Cal quarterback Jared Goff becomes the first Bears QB since Aaron Rodgers to be named to the first team

Jared Goff joins Aaron Rodgers and Kenny Lawler joins Keenan Allen as first-team all-conference selections, plus, six other Bears snag spots on the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention list.

California junior quarterback Jared Goff and redshirt junior Kenny Lawler Lawler both earned first-team All-Pac-12 selections for the first time Tuesday when the conference announced the to the 2015 All-Pac-12 Football Team.

Six more Bears earned honorable mention, including senior tight end Stephen Anderson, left guard Chris Borrayo, senior defensive end Kyle Kragen, senior safety Stefan McClure, redshirt junior Hardy Nickerson and senior wide receiver Bryce Treggs.

Goff, in earning the honor, became the first Cal quarterback to be named first-team all-conference since Aaron Rodgers in 2004, while Lawler became the Golden Bears receiver to be selected first-team since Keenan Allen in 2011. The first-team selections were also the first by any Cal players since offensive lineman Brian Schwenke (Tennessee Titans) and kicker Vincenzo D'Amato in 2012. “The first-team All-Pac-12 recognition for Jared and Kenny is well-deserved,” head coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Along with the rest of our team they have worked so hard to get better every day and reach the place we are now. There’s much more to do, but I’m so proud of everyone on this football team for what they have accomplished so far this season.”

Goff had been an honorable mention selection in each of his first two seasons at Cal before breaking his own single-season records for passing yards (4,252), TD passes (37) and total offense (4,260) this season, while becoming the ninth quarterback in Pac-12 history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a campaign. Goff has completed 316-of-492 (64.2%) passes for a 156.36 passer efficiency rating that currently ranks second on Cal’s all-time single-season list.

“I’m very honored to have been named first-team All-Pac-12 along with Luke [Falk],” Goff said in a statement. “There are a lot of good quarterbacks in this conference and there were several that could have been selected. My teammates played the biggest role in me obtaining this award. They are the reason I have been able to be successful this season. I can’t thank everyone enough – the receivers, offensive line, running backs and the defense for forcing turnovers. It’s an entire group effort when an individual award is named.”

Lawler leads Cal with 47 catches for 583 yards, and his team-best 10 touchdown catches are a career-best, and tied for third on the school’s all-time single-season list. The junior out of Pomona (Calif.) Upland has pulled in six or more catches five times this season, and recorded 100-yard receiving games wtice, against Washington and Washington State. He grabbed a season-high-tying seven catches for a season-high 112 yards and one touchdown against the Huskies on the road, and then followed that up with a six-catch, 105-yard day against the Cougars. He also tied a school record for the third time in his career with three touchdown receptions in the season-opener against Grambling State.

Lawler’s 24 career touchdown catches are third all-time in the program record books. Over his three seasons in Berkeley, Lawler has 138 catches for 1,631 yards in 34 games and 19 starts.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment and truly a blessing to be named first-team All-Pac-12,” Lawler said. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if wasn’t for my teammates and the tremendous competition we have at practice every day. I wanted to give a special thanks to one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Jared Goff; all of my fellow receivers for helping me get open against opposing defenses, and Darius White and all of our defensive backs that we go one-on-one with every day in practice. That’s what really makes me better. It’s a team accomplishment.”

The Pac-12 Player of the Year honors and Coach of the Year honors will be announced tonight when Pac-12 Networks unveils the individual honors on Inside Pac-12 Football at 6 pm PT.

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Goff leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation in touchdown passes, while he is second in the conference and fourth nationally in passing yards and passing yards per game (354.3). Goff is also second in the league and in the top seven in the country in total offense (355.0, #5 NCAA), completions per game (26.33, #5 NCAA), points responsible for (230, #7 NCAA) and points responsible for per game (19.2, #7 NCAA).

Goff closed out the regular-season by earning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice in the final three games and most recently when he broke his own single-game school record with 542 yards passing and five touchdown throws in Cal’s 48-46 comeback victory over Arizona State last Saturday in the team’s regular-season finale. The victory assured the bowl-eligible Golden Bears a winning season for the first time since 2011.

Goff is also a candidate for the Manning Award which is scheduled to release its 10 finalists Wednesday and was one of 16 national semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award. Both are honors that recognize the nation’s top quarterback.

Goff has started all 36 games possible over his first three campaigns at Cal and has set 26 records including career marks for passing yards (11,733), touchdown passes (90), completions (952) and total offense (11,635). He has completed 952-of-1532 passes (62.1%) and has a 141.94 passer efficiency rating that is currently third all-time at Cal.

