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12/06/17 - (ILB) - Devante Downs, Sr, 6-2, 245
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Devante Downs, Sr.,...Was making a strong case for National and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors through the first half of his 2017 senior campaign before suffering an injury against Washington State in the seventh contest of the season that ended his collegiate career...Was on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy both honoring the nation's top defensive player as well as The Butkus Award given annually to the nation's best linebacker...Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in his first three games after victories over North Carolina and Ole Miss to give the Golden Bears their first two-time winner of the award since Mike Mohamed in 2010.

Despite missing five-plus games finished his senior campaign second on the team with 65 tackles while adding a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss (career-high -29 yards), career-high-tying 3.0 sacks (career-high-tying -14 yards), a career-high-tying and team-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for a career-high 39 yards, a career-high and team-high four quarterback hurries, a career-high and team-high-tying two fumble recoveries that he returned for a career-high four yards and a career-high and team-high-tying two forced fumbles...Finished the regular season ranked tied for 23th nationally with two fumble recoveries. - Cal Football

12/06/17 - (RB) - Patrick Laird, rJr, 5-11, 200
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Patrick Laird, Jr.,...One of 10 national semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on...A CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection who is also on the ballot for Academic All-America honors...Played in 11 games with eight starts and set all of his offensive career highs while leading Cal with 191 carries for 1127 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on the ground with averages of 102.5 rushing yards per game and 5.9 yards per rush that rank sixth and seventh among Pac-12 leaders while his yards per game were 28th nationally at the end of the regular season...Became the 16th Cal player to rush for 1000 yards or more and the first since Daniel Lasco in 2014 while recording the 19th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history with Russell White (3) and Marshawn Lynch (2) the only Cal player to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season on multiple occasions...Also had more receptions than any Cal running back since 1988 with career bests of 45 receptions, 322 yards receiving and one touchdown catch as well as a career-best and team-high 1449 all-purpose yards. - Cal Football


12/06/17 - (OG) - Patrick Mekari, Jr, 6-3, 310
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Patrick Mekari, Jr.,...Played in and started 10 games at left tackle to set a career-high for both but did not record any statistics other than participation...Helped protect quarterback Ross Bowers, who became the seventh quarterback in Cal history to throw for over 3,000 yards at the end of the regular season ranked among Pac-12 and national leaders in completions per game (22.67 cpg, 3rd Pac-12, 14th NCAA), passing yards (3039, 4th Pac-12, 23rd NCAA), passing yards per game (253.3 ypg, 4th Pac-12, 30th NCAA) and passing TDs (18, 4th Pac-12, 40th NCAA)...Helped open holes for running back Patrick Laird, who became the first Cal player to rush for over 1,000 yards since 2014 and at the end of the regular season ranked seventh in the Pac-12 and among national leaders in rushing yards per game (102.5 ypg, 29th NCAA), rushing yards per carry (5.9, 32nd NCAA) and total rushing yards (1127, 34th NCAA)...Started the first seven and last three contests while missing two games in between due to an injury. - Cal Football


12/06/17 - (DT) - James Looney, rSr, 6-3, 279
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL James Looney, Sr.,...Started all 12 games for the second consecutive season and contributed 41 tackles as well as a career-high 9.5 tackles for loss (career-high -42 yards), a career-high-tying 3.5 sacks (career-high-tying -22 yards), a career high three quarterback hurries, a career-high-tying one forced fumble and a career-high two fumble recoveries...One of only five players on the team and three on defense to start all 12 contests...Had at least 1.0 tackle for loss in six of his final seven games. - Cal Football


11/04/17 - (RB) - Patrick Laird, rJr, 5-11, 200
California running back Patrick Laird rushed for a career-best 214 yards as the Bears fended off Oregon State 37-23 on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) controlled the line of scrimmage behind Laird, a redshirt junior who rushed 33 times. Ross Bowers connected on 24 of 30 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to help pace California. Vic Wharton III was his biggest beneficiary, with eight catches for 121 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown catch. Bears wide receiver Jordan Veasy and running back Vic Enware had the deciding touchdowns on a 25-yard reception and an 8-yard rush, respectively. Enware's score came with 10:30 left in the game for a 37-20 lead. Oregon State (1-8, 0-6 Pac-12) opened the scoring with its first passing touchdown since Week 4 against Washington State -- and it took a trick play to accomplish the feat, as tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi threw 26 yards to tailback Ryan Nall. Nall also rushed for 41 yards and caught four passes for 54 yards. - The Sports Xchange


