2015 California Golden Bears football team

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2015 California Golden Bears football
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Armed Forces Bowl champion
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Division North Division
2015 record 8–5 (4–5 Pac-12)
Head coach Sonny Dykes (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Air Raid
Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman (2nd season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium California Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,467)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 California Golden Bears football team represented the University of California, Berkeley in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears were led by third-year head coach Sonny Dykes and played their home games at Memorial Stadium, they are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 4–5 in Pac-12 play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the North Division, they were invited to the Armed Forces Bowl where they defeated the Air Force.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 2:00 PM Grambling State* California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA P12N W 73–14   60,606
September 12 2:00 PM San Diego State* California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA P12N W 35–7   50,830
September 19 7:30 PM at Texas* Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX FOX W 45–44   91,568
September 26 2:00 PM at Washington Alaska Airlines Field at Husky StadiumSeattle, WA P12N W 30–24   61,066
October 3 1:00 PM Washington Statedagger No. 24 California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA P12N W 34–28   42,042
October 10 7:00 PM at No. 5 Utah No. 23 Rice-Eccles StadiumSalt Lake City, UT ESPN L 24–30   47,798
October 22 6:00 PM at UCLA No. 20 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rivalry) ESPN L 24–40   57,046
October 31 12:00 PM USC California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA FOX L 21–27   52,060
November 7 7:30 PM at Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ESPN2 L 28–44   56,604
November 14 7:30 PM Oregon State California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA P12N W 54–24   41,874
November 21 7:30 PM at No. 15 Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA (118th Big Game/Stanford Axe) ESPN L 22–35   51,424
November 28 7:00 PM Arizona State California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, CA FS1 W 48–46   45,385
December 29 11:00 AM vs. Air Force* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX (Armed Forces Bowl) ESPN W 55–36   38,915
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Before Cal
Sonny Dykes Head Coach Louisiana Tech - Head Coach 2010-2012
Tony Franklin Offensive Coordinator/QB/RB Louisiana Tech - Offensive Coordinator/QB 2010-2012
Art Kaufman Defensive Coordinator Cincinnati - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2013
Greg Burns Linebackers Umass - Defensive Backs 2013
Brandon Jones Run Game Coordinator/Offensive line East Carolina - Offensive Line 2010-2014
John Lovett Defensive Backs Philadelphia Eagles - Defensive Backs 2013-2014
Jacob Peeler Wide Receivers Cal - Graduate Assistant, Offense/Wide Receivers 2013-2014
Fred Tate Defensive Line Cincinnati - Defensive Tackles (2013)
Mark Tommerdahl Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Louisiana Tech - Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Receivers 2009 - 2012
Damon Harrington Head Strength and Conditioning Louisiana Tech - Head Strength and Conditioning 2006-2012
Dr. Casey Batten Team Physician University of California San Francisco, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedics - Prior to 2006

Source: California Golden Bears Football 2015 Coaching Staff

Roster[edit]

Offense

Quarterbacks

  • 7 Ross Bowers - FR - Bothell, CA
  • 15 David Maaghul - FR - San Francisco, CA
  • 11 Andrew Black - Redshirt FR - Spokane, WA
  • 14 Chase Forrest - Redshirt FR - Santa Ana, CA
  • 16 Jared Goff - JR - Novato, CA
  • 18 Cole Webb - SR - San Pedro, CA

Wide Receivers

  • 17 Austin Aaron - FR - Napa, CA
  • 81 Kanawai Noa - FR - Honolulu, HI
  • 19 Brandon Singleton - FR - Boutte, LA
  • 6 Carlos Strickland - FR - Dallas, TX
  • 13 Erik Brown - Redshirt FR - Fontana, CA
  • 84 Justin Dunn - Redshirt FR - Lafayette, CA
  • 87 Kyle Wells - Redshirt FR - Loomis, CA
  • 32 Nick White - Redshirt FR - Irvine, CA
  • 21 Jack Austin - SO - Chino Hills, CA
  • 6 Chad Hansen - SO - Fillmore, CA
  • 11 Raymond Hudson - SO - Pleasanton, CA
  • 28 Patrick Laird - SO - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 24 Matt Rockett - SO - Santa Ana, CA
  • 7 Vic Wharton III - SO - Spring Hill, TN
  • 4 Kenny Lawler - JR - Pomona, CA
  • 88 Patrick Worstell - JR - Danville, CA
  • 9 Trevor Davis - SR - Martinez, CA
  • 3 Maurice Harris - SR - Greensboro, NC
  • 10 Darius Powe - SR - Lakewood, CA
  • 1 Bryce Treggs - SR - Inglewood, CA

