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CGB Hall of Fame: (5) Marvin Jones vs. (12) Shareef Abdur-Rahim

From day one these guys were the kinds of players who make you shake your head in awe of their incredible athleticism. Check out the recently updated bracket here.

Of course that ball will be caught--this is Marvin Jones.
Of course that ball will be caught--this is Marvin Jones.
John Grieshop

(5) Marvin Jones





Cal Football: Marvin Jones Highlights - WR #1 (via calathletics)

Marvin Jones was a steady talent for Cal football, albeit one that may not have shone as brightly as we all hoped and expected, though through no fault of his own. It seems that Marvin tremendous potential was limited through inconsistent quarterbacking, but you never heard him complain and only saw him line up each Saturday and give everything he had. He has great hands and good speed and his instincts for the game will all serve him well at the next level.

I know that I will definitely miss seeing #1 line up for our offense this fall, but also the great shots of his son cheering on from the stands. I know that all Bear fans wish Marvin the best at the next level and I think that we all believe he has the talent and work ethic to succeed. Cincinnati has definitely made a great choice in drafting him and he'll have a solid pro career. But for all of us, Marvin will definitely be remembered as a great Golden Bear.

Via profile:

Played in 43 games during his four seasons at Cal from 2008-11, making 38 starts by starting all of the team's games over his final three campaigns ... finished his career among Cal's all-time leaders in receiving yards (2,260, 6th), 100-yard receiving games (6, T6th), receptions (156, T7th) and receiving touchdowns (13, T8th) ... also ranks tied for seventh on Cal's single-game receptions list with the 12 he recorded as a junior at Nevada ... set career highs for both receptions (62) and receiving yards (846) as a senior in 2011, both second on the club, after leading Cal in both receptions and receiving yards in 2009 and `10 as well as in touchdown receptions as a 2009 sophomore ... made at least one reception in each of his past 38 games over his final three seasons (2009-11) ... posted career averages of 14.6 yards per catch and 52.8 receiving yards per game, as well as a long reception of 62 against Colorado in his junior season ... snared 33 catches of 20 or more yards in his career, as well as five grabs of 50 or more ... led or co-led all Cal receivers in receptions in 16 games and in receiving yards on 13 occasions ... added 11 rushes for 116 yards (10.5 ypr) and a long of 48 for a touchdown in the 2010 season opener against UC Davis ... also had 14 punt returns for 102 yards, all as a senior, and a long of 37 against USC during his senior campaign ... scored 86 career points, adding a two-point conversion to his 14 total touchdowns ... finished with 2,488 all-purpose yards (116 rush, 2,270 receiving, 102 punt return) ... had four career tackles.

Via CGB Remembering the Seniors:

Kodiak: Marvin clearly worked on his body and his craft during his time at Cal.

He was a bit skinny when he came in, but left as one very solid guy. After having some inconsistency earlier in his career, he became absolute money with all manner of circus catches. It's a little sad to think about what a guy with his hands might have done had he not needed to make so many shoe-string, tight-roping, fingertip catches.

Avinash: I didn't follow recruiting much back in 2007, but I do remember being pretty excited about Marvin. DeSean was his main recruiter and raved about him, and you know what they say about game recognizing game. DeSean was definitely right about Jones, as he was our most consistent receiver for two years and gracefully slid into the #2 spot his senior season when the Bears rode [Keenan] Allen.

Allen is more physically talented, but Jones was just so fundamentally sound in his routes, cuts and his breaks that it's a shame we couldn't turn him loose more often. We could've killed a lot of good teams with a good quarterback throwing him the football. Sometimes I felt as if he was so used to having to adjust to poor throws that he had a hard time dealing with footballs that landed on his numbers.

Hydro Tech: To me, when I think of Marvin Jones, I think of him as a great WR who sort of under-performed ... but by no fault of his own. Unfortunately, I think Cal's QBs while Marvin was here weren't exactly all that consistent and accurate which really hurt his ability to showcase his talents. I think Marvin is better than he often looked and better than most of us realized. He had fantastic hands and would routinely catch some very difficult passes. He was fantastic along the sidelines and getting his feet in bounds. He does a pretty good job shielding the ball from the defender when he catches it. While not always getting the most separation from his defender, he'd still routinely catch the ball against tight coverage. I wouldn't be surprised to see Marvin drafted in the 4th to 6th rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Perhaps what impressed me most of all was Marvin's Cal spirit and responsibility. Marvin regularly conversed with Cal fans on Twitter, and represented Cal proudly. He also would apologize for any drops and promise to do better. He works hard and doesn't try to cover up his errors with excuses. Marvin takes responsibility for his actions and knows that he has the power to shape his future.

(12) Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Shareef's one year was a dandy.

Abdur-Rahim later attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he maintained a GPA of 3.5.[1] At California, he averaged 21.1 points per game (ppg) and 8.4 rebounds per game (rpg) in 28 games.[1] He was the first freshman in Pac-10 history to win Conference Player of the Year honors, and was named Third Team All-America by the Associated Press.[1] Abdur-Rahim also set single-season freshman records for points, scoring average, field goals, and free throws.

As for Shareef, LeonPowe has this to say.

I’m just going to talk about the player. Back in 1996, 6’10 225 power fowards who could handle the rock, and play a tall 3 weren’t common. Thus "THE FUTURE" (as he was nicknamed) arrived at Cal. As the school’s highest profile recruit since Kidd (and until . . .well me), the first time we saw Shareef (from Atlanta) it was the McDonald’s All America Game. We were really excited getting the #3 prospect in the country . . .until the skinny guy who matched against him blocked his shot about 10 times and basically destroyed in the All Star Game. (That guy turned out to be pretty good himself)

No matter, when Shareef got to Cal – he made an immediate impact. Team with JUCO transfer Ed Gray, along with Jelani Gardner (ugh) and Randy Duck and Tony Gonzalez, ’Reef was able to garner Pac 10 POY honors, along with dropping in over 22 ppg (is that right?)

But more than that, I remember the effortless scoring. Earlier I talked about "The Future" and ‘Reef was . . . a silky smooth 6’9" power foward who could shoot it all the way out to 3 point range, destroy people on the block with a series of spin moves, and half hooks or face up and take defenders off the dribble, Shareef had the smoothest and most polished offensive game of any freshman ever at Cal.

Additionally, with the middle part of the season falling during the holy month of Ramadan, Shareef was destroying defenders in the paint all the whilein the middle of fasts and spirtual concentration.

The thought of Kelvin Cato blocking anything, much less basketballs, is a wild concept.