Davis’ Midseason All-American Selection Leads Cal’s Steele Honorees
CLEVELAND, OH – Trevor Davis (Jr., WR/RET) was selected a third-team Midseason All-American as a kick returner to lead five Cal players chosen for Phil Steele Midseason Awards announced Friday. Davis was also a first-team Midseason All-Pac-12 selection as a kick returner, while second-team all-conference selections were earned by sophomore Chris Borrayo (So., OL), Jared Goff (So., QB), Mustafa Jalil (Jr., DT) and Griffin Piatt (So., DB).
Davis tied FBS and Pac-12 single-game records when he became the first player in Cal history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game at Washington State, bringing back two consecutive kickoffs for 100-yard and 98-yard scores in the third quarter.
Cal will next be in action when the Golden Bears host UCLA at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:30 p.m. PT). The game will be televised by ABC/ESPN2 with audio broadcasts of all Cal football games also available on KGO 810 AM, the Cal IMG Sports Network, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and online at CalBears.com via TuneIn.
Cal is 4-2 overall and has a winning record at the halfway point of the season for the first time since 2009, while UCLA also has a 4-2 overall mark and is 1-2 in the Pac-12.
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66 – Chris Borrayo, OL, 6-3, 300, So., 1L (Paramount, CA/Paramount HS)
Borrayo has been the leader on an offensive line that ranks in the top 15 nationally in team passing efficiency (3rd, 171.59), passing offense (4th, 382.5), scoring offense (10th, 42.8), third-down conversion percentage (11th, 45-92, 48.9%), total offense (14th, 518.3 ypg) and passing yards per completion (14th, 14.53). Cal is also second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, passing efficiency, passing offense and third-down conversion percentage.
9 – Trevor Davis, WR/RET, 6-2, 180, Jr., RS (Martinez, CA/Hawai’i/Alhambra HS)
Davis is averaging 40.1 yards per kick return (7-281) and one of five players nationally with two kick returns for touchdowns. Davis tied FBS and Pac-12 single-game records when he became the first player in Cal history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game at Washington State, bringing back two consecutive kickoffs for 100-yard and 98-yard scores in the third quarter. Davis became the 20th player in FBS history with two kickoff returns in the same contest and the third in the Pac-12. Davis' 198 kickoff return yards were also a single-game school record while he added three receptions for 82 yards with a career-high two touchdown catches to give him a career-high four scores. Davis' 280 all-purpose yards were also a career-high. In addition, Davis has 18 receptions, 331 yards receiving and three touchdown receptions in his first season on the field at Cal after transferring from Hawai'i prior to the 2013 campaign but sitting out the season due to transfer requirements.
16 – Jared Goff, QB, 6-4, 210, So., 1L (Novato, CA/Marin Catholic HS)
Goff has completed 152-of-232 passes (65.5%) for 2,179 yards with 22 touchdowns and three interceptions over the first six games of the 2014 season for an impressive 173.12 passer efficiency rating that is better than the school’s single-season mark of 164.5 established by Dave Barr in 1993. Goff ranks second in the Pac-12 in touchdown passes, passing yards per game (363.2 ypg), passing yards per completion (14.34 ypc) and passing efficiency (173.1), while ranking third nationally in TD passes and fourth nationally in passing yards per game and passing efficiency. Goff is also third in the Pac-12 in points responsible for (132), yards per pass attempt (9.39 ypa), points responsible for per game (22.3 ppg) and total offense (351.2 ypg), while ranking eighth, 11th, 14th and 15th nationally. In addition, he is fourth in the Pac-12 and 10th nationally in completions per game (25.33 cpg). Goff threw for a school-record 527 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions on 37-of-53 passing in Cal’s 60-59 victory over Washington State on Oct. 4 to earn Co-National and Co-Quarterback Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards, both for the second consecutive week. He was also named the Walter Camp Foundation and College Sports Madness Offensive Player of the Week for his performance the previous game when he threw seven touchdowns in a 59-56 double overtime win over Colorado.
90 – Mustafa Jalil, DT, 6-3, 295, Jr., 2L (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS)
Jalil has started all six games after missing all of 2013 and much of 2012 due to a knee injury. He is tied for second on the team with 3.0 tackles for loss (-9 yards) and tied for third on the team with 1.0 sacks (-7 yards) while contributing 10 tackles.
26 – Griffin Piatt, S, 6-3, 200, So., SQ (Moraga, CA/Campolindo HS)
Piatt is among NCAA and Pac-12 leaders in interceptions (0.50 pg, #T2 Pac-12, #T16 NCAA), passes defended (1.50 pg, #2 Pac-12, #14 NCAA) and tackles (6.7, #21 Pac-12) but did suffer a season-ending knee injury in his most recent contest against Washington. In his first season on the field and fat safety after having previously been a wide receiver, Piatt returned from a serious knee injury to lead Cal in tackles (40), interceptions (3) and pass breakups (6), while adding 1.0 tackles for loss (-12 yards) and 1.0 sacks (-12 yards) over his first six games before suffering the injury that ended his 2014 season. He also had one interception in each of the first three games.