D’Amato Leads Cal’s Phil Steele Midseason Honorees
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato was selected a fourth-team All-American to lead five Cal players honored on Phil Steele 2013 Midseason All-American and All-Pac-12 teams announced Thursday. D’Amato was also a second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 pick along with sophomore wide receiver Chris Harper. Senior defensive tackle Deandre Coleman, freshman kick returner Khalfani Muhammad and sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Rigsbee earned third-team All-Pac-12 recognition.
91 – Deandre Coleman, DL, 6-5, 315, Sr., 3L, Seattle, WA (Garfield HS)2013 Phil Steele Midseason Third-Team All-Pac-12Coleman has started all six games in 2013 and leads the Golden Bears in tackles for loss (5.5, -15 yards), while ranking second in sacks (1.5, -2 yards) and first among defensive linemen in tackles (21). Coleman’s average of 0.92 tackles for loss per game is tied for 15th in the Pac-12. Coleman is Cal’s active career leader in tackles (106), tackles for loss (23.0), tackle for loss yards (-77), sacks (6.5) and sack yards (-37). He has played in all 43 games possible with 19 starts over the past four seasons.
13 – Vincenzo D’Amato, PK, 6-1, 205, Sr., 3L, Lake Forest, CA (El Toro HS)2013 Phil Steele Midseason Fourth-Team All-American, Second-Team All-Pac-12D'Amato, one of 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, earned the first All-American honor of his career. He is tied for third nationally and ﬁrst in the Pac-12 in ﬁeld goals made with an average of 2.0 per contest. D’Amato has connected on 12 of his 13 attempts to rank third in the conference and 22nd nationally in ﬁeld goal percentage (92.3%). D’Amato also leads the team in scoring with 51 points and is tied for 40th nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 (ﬁfth among kickers) with an average of 8.5 points per game. D’Amato, who entered the 2013 season as Cal’s lone returning first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2013, is Cal's active career leader with 181 points, making 35-of-48 field goals and 76-of-80 extra-point attempts since beginning his collegiate career at Cal in 2009.
6 – Chris Harper, WR, 6-0, 180, So., 1L, Northridge, CA (Crespi HS)2013 Phil Steele Midseason Second-Team All-Pac-12Harper, a member of the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award honoring the nation’s top receiver, leads the team with career highs of 45 receptions, 605 yards receiving and four scores. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in receptions (7.6 rpg), as well third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation in receiving yards (114.0 ypg). Harper had a huge performance against Washington State, posting career highs of 14 catches and 231 receiving yards while adding a touchdown catch. One of Harper’s catches against the Cougars went for an 89-yard touchdown, the second-longest pass play in school history. Harper is Cal’s active career leader in receptions (86), yards receiving (1,149) and touchdown catches (6) over his first 18 games with 10 starts.
29 – Khalfani Muhammad, KR, 5-8, 175, Fr., HS, Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame HS)2013 Phil Steele Midseason Third-Team All-Pac-12Muhammad, selected as a kick returner Muhammad, has team highs of 19 kick returns and 437 kick return yards, with his average of 23.0 yards per kick return ranking tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and tied for 50th nationally. He is also currently the top running back on Cal’s depth chart and an all-around threat that ranks sixth in the Pac-12 and 18th nationally with an average of 143.8 all-purpose yards per game. Muhammad has 719 all-purpose yards (162 rush, 120 receiving, 437 kick return) in five games, returning last Saturday at UCLA after having missed the previous contest against Washington State with an injury. He compiled career and team season-highs of 224 all-purpose yards and 158 kick return yards on seven kick returns against the Bruins, while also garnering his ﬁrst collegiate start at running back and ﬁnishing the game with a personal-best 14 carries for 63 yards that were just shy of his career high. Muhammad had 13 rushes for a career-high 68 rushing yards as well as his ﬁrst collegiate touchdown against Portland State, with half of his rushing yards on a career-long 33-yarder. Muhammad also had career high of four receptions and 85 yards receiving, including a career-long 62-yarder, against the Vikings.
73 – Jordan Rigsbee, OL, 6-4, 310, So., 1L, Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)2013 Phil Steele Midseason Third-Team All-Pac-12Rigsbee has started all six games at right guard in 2013 and 18 consecutive at the position overall.