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July 5, 2011

More recognition for Kendricks

PHILADELPHIA -- Mychal Kendricks has been named to the watch list for the 17th annual Bednarik Award presented each year since 1995 by the Maxwell Football Club to the nation's top defensive player.

Kendricks adds to his list of 2011 preseason honors, which include national recognition as a preseason honorable mention All-American choice of GoDaddy.com and previous selections to watch lists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy.

Kendricks has played in all 38 games possible from 2008-10 with 18 career starts, all in the last two seasons. His 38 games played are tied for the most by any active Cal player heading into the 2011 campaign that he begins as the Golden Bears' active career leader in tackles (152), tackles for loss (22.0, -85 yards), sacks (10.5, -69 yards), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1).

Last season, Kendricks earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as one of the top big-play players in the league, leading Cal and ranking among the conference and national leaders with 8.5 sacks (0.71 per game, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 26-T NCAA) for -57 yards and 15.0 tackles for loss (1.25 per game, No. 4 Pac-10, No. 28-T NCAA) for -69 yards. He was also tied for first in the Pac-10 with three fumble recoveries (0.25 per game), while his 66 tackles was fourth on the team and his average of 5.5 stops per game ranked No. 31 in the Pac-10.

Kendricks is the latest Golden Bear to receive 2011 preseason recognition. With all of the major 2011 preseason publications now on newsstands, here's an up-to-date summary of the preseason honors given to Cal football players and awards that Cal players are a candidate for.

INDIVIDUAL
Keenan Allen -- Preseason Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List (College Football Performance Awards), Preseason Second-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele), Biletnikoff Award Candidate, Paul Hornung Award Candidate, Paul Warfield Award Candidate (Touchdown Club of Columbus), Fantasy Flash Stock Rising (Athlon)

Bryan Anger - Third-Team Preseason All-American (Phil Steele), Preseason Honorable Mention All-American (GoDaddy.com), Campbell Trophy Candidate, Ray Guy Award Candidate, Preseason Punter Trophy Watch List (College Football Performance Awards), No. 3 National Top Punter (Athlon), No. 3 Draft Eligible Punter (Phil Steele), Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Sporting News), Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's)

Marc Anthony -- No. 34 Draft Eligible Cornerback (Phil Steele)

Todd Barr -- No. 16 National Defensive Lineman Recruit (Athlon), No. 16 National Freshman Defensive Lineman (Phil Steele), No. 15 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon)

Brendon Bigelow -- No. 13 National Running Back Recruit (Athlon), No. 17 National Freshman Running Back (Phil Steele), No. 13 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon), No. 2 Cal Recruit (Sporting News), Fantasy Flash Freshman Phenom (Athlon)

Kyle Boehm -- No. 17 National Freshman Quarterback (Phil Steele), No. 18 National Quarterback Recruit (Athlon)

Sean Cattouse -- Preseason All-American Third Team (Sporting News), No. 5 Draft Eligible Strong Safety (Phil Steele), Jim Thorpe Award Candidate, Tatum Award Candidate (Touchdown Club of Columbus), Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 (Sporting News), Preseason Second-Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's), Preseason Fourth-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele), Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's)

Jason Gibson -- No. 17 National Freshman Linebacker (Phil Steele), No. 36 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon)

Trevor Guyton -- Ted Hendricks Award Candidate, Willis Award Candidate (Touchdown Club of Columbus), Preseason Fourth-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

Maurice Harris -- No. 25 National Wide Receiver Recruit (Athlon), No. 50 National Freshman Wide Receiver (Phil Steele), No. 33 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon)

D.J. Holt -- No. 15 Draft Eligible Inside Linebacker (Phil Steele), Preseason Third-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

Mustafa Jalil -- No. 25 National Freshman Defensive Lineman (Phil Steele), No. 33 National Defensive Lineman Recruit (Athlon), No. 32 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon), No. 5 Cal Recruit (Sporting News)

Jalen Jefferson -- No. 59 National Freshman Linebacker (Phil Steele)

Marvin Jones -- No. 39 Draft Eligible Wide Receiver (Phil Steele), Biletnikoff Award Candidate, Paul Warfield Award Candidate (Touchdown Club of Columbus), Preseason Second-Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's), Preseason Third-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele), Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's), Fantasy Flash Top Target (Athlon)

Will Kapp -- Burlsworth Trophy Candidate

Mychal Kendricks -- Preseason Honorable Mention All-American (GoDaddy.com), Bednarik Award Watch List, Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, College Football Performance Awards Preseason Linebacker Trophy Watch List, No. 9 National Top Outside Linebacker (Lindy's), No. 30 Draft Eligible Outside Linebacker (Phil Steele), Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate, Butkus Award Candidate, Lambert Award Candidate, Rotary Lombardi Award Candidate, Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele), Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's)

Daniel Lasco -- No. 42 National Freshman Running Back (Phil Steele)

