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Coleman And Hearns III Earn Pac-12 Player Of The Week Honors

Nov 22, 2021
Ben Coleman and Lu-Magia Hearns III earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Monday for their performances in Saturday's 124th Big Game.

SAN FRANCISCO – Cal's Ben Coleman and Lu-Magia Hearns III have earned Pac-12 Offensive Lineman and Freshman of the Week honors for their performances in Cal's 41-11 win at Stanford in the 124th Big Game last Saturday with the 30-point margin of victory Cal's largest against Stanford since 2004.

Coleman and Hearns III were both honored with a weekly conference performance award presented by Nextiva for the first time in their careers. They were also the first two Cal players selected in 2021 for a Pac-12 weekly honor, which are voted on by members of the media who cover the league, as well as Cal's first offensive lineman and freshman selected for those specific honors that were created prior to the 2019 season.

Below are notes on their performances as well as additional notes for both Coleman and Hearns III with extended bios of each available by clicking on their names.
Ben Coleman, OL, 6-4, 325, R-So., 3rd Season At Cal, Murrieta, CA (Linfield Christian HS)
— Had the highest internal grade of Cal's offensive linemen (90%) during a historic performance at Stanford with the Golden Bears producing a Big Game record 636 yards of total offense including 352 on the ground that was the most by Cal in any game since the Bears rushed for 431 yards against Washington on Dec. 6, 2008
— Threw a key block to spring Marcel Dancy on a 76-yard touchdown run while the Bears became the first FBS team this season and the first Pac-12 team since 2014 to record three plays of 75 or more yards in a game with Dancy's run Cal's longest since an 81-yard touchdown run by Brendan Bigelow at Ohio State in 2012
— Had what Cal defines as four "above & beyond" plays against Stanford
— Has started and played in nine games as a 2021 sophomore
— Has helped Cal average 179.1 yards per game on the ground for its highest per game average since rushing for 183.0 yards per contest in 2012
Lu-Magia Hearns III, CB, 5-10, 160, Fr., 1st Season At Cal, Pittsburg, CA (De La Salle HS)
— Set the tone with his first career interception on Stanford's second offensive play from scrimmage
— Finished with a career-high and Cal season-high five passes defended as well as a career-high four pass breakups that equaled Cal's season high
— Five passes defended were tied for the third-most in the nation in a single game this season and the most by a Pac-12 player
— Four pass breakups were tied for fifth nationally and tied for first in the Pac-12 in a single game
— Ranks second in the Pac-12 for the season with 0.90 passes defended per game
— Has recorded team highs of nine passes defended and eight pass breakups to go along with one interception and 25 tackles as a 2021 collegiate rookie while playing in nine games with six starts that lead all Cal true freshmen