2018 California Golden Bears football team

The 2018 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears went 7–6 during Justin Wilcox's second year as head coach. The Bears upset #15 Washington 12–10 and defeated USC 15–14 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles to snap a 15-year losing streak to the Trojans, but at the same time, they also snapped a 18-year losing streak to USC in the Coliseum. They lost 10–7 in overtime to TCU in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl.[1][2]

2018 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Cheez-It Bowl, L 7–10 OT vs. TCU
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2018 record7–6 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBeau Baldwin (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTim DeRuyter (2nd season)
Base defense3–4
CaptainPatrick Laird
Jordan Kunaszyk
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,467)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 13 Washington xy$   7 2         10 4  
No. 10 Washington State x   7 2         11 2  
Stanford   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   5 4         9 4  
California   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   1 8         2 10  
South Division
Utah xy   6 3         9 5  
Arizona State   5 4         7 6  
USC   4 5         5 7  
Arizona   4 5         5 7  
UCLA   3 6         3 9  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: Washington 10, Utah 3
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Bears offensive efficiency ranked as the second worst among all Power Five teams.[3] This ranking was in direct contrast to Cal's offensive performances under Cal's previous coach Sonny Dykes, in 2014 Cal was ranked No. 11 in nation in points scored, and in 2015 was ranked No. 13 in total yards.[4][5] However, there was an inverse contrast in team's defensive performance as Wilcox's 2018 team was ranked No. 15 in total yards allowed as opposed to consistent bottom of the charts performances under Dykes.[6] Two standouts of Cal's defense were second team All Pac-12 linebacker junior Evan Weaver who had 155 tackles and two interceptions, and first team All Pac-12 senior Jordan Kunaszyk who had 143 tackles, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovered; Kunaszyk went undrafted but was later signed by the Carolina Panthers.[7][8]

Previous seasonEdit

First-year head coach Justin Wilcox was hired in January 2017, following the dismissal of Sonny Dykes.[9] Wilcox led the Golden Bears to a record of 5–7 (2–7 Pac-12) in 2017 to finish in fifth place in the North Division. In a season highlight, the Bears beat No. 8-ranked Washington State by a margin of 37–3.

On December 5, 2017, defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro left the Golden Bears after one season to become the new defensive coordinator for the UCLA Bruins under Chip Kelly.[10]

NFL Draft SelectionsEdit

The Golden Bears had two individuals selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.[11]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Devante Downs Linebacker 7 225 Minnesota Vikings
James Looney Defensive end 7 232 Green Bay Packers

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Golden Bears signed a total of 21 recruits.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[12] Jordan Kunaszyk LB SR
Rimington Trophy[13] Addison Ooms C SR
Maxwell Award[14] Patrick Laird RB SR
Doak Walker Award[15] Patrick Laird RB SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[16] Kanawai Noa WR JR
Vic Wharton III WR SR
John Mackey Award[17] Ray Hudson TE SR
Butkus Award[18] Jordan Kunaszyk LB SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[19] Jordan Kunaszyk LB SR
Outland Trophy[20] Patrick Mekari OL SR
Paul Hornung Award[21] Ashtyn Davis S/KR JR
Wuerffel Trophy[22] Patrick Laird RB SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[23] Ross Bowers QB JR

Pac-12 Media DaysEdit

The 2018 Pac-12 media days are set for July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Justin Wilcox (HC), Patrick Laird (RB) & Jordan Kunaszyk (LB) at Pac-12 Media Days. The Pac-12 media poll was released with the Golden Bears predicted to finish in fourth place at Pac-12 North division.[24]

Media poll (North)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Washington 249 (40)
2 Stanford 198 (2)
3 Oregon 178 (2)
4 California 108
5 Washington State 98
6 Oregon State 45

