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Deng, Garbers, Hicks And Remigio Captains For Season-Opener

Sep 4, 2021

BERKELEY – Four Cal players – Kuony Deng, Chase Garbers, Elijah Hicks and Nikko Remigio – will serve as team captains for Cal's 2021 season-opener against Nevada on Saturday.

Below are notes on Deng, Garbers, Hicks and Remigio with extended bios available by clicking on each of 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 Second-Team Preseason (, Third-Team Preseason (Athlon, Lindy's), Fourth-Team Preseason (Phil Steele), Honorable Mention Preseason (Pac-12 Media); Cal Season Captain; Key Golden Bears (Athlon); Lott IMPACT Trophy Preseason Watch List; No. 7 Draft Eligible Inside Linebacker (Phil Steele); No. 7 NFL Draft Guide Inside Linebacker (Phil Steele); Pac-12 Media Day Representative; NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board; Players To Watch (Athlon); Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List; Cal Season Captain; 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
Chase Garbers, QB, 6-2, 225, Sr., 5th Season At Cal, Newport Beach, CA (Corona del Mar HS)
2021 Honors — All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Preseason (Pro Football Focus); Cal Game Captain (Nevada); Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Preseason Watch List; Manning Award Preseason Watch List; No. 70 Draft Eligible Quarterback (Phil Steele); Pac-12 Media Day Representative
— Has started 23 of the 25 games he has played in and posted a 14-9 record as Cal's starting quarterback while he is 14-5 in games which he has started and played more than half of the contest
— Leads all active Pac-12 quarterbacks with 14 career wins as a starter while his 23 career starts rank second behind only UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson (24)
— Has completed 375-of-611 passes (61.4%) for 4049 yards with 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 130.17 passer efficiency rating that ranks 11th on Cal's all-time list
— Has also rushed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns on 227 carries and is closing in on quarterback career school records in rushing yards (931, Joe Kapp) and rushing touchdowns (9, Brian Bedford and Dave Penhall)
— Named the 2019 Redbox Bowl Offensive MVP as a junior
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); Cal Game Captain (Nevada); NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board; No. 13 National Draft Eligible Tight End (Phil Steele); Players To Watch (Athlon)
— Has played in all 42 games possible with 34 starts over the last four seasons since his arrival 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
Nikko Remigio, WR, 5-10, 195, Sr., 4th Season At Cal, Orange, CA (Mater Dei HS)
2021 Honors — All-Pac-12 Third Team Preseason (Phil Steele) … selected as a punt returner; Cal Season Captain; Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List
— Has played in 25 games with 12 starts since his arrival at Cal as a freshman in 2018 and is the Golden Bears' active career leader in all return and receiving categories with 34 punt returns for 274 yards and three kick returns for 55 yards in the return game, while totaling 59 receptions for 665 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver
— Has totaled 1012 all-purpose yards and is second on the squad behind only Christopher Brooks in career all-purpose yards among Cal's active players
— Recorded all of his career highs other than punt returns and rushing yards when he played in a career-high 12 games with a career-high eight starts as a 2019 sophomore and finished with team highs of 38 receptions, 513 yards receiving, 12 punt returns and 138 punt return yards
— Had a career-high 15 punt returns for 103 yards as a freshman