|Advantage||National Rank||Pac 12 Rank||Actual||Category||Actual||Pac 12 Rank||National Rank|
|54||6||115.91||Pass Efficiency Defense||105.72||4||42|
|T-55||6||6||Tackles For Loss||12||1||3|
Key Players - California
WR Marvin Jones 6-3 220 SR: Part of Cal's dynamic duo at receiver. Jones caught 5 balls last week against Fresno for 118 yards and a career high two touchdowns. Last season, Jones hauled in 50 receptions for 765 yards and four scores.
WR Keenan Allen 6-3 205 SO: Emerged on the scene last season as a super freshman. He had eight receptions in week 1 for 112 yards. Jones and Allen both went over 100 yards receiving last week, the first time two Cal players to both go over 100 yards receiving in the same game since 2006. Last season, Allen set a Cal single-season school record for receptions by a true freshman with 46 receptions for 490 yards.
QB Zach Maynard 6-2 190 JR: WR Keenan Allen's brother and transfer from the University of Buffalo. He graded his performance last week a 4.5 out of 10. He did get off to a shaky start but settled down. He completed less than 50% of his passes (16-35-1-266, 2TD) so Cal fans would like to see more consistency there. The scary news for Buff fans is Maynard is one of the more mobile quarterbacks Cal has had. Last week, Maynard had 52 yards rushing on six carries, including a 43-yarder that was the longest run of the day by either team. After Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz torched Colorado last week, Greg Brown and the rest of the defensive staff need to key on Maynard this weekend in Boulder.
RB Isi Sofele 5-8 190 JR: With Shane Vereen gone to the NFL, Sofele will be counted on to be the work horse for the Bears in 2011. Against Fresno, he rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 24 rushes, all career highs. In 2010, he saw some action running for 338 yards.
LB Mychal Kendricks 6-0 240 SR: Got off to a strong start after having a breakout season a year ago. He led the Bears' defensive effort against Fresno totaling a team high nine tackles, 1/2 a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Last season, he was a dominant force getting to the quarterback, totaling 8.5 sacks. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles (161), tackles for loss (24.5), sacks (11.0), fumble recoveries (5) and blocked kicks (1). He is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.
LB D.J. Holt 6-1 242 SR: Holt was second to Kendricks with eight tackles against Fresno State. He is ranked second behind Kendricks for career active leaders in tackles (144) and tackles for loss (11).
The Cal Defensive Line: Cal fans would tell you the strength of this team going into the season was it's defense. Cal sacked Fresno six times last week, tops in the Pac 12. Seven different players registered at least a half a sack. Hopefully, the Colorado offensive line had a revelation this week in practice or it could be another long day. Last season, Cal sacked Tyler Hansen six times and forced five turnovers en-route to a 52-7 victory at Berkeley.