December 03, 2012
BERKELEY — Isi Sofele and Steve Williams were honored with the 2012 Cal football Bear Backers MVP awards voted on by their teammates on offense and defense to highlight a series of team honors announced Sunday at the 2012 Cal football banquet held at the University and Field Clubs in Memorial Stadium.
Williams also added the team's Most Valuable Back award on the defensive side of the ball and was one of six players to be honored twice, along with Michael Barton (Freshman Lifter of the Year; Scout Team Player of the Year, Offense), Josh Hill (Andy Smith Award; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Defense), Robert Mullins (Ken Cotton Award — Most Courageous Player, Defense; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Defense), Brian Schwenke (Brick Muller Award — Most Valuable Lineman, Offense; Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Offense) and Eric Stevens (Joe Roth Award — Player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship; Senior Lifter of the Year).
In addition to Sofele, those honored once included Keenan Allen (Cort Majors Team Captain Award, Offense), C.J. Anderson (Most Valuable Back, Offense), Marc Anthony (Berkeley Breakfast Club Award — Outstanding Player in the Big Game, Defense), Brendan Bigelow (Co-Ken Harvey Award — Player showing special academic commitment and improvement), Ross Bostock (Ken Cotton Award — Most Courageous Player, Offense), Michael Chung (Student Trainer of the Year), Tyré Ellison (Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award — Player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service), Darren Ervin (Scout Team Player of the Year, Offense), Nick Forbes (Most Improved Player), Dominic Galas (Stub Allison Award — Most Inspirational Player), Chris Harper (Berkeley Breakfast Club Award — Outstanding Player in the Big Game, Offense), Kameron Krebs (Everett Merriman Award — Player demonstrating a commitment to community service), Daniel Lasco (J. Scott Duncan Award — Most Valuable Special Teams Player), Antonio Machado (Student Manager of the Year), Mike Manuel (Co-Ken Harvey Award — Player showing special academic commitment and improvement), Hardy Nickerson (Scout Team Player of the Year, Special Teams), Kendrick Payne (Bob Tessier Award — Most Improved Lineman, Defense), Tyler Rigsbee (Dink Artal Award — Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude, Offense), Brennan Scarlett (Dink Artal Award — Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude, Defense), Matt Summers-Gavin (Bob Tessier Award — Most Improved Lineman, Offense) and Aaron Tipoti (Most Valuable Lineman, Defense).
Each of the team's seven 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic selections were also honored at the event. Chris Adcock (3.57 GPA, Business Administration) and Summers-Gavin (3.27 GPA, Political Science) led the way with first-team selections. Ellison (3.01 GPA, Social Welfare) was a second-team pick, while honorable mention recognition was garnered by Todd Barr (3.05 GPA, Undeclared), Manuel (3.01 GPA, American Studies), Mullins (3.04 GPA, Sociology) and Scarlett (3.04 GPA, Undeclared).
A total of 27 players and two student workers were recognized and combined to take home 40 honors. Player bios and a listing of awards are listed below.
58 — Chris Adcock, OL, 6-3, 300, So., 1L, Rowlett, TX (Dallas Christian HS)
Adcock started 11 of 12 games at right guard and played in all 12, while picking up his first career tackle.
21 — Keenan Allen, WR, 6-3, 210, Jr., 2L, Greensboro, NC (Northern Guilford HS/Grimsley HS)
Allen finished with team highs of 61 receptions, 737 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2012 despite missing the final three games due to injury to earn honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. He currently ranks third in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally in receptions (6.78 rpg), as well as sixth in the league and 36th nationally in receiving yards (81.89 ypg). In addition, he leads the conference and ranks fifth nationally in punt returns with an average of 14.13 yards per return, while ranking 10th in the conference and 66th nationally in all-purpose yardage (109.78), and 22nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (5.33 ppg). In his final game of the 2012 season at Utah, he became Cal's all-time leader in receptions with 205 to surpass former record-holder Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04). Through 33 games over his first three seasons at Cal with at least one catch in each one, he also has 2,570 career receiving yards to rank third all-time at the school and 17 touchdown catches to rank seventh. He is also one of only two players in Cal history to have two single seasons among the school's top-10 all-time in receptions. His 98 receptions for 1,343 yards in 2011 were both second, while his 61 receptions in 2012 ranked ninth.
9 — C.J. Anderson, TB, 5-11, 200, Sr., 1L, Vallejo, CA (Laney College/Bethel HS)
Anderson led the Bears in 2012 with 790 rushing yards on 126 carries, both career highs, while his four rushing touchdowns also tied Sofele for the team lead. Anderson's average of 65.83 rushing yards per game was 10th in the Pac-12 and 100th nationally. His 6.3 yards per rush was the fourth highest among the conference's top 12 rushers. Anderson played in all 25 games possible with two starts during his two seasons at Cal from 2011-12 with 1,135 yards rushing on 198 carries for an average of 5.7 yards per rush. He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and two more on receptions among his 22 career catches for 350 yards to give him 84 career points on 14 TDs.
