Has played in 36 games including each of the team's last 29 contests heading into the 2011 campaign, with 14 starts, 109 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-4 yards), 1.0 sack (-1 yard), five interceptions that he has returned for 24 yards, and 15 pass breakups ... Cal's active leader for interceptions and pass breakups, while ranking third in tackles.
2011 A third-team preseason All-American according to Sporting News ... listed as the nation's No. 5 draft-eligible strong safety according to Phil Steele ... a national honors candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award and Tatum Award given annually to the nation's top defensive back ... listed as a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice by Sporting News, while checking in on Lindy's second team and Steele's fourth team ... one of Cal's "Players to Watch" according to Lindy's.
Picked up honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season, playing in all 12 games with six starts and posting a career-high 59 tackles that was second among the team's defensive backs and sixth overall ... added 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard), 1.0 sack (-1 yard), one interception, one quarterback hurry and a team-high-tying seven pass breakups ... among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in tackles (No. 43, 4.9) ... picked up the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Game on defense after recording a career-high 15 tackles and a pass breakup against Stanford ... also had eight tackles on a pair of occasions vs. Arizona State and at Oregon State, adding his lone interception of the season and a career-high-tying two pass breakups vs. the Sun Devils and one pass breakup against the Beavers ... credited for the first sack of his career and a one-yard loss at Washington State ... first-team preseason All-Pac-10 choice according to both Lindy's and Sporting News, while checking on third-team preseason All-Pac-10 squads of Athlon and Phil Steele ... listed by Phil Steele as the nation's No. 20 draft-eligible strong safety and as one of Cal's "Players to Watch" by Lindy's ... missed the majority of 2010 spring ball when he broke his thumb during the team's fourth of 15 practices but recovered fully by the start of the season.
An All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection ... earned the Stub Allison Award given to Cal's Most Inspirational Player ... played in all 13 games and started the final six contests, recording 37 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards) one interception and three pass breakups ... had identical career-high-tying totals of eight tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss for a minus-one yard loss vs. both Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl and against Oregon State ... also had an interception vs. Oregon State ... had four tackles both at Stanford and at Washington ... posted a career-high two pass breakups at Arizona State ... had at least one tackle in each of his last 12 games after not making a tackle in the season-opener vs. Maryland.
Played in 11 games with two starts, tying for second on the team with three interceptions that he returned for 24 yards and 13 tackles ... averaged 0 .27 picks per game to rank No. 10 in the Pac-10 ... added five pass breakups for an average of 0.45 per game to rank No. 14 in the Pac-10 ... had a half tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... made his first career start for an injured Brett Johnson in the Big Game vs. Stanford and came through with a season-high five tackles ... also started vs. Miami, Fla. in the Emerald Bowl, finishing with three stops and the half tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... all three of his interceptions halted opponents' scoring drives deep in Cal territory ... his first pick came at the Cal six-yard line with the Bears up 24-14 in the fourth quarter vs. Arizona State ... also stopped a UCLA drive at the Cal three-yard line, returning the interception nine yards ... his final pick came in Cal's own end zone vs. Oregon.
Rated the 12th-best prospect in Illinois and the 50th best safety in the country by Rivals.com ... selected to the All-Midwest team by SuperPrep Magazine ... earned all-league and all-state as a senior ... totaled 36 tackles with four interceptions.