Fall Camp Day Four: Mohamed Leads by Example

LB Mike Mohamed

Cal senior All-American LB candidate Mike Mohamed leads by example on and off the field. Cal Sports Digest caught up with him after Tuesday's practice. Check inside for that story and fall camp day four practice notes…

Meet Mike Mohamed: Senior Linebacker. Mohamed led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2009, and he enters 2010 as a preseason All-American candidate. Nicknamed "The Prophet" by some, Mohamed hopes to lead his California Golden Bears to their first Rose Bowl in 51 years.

Meet Mike Mohamed: UC Berkeley Haas Business School Student. Currently working towards a degree in Business Administration, Mohamed is keeping his future open, though he did admit to looking into commercial real estate in the future.

Mohamed finished the 2009 season as a first team All-Pac-10 Linebacker. Mohamed also finished the 2009 season on the Pac-10 All-Academic first team for the second year in a row.

Academics and football, what better way to spend your college career?

On the field, Mohamed is a leader. He spends plenty of time talking to younger players, discussing strategy with projected starters, and setting an example on the field whenever necessary.

Off the field, Mohamed hopes to be a leader for a major business firm, seeking a possible career as an entrepreneur.

How does he do it?

"I just try to balance both," says Mohamed. "Time management is key. You have to do a good job of splitting time between both. Unfortunately, with school, you can't put as much time in like some of the other students [because of football]. I try to learn everything through the first or second time."

As for the football field, Mohamed does his best to let the game play out. After all, when you attend one of the top business schools in the world, how do you even have time to read the publications?

"I am aware of all [the preseason accolades]," says Mohamed. "But, at the same time, I know that none of that really matters."

"I'm all about trying to help my team win as best as I can, and that involves winning the Pac-10 and going to the Rose Bowl. These are all preseason awards, anyway."

While Mohamed takes time to study advanced macroeconomic theory, he also has a bit of a challenge heading into 2010, learning new Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast's blitz schemes.

"With a new defense from [Coach Pendergast], he expects higher standards," says Mohamed. "Everyday, we learn something new. He just has a higher standard."

A higher standard that expects Mohamed to keep making clutch plays, such as scoring a touchdown against UCLA in 2008, or making the game-winning interception against Stanford in 2009.

But Mohamed expects that.

After all, he is a Haas Business student.

Practice News & Notes

  • Junior RB Shane Vereen did not take part in contact drills, but was doing physical work with the training staff on the sidelines. Head Coach Jeff Tedford's priority is to not rush Vereen back too soon.

  • Sophomore RB Isi Sofele got all the reps with the first team offense in the final team period of the day. Freshman RB Dasarte Yarnway got all reps with the second team offense.

  • Senior CB Bryant Nnabuife, who is getting heavy reps with the first team, had some nice pass breakups on defense.

  • Sophomore TE Spencer Ladner made a highlight reel catch 30 yards downfield with junior S Sean Cattouse on his back.
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