Bay Area College Football Media Session And Luncheon To Take Place Monday In San Francisco

Aug. 3, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - The second annual Bay Area College Football Media Session and Luncheon will take place at Hotel Nikko on Monday, August 3, 2009, beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT. You can stay updated on the action via the CalAthletics Twitter feed.

Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best and Syd'Quan Thompson will be in San Francisco for the event.

Head coaches Jim Harbaugh of Stanford and Dick Tomey of San Jose State, along with two players from each school, will also be present at the event hosted by the Emerald Bowl.

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.

California has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Pac-10 preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the league for the fifth time in the last six years. USC was the media's preseason choice to win the conference title for an eighth consecutive season (Cal shared the conference crown in 2006). The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 28 of the 32 voters participating in the poll while Cal claimed three of the four other first-place votes. Oregon (one first-place vote) was picked third and followed by Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Washington State.

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), (No. 13), (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.

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.

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:

Anton Malko, Assistant Director
(Secondary Football Contact)
Office: (510) 642-7813

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

(510) 334-0791E-mail:

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 at ...
Detailed information produced specifically to members of the media can be accessed online by visiting

Running Back Jahvid Best
Cal's Heisman Trophy Candidate
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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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