The "poster boy" for the 2009 NFL Draft center class, Mack has been a model of consistency on the field, anchoring the Bears' front wall since taking over for All-Pac 10 Conference center Marvin Phillips as a sophomore. The two-time Rimington Trophy finalist, given to the nation's top center, he has not only excelled on the gridiron, but also in the training room and the classroom. His power clean lift of 374 pounds is an all-time school record for all positions.
Mack was recently awarded the Draddy Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete, an award that also includes a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship. He was named the Pac 10 Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008, having earned league academic honor roll recognition four times while attending Berkeley.
As a senior, he was also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given for academic and athletic accomplishment. In addition, he was named the school's 2008 winner of the Schlessinger Coaches Award, which recognizes outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service.
Mack's work ethic speaks volumes for the player he has become. "Being a center, there's a lot of thinking that's involved," says Mack. "Before the play, you get the play, you go to the line, you have to remember what the snap count is, you have to call out the front and what everyone's assignment is, tell both the guards what they have to do and then I have to focus on what I have to do."
But such attention to detail goes far beyond game day. Mack is usually the last lineman off the field after practice, always getting in a little extra footwork and hand work while other players grab some Gatorade. For such a large individual, he is surprisingly quick. He can run the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds, a feat only four lineman at the 2008 NFL Combine surpassed. That quickness and Mack's brute strength have terrorized opposing defensive lines.
Mack's experience was with a primarily ground-based offense in high school. Since coming to Cal, however, he has had to learn to protect pocket passers. "In high school, I didn't know what a pass set was," says Mack. "Here, half the day we work on pass blocking, pass sets, pass technique. It's so technical. It's amazing how hard it is." But those extra hours spent after practice has helped him make the job look easy.
When Mack was named the Pac 10 Conference's Morris Trophy winner in 2008, it marked the second time he had received that honor, joining Southern California's Roy Foster (1980-81) and Washington's Lincoln Kennedy (1991-92) as the only players in league history to capture that honor twice in a career. He is also the third Golden Bear offensive lineman to receive the honor, joining Todd Steussie (1993) and Ryan O'Callaghan (2005). Defensive end Andre Carter also won on the defensive side in 2000.
At San Marcos High School, Mack excelled on the gridiron and on the wrestling mat. He was named to Prep Star's All-West team as a senior, helping his team rush for 2,031 yards in 2003. He was a member of Super Prep's Top 132 seniors in California squad, landing him on that service's All-Far West team. The 2003 San Marcos Most Valuable Player, he was named the Channel League's Co-Most Valuable Player on defense and a first team All-League selection. He was also a two-time All-CIF choice and a three-time All-County and All-League member.
Mack played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his time at San Marcos High. As a senior, he registered 93 tackles and eight sacks. He added four letters in wrestling, advancing to the state wrestling tournament as a CIF heavyweight champion. As a senior, he compiled a 26-1 record on the mat.
Mack enrolled at California in 2004, spending the season acclimating to center while performing on the scout team. He was an Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention as a red-shirt freshman, playing behind Marvin Phillips while making five knock-downs in seven games of action in 2005.
The team's Most Improved Offensive Lineman took over center duties in 2006, earning All-Pac 10 first-team and Academic All-League second-team recognition. He delivered 83 key blocks/knockdowns and was named to ESPN's All-Bowl Team after registering nine knock-downs and paving the way for two 100-yard rushers vs. Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl.
Mack received All-American and All-Pac 10 Conference first-team honors in 2007. The Rimington Trophy finalist captured the league's Morris Blocking Trophy, given to the best offensive lineman in the conference. He was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award as he anchored a line that allowed only eleven quarterback sacks. He led the team with 81 key blocks/knockdowns and his eleven touchdown-resulting blocks were the most by any major college center in 2007.
The All-American center seriously considered leaving school early to apply for the 2008 NFL Draft. He submitted his paperwork to the league's advisory board, but when he was told that he would be a second round draft choice, he decided to return to college for the 2008 campaign.