10/16/17 - (ILB) - Devante Downs, Sr, 6-2, 245
LB Devante Downs, a senior who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks this season, is out of the rest of the year, the school announced Monday. Downs suffered what is described as a lower-body injury in last week's upset victory over then-No. 8 Washington State. Downs leads the Bears in several categories, including tackles (65), sacks (three), interceptions (two) and forced fumbles (two). "I really feel for Devante because he's just been a warrior and worked extremely hard," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. "So you really feel for him."


10/16/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Kunaszyk, rJr, 6-2, 240
OCT 16 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Kunaszyk, RJr., ILB, California (Sacramento, Calif.)...Led Cal's defensive performance in a 37-3 victory over previously unbeaten No. 8 Washington State that helped the Golden Bears' to their first victory over a top-10 team since beating USC in 2003...Established or equaled career highs with 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks (-31 yards), 2.5 tackles for loss (-31 yards), one forced fumble, one interception and one quarterback hurry...Cal finished with seven turnovers gained and 9.0 sacks as a team with the sacks tied for the second-most by an FBS team in 2017 and the most by a Cal team since a 2005 contest at Stanford...Was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. ALSO NOMINATED, DEFENSIVE: Jace Whittaker, ARIZ; DJ Calhoun, ASU; Evan Worthington, COLO; Curtis Robinson, STAN; Cameron Smith, USC; Marquise Blair, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football


10/16/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Kunaszyk, rJr, 6-2, 240
OCT 16 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JORDAN KUNASZYK, CALIFORNIA, Redshirt Junior, Linebacker, Sacramento, CA/American River College/Roseville HS...Jordan Kunaszyk recorded 11 tackles (5 solo), 2.5 quarterback sacks, forced one fumble and made one interception as California defeated 8th-ranked Washington State, 37-3. Kunaszyk led a Golden Bear (4-3, 1-3 Pac 12) defense that allowed a Cougar offensive that entered the game averaging 39.7 points a game to just three points and 328 yards. Notes: Jordan Kunaszyk is the fourth California player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first defensive honoree (WR DeSean Jackson, 9/30/07; RB Shane Vereen, 11/22/09 and QB Jared Goff, 9/28/14). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation


10/15/17 - (ILB) - Jordan Kunaszyk, rJr, 6-2, 240
LB Jordan Kunaszyk led Cal's defensive performance in a 37-3 victory over previously unbeaten Washington State that helped the Golden Bears' to their first victory over a top-10 team since beating USC in 2003. Kunaszyk established or equaled career highs with 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one quarterback hurry. Kunaszyk was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.


10/14/17 - (ILB) - Devante Downs, Sr, 6-2, 245
LB Devante Downs, the Pac-12's leading tackler, left the game in the third quarter with an unspecified injury.


10/14/17 - (RB) - Patrick Laird, rJr, 5-11, 200
RB Patrick Laird, Cal's leading rusher, did not play Friday night because of an unspecified injury.


10/14/17 - (FB) - Vic Enwere, Sr, 6-0, 245
RB Vic Enwere rushed 22 times for 102 yards, with 94 of them coming in the second half, on Friday night against Washington State.


10/14/17 - (QB) - Ross Bowers, rSo, 6-1, 200
QB Ross Bowers scored on a 7-yard scramble that ended with Bowers doing a complete forward flip into the end zone after being hit low at the 2-yard line. It gave Cal a 27-3 lead in the third quarter. "That's Ross right there," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. "You think, 'What are you doing?' Then you just want to hug him, because that's guts." Bowers bounced back from a poor performance against Washington, when he passed for just 80 yards in a 38-7 loss, to throw for 259 yards and a touchdown against the Cougars.


