All eyes may have been on Team USA swimmer Michael Phelps last night, but East Bay residents celebrated athletes closer to home as UC Berkeley alum Nathan Adrian added not one, not two but four gold medals to his collection, while current Cal Bear Ryan Murphy shined in his Olympic debut.
By Saturday, Adrian, 27, brought his total tally to a whopping eight medals. Although he's still got a ways to go before he can compete with Phelps' record-breaking 23 medals, his road to Rio has been a particularly moving experience and a total game changer, according to the athlete himself.
"We proved we are on top of the swimming world," he told reporters in Rio. "I'm proud of the work we put in - not just me, but everyone."
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Davis Webb made an immediate impression when he arrived at California this summer with his tireless work ethic.
He was usually the first player in each morning and last to leave. Webb organized frequent throwing sessions with teammates and was more than willing to adjust his schedule to make sure all his receivers got involved.
That kind of leadership helped him quickly win over his teammates and earn the starting quarterback job after joining the Golden Bears as a graduate transfer in May. The task doesn't get any easier as Webb must now master the offense and build a rapport with his teammates as he replaces No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff.
"I feel like I've been here for more than two months," Webb said. "I feel like it's been a couple of years, the way we bonded on and off the field throughout summer workouts. I feel really comfortable with this team."
Webb's transition is helped by the fact he ran a similar offense at Texas Tech, where he threw for 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns while making 14 starts and playing 23 games.
Cal coach Sonny Dykes said he wasn't seeking a grad transfer but made the move to add Webb when his former player and current Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury called Webb one of the hardest-working players he had been around. That quickly became evident once he enrolled at Cal when he brought his receivers in for long film-watching sessions and hours of throwing before fall practice even started.
"He's elevating everybody's game to a higher level," receiver Raymond Hudson said. "It's crazy the confidence that he has where he comes in and takes control. He knows what he wants and everybody has bought in."