"This is a really great opportunity for me to help the team," Mack said. "There is a lot I can do at Cal to improve my game and to further my career. I didn't want to miss the experience of my senior season and helping the team get back on track and finish things right. This also gives me an opportunity to finish my degree and continue my education. I came to Cal because of the outstanding education and I want to finish that before I'm done. I'm really just looking forward to getting into spring ball and seeing how the team comes together for 2008."
Mack was again awarded with All-American and All-Pac 10 Conference honors as a senior. He was a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and Rimington Trophy and received numerous national honors for academics. On the field, he started all thirteen games in the pivot. He again paced the Bears with 92 knockdowns/key blocks and matched his junior season total with eleven touchdown-resulting blocks.
2008 Worst Games Maryland, Southern California, Washington.
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GENERAL REPORT…GRADE- 7.46
Mack is a solidly built athlete with long arms, large hands, good bubble, defined upper body muscles in the shoulders and chest, thick thighs and calves.
Mack shows adequate foot speed, with good agility and balance playing along the line. His overall strength has dramatically increased, thanks to long hours in the training room prior to the 2008 season. He has good athleticism, body control and change of direction ability for the short pulls, but does have some hip stiffness that becomes noticeable when he has to sudden redirect. Despite his good timed speed, he is not really explosive, but stays low in his pads and shuffles his feet well to mirror. He is the strongest player on the team, setting the school power clean record with a 374-pound lift. He does a nice job of adjusting to movement in pass protection. He plays with a flat back and has good balance when trying to recover (just not sudden). He is not considered a "sudden burst" type off the snap, but he uses his hand placement and leg drive to generate movement. He runs with a normal stride and builds his acceleration nicely getting into the second level. He has good body control on the move, but will labor some when having to move laterally down the line…GRADE-6.9
Mack is a highly intelligent athlete with several conference and national academic honors to his credit. He has no problems digesting a complex offense and despite his youth, has called blocking assignments up front since 2006. It is easy for him to learn and retain plays and he knows all of his line mates' assignments, doing a good job of making adjustments up front. He is a very low-rep type who does a fine job locating twists and games. He was the 2008 recipient of the Draddy Award, given to the top scholar-athlete in the collegiate ranks…GRADE-8.3
Mack is the program's "poster child," as he is not only a solid football player, but an outstanding student with no off-field problems. He is a natural leader, well liked and respected, dependable and coachable. He gets very good family support and even though he will "yes sir, no sir" you to death, once he steps on the football field, that nice persona is left in the locker room and his nasty demeanor takes over (see 2008 Maryland and Washington games)…GRADE-7.3
Mack is the type that will do whatever it takes to finish his blocks. He plays and practices with true aggression and is the type that will play through pain. He has strong leadership qualities on and off the field. He is an intense competitor on the field who loves the game, likes the challenge and will leave his all on the football field. His tenacity is evident and he will not hesitate to throw an elbow to put a defender down (see 2008 Michigan State, Colorado State, Oregon and Stanford games)…GRADE-7.7
Mack dedicated long hours to his 2008 off-season training program and it showed in his play as a senior. He struggled vs. the bull rush as a junior and was over-powered at times handling inside gap assignments. With his added bulk and power, he showed much better power moves to lock out and control his man. This is a player that combines good strength and quickness for consistent blocking ability. He is a very good worker on the practice field and in the weight room. He will play with bumps and bruises that would sideline most players. He makes the calls for the offensive line and is the type that competes until he hears the whistle…GRADE-71.
