2005 was a disappointment for many, I'm sure (it was for me, I tell ya). Joe Ayoob was hailed as the next hot Cal Quarterback following the departure of Aaron Rodgers, and the leg injury to Longshore.
Boy, did that fall flat.
Good ol' Booya only lasted upwards of five games before what I simply called, "running out of gas." He ended up 8th in the Pac-10 in YPG (155.2), and having an almost 1:1 ratio of TDs to INTs (15:14). Luckily, Steve Levy was there to get us out of the fire, save the Big Game and go on to beat BYU at the Las Vegas Bowl.
So here comes 2006. We open up against a 1AA team (Portland), and test our might with the fresh Longshore-led offence. With seven minutes left in the Fourth quarter, Tedford pulled the first stringers and started mixing in some second and third stringers. One of those third stringers, was Bryan Schutte.
I remember the first time I saw him walk out and play a series. I thought to myself , "White running backs still exist?" So, after seeing him pull off a nice burst off the right side, I knew that this dude really did have some speed.
Several plays later, I saw the greatest catch I've ever seen at a Cal game.
It's simply known, as Schutte's Catch (starts at 4:07).
That was what I consider the beginning of a really good season. The Bears went on to the Holiday Bowl (boo) to beat Texas A&M 45-10 (yay!).
Now, what happened to Bryan Schutte? That's a good question. I don't know, but some of the comments in the YouTube video point that he'll actually be back in 2009 (injury perhaps). I'm buying that, since his Cal Player Bio still shows him as a RS Freshman.
So until then, I await the return of the man with the hands, the dude with the moves, the pacemaker of performance, Mr. Schutte.