April 26, 2003
Quarterback Kyle Boller and safety Nnamdi Asomugha, who provided key senior leadership for Cal's turnaround football season last fall, have both been selected in the first round of today's National Football League Draft.
Boller, the Golden Bears' No. 2 all-time passing leader with 7,980 yards, was chosen by Baltimore with the 19th pick of the first round-a pick the Ravens acquired in a draft day trade from New England.
Asomugha, who amassed 187 tackles and seven interceptions during his Cal career, was nabbed by the hometown Oakland Raiders as the 31st overall choice.
Boller, named second team All-Pac-10 last year after passing for 2,815 yards and 28 touchdowns en route to Cal's first winning season (7-5) in nine years, becomes the fifth Jeff Tedford-coached quarterback to be selected in the first round of a NFL draft.
Tedford, who earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in his first season in Berkeley, has also tutored the likes of Trent Dilfer and David Carr at Fresno State, and Akili Smith and Joey Harrington at Oregon-all previous NFL first-rounders.
Two other Cal players, both All-Pac-10 selections, were drafted in later rounds on Sunday. All-Pac-10 second team guard Scott Tercero was chosen by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round, while All-Pac-10 first team defensive end Tully Banta-Cain was picked by the New England Patriots on the seventh round.