Mack is not really an explosive mover off the snap, but it is good enough for him to move and adjust on his blocking assignment with ease. On the move, he has some hip stiffness when trying to redirect, but takes good angles into the second level. With his low pad level and strong lower base, he is consistent in attempts to gain advantage at the snap, showing decisive movement in his stance. He shows good initial quickness off his snap on both run and pass plays, but will labor some if he has to travel long distances. With his above average knee bend and newly found strong hand punch, he gets through trash well and does a good job of keeping his pad level proper to leverage on the move. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he has enough balance and sufficient enough burst to get out on traps and pulls in the short area, whether from the center position or when lined up at left guard in practices prior to that game…GRADE-6.7
Even though he gets out in front with good urgency on traps and pulls, along with showing good knee bend, he will revert to bending at the waist when having to move past the line of scrimmage. Mack is not the type that can change direction in an instant and when he does try this, he will trip over his feet or false step. He has above average feet when planting them in the ground, but just marginal-to-adequate lateral agility. He will compensate by staying low in his pads, but lacks that ease of movement when redirecting to either side. He does do a good job of getting out in front on screens, taking good angles to neutralize linebackers when leading the ground game around the edge…GRADE-5.8
Balance/Stays On Feet
Mack has the balance and body control to quickly get position, but does spend a bit of time on the ground when he gets overaggressive with his hands, as defenders have good success knocking him back when his chest is too exposed. Despite his tall frame, he knows how to sink his weight, but when he gets tall in his stance, his base narrows and defenders can then walk him back into the pocket. He uses his body too much to lean into his man when space blocking and is slow to recover his balance, making him susceptible to double moves. His balance and foot agility allows him to stay on his blocks when battling in the trenches. He just does not have fluid moves adjusting in space. He can shuffle, slide and adjust to inside movement, but will never develop that sharp change of direction skills. The thing I like about him is his ability to keep his weight back and stay in control. When he stays low in his pads, he can gain position, anchor and sustain with good knee bend to finish…GRADE-6.6
Mack is not really explosive to come off the ball, but a dedicated weight training program during the off-season resulted in him combining good strength and pop on his run blocks. He does a solid job of rolling his hips and driving defenders working along the line, but he lacks that sudden explosion to generate great movement in short yardage situations. While he lacks ideal size, he will get into the defender immediately after the snap and plays with above average strength…GRADE-6.3
Mack generates adequate power to drive and stay on a defender. When he stays on his feet, he can consistently work to finish. He shows inconsistency with his redirection skills and needs to develop better hip snap working in space, as this is where he will revert to bending at the waist and this allows defenders to get into his body and knock him off stride too often (see 2008 Maryland and Southern California games). He is a much better blocker in closed quarters, as he will get a bit "antsy" trying to make contact against second level defenders, where he is more prone to over-extend and get washed out of the play. His low center of gravity has seen him have great success rooting out the defender, as tailback Jahvid Best made a very nice living of hitting the inside rush lanes between center and guard for long gains on the ground in 2008 (see 2008 Michigan State, Arizona, Washington State and Arizona State games), thanks to Mack's ability to keep his pads down and leverage. What separates him from most centers is his good understanding of angles and positioning. He is a productive blocker in-line whose balance and leverage allows him to quickly get in the way of a defender. The only time he struggles is when he has to stand up and face up to the larger defensive tackle, due to his lack of lower body strength (good, just not great). When he stays at a low pad level and delivers his strong hand punch, he will consistently gain leverage. Even though he does not have the brute power to get movement vs. the bigger defenders, he uses his hand placement and base to maintain position and sustain…GRADE-7.4
