 when tied and 16-27 when opponents win the battle. In conference games, Cal is 26-6 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-7 when the turnover table is tied and 9-23 with a deficit. However, the numbers in 2011 were not following the trend as strongly as in previous seasons until recently. Turnovers have played a critical role in each of the last three games. In losses against USC and at UCLA, Cal turned the ball over a season-high-tying five times. In a win against Utah, Cal forced a season-high four turnovers. Cal had previously won the turnover battle only once (Presbyterian) in its three victories but twice (at Washington, at Oregon) in its three losses.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 25 Cal players have made their first appearances in a Cal uniform in 2011. The list includes Chris Adcock (Fr., OL), Ted Agu (Fr., LB), David Aknin (Jr., FB), C.J. Anderson (Jr., TB), Brendan Bigelow (Fr., TB), Jackson Bouza (So., WR), Allan Bridgford (So., QB), Michael Coley (Fr., DB), Kameron Jackson (Fr., DB), Mustafa Jalil (Fr., DL), Keni Kaufusi (So., DL), Gabe King (Fr., DL), Kameron Krebs (Jr., LB), Adrian Lee (Fr., DB), Mike Manuel (Jr., TB), Zach Maynard (Jr., QB), Chris McCain (Fr., LB), Stefan McClure (Fr., DB), Bryce McGovern (Fr., WR), Viliami Moala (Fr., DL), Richard Rodgers (Fr., TE), Brennan Scarlett (Fr., LB), Avery Sebastian (Fr., DB), Bill Tyndall (So., OL) and Cecil Whiteside (Fr., LB).
Bowling and Winning Bears
Cal's school-record bowl game streak of seven consecutive seasons from 2003-09 finally came to an end in 2010 when the Bears finished 5-7, which also ended the team's school-record-tying string of eight straight winning campaigns. Cal posted a 5-2 (.714) record during its seven consecutive bowl appearances that also included a school-record four straight bowl wins from 2005-08. The Bears were 67-35 (.657) overall during their eight winning seasons in a row. Cal needs only two victories over its last four regular-season games in 2011 to become bowl eligible for the eighth time in the last nine years.
Winning the Time of Possession Game
Cal is fourth in the Pac-12 with an average time of possession of 31:31. Cal has outpossessed its opponent in five of its first eight games in 2011.
Notable Numbers Against Washington State
Keenan Allen has not played, missing the 2010 contest between the Bears and Cougars with an injury.
Bryan Anger has averaged 42.4 yards per punt in three career outings, including his best average in 2010 with a 47.6 mark when he also had a tackle.
Marc Anthony has three tackles, all in 2010, and played twice.
Michael Calvin has four catches for 28 yards and a tackle.
D.J. Campbell has four tackles, two each in 2009 and `10.
Sean Cattouse has four tackles, 1.0 sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup, with all but one tackle coming in 2010.
Sean Cattouse has four tackles, 1.0 sack (-1 yard) and a pass breakup, with all but one tackle coming in 2010.
Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson had 41 yards rushing on six carries in his only game in 2009.
Trevor Guyton has 11 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-23) yards and 2.5 sacks (-19) ... had a season-high seven of the tackles as well as career highs in both sacks (3.0, -23 yards) and tackles for loss (2.5, -19 yards) in the first start of his career in 2010.
Josh Hill has three tackles (all in 2009) and one pass breakup (2010).
D.J. Holt has nine tackles, four each in 2008 and `09, and one more in 2010, with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) in `09.
Marvin Jones has seven receptions and 149 receiving yards for a 21.3 yards per catch average, as well as one touchdown on a 37-yarder in 2009 ... had four catches for 101 receiving yards, including a 50-yarder, and one rush for eight yards in 2010.
Will Kapp has one reception for two yards in 2009.
Mychal Kendricks has 10 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss (-16 yards), with five tackles and 1.0 TFL (-6 yards) coming in 2010 and the other TFL (-10 yards) happening in `08.
Spencer Ladner one reception for eight yards in 2010.
Brock Mansion has completed 13-of-26 passes for 181 with two interceptions and no touchdowns, while adding six rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground ... was 12-of-24 for 181 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns as the starting quarterback in Cal's only road win of the 2010 season at Washington State, when he also had five of the rushes for 25 yards, including a career-long 28-yarder ... had a one-yard rushing score in 2009.
Anthony Miller has three catches for 29 yards, including two receptions for 26 yards in 2009 with the other three-yard catch in `10.
Robert Mullins had a career-high-tying four tackles in 2008 and played in `10 but did not record any stats.
