Cal junior tailback Shane Vereen is now leading the Pac-10 in rushing and scoring, while junior wide receiver Marvin Jones paces the conference in receptions after both players posted the most productive games of their collegiate careers at Nevada last Friday.
Vereen ran for a career-high 198 rushing yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns on 19 carries at Nevada. He now has rushed for 324 yards and six touchdowns on 49 carries in his first three games for a Pac-10-leading average of 108.0 yards per game that is also No. 20 nationally. Cal has had the Pac-10's rushing leader in three of the past six years, with J.J. Arrington (2004, 168.2 ypg), Marshawn Lynch (2006, 104.3 ypg) and Jahvid Best (2008, 131.7 ypg) taking the conference's rushing crowns. Vereen has also scored 48 points on eight touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) for an average of 16.0 points per game that paces the league and is tied for second nationally. He is also fourth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yardage (126.33 ypg).
Jones put up career bests with 12 receptions for 161 yards at Nevada and now leads the Pac-10 with 21 catches (7.0 per game), while ranking second with 328 receiving yards (109.33 per game). The last time a Cal player led the Pac-10 in receiving was in 2003 when Geoff MacArthur caught 85 passes for 1,504 yards in 13 contests for an average of 115.4 receiving yards per game. He is also fifth in the conference in all-purpose yardage (117.00 ypg). He is 12th in the nation in receiving yards per game and 15th in receptions per contest.