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Tedford Honored for Cal Awakening

The Cal football team reaped the rewards of its turnaround this season when the Pac-10 announced its annual awards yesterday.

Jeff Tedford was named Coach of the Year while six players made the all-conference first and second teams.

"I am very honored to receive this award, especially considering the quality of head coaches in this conference," Tedford said. "This is a reflection of our coaching staff and players, whose efforts in turning around our program made this honor possible. They should also take pride in this award."

Defensive end Tully Banta-Cain and kick returner Lashaun Ward made the first team, while four other Bears were named to the second team.

Banta-Cain led the Bears with 13 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss, finishing second in the conference to Terell Suggs of Arizona State in each category.

Suggs was named Defensive Player of the Year, while quarterbacks Carson Palmer of USC and Jason Gesser of Washington State shared Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Cal QB Kyle Boller earned a spot behind Palmer and Gesser on the second team. Boller's 28 touchdown passes were second only to Palmer's 32 in the conference. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times this season.

Offensive lineman Scott Tercero, cornerback Jemeel Powell and special teamer Mark McGrath joined Boller on the second team. McGrath, a sophomore, was the only Cal non-senior named to the team.

In addition, defensive ends Lorenzo Alexander and Tom Canada, kicker Mark Jensen, linebacker Matt Nixon and offensive tackle Mark Wilson earned honorable mention.

Last year, the Bears had no players on the first or second team.

Saunders, Munoz Garner More Accolades

Josh Saunders received recognition for his collegiate exploits and a chance to shine on a bigger stage.

Saunders, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, was one of three Cal players named to the All-Far West Region All-America team.

The senior goalkeeper was also invited to the U.S. Under-23 national team training camp later this month.

The U-23 squad, which functions as the national Olympic team, will train in Florida Dec. 15-21.

Saunders tied a school record with 11 shutouts on the year and finished with a 0.85 goals-against average.

Midfielder Mike Munoz joined Saunders on the first team, while defender Troy Roberts is on the second team.

Munoz tied for the team lead with seven goals on the season, five of which were game-winners. Roberts scored just once, but it was the lone goal in the Bears' monumental 1-0 win over Stanford.

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