10/14/17 - (QB) - Ross Bowers, rSo, 6-1, 200
Eighth-ranked Washington State committed seven turnovers -- including five interceptions thrown and a lost fumble by Luke Falk -- as California stunned the Cougars 37-3 on Friday night at Cal's Memorial Stadium. The Cougars (6-1, 3-1) became the second top-10 team to lose on Friday night, joining No. 2 Clemson as a victim. Cal (4-3, 1-3) did not commit a turnover and ended a three-game losing streak in a game played under hazy skies created by the nearby wildfires in northern California. Falk, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 19 touchdown passes and two interceptions, was 29 of 44 for 291 yards, no touchdowns and the five picks. He was sacked eight times, and he also lost a fumble that that was returned 26 yards by Cal's Gerran Brown for the Bears' final points.

Washington State had scored at least 30 points in each of its first six games. This was the Cougars' lowest scoring output since they were shut out by Arizona State in 2010. Cal quarterback Ross Bowers passed for just 80 yards in last week's 38-7 loss to Washington, when the Bears' offense failed to score a point, but he was 21 of 38 for 259 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions Friday. Cal running back Vic Enwere rushed 22 times for 102 yards, with 94 of them coming in the second half. - The Sports Xchange

10/13/17 - (WR) - Matt Rockett, rJr, 5-09, 195
WR Matt Rockett was ejected for targeting in the second half against Washington State on a special teams play. Rockett, whose contributions this season have come on special teams, will miss the first half of next week's home game against Arizona.


10/02/17 - (WR) - Demetris Robertson, So, 6-0, 190
California receiver Demetris Robertson will miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury. Robertson said on Twitter that he had surgery to repair an injury that bothered him last season. The school confirmed the surgery on Sunday and said that Robertson will miss the remainder of the season. Robertson had seven catches for 70 yards and two runs for 40 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. Robertson had 50 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a freshman for the Golden Bears. Cal (3-2) has lost two straight games following a 3-0 start. - AP College Football


09/18/17 - (ILB) - Devante Downs, Sr, 6-2, 245
SEPT 18 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devante Downs, SR, LB, California...Downs totaled a career-high and game-high-tying 14 tackles, 2.0 sacks (-13 yards) and 3.0 tackles for loss (-21 yards). He added his fifth career interception and second of the season in leading Cal to a 27-16 win over Ole Miss...Downs is also the Pac-12's leading tackler, and tied for 14th nationally, over the first three games of the 2017 campaign with 10.7 tackles per game...Downs has been key in leading a Cal defense that has allowed an average of 22.0 points per game in the opening three contests after giving up 42.6 points per game in 2016. ALSO NOMINATED, DEFENSIVE: Colin Schooler, ARIZ; Troye Dye, ORE; Harrison Phillips, STAN; Christian Rector, USC; Sunia Tauteoli, UTAH; Frankie Luvu, WSU. - Pac-12 Football


09/17/17 - (QB) - Ross Bowers, rSo, 6-1, 200
Cameron Goode intercepted Shea Patterson and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown with three minutes remaining to seal California's 27-16 victory over Ole Miss in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday night. The Golden Bears improved to 3-0 on the year while fending off a pesky Rebels team led by Patterson, who had a career night. Patterson threw for a personal-best 363 yards, but it wasn't enough as Cal's Ross Bowers was able to steer the Bears to a win. Bower connected on 24 of 27 passes for 236 yards and 19-yard touchdown to Vic Wharton III. Patrick Laird added a 13-yard rushing touchdown for the Bears. Ole Miss (2-1) was up early in this one, courtesy of a 71-yard D.K. Metcalf touchdown reception and a 72-yard receiving score by DaMarkus Lodge. The Bears took the lead in the third quarter after Wharton's touchdown and a Matt Anderson 19-yard field goal. Anderson, who missed an attempt from 40 yards out midway through the fourth quarter, padded the Bears' lead with a 41-yard make with 3:44 remaining. - The Sports Xchange


09/11/17 - (RB) - Tre Watson, Sr, 5-10, 205
RB Tre Watson left the Weber State game with a knee injury, and is questionable for the Mississippi contest.


09/11/17 - (RB) - Patrick Laird, rJr, 5-11, 200
RB Patrick Laird was a revelation out of the backfield, taking 12 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns. That's a whopping 16 yards per carry for Laird, a former walk-on, who reeled off long TD runs of 73 and 51 yards. If he keeps chugging along, it'll be a wonderful complement for quarterback Ross Bowers and his receivers.