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 11:00 p.m.North Carolina*FOXW 24–1742,168
September 87:15 p.m.at BYU*ESPN2W 21–1852,602
September 153:00 p.m.Idaho State*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 45–2337,104
September 297:30 p.m.No. 19 OregonNo. 24
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FS1L 24–4243,448
October 67:00 p.m.at ArizonaFS1L 17–2444,253
October 134:00 p.m.UCLA 
P12NL 7–3745,889
October 201:00 p.m.at Oregon StateP12NW 49–732,390
October 273:30 p.m.No. 15 Washington
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FS1W 12–1039,138
November 37:45 p.m.at No. 10 Washington StateESPNL 13–1932,952
November 107:30 p.m.at USCESPNW 15–1456,721
November 244:00 p.m.Colorado
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 33–2134,457
December 1[a 1]12:00 p.m.Stanford
P12NL 13–2357,858
December 266:00 p.m.vs. TCU*ESPNL 7–10 OT33,121
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Sources:[25][26]

  1. ^ Rescheduled from November 17 due to poor air quality caused by the Camp Fire.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at Cal Before Cal
Justin Wilcox Head Coach 2nd as Head Coach
(LB Coach, 20032005)
Wisconsin — Defensive Coordinator (2016)
Beau Baldwin Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 2nd year Eastern Washington — Head Coach (2008–16)
Tim DeRuyter Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach 2nd year Fresno State — Head Coach (2012–16)
Gerald Alexander Defensive Backs Coach 2nd year Montana State — Defensive Backs Coach (2016)
Nicholas Edwards Wide Receivers Coach 2nd year Eastern Washington — Wide Receivers Coach (2014–16)
Steve Greatwood Offensive Line Coach 2nd year Oregon — Offensive Line / Defensive Line Coach (2000–16)
Charlie Ragle Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach 2nd year Arizona — Special Teams Coordinator (2013–17)
Peter Sirmon Associate Head Coach / Inside Linebackers 1st year Louisville – Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach (2017)
Burl Toler III Running Backs Coach 1st as Asst. Coach
(WR, 20012004)
UC Davis – Wide Receivers Coach (2016)
Marques Tuiasosopo Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator 2nd year UCLA — Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator (2016)
Tony Tuioti Defensive Line Coach 2nd year Cleveland Browns — Quality Control, Defense (2014–15)
Reference: [27]

RosterEdit

2018 California Golden Bears Football

Quarterback

  •  3 Ross Bowers -   Junior (6'2, 190)
  •  7 Chase Garbers -   Freshman (6'2, 210)
  • 11 Brandon McIlwain -   Sophomore (6'1, 195)
  • 14 Chase Forrest -   Senior (6'2, 205)

Running Back

  •  4 Zion Echols -   Sophomore (5'8, 180)
  • 22 Derrick Clark -   Sophomore (5'10, 210)
  • 26 Biaggo Ali Walsh - Sophomore (5'10, 190)
  • 28 Patrick Laird -   Senior (6'0, 200)
  • 30 Billy McCrary III - Senior (5'11, 210)
  • 31 Alex Netherda -   Junior (6'0, 215)

Wide Receiver

  •  2 Jordan Duncan - Junior (6'1, 210)
  •  9 Kanawai Noa -   Junior (6'0, 180)
  • 10 Jeremiah Hawkins - Sophomore (5'8, 175)
  • 17 Vic Wharton III -   Senior (5'11, 210)
  • 18 Moe Ways -   Senior (6'4, 220)
  • 25 Nikko Remigio - Freshman (5'10, 170)
  • 30 Matt Rockett -   Senior (5'9, 195)
  • 36 Hiroaki Endo -   Senior (6'0, 195)
  • 38 Ricky Walker III -   Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 39 Evan King -   Freshman (6'3, 195)
  • 41 Ben Skinner - Freshman (6'2, 195)
  • 81 Brandon Singleton -   Junior (6'0, 170)
  • 85 Greyson Bankhead -   Sophomore (6'0, 170)
  • 86 Monroe Young - Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 88 Ryan Regan - Freshman (6'0, 175)