When he plays in control, Mack does a good job of extending and anchoring vs. the inside pass rusher. His anchor is sometimes too soft vs. the bigger opponents, but he has enough punch and slide to stay with his man shooting the gaps. His added strength prevented him from getting walked back into the pocket in 2008, but as a junior, he did struggle quite a bit to anchor vs. the bull rush due to an adequate power base. He just might not have enough strength development to be able to handle the much bigger, more physical nose guards at the NFL level like the Jets' Kris Jenkins or the Vikings' Pat Williams and will have to rely on his guards for help when a defender gets over his head. His biggest problem in pass protection is that he does not have that sudden lateral movement needed to stall the three-tech types or pick up the inside blitz. Even without a punishing hand punch, Mack does a good job of latching on and getting his hands into the defender's jersey to lock out and control. He shows good hip sink to prevent the taller defenders from pushing him back, but could use more strength in his anchor. When he plays in control and does not try to lunge, he is perfectly capable of sustaining and riding out the rusher. He showed in 2008 improvement in attempts to keep his weight back, stay square and slide and adjust. He can anchor vs. the bull rush and shows great alertness to tricks. The thing you notice on film is that when he keeps his hands inside his frame, he can slide and mirror defenders, using his hand placement to defeat swim moves. He showed a better base set to pop and drop, quick hand usage upon initial contact and tenacity in his play as a senior. He plays flat-footed with good knee bend to deliver the full force behind his hand jolt, even if it does not always shock the bigger defenders…GRADE-7.3
Because of his ability to move out and lead along the edge on screens, he could see some action at guard earlier in his NFL career. He does not look fast running long distances, but he can pull and trap when uncovered and does show good urgency when asked to cut off on the front side of the gaps. When he gets too aggressive, he will struggle to engage with his blocks, but he has enough quickness to pull and reach the block point on short traps…GRADE-6.6
Adjust on Linebacker Downfield
Mack might not be fast into the second level, but he has a strong angle concept. He is just adequate changing direction in space, but will give full effort to get down field and neutralize the linebackers. When he gets out of control with his hands, he will swing and miss, though. When he does make contact, he does a very good job of staying on his man and cut him off when working in space. He will look up defenders down field, flashing good urgency with adequate foot speed to get into the second level…GRADE-6.6
Use of Hands/Punch
Mack has good hand placement to grab and control, but even with his improved strength, his hand punch is not going to shock and jolt too many opponents, at least not the bigger ones. He also needs to be more consistent shooting his hands and keeping them inside his frame on the move. In space, he will revert to taking wild swipes in order to get a piece of his man and this leaves his chest exposed for a defender to push him back into the pocket. With a little more refinement of his technique, he should be able to rectify this problem. He does know how to grab, turn and steer the defender, as his hands are active in attempts to control the defender, though. In 2008, he did a good job of getting his hands up quickly on both runs and passes. He just needs to show a more explosive and forceful hand punch on the rise. He plays with leverage and can get control of the defender with his proper hand placement, but must continue to improve his consistency when using his hands to grab and gain control…GRADE-6.5
Mack generally plays with good control in the trenches, but does have some technique lapses when on the move. He is good to get into a defender's body, but when he gets overaggressive with his hands, he can be beaten by quick counter/double moves. He shows good urgency in attempts to gain position, anchor and sustain. With his field smarts and vision, he shows better instincts and awareness than most young centers, as he seems to react well to stunts and twists. The coaches call him the "complete package" at center, with great intelligence and technique, tremendous vision and a terrific sense of his surroundings. He plays through the whistle on every down and is a team-first player who is the key to the Golden Bears' zone-blocking schemes. He consistently plays flat-footed, doing a nice job of adjusting with his lateral slide to movement…GRADE-8.0
Long Snap Skills
Mack is not the team's deep snapper, but shows very good precision and quickness getting the ball back with the laces properly turned on the shotgun.
JAKE GROVE-Oakland…Mack is a bit taller, but both play with good aggression (some-times too much). The Cal center struggled with power moves as a junior, but a dedicated training program saw him greatly improve his power base in 2008. He proved at the Senior Bowl that he has no problems mixing it up in the trenches and even though some question his long distance quickness, he was quite effective on short traps and pulls when lining up at left guard at that game's scrimmages. There are still some areas of his game that needs refinement (better hand punch and balance in the open, along with improving his change of direction skills), but it should come down to him and Oregon's Max Unger to see which of these two Pac-10 Conference standouts is the first center taken in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Mack ended his career with a string of 39 consecutive starts for the Bears…During that streak, he registered 256 key blocks/knockdowns, 32 touchdown-resulting blocks and 29 down field blocks…As a starter, Mack allowed only one quarterback sack and one pressure on xxx pass plays…Only the third Cal Bear offensive lineman to win the league's Morris Blocking Trophy, joining Todd Steussie (1993) and Ryan O'Callaghan (2005). End Andre Carter also won on the defensive side in 2000…Became the third player in Pac-10 Conference annals to receive the Morris Trophy in consecutive seasons, joining Southern California's Roy Foster (1980-81) and Washington's Lincoln Kennedy (1991-92).
