WR/PR DeSean Jackson (PHOTO CREDIT - Mike Wondolowski)

2006 Statistics

Coach: Jeff Tedford
43-20, 5 years
2006 Record: 10-3
at Tennessee LOST 18-35
at Oregon State WON 41-13
at Washington State WON 21-3
UCLA WON 38-24
at Arizona LOST 20-24
at Southern California LOST 9-23
Texas A&M WON 45-10

2006 Final Rankings
AP-14, Coaches-14, BCS-18

2007 Outlook

No matter how good head coach Jeff Tedford and OC Jim Michalczik make this offense, it will again be through their defensive efforts that the Golden Bears measure their campaign. That is how it goes in this offensive-leaning conference where the pass rules, ergo it is the Cal secondary that needs to step up the most. If Cal had three losses with the 108th ranked pass defense, imagine how well they could do if improvements are seen there. Moving the ball for points isn’t an issue - Nate Longshore enters his junior year fully capacitated to run the high octane system employed here. DeSean Jackson is a scoring threat every time he touches the rock, especially as the nation’s top punt returner. Cal gets Tennessee to come to Berkeley this time to start their slate…revenge? Well, maybe, but this will definitely give practices more meaning knowing they have to come out firing. Then there is the Southern Cal factor, the one thing that has kept some very talented Golden Bear squads from tasting the BCS. The Bears are probably the best team never to make the elite BCS bowls. November 10th will be circled on the team’s calendar for sure. This team has the talent to beat USC, but it comes back to that secondary against the Trojan air attack as to whether Cal can break through for an outright Pac Ten title.

Projected 2007 record: 9-3
QB Nate Longshore (PHOTO CREDIT - Michael Pimentel)
QB - 4 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 3.5
WR - 5 DB - 3
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Nate Longshore, 227-377-13, 3021 yds., 24 TD

Rushing: Justin Forsett, 119 att., 626 yds., 4 TD

Receiving: DeSean Jackson, 59 rec., 1060 yds., 9 TD

Scoring: Tom Schneider, 15-20 FG, 52-52 PAT, 97 pts.

Punting: Andrew Larson, 49 punts, 42.6 avg.

Tom Schneider, 15-20 FG, 52-52 PAT, 97 pts.

Tackles: Brandon Hampton, 63 tot., 30 solo

Sacks: Zack Follett, 5.5 sacks

Interceptions: Brandon Hampton, 2 for 38 yds.; Bernard Hicks, 2 for 36 yds.

Kickoff Returns: Justin Forsett, 5 ret., 16.2 avg., 0 TD

Punt Returns: DeSean Jackson, 25 ret., 18.2 avg., 4 TD


OFFENSE: Joe Ayoob-QB, Byron Storer-FB, Eric Beegun-TE, Andrew Cameron-OT, Erik Robertson-OG, Scott Smith-OT, Marshawn Lynch-RB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Abu Ma'afala-DE, Brandon Mebane-DT, Nu'u Tafisi-DE, Mickey Pimentel-SLB, Desmond Bishop-MLB, Daymeion Hughes-CB

There really isn’t much wrong with the Cal offense, so expect more of the same progressive play calling that earned Cal at least 30 points in eight of their 2006 games. Classic football using the run to set up the pass is what coach Tedford’s system delivers, and junior Nate Longshore proved he is the right guy under center. The 6’5 drop-back hurler managed the offense masterfully at times and kept his mistakes from hurting Cal’s chances to win. His potential this year is huge. His backfield sees a new starting tailback with quickster Justin Forsett getting the start. The senior will be the same weapon in the flat Lynch was. The size of the RBs aren’t huge, but they can still run between the tackles, especially with junior bruiser Will Ta’ufo’ou plowing holes. The Bear’s running game has turned over well under Tedford in prior years, and there is every reason to think he will again go to painstaking lengths to establish his ground attack. The right side of the line will be leaned upon early since it comes back in tact. Mike Tepper on the outside left looks solid after he saw extensive action there in ’06 and graded out nicely. Recent recruiting efforts have bolstered the front line’s high level of play (T-3rd in the country for sacks allowed). The highlight of this offense, though, has to be its trio of all-Pac Ten receivers, with first-team junior DeSean Jackson a bonafide superstar in the making. Senior Robert Jordan uses his speed underneath and Lavelle Hawkins uses his size well to guarantee Longshore success. These guys can’t be stopped – foes can only double-cover one of them without sacrificing needed hats in the box. And then all-conference TE Craig Stevens just opens defenses up even more. It all adds up to a juggernaut that wins games with loads of yards and points, just in case the defense buckles.


