2017 California Golden Bears Football Team
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2017 California Golden Bears Football Team
2017 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2017 record5-7 (2-7 Pac-12)
Head coachJustin Wilcox (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorBeau Baldwin (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTim DeRuyter (1st season)
Base defense3-4
Captain
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,467)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
  6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears were led by first-year head coach Justin Wilcox and played their home games at California Memorial Stadium. The Bears went 5-7, with wins over North Carolina, Ole Miss, and No. 8 Washington State, and three losses by three points or fewer.[1] The season highlight was the Bears 37-3 defeat of Washington State, the first time Cal beat a top ten opponent since its defeat of No. 3 USC in 2003.[2]

Previous season

Fourth-year head coach Sonny Dykes led the Golden Bears to a record of 5-7 (3-6 Pac-12) in 2016 to finish in a tie for fourth place in the North Division. On January 8, 2017, Dykes was fired.[3] He finished at Cal with a four-year record of 19-30.

On January 14, 2017, Justin Wilcox was hired as the new head coach for the Golden Bears, following the dismissal of Dykes.[4]

Recruiting

Position key

Recruits

The Golden Bears signed a total of 14 recruits.

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at Cal Before Cal
Justin Wilcox Head Coach 1st as Head Coach
(LB Coach, 2003-2005)
Wisconsin -- Defensive Coordinator (2016)
Beau Baldwin Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs Coach 1st year Eastern Washington -- Head Coach (2008-16)
Tim DeRuyter Defensive Coordinator / Inside Linebackers Coach 1st year Fresno State -- Head Coach (2012-16)
Gerald Alexander Defensive Backs Coach 1st year Montana State -- Defensive Backs Coach (2016)
Jerry Azzinaro Defensive Line Coach 1st year San Francisco 49ers -- Defensive Line Coach (2016)
Steve Greatwood Offensive Line Coach 1st year Oregon -- Offensive Line / Defensive Line Coach (2000-16)
Marques Tuiasosopo Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator 1st year UCLA -- Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator (2016)
Nicholas Edwards Wide Receivers Coach 1st year Eastern Washington -- Wide Receivers Coach (2014-16)
Charlie Ragle Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 1st year Arizona -- Special Teams Coordinator (2013-17)
Tony Tuioti Outside Linebackers Coach 1st year Cleveland Browns -- Quality Control, Defense (2014-15)
Desmond Bishop Quality Control, Defense 1st as Asst. Coach
(LB, 2005-2006)
Washington Redskins -- Linebacker (2016)
Reference: [5]

Roster

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 29:20 a.m.at North Carolina*ACCNW 35-3049,500
September 92:00 p.m.No. 25 (FCS) Weber State*P12NW 33-2036,209
September 167:30 p.m.Ole Miss*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ESPNW 27-1637,125
September 2312:30 p.m.No. 5 USC
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA (Joe Roth Memorial Game)
ABCL 20-3046,747
September 307:30 p.m.at OregonFS1L 24-4555,707
October 77:45 p.m.at No. 6 WashingtonESPNL 7-3867,429
October 137:30 p.m.No. 8 Washington State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ESPNW 37-326,244
October 214:00 p.m.Arizonadagger
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NL 44-45 2OT37,525
October 2811:00 a.m.at ColoradoP12NL 28-4447,216
November 42:00 p.m.Oregon State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 37-2335,440
November 185:00 p.m.at No. 20 StanfordFOXL 14-1751,424
November 247:30 p.m.at UCLAFS1L 27-3050,287
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Source:[6]

Game summaries

at North Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 7 7 14 35
Tar Heels 7 10 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Weber State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 25 (FCS) Wildcats 10 10 0 0 20
Golden Bears 7 10 0 16 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ole Miss

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 10 6 0 0 16
Golden Bears 7 0 10 10 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

USC

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Trojans 3 10 0 17 30
Golden Bears 3 10 0 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
29-70-5 2016 USC, 45-24

at Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 7 7 10 24
Ducks 17 0 7 21 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
41-37-2 2016 CAL, 52-49

at Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 0 7 0 7
No. 6 Huskies 7 17 7 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
39-53-4 2016 WASH, 66-27

Washington State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Cougars 0 3 0 0 3
Golden Bears 10 7 3 17 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
46-27-5 2016 WSU, 56-21
  • The game marked Cal's first win against a top ten opponent since 2003.[7]
  • The three points allowed by the Bears defense are the fewest since holding UC Davis to three points in 2010.
  • In the fourth quarter, quarterback Ross Bowers executed a flip into the end zone to put the Bears up 27-3.[8]

Arizona

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Wildcats 14 7 7 377 45
Golden Bears 7 0 14 1076 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
14-16-2 2014 ARIZ, 49-45

at Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 7 0 14 28
Buffaloes 14 13 0 17 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
5-3 2014 CAL, 59-56

