One FBS win, and the Cal football team is reaping the awards.
Kameron Jackson was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. The sophomore cornerback, playing heavy minutes due to a first half injury to starter Marc Anthony, made the most of his opportunity and caught three interceptions in the Bears’ 43-17 win over UCLA. Jackson, who tallied four tackles and a pass breakup, was also honored by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) as one of two national Defensive Back Performers of the Week.
Zach Maynard’s five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) earned him the title of CFPA National Performer of the Week, as well as the CFPA Quarterback of the Week. The senior overcame an early interception to complete 25-of-30 passes for 295 yards. The California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week, Maynard was also selected as a Manning Award Star of the Week.
Tight end Richard Rodgers and running back C.J. Anderson were selected as CFPA honorable mentions as their respective positions. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Rodgers had a coming out party on Saturday, as the sophomore shattered his career highs with seven catches for 129 yards. Anderson, a senior, rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 21 carries. He accounted for two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air.
While many of these awards are unknown or random — Manning Award Star of the Week? — the sheer number that Cal players racked up is, at least, a positive sign for a program that had little to celebrate just a week earlier.
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