C Alex Mack (PHOTO CREDIT - Michael J. Burns)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Nate Longshore-Jr (6-5, 233) Kyle Reed-So (6-3, 220)
Kevin Riley-Fr (6-3, 200)
FB Will Ta'ufo'ou-Jr (6-0, 250) Brian Holley-So (5-10, 232)
TB Justin Forsett-Sr (5-8, 186) James Montgomery-Fr (5-10, 205)
Tracy Slocum-Fr (5-11, 195)
WR Robert Jordan-Sr (5-11, 165) Lavelle Hawkins-Sr (6-2, 181)
WR DeSean Jackson-Jr (6-0, 166) Sean Young-Sr (5-11, 178)
TE Craig Stevens-Sr (6-5, 254) Camerson Morrah-So (6-4, 248)
OT Mike Tepper-Jr (6-7, 336) Chet Teofilo-Jr (6-4, 305)
OG Brian De La Puente-Sr (6-4, 306) Mark Boskovich-So (6-4, 286)
C Alex Mack-Jr (6-5, 300) Mark Gray-Sr (6-0, 275)
OG Noris Malele-Sr (6-1, 335) Kevin Bemoll-So (6-5, 305)
OT Mike Gibson-Sr (6-5, 290) Justin Prueitt-Fr (6-5, 275)
K Tom Schneider-Sr (6-1, 191) Jordan Kay-Jr (5-10, 197)



This side of the ball only returns five starters, so work is needed. But after finishing ranked 91st for total defense, turnover should help bring fresh attitudes and therefore better results. Matt Malele is a beast inside and is the lone returning starter up front upon which to build. Tyson Alualu showed promise as just a freshman, and he has huge shoes to fill (Mebane’s) if Cal is to have clogging ability against foe’s inside running. Classmate Cody Jones also proved much in his initial campaign, and the youth movement (Derrick Hill, Rulon Davis) should not diminish the effectiveness of this line. Zack Follett should emerge by fall as the starter at MLB – his four forced fumbles and 12.5 TFLs as a reserve earned him all-conference honors. Worrell Williams and Justin Moye will hold down their outside assignments, but overall there may be a lull in the overall level of LB play to start with so many new starters. In the end, the corps will be fine. Focus on the secondary has to be the team’s paramount concern in camp. Two 5’10 sophomores at corner will tell all – Peele and Thompson have their work cut out after the pass defense finished 103rd. A trio of upperclassmen at safety – all starters at some point last year – should buoy any deficiencies, unless they themselves were the marginal area. DB coach R. Todd Littlejohn, in his second year, needs to shore this unit up or Cal will again finish as the league’s bride’s maid.


DB Brandon Hampton (PHOTO CREDIT - Michael Pimentel)


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Cody Jones-So (6-5, 255) Rulon Davis-Jr (6-5, 275)
DT Matt Malele-Sr (6-1, 335) Derrick Hill-Fr (6-3, 280)
DT Mika Kane-Jr (6-3, 297) Michael Costanzo-Fr (6-3, 300)
DE Tyson Alualu-So (6-4, 288) John Allen-Sr (6-1, 248)
SLB Justin Moye-Sr (6-1, 228) Eddie Young-So (6-1, 228)
MLB Zack Follett-Jr (6-2, 237) Greg Van Hoesen-Sr (6-4, 227)
WLB Worrell Williams-Jr (6-2, 256) Anthony Felder-Jr (6-4, 231)
CB Jesse Brooks-So (6-0, 186) Darian Hagan-Fr (6-1, 180)
CB Syd'Quan Thompson-So (5-11, 178) Charles Amadi-Fr (5-11, 175)
ROV Brandon Hampton-Sr (5-10, 188) Robert Peele-So (5-10, 187)
FS Bernard Hicks-Jr (6-1, 198) Thomas DeCoud-Sr (6-3, 195)
P Andrew Larson-Sr (6-2, 190) Scott Wingert-Sr (6-1, 239)




Andrew Larson is a sure-footed punter who earns his all-conference honors by guaranteeing nearly two-thirds of his efforts are either fair caught or inside the 20, which in turn gave Cal the No.8 net results last year. Kicker Tom Schneider, also a senior, nails 75% of his tries and can hit the long ones. DeSean Jackson’s four returns to the house last year meant he led the nation in PRs and was first-team AP all-American.