Tue Dec 11 09:35pm EST
In the wake of the first new staff announcements for newly-christened California head coach Sonny Dykes, four Golden Bears players were named to Phil Steele's 2012 Postseason All-Pac-12 Team announced on Tuesday.
Junior wide receiver Keenan Allen -- who has declared for the NFL Draft, forgoing his senior year -- was selected as both a first-team punt returner and third-team wide receiver. Senior offensive lineman Brian Schwenke and junior placekicker Vincenzo D'Amato picked up second-team honors, while junior cornerback Steve Williams was a third-team defensive pick as a defensive back.
Allen finished the 2012 campaign with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches despite missing the final three games due to a knee injury, suffered in the final moments of a loss to Utah.
Allen earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors at wide receiver from the league's coaches. At the end of the 2012 regular season, Allen ranked third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in per-game receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 36th nationally in receiving yards (81.89 ypg). In addition, he led the conference and ranked fifth nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.13 yards per return, while ranking 10th in the conference and 67th nationally in all-purpose yardage (109.78), and 22nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (5.33 ppg).
In the final game of Allen's 2012 season and career in Salt Lake City, he became Cal's all-time leader in receptions with 205 to surpass former record-holder Geoff McArthur (202 catches from 2000-04). Allen announced on Dec. 5 that he would enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen is also in the career record books along with brother and quarterback Zach Maynard for the longest pass play in school history when the pair connected for a 90-yard score at Washington in 2011.
Allen's 13 catches against USC in 2011 is tied for third on Cal's all-time single-game reception list, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington the same season is fifth. In addition, he equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest player in Cal history to reach both 1,000 career receiving yards in his 16th career game vs. Utah and 100 career receptions in his 18th contest against Washington State, both in 2011, as Jackson reached both respective marks in 2006 in the same number of total games in his career. Allen also totaled 3,458 all purpose yards to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10, adding 30 rushes for 258 yards (7.7 ypr) and two touchdowns on the ground, 21 punt returns for 252 yards, and 18 kick returns for 406 yards. He caught a pass in each of the 33 games (29 starts) he played in at Cal from 2010-12, scoring 120 points on 17 touchdown receptions, two scoring runs and one punt return TD. He is also one of only two players in Cal history to have two single seasons among the school's top-10 all-time in receptions. His 98 receptions for 1,343 yards in 2011 were both second, while his 61 receptions in 2012 ranked ninth.
D'Amato was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, and ended the 2012 regular season as the conference's per-game leader in field goals made (1.33 per game) while ranking fifth in the league in field goal percentage (16-for-23, 69.6%). He was also tied for 31st nationally in field goals made. D'Amato scored a team and career-high 78 points in 2012, making 30-of-33 extra points to add to his 16 field goals. He ranked seventh in the conference in scoring among kickers (6.5 ppg) and tied for 14th in the conference overall. D'Amato made 11 consecutive field goals at one point during the campaign. He is Cal's active career scoring leader with 130 points, making 23-of-35 field goals and 61-of-64 extra-point attempts since he began his Cal career in 2009.
Schwenke, a first-team All-Pac-12 pick, was one of only five players to start each of the team's 12 games in 2012. He finished his career with 48 games played out of a possible total of 50, while starting 36 contests over his four seasons with the Bears. After making each of his first 24 starts at either left guard (16) or right guard (8) during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Schwenke moved to center during the spring of 2012 and made all 12 of his starts as a senior at the position. He added his first career reception for three yards in 2012 after coming up with a batted ball.
Williams shared the club lead in 2012 with three picks, while his 10 pass breakups and 13 passes defended were both team highs, with the latter ranked tied for sixth in the conference at the end of the 2012 regular season with a per-game average of 1.08. He was also third among all Cal players with 80 tackles and tied for 15th in the conference with an average of 6.7 stops per game. Williams added 7.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and one forced fumble in 2012. His career totals include 150 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), six interceptions for 45 return yards, 25 pass breakups, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles.
