Senior offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin and senior defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti of Cal were named Thursday to the Outland Trophy watch list, and San Jose State defensive end Travis Johnson was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's top interior lineman as determined by the Football Writers Association of America. The Nagurski Trophy honors the best defensive player in the country, as selected by the FWAA.
Summers-Gavin started all 13 games in 2011 and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches. He is Cal's active career leader with 25 starts.
Tipoti also was a 2011 honorable mention all-conference pick of the league's coaches. He recorded career highs of 25 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble over 11 games and six starts in 2011.
Johnson is the only Western Athletic Conference player on the Nagurski watch list. He was first-team All-WAC last season, when he had 73 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.
Johnson is the third SJSU player named to a preseason watch list. Previously, tight end Ryan Otten was named to the John Mackey watch list, and punter Harrison Waid was placed on the Ray Guy Award watch list.
Four former members of the Santa Clara Aquamaids have been inducted into the Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame. Carrie Barton (2009), Anna Kozlova (2011), Kristina Lum (2010) and Bill May (2012) were honored in a ceremony this week in Henderson, Nev.
Kozlova represented the Soviet Union, the Unified team, Russia and the United States during her synchro career that included three Olympics. She helped the United States win bronze medals in duet and team competitions at the 2004 Games. Kozlova also finished fourth in duet and fifth in team for the Americans in Sydney eight years after getting fourth in duet in Barcelona while swimming for the Unified team.
May, who roomed with Kozlova in Santa Clara in 2000 when they competed for the Aquamaids, become known as a trailblazer in a female-dominated sport. May was a five-time U.S. duet national champion and four-time solo champion but was not allowed to represent the United States in the Olympics, world championships and other international competitions.
Barton and Lum were members of the 2000 Olympic team that placed fifth.
Former Stanford All-American Lauren Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach at Cal. After graduating from Stanford in 2011, Schmidt coached the past year at Fresno State. She replaces former Cal assistant Emma Wallace.
Cal State East Bay signed nine Bay Area players for the upcoming season. Set to play in 2013 are Jake Villa, second baseman/outfielder, Las Lomas High; Mike Jenkerson, outfielder, Willow Glen; Bryan Mason, outfielder, Bishop O'Dowd; Marcus Williams, infielder, Bishop O'Dowd; John Tierney, pitcher, Bishop O'Dowd; David Elzig, first baseman/pitcher, Alameda High; Roger Luna, third baseman, Los Medanos College; Eren Miravalles, second baseman, Canada College; and Cory Hearne, outfielder, Laney College.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.