Jeff Tedford And Jahvid Best To Particpate In Thursday's Pac-10 Media Day

July 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The Pacific-10 Conference will conduct its annual Football Media Day on Thursday, July 30, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT, and you can follow all of the action on Pac-10.org! The event will be streamed live and, for the first time, fans can take part and submit questions for the Pac-10 head coaches and players in attendance.

Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best are in Los Angeles for the event.

Each Pac-10 institution will be represented by its head football coach and a leading returning student-athlete, who will be given the opportunity to address media members from around the country. In addition, new Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott will be on hand to address the media.

Questions may be submitted at any time leading up to the event or on the day itself. The best questions will be selected and asked by the webcast's host, Steve Physoic, who will be calling Pac-10 football games this season on Fox Sports Net. Fans can participate by tweeting their questions to twitter.com/pac10.

The Media Day will proceed with the following schedule:

9:30 am - Introduction - Jim Muldoon
9:35 am - Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:45 am - Paul Wulff/C Kenny Alfred - Washington State
10:00 am - Steve Sarkisian/OLB Donald Butler - Washington
10:15 am - Rick Neuheisel/MLB Reggie Carter - UCLA
10:30 am - Jim Harbaugh/RB Toby Gerhart - Stanford
10:45 am - Dennis Erickson/OLB Mike Nixon - Arizona State
11:00 am - Break
11:10 am - Mike Stoops/FS Cam Nelson - Arizona
11:25 am - Jeff Tedford/TB Jahvid Best - California
11:40 am - Mike Riley/OLB Keaton Kristick - Oregon State
11:55 am - Chip Kelly/CB Walter Thurmond III - Oregon
12:10 pm - Pete Carroll/FS Taylor Mays - USC
12:25 pm - Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott

2009 Cal Preseason Notes

2009 Training Camp Around The Corner
Cal opens its 2009 training camp on Friday, August 7. The team is scheduled to conduct 24 practice sessions over 23 days during the camp that culminates with Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 29.

For Openers
Cal opens its 2009 season at Memorial Stadium by hosting Maryland on Saturday, September 5 (7:00 pm PT) in a contest to be televised nationally by ESPN2. Cal is 4-0 when opening the season at home under current head coach Jeff Tedford.

Preseason Rankings & Honors
Cal is listed as high as No. 9 among the 2009 preseason magazines as the Golden Bears check in there in Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview. Steele also refers to the Bears as 'a legitimate National Title contender' in his preview of the team. The Bears are ranked in the Top-25 in nearly every preseason publication, including Athlon (No. 11), Lindy's (No. 12), ESPN.com (No. 13), NationalChamps.net (No. 16) and Sporting News (No. 21).

Cal players have received multiple honors prior to the 2009 season (full list on following page). The first-team preseason All-American selections of Bryan Anger, Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best and Syd'Quan Thompson highlight the list. Anger (Punter) and Best (Overall Player, Running Back) are also on official watch lists for College Football Performance Awards, while Thompson is on the Lott Trophy watch list.

Turn On Your Televisions Around The Nation
Four of Cal's first five games will be televised nationally. The team's September 5 season-opener at home against Maryland (ESPN2) and the September 19 contest at Minnesota (ESPN or ESPN2) will be followed by back-to-back ABC games at Oregon and against USC on September 26 and October 3, respectively.

The Tedford Factor
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has compiled a 59-30 record during his first seven seasons at Cal. Tedford, who ranks fourth on the school's all-time win list, has led his teams to school records of six straight bowl games and four consecutive postseason wins. Since his arrival in 2002, Cal has posted an overall record of 5-1 in bowl games after having earned bowl bids just four times since 1979. For good measure, Tedford is also 6-1 in Big Games against local rival Stanford.