Wed Dec 05 06:37pm EST
BERKELEY -- California junior wide receiver/punt returner Keenan Allen announced on Wednesday that he intends to forego his senior season in Berkeley and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Allen did not play the final three games of the 2012 season due to an injury to his posterior cruciate ligament, suffered in the waning moments of the loss to Utah.
Allen finishes his Cal career as the program's all-time receptions leader (205), and ranks third in Bears history with 2.570 receiving yards. He is also seventh all-time with 17 touchdown grabs.
"I am grateful for all of the opportunities the University of California has provided me over the past three seasons," Allen said in a statement. "The experience and friendships I have gained at Cal will help me throughout my life both on and off the field. I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to play in the NFL, and my time at Cal has helped me get to the point in my career where I believe I am ready to take that next step. I am thankful for my experience at Cal and am excited about what the future holds."
Allen is also in the career record books along with his brother and quarterback Zach Maynard -- who did not play in the final two games due to a lower leg injury suffered against Washington -- for the longest pass play in school history when the pair connected for a 90-yard score at Washington in 2011.
Allen's 13 catches against USC in 2011 is tied for third on Cal's all-time single-game reception list, while his 197 receiving yards at Washington the same season is fifth. In addition, he equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest player in Cal history to reach both 1,000 career receiving yards in his 16th career game vs. Utah and 100 career receptions in his 18th contest against Washington State, both in 2011, as Jackson reached both respective marks in 2006 in the same number of total games in his career.
Allen also totaled 3,458 all purpose yards to rank just outside the school's all-time top 10, adding 30 rushes for 258 yards (7.7 ypr) and two touchdowns on the ground. Allen also returned 21 punt returns for a total of 252 yards, and 18 kick returns for 406 yards. He caught a pass in each of the 33 games (29 starts) he played in at Cal from 2010-12, scoring 120 points on 17 touchdown receptions, two scoring runs and one punt return TD -- which came this season against Southern Utah.
Allen's career was highlighted by his 2011 sophomore season when he posted career highs of 98 receptions and 1,343 receiving yards that were both second on Cal's all-time single-season lists, while adding a career-high-tying six touchdown catches. Allen earned first-teamed All-Pac-12 honors and was one of 10 national semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award in 2011. His averages of 7.54 receptions and 103.31 receiving yards per game ranked second and fourth nationally, while respectively checking in at 11th and 10th nationally. He briefly led the nation in receiving yards per game for two weeks midway through the campaign and also got to the 1,000-yard single-season receiving mark faster than anyone else in school history in the ninth game of the campaign against Washington State.
Despite his shortened junior season, Allen earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition and lead the team with 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and a career-high-tying six touchdown catches, with five of the scoring grabs coming over his final five contests. At the end of the 2012 regular season, Allen ranked third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 36th nationally in receiving yards (81.89). He also was the team's top punt returner for the first time in his career and led the Pac-12 in punt returns, averaging 14.13 yards per return with 252 yards and a touchdown on 21 returns.
Allen posted one of the top seasons by a true freshman wide receiver in school history at Cal in 2010 after coming to Berkeley as a five-star recruit that was one of the most heralded in the nation in the 2010 signing class. Allen was afourth-team Freshman All-American selection by Phil Steele and an honorable mention Freshman All-American according to College Football News when he broke Cal's record for receptions by a true freshman with 46 for 490 receiving yards, surpassing Jackson's previous mark of 38. He also added a team-high five touchdown grabs and led the squad with a kick return average of 22.56 yards per return on a team-high 18 returns. He had one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener against UC Davis when he caught four passes for a season-high 120 yards, including a season-long 48-yard touchdown reception, while totaling 176 all purpose yards by adding 38 yards rushing and a touchdown on three carries, as well as one kick return for 18 yards.
Mon Dec 03 12:55am EST
BERKELEY — Isi Sofele and Steve Williams were honored with the 2012 Cal football Bear Backers MVP awards voted on by their teammates on offense and defense to highlight a series of team honors announced Sunday at the 2012 Cal football banquet held at the University and Field Clubs in Memorial Stadium.
