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Ulonzo Gilliam, Jr. Invited to Miami Dolphins Rookie Minicamp

CVV News l May 13, 2023

AVIS, Calif. – UC Davis record-setting running back Ulonzo Gilliam, Jr., has been invited to participate in the Miami Dolphins Rookie Minicamp, the organization confirmed on Friday. The two-day camp begins today and concludes on Saturday. 

The only three-time captain in program history was named to the AP second team, STATS Perform and HERO Sports All-American squads. The senior rushed for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns to rank second in the Big Sky in yards and third in touchdowns on the ground. 

The Merced native also hauled in a team-best 50 passes for 366 yards. His 1,554 all-purpose yards ranked second in the Big Sky. 

Gilliam, Jr., leaves Davis as the all-time leading rusher and career record-holder in all-purpose yards, scoring and career touchdowns. 

The Dolphins finished 9-8 overall and were the No. 7 seed in the AFC Playoffs, falling to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild-Card round, 34-31. 

UC Davis will open the 2023 season on the road at Texas A&M – Commerce. The season-opener is slated for Thursday, Aug. 31, in Commerce, Texas. Football season tickets are now on sale.  Call the UC Davis Ticket Office at 530-752-2471 for more information.

Gilliam recognized nationally with All-America Honors

CVV News l January 13, 2023

Ulonzo Gilliam UC Davis

The UC Davis football program continues to place student-athletes on All-American lists as three more Aggies were bestowed the honor from Stats Perform. Ulonzo Gilliam, Jr., Nick Amoah, and Rex Connors garnered the accolade from the website on Tuesday.

All three have been tabbed to at least one All-American list this postseason, as the Stats Perform honor is the third for Gilliam, Jr.
The only three-time captain in program history was named to the AP second team last week and the HERO Sports All-American squad. The senior was named to the second team at the all-purpose spot after running for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns to rank second in the league in yards and third in touchdowns on the ground. The Merced native also hauled in a team-best 50 passes for 366 yards. His 1,554 all-purpose yards ranked second in the Big Sky. The Stats Perform All-American honor is the second of his career.

CAREER RECORD WATCH: Enters 2022 ranked 2nd in career rushing (3,435), needing 155 yards on the ground to surpass G.P. Muhammad’s (1995-98) mark of 3,589…  Also sits 2nd in all-purpose yards (4,480), just 150 behind Muhammad’s record of (4,629)… Enters season with 164 career receptions to rank ninth all-time… Also ranks ninth in scoring with 231 points – fourth all-time among UC Davis non-kickers… Brady Stuart (2012-15) holds the Aggie record with 274 career points. 


2021 FALL: ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM… Team co-captain… Won the team’s Ken O’Brien Award (offensive player of the year)… Amassed 1,179 total yards in 12 games played for a 98.25 average per contest with seven touchdowns… Rushed for 901 yards on 201 carries (4.5 ypc) and found the endzone six times on the ground… Hauled in 43 passes for 278 yards with a touchdown… Rumbled over 100 yards on the ground four times and eclipsed 100 total yards in five contests… Posted the second-best rushing performance of his career when he scampered for 178 yards on the ground on 26 carries (6.8 ypc) against Dixie State (9/18)… Totaled a career-best four touchdowns in the game, including three on the ground…  Had three-straight performances of over 100 yards on the ground… Raced for 100 yards on 18 carries against Idaho State (10/9)… Followed up that performance with 104 yards on 22 carries against Northern Colorado (10/16) and then found the endzone at Cal Poly (10/23) on the strength of 109 yards on 24 carries… In the FCS Playoff game at South Dakota St. (11/27), ran for 73 yards with a score and added 55 yards on a season-high eight catches.

2021 SPRING: STATS PERFORM FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM… Team co-captain… Appeared in first three games before shutting down his season due to injury… Rushed for 309 yards and a TD on 61 carries, while adding 7 catches for 28 yards and one rec TD in the air… Average of 103.0 rush yards per game would have led Big Sky Conference and ranked 11th nationally had he played in one more game… Had two 100-yard games: 145 on 26 attempts vs. Idaho (3/6), 101 on 17 carries vs. Cal Poly (3/20)… Scored both TDs against the Mustangs: 1-yard run with 4:58 left in 1st quarter, then 2-yard pass from Hunter Rodrigues at 6:10 in 2nd…