Tight End

  • 16 Collin Moore - Sophomore (6'4, 225)
  • 80 Jake Ashton -   Senior (6'3, 235)
  • 83 Ben Moos - Sophomore (6'4, 235)
  • 84 Gavin Reinwald - Sophomore (6'3, 215)
  • 87 Kyle Wells -   Senior (6'3, 245)
  • 89 Matt Laris -   Sophomore (6'3, 235)
  • 99 Malik McMorris - Senior (5'11, 300) (+FB)

Punter

  • 37 Steven Coutts - Senior (6'4, 210)
  • 42 Dylan Klumph -   Senior (6'2, 235)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 53 Michael Saffell - Sophomore (6'2, 295)
  • 54 Gentle Williams -   Sophomore (6'3, 295)
  • 57 Addison Ooms -   Senior (6'4, 300)
  • 58 Semisi Uluave - Senior (6'5, 345)
  • 60 Daniel Juarez - Sophomore (6'5, 290)
  • 61 Valentino Daltoso -   Sophomore (6'4, 310)
  • 65 Tanner Prenovost -   Sophomore (6'0, 265)
  • 70 Poutasi Poutasi - Sophomore (6'4, 305)
  • 71 Jake Curhan -   Sophomore (6'6, 325)
  • 72 Kamryn Bennett -   Senior (6'3, 310)
  • 74 Ryan Gibson -   Junior (6'2, 285)
  • 76 Henry Bazakas -   Junior (6'6, 300)
  • 79 Patrick Mekari - Senior (6'4, 300)

Defensive End

  • 44 Zeandae Johnson -   Junior (6'4, 280)
  • 91 Chinedu Udeogu -   Sophomore (6'4, 250)
  • 92 Gabe Cherry - Sophomore (6'5, 260)
  • 96 Tevin Paul -   Sophomore (6'4, 270)

Nose Guard

  • 50 Hunter Abel -   Junior (6'0, 275)
  • 93 Luc Bequette -   Junior (6'2, 290)
  • 98 Chris Palmer -   Senior (6'2, 320)

Outside Linebacker

  • 13 Russell Ude -   Junior (6'3, 245)
  • 19 Cameron Goode -   Sophomore (6'3, 225)
  • 36 Alex Funches - Senior (6'2, 230)
  • 46 Drew Bryant -   Senior (6'2, 220)
  • 51 Cameron Saffle - Senior (6'3, 250)
  • 89 Evan Weaver - Junior (6'3, 250)
  • 94 Trevor Howard -   Junior (6'3, 250)

Placekicker

  • 41 Gabe Siemieniec -   Sophomore (6'1, 220)
  • 49 Matt Abramo -   Junior (6'3, 190)
 

Inside Linebacker

  • 40 David Ortega Jr. -   Senior (5'9, 210)
  • 41 Gerran Brown -   Junior (6'2, 220)
  • 43 Kyle Harmon - Sophomore (6'1, 240) (+OLB)
  • 55 Aisea Tongilava -   Senior (6'1, 220)
  • 59 Jordan Kunaszyk -   Senior (6'3, 235)

Cornerback

  •  3 Elijah Hicks - Sophomore (5'11, 180)
  •  8 Nygel Edmonds -   Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  • 16 Chibuzo Nwokocha -   Senior (6'1, 185)
  • 20 Joshua Drayden - Junior (5'9, 185)
  • 22 Traveon Beck - Junior (5'9, 160)
  • 24 Camryn Bynum -   Sophomore (6'0, 180)
  • 27 Ashtyn Davis -   Junior (6'1, 195)

Defensive Back

  • 10 Daniel Scott - Sophomore (6'2, 200)
  • 45 Branden Smith - Sophomore (5'10, 170)