Williams also added the team's Most Valuable Back award on the defensive side of the ball and was one of six players to be honored twice, along with Michael Barton (Freshman Lifter of the Year; Scout Team Player of the Year, Offense), Josh Hill (Andy Smith Award; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Defense), Robert Mullins (Ken Cotton Award — Most Courageous Player, Defense; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Defense), Brian Schwenke (Brick Muller Award — Most Valuable Lineman, Offense; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Offense) and Eric Stevens (Joe Roth Award — Player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship; Senior Lifter of the Year).
In addition to Sofele, those honored once included Keenan Allen (Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Offense), C.J. Anderson (Most Valuable Back, Offense), Marc Anthony (Berkeley Breakfast Club Award — Outstanding Player in the Big Game, Defense), Brendan Bigelow (Co-Ken Harvey Award — Player showing special academic commitment and improvement), Ross Bostock (Ken Cotton Award — Most Courageous Player, Offense), Michael Chung (Student Trainer of the Year), Tyré Ellison (Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award — Player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service), Darren Ervin (Scout Team Player of the Year, Offense), Nick Forbes (Most Improved Player), Dominic Galas (Stub Allison Award — Most Inspirational Player), Chris Harper (Berkeley Breakfast Club Award — Outstanding Player in the Big Game, Offense), Kameron Krebs (Everett Merriman Award — Player demonstrating a commitment to community service), Daniel Lasco (J. Scott Duncan Award — Most Valuable Special Teams Player), Antonio Machado (Student Manager of the Year), Mike Manuel (Co-Ken Harvey Award — Player showing special academic commitment and improvement), Hardy Nickerson (Scout Team Player of the Year, Special Teams), Kendrick Payne (Bob Tessier Award — Most Improved Lineman, Defense), Tyler Rigsbee (Dink Artal Award — Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude, Offense), Brennan Scarlett (Dink Artal Award — Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude, Defense), Matt Summers-Gavin (Bob Tessier Award — Most Improved Lineman, Offense) and Aaron Tipoti (Most Valuable Lineman, Defense).
Each of the team's seven 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic selections were also honored at the event. Chris Adcock (3.57 GPA, Business Administration) and Summers-Gavin (3.27 GPA, Political Science) led the way with first-team selections. Ellison (3.01 GPA, Social Welfare) was a second-team pick, while honorable mention recognition was garnered by Todd Barr (3.05 GPA, Undeclared), Manuel (3.01 GPA, American Studies), Mullins (3.04 GPA, Sociology) and Scarlett (3.04 GPA, Undeclared).
A total of 27 players and two student workers were recognized and combined to take home 40 honors. Player bios and a listing of awards are listed below.
58 — Chris Adcock, OL, 6-3, 300, So., 1L, Rowlett, TX (Dallas Christian HS)
Adcock started 11 of 12 games at right guard and played in all 12, while picking up his first career tackle.
21 — Keenan Allen, WR, 6-3, 210, Jr., 2L, Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford HS/Grimsley HS)
Allen finished with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2012 despite missing the final three games due to injury to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. He currently ranks third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 36th nationally in receiving yards (81.89 ypg). In addition, he leads the conference and ranks fifth nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.13 yards per return, while ranking 10th in the conference and 66th nationally in all-purpose yardage (109.78), and 22nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (5.33 ppg). In his final game of the 2012 season at Utah, he became Cal's all-time leader in receptions with 205 to surpass former record-holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04). Through 33 games over his first three seasons at Cal with at least one catch in each one, he also has 2,570 career receiving yards to rank third all-time at the school and 17 touchdown catches to rank seventh. He is also one of only two players in Cal history to have two single seasons among the school's top-10 all-time in receptions. His 98 receptions for 1,343 yards in 2011 were both second, while his 61 receptions in 2012 ranked ninth.
