Cal Center Alex Mack Earns Multiple Preseason Honors
May 7, 2008
BERKELEY - Alex Mack continues to add to the impressive tradition of offensive line success at the University of California. The senior center has been named a Playboy Preseason All-American, one of the more prestigious preseason All-American teams in the country. In addition, he has been selected to Watch Lists for multiple national awards, including the Rimington Trophy (top center in the nation), the Rotary Lombardi Award (top offensive or defensive lineman) and the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman).
Last season, Mack was a first-team All-American according to The Sporting News and also earned All-America honors from many other entities. In addition, he earned the Morris Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10 as voted on by the league's defensive linemen. One of just three players to be a unanimous first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2007, the Santa Barbara product anchored the Cal offensive line which allowed just 11 sacks (best in the Pac-10, third in the nation). He was voted the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman (Brick Muller Award) after leading the team in pancakes, knockdowns and cuts.
Not just an exceptional football player, Mack expects to earn his degree in legal studies this May. He is a two-time selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team in 2007 after a second-team slot in 2006.
Over the last two seasons, Cal's offensive line has allowed just 24 sacks, a mark which ranks third in the nation. In addition, Cal has had two players (Mack and Ryan O'Callaghan in 2005) earn the Morris Trophy and the Bears have seven offensive linemen active in the NFL.
Mack's selection to the Playboy team marks the third straight year that the Golden Bears have had an honoree. In 2006, cornerback Daymeion Hughes was selected and last year, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was on the team.
The nine-year old Rimington Trophy is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All- America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman. The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams including the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. For more information, visit http://rimingtontrophy.com.
Founded in the weeks following the 1970 death from cancer of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, the Rotary Lombardi Award has consistently delivered upon the mission set forth by Marie Lombardi when she granted the use of her late husband's name. Her only stipulation was that all net proceeds from the event be donated to the American Cancer Society. Millions of dollars have been raised since that time. The semifinalists are announced in mid-October and the awards dinner is held in Houston in early December. Mack is one of just three semifinalists for last year's award that remain in school in 2008. For more information, visit www.RotaryLomardiAward.com.
The Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century, has been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football since 1946. With input from the entire FWAA membership, the winner is selected by the FWAA's All-America Committee, which selects the association's 25-man All-America team and picks the three Outland Trophy finalists and the winner. The 2008 Outland Trophy announcement will be on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla., on the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Three finalists will appear on the show. The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be on Jan. 15, 2008 in Omaha, Neb.
Season tickets for the 2008 Cal Football schedule are currently available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. In addition to the opener against Michigan State, other games on the Cal home slate include the 111th edition of the Big Game vs. Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and Colorado State.