All-American first-team selection by Rivals.com, earning second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation, and third-team recognition from the Associated Press…Unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference and Academic All-Pac 10 first-team choice…Winner of the Mack Draddy Trophy, given to college foot-ball's top scholar-athlete, an award that also includes a $25,000 post-graduate scholar-ship…Chosen the Pac 10 Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year…Finalist for the Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) and semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award (nation's top down line-man)…Also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given for academic and athletic accomplishment…Recipient of the team's Schlessinger Coaches Award, which recognizes outstanding athletic ability, academic success and community service….Named the team's co-Offensive Most Valuable Player and was a member of ESPN's All-Bowl Team for his performance vs. Miami in the Emerald Bowl (second time in his career that Mack earned that honor. Received it in 2006)…Only the third player in Pac 10 annals to earn the Morris Blocking Trophy in consecutive seasons, joining Southern California's Roy Foster (1980-81) and Washington's Lincoln Kennedy (1991-92) and became the third Cal Bear offensive lineman to receive that accolade, joining Todd Steussie (1993) and Ryan O'Callaghan (2005)….Helped the team rank 29th in the nation in rushing (186.23 ypg) and 27th in scoring (32.62 ppg), as he did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures on 397 pass plays…Led the team with 92 key blocks/knockdowns, as his eleven touchdown-resulting blocks also paced the Golden Bears and ranked fifth in the county among major college centers…Registered eleven down field blocks and graded 86.31% for blocking consistency…Penalized twice on a total of 832 snaps.
2008 GAME ANALYSIS
Michigan State…Mack opened the season by coming up with seven knockdowns, including a pair of down field blocks, earning co-Offensive Player of the Game honors… With 4:21 left in the game, the center leveled nost tackle Oren Wilson, creating a huge hole used by Shane Vereen for an 81-yard scoring scamper that sealed a 38-31 victory for the Golden Bears…Head to Head Competition-NG#70-Oren Wilson (6:03-288)-Five assisted tackles…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns, two down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 88%...Helped the team gain 81 yards with two touchdowns on 31 carries (2.61 ypc) and generate 402 total yards on 79 snaps (5.09 yards per play).
Washington State…Mack graded a season-high 95% for blocking consistency, as he posted eight knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks…He made an impact on the game's first play from scrimmage, blasting under-tackle A'I Ahmu with a crunching forearm to spring tailback Jahvid Best for an 80-yard scoring scamper eleven seconds into the contest…Later in the second quarter, QB Kevin Riley slipped through Mack's hole up the middle of the line for a 27-yard scoring burst…Head to Head Competition-NG#92-A'I Ahmu (6:00-280)-One solo tackles…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded eight knockdowns, one down field block and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 95%...Helped the team gain 391 yards with seven touchdowns on 40 carries (9.78 ypc) and generate 505 total yards on 64 snaps (7.89 yards per play).
Colorado State…For the second time in four games, the Cal center garnered Offensive Player of the Week honors, as he was in on seven knockdowns and graded 92%...In the fourth quarter, he led a sweep around the left side on a 21-yard scamper by Tracy Slocum and then capped that 90-yard, 8-play series by clobbering linebacker Ricky Brewer to give QB Nate Longshore time to connect with Jeremy Ross on a 14-yard touchdown toss… Head to Head Competition-NG#45-Matt Rupp (6:03-286)-No tackles…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 92%...Helped the team gain 189 yards with no touchdowns on 30 carries (6.30 ypc) and generate 348 total yards on 56 snaps (6.21 yards per play).