2019: STATS FCS ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM… HERO SPORTS SOPHOMORE ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION… ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM, both by the coaches and by Phil Steele’s… Also won team’s T. Palmer Moody Award (outstanding sophomore) and Ken O’Brien Award (offensive player of the year)… Led conference in rushing yards (1,249) and yards per game (104.1), while ranking 9th in receiving (4.8), 4th in TDs (6.0 points per game)… Finished 9th nationally in rushing yards, 15th in all-purpose yards (133.58 ypg)… Rushing total ranks 7th in school history, 2nd by an Aggie (behind Gabe Manzanares) since 2002… Tied own school records for receptions by a running back (57)…  First Aggie to lead team in both rushing yards and total receptions since Ron Hanna in 1950… Captured both national and conference Offensive Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness after 242-yard, 2-TD performance at Portland State (11/9)… That game ranks 5th in school history, 2nd in the Big Sky in 2019… Broke century mark four other times: 135 at San Diego (9/7), 152 vs. Cal Poly (10/12), 140 at Southern Utah (10/19), 133 vs. Montana State (11/16)… Also had more than 100 combined yards on three other occasions, all on the road: 120 (73 rush, 47 rec) at North Dakota State (9/21), 133 (64 rush, 69 rec) at North Dakota (10/5), 123 (61 rush, 62 rec) at Sacramento State (11/23).2018: ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM… HERO SPORTS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN… First Aggie in program history named to the JERRY RICE AWARD WATCH LIST, a national honor bestowed to the FCS’ freshman of the year… PHIL STEELE THIRD TEAM FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA… PHIL STEELE  THIRD TEAM ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE selection… Also won Mike Wise Award, presented to the team’s most outstanding freshman (true or redshirt)… Named STATS FCS National Freshman Player of the Week (first such award in program history) and Big Sky ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week (9/3) by running for 132 yards, scoring two touchdowns on the ground, catching another and scoring 18 of his team’s 44 points to lift UC Davis to a 44-38 victory over San José State (8/30) — the program’s third win against a FBS program in school history… Ranked No. 4 in total touchdowns (17), No. 10 in rushing TDs (13), No. 20 in scoring (8.0), No. 32 in rushing yards (976), No. 56 in rushing yards per game (75.1), No. 59 in rush yards per carry (5.25), No. 69 in all-purpose yards (104.69 per game), No. 74 in points responsible for (104), No. 83 in receptions per game (4.4), No. 98 in points responsible for per game (8.0) and No. 133 in receiving TDs (4) among all FCS players… Ended the 2018 season with the following Big Sky rankings: No. 2 in touchdowns (17), No. 3 in scoring (8.0 per game), and No. 9 in all purpose yards (104.7 per game)… His three rushing touchdowns versus San Diego (9/8) were the most in a single game by a Big Sky player… Ran for 100 or more yards in three games: 138 vs. Sacramento State (11/17), 132 at San José State and at Eastern Washington (12/8)… Scored a career-high 18 points in three games: at San José State, against San Diego (9/8) and at Eastern Washington (12/8)… Recorded a career-high three TDs in each of those games… His 138 rushing yards, versus Sacramento State (11/17), is a career-high total… Caught eight passes for 59 yards at SJSU; both are career highs, as is his 191 all-purpose yards earned that night… Started all 13 games.

2017: Offensive recipient of team’s George Belenis Award for outstanding redshirt of the year.

MERCED HS ’17: Played football, baseball and basketball… Two-year team captain for football team under head coach Rob Scheidt… Garnered All-Central California Conference first-team distinction at both running back and defensive back in 2016… Rushed for 1,597 yards with 30 touchdowns on 170 carries as a senior, which led to league Offensive Player of the Year honoree… Posted 103 tackles (64 solos, 39 assists) with 2 forced fumbles and 2 recoveries on defense… Averaged 17.1 yards per punt return… Led team to CCC championships in 2014 and 2015… Also helped Bears to 40 combined wins and state playoff berth in first two basketball seasons… Scored 232 points with 47 assists as a freshman, garnering second-team All-CCC accolades… Claimed CCC All-Academic distinction each year… Named MHS Student of the Year as a sophomore… Also took part in school’s AVID (advancement via individual determination) program all four years.

PERSONAL: Born in Merced, Calif…. Parents are Ulonzo & Shelly Gilliam… Active in his church, mentoring young children.

2nd Annual Education Scholarship Golf Tournament

By CVV News l October 17, 2022

October 29, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m.
Creekside Golf Course
701 Lincoln Ave.
Modesto, CA 95354

SCRAMBLE! The tournament includes a day of golf, carts, sponsored hole activities, dinner, prizes, and drawings. Proceeds used for college scholarships.

Single Player
+$2.50 service fee
Proceed Benefit:
College Bound Students

+$10.00 service fee
Day of Golf includes:
Carts, Hole Activities, Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
For question, sponsorship or donate prizes or gifts certificate, call: (209) 896-9196.
Register to play at:

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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