Cal Trio On Senior Bowl Watch List
MOBILE, Ala. – Cal seniors Kuony Deng, Cameron Goode and Elijah Hicks were selected Thursday to the watch list for the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl. Deng is on the watch list for the second consecutive year and all three returned to Cal for a second senior campaign when the NCAA granted an additional season of eligibility to all student-athletes on 2020 rosters due to COVID-19.
This season's game will be played at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile and televised live on NFL Network and held Feb. 5, 2022 (1:30 pm CT/11:30 am PT). Practices are live on ESPN with NFL Network producing a daily recap show airing in primetime.
The Golden Bears have a long association with the prestigious college all-star game with 40 all-time selections since the game's inception in 1950 including most recently Camryn Bynum and Jake Curhan in 2021. Cameron Jordan was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 2021 while Davis Webb was the MVP of the 2017 contest and Jim Carmichael the first Cal player selected in 1956.
Below are notes on the Cal trio 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); Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List; Rotary Lombardi 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 in the season finale 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); Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List; Rotary Lombardi 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
Elijah Hicks, S, 5-11, 200, Sr., 5th Season At Cal, Long Beach, CA (La Mirada HS/St. John Bosco HS)
2021 Honors – All-Pac-12 Third Team Preseason (Athlon), Honorable Mention Preseason (Pac-12 Media); Players To Watch (Athlon); Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List
– Has played in all 42 games possible with 34 starts over the last four seasons since his arrival at Cal in January of 2017 and posted career totals of 141 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-25 yards), 2.0 sacks (-7 yards), two interceptions that he has returned for a combined 64 yards and one touchdown, 12 pass breakups, 14 passes defended and two forced fumbles
– Contributed career highs of 44 tackles, 2.0 sacks (-7 yards), five pass breakups and five passes defended while making a career-high 12 starts and playing in a career-high-tying all 13 contests as a 2019 junior