2 — Marc Anthony, DB, 6-0, 200, Sr., 3L, Chandler, AZ (Chandler HS)
Anthony recorded career highs of 52 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards) over 11 games and 10 starts in 2012, while adding a career-high-tying two interceptions that he returned for a career-high 64 yards and the lone score of his career. He also added one of his two career forced fumbles, three pass breakups and five passes defended. Anthony finished his Cal career with 138 tackles, five interceptions that he returned for 96 yards and one touchdown, 21 pass breakups, 26 passes defended and 13.0 tackles for loss (-28 yards) over 41 games and 32 starts.
41 — Todd Barr, DL, 6-3, 275, RFr., RS, Lakewood, CA (Lakewood HS)
Barr completed the 2012 season with 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 2.0 sacks (-11 yards), a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in 11 games all off the bench.
8 — Michael Barton, LB, 6-1, 220, Fr., HS, Concord, CA (De La Salle HS)
Barton redshirted in 2012 while providing the Bears' offense with looks at upcoming opponents.
5 — Brendan Bigelow, TB, 5-10, 190, So., 1L, Fresno, CA (Central East HS)
Bigelow earned an honorable mention all-conference spot as a kick returner as he averaged 23.14 yards per return to rank sixth in the Pac-12 and 52nd nationally. Bigelow finished with 35 kick returns for 805 yards, which was the highest total in both categories by a Cal player since Lavelle Hawkins returned 42 kicks for 922 yards in 2007. Bigelow had 333 of his kick return yards on 15 attempts over the team's final two contests, bringing back seven for a career-high 171 yards vs. Oregon, including a season-long 57-yarder, and a career-high eight for 162 yards against Oregon State. Bigelow led the team with 1,328 all-purpose yards with an average of 111.08 yards per game to rank ninth in the Pac-12 and 62nd nationally, adding 431 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on 44 carries for an average of 9.8 yards per rush and 92 receiving yards and one touchdown on seven catches. He had a career-high 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only four carries at Ohio State as he became only the second Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last decade to post 150 or more yards rushing in a game on five or fewer carries. He was also the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 with three or more runs of 50-plus yards during a season on a pair of scoring jaunts at Ohio State of 81 and 59 yards, as well as a 57-yard TD rush at Utah. He has 1,839 career all-purpose yards in his first two seasons at Cal as he has returned 58 kicks for 1,280 yards and a touchdown, while adding 456 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown.
81 — Ross Bostock, WR, 6-2, 202, Sr., 1L, Sebastapol, CA (Analy HS)
Bostock did not record any stats during his 2012 senior campaign but was able to make it back on the field for the final seven games after coming back from his third knee surgery at Cal that forced him to miss the first five games. He also posted his lone career start against Oregon and appeared in 17 career games primarily on special teams and as a reserve wide receiver.
31 — Tyré Ellison, DB, 6-3, 200, Sr., 2L, San Francisco, CA (Burton HS)
Ellison saw the most extensive action of his career as a senior in 2012, playing in all 12 games off the bench primarily on special teams and as a reserve defensive back, and recording the first stats in his collegiate career other than participation with five tackles. He was a candidate for the All-State Good Works Award, the Rudy Awards and the Wuerffel Trophy. He played in 27 games off the bench during his career.
30 — Darren Ervin, TB, 5-10, 197, RFr., RS, Houston, TX (Lamar HS)
In addition to simulating the look of some of the nation's offensive players for the Bears' defense, Ervin was a key member of Cal's special teams in 2012 and contributed five tackles in 11 games played off the bench.
11 — Nick Forbes, LB, 6-1, 236, So., 1L, Frederick, MD (Governor Thomas Johnson HS)
Forbes had a breakout year in the most significant action of his career in 2012, playing in all 12 games with eight starts and finishing second on the club with 85 tackles after leading the team heading into the season finale before being passed by Hill. His 7.1 stops per game ranked 11th in the Pac-12, while he also had three of the team's nine fumble recoveries to rank tied for second in the conference with an average of 0.25 fumble recoveries per contest. He added 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one interception that he returned 26 yards, three pass breakups, four passes defended, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and the team's lone blocked kick of the campaign.
65 — Dominic Galas, OL, 6-1, 290, Sr., 3L, Modesto, CA (Central Catholic HS)
Galas' season in 2012 was certainly one of perseverance that allowed him to play in only two games, including a start in the season finale at Oregon State. Galas suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights just prior to training camp that forced him to miss the team's first seven games. He returned to play off the bench at Stanford but then had an appendectomy on the day of the team's next contest at Utah that would force him to miss another three games before his return at Oregon State.