Best Picks Up Team's Seventh Straight 1,000-Yard Rushing Season
Jahvid Best's 1,580 yards rushing in 2008 ranked second all-time at Cal and marked the seventh consecutive season in which a Golden Bear running back gained over 1,000 yards on the ground. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have accomplished the feat and is nearing USC's record 10-year run from 1972-81. Joe Igber started the current trend in 2002 when he became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in nine seasons.

Home Sweet Home
Cal has been both extremely successful and popular with fans at home over the past five seasons. During the time period the Golden Bears have posted an overall record of 27-4 and been unbeaten at home three times (2004, `06, `08). Last year, Cal averaged 61,634 fans per contest to mark the fourth time in the last five years the Bears have drawn more than 60,000 per game. In terms of pure numbers, Cal attracted its second-highest total ever in 2008 with 431,437 fans attending seven home dates. Only the 2006 season, which drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest, has had a larger total final home attendance count. Cal has also drawn at least 50,000 fans for each of its last 31 home games spanning the past five seasons.

Academic Prowess
• Cal has had 74 players claim Pac-10 All-Academic honors in seven seasons under head coach Jeff Tedford. Last year, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy honoring college football's top scholar-athlete.

Offense Quick Notes
• Cal has averaged at least 30.0 points per game in six of the last seven years after averaging 32.6 in 2008.
• Cal has won 22 straight games in which the Bears have scored 30 or more points.
• Cal features first-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who was at the helm of Utah's offense last year, when the Utes were 13-0 and finished ranked second in the nation.
• Cal is expected to start 2009 training camp with a three-way competition for the starting quarterback spot between Kevin Riley, Brock Mansion and Beau Sweeney.
• Cal returns four of its top six pass catchers from 2008 in Nyan Boateng, Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen and Jeremy Ross.
• Cal will feature seven players on its offensive line with at least one collegiate start.

Defense Quick Notes
• Cal returns eight defensive starters from a team that ranked among the nation's best in nearly every defensive category last year. The Golden Bears return their entire defensive line and defensive backfield, but will need to replace three of four starting linebackers.
• Cal's 2009 defense features a first-team preseason All-American and a Lott Trophy candidate in Syd'Quan Thompson. Tyson Alualu has also earned 2009 honorable mention preseason All-American recognition.

Special Teams Quick Notes
• Cal returns all starting members from its kicking and return games in sophomores Bryan Anger (punter), David Seawright and Giorgio Tavecchio (placekickers), Best (kick return) and Thompson (punt return).
• Anger has earned first-team 2009 preseason All-America honors as a punter, while Best (tailback) and Thompson (cornerback) have picked up the same recognition at their primary positions.

2009 Media Information

Cal Athletics Media Relations
349 Haas PavilionBerkeley, Calif. 94720Office: (510) 642-5363Fax: (510) 643-7778

Kyle McRae, Associate Director
(Lead Football Contact)
Office: (510) 643-4723 | Cell: (510) 219-9340E-mail: mcrae@berkeley.edu

Anton Malko, Assistant Director
(Secondary Football Contact)
Office: (510) 642-7813
E-mail: amalko@berkeley.edu

Herb Benenson, Assistant AD/Media Relations
(Football Credentials)
Office: (510) 642-0515 | Cell:

(510) 334-0791E-mail: benenson@berkeley.edu

2009 Information Guide
The California Golden Bears Football Information Guide will be published online only in 2009. The publication can be printed, downloaded and viewed from CalBears.com at ... calbears.com/sports/m-footbl/09cal_fb_infoguide.html

CalBears.com/media
Detailed information produced specifically to members of the media can be accessed online by visiting calbears.com/media.

SIMPLY THE BEST
Running Back Jahvid Best
Cal's Heisman Trophy Candidate
Stay up-to-date on Cal's Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best this season at calbears.com/simplythebest.

The website will feature an array of information on the junior running back and his bid for college football's most prestigious honor. Best has earned first-team preseason All-America honors and is on nearly everyone's list of Heisman Trophy candidates.

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