9 — C.J. Anderson, TB, 5-11, 200, Sr., 1L, Vallejo, CA (Laney College/Bethel HS)
Anderson led the Bears in 2012 with 790 rushing yards on 126 carries, both career highs, while his four rushing touchdowns also tied Sofele for the team lead. Anderson's average of 65.83 rushing yards per game was 10th in the Pac-12 and 100th nationally. His 6.3 yards per rush was the fourth highest among the conference's top 12 rushers. Anderson played in all 25 games possible with two starts during his two seasons at Cal from 2011-12 with 1,135 yards rushing on 198 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per rush. He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and two more on receptions among his 22 career catches for 350 yards to give him 84 career points on 14 TDs.
2 — Marc Anthony, DB, 6-0, 200, Sr., 3L, Chandler, AZ (Chandler HS)
Anthony recorded career highs of 52 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards) over 11 games and 10 starts in 2012, while adding a career-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for a career-high 64 yards and the lone score of his career. He also added one of his two career forced fumbles, three pass breakups and five passes defended. Anthony finished his Cal career with 138 tackles, five interceptions that he returned for 96 yards and one touchdown, 21 pass breakups, 26 passes defended and 13.0 tackles for loss (-28 yards) over 41 games and 32 starts.
41 — Todd Barr, DL, 6-3, 275, RFr., RS, Lakewood, CA (Lakewood HS)
Barr completed the 2012 season with 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 2.0 sacks (-11 yards), a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in 11 games all off the bench.
8 — Michael Barton, LB, 6-1, 220, Fr., HS, Concord, CA (De La Salle HS)
Barton redshirted in 2012 while providing the Bears' offense with looks at upcoming opponents.
5 — Brendan Bigelow, TB, 5-10, 190, So., 1L, Fresno, CA (Central East HS)
Bigelow earned an honorable mention all-conference spot as a kick returner as he averaged 23.14 yards per return to rank sixth in the Pac-12 and 52nd nationally. Bigelow finished with 35 kick returns for 805 yards, which was the highest total in both categories by a Cal player since Lavelle Hawkins returned 42 kicks for 922 yards in 2007. Bigelow had 333 of his kick return yards on 15 attempts over the team's final two contests, bringing back seven for a career-high 171 yards vs. Oregon, including a season-long 57-yarder, and a career-high eight for 162 yards against Oregon State. Bigelow led the team with 1,328 all-purpose yards with an average of 111.08 yards per game to rank ninth in the Pac-12 and 62nd nationally, adding 431 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 44 carries for an average of 9.8 yards per rush and 92 receiving yards and one touchdown on seven catches. He had a career-high 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only four carries at Ohio State as he became only the second Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last decade to post 150 or more yards rushing in a game on five or fewer carries. He was also the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 with three or more runs of 50-plus yards during a season on a pair of scoring jaunts at Ohio State of 81 and 59 yards, as well as a 57-yard TD rush at Utah. He has 1,839 career all-purpose yards in his first two seasons at Cal as he has returned 58 kicks for 1,280 yards and a touchdown, while adding 456 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
81 — Ross Bostock, WR, 6-2, 202, Sr., 1L, Sebastapol, CA (Analy HS)
Bostock did not record any stats during his 2012 senior campaign but was able to make it back on the field for the final seven games after coming back from his third knee surgery at Cal that forced him to miss the first five games. He also posted his lone career start against Oregon and appeared in 17 career games primarily on special teams and as a reserve wide receiver.
31 — Tyré Ellison, DB, 6-3, 200, Sr., 2L, San Francisco, CA (Burton HS)
Ellison saw the most extensive action of his career as a senior in 2012, playing in all 12 games off the bench primarily on special teams and as a reserve defensive back, and recording the first stats in his collegiate career other than participation with five tackles. He was a candidate for the All-State Good Works Award, the Rudy Awards and the Wuerffel Trophy. He played in 27 games off the bench during his career.
30 — Darren Ervin, TB, 5-10, 197, RFr., RS, Houston, TX (Lamar HS)
In addition to simulating the look of some of the nation's offensive players for the Bears' defense, Ervin was a key member of Cal's special teams in 2012 and contributed five tackles in 11 games played off the bench.
