Two Golden Bears Selected First Team All-America by AFCA
Nov. 30, 2006
BERKELEY - California senior cornerback Daymeion Hughes and junior running back Marshawn Lynch were named first team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on Thursday. In addition, Hughes and sophomore punt returner DeSean Jackson were named first team All-Americans by Rivals.com. Lynch was a second team All-American by Rivals and senior linebacker Desmond Bishop and senior defensive tackle Brandon Mebane were third team honorees.
Lynch and Hughes were named the Pac-10 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, as well.
Lynch, an Oakland product, has turned out an impressive trifecta in the Pac-10 thus far this year, leading the conference in rushing yardage (107.1 yards per game), all-purpose yardage (142.3 yards per game) and touchdowns (13, tied with Jackson). The junior became just the second player in Cal history with two 100-yard rushing seasons and is the fourth Golden Bear to tally over 3,000 career rushing yards.
Hughes entered the season as one of the nation's top cornerbacks and only solidified that status during the year. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks second in the nation with eight interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. The Los Angeles product also has 62 tackles and 11 pass break-ups this season. For his career, he has 15 interceptions to rank second all-time in Cal history.
Jackson has established himself as one of the most exciting players in the nation. He leads the country in punt return average with 19.1 yards per return, including a Pac-10 record four returns for touchdowns this year. He is also a potent threat at receiver, leading the Golden Bears with 47 catches for 852 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bishop, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, is the second-leading tackler in the conference with 104 takedowns while Mebane, a two-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree, has registered a career-best 41 tackles while anchoring the defensive line.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions, while Rivals is a relatively new addition to the All-American field.
California, currently 8-3 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 play, closes its regular season on Saturday, hosting Stanford for the 109th playing of The Big Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. Following the Big Game, the Golden Bears will battle Texas A&M in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28th in San Diego.