2009 California Football Team Preview

Aug. 22, 2009

  • TEAM PREVIEWS: ARIZ | ASU


    2009 Pac-10 Football Preview Series

    ASU

    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 9-4
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 6-3/4th

    Starters Returning/Lost: 17/7
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 2/0

    First Year of Football: 1882
    All-Time Record: 616-471-51
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 272-302-21
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 10-8-1
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2008 (def. Miami in Emerald Bowl)

    tedfordHEAD COACH JEFF TEDFORD
    (Fresno State 1983)
    Seventh Year at California

    Record at California: 59-30 (.663), 6 years
    Overall Career Record: Same

    Coaching Experience
    Embarking in his seventh season at the Golden Bears' helm ... prior to arriving in Berkeley, was the Offensive Coordinator at Oregon ... also coached at his alma mater, Fresno State, and in the CFL ... led Cal to a share of the Conference crown in 2007.

    IMPORTANT LINKS
    Team Page | Schedule | Roster | Purchase Tickets

    PAC-10 MEDIA DAY
    All-Access Video | Download Podcast | Quotes
    ESPN Pac-10 Highlight Video | Pac-10 Composite Schedule

    BEARS ON WATCH LISTS
    Jahvid Best Announced As 2009 Doak Walker Award Candidate
    Bryan Anger On 2009 Ray Guy Award Watch List
    Syd'Quan Thompson Named To Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
    Jahvid Best Selected To 2009 Walter Camp Award Watch List
    Cal's Jahvid Best Fourth On ESPN.com Heisman List
    Syd'Quan Thompson Named To Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
    Cal's Jahvid Best Continues To Rack Up Preseason Honors
    Tyson Alualu And Syd'Quan Thompson Named To Watch List

     

    A QUICK LOOK AT THE GOLDEN BEARS
    OFFENSE:
    California returns seven starters on offense with the headliner being All-Pac-10 TB Jahvid Best, among the favorites for the Heisman Trophy entering 2009. Best led the Pac-10 in rushing by a large margin and had eye-popping numbers. He rushed for 1,580 yards (131.7 yards per game) and 15 TDs, while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. The yards were good for third in rushing in the nation. Best also led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (187.2 yards per game) and kickoff returns. Cal always seems to have two good tailbacks as backup Shane Vereen rushed for 715 yards, as well. Also back is starting QB Kevin Riley, although he may have to battle to hold off talented youngster Brock Mansion.

    DEFENSE: Eight starters return to a defensive unit that ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense last year at 19.9 points per game. Included are all the starters on the defensive line and the entire starting secondary. DEs Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan anchor the line and stellar CB Syd’Quan Thompson is the leader in a veteran secondary. Three good linebackers need to be replaced, but LB Mike Mohamed is considered a rising star.

    THE SCHEDULE: Cal plays six at home and six on the road after completing last season 7-0 at home, but just 1-4 away from Memorial Stadium. The Bears have a rugged early stretch with road games at Minnesota and Oregon, followed by a home game vs. USC.

     

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    FIVE GOLDEN BEARS TO WATCH

    4Jahvid Best
    JR • TB • 5-10 • 195

    5 • Syd'Quan Thompson
    SR • CB • 5-9 • 191

    44 • Tyson Alualu
    SR • DE • 6-3 • 295

    19 • Bryan Anger
    SO • P • 6-4 • 199

    18 • Mike Mohamed
    JR • LB • 6-3 • 237

     
    2009 SCHEDULE
     
     
    (6 home, 6 away)
     
    Sept. 5 Maryland MD leads, 1-0
    Sept. 12 Eastern Washington First meeting
    Sept. 19 at Minnesota CAL leads, 3-2
    Sept. 26 at Oregon CAL leads, 39-30-2
    Oct. 3 USC USC leads, 61-30-5
    Oct. 17 at UCLA UCLA leads, 49-28-1
    Oct. 24 Washington State CAL leads, 40-25-5
    Oct. 31 at Arizona State Series tied, 14-14
    Nov. 7 Oregon State CAL leads, 33-28
    Nov. 14 Arizona Series tied, 13-13-2
    Nov. 21 at Stanford STAN leads, 55-45-11
    Dec. 5 at Washington WASH leads, 47-38-4
         
     
    2008 RESULTS
     
    (9-4, 6-3 Pac-10/4th)
    W, 38-31 Michigan State
    W, 66-3 at Washington State
    L, 27-35 at Maryland
    W, 42-7 Colorado State
    W, 24-14 Arizona State
    L, 27-42 at Arizona
    W, 41-20 UCLA
    W, 26-16 Oregon
    L, 3-17 at USC
    L, 21-34 at Oregon State
    W, 37-16 Stanford
    W, 48-7 Washington
    W, 24-17 vs. Miami (Emerald Bowl)
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