2019 California Golden Bears football team

The 2019 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They competed as members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. In their third year under head coach Justin Wilcox, the Bears improved to an 8–5 record for only the second time since 2009, finishing 2nd in the Pac-12 North.

2019 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Redbox Bowl champion
Redbox Bowl, W 35–20 vs. Illinois
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
2019 record8–5 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBeau Baldwin (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorTim DeRuyter (3rd season)
Base defense3–4
Captains
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,467)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 5 Oregon x$   8 1         12 2  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         8 5  
Oregon State   4 5         5 7  
Washington State   3 6         6 7  
Stanford   3 6         4 8  
South Division
No. 16 Utah x   8 1         11 3  
USC   7 2         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         8 5  
UCLA   4 5         4 8  
Colorado   3 6         5 7  
Arizona   2 7         4 8  
Championship: Oregon 37, Utah 15
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The Bears started off the season strong, achieving a No. 15 AP ranking (their highest since 2009) after a 4–0 start, including a 20–19 upset win against No. 14 ranked Washington.[1] However, after injury to quarterback Chase Garbers during the Arizona State game, the Bears proceeded to lose the next four games.[2]

With the return of Garbers, Cal notably defeated Stanford in the Big Game for the first time since 2009. This win clinched bowl eligibility for the Bears while making the Cardinal ineligible for the post-season for the first time in ten years.[3][4] The Bears went to the Redbox Bowl, where they defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 35–20,[5] their first bowl win since 2015.

Senior linebacker Evan Weaver was the standout player of the season after leading the nation with a school-record and Pac-12 record 182 tackles, earning him the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and becoming the first consensus All-American from Cal since 2006.[6][7]

Previous seasonEdit

In 2018, the Bears went 7–6 under second-year head coach Justin Wilcox. After the Bears upset #15 Washington 12–10[8] and defeated USC 15–14 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles to snap a 14-year losing streak to the Trojans,[9] the Bears lost 10–7 in overtime to TCU in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl. The Bears’ offensive efficiency ranked as the second worst among all Power Five teams.[10]

PreseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

On February 26, 2019, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti left the Golden Bears to become the new defensive line coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Scott Frost.[11] Andrew Browning was named the Bears' new defensive line coach on February 27, 2019.[12] Browning is the third defensive line coach in three years under Justin Wilcox after Jerry Azzinaro's departure in 2017.[13]

Pac-12 media daysEdit

Pac-12 media pollEdit

In the 2019 Pac-12 preseason media poll, California was voted to finish in fifth place in the North Division.[14]

Media poll (North Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oregon 190 (17)
2 Washington 189 (17)
3 Stanford 129
4 Washington State 108 (1)
5 California 81
6 Oregon State 38

ScheduleEdit

Three of California first four games were non-conference games, starting on August 31 against UC Davis of the Big Sky Conference. The Golden Bears then played their conference opener against Washington. Rounding out the non-conference slate was a home game against North Texas of Conference USA and a road game against Ole Miss of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In Pac-12 Conference play, Cal played the other members of the North Division and faced Arizona State, UCLA, USC, and Utah from the South Division. They did not play Arizona and Colorado.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 313:30 p.m.No. 5 (FCS) UC Davis*P12NW 27–1344,168
September 77:30 p.m.at No. 14 WashingtonFS1W 20–1966,327
September 141:15 p.m.North Texas*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 23–1735,268
September 219:00 a.m.at Ole Miss*No. 23ESPNUW 28–2046,850
September 277:30 p.m.Arizona StateNo. 15
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
ESPNL 17–2447,532
October 55:00 p.m.at No. 13 OregonFOXL 7–1754,766
October 1911:30 a.m.Oregon State 
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NL 17–2142,064
October 267:00 p.m.at No. 12 UtahFS1L 0–3546,626
November 94:00 p.m.Washington State
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
P12NW 33–2039,168
November 168:00 p.m.USC
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
FS1L 17–4146,397
November 231:00 p.m.at StanfordP12NW 24–2048,904
November 307:30 p.m.at UCLAFS1W 28–1838,102
December 301:00 p.m.vs. Illinois*FOXW 35–2034,177

