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Sturdivant, Earby And Ott CFN Freshman All-Americans

December 6, 2022
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BERKELEY – Cal's freshman trio of J.Michael Sturdivant, Jeremiah Earby and Jaydn Ott continued to rack up post-season honors Tuesday with their selections to the 2022 College Football News Freshman All-America Team. Sturdivant was a first-team choice while Earby and Ott were second-team pics.

The selection was the second postseason national honor for Ott, who was named to the Pro Football Focus All-True Freshman squad last week. In addition, all three were honorable mention All-Pac-12 choices in a vote of the league's coaches also released Tuesday.

Below are notes on each of the three with extended bios available by clicking on each of their names.
 
Jeremiah Earby, CB, 6-2, 185, Fr., 1st Season At Cal (East Palo Alto, CA/Menlo-Atherton HS)
Freshman (2022)
– Earned second-team Freshman All-American honors from College Football News and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection of the league's coaches
– Selected as a MIdseason True Freshman All-American by On3
– Played in all 12 games with seven starts all over the last eight contests including each of the final six
– Led the team with two fumble recoveries for 36 fumble return yards and had one of the team's fumble returns for a touchdown, while also co-leading the Pac-12 with a team-high 11 pass breakups
– Added 36 tackles that were the most among the team's cornerbacks, 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and one interception
 
Jaydn Ott, RB, 6-0, 205, Fr., 1st Season At Cal (Chino, CA/Norco HS/Bishop Gorman HS)
Freshman (2022)
– Earned All-True Freshman team and third-team All-Pac-12 from Pro Football Focus, as well as second-team Freshman All-American honors from College Football News and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection of the league's coaches
– Selected as a MIdseason True Freshman All-American by On3 and The Athletic, as well as a Midseason Freshman All-American by College Football News
– Played in all 12 games with starts in each of the last 10
– Ranks among Pac-12 and NCAA leaders in all-purpose yards (1218, #4 Pac-12, #53 NCAA), overall rushing yards (897, #5 Pac-12, #55 NCAA), rushing yards per game (74.8, #6 Pac-12, #61 NCAA), total touchdowns (11, #7T Pac-12, #47 NCAA), all-purpose yards per game (101.50, #8 Pac-12, #68 NCAA), rushing touchdowns (8, #9T Pac-12, #70T Pac-12) and rush yards per carry (5.28, #10 Pac-12, #54 NCAA)
– Leads all Pac-12 freshman and ranks among the nation's top freshmen in all-purpose yards (#3 NCAA), all-purpose yards per game (#4 NCAA), total touchdowns (#5 NCAA) and rushing touchdowns (#8 NCAA)
– Second among Pac-12 freshman and among the nation's top freshmen in receptions (46, #4 NCAA), receptions per game (3.8, 34 NCAA), overall rushing yards (#6 NCAA), rush yards per carry (#6 NCAA) and rush yards per game (#8 NCAA)
– Also had 321 yards receiving and three touchdown catches on his 46 receptions that are all the top numbers of the campaign by any Cal running back while his receptions are tied for third most in a single season ever by a Cal running back
– Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in three of his first four games at Cal vs. UC Davis, UNLV and Arizona
– Ranks among PFF's top rated halfbacks in the nation with an 90.3 rushing run grade (#19) and an 85.2 rushing offensive grade (#25)
 
J.Michael Sturdivant, WR, 6-3, 205, R-Fr., 2nd Season At Cal (Highland Village, Texas/Marcus HS)
Freshman (2022)
– Earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from College Football News and was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection of the league's coaches
– Started all 12 games and led the team with 65 receptions and seven touchdown catches, while ranking second with 755 yards receiving
– Leads the nation's freshmen in receptions, receptions per game (5.4) and receiving yards, while ranking tied for second in touchdown receptions and third in receiving yards per game (62.9)
– Also among Pac-12 and national overall leaders in touchdown receptions (#6T Pac-12, #45T NCAA), receptions per game (#8 Pac-12, #50T NCAA), receiving yards (#11 Pac-12, #74 NCAA) and receiving yards per game (#11 Pac-12, #88 NCAA)
– Had at least three receptions and 45 yards receiving in each of his 12 contests

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Sturdivant, Earby And Ott CFN Freshman All-Americans

1,732 Views | 8 Replies | Last: 2 mo ago by 85Bear
NVBear78
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Three Freshman All American's, this is amazing and impressive. Speaks to our recruiting and development abilities.

These are three really impressive young men and players, looking forward to them as we move forward.

Go Bears!!!
79 Bear
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Imagine what Hunter, Sturdivant, Mavin Anderson, Starling, Ott and our other very talented skill position players can do in a Spavital offense. Go Bears!
NVBear78
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79 Bear said:

Imagine what Hunter, Sturdivant, Mavin Anderson, Starling, Ott and our other very talented skill position players can do in a Spavital offense. Go Bears!


Amen! Check out the video of Davis Webb on the Monster thread and imagine Plummer throwing those passes to Ott, Hunter, JMike, Mavin, Starling and Terry next season…
GivemTheAxe
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NVBear78 said:

Three Freshman All American's, this is amazing and impressive. Speaks to our recruiting and development abilities.

These are three really impressive young men and players, looking forward to them as we move forward.

Go Bears!!!


It also says a lot about Musgrave: ALL BAD!!!!
BearBones
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Congratulations to Earby, Ott and Sturdivant! Without a doubt this is well deserved recognition for all three.

Spavital opening up the Cal offense plus Cal's soon to be elevated OL coaching and recruitment will not only give our talented skill position players on offense a great opportunity to shine, those improvements on offense will reduce the heat on our defense. The job of winning the game will be much more evenly balanced between the O and D.

I also foresee an uptick in Cal's recruitment of both high school and portal players on both sides of the ball.

Go Bears!
NVBear78
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Huge opportunity on O going forward
oski003
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Great news!
85Bear
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Woo hoo!! Great job by these freshman studs! Here's to even greater things next season! With a new OC, we are building something.
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