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Cal defensive tackle Tony Mekari is named first-team All-Academic All-Pac-12

Four California players were named to Pac-12 All-Academic teams on Wednesday, with four more earning Honorable Mention nods.

California defensive tackle Tony Mekari has earned a first-team All-Pac-12 All-Academic nod from the conference. The redshirt junior started all 12 games for the Bears, and maintained a 3.22 GPA in Legal Studies. Mekari registered 33 tackles (10 solo), including 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. Backup junior running back Patrick Laird, who rushed for 59 yards on eight carries, and played in all 12 games this season, made the second team, with a 3.5 GPA in Business Administration. Fellow backup running back, sophomore Billy McCrary III, was also named to the second team, with a 3.34 GPA. He has yet to declare a major. McCrary, who missed the early part of the year due to injury, played in 10 games, carrying the ball six times for 439 yards.

Also making the second team was kicker Matt Anderson, who boasts a 3.67 GPA in Business Administration and was named an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 player earlier this week. The Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award semifinalist also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors earlier in the month and is on the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. 

Anderson has become the Bears' leading single-season scorer of the modern era, thanks to five field goals against UCLA last week. He is 22-of-26 on field goals the year, tying a school record, and perfect (51-for-51 -- tied for first in the nation) on extra-point attempts for 117 total points, passing Mark Jensen (107 in 2002) and Duke Morrison (131 in 1922).

Anderson is tied for fifth in field goals made, tied for sixth in field goals per game (1.83) and tied for 10th in total points scored.

Fullback J.D. Hinnant, senior longsnapper Bradley Northnagel, safety Evan Rambo (who tore his ACL early in the season) and safety Luke Rubenzer all were named Honorable Mention. Top Stories