(4) Bryan Anger
CAL FOOTBALL 2010 - Bryan Anger Feature (via calbearsgobig)
iVinishe: The first football game I had ever watched was 2008 Michigan State @ Cal. I had absolutely no idea how football worked; in fact, I remember wondering why we kept giving the ball to that Best guy when he clearly wasn't scoring. This game was also Cal's introduction to Bryan Anger, punter extraordinaire. To my naive mind, Anger was clearly the best guy on our team.
Over the next 4 years, Anger went on to become the most outstanding punter in the nation. Other punters occasionally averaged a yard more for a season here and there, but only Anger had the ability to make an entire stadium go "WOW." From 2009-2011, Anger garnered First Team All-Pac-10/12 honors for three straight seasons, and set the all-time Cal single season punting record with an average of 43.5 yards/punt.
This spring, he goes into the NFL Draft as one of the top punters of his class.
Before that fall day, I had no idea people could kick balls that high, or that far. To this day, I'm still not sure people can. I've watched quite a bit of football at all levels since that day, and I still haven't seen anyone who can match a well-placed Anger bomb. He is, quite literally, a game-changer, and there has been some element of truth to jokes of our punter being the best (or at least, most outstanding), player on our team for the past 4 years
California Punter Bryan Anger Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)
Anger ended up being taken in the 3rd round of the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and had a stellar rookie season, averaging over 47 yards per punt and also demonstrating his tackiling ability by taking down Houston Texans return man Keshawn Martin on a 71-yard runback to save a touchdown. Of course, national sports media had a lot of fun with that one, but it only reinforced what we Golden Bear fans already knew, which was that this guy is a legit athlete.
(13) Scott Chong
If you haven't seen this yet, then shame on you. Stop everything and watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again. It is worth the time.
UNITE Blogger Throwdown: Stanford vs California (via ESPNUNITE)
TheScientist019: The Two-Time Blogger Throwdown Champion! Dr. Periodic Table himself! During the 2012 football season, our own Scott Chong appeared on the nationally televised program ESPN Unite to face-off in a verbal slugfest with bloggers representing Stanfurd and Oregon State in anticipation of the teams meeting on the gridiron. While our team came pretty darn close to having their butts literally handed to them in both contests, Chong was more than able to hold his own, being named the winner of both debates.
UNITE: Blogger Throwdown - Cal vs Oregon State (via ESPNUNITE)
Chong's performance exemplifies the balance I love about the University of California. In the same institution, you have the number one public university in the world combined with several programs with excellence in athletics. Similarly, Chong demonstrated not just a high football IQ with formation match-ups and knowledge of our personnel, but he combined it with an immensely entertaining sense of humor and a biting wit.
And don't forget—the 2-4-5 Nickel.