Tight Ends

  • 82 Frank Kapp - FR - Los Altos, CA
  • 85 Nick Palleschi - FR - Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i
  • 80 Jake Ashton - Redshirt FR - Indio, CA
  • 89 Stephen Anderson - SR - San Jose, CA

Running Backs

  • 38 Alex Netherda - FR - Santa Rosa, CA
  • 22 Lonny Powell - FR - Sacramento, CA
  • 23 Vic Enwere - SO - Austin, TX
  • 33 Fabiano Hale - SO - Santa Cruz, CA
  • 5 Tre Watson - SO - Corona, CA
  • 20 Jeffrey Coprich - JR - Watts, CA
  • 29 Khalfani Muhammad - JR - Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 36 Vincent"Bug" Rivera - JR - San Diego, CA
  • 2 Daniel Lasco - SR - The Woodlands, TX

H-backs

  • 99 Malik McMorris - FR - Santa Ana, CA
  • 86 Justin Norbeck - FB - Irvine, CA

Offensive Line

  • 76 Henry Bazakas - FR - Berkeley, CA
  • 74 Ryan Gibson - FR - Bay St. Louis, MS
  • 79 Patrick Mekari - FR - Westlake Village, CA
 
  • 58 Semisi Uluave - FR - Honolulu, HI
  • 50 Zach Artman - Redshirt FR - San Jose, CA
  • 72 Kamryn Bennett - RedshirtFR - Peoria, AZ
  • 54 Deion Oliver - RedshirtFR - Warminster, PS
  • 57 Addison Ooms - Redshirt FR - Laguna Niguel, CA
  • 56 Michael Trani - Redshirt FR - La Mirada, CA
  • 75 Aaron Cochran - SO - Atwater, CA
  • 77 J.D. Hinnant - SO - Fountain Valley, CA
  • 78 Vincent Johnson - SO - El Dorado Hills, CA
  • 66 Chris Borrayo - JR - Paramount, CA
  • 55 Dominic Granado - JR - Huntington Beach, CA
  • 64 Steven Moore - JR - Elk Grove, CA
  • 70 Benji Palu - JR - Burlingame, CA
  • 59 Brian Farley - SR - San Diego, CA
  • 73 Jordan Rigsbee - SR - Chico, CA

Defense

Defensive Ends

  • 94 Trevor Howard - FR - Thousand Oaks, CA
  • 44 Zeandae Johnson - FR - Fresno, CA
  • 51 Cameron Saffle - FR - Sammamish, WA
  • 89 Nick Allard - Redshirt FR - Carlsbad, CA
  • 45 Kennedy Emesibe - Redshirt FR - Hesperia, CA
  • 33 Noah Westerfield - SO - Frisco, TX
  • 98 Cody Bickham - JR - Half Moon Bay, CA
  • 95 DeVante Wilson - JR - Corona, CA
  • 41 Todd Barr - SR - Lakewood, CA
  • 11 Jonathan Johnson - SR - Pittsburg, PA
  • 13 Kyle Kragen - SR - Danville, CA
  • 75 Puka Lopa - SR - Sacramento, CA

Defensive Tackles

  • 50 Hunter Abel - FR - Piedmont, CA
  • 93 Luc Bequette - FR - Little Rock, AR
  • 53 Russell Ude - FR - Atlanta, GA
  • 96 Chris Palmer - Redshirt FR - Lawrenceville, GA
  • 9 James Looney - SO - Lake Worth, FL
  • 97 Tony Mekari - SO - Westlake Village, CA
  • 92 Marcus Manley - JR - Los Angeles, CA
  • 52 David Davis - SR - Palos Verdes, Est., CA
  • 90 Mustafa Jalil - SR - San Diego, CA
  • 91 Trevor Kelly - SR - South SF, CA

Linebackers

  • 43 Harrison Mayo - FR - Amador Valley, CA
  • 46 Drew Bryant - Redshirt FR - Sparks, NV
  • 56 Joe Castignani - Redshirt FR - San Jose, CA
  • 40 David Ortega Jr. - Redshirt FR - Moraga, CA
  • 25 Hamilton Anoa'i - SO - San Mateo, CA
  • 10 Caleb Coleman - SO - Berkeley, CA
  • 31 Raymond Davison - SO - Encino, CA
  • 1 Devante Downs - SO - Mountlake Terrace, WA
 
  • 55 Aisea Tongilava - SO - Garden Grove, CA
  • 8 Michael Barton - JR - Richmond, CA
  • 19 Maximo Espitia - JR - Salem, OR
  • 30 Jake Kearney - JR - Livermore, CA
  • 47 Hardy Nickerson - JR - Oakland, CA
  • 22 Nathan Broussard - SR - Plano, TX
  • 7 Jalen Jefferson - SR - Oxnard, CA