Arizona…For the second time in three games, Mack held his main blocking assignment to no tackles, making one touchdown-resulting block as Cal picked up 404 yards…In the second quarter, he took down nose guard Earl Mitchell and tailback Jahvid used that hole created by his center for a 67-yard touchdown burst…Head to Head Competition-NG#49-Earl Mitchell (6:02-266)-No tackles…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded four knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 89%...Helped the team gain 110 yards with one touchdown on 23 carries (4.78 ypc) and generate 425 total yards on 79 snaps (5.38 yards per play).
UCLA…Mack continued to excel in the trenches, producing his sixth touchdown-resulting block in seven games, as the Golden Bears amassed 385 yards…His hole clearing block gave Jahvid Best room for an 11-yard run up the middle that set up a Cal 26-yard field goal on the game's first possession…In the fourth quarter, he chop blocked linebacker Reggie Carter on QB Kevin Riley's 53-yard touchdown toss over the middle to a darting Nyan Boateng…Head to Head Competition-UDT#93-Brigham Harwell (6:01-280)-Two solo tackles…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 86%...Helped the team gain 232 yards with one touchdown on 42 carries (5.52 ypc) and generate 385 total yards on 64 snaps (6.02 yards per play).
Oregon…For the third time in 2008, Mack received Offensive Player of the Game honors, as he came up with eight knockdowns to guide the team to a 26-16 victory…In the fourth quarter, he shoved defensive tackle Cole Linehan into linebacker Casey Matthews, springing Shane Vereen for a 2-yard score on a power-left run…Head to Head Competition-UDT#97-Cole Linehan (6:04-290)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded eight knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 87%...Helped the team gain 132 yards with one touchdown on 40 carries (3.30 ypc) and generate 348 total yards on 79 snaps (4.41 yards per play).
Oregon State…The Cal center again delivered a key down field block on a long touchdown run by tailback Jahvid Best, finishing the day with six knockdowns…Midway through the third quarter, Mack shoved defensive tackle Pernell Booth out of the way and Best broke free for a 65-yard scoring scamper…Head to Head Competition-UDT#99-Pernell Booth (6:01-302)-Two assisted tackles, 0.5 stop for a 1-yard loss, one fumble recovery…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded six knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 86%...Helped the team gain 85 yards with one touchdown on 30 carries (2.83 ypc) and generate 232 total yards on 57 snaps (4.07 yards per play).
Stanford…Mack picked up his fourth Offensive Player of the Week honors, as he was in on six knockdowns and two down field blocks for a ground game that totaled 287 yards…He slipped on a late third quarter snap and nose guard Ekom Udofia capitalized by tackling tailback Jahvid Best for a 4-yard loss, but the center also was credited with a knockdown of Udofia that paved the way for Best's 36-yard scamper and then crashed into linebacker Pat Maynor as Best completed a 14-yard pass play from Kevin Riley for a touchdown…On the Bears' next series, Mack drove into the end zone with Best following for a 3-yard score…Head to Head Competition-NG#54-Ekom Udofia (6:02-312)-Four tackles (1 solo), 0.5 stop for a 2-yard loss…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded six knockdowns, two down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 88%...Helped the team gain 287 yards with two touchdowns on 38 carries (7.75 ypc) and generate 388 total yards on 50 snaps (7.76 yards per play).
Washington…In the regular season finale, Mack collected seven knockdowns as Cal gained 549 yards…He was penalized for a personal foul in the first quarter, but in the second stanza, he cleared a rush lane between center and left guard for Jahvid Best's 1-yard touchdown charge…Head to Head Competition-NG#99-Cameron Elisara (6:03-289)-Four tackles (1 solo), 0.5 stop for a 2-yard loss…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns, one down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, but was penalized once, grading 82%...Helped the team gain 431 yards with five touchdowns on 44 carries (9.80 ypc) and generate 549 total yards on 66 snaps (8.32 yards per play).