09/11/17 - (RB) - Tre Watson, Sr, 5-10, 205
California running back Tre Watson will miss the rest of the season because of an apparent right leg injury. The senior got hurt after catching a screen pass from Ross Bowers late in the first quarter of California's 33-20 win over Weber State on Saturday. Watson limped off the field but returned in the second quarter and carried once before going down again, this time for good. "You feel for a guy like that that's put in so much time and effort into the program," Bears coach Justin Wilcox said Monday. "We'll have his back. Now it's going to be the next man up at that positon. He'll bounce back from this but it's never easy going through that." Watson wore a thick black brace on his right leg and used crutches Monday. He spoke briefly with Wilcox at the end of practice but did not stick around to talk to reporters. Wilcox declined to discuss specific details about Watson's injury or whether it would require surgery. Patrick Laird replaced Watson and rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries against Weber State and likely will continue to get the bulk of playing time. Watson was expected to be a centerpiece of California's offense after rushing for 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. - AP College Football


09/10/17 - (RB) - Patrick Laird, rJr, 5-11, 200
California running back Patrick Laird scored three touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter, to help the Bears come from behind to beat Weber State 33-20 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. Laird scored on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter to put the Bears ahead 27-20 and then broke off a 73-yard touchdown run to seal the win and help California (2-0) survive the Wildcats' upset bid. Laird, a junior, finished with 191 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. Weber State quarterback Stefan Cantwell completed 25 of 44 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing by 10 points late in the second quarter, Cantwell threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to big-play receiver Rashid Shaheed, and Trey Tuttle kicked a 45-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half to send the Wildcats into halftime with a 20-17 lead. Weber State (1-1) outgained California 327-208 in the first half. Cal tied the game at 20 on Matt Anderson's 40-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter. Laird had a 51-yard touchdown run and wide receiver Demetris Robertson had a 34-yard touchdown run in the first half for the Bears. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/17 - (ILB) - Devante Downs, Sr, 6-2, 245
Sept 5 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week: Devante Downs, SR, ILB, California...Downs totaled 13 tackles (eight solo) along with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard), one forced fumble, one interception that he returned 39 yards and one quarterback hurry in Cal's 35-30 win at North Carolina...Downs' pick on the final play of the first half on the Golden Bears' own 18 yard-line was a critical play that helped prevent North Carolina points just before the break...Downs is Cal's active career leader in tackles with an updated total of 160 and led the club with 84 as a 2016 junior. ALSO NOMINATED, DEFENSIVE: Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, ARIZ; Tashon Smallwood, ASU; Afolabi Laguda, COLO; Troy Dye, ORE; Peter Kalambayi, STAN; Jaelan Phillips, UCLA; Marvell Tell III, USC; Sunia Tauteoli, UTAH; Jalen Thompson, WSU. - Pac-12 Football


09/02/17 - (QB) - Ross Bowers, rSo, 6-1, 200
Ross Bowers threw four touchdown passes in his first collegiate start as California defeated North Carolina 35-30, winning in the coaching debut of Justin Wilcox on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Bowers, a redshirt sophomore who had never thrown a collegiate pass until this season opener, completed 24 of 38 passes for 363 yards. The go-ahead points came when receiver Jordan Duncan caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 12:58 remaining. That was one snap after the Bears converted a fourth-down play when 285-pound fullback Malik McMorris caught a pass. California running back Vic Enwere added a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:56 to play before Tar Heels quarterback Chazz Surratt scored on a 1-yard run on the game's last play. Freshman running back Michael Carter scored on two touchdown runs for the Tar Heels in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Surratt's 4-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jackson with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter sent the Tar Heels to a 24-21 lead. That came two plays after linebacker Andre Smith's 73-yard interception return. - The Sports Xchange


08/18/17 - (WR) - Demetris Robertson, So, 6-0, 190
WR Demetris Robertson was a relatively late signing by then-coach Sonny Dykes in spring 2016, but getting this five-star prospect was a huge get for the program. The speedy, versatile wide receiver put up 50 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns last season, as the second-most productive receiver behind Chad Hansen. Now, Hansen is gone, and Robertson is going to be a beloved target of whomever becomes Cal's starting quarterback.


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