Source:[15]

Game summariesEdit

* Home games are in dark blue

UC DavisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 (FCS) Aggies 10 0 3 0 13
Golden Bears 0 13 7 7 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–0 Sep. 4, 2010 W, 52–3

at WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 3 14 3 20
No. 14 Huskies 0 10 3 6 19


Overall record Last meeting Result
41–54–4 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 12–10

The game started at 7:30 pm, but was paused at the end of first quarter due to a lightning storm; the pause lasted for approximately two and a half hours. By the time of the restart - 10 pm, there was only approximately 16,000 of the original approximately 60,000 fans left at the venue.[16] Relying on rushing of running backs Christopher Brown Jr. (80 yards), and Marcel Dancy (72 yards, 2 touchdowns) and quarterback Chase Garbers (42 yards), Cal won on a last minute field goal by Greg Thomas.[17] This was the Golden Bears second straight win against the Huskies. In the 2018 home game Cal upset No. 15 Washington 12 to 10.

North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 3 7 7 17
Golden Bears 20 0 3 0 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Golden Bears 7 7 14 0 28
Rebels 7 6 0 7 20


Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 16, 2017 W, 27–16

Arizona StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 7 0 7 10 24
No. 15 Golden Bears 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–17 Sep. 24, 2016 L, 41–51

In the final drive of the first half, quarterback Chase Garbers was injured, breaking his right collarbone. Gabrers would not be cleared to play again until he started against USC.

at OregonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 0 0 0 7
No. 13 Ducks 0 0 10 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–40–2 Sep. 29, 2018 L, 24–42

Oregon StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 7 7 0 7 21
Golden Bears 0 3 14 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–34 Oct. 20, 2018 W, 49–7

at UtahEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 0 0 0 0 0
No. 12 Utes 7 21 7 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–6 Oct. 1, 2016 W, 28–23

This defeat was the first shutout of a California team since a 1999 defeat to No. 5 Nebraska. Starting quarterback Chase Garbers and backup Devon Modster were injured for the game.

Washington StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 5 6 3 6 20
Golden Bears 6 7 7 13 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
48–28–5 Nov. 3, 2018 L, 13–19

USCEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 10 7 17 7 41
Golden Bears 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–71–5 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 15–14

at StanfordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 3 0 14 24
Cardinal 7 3 7 3 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–59–10 Dec. 1, 2018 L, 13–23

With this victory, Cal ended Stanford's nine-year win streak in the Big Game. The win also ensured the Bears' qualification to a bowl game for the second consecutive year, the first time this has happened in ten years. Likewise, the loss put Stanford at 4–7 for the season, ending its hopes of making its tenth consecutive bowl game.

at UCLAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 7 7 7 28
Bruins 7 3 8 0 18
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–54–1 Oct. 13, 2018 L, 7–30

vs. Illinois (Redbox Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 7 14 7 7 35
Fighting Illini 10 3 0 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–7 Sep. 17, 2005 W, 35–20

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at Cal Before Cal
Justin Wilcox Head Coach 3rd as Head Coach
(LB Coach, 20032005)
Wisconsin — Defensive Coordinator (2016)
Beau Baldwin Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 3rd year Eastern Washington — Head Coach (2008–16)
Tim DeRuyter Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach 3rd year Fresno State — Head Coach (2012–16)
Gerald Alexander Defensive Backs Coach 3rd year Montana State — Defensive Backs Coach (2016)
Andrew Browning Defensive Line Coach 2nd year UTEP – Defensive Line Coach (2013–17)
Nicholas Edwards Wide Receivers Coach 3rd year Eastern Washington — Wide Receivers Coach (2014–16)
Steve Greatwood Offensive Line Coach 3rd year Oregon — Offensive Line / Defensive Line Coach (2000–16)
Charlie Ragle Special Teams Coordinator 3rd year Arizona — Special Teams Coordinator (2013–17)
Peter Sirmon Co-Defensive Coordinator / Associate Head Coach / Inside Linebackers 2nd year Louisville – Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach (2017)
Burl Toler III Wide Receivers Coach 2nd as Asst. Coach
(WR, 20012004)
UC Davis – Wide Receivers Coach (2016)
Marques Tuiasosopo Tight Ends Coach 3rd year UCLA — Quarterbacks Coach / Passing Game Coordinator (2016)
Reference: [18]

