Alualu and Thompson Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

Jan. 6, 2010

BERKELEY - Former Cal football players Tyson Alualu and Syd'Quan Thompson accepted invitations to the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl, game officials announced Wednesday. The Senior Bowl is scheduled to be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30 (1 p.m. PT). The NFL Network will televise the contest live.

Alualu played all 52 games possible with 40 starts over his Cal career, including a run of 39 consecutive starts over his final three campaigns to cap his career. He final career numbers were highlighted by 195 tackles to go along with 26.0 TFL (-134 yards), 16.0 sacks (-111 yards), seven passes defended, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Alualu earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career as a senior in 2009 and led all Pac-10 defensive linemen with 65 tackles, while also contributing 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Thompson was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, earning the honor in each of his final two campaigns. He started all 52 games possible over his four-year career (2006-09) to set a school record for starts as he held down a starting cornerback job for each of his four seasons. Thompson finished his career as Cal's all-time leader in pass breakups with 36 while other notable final career totals included 257 tackles, seven interceptions that he returned for 204 yards, 43 passes defended, 20.0 tackles for loss (65 yards) and 36 punt returns that he brought back for a total of 389 yards, including one that he returned 73 yards for a touchdown vs. Colorado State in 2008. Thompson recorded a career-high 78 tackles as a sophomore in 2007 and recorded four of his seven career picks in 2008.

Syd'Quan Thompson accepted a bid to the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl on Wednesday

Thompson is also on the West Roster for the East-West Shrine Game along with offensive lineman Mike Tepper and wide receiver Verran Tucker.

Tepper spent six seasons with the Cal football program after he was granted a sixth season of eligibility following a pectoral injury that ended his scheduled 2008 senior season before it began. Tepper responded by earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a sixth-year senior and starting all 13 games in his final collegiate season in 2009. He ended his career with 39 games played and 28 starts.

Tucker spent two seasons with the Bears after transferring from El Camino College prior to the 2008 campaign. He contributed 50 catches for 816 yards and four TDs, while averaging 16.3 yards per catch over 25 contests and 13 starts. He was second on the club in receiving yards in both of his seasons, improving his total to 453 as a senior in 2009 after picking up 362 in his first season with the Bears. He was also second on the club with 29 receptions during his senior campaign.

The East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for Jan., 23 (12 p.m. PT) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

All four players finished their collegiate careers at Cal in 2009.

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