Four Honored on Phil Steele’s All-Pac-12 Team
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Four Cal players were named Friday to Phil Steele’s 2013 Postseason All-Pac-12 team with Deandre Coleman (Sr., DT), Vincenzo D’Amato (Sr., PK), Chris Harper (So., WR) and Khalfani Muhammad (Fr., KR) all picking up third-team honors.
Coleman, D’Amato and Muhammad had all previously received at least one postseason All-Pac-12 honor each, while Harper was selected for the first time to become the seventh Cal player to earn a Pac-12 postseason honor. Cole Leininger (So., P) was previously announced as a second-team pick of Athlon, while both Jared Goff (Fr., QB) and Bryce Treggs (So., WR) were honorable mention selections of the league’s coaches.
91 – Deandre Coleman, DL, 6-5, 315, Sr. (Seattle, WA/Garfield HS)Coleman was one of three Cal players to start all 12 games in 2013 and led the Golden Bears in tackles for loss (career-high 9.0) and tackle for loss yardage (-27 yards), while ranking third in sacks (2.5, -4 yards) and first among defensive linemen in tackles (40). He added one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
Coleman was earlier named honorable mention All-Pac-12 by the league’s coaches and was also a Phil Steele third-team Midseason All-Pac-12 selection.
Coleman played in all 49 games possible with 25 starts during his collegiate career at Cal over the past four seasons (2010-13) after redshirting as a true freshman in 2009. He finished with 125 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 7.5 sacks (-39 yards), three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and four quarterback hurries.
13 – Vincenzo D’Amato, PK, 6-1, 205, Sr. (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS)D'Amato connected on a career-high 17 of 20 field goal attempts to finish the 2013 regular season tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 26th nationally in ﬁeld goal percentage (85.0%), making all 14 of his attempts from inside 45 yards. He was also tied for third in the Pac-12 and tied for 22nd nationally with an average of 1.42 field goals made per contest. D’Amato led the Golden Bears in scoring with a career-high 82 points, adding a career-high 31 extra points on 32 attempts to his field goal total. In addition, he had a career-high 20 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Bouza on a fake field goal to cap Cal’s first drive of the season against Northwestern.
D’Amato had previously earned spots on All-Pac-12 teams selected by the league’s coaches (second-team) and Athlon (third-team). He was also an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection. In addition to his Pac-12 honors in 2013, D’Amato was one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and one of 30 final candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. He was also a Phil Steele fourth-team Midseason All-American and second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 selection.
D’Amato finished his collegiate career with 212 points, making 40-of-55 field goal attempts (72.7%) with a long of 52 at Washington State during his junior season and 92-of-96 extra-point tries (95.8%). He played in 35 games from 2009-13, including all 24 possible contests over his final two campaigns.
6 – Chris Harper, WR, 6-0, 180, So. (Northridge, CA/Crespi HS)Harper, who was also a second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 selection of Steele, started 10 of the 11 games he played in and led Cal with career highs of 852 yards receiving and five touchdown catches in 2013. He was also second on the club with a career-high 70 receptions that were seventh on the school’s all-time single-season list. Harper ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in per-game receptions (6.4 rpg) and sixth in receiving yards (77.5 ypg) at the end of the regular season, as well as 29th and 55th in the nation, respectively. He also had team season-highs and career bests when he caught 14 balls for 231 yards against Washington State that were both the third-highest single-game totals in school history. In addition, Harper an 89-yard touchdown reception against the Cougars that was Cal’s longest play from scrimmage in 2013 and the second-longest pass play in school history. His five touchdowns ranked tied for first on the team, while his 30 points were tied for second and his 876 all-purpose yards third (852 receiving, 18 punt return, 6 rushing).
In his first two seasons at Cal in 2012 and 2013, Harper has combined for 111 catches, 1,396 yards receiving and seven touchdown grabs. He is Cal’s active career leader in all three categories.
29 – Khalfani Muhammad, RET, 5-8, 175, Fr. (Los Angeles, CA/Notre Dame HS)Muhammad earned his honor as a kick returner after leading Cal and ranking second in the Pac-12 in kick return yardage (1,006) as well as second in the conference and fourth nationally in kick return yards, and fifth in yards per kick return (21.9 ypr) on 46 returns that were the third most in the country, with both his yardage and number of returns the most in school history. He was also Cal’s leader in all-purpose yardage (1,638) while ranking sixth in the conference and 16th in the country with an average of 148.9 all-purpose yards per game. In addition, Muhammad paced the Bears with 445 yards rushing, four touchdowns on the ground and an average of 6.0 yards per carry that was the highest among the team’s regulars. He also added 14 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. His five total touchdowns tied for the most on the team and gave him 30 points to rank tied for second on the squad in scoring. In addition, he had the team’s longest rush of the season with a 73-yard touchdown run at Washington and longest kickoff return with a 52-yarder against Oregon State over 11 games played and one start.