Cal’s new Ziger

The text message that Cal assistant media relations director Chris DeConna received was like none other he had before.
“Um…my hair is like a tiger. Is that cool?”
The message came from junior linebacker Zack Follett, who was scheduled to appear at Bay Area college football media day on Wednesday. It seems Follett had teammate and team artist Greg Van Hoesen paint his hair to look like tiger stripes.
“I told him the idea. He was kind of skeptical about it at first,” Follett said. “I gave the guy a paintbrush and he went to work. It came out all right. During camp, I’m going to be experimenting.”
For the record, it was “cool” for Follett to still show up to Wednesday’s festivities. Follett, running back Justin Forsett, safety Thomas DeCoud and coach Jeff Tedford were on hand at Tres Agaves in San Francisco.
Follett said he bleached his hair during the summer “just to bleach it. I get bored during the summer.” He gave Van Hoesen some black dye and the job was done in about a half-hour.
Follett said his teammates are now calling him “Ziger,” a spoof on the “Liger” from the movie, “Napolean Dynamite.”
“The first three weeks of camp, I’m going to experiment. There are no girls around the first three weeks, so I can afford to.”
Follett said a leopard hairdo may be in the works.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.