Football: Anger officially on Guy list

Cal punter Bryan Anger is officially a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, it was announced today. Anger was on the preseason watch list but the list of 54 official candidates was revealed today by the Augusta Sports Council.

Anger is currently 12th in the nation in punt average at 45.2 yards per punt. That number has been brought down by a handful of rugby punts he has been asked to do this season against teams with aggressive punt block schemes.

The Ray Guy Award is given annually to the nation’s top punter. Anger was a semifinalist for the award in 2008 and 2010.


Basketball: Five things I look forward to seeing as Bears open season with UC San Diego exhibition

The Bears make their 2011-12 debut on Tuesday when they take on UC San Diego in an exhibition game at Haas Pavilion. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.

The Tritons lost 74-42 at Utah State last Friday, shooting 31 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers. They feature one local player making a return trip home: junior forward Justin Brue, a Bishop O’Dowd HS grad who averaged 9.2 ppg last season.

We pretty much know what Jorge Gutierrez, Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe and Brandon Smith bring to the equation. But there are questions.

Here are five things I am most eager to see tonight:

1) How will freshmen forwards David Kravish and Christian Behrens look? Are they players who can make a contribution to this team and provide some much-needed front-court depth?

2) Can walkon center Robert Thurman’s surprising contributions to the Bears’ Euro trip translate back here in the States? Cal has a place for Thurman if he can execute the things they need from him: Rebounding, post defense, finishing at the rim.

3) How will transfer guard Justin Cobbs fit in?  A combo guard who began his college career at Minnesota, Cobbs brings an aggressive, physical element that complements Smith at the point, but I want to get a glimpse of his decision making with the ball in his hands.

4) What improvement will we see from sophomore forward Richard Solomon? Does he have the beginnings of a low-post game? Has he streamlined his game? Will he play like a guy who has been there before? A key man for the Bears, if he has made strides from his rookie season.

5) What kind of reception will coach Mike Montgomery get at Haas four days after his announcement last Friday that he had bladder cancer? My guess: Fans will show the man some love when he comes onto the court pregame.




Football: Quarterback update

Jeff Tedford said today that he will “evaluate it as the week goes on” and didn’t name a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Washington State.

Tedford didn’t say how he planned on dividing the reps between Zach Maynard and Allan Bridgford, but simply said “We’ll evaluate how the week goes with both quarterbacks and we’ll take it from there.  I have no idea what our game plan is yet or anything like that.”



Football: From the press box

The biggest news postgame is coach Jeff Tedford’s comments that he will evaluate the quarterback position, leaving the door open for him to switch to sophomore Allan Bridgford.

“We’ll see,” Tedford said. “We’ll look at the tape and make a determination with that.”

Tedford also revealed that linebacker Mychal Kendricks was suspended for the first quarter for violating team rules. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said that Kendricks had thumb surgery last week and his reps were limited in practice.

Other notes:

  • Zach Maynard threw for 199 yards, the first time this season he has failed to reach the 200-yard mark.
  • Marvin Jones was held to just one catch for 11 yards.
  • UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince became the first Bruins quarterback to rush for 100 yards since 1976.
  • UCLA safety Tevin McDonald became just the fourth freshman in conference history to record three interceptions in a game.
  • Cal WR Keenan Allen had seven catches for 83 yards.
  • D.J. Campbell led the Bears with 11 tackles.