On Monday, nine California football players were named to the annual Phil Steele 2015 Preseason All-Pac-12 teams.
Notably absent from Steele’s Preseason All-American teams – first, second, third and fourth – was Heisman candidate quarterback Jared Goff, who made Steele’s second-team All-Pac-12.
Goff holds 16 school records, including single-season passing yards (3,973) and passing touchdowns (35) set in 2014, and ranked among the nation’s top 10 in six individual categories as a true sophomore.
Scout.com recently named Goff the second-best quarterback in the Pac-12, right behind Steele First-Team All-American Cody Kessler of USC, with a chance to overtake the Trojans signal caller before the season is out. Goff was also named the sixth best QB in college football.
Other Bears who made Steele’s second-team All-Pac-12 were linebacker Michael Barton, offensive guard Chris Borrayo and running back Daniel Lasco.
Barton led the Bears defense with career highs of 80 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss last year, with 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups. He’s first on the Bears’ active career list with 15.5 tackles for loss and second with 144 tackles.
Borrayo started 11 games at left guard last year, and has started 16 games in his career, going into his junior season.
Lasco was the first Cal running back to run for more than 1,000 yards since 2011 when he posted 1,115 in 2014. He combined for 1,471 rushing and receiving yards in his junior season, the most by a Cal player since 2008.
On the third team, Steele named kick returner/wide receiver Trevor Davis, junior receiver Kenny Lawler, senior receiver Bryce Treggs and cornerback Darius White.
Davis ranked second nationally with 32.6 yards per kick return last season, and he was tied for second with two kickoffs returned for touchdowns, both coming when he tied an NCAA single-game record with two at Washington State.
Lawler led the Bears with a career-high 54 catches, 701 yards receiving and nine touchdown catches in 2014, and leads all active Cal players with 14 career TD grabs, to rank ninth on the school’s all-time list.
Treggs – who’s father Brian was recently voted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame – is the Bears’ active career leader with 150 catches and 1,150 receiving yards. He also leads all Cal receivers in starts (27) and is tied for first among receivers in games played (33). Treggs led the Bears with a career-high 77 catches that rank fourth on the school’s all-time single-season list as a 2013 sophomore.
White recorded 28 tackles last season, along with three pass breakups and one pick in his first season at Cal in 2014, and had a monstrous spring.
Fifth-year senior safety Stefan McClure made Steele’s fourth-team All-Pac-12, after recording a season-high 50 tackles in 2014 to go along with 1.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one interception last season.
The Pac-12 announced game times for several early-season 2015 football games, including four for Cal.
The Sept. 5 season opener against Grambling State, and the Sept. 12 match-up with San Diego State have both been announced for 2 p.m., Pacific, starts on the Pac-12 Networks.
The marquee early-season game for the Bears – the Sept. 19 roadie at Texas – is slated for 4:30 p.m., Pacific, on FOX (6:30 CT).
Finally, Cal’s Oct. 22 game at UCLA will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on ESPN.