Deng And Goode On Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
HOUSTON – Cal senior outside linebackers Kuony Deng and Cameron Goode were among a group of 80 football student-athletes across the country selected Thursday to the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award. The honor is given annually by the Rotary Club of Houston to the college football offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker, who in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi.
Below are notes on Deng and Goode with extended bios available by clicking on their names.
Kuony Deng, OLB, 6-4, 245, RSr., 6th Collegiate Season/3rd Season At Cal, Aldie, VA (Independence Community College/Virginia Military Institute/John Champe HS)
2021 Honors – All-California Region Second-Team Preseason (SportsPac12); All-Pac-12 Third-Team Preseason (Athlon, Lindy's), Fourth-Team Preseason (Phil Steele), Honorable Mention Preseason (Pac-12 Media); Key Golden Bears (Athlon); Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List; Pac-12 Media Day Representative; Players To Watch (Athlon); Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List; The Butkus® Award Preseason Watch List
– Has played in and started all 17 games possible at Cal since the beginning of the 2019 season and posted career totals of 150 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss (-37 yards), 3.5 sacks (-14 yards), eight pass breakups, eight passes defended, six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery
– Recorded career highs of 119 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards), 3.0 sacks (-12 yards), eight pass breakups, eight passes defended, five quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery while playing in and starting a career-high all 13 games as a 2019 junior
– Started all four games as a 2020 senior and led the team with 31 tackles and his lone two career forced fumbles both in the fourth quarter of a 21-17 win over Oregon to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, while adding 2.5 tackles for loss (-10 yards) and one quarterback hurry
– Ranked third in the Pac-12 and tied for fourth nationally with his 0.50 forced fumbles per game as a 2020 senior
Cameron Goode, OLB, 6-4, 245, RSr., 6th Season At Cal, Spring, TX (Klein Collins HS)
2021 Honors – All-California Region First-Team Preseason (SportsPac12); All-Pac-12 Second-Team Preseason (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele), Honorable Mention Preseason (Pac-12 Media); Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List; Key Golden Bears (Athlon); Players To Watch (Athlon); Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List; The Butkus® Award Preseason Watch List
– Has played in and started 26 games all at outside linebacker over the past four seasons after redshirting as a 2016 true freshman and posted career totals of 125 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss (-120 yards), 14.0 sacks (-83 yards), two interceptions that he has returned for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, six pass breakups, eight passes defended, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and eight quarterback hurries
– Earned second-team (Pac-12 Coaches, Phil Steele, Jon Wilner) and third-team (SportsPac-12) All-Pac-12 honors when he started all four games as a 2020 senior and contributed 19 tackles, team highs of 8.0 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-12 yards), one fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one pass defended
– Ranked tied for second in the NCAA and the Pac-12 as a 2020 senior with 2.00 tackles for loss per game, as well as sixth in the Pac-12 with 0.75 sacks per game and tied for seventh in the conference with 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest
– Had career highs of 57 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss (-76 yards), 9.5 sacks (-62 yards) and six quarterback hurries, as well as a career-high-tying one forced fumble as a 2019 junior when he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection of the league's coaches
Twelve semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award will be announced Oct. 13 followed by four finalists Nov. 9. Each finalist and their coaches will attend an award ceremony Dec. 8 in Houston, where the 48th Rotary Lombardi Award will be presented to the winner.