Mohamed and Anger Top Cal's Preseason Athlon Sports Picks
June 1, 2010
BERKELEY - Linebacker Mike Mohamed and punter Bryan Anger have both been selected by Athlon Sports as members of the publication's first-team All-Pac-10 preseason teams. Tailback Shane Vereen, a second-team preseason All-Pac-10 selection, is featured on the cover of a regional edition of the magazine that hit newsstands Tuesday.
Mohamed will be one of Cal's most experienced players in 2010, having participated in all 39 games over the last three seasons with 16 starts. He is Cal's active leader in career tackles with 245 and has posted other career totals of 15.0 tackles for loss (-58 yards), 5.0 sacks (-37 yards), six interceptions (36 return yards), two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He will long be remembered in Cal football history for his interception at the Golden Bears' own three-yard line that thwarted a potential game-winning Stanford drive and clinched a 34-28 Cal victory in the 2009 Big Game on The Farm. He also returned one of his three interceptions in 2008 for a touchdown during a 41-20 win over UCLA.
Mohamed received first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 for the first time in his career when he led the conference with 112 tackles, while adding 8.0 tackles for loss and a team-high three interceptions. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice after his performances in victories at Arizona State (12 tackles, 11 solo) and Stanford (10 tackles, 0.5 TFL, game-clinching interception). Mohamed was also selected as Cal's defensive MVP in 2009 by his teammates.
In addition to his performances on the field, Mohamed has been honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, earning first team recognition in each of the last two years. In 2009, he also earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic District 8 First-Team for the first time in his career.
He has already received multiple 2010 preseason honors, including a second-team preseason All-American selection (The Kickoff) and a pair of third-team All-American nods (NationalChamps.net, Phil Steele). He is also on the watch lists for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award and The Lott Trophy.
Anger was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an honorable mention All-American by College Football Insiders as a sophomore in 2009 when he averaged 41.5 yards per punt, including 14 punts of 50 or more yards and 24 that pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line. As a freshman in 2008, he averaged 43.1 yards per punt, booted 16 punts of at least 50 yards and 26 inside the opponents' 20-yard line to earn second-team All-Pac-10 first-team Freshman All-American honors by Sporting News Today, College Football News and Rivals.com. He has averaged 42.3 yards per punt during his career on 140 punts over 26 contests and has been on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award during both of his first two collegiate campaigns, including a national semifinalist selection as a collegiate rookie in 2008.
In 2010, his preseason honors have been highlighted by third-team (Phil Steele) and honorable mention (NationalChamps.net) All-American recognition.
Vereen was an honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection and the team's co-MVP on offense in 2009 after rushing for career-highs of 952 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on 183 carries, also a career-high. In addition, Vereen led the Bears in rushing yards and carries, while sharing the team lead in rushing scores with Jahvid Best and ranking second with 14 total touchdowns to the 16 totaled by Best. Vereen's 2009 per-game totals in rushing (No. 6, 73.23), all-purpose running (No. 6-T, 135.15), scoring (No. 10-T, 6.46) and total offense (No. 15, 73.23) were also among the Pac-10 leaders, while his average of 22.96 yards per kick return ranked sixth in the league. His signature contest came during the Big Game at Stanford when he led the Bears to a 34-28 victory, rushing 42 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns, all setting or equaling career-bests.
A total of nine Bears received 2010 preseason All-Pac-10 honors from Athlon Sports.Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan and offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz joined Vereen on the second team, while wide receiver Marvin Jones, safety Sean Cattouse and punt returner Jeremy Ross garnered third-team honors.
Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.
Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit CalBears.com to purchase your 2010 season tickets now. Season-ticket holders for 2010 are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2011 season tickets for games at AT&T Park, which will go on sale at a later date.