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Davis Webb, Steven Moore, Darius Allensworth, James Looney and Ray Davison named team captains by Cal football

Cal players elect five players as team captains, including a rookie in graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb, and plenty of veterans, like games-played leader Steven Moore and cornerback Darius Allensworth.

California head coach Sonny Dykes announced Saturday after the Bears' final practice before departing for Sydney that cornerback Darius Allensworth, linebacker Ray Davison, defensive tackle James Looney, right tackle Steven Moore and quarterback Davis Webb have been elected as team captains for the 2016 season in a vote of their teammates. All will be serving in the role for the first time at Cal. Webb, in his first and only season with the Bears, was a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, and earned his captaincy through his offseason preparation.

"From day one, everybody said, ‘Wow, this guy’s working incredibly hard, and really not saying anything,’" said Dykes. "Davis came in here and kept his mouth shut, and earned the respect of his teammates, just by working. There was none of this talk about, ‘I did this,’ or ‘I did that,’ or ‘I was here,’ none of that. He never said one word about any of that. He just showed up and worked really hard, and was just one of the guys.”

At Texas Tech, Webb -- ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr.'s top senior quarterback prospect -- completed 459-of-747 passes (61.4%) for 5,557 yards with 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions for a 138.4 passer efficiency rating in 23 games played and 14 starts.

Webb is on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award (the nation's top college football player) and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top collegiate quarterback.

Looney is, to put it mildly, the opposite of Webb. The Wake Forest transfer, who made 35 tackles last season, doesn't stop talking. The effervescent, self-described best head of hair on the team floats between every position group during scrimmage situations, constantly jabbering and keeping spirits up, along with being one of two starting defensive tackles. "That's Looney," Allensworth said. "That's who James Looney is. He's a guy that's going to go out there and get heard by everybody. We need those types of people on the team. It's good for the team."

Allensworth, who heads into his second season as the starting corner, has proved to be one of the most dedicated defensive players when it comes to teaching the newcomers, and has routinely been the first down the field to congratulate a young defensive back on a good play, a breakup or an interception. He, personally, has led the team with six this fall camp. Allensworth is Cal's active leader in passes defended, pass breakups and forced fumbles.

"The biggest thing that’s a positive for me is the older guys that have been there," said defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. "Darius, what he’s grown from, in two years, from the ‘14 season to the ‘15 season to now, maturity level, intelligence level of what we’re doing, he’s going to execute his skill set.”  

Davison will start next to Devante Downs when the Bears begin their season against Hawaii in a week, and has two pick-sixes during fall camp. The redshirt junior and two-time letterman has played in 23 games, with four starts in his career. preseason watch list member for the Outland Trophy and the Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award, Moore is the program's active leader in games played (37) and games started (36).

"He's just been a guy that's worked incredibly hard, a blue-collar guy that is exactly what you want as an offensive lineman," Dykes said of Moore at Pac-12 Media Days. "[He] has really developed into being one of the leaders in our program. Really proud of him."

Cal will play Hawai'i in the first college football game of the 2016 season and the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) contest of the opening weekend at the College Football Sydney Cup in a game that will be televised live by ESPN in primetime in the United States on Friday, Aug. 26 (10 pm ET/7 pm PT). Given the 17-hour time difference between Sydney and Berkeley, the contest will kick off from the 83,500-seat ANZ Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Noon local time in Sydney.

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