Selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pac-12 head football coaches.
Started all 12 games and ranked second on the club in tackles (85) after leading the squad for much of the season before Mike Mohamed took over the team lead late in the campaign ... led the team with three forced fumbles and was tied for fourth in the Pac-10 with an average of 0.25 forced fumbles per contest ... tied for 13th in the Pac-10 with his 7.1 per-game tackle average ... fourth on the club with 5.5 sacks (-21 yards) and tied for fourth with 2.0 sacks (-13 yards) ... added three pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery ... recorded a career-high 16 tackles at Nevada that were the most by a Cal defender since Thomas DeCoud also had 16 stops at Washington on Nov. 17, 2007 and tied for the most by a Cal defender in 2010 ... also had a forced fumble at Nevada ... other double-digit tackle games came vs. Stanford (12, 1.0 TFL, -1 yard) and vs. Oregon (10, 0.5 TFL, -0 yards, forced fumble) ... also had nine tackles in back-to-back games vs. Arizona State and at Oregon State, adding a nine-yard sack that was the first of his collegiate career against the Sun Devils, as well as a four-yard sack and a forced fumble at Oregon State ... added seven tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards) and a pass breakup vs. Colorado ... had six stops each at Arizona and vs. Washington, adding a fumble recovery vs. the Huskies ... had four tackles and a career-high-tying two pass breakups in the season opener vs. UC Davis and four tackles at USC ... had at least one tackle in all 12 games ... had 1.0 tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry at UCLA ... a third-team midseason All-Pac-10 choice of Phil Steele.
Started eight of 13 games and contributed 37 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards), three pass breakups and a fumble recovery which he returned for 16 yards ... team was 7-1 during his eight starts with the only game he started that Cal lost being vs. Oregon State ... started the first three games of the season vs. Maryland, vs. Eastern Washington and at Minnesota, then again for four straight contests at UCLA, vs. Washington State, at Arizona State and vs. Oregon State, and once more at Stanford ... recorded a season-high-tying seven tackles twice vs. Oregon State (also career-high 2.0 tackles for loss for minus-1 yard) and vs. Eastern Washington (also 0.5 tackles for loss for minus-2 yards) ... added six tackles and a career-high-tying two pass breakups in the season-opener vs. Maryland ... had four stops on three separate occasions at Minnesota, vs. Washington State (also 0.5 tackles for loss for -1 yard) and at Arizona State ... fumble recovery that he returned 16 yards came in the first quarter at UCLA and set the ball up on the Bruins' 43-yard line, where quarterback Kevin Riley would connect with wide receiver Marvin Jones on the next play for a 43-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 Cal lead.
A reserve linebacker who played in 12 of 13 games off the bench with 14 tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... missed only the Michigan State season-opener ... recorded a season-high four tackles in his collegiate debut at Washington State and two tackles in four other games at Maryland, vs. Oregon, at USC and vs. Washington ... registered his 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) at Maryland.
SuperPrep Magazine All-America choice ... selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine as well ... the No. 21 prospect at linebacker in the nation (43rd overall in California) according to Rivals.com ... was listed on Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Bes
Full name is Donnell Lamont Holt ... the son of Shawn and Monica Bridges ... born December 1, 1988 ... plans to major in American studies with a business minor.
- Scouting the Cal run defense: Rating Cal's run defense depends on whether you are rating it at home or on the road. In home games, Cal has been a virtual stone wall, stopped Utah's John White IV and every other running back cold at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Cal's home field this season. But on the road, Cal has been a sieve against the run, allowing Arizona State's Cameron Marshall to rush for 157 yards despite a severely sprained ankle, yielding 163 rushing yards to UCLA QB Kevin Prince, and letting Oregon's LaMichael James run for 239 yards. How Cal will do on a neutral field in a bowl is anyone's guess, but Texas has a much better running game than Arizona State or UCLA. Cal's two inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, and D.J. Holt are the main weapons against the run. - The Sports Xchange
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