Football: Your homework

For its special college football preview section, The Champaign News-Gazette has asked me for Cal’s all-time greatest player, coach and season. That gave me an idea. What do all of you think? Give me your pick for Cal’s all-time best player, coach and season and I’ll tally them up to name winners. I’ll take answers until Friday.

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.

  • covinared

    Andy Smith 1921 Deltha O’neal.

  • covinared

    1922 Pappy Waldorf Joe Kapp

  • noduck

    nate longshore, 1937, pappy waldorf

  • Kevin Thomas

    1937, no question. Undefeated, defeated Alabama 14-0 in the Rose Bowl, national champions. 10 of eleven starters made All-American teams.

    Andy Smith is the best coach.

    Best player was Les Richter. All-American and NFL All-Pro.

  • calfanz

    Coach–Andy Smith
    Team: 1937
    Player: Tony G

  • CM

    Coach: Andy Smith

    Team: 1920. Undefeated and untied, the team finished 9-0. It scored 510 points and only allowed 14!!! Shut out Ohio State 28-0 in the Rose Bowl. Finished the season Number 1 ranked (obviously)! In Nick Peters’ great book about Cal football, “100 Years of Blue & Gold” (1982), Peters’ says that the 1920 team was the greatest Golden Bear team of all time.

    Player: I’ll go football-baseball great Jackie Jensen. Peters’ calls him Cal’s “finest all-around athlete ever.”

  • Juancho

    Coach: Jeff Tedford

    Player: Desean Jackson (the year he set the kick / punt returns TD record)

    Season: not sure.

  • David Swartz

    Coach: Andy Smith
    Team: 1920
    Player: Chuck Muncie (over 3000 yds. rushing, over 1000 yds. receiving)

  • johnny

    Player: Vincent Strang
    Coach: Marv Levy
    Year: 1898

  • CruzinBears

    Player: Vinny “The little lightning bolt” Strang
    Coach: Marv “What’dya mean its not Big Game Week” Levy
    Year: 1898 could never be topped again

  • CruzinBears

    I feel like there are more votes out there than those listed here… JO… are you hiding something?

  • GoBears98

    Player: Vinny Strang
    Coach: Marv Levy
    Season: 1898

  • Boaltblue

    Player: DeSean Jackson 2006

    Team 1975 (Roth, Muncie, Walker, Rivera)

    Coach: Jeff Tedford (2004)