Ernest Owusu has two tackles both in 2010.
Kendrick Payne has two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) all in 2010.
Isi Sofele has 64 yards rushing on nine carries (7.1 ypr), one reception for 10 yards (2009) and two kick returns for 37 yards (`10), with seven of his rushes for 49 yards coming in `10 and the other two for 16 yards in `09.
Eric Stevens has one reception for 11 yards in 2009, as well as three tackles (two in `09, one in `10).
Giorgio Tavecchio has missed both of his field goal attempts, one from 47 yards in 2009 that was blocked and one from 37 yards in `10. He has made nine of his 10 extra-point try, with his final attempt in `10 blocked. He has not kicked off.
John Tyndall has two tackles (one each in 2010 and `09).
Steve Williams has three tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and a pass breakup, all in 2010.
Cal's State of Washington Connections
Three current Cal players - Jed Barnett (Camas, WA), Deandre Coleman (Seattle, WA) and Trevor Guyton (Woodinville, WA) - list hometowns in the state of Washington.
Four former Cal players - Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch, Brandon Mebane and Cameron Morrah - are currently on the roster of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Michalczik lists his hometown as Port Angeles, WA. He was an honorable mention All-American player at Washington State before graduating from the school in 1988.
Cal in the NFL
A total of 215 former Cal football players have been drafted or have experience on an AAFC, AFL or NFL roster as of Oct. 31, 2011, including 32 players that are currently on NFL rosters according to ESPN.com, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. A complete listing of former Cal players in the NFL and more information about their professional football careers is located on pages 24-25.
Rodgers and Bishop Super Bowl Champs; Rodgers MVP
Former Cal football players Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop are reigning Super Bowl champions after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was the first former Cal player to be named the game's MVP, and is also the first of the record four former Cal quarterbacks to start the game to be victorious.
"I watched the game with great pride and admiration for what Aaron and Desmond accomplished," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "They are two class individuals who did a lot for Cal and have continued their growth as leaders and major contributors to the World Champions!"
The appearance of Rodgers and Bishop marked the 10th consecutive season Cal has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster.
Four 2011 Selections Add To Cal's Strong NFL Draft History
Four former Cal players were selected during the 2011 NFL Draft. Cameron Jordan was the first Bear picked when he was taken in the first round by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 24 overall pick. Shane Vereen and Chris Conte were selected on the draft's second day, with Vereen going to the New England Patriots in the second round (No. 56 overall) and Conte being chosen in the third round by the Chicago Bears (No. 93 overall). Mike Mohamed rounded out Cal's selections when he was picked up on the final day of the draft by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round (No. 189 overall).
"I'm happy for all these guys," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "All of them are really, really happy. It's gratifying to me for the reason that they entrusted their careers to come to Cal to see their dreams come true."
Cal Draft Notes: Cal's four players selected in 2011 were the most Bears taken in an NFL Draft since six were picked in 2008 ... Cal had three players in the top 100 to rank tied for sixth among schools nationally ... Cal has had 36 NFL Draft selections in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan was Cal's 26th first-round pick and the eighth in the last 10 drafts ... Jordan became the second consecutive defensive lineman chosen from Cal in the first round in as many years, joining the No. 10 overall selection of Tyson Alualu by Jacksonville in 2010 and making the Cal only the second team in the Pac-12 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other) ... Cal has had four first-round draft picks in the last three drafts, with at least one in all three.
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal has posted 94 Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2002-10 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Mike Mohamed was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the third time in 2010, leading a group of 11 Cal student-athletes honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team. Cal's second-team selections included Alex Lagemann, Ernest Owusu, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Tyndall. Justin Cheadle, Richard Fisher, Chris Guarnero, Mitchell Schwartz, Matt Summers-Gavin and Beau Sweeney were selected honorable mention.
In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed was a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after earlier being given an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Tavecchio is a semifinalist for the honor in 2011 and a candidate for an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award.
2011 National Signing Day
Cal signed 11 prep All-Americans and 22 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Cal football program on National Signing Day on February 2, 2011. Cal's 2011 signing class ranked as high as No. 13 according to according to Athlon. Scout had Cal at No. 14 and Rivals at No. 17, while ESPN listed the Bears at No. 18 and MaxPreps at No. 20.
"We are excited about the student-athletes that we have signed in our 2011 recruiting class," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We feel like the members of this class will be able to fill some of the needs we have on both sides of the ball in an expedient fashion. Many of the players are among the nationally elite at their respective positions and will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the Cal football program."
