Jan. 8, 2009
BERKELEY - California punter Bryan Anger was named to the Freshman All-America team by the Football Writers Association of America Thursday, adding to his long list of accolades for the 2008 season.
In addition to the FWAA honor, Anger was selected to first-team Freshman All-America squads by the Sporting News, College Football News and rivals.com. He was also chosen second-team All-Pac-10 and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to the top punter in the nation.
A redshirt-freshman from Camarillo, Calif., Anger averaged 43.1 yards per punt this past season, ranking 18th in the country and third in the Pac-10. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 47.4 ypp vs. Arizona State with three kicks landing inside the 20-yard-line. Anger later set a school single-game record when he averaged 60.2 ypp vs. Stanford. His 76-yard punt vs. Cardinal was the fourth longest in Cal history, and he added a 75-yarder later in the game.
The FWAA team was selected by an 11-person panel of writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered, and a total of 116 players were nominated and considered by the committee.
The full FWAA Freshman All-America team can be found by clicking here.