Miami (Emerald Bowl)…Mack closed out his career by being named to ESPN's All-Bowl team after posting eight knockdowns and a touchdown-resulting block…Midway through the first quarter, he registered his final collegiate touchdown-resulting block, taking down defensive tackle Antonio Dixon on a power-left 1-yard scoring run by Jahvid Best that capped a 76-yard, 5-play possession…Head to Head Competition-UDT#96-Antonio Dixon (6:03-322)-One solo tackle…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded eight knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 88%...Helped the team gain 217 yards with two touch-downs on 30 carries (7.23 ypc) and generate 338 total yards on 51 snaps (6.63 yards per play).
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and The Sporting News, adding honorable mention from Sports Illustrated…All-Pac 10 Conference and Academic All-Pac 10 first-team pick…Finalist for the Rimington Trophy and earned the Morris Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10 as voted on by the league's defensive linemen...Semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award…Winner of the Brick Muller Award, given to the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman…ESPN Academic All-American and All-District choice for the second consecutive year…Led the team with 81 knockdowns/key blocks, eleven touchdown-resulting blocks and eight down field blocks…Penalized three times on 884 offensive plays…Allowed just one quarterback sack and one pressure on 443 pass plays…Graded 85.23% for blocking consistency, as the team ranked fourth in the league in total offense (404.62 ypg), passing offense (239.15 ypg) and scoring (29.31 ppg)…Led a front wall that allowed just eleven sacks, the third-lowest figure in the country.
2007 GAME ANALYSIS
Tenessee…Mack registered seven knockdowns in the season opener, as Cal picked up 230 yards on the ground…On a third-&-2 snap, he flattened nose tackle J.P. Mapu on a 15-yard run by tailback Justin Forsett and then finished off that 54-yard, 9-play drive by leading the charge on a third-&-1 run by QB Nate Longshore for a 2-yard score…Head to Head Competition-UDT#99-J.P. Mapu (6:04-290)-One assisted tackle…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 87%... Helped the team gain 230 yards with two touchdowns on 37 carries (6.22 ypc) and generate 471 total yards on 65 snaps (7.25 yards per play).
Colorado State…The All-Pac 10 center delivered a pair of down field blocks as the Bears amassed 391 yards…Late in the first quarter, Mack leveled rush end Tommie Hill while leading the sweep on a reverse by receiver DeSean Jackson that turned into a 73-yard scoring romp behind Mack's block…Head to Head Competition-NG#95-Erik Sandie (6:02-289)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded five knockdowns, two down field blocks and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 87%...Helped the team gain 245 yards with four touchdowns on 31 carries (7.90 ypc) and generate 391 total yards on 60 snaps (6.52 yards per play).
Arizona…Mack was credited with a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, grading a season-high 93% as the offense generated 421 yards…After being charged with a false start late in the second quarter, Mack made up for that miscue by taking down defensive tackle Lionel Dotson on a 3-yard touchdown run between center and right guard by Justin Forsett… Head to Head Competition-NG#96-Yaniu Barnett (6:01-315)-One assisted tackle for a 1-yard loss…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded eight knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 93%...Helped the team gain 186 yards with four touchdowns on 38 carries (4.89 ypc) and generate 421 total yards on 68 snaps (6.19 yards per play).
Oregon…Mack followed with another stellar performance, compiling a 92% grade behind six knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks…On third-&-goal, he pushed nose guard David Faaeteete to the ground, clearing space for a 1-yard score by Justin Forsett…
In the fourth quarter, the center again created a rush lane used by Forsett for a game-winning 1-yard touchdown…Head to Head Competition-NG#90-David Faaeteete (6:02-310)-One assisted tackle…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded six knockdowns and two touch-down-resulting blocks, grading 92%...Helped the team gain 115 yards with two touch-downs on 33 carries (3.48 ypc) and generate 400 total yards on 76 snaps (5.26 yards per play).
