Jan. 21, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Cal punter Bryan Anger shined for the winning West squad in the 87th East-West Shrine Game® played Saturday at Tropicana Field. Anger averaged 60.0 yards per punt in three attempts for the 24-17 winners.
Anger's first punt midway through the first quarter sailed 59 yards and he added another four yards of net punting when returner Charles Brown lost four yards bringing it back. Anger would later have punts of 60 and 61 yards in the third and fourth quarter, respectively.
"I came in this week hoping to display my abilities, primarily hangtime, and get my name out there as the top punter in the nation," Anger said. "I am looking forward to kicking at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then whatever else is to come afterwards."
Anger became only the second player in the history of Cal football to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive seasons during his final three campaigns at Cal (2009-11). He was named the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 season. Anger played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter from 2008-11, posting an average of 43.5 yards per punt that ranks second all-time at the school behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). He was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in both 2008 and '10, and on the watch list for the prestigious honor for each of his four collegiate campaigns.
Anger broke a 23-year-old single-season school record previously held by Tabor with the 45.6 yards per punt average he posted as a junior in 2010. He boasts three of the top six seasons ever by a Cal punter, adding averages of 44.2 and 43.1 yards per punt in 2011 and 2008 that rank fifth and sixth. He has also been credited with four of the 12 longest punts in school history, including a career-long punt of 76 yards at Stanford in 2008 that ranks fourth all-time at Cal and a 75-yarder in the same contest that is tied for fifth.
As a senior in 2011, Anger's average of 44.2 yards per punt ranks as the fifth-best in school history, as well as the third-best in the Pac-12 and No. 13 nationally for the season. Cal was even better in net punting, ranking No. 10 nationally with an average of 39.74 yards per punt. He was named a National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his showing at UCLA, when he averaged 49.6 yards overall and a career-high 49.0 yards net on five punts.
Anger joined an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.
"I am very honored to have played in the East-West Shrine Game," Anger said. "Tonight wrapped up a great week of activities, and I would like to thank all of the Shriners and their staff for making it such a memorable event."