Cal defensive stars Camryn Bynum and Cameron Goode have several things in common — both are redshirt seniors, both go by the shortened nickname of “Cam” and both earned themselves spots on All-Pac-12 teams in 2020.
The duo led the Bears’ defensive unit to its third consecutive finish as a top-five defense in the Pac-12, and their efforts were recognized in the Pac-12’s yearly awards. Bynum was named a member of the All-Pac-12 First Team, while Goode was featured on the Second Team.
Additionally, Cal had nine other players who made the All-Pac-12 honorable mention list: Kekoa Crawford, Jake Curhan, Kuony Deng, Josh Drayden, Brett Johnson, Zeandae Johnson, Nikko Remigio, Michael Saffell and Jake Tonges. True freshman running back Damien Moore was an honorable mention selection for Pac-12 Football Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.
Bynum, who initially declared for the 2020 NFL draft before opting back in to the season, served as a team captain for Cal for a second consecutive year and lived up to his preseason selection as a First Team member. Despite breaking up just two passes and notching one interception, Bynum served as the glue to a secondary that allowed only 196.8 passing yards per game, which was the second-fewest in the Pac-12 behind Washington.
Goode was arguably the biggest contributor to Cal’s lone win of 2020 — an upset over then-No. 23 Oregon. The outside linebacker put up 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss against the Ducks, delivering several key stops against the electric Oregon offense. Goode’s average of 2.0 tackles for loss per game ranked second in the nation this season, and the senior will surely garner NFL looks should he choose to declare for the 2021 draft.
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