Zeandae Johnson Accepts Hula Bowl Invite
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Former Cal defensive lineman Zeandae Johnson has accepted an invitation to play in the 2021 Hula Bowl Classic Football Game scheduled to take place at Aloha Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. The game will be televised live by CBS Sports Network with kickoff slated for 6:30 pm PT/4:30 pm HT.
Johnson becomes the third former Cal player to accept an invitation to a 2021 college all-star bowl game showcasing the nation's top seniors with his Cal teammates offensive lineman Jake Curhan and cornerback Camryn Bynum having previously accepted invitations to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.
The Hula Bowl was played every year from 1946-2008 before taking an 11-year hiatus and then returning in 2020.
Below are notes on Johnson with an extended bio available by clicking on his name.
Zeandae Johnson, DL, 6-4, 290, Fresno, CA (Central HS)
– Played in 41 career games and 18 career starts during six seasons at Cal from 2015-20
– Posted career totals of 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss (-40 yards), 5.5 sacks (-32 yards), one forced fumble, nine quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two passes defended
– Participated in all 30 contests over the past three campaigns as a 2018 sophomore, 2019 junior and 2020 senior
– Granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA in 2020 due to a medical hardship that caused him to miss both the entire 2015 and 2017 campaigns
– Had career highs of 29 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), 3.5 sacks (-25 yards), two pass breakups, two passes defended, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries while playing in a career-high-tying all 13 games for the second consecutive campaign as a junior in a season that culminated with a Defensive Player of the Game performance in a Redbox Bowl victory over Illinois
– Started all four games in a senior season shortened by COVID-19 and contributed eight tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and one quarterback hurry