(2) Russell White
LeonPowe: Superman. One of the 3 best running backs (some would argue the best ever) to play at Cal. Finished in the top 5 in Heisman as a junior. Carried Cal to a #7 National ranking at the end of the 1991 season. Hurdled a Purdue player well before anyone else did it.
Kodiak: Took it to the house on a 100yd kickoff return first time he touched the ball in a Cal uniform.
Had some crazy reverse-the-field oh-no-he-didn't runs that were Marshawn-esque before Marshawn.
Put up huge #'s while still sharing the ball with another 1000-yd rusher (Anthony Wallace).
Freaky athlete. He hurdled a guy once and got penalized for it...because the guy was still standing. (yes, not diving, not tackling, not kneeling/crouching.)
For you younguns: A little taller/faster than Forsett, similar vision. Not quite as powerful as Marshawn, but similiar wiggle/athleticism.
Cal's all-time leading rusher was perhaps the biggest recruiting coup in school history. Controversy surrounded White's decision to move from Crespi HS to Berkeley, since he was a Prop 48 student who had not achieved a qualifying SAT score. A summer of tutoring revealed that Russell was dyslexic, and he would go on to earn his degree in social welfare in four years with a B average.
He would also go on to become Cal's all-time leading rusher, behind 1,000 yard efforts in 1991 and 1992. Fifteen times he rushed for at least 100 yards in a game, including a 229-yard effort in Cal's record setting 52-30 beatdown of USC in 1991. With White, the Bears reversed a decade of futility and won back-to-back bowls in 1990 and 1991. His '91 season, with 1,177 yards rushing and fourteen touchdowns earned White first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and the FWAA.
Now thanks to Prd74, we all get to bask in Russell's greatness a little; his freshman campaign in 1990 had some great moments, including a 99 yard kickoff return against Miami in the first video and an utterly insane run starting at 4:24 in the second vid.
(15) Tarah Murrey
TheBuckeyeBear enlightens us:
Tarah Murrey excelled in volleyball all four years at Cal and has continued with a career in volleyball after graduating in 2012. With many honors to her name, her Cal Athletics profile lists plenty of accolades:
As a Senior (2011):
• Earned multiple conference accolades - Pac-12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, All-Pac-12 first team, Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
As a Junior (2010):
• Helped lead the USA A2 Blue Team to the gold medal at the 2010 USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships in Phoenix
As a Sophomore (2009):
• Appeared in all 32 matches and 122 sets for the Bears as she earned Pac-10 all-conference honorable mention and all-academic honorable mention
As a Freshman (2008):
• Earned Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors
Off the court, Murrey is certainly no slouch. An avid cook, her favorite meal is lobster with filet mignon, accompanied by mashed potatoes and garlic butter. For this highlight and more, check out:
Cal Sports Report- Tarah Murrey (via Francesca Weems)
Opposing coaches marveled at her skills as a "dynamo," but Murrey also honed her patience at Cal with "hours of hard work," and "not a magic pill," as head coach Rich Feller explained. After graduation, Murrey headed to Italy to play professionally, and now plays for the Vaqueras de Bayamon in Puerto Rico. She credits her time at Cal for developing her work ethic, both athletically and academically, demonstrating the dual goals of a true scholar athlete. What better representative is there of the excellence we recruit, develop, and celebrate at Berkeley?