6 — Chris Harper, WR, 6-0, 170, Fr., HS, Encino, CA (Crespi HS)
Harper had a huge true freshman season, recording 41 catches for 544 yards and two touchdowns to rank second on the team behind Allen in all three categories. Harper was just shy of true freshman records posted by Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 receiving yards in 2005). He had per-game averages of 45.33 receiving yards and 3.42 receptions that ranked 18th and tied for 18th in the Pac-12, respectively. Harper played in all 12 games with starts in each of the last five and led Cal in receiving on five occasions, including four of the last five contests. Harper added a 14-yard touchdown run on his first career rush against Washington among his five yards on three carries. He was also the team's punt returner after Allen's injury, returning four punts for four yards over the final three contests. He was honored for his performance in the Big Game when he co-led the team with four catches for a team-high 82 yards.
23 — Josh Hill, DB, 5-10, 203, Sr., 3L, Houston, TX (Klein Forest HS)
Hill led the team in tackles with a career-high 87 stops in his final season at Cal to rank ninth in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.2 stops per contest and earn honorable mention all-conference honors. He also added an interception and a forced fumble, as well as nine pass breakups and 10 passes defended to rank second on the club in each of the latter two categories and tied for 13th in the conference in the latter (0.75 tflpg). Hill finished his career with 214 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), 1.0 sack (-4 yards), five interceptions with 46 return yards, 24 pass breakups, 29 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 48 games played and 32 starts. His 24 career pass breakups ranks 10th on the school's all-time list.
26 — Kameron Krebs, FB, 6-1, 235, Sr., 1L, Sunset Beach, HI (Oregon State/Mission Viejo HS/Kahuku HS)
Krebs appeared in three games off the bench on special teams in 2012 and played in a total of seven career games over two seasons. He was one of the team's leaders in community service.
2 — Daniel Lasco, TB, 6-1, 206, RFr., RS, The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands HS)
Lasco recorded a team-high 12 special teams tackles and added a pair of forced fumbles as well as three kick returns for 42 yards. He also added 109 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries (19.2 ypr) to rank fourth on the team in rushing, with 77 of his yards coming on a touchdown run against Southern Utah that was the team's second-longest run of the campaign.
13 — Mike Manuel, TB, 5-9, 198, Sr., 1L, Carson, CA (Golden West College/Los Alamitos HS/Carson HS)
Manuel was the team's second-leading kick returner in 2012 with 230 yards on 12 returns for a 19.2 average. He played in each of the team's first 11 games off the bench before missing the final contest. Manuel finished his two-year Cal career with 535 all-purpose yards (488 kickoff, 38 rush, 9 receiving).
37 — Robert Mullins, LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., 3L, Los Angeles, CA (Dorsey HS)
Mullins posted his best season at Cal in his sixth and final campaign in 11 games and a career-high seven starts, recording career highs of 70 tackles (fourth on team), 4.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), a team-high-tying two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries, while adding 0.5 sacks (-1 yard). His 6.3 tackles per game in 2012 rank 20th in the Pac-12. Mullins finished his career with 92 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), 1.5 sacks (-3 yards), three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 36 games played and nine starts.
47 — Hardy Nickerson, LB, 6-0, 225, Fr., HS, Oakland, CA (Bishop O'Dowd HS)
Nickerson redshirted while providing the Bears' special teams units with looks at upcoming opponents.
96 — Kendrick Payne, DL, 6-2, 283, Sr., 3L, Houston, TX (Klein Forest HS)
Payne had a career and team-high-tying 3.5 sacks (-18 yards) in 2012, while adding 4.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards) among his 28 tackles in 11 games and eight starts. He played in 48 of 50 games possible in his career with 16 starts, compiling career totals of 64 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), 6.5 sacks (-35 yards), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
77 — Tyler Rigsbee, OL, 6-5, 290, Sr., 2L, Chico, CA (Pleasant Valley HS)
Rigsbee started the first 12 games of his career all at left tackle in his final season at Cal and finished his career with the Bears with 20 games played.
17 — Brennan Scarlett, LB, 6-4, 255, So., 1L, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Scarlett saw the most significant action of his career in 2012, starting all nine games he played in with totals of 40 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 2.5 sacks (-17 yards), two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two forced fumble recoveries.
57 — Brian Schwenke, OL, 6-4, 300, Sr., 3L, Oceanside, CA (Oceanside HS)
Schwenke earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was one of only five players to start each of the team's 12 games in 2012. He finished his career with 48 games played out of a possible total of 50 and 36 starts over his four seasons with the Bears. After making each of his first 24 starts at either left guard (16) or right guard (8) during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Schwenke moved to center last spring and made all 12 of his starts in 2012 at the position. He added his first career reception for three yards in 2012 after coming up with a batted ball.