Oregon State

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 7 6 7 3 23
Golden Bears 14 6 10 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
36-33 2016 ORST, 47-44
  • The game was the sixth time in program history that Cal had zero punts in a game. It was the first time that Cal had zero punts in a game since playing USC in 2004.[9]
  • Matt Anderson broke the Cal record for career scoring, reaching 297 points after kicking three field goals and four extra points in the game. He broke the previous record of 288 points held by Doug Brien since 1993. Anderson would finish the season with an all-time record of 316 points.
  • Patrick Laird's 214 yards rushing ranks tenth in program history for rushing yards in a single game.

at Stanford

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 3 8 0 14
No. 22 Cardinal 3 7 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
43-57-10 2016 STAN, 45-31

at UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 6 8 10 27
Bruins 7 10 7 6 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
33-52-1 2016 CAL, 36-10
  • Matt Anderson broke the Cal record for career field goals, reaching 60 after kicking four field goals in the game. He broke the previous record of 56 field goals held by Doug Brien since 1993.[10]
  • Ross Bowers reached 3,000 passing yards for the season and became the seventh player in Cal history to reach the milestone.
  • Patrick Laird reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season and became the sixteenth player in Cal history to reach the milestone.

Awards and honors

Coaches

Athlon Sports' National Defensive Coordinator of the Week, vs. Washington State[11]

Offense

Manning Award Stars of the Week, vs. North Carolina[12]
Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist[13]
First-team Pac-12 All-Academic[14]
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention[15]
CoSIDA Academic All-District Team[16]
  • Malik McMorris (FB)
SB Nation Piesman Trophy finalist[17]
  • Kanawai Noa (WR)
Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award watchlist[18]
  • Vic Wharton III (WR)
Biletnikoff Award watchlist[19]
  • Jake Curhan (OL)
Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic[14]
  • Patrick Mekari (OL)
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention[15]
  • Tony Mekari (G)
Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic[14]

Defense

  • James Looney (DL)
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention[15]
  • Devante Downs (LB)
Chuck Bednarik Award watchlist[20]
Lott IMPACT Trophy watchlist[20]
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention[15]
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, at North Carolina[20]
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week(2), vs. Ole Miss[20]
College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Ole Miss[21]
College Sports Madness Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Ole Miss[21]
  • Jordan Kunaszyk (LB)
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Washington State[22]
Rose Bowl: Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Washington State[22]
Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Washington State[22]
College Sports Madness Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, vs. Washington State[22]
  • Luke Rubenzer (S)
First-team Pac-12 All-Academic[14]

Special teams

  • Matt Anderson (PK)
Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year[23]
Campbell Trophy semifinalist [24]
Lou Groza Award pre-season watchlist[24]
Senior CLASS Award candidate[24]
Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic[14]
CoSIDA Academic All-District Team[16]

References

  1. ^ Wild, Andrew (November 30, 2017). "Cal football had severe highs, lows in Justin Wilcox's 1st year". The Daily Californian.
  2. ^ "Cal flips out over signature win against No. 8 Washington State - SFGate". October 26, 2017. Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Sonny Dykes Fired as Cal Football Head Coach". The Daily Californian. 8 January 2017.
  4. ^ Simmons, Rusty (25 November 2017). "Cal football wants more than just bowl berth in 2018". San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ "2017 Football Coaching Staff". CalBears.com.
  6. ^ "2017 Cal Football Schedule Announced". CalBears.com. 18 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Cal-WSU Postgame Notes". CalBears.com.
  8. ^ "WATCH: Cal QB nearly pulls off front flip as he scores TD". SI.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Cal-Oregon State Postgame Notes". CalBears.com.
  10. ^ "Cal-UCLA Postgame Notes". CalBears.com.
  11. ^ "DeRuyter Selected Athlon's National DC of the Week". CalBears.com. 15 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Manning Award Stars of the Week, 2017". Sugar Bowl. Archived from the original on 2018-06-18. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Burlsworth Trophy Announces Nominees". BurlsworthTrophy.com. 31 October 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Laird and Rubenzer First-Team Pac-12 All-Academic". CalBears.com. 30 November 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d "Pac-12 Football All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. 5 December 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Announcing 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District® Football and Volleyball Teams". CoSIDA. 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ "McMorris on Final Piesman Trophy Ballot". CalBears.com. 27 November 2017.
  18. ^ "2017 Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award". Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
  19. ^ "Wharton III added to Biletnikoff Award watch list". CalBears.com. 6 November 2017.
  20. ^ a b c d "Downs Added to Chuck Bednarik Award Watchlist". CalBears.com. 6 October 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Downs Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week". CalBears.com. 18 September 2017.
  22. ^ a b c d "Kunaszyk named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week". CalBears.com. 16 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Pac-12 Announces Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year". Pac-12. 27 November 2017.
  24. ^ a b c "Matt Anderson Candidate for Senior CLASS Award". CalBears.com. 5 October 2017.

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