Tha1 vs the upstart. One specimen of speed, the other of grace. Desean. Morgan. Who will triumph?
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When you were on, you were spectacular. You provided some of the most raucous reactions in Memorial Stadium in recent memory with your big game plays. The fans called for your name in earnest as the 2007 season grew darker, just hoping for a spark to come from somewhere, hoping you’d provide it. It didn’t really happen. But it was a good ride, and I'll miss that excitement and energy that each catch and return presented.
#11 Morgan Beck
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Home: Coto De Caza, CA
Position: Opposite/Outside Hitter
Height: 6-3/191 cm
Current Team: Women's US National Team
If an official vote were to be taken today, she wouldn't make the Cal HOF. No surprise, she only graduated this year. But why does she deserve to be inducted into our mock HOF? Because in the following years, we probably won't be able to keep her out.
She's an incredible volleyball player and a physical presence at the net. She still has the most impressive overhand jump-serve I've ever seen. She's got a big time arm and has the feet to play both indoor or go pro-beach. Her fluid movements remind me of another great player, Gabrielle Reece.
Forecast: MORGAN BECK WILL BE THE NEXT GABRIELLE REECE. She's got all the tools to attain the female-athlete career trifecta: sports, modeling and broadcasting. Plus, she's a Cal grad so we should probably expect a book or two. Morgan and Gabrielle play the same position, are the same height and are both from SoCal.
The evidence is starting to pile up:
1999-2000: Gabrielle Reece represented our country in international Volleyball competition.
2009: Morgan Beck will be representing our country in international competition, starting this year.
When you play for the USA, sometimes you have to wear red.
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Gabrielle Reece started modeling during college (FSU).
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Gabrielle's book was, um... I didn't read it.
Morgan's first book was a tour de force. Her elegant hybrid-asset pricing model started turning heads immediately among the savviest hedge fund traders. It was also clear that she had a guru's grasp of the fundamentals of value investing.
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Do I detect a pattern here? Now Morgan just needs to get on TV.
(By the way: Reece was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 1997.)
Why does she deserve a spot in our mock HOF? Because one day she's going to make our school look cool. She's going to represent Cal and the USA on the world stage. And we're going to be so proud that she's a Golden Bear.