20 — Isi Sofele, TB, 5-8, 200, Sr., 3L, Salt Lake City, UT (Cottonwood HS)
Sofele was second on the club with 757 rushing yards in 2012 that were 33 behind Anderson's 790 on a team-high 146 carries. He also co-led the team along with Anderson with four rushing scores and led the Bears in rushing on five occasions as a senior. Sofele, who played in all 12 games with eight starts, averaged 63.1 rushing yards per game to rank 12th in the Pac-12. He added seven catches for 67 yards and one kick return for 12 for a total of 836 all purpose yards to rank fourth on the squad. Sofele played in all 50 games possible with 27 starts over his four seasons at Cal, finishing with 2,499 career rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground to rank only 10 yards and one score outside the school's all-time top-10 list in each category. His nine 100-yard rushing games were 10th on the school's all-time list. He had 3,133 career all purpose yards, with the addition of 480 on 24 kick returns and 154 on 21 receptions. His 102 career points included his 15 rushing scores and another two receiving touchdowns.
48 — Eric Stevens, FB, 6-0, 242, Sr., 3L, San Pedro, CA (Peninsula HS)
Stevens had the most productive season of his career that included 35 games played and 10 starts as a fifth-year senior in 2012. After missing all of the 2011 campaign with an injury, Stevens played in all 12 games with five starts at fullback in 2012 and posted 51 rushing yards on 13 carries as well as nine catches for 55 yards. He finished his career with 14 rushes for 53 yards and 13 catches for 82 yards and one touchdown. He totaled 106 of his 146 career all purpose yards in 2012. He also had 12 career tackles, with two coming in his final campaign.
75 — Matt Summers-Gavin, OL, 6-4, 300, Sr., 3L, San Francisco, CA (St. Ignatius HS)
Summers-Gavin started each of the seven games he played in during the 2012 campaign to run his all-time totals to 39 games played and 32 starts during his Cal career. He was a 2012 Campbell Trophy national semifinalist and Senior Class Award Candidate but missed five games during his senior campaign due to injury.
50 — Aaron Tipoti, DL, 6-2, 280, Sr., 3L, Honolulu, HI (Word of Life Academy)
Tipoti recorded a career-high 31 tackles in 2012, playing in 10 games with eight starts and adding 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard), one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery. He finished his career with 91 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-31 yards), 1.5 sacks (-15 yards), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in 43 games and 18 starts.
1 — Steve Williams, DB, 5-10, 185, Jr., 2L, Dallas, TX (Skyline HS)
Williams shared the club lead with three interceptions, while his 10 pass breakups and 13 passes defended were both team highs, with the latter ranking tied for sixth in the conference with a per-game average of 1.08. He was also third among all Cal players with 80 tackles and tied for 15th in the Pac-12 with and an average of 6.7 stops per game. Williams added 7.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and one forced fumble. His career totals include 150 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), six interceptions with 45 return yards, 25 pass breakups, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles.
2012 Cal Football Team Awards
Ken Harvey Award (Player showing special academic commitment and improvement)
Brendan Bigelow and Mike Manuel
Joe Roth Award (Player best exemplifying courage, attitude and sportsmanship)
Dink Artal Award (Player best exemplifying Cal spirit and attitude)
Offense — Tyler Rigsbee
Defense — Brennan Scarlett
Stub Allison Award (Most Inspirational Player)
Ken Cotton Award (Most Courageous Player)
Offense — Ross Bostock
Defense — Robert Mullins
Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (Player who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service)
Andy Smith Award (Player with most Big "C" time)
Everett Merriman Award (Player demonstrating a commitment to community service)
Student Trainer of the Year
Student Manager of the Year
Senior Lifter of the Year
Freshman Lifter of the Year
Scout Team Player of the Year
Offense — Darren Ervin
Defense — Michael Barton
Special Teams — Hardy Nickerson
J. Scott Duncan Award (Most Valuable Special Teams Player)
Berkeley Breakfast Club Award (Outstanding Player in the Big Game)
Offense — Chris Harper
Defense — Marc Anthony
Most Improved Player
Most Valuable Back
Offense — C.J. Anderson
Defense — Steve Williams
Bob Tessier Award (Most Improved Lineman)
Offense — Matt Summers-Gavin
Defense — Kendrick Payne
Brick Muller Award (Most Valuable Lineman)
Offense — Brian Schwenke
Defense — Aaron Tipoti
Cort Majors Team Captain Awards
Offense — Keenan Allen and Brian Schwenke
Defense — Josh Hill and Robert Mullins
Bear Backers MVP Awards (voted on by team)
Offense — Isi Sofele
Defense — Steve Williams