11 — Nick Forbes, LB, 6-1, 236, So., 1L, Frederick, MD (Governor Thomas Johnson HS)
Forbes had a breakout year in the most significant action of his career in 2012, playing in all 12 games with eight starts and finishing second on the club with 85 tackles after leading the team heading into the season finale before being passed by Hill. His 7.1 stops per game ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while he also had three of the team's nine fumble recoveries to rank tied for second in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest. He added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign.
65 — Dominic Galas, OL, 6-1, 290, Sr., 3L, Modesto, CA (Central Catholic HS)
Galas' season in 2012 was certainly one of perseverance that allowed him to play in only two games, including a start in the season finale at Oregon State. Galas suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights just prior to training camp that forced him to miss the team's first seven games. He returned to play off the bench at Stanford but then had an appendectomy on the day of the team's next contest at Utah that would force him to miss another three games before his return at Oregon State.
6 — Chris Harper, WR, 6-0, 170, Fr., HS, Encino, CA (Crespi HS)
Harper had a huge true freshman season, recording 41 catches for 544 yards and two touchdowns to rank second on the team behind Allen in all three categories. Harper was just shy of true freshman records posted by Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 receiving yards in 2005). He had per-game averages of 45.33 receiving yards and 3.42 receptions that ranked 18th and tied for 18th in the Pac-12, respectively. Harper played in all 12 games with starts in each of the last five and led Cal in receiving on five occasions, including four of the last five contests. Harper added a 14-yard touchdown run on his first career rush against Washington among his five yards on three carries. He was also the team's punt returner after Allen's injury, returning four punts for four yards over the final three contests. He was honored for his performance in the Big Game when he co-led the team with four catches for a team-high 82 yards.
23 — Josh Hill, DB, 5-10, 203, Sr., 3L, Houston, TX (Klein Forest HS)
Hill led the team in tackles with a career-high 87 stops in his final season at Cal to rank ninth in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.2 stops per contest and earn honorable mention all-conference honors. He also added an interception and a forced fumble, as well as nine pass breakups and 10 passes defended to rank second on the club in each of the latter two categories and tied for 13th in the conference in the latter (0.75 tflpg). Hill finished his career with 214 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), 1.0 sack (-4 yards), five interceptions with 46 return yards, 24 pass breakups, 29 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 48 games played and 32 starts. His 24 career pass breakups ranks 10th on the school's all-time list.
26 — Kameron Krebs, FB, 6-1, 235, Sr., 1L, Sunset Beach, HI (Oregon State/Mission Viejo HS/Kahuku HS)
Krebs appeared in three games off the bench on special teams in 2012 and played in a total of seven career games over two seasons. He was one of the team's leaders in community service.
2 — Daniel Lasco, TB, 6-1, 206, RFr., RS, The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands HS)
Lasco recorded a team-high 12 special teams tackles and added a pair of forced fumbles as well as three kick returns for 42 yards. He also added 109 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries (19.2 ypr) to rank fourth on the team in rushing, with 77 of his yards coming on a touchdown run against Southern Utah that was the team's second-longest run of the campaign.
13 — Mike Manuel, TB, 5-9, 198, Sr., 1L, Carson, CA (Golden West College/Los Alamitos HS/Carson HS)
Manuel was the team's second-leading kick returner in 2012 with 230 yards on 12 returns for a 19.2 average. He played in each of the team's first 11 games off the bench before missing the final contest. Manuel finished his two-year Cal career with 535 all-purpose yards (488 kickoff, 38 rush, 9 receiving).
37 — Robert Mullins, LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey HS)
Mullins posted his best season at Cal in his sixth and final campaign in 11 games and a career-high seven starts, recording career highs of 70 tackles (fourth on team), 4.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a team-high-tying two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries, while adding 0.5 sacks (-1 yard). His 6.3 tackles per game in 2012 rank 20th in the Pac-12. Mullins finished his career with 92 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), 1.5 sacks (-3 yards), three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 36 games played and nine starts.
47 — Hardy Nickerson, LB, 6-0, 225, Fr., HS, Oakland, CA (Bishop O'Dowd HS)
Nickerson redshirted while providing the Bears' special teams units with looks at upcoming opponents.
