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Our final weekend of the opening round matchups has arrive and we start off with a battle out of the Brick Mueller Region featuring a WBB Star in Alexis Gray-Lawson taking on Football's Brian Treggs. We'll take a closer look at both of them and then you can cast your vote to decide who moves on. You can take a look at the whole bracket here and voting will end Friday at noon. GO BEARS!
Alexis Gray-Lawson will be forever linked to Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton, as those three together were the core of Cal's most successful stretch in the program's history. Walker and Hampton definitely had the star power as two of the premier post players in the Pac-10. Gray-Lawson was the team's quarterback-and its heart and soul.
When she's on, one of the most dominating offensive players in Cal history. Holds the single game record for points (47, in double OT). Played arguably the single greatest offensive game in Cal history when she scored 37 of Cal's 54 points to defeat top 10 Stanford. Also a great defender and was named to the Pac-10's all defense team. Leads Cal in career games played. 3rd most career points in Cal history. Most 3 pointers made in Cal history.
Maybe playing a brutal schedule that included 4 teams ranked in the current AP top 10 prepared the Bears for the rest of the Pac-10. Maybe 12 games was enough time for the freshmen to get comfortable enough in the offense to allow Lexi to play to the level she was always capable of. Maybe this is just the mother of all hot streaks (though I doubt it). Whatever the reason, her performances speak for themselves.
In particular, norcalnick pointed to this epic 6-game stretch during the 2010 Pac-10 season:
Gray-Lawson has had the ability to take over games for periods of time in previous seasons, but she was rarely the first scoring option when Ashley Walker emerged as an elite player when Gray-Lawson injured her knee in the 2006-07 season. With Walker leading Cal in scoring Gray-Lawson became more of a distributor to Cal's successful low-post players and recorded nearly a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio in 2008-09. With Walker and Devanei Hampton graduating, the offensive burden fell to Gray-Lawson. At times the transition was difficult this year as Gray-Lawson adjusted to playing with five freshman and to being the clear number one threat on the Golden Bears. But when Pac-10 play started Gray-Lawson took over, combining her outside shooting talent with a hard nosed ability to drive the ball and draw fouls, and she led the conference in scoring during the Pac-10 schedule. I would attribute the scoring explosion to Gray-Lawson getting comfortable in her new role and more cohesion with the aforementioned freshmen.
(13) Brian Treggs
Inside Cal 1991 - Brian Treggs and Sean Dawkins (via PRD74)
Brian Treggs ended his career as Cal's All-Time leading leading receiver with 167 career catches (later broken yet still good enough for 4th place on the Cal list). Together with Sean Dawkins he formed one-half of what is likely the most dynamic receiving duo in Cal football history. With Mike Pawlawski throwing to him, Treggs racked up some pretty impressive numbers, especially when you consider that he was in a 1A/1B situation.
Check out these career stats:
While they aren't mind-boggling by today's pass happy standards, they show amazing consistency and in 1991 (the magical year) he finished 6th in the NCAA for Yards per Catch, 8th in the NCAA in both receptions and yards, and 9th in touchdowns. Not bad at all.
After his time at Cal he spent 1 year with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL and can now be seen around Berkeley cheering on his son Bryce, who looks to continue the family legacy of great Cal WR's.
Cal Football: Bryce & Brian Treggs Post Practice (3/9/13) (via calathletics)
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