Safeties

  • 24 Billy McCrary III - FR - Austin, TX
  • 32 Evan Rambo - FR - Los Angeles, CA
  • 19 Trey Turner - FR - Mobile, AL
  • 36 Jonathan McDonald- Redshirt FR - Orinda, CA
  • 16 Chibuzo Nwokocha - Redshirt FR - Elk Grove, CA
  • 28 Quentin Tartabull - Redshirt FR - Mission Hills, CA
  • 4 Derron Brown - SO - Oakland, CA
  • 42 David Garner - SO - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 14 A.J. Greathouse - SO - Chandler, AZ
  • 17 Luke Rubenzer - SO - Scottsdale, AZ
  • 36 Kaodi Dike - JR - Mountain House, CA
  • 27 Damariay Drew - JR - Livermore, CA
  • 26 Griffin Piatt - JR - Moraga, CA
  • 39 Khari Vanderbilt - JR - San Jose, CA
  • 21 Stefan McClure - SR - Vista, CA

Cornerbacks

  • 27 Ashtyn Davis - FR - Santa Cruz, CA
  • 20 Jaylinn Hawkins - FR Buena Park, CA
  • 23 Malik Psalms - FR - Chino Hills, CA
  • 2 Darius Allensworth - SO - Menifee, CA
  • 34 Grace De'zhon - SO - Oakland, CA
  • 15 Antoine Albert - JR - Oakland, CA
  • 37 Cedric Dozier - JR - Roanoke, AL
  • 6 Darius White - SR - Grenada, MS
  • 18 Joel Willis - SR - Garden Grove, CA

Nicklebacks

  • 48 Jacob Anderson - JR - Tustin, CA
  • 23 Cameron Walker - JR - Los Angeles, CA

Special Teams

Place Kickers

  • 9 Matt Anderson - SO - Danville, CA
  • 41 Robbie McInerny - SO - Laguna Beach, CA
  • 13 Noah Beito - JR - Scotts Valley, CA
  • 39 Franklyn Cervenka - JR - La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Punters

  • 43 Dylan Klumph - SO - Malibu, CA
  • 16 Cole Leininger - SR - Fruit Cove, FL

Both P and PK

  • 37 Ethan Erickson - FR - Pacific Palisades, CA
  • 38 Harry Adolphus - SO - Guilford, UK

Long Snappers

  • 45 Grant Gluhaich - FR - Morgan Hill, CA
  • 48 Bradley E. Northnagel - JR - San Carlos, CA

Source: California Golden Bears Football 2015 Roster

Recruiting[edit]

Incoming class 2015[edit]

SCOUT RIVALS, ESPN, as well as the official roster are the primary sources. The incoming class was ranked #25 by Rivals, #36 by Scout, and #53 by ESPN.

Commitments for 2016[edit]

SCOUT RIVALS and ESPN are the primary sources. As of 10/9/2015 the 2016 class is ranked #25 by Rivals# and #38 by Scout.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV 24 23 23 20 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR RV RV RV 24 22 23 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summaries[edit]

Grambling State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 14 14
Golden Bears 35 17 14 7 73
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

San Diego State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Aztecs 7 0 0 0 7
Golden Bears 0 14 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 1996 Cal, 42–37

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• California 7 17 21 0 45
Texas 7 17 0 20 44

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Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 17 7 3 30
Huskies 7 0 14 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–52–4 2014 Wash, 31–7

Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 14 7 0 28
#24 Golden Bears 7 6 21 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–26–5 2014 Cal, 60–59

Utah[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Golden Bears 7 10 7 0 24
#5 Utes 10 14 3 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2012 Utah, 49–27

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Golden Bears 3 7 6 8 24
Bruins 10 16 14 0 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–52–1 2014 UCLA, 36–34

USC[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Trojans 0 10 17 0 27
Golden Bears 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–68–5 2014 USC, 38–30

Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 10 0 11 7 28
Ducks 3 28 3 10 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–35–2 2014 Oregon, 59–41

Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Beavers 0 10 14 0 24
Golden Bears 7 17 20 10 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–32 2014 Cal, 45–31

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 3 10 6 22
Cardinal 7 14 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–55–10 2014 Stan, 38–17

Arizona State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 10 17 6 13 46
Golden Bears 3 7 21 17 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–16 2012 Ariz St, 27–17

Air Force[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 14 21 17 3 55
Falcons 7 14 8 7 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2007 Cal, 43–26

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-Sep-23.