RosterEdit

2019 California Golden Bears Football

Quarterback

  •  6 Devon Modster -   Junior (6'2, 210)
  •  7 Chase Garbers -   Sophomore (6'2, 205)
  • 13 Spencer Brasch - Freshman (6'4, 180)
  • 15 Robbie Rowell -   Freshman (6'2, 220)

Running Back

  •  9 Alex Netherda -   Senior (6'0, 215)
  • 23 Marcel Dancy -   Junior (5'10, 195)
  • 25 DeCarlos Brooks - Freshman (5'9, 190)
  • 26 DeShawn Collins -   Junior (5'10, 195)
  • 34 Christopher Brown Jr. - Sophomore (6'1, 230)

Wide Receiver

  •  2 Jordan Duncan - Senior (6'1, 205)
  •  4 Nikko Remigio - Sophomore (5'10, 185)
  • 10 Jeremiah Hawkins - Junior (5'8, 180)
  • 11 Kekoa Crawford -   Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 14 Monroe Young -   Freshman (6'0, 200)
  • 17 Makai Polk - Freshman (6'3, 185)
  • 21 Ricky Walker III -   Sophomore (5'11, 190)
  • 39 Evan King -   Sophomore (6'3, 205)
  • 41 Ben Skinner -   Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 80 Trevon Clark - Junior (6'4, 180)
  • 83 Chris Rogers - Freshman (6'3, 175)
  • 86 Jared Staub - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 87 Lucas Allen - Freshman (6'2, 205)
  • 88 Ryan Regan -   Freshman (6'0, 185)

Tight End

  • 16 Collin Moore -   Sophomore (6'4, 250)
  • 49 Nick Alftin -   Freshman (6'5, 235)
  • 81 Elijah Mojarro - Freshman (6'4, 245)
  • 84 Gavin Reinwald -   Sophomore (6'3, 235)
  • 85 Jake Tonges -   Sophomore (6'5, 230)

Placekicker

  • 36 Nick Lopez - Freshman (6'1, 190)
  • 39 Greg Thomas -   Senior (5'9, 165)

Punter

  • 30 Dario Longhetto -   Freshman (6'0, 170)
  • 37 Steven Coutts -   Senior (6'4, 215)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 53 Michael Saffell - Junior (6'2, 300)
  • 56 Jack Beeman -   Sophomore (6'4, 290)
  • 60 Brian Driscoll - Freshman (6'4, 295)
  • 61 Valentino Daltoso -   Junior (6'4, 300)
  • 62 Ben Coleman - Freshman (6'4, 315)
  • 63 Brayden Rohme - Freshman (6'6, 260)
  • 64 Gentle Williams -   Junior (6'3, 290)
  • 66 Cal Frank - Freshman (6'7, 270)
  • 68 Erick Nisich -   Freshman (6'4, 290)
  • 70 Poutasi Poutasi -   Sophomore (6'4, 340)
  • 71 Jake Curhan -   Junior (6'6, 335)
  • 72 McKade Mettauer - Freshman (6'4, 285)
  • 73 Matthew Cindric -   Freshman (6'4, 295)
  • 74 Will Craig - Sophomore (6'5, 290)
  • 76 Henry Bazakas -   Senior (6'6, 315)
  • 78 Brandon Mello -   Freshman (6'6, 295)