The 2011 class included six players who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - LB Jason Gibson (Gardena, CA/Junipero Serra HS), DB Stefan McClure (Vista, CA/Vista HS), DL Viliami Moala (Sacramento, CA/Grant HS), OL Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, CA/Pleasant Valley HS), DL Brennan Scarlett (Portland, OR/Central Catholic HS) and DB Avery Sebastian (McDonough, GA/Eagle's Landing Christian HS). DL Todd Barr (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) played in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Media Picks Cal To Finish Fifth in Pac-12 North
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league. Defending Pac-12 champion Oregon was the choice to win the 2011 Pac-12 Conference football title. The Ducks were also listed in the top spot in the North Division by 29 of the 42 voters participating in the poll, collecting 239 points. USC was picked to win the South Division with 230 points, edging out Arizona State, which tallied 207 points. Arizona State collected 13 first-place votes in the division race, with three of the pollsters predicting a Pac-12 Championship crown for the Sun Devils. The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.
Cal Makes AT&T Park Home in 2011; Back to Berkeley in 2012
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.
Cal's 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park has remaining visits from Pac-12 foes Washington State today and Oregon State (Saturday, Nov. 12). A start time and telecast information for the Oregon State game will be announced when it becomes available.
California Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football. Work has been underway since June 2010 to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure. Construction on the $321 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener.
By Feb. 1, the old press box had been removed, as had all of the west-side seating and concrete below the mezzanine level. Late April signaled the end of the demolition phase and beginning of construction, with only the historic facade remaining on the west side of the facility. The framework for the press box was put into place by a giant crane in Oct. 2011 and four tower cranes rise from what was the field as the stadium is beginning to take shape.
The Golden Bears are scheduled to return to their on-campus facility in September 2012 after playing their home games at AT&T Park this season. Fans can follow daily progress through a webcam stationed high above the eastern rim at CalBears.com/stadiumcam or by visiting Vista Point on Stadium Rim Way also on the east side, and open to the public during regular construction hours.
When Memorial Stadium reopens, the facility will have a capacity of approximately 63,000 and feature modernized gameday facilities and services, upgraded access for the disabled and improved seismic safety.
Cal defeated Stanford, 9-0, in the first game played in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 1923. The Bears compiled a 317-213-16 (.596) in 88 seasons in the venue from 1923-2010. The last game played in the old configuration of Memorial Stadium was a 16-13 loss to Washington on Nov. 27, 2010.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011; New Conference Media Rights Deal
The Pac-12 has taken major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history on Oct. 21, 2010. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the regular-season conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North; and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
On May 4, 2011, the Pac-12 announced it is teaming up with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a landmark agreement for a broadcast and national cable television package that extends and expands long-time partnerships with both companies. At the same time, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the creation of a new media company, Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which will own the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. This new company will control and distribute on its platforms and on all devices, the Pac-12 games not licensed to ESPN and FOX Sports, and will hold other media and event rights. This entity will be wholly owned and controlled by the Pac-12 Conference and will exist side-by-side with the newly announced ESPN and FOX Sports arrangements.
Although terms of the ESPN and Fox Sports agreements were not disclosed, Scott called it a "landmark deal" on several fronts. He pointed out that the Pac-12's member institutions would, for the first time ever, share equally in the revenue from the new arrangement, and that the equal revenue distribution would start immediately when the deal goes into effect in 2012.
Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
The Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, which will house football and 12 other sports, opened the Olympic wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 12, 2011, after more than two years of construction. The month of September was used to get the Olympic wing ready for occupancy, such as bringing in furniture, establishing phone service, and setting up computers and other technology requirements. Move-ins are being conducted in phases, starting with all sports and administrative units that will be housed in the Olympic wing.
Football will move into the building from its temporary headquarters just east of Memorial Stadium in December or January contingent upon its bowl game schedule and full building completion. Final phase construction will continue throughout many portions of the building, much of it in the football offices and the central High Performance Zone, throughout most of the fall.
The SAHPC is a revolutionary student-athlete training, coaching, and applied sports science and sports medicine center that embodies the High Performance Initiative (see CalHighPerformance.com), Cal's innovative performance philosophy designed to build competitive advantage, maximize efficiency and enhance the student-athlete experience.
A 142,000 square-foot facility, the SAHPC is a state-of-the-art complex with year-round access for over 450 student-athletes.
Active Players in Cal Record Book
The following active players are listed in the Cal record book. For career and season categories, everybody above the active player's current stats in the top 10 is listed. A full list of records can be found on pages 169-198 of the 2011 Cal football information guide online at CalBears.com.