Safety

  •  4 Derron Brown -   Senior (6'1, 210)
  •  5 Trey Turner - Senior (6'1, 190)
  •  6 Jaylinn Hawkins -   Junior (6'2, 200)
  • 21 Evan Rambo -   Junior (6'4, 210)
  • 23 Malik Psalms -   Junior (6'1, 185)
  • 28 Quentin Tartabull -   Senior (5'11, 205)
  • 29 Bryce Turner -   Sophomore (5'10, 175)

Long Snapper

  • 45 Grant Gluhaich -   Junior (5'11, 200)
  • 47 Alonso Vera - Senior (5'11, 225)

Fullback

  • 40 Justin Norbeck -   Senior (6'0, 235)

Source and player details:[28]

Game summariesEdit

North CarolinaEdit


North Carolina Tar Heels at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Tar Heels 0 0 31417
Golden Bears 7 10 7024

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

at BYUEdit


California Golden Bears at BYU Cougars
1 2 34Total
Golden Bears 7 0 7721
Cougars 0 3 7818

at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah

Idaho StateEdit


Idaho State Bengals at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 3 61423
Golden Bears 7 21 31445

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

OregonEdit


No. 19 Oregon Ducks at No. 24 California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
No. 19 Ducks 7 21 7742
No. 24 Golden Bears 3 7 7724

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

at ArizonaEdit


California Golden Bears at Arizona Wildcats
1 2 34Total
Golden Bears 0 14 0317
Wildcats 10 0 7724

at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

UCLAEdit


87th rivalry meeting: UCLA Bruins at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Bruins 7 6 71737
Golden Bears 0 0 707

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

at Oregon StateEdit


California Golden Bears at Oregon State Beavers
1 2 34Total
Golden Bears 7 14 72149
Beavers 0 0 707

at Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

WashingtonEdit


No. 15 Washington Huskies at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
No. 15 Huskies 7 0 0310
Golden Bears 3 3 6012

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

at Washington StateEdit


California Golden Bears at No. 10 Washington State Cougars
1 2 34Total
Golden Bears 0 10 3013
No. 10 Cougars 3 10 0619

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington

at USCEdit


California Golden Bears at USC Trojans
1 2 34Total
Golden Bears 0 0 15015
Trojans 0 14 0014

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

ColoradoEdit


Colorado Buffaloes at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Buffaloes 0 7 14021
Golden Bears 21 3 3633

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

StanfordEdit


111th Big Game: Stanford Cardinal at California Golden Bears
1 2 34Total
Cardinal 10 3 01023
Golden Bears 0 6 0713

at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

vs. TCU (Cheez-It Bowl)Edit


Cheez-It Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs vs. California Golden Bears
1 2 34OTTotal
Horned Frogs 0 0 70310
Golden Bears 7 0 0007

at Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Media AffiliatesEdit

RadioEdit

with Hal Ramey and Lee Grosscup

TVEdit

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV 24 RV NR NR NR RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Awards and honorsEdit

Award finalistsEdit

Burlsworth Trophy Finalist[55]
Senior CLASS Award Finalist[56]

Award semifinalistsEdit

Broyles Award Semifinalist[57]
Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist[58]
Campbell Trophy Semifinalist[59]

Award watchlistsEdit

Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List[60]

Weekly awardsEdit

  • Team awards
FWAA National Team of the Week (Week 11 vs USC)[61]
  • Steven Coutts (P)
Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 13 vs Colorado)[62]
  • Luc Bequette (DE)
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Week 11 vs USC)[63]
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Week 13 vs Colorado)[62]
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Week 9 vs Washington)[64]
CSM Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Week 9 vs Washington)

HonorsEdit

Allstate AFCA Good Works Team[65]
Google Cloud Academic All-District Team[66]

All Pac-12Edit

Team Player Position Year
First Jordan Kunaszyk LB SR
Second Evan Weaver LB JR
Honorable Luc Buquette DE JR
Honorable Camryn Bynum DB SO
Honorable Steven Coutts P JR
Honorable Ashtyn Davis RS JR

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