Southern California…The Bears gave the Trojans all they could handle before USC escaped with a 24-17 victory…Mack delivered two touchdown-resulting blocks among his seven knockdowns, keeping All-American nose guard Sedrick Ellis out of the backfield all game…Ellis was upended by the Cal center on a 17-yard scoring burst up the middle by tailback Justin Forsett in the first quarter…Late in the third stanza, he bounced off a block on Ellis to flatten linebacker Brian Cushing on a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Nate Longshore to Lavell Hawkins…Head to Head Competition-NG#49-Sedrick Ellis (6:02-305)-Five tackles (2 solos)…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded seven knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 87%...Helped the team gain 200 yards with one touchdown on 45 carries (4.44 ypc) and generate 399 total yards on 74 snaps (5.39 yards per play).
Air Force (Armed Forces Bowl)…Thanks to Mack's eight knockdowns, the Bears pulled out a 42-36 decision in their postseason appearance…The center cleared a rush lane used by Justin Forsett for a 17-yard run and on the next snap, QB Kevin Riley hid behind his center until finding DeSean Jackson with a 40-yard touchdown pass…Late in the third quarter, he simply ran over nose guard Jared Marvin on a second-&-goal snap, as Forsett scored from a yard out…Head to Head Competition-NG#56-Jared Marvin (5:11-265)-Two tackles (1 solo)…Offensive Impact-Mack recorded eight knockdowns, one down field block and one touchdown-resulting block, grading 88%...Helped the team gain 202 yards with three touchdowns on 34 carries (5.94 ypc) and generate 507 total yards on 61 snaps (8.31 yards per play).
All-Pac 10 Conference first-team and Academic All-Pac 10 second-team choice…Named the team's Most Improved Offensive Lineman…Led the team with 83 knockdowns/key blocks, including a season-high ten knockdowns vs. Minnesota…Recorded ten touch-down resulting blocks, as he was part of a line that ranked third in the nation, allowing just thirteen quarterback sacks (none by Mack) for the campaign…Led the way as the Bears ranked 12th nationally in total offense (416.00 ypg), 11th in scoring (32.85 ppg) and 17th in passing offense (253.23 ypg).
Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention…Served as the key reserve behind two-time All-Pac 10 center Marvin Phillips…Appeared in the Sacramento State, Illinois, UCLA, Oregon, Southern California, Stanford and Brigham Young games, finishing with a total of five knockdowns.
Red-shirted as a freshman…Performed on the scout team as a center.
No major injuries reported.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.99 in the 40-yard dash…1.73 10-yard dash…2.87 20-yard dash…4.54 20-yard shuttle…
7.59 three-cone drill…26.5-inch vertical jump…8'9" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times…Holds the team power clean record with a 374-pound lift…33 ¼-inch arm length…10 5/8-inch hands.
Attended San Marcos (Cal.) High School…Named to Prep Star's All-West team as a senior, helping his team rush for 2,031 yards in 2003…Member of Super Prep's Top 132 seniors in California squad, landing him on that service's All-Far West team…The 2003 San Marcos Most Valuable Player, he was named the Channel League's Co-Most Valuable Player on defense and a first team All-League selection…Two-time All-CIF choice and a three-time All-County and All-League member…Played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his time at San Marcos High…As a senior, he registered 93 tackles and eight sacks...Added four letters in wrestling, advancing to the state wrestling tournament as a CIF heavyweight champion…As a senior, he compiled a 26-1 record on the mat.
Graduated in May, 2008 with a degree in Legal Studies, garnering school, conference and national academic honors, including the 2008 Draddy Award, given to college football's top scholar-athlete…Presently taking post-graduate courses in Education…Son of Cheryl and Steve Mack...Born 11/19/85...Resides in Santa Barbara, California.