Honorable Mentions

From the Cal release:

Stephen Anderson, TE, 6-3, 230, Sr., 3L, San Jose, CA (Piedmont Hills HS)?: Anderson played in all 12 regular-season games with 11 starts that were most by the group’s receivers as a 2015 senior and has contributed 40 catches for 460 yards with two touchdowns. He has career totals of 100 catches for 1,246 yards receiving and seven touchdown grabs. Borrayo, OL, 6-3, 310, Jr., 2L, Paramount, CA (Paramount HS)?Borrayo has started all 12 games at left guard in 2015 to run his career total to 28. He was considered the top offensive lineman for a group that have helped the Bears break school records in 2015 for total offense (6,293), passing yardage (4,425) and passing touchdowns (38) that were previously set in 2014, with an opportunity to add single-season marks during its bowl game in total yards per game, passing yards per game, completions and first downs passing. Cal also ranks fifth nationally in passing offense (368.8 ypg), ninth in total offense (524.4 ypg) and 23rd in scoring offense (36.5 ppg). The offensive line did not allow a sack against Pac-12 leader Arizona State in its regular-season finale.

Kyle Kragen, DE, 6-2, 245, Sr., 1L, Danville, CA (Diablo Valley College/San Ramon Valley HS)?: Kragen was one of four Cal players to start all 12 regular-season games on defense and leads the squad in tackles for loss (7.0, -39 yards), sacks (6.0, -32 yards) and quarterback hurries (5) while ranking second on the club with 65 tackles. He also added his first career forced fumble and one pass breakup with all the numbers career highs. Kragen has career totals of 93 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss (-51 yards) and 9.0 sacks (-47 yards) over 24 games played and 17 starts. He began his Cal career in 2013 as a junior college transfer and missed the entire 2014 campaign due to illness before returning to action in 2015. McClure, S, 5-11, 205, Sr., 3L, Vista, CA (Vista HS)?: McClure recovered from a series of injuries that caused him to miss 25 of 49 possible games including the entire 2012 campaign over his first four seasons to start all 12 regular-season contests as a fifth-year senior in 2015. He has career highs of 52 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), his first career sack (-9 yards), third career fumble recovery that he returned 45 yards for his first career touchdown against Washington State and two pass breakups. McClure was also on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list and Cal’s nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

McClure has career totals of 156 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-24 yards), 1.0 sack (-9 yards), two interceptions that he has returned for eight yards, nine pass breakups and three fumble recoveries that is tied for the most among active Cal players that he has returned for 45 yards and one touchdown. He also caught one pass for 11 yards as a sophomore in 2013, while his interception as a 2014 junior was one of only four thrown that season by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Hardy Nickerson, LB, 6-0, 225, Jr., 2L, Oakland, CA (Bishop O’Dowd HS)?: Nickerson started all 12 regular-season games as a 2015 junior and has a team-high 101 tackles to become the first Cal player to record 100 stops or more in a season since Mychal Kendricks registered 107 in 2011. Nickerson has also added 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and a fumble recovery at Washington that led to a Cal touchdown. Nickerson had a career-high 16 tackles in Cal’s regular-season finale against Arizona State and has double-digit stops in five of the team’s last seven contests.

Nickerson is Cal’s active career leader with 235 stops over 34 games and 26 starts, while he is tied with McClure as the team’s leader among current players with three fumble recoveries in addition to 9.0 tackles for loss (-27 yards), 2.0 sacks (-9 yards), one interception, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles. Nickerson’s 235 career tackles puts him 23 stops from entering Cal’s all-time top 10 list that includes his father Hardy Nickerson Sr. in second with 501 tackles during his four seasons at Cal from 1983-86.

Bryce Treggs, WR, 6-0, 185, Sr., 3L, Inglewood, CA (St. John Bosco HS)?: Treggs has a team-high and career-best 813 yards receiving on 41 catches with six touchdown receptions to rank tied for second on the team over 12 games and five starts as a 2015 senior. He also has the team’s highest yards per reception average at 19.8, longest catch with an 80-yarder at Oregon and highest single-game receiving yards total with a career-high 147 in the regular-season finale against Arizona State. In addition, Treggs has three of his seven career 100-yard receiving games over the final four regular-season contests of 2015.

Treggs ranks fourth all-time at Cal with 191 receptions, fifth with 2,363 yards receiving and 10th with 14 touchdown catches. Treggs moved past his father Brian in receptions and yards receiving during his 2015 senior season and is one scoring grab away from the 15 his father recorded from 1988-91. Treggs has a current streak of at least one reception in each of his last 38 games to rank tied for sixth in the country as well as 44 of his 45 career contests that have included 32 starts. Top Stories