2010 Fall Sports Awards

The best to don the blue and gold this semester, as voted by The Daily Cal Sports Staff.

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Best Newcomer: Keenan Allen

(Honorable Mention: Emi Lawson)

The first time Keenan Allen touched the ball as a collegiate athlete, he cut along the sideline for 17 yards and a first down. The second was a 19-yard catch - another first down.

The fourth? Cal drew up a play for Allen to throw, but no one was open. The true freshman tucked the ball and reversed field for 18 yards. Touchdown.

As the Bears' first five-star recruit since DeSean Jackson, Allen came in bearing great expectations - he was, after all, originally defending champion Alabama's top recruit. With 490 yards receiving and 406 on kick returns, he's lived up to the billing.

Jackson, as you likely know, is now one of the most devastating offensive weapons in the NFL. In January, he started in the Pro Bowl as both a wideout and a punt returner for the Philadelphia Eagles.

It's not far-fetched to suggest that Allen is on his way there.

-Jack Wang

Best Female Athlete: Carli Lloyd

(Honorable Mention: Alex Morgan)

Senior setter Carli Lloyd is the heart and soul of a team that runs as much on energy as on talent.

The two-time All-American and All Pac-10 selection guided the new, fast offense to a .308 efficiency rate, good for second in the conference. Like the entirety of her game, Lloyd's setting repertoire keeps opponents guessing. Whether it's looks to the outside for Tarah Murrey, quick tee-ups to the middle hitters, or back sets for Correy Johnson's signature slide play, Lloyd makes everyone around her shine.

Lloyd's own numbers are impressive, standing at second all-time at Cal in assists and eighth in the Pac-10. She has posted over 1,000 career digs and is the conference's best blocking setter.

But more importantly, she keeps a very young Cal squad together and confident, resulting in a routine dismantling of powerhouse programs.

This historic run would not have been possible without the fiery and ultimate competitor.

-Christina Jones

Best Male Athlete: Davis Paul

(Honorable Mention: Ivan Rackov)

Davis Paul's 30 points garnered from assists and goals in his senior season on the Cal men's soccer team are only a part of the accolades that earn him the distinction of male MVP this season.

Paul also joined his teammates on All-Pac-10 first team at the end of the conference season.

A player who will literally give everything until the last second of the game, the Upland, Calif., native has been able to clinch decisive goals in two contests this year.

Against Saint Mary's, Paul fired in a header in the last four seconds of the game to send the game into overtime.

Again, versus UCSB in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Paul ended the match with a gamewinner in the last second of regulation to get Cal the win.

The forward's ability to leave everything on the field up until the last seconds reflect not only his dedication, but also his talent.

-Kelly Suckow

Best Coach: Rich Feller

(Honorable Mention: Kirk Everist)

Coach Rich Feller directed the Cal volleyball team to its first ever Pac-10 title, best record in school history and first set of consecutive wins over Stanford in 31 years. And he did it without last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, Hana Cutura, behind squad of only three upperclassmen that was projected to finish fifth in the conference.

The twelve-year head coach brought in former St. Mary's assistant coach Sam Crosson in the spring to revamp Cal's brand of volleyball. With Crosson came a fast offense with quick sets and a middle-middle defense that helped the Bears lead the league in blocking.

The Bears raced out to the second-best start in history and remained dominant throughout the season. Cal cracked the top five nationally in mid-October and reached as high as second in the nation. His aim now finishing at number one with a national title.

-Christina Jones


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