96 — Kendrick Payne, DL, 6-2, 283, Sr., 3L, Houston, TX (Klein Forest HS)
Payne had a career and team-high-tying 3.5 sacks (-18 yards) in 2012, while adding 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards) among his 28 tackles in 11 games and eight starts. He played in 48 of 50 games possible in his career with 16 starts, compiling career totals of 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), 6.5 sacks (-35 yards), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
77 — Tyler Rigsbee, OL, 6-5, 290, Sr., 2L, Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)
Rigsbee started the first 12 games of his career all at left tackle in his final season at Cal and finished his career with the Bears with 20 games played.
17 — Brennan Scarlett, LB, 6-4, 255, So., 1L, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Scarlett saw the most significant action of his career in 2012, starting all nine games he played in with totals of 40 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 2.5 sacks (-17 yards), two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two forced fumble recoveries.
57 — Brian Schwenke, OL, 6-4, 300, Sr., 3L, Oceanside, CA (Oceanside HS)
Schwenke earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was one of only five players to start each of the team's 12 games in 2012. He finished his career with 48 games played out of a possible total of 50 and 36 starts over his four seasons with the Bears. After making each of his first 24 starts at either left guard (16) or right guard (8) during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Schwenke moved to center last spring and made all 12 of his starts in 2012 at the position. He added his first career reception for three yards in 2012 after coming up with a batted ball.
20 — Isi Sofele, TB, 5-8, 200, Sr., 3L, Salt Lake City, UT (Cottonwood HS)
Sofele was second on the club with 757 rushing yards in 2012 that were 33 behind Anderson's 790 on a team-high 146 carries. He also co-led the team along with Anderson with four rushing scores and led the Bears in rushing on five occasions as a senior. Sofele, who played in all 12 games with eight starts, averaged 63.1 rushing yards per game to rank 12th in the Pac-12. He added seven catches for 67 yards and one kick return for 12 for a total of 836 all purpose yards to rank fourth on the squad. Sofele played in all 50 games possible with 27 starts over his four seasons at Cal, finishing with 2,499 career rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground to rank only 10 yards and one score outside the school's all-time top-10 list in each category. His nine 100-yard rushing games were 10th on the school's all-time list. He had 3,133 career all purpose yards, with the addition of 480 on 24 kick returns and 154 on 21 receptions. His 102 career points included his 15 rushing scores and another two receiving touchdowns.
48 — Eric Stevens, FB, 6-0, 242, Sr., 3L, San Pedro, CA (Peninsula HS)
Stevens had the most productive season of his career that included 35 games played and 10 starts as a fifth-year senior in 2012. After missing all of the 2011 campaign with an injury, Stevens played in all 12 games with five starts at fullback in 2012 and posted 51 rushing yards on 13 carries as well as nine catches for 55 yards. He finished his career with 14 rushes for 53 yards and 13 catches for 82 yards and one touchdown. He totaled 106 of his 146 career all purpose yards in 2012. He also had 12 career tackles, with two coming in his final campaign.
75 — Matt Summers-Gavin, OL, 6-4, 300, Sr., 3L, San Francisco, CA (St. Ignatius HS)
Summers-Gavin started each of the seven games he played in during the 2012 campaign to run his all-time totals to 39 games played and 32 starts during his Cal career. He was a 2012 Campbell Trophy national semifinalist and Senior Class Award Candidate but missed five games during his senior campaign due to injury.
50 — Aaron Tipoti, DL, 6-2, 280, Sr., 3L, Honolulu, HI (Word of Life Academy)
Tipoti recorded a career-high 31 tackles in 2012, playing in 10 games with eight starts and adding 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard), one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery. He finished his career with 91 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-31 yards), 1.5 sacks (-15 yards), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in 43 games and 18 starts.
1 — Steve Williams, DB, 5-10, 185, Jr., 2L, Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
Williams shared the club lead with three interceptions, while his 10 pass breakups and 13 passes defended were both team highs, with the latter ranking tied for sixth in the conference with a per-game average of 1.08. He was also third among all Cal players with 80 tackles and tied for 15th in the Pac-12 with and an average of 6.7 stops per game. Williams added 7.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and one forced fumble. His career totals include 150 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), six interceptions with 45 return yards, 25 pass breakups, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles.