Defensive End

  • 44 Zeandae Johnson -   Senior (6'4, 290)
  • 47 JH Tevis -   Freshman (6'4, 275)
  • 55 Lone Toailoa -   Senior (6'2, 290)
  • 92 Gabriel Cherry -   Sophomore (6'5, 280)

Nose Guard

  • 90 Brett Johnson - Freshman (6'5, 285)
  • 94 Gunnar Rask - Freshman (6'2, 275)
  • 95 Miles Owens -   Freshman (6'6, 350)
  • 97 Aaron Maldonado - Sophomore (6'3, 285)
  • 99 Siulagisipai Fuimaono -   Sophomore (6'4, 320)

Outside Linebacker

  • 15 Ben Moos -   Sophomore (6'4, 230)
  • 19 Cameron Goode -   Junior (6'3, 235)
  • 33 Myles Jernigan - Freshman (6'3, 220)
  • 38 Matt Horwitz -   Sophomore (6'4, 235)
  • 40 Parker Bosche -   Freshman (6'4, 225)
  • 41 Curley Young Jr. - Freshman (6'1, 220)
  • 48 Orin Patu - Freshman (6'4, 220)
  • 52 Braxten Croteau - Freshman (6'5, 240)
  • 91 Chinedu Udeogu -   Junior (6'4, 270)
  • 96 Tevin Paul -   Junior (6'4, 260)
  • 98 Ben Hawk Schrider -   Senior (6'3, 240)
 

Inside Linebacker

  •  8 Kuony Deng -   Junior (6'6, 220)
  • 42 Colt Doughty - Senior (6'1, 230)
  • 50 Kyle Smith - Freshman (6'3, 215)
  • 51 Blake Antzoulatos - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 53 Tommy Vanis -   Freshman (6'1, 215)
  • 54 Evan Tattersall -   Freshman (6'2, 235)
  • 56 Sam Walker -   Freshman (6'3, 225)
  • 57 Nick Henderson -   Freshman (6'2, 210)
  • 58 Zach Angelillo -   Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 59 Ryan Puskas - Freshman (6'3, 210)
  • 60 Alex Murray - Freshman (6'2, 205)
  • 89 Evan Weaver - Senior (6'3, 235)

Cornerback

  •  3 Elijah Hicks - Junior (5'11, 195)
  •  7 Chigozie Anusiem -   Freshman (6'1, 190)
  • 18 Branden Smith -   Sophomore (5'10, 170)
  • 20 Josh Drayden - Senior (5'10, 180)
  • 24 Camryn Bynum -   Junior (6'0, 195)
  • 25 Erik Harutyunyan - Freshman (6'2, 205)
  • 28 Miles Williams - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 30 Jaylen Martin - Freshman (6'2, 165)
  • 34 Tarik Glenn Jr. - Freshman (5'10, 175)
  • 36 D'Shawn Hopkins - Junior (5'11, 205)

Defensive Line

  • 93 Luc Bequette -   Junior (6'0, 195)

Safety

  •  2 Isaiah Humphries -   Freshman (5'11, 190)
  •  5 Trey Turner III -   Senior (6'1, 185)
  •  6 Jaylinn Hawkins -   Senior (6'2, 210)
  • 26 Craig Woodson - Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 27 Ashtyn Davis -   Senior (6'1, 200)
  • 31 Steve Mcintosh -   Freshman (5'11, 185)
  • 32 Daniel Scott -   Sophomore (6'2, 195)

Long Snapper

  • 32 JJ Lindsay - Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 45 Slater Zellers -   Freshman (6'1, 235)
  • 48 Daniel Etter -   Sophomore (5'10, 225)

Nickelback

  • 22 Traveon Beck - Senior (5'9, 165)

Source and player details:[19]

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 RV 23 15 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 
Coaches NR NR RV 23 16 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Media affiliatesEdit

RadioEdit

TVEdit

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
3 68 Ashtyn Davis S New York Jets
4 134 Jaylinn Hawkins S Atlanta Falcons
6 202 Evan Weaver LB Arizona Cardinals

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