Reigning Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week [and Cal's passing efficiency leader with a 514.0 PER] Vincenzo D'Automatico added another potential accolade yesterday:
Cal senior placekicker Vincenzo D'Amato was one of 30 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field selected Wednesday as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
"I feel very honored and excited especially knowing what this award is all about," D'Amato said. "I've been taught by my family to always give it my best and the four areas of excellence this award recognize fit right into that. It's hard work but once you become used to a lifestyle like that it become easier, it's enjoyable."
Read the full Cal media release here: LINK
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The Cal football team showed no signs of a hangover from this past Saturday's hard fought loss versus Northwestern. Practice this week - especially on Monday ($) - has been efficient and crisp, with coaches and players bringing good energy and intensity.
practice is a bit more intense than yesterday, team & staff in full game prep mode— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) September 5, 2013
A quick injury update, per Coach Dykes after Wednesday's practice: Brendan Bigelow (and Khairi Fortt) will play on Saturday; Chris McCain and Kenny Lawler were held out as a precautionary measure but will return to practice Thursday; Brennan Scarlett, Nick Forbes, and Mustafa Jalil are still out indefinitely.
The big news earlier this week included Chris McCain's full reinstatement, Spencer Hagan's medical retirement, and Avery Sebastian's season-ending injury. These and other items were addressed by Coach Dykes in Tuesday's weekly press conference (videos inside links below):