2012 Cal Football Team Awards
Ken Harvey Award (Player showing special academic commitment and improvement)
Brendan Bigelow and Mike Manuel
Joe Roth Award (Player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship)
Dink Artal Award (Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude)
Offense — Tyler Rigsbee
Defense — Brennan Scarlett
Stub Allison Award (Most Inspirational Player)
Ken Cotton Award (Most Courageous Player)
Offense — Ross Bostock
Defense — Robert Mullins
Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (Player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service)
Andy Smith Award (Player with most Big "C" time)
Everett Merriman Award (Player demonstrating a commitment to community service)
Student Trainer of the Year
Student Manager of the Year
Senior Lifter of the Year
Freshman Lifter of the Year
Scout Team Player of the Year
Offense — Darren Ervin
Defense — Michael Barton
Special Teams — Hardy Nickerson
J. Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player)
Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (Outstanding Player in the Big Game)
Offense — Chris Harper
Defense — Marc Anthony
Most Improved Player
Most Valuable Back
Offense — C.J. Anderson
Defense — Steve Williams
Bob Tessier Award (Most Improved Lineman)
Offense — Matt Summers-Gavin
Defense — Kendrick Payne
Brick Muller Award (Most Valuable Lineman)
Offense — Brian Schwenke
Defense — Aaron Tipoti
Cort Majors Team Captain Awards
Offense — Keenan Allen and Brian Schwenke
Defense — Josh Hill and Robert Mullins
Bear Backers MVP Awards (voted on by team)
Offense — Isi Sofele
Defense — Steve Williams
Thu Nov 29 03:49pm EST
Cal football has officially announced the majority of its 2013 schedule today, kicking off with three straight home games against Northwestern (Aug. 31), Portland State (Sept. 7) and Ohio State (Sept. 14) with Thursday's announcement of the game against the Vikings. The Northwestern and Ohio State contests had been previously announced.
Cal will have a total of seven home games on its 2013 schedule, also playing Pac-12 opponents Arizona, Oregon State, USC and Washington State at Memorial Stadium.
The Bears will also play Pac-12 road contests at Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
The Pac-12 is expected to announce dates for all conference games in early January. All television broadcast information and kickoff times will be announced at later dates.
In addition, Cal and San Diego State jointly announced Thursday a home-and-home series between the schools in 2015 and 2016. The Aztecs will visit Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, 2015, while the Bears are scheduled to play at Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 10, 2016. Cal previously announced a home-and-home series with Texas in 2015 and '16.
Tue Nov 27 12:14am EST
The California football team wasn't much of a presence on the All-Pac-12 teams, but nevertheless, the 3-9 Bears did score a few spots.
Senior center Brian Schwenke was the only Cal player named to the first-team offense. No Bears were named to the first-team defense.
Senior placekicker Vince D'Amato earned first-team special teams honors, thanks to a conference-best 16 field goals (69.6 percent). D'Amato averaged 60.6 yards per kickoff, with 18 touchbacks.
Several Cal players were named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12, including wide receiver/punt returner Keenan Allen, tailback/kickoff returner Brendan Bigelow, safeties Josh Hill and Avery Sebastian, cornerback Steve Williams and linebacker Chris McCain.
Mon Oct 15 09:47pm EDT
BERKELEY - Already having cemented her stature in the prestigious annals of California softball, former Bears pitcher Jocelyn Forest will forever be a fixture in all of Golden Bear Sports with her induction to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Fans can purchase tickets to her induction banquet along with tickets to the Cal vs. Oregon football game at which Forest and the other inductees will be honored.
Forest led the Bears to the 2002 Women's College World Series title over Arizona just a month after the brutal murder of her sister, and has continued to give back to the program since she left Berkeley, discovering pitching prospect Nikki Owens, who is currently a sophomore hurler for Diane Ninemire.
The induction banquet will be on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland. Tickets are $85 each. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $85 each. For more information on ordering tickets, call 510-333-5927 or email info@bigCsociety.org.