Zach Maynard -- Top National Transfers (Athlon), Top Cal Newcomer (Lindy's)

Stefan McClure -- No. 18 National Defensive Back Recruit (Athlon), No. 38 National Freshman Defensive Back (Phil Steele), No. 31 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon), No. 3 Cal Recruit (Sporting News)

Anthony Miller -- College Football Performance Awards Preseason Tight End Trophy Watch List, No. 20 Draft Eligible Tight End (Phil Steele), John Mackey Award Candidate, Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's)

Viliami Moala -- No. 99 National Incoming Freshman (Lindy's), No. 8 National Defensive Tackle Incoming Freshman (Lindy's), No. 9 National Defensive Lineman Recruit (Athlon), No. 10 National Freshman Defensive Lineman (Phil Steele), No. 6 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon), No. 18 Pac-12 Recruit (Lindy's), No. 4 Cal Recruit (Sporting News)

Jordan Rigsbee -- No. 24 National Freshman Offensive Lineman (Phil Steele), No. 31 National Offensive Lineman Recruit (Athlon)

Richard Rodgers -- No. 26 National Freshman Tight End (Phil Steele)

Brennan Scarlett -- No. 23 National Freshman Defensive Lineman (Phil Steele), No. 26 National Defensive Lineman Recruit (Athlon), No. 28 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon), No. 2 Oregon Recruit (Lindy's), No. 1 Cal Recruit (Sporting News)

Mitchell Schwartz -- Preseason Third-Team All-American (GoDaddy.com), No. 24 Draft Eligible Tackle (Phil Steele), Campbell Trophy Candidate, Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidate, Outland Trophy Candidate, Parker Award Candidate, Rotary Lombardi Award Candidate, Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 (Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News), Preseason Second-Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's), Cal Players to Watch (Lindy's)

Isi Sofele -- Game-Changer (Sporting News)

Eric Stevens -- Burlsworth Trophy Candidate

Giorgio Tavecchio -- Burlsworth Trophy Candidate, Preseason Fourth-Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

Jeff Tedford -- Best Pac-10 Recruiter (Sporting News)

Avery Walls -- No. 17 National Defensive Back Recruit (Athlon), No. 25 National Freshman Defensive Back (Phil Steele), No. 30 Pac-12 Recruit (Athlon)

Matt Williams -- No. 48 National Incoming Juco Player (Phil Steele)

MISCELLANEOUS
Best Road Trip To -- along with Stanford (Sporting News)
Bowl Predictions -- Kraft Fight Hunger vs. Northwestern (Phil Steele)
Experience Rankings -- No. 96 National (Phil Steele), No. 9 Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Most Improved Teams -- No. 14 (Phil Steele)
Opponent Winning Percentage -- No. 47 (Phil Steele)
Plus/Minus Power Rating -- No. 10 Pac-12, 120.78 (Phil Steele)
Power Play MIP Offensive Pass -- No. 15 National (Phil Steele)
Schedule Difficulty -- No. 43 (Phil Steele)
The Big Ones -- Cal at Oregon, Oct. 6 (Lindy's); Cal at Stanford, Nov. 19 (Lindy's)

POSITION UNIT RANKINGS
Defensive Back Rankings -- No. 28 National (Phil Steele), No. 5 Pac-12 (Phil Steele), No. 7 Pac-12 (Athlon)
Defensive Line Rankings -- No. 29 National (Phil Steele), No. 2 Pac-12 (Phil Steele), No. 5 Pac-12 (Athlon)
Linebacker Rankings -- No. 20 National (Phil Steele), No. 3 Pac-12 (Athlon), No. 4 Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Offensive Line Rankings -- No. 37 National (Phil Steele), No. 4 Pac-12 (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Quarterback Rankings -- No. 9 Pac-12 (Phil Steele), No. 12 Pac-12 (Athlon)
Running Back Rankings -- No. 9 Pac-12 (Athlon, Phil Steele)
Special Teams Rankings -- No. 33 National (Phil Steele), No. 4 Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Wide Receiver Rankings -- No. 29 National (Phil Steele), No. 6 Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
Wide Receiver/Tight End Rankings -- No. 6 Pac-12 (Athlon)

RECRUITING RANKINGS
Running Back Recruiting Rankings -- No. 3 National (Lindy's)
Team Recruiting Class Rankings -- No. 13 National (Athlon), No. 14 National (Phil Steele), No. 17 National (Lindy's), No. 3 Pac-12 (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele), No. 4 Pac-12 (Sporting News)

TEAM RANKINGS
Team Rankings -- No. 4 Pac-12 North (Lindy's), No. 5 Pac-12 North (Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News), No. 8 Pac-12 (Lindy's), No. 42 National Power Poll (Phil Steele), No. 48 National (Phil Steele), No. 54 National (Athlon), No. 55 National (Lindy's)


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