At halftime of the Cal vs. Oregon game on Nov. 10, all of the inductees will be recognized on field. Tickets are available for purchase to the football game by calling 800-GO-BEARS.
One of the top softball pitchers in school history, Forest led Cal to the 2002 NCAA championship -- the first NCAA women's team title ever at Cal. She was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after posting a 4-0 record with a 0.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work at the Women's College World Series. She completed her senior year with a 29-12 record and a 1.11 ERA. A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, she was named a second team All-American in both 2001 and '02. Forest won at least 20 games and helped Cal to the WCWS during each of her four years, finishing with 103 victories, 993.2 innings pitched and 1,203 strikeouts. In addition, she was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA regional at UMass as a freshman.
The Class of 2012, which will comprise the 27th group of inductees, consists of:
• Haley Cope - the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and member of the 2004 USA Olympic team
• Jocelyn Forest - the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 Women's College World Series
• Mike Harrison - an All-American catcher who hit 40 home runs during his career
• Bruce Kennedy - a member of three Olympic teams and the 1973 NCAA runner-up in the javelin
• Lamond Murray - a two-time All-Pac-10 basketball forward who scored 1,688 career points
• Anne Walker - an All-Pac-10 performer who helped lift Cal women's golf onto the national stage
Mon Oct 08 07:17pm EDT
BERKELEY — Kameron Jackson and Zach Maynard added to their honors Monday for their performances in Cal's 43-17 victory over No. 25 UCLA last Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Jackson was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and is also a nominee for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Pac-12 Player of the Week. Maynard was one of eight quarterbacks selected as Manning Award Stars of the Week and was also selected the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.
Fans can vote for Jackson on the official Facebook page of the MACCO Bowl Las Vegas through Noon PT on Wednesday. To vote for Maynard for the Manning Award Player of the Week, go to the official Facebook page of the Allstate Sugar Bowl by Thursday at 9 a.m. PT.
On Sunday, Maynard was honored by the College Football Performance Awards as the organization's National Performer of the Week for all players and the National Quarterback Performer of the Week. Jackson was selected as one of the CFPA's two Defensive Back Performers of the Week nationally.
Maynard was responsible for a career-high five touchdowns on a special homecoming night in which a renovated Memorial Stadium was rededicated in memory of all Californians who have lost their lives in war during a halftime ceremony. Maynard tossed a career-high-tying four touchdown passes (his first non-overtime game with four TD throws) and ran for another score. He finished 25-of-30 overall for a season-high 295 yards, with an 83.3 completion percentage and 203.27 quarterback efficiency rating that were both career highs.
Jackson came off the bench to tie a Pac-12 single-game season high with three interceptions after replacing injured starting cornerback Marc Anthony in the first quarter. His first interception came in the Cal end zone with 0:23 seconds remaining in the first half and preserved a 16-7 Bears' lead at the break. He would add two more in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Jackson also had four tackles and Cal's lone pass breakup in the contest.
Mon Oct 08 04:57pm EDT
BERKELEY — The 115th Big Game between Cal and No. 17 Stanford at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20, will kick off at Noon PT, the Pac-12 Conference announced Monday. FOX will telecast the contest that will mark the 30th anniversary of 1982's "The Play" when a five-lateral, 57-yard Golden Bear kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 game produced an improbable 25-20 Cal victory.
With the announcement of the kickoff time for the Big Game, the start time for the annual Big Splash men's water polo match between the Bears and the Cardinal preceding the football game has been set for 9:30 a.m. PT. The teams will play at the Spieker Aquatics Complex on the Cal campus.
The Cal-Stanford rivalry is tied for the eighth longest currently running series between Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams and tied for the 10th longest all-time in college football. Stanford leads the all-time series, 57-46-1, but Cal has won seven of the last 10 games since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford in 2002.
Mon Oct 08 04:56pm EDT
California head men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery has announced that redshirt sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow has undergone successful surgery to repair an injury to his right foot. He will not participate in basketball related activities for six to eight weeks during his recovery.