April 27, 2012
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NEW YORK CITY -Former Cal punter Bryan Anger was selected Friday by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the 70th pick overall. Anger's selection is the highest for a punter since Todd Sauerbrun of West Virginia was drafted in the second round (56th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 1995 and the ninth highest in history of the draft. He is only the second Cal punter to ever be drafted following the fourth-round selection (120th overall) of Nick Harris by the Denver Broncos in 2001.
Anger was the third Golden Bear taken following the earlier second-round picks of offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (Cleveland Browns - No. 37 overall) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Philadelphia Eagles - No. 46 overall). The selections of the trio gives Cal three players selected in the first three rounds of the draft for the second consecutive year.
"Bryan Anger will be a weapon for the Jacksonville Jaguars," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "He's a guy that can change the game with field position. He's athletic and has a big leg, but he also has touch to be able to place the football anywhere he wants to on the field. He should have a long career in the NFL."
Anger is only the second player in Cal history to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive seasons (2009-11), joining Alex Mack (2006-08) as the only other Cal player with the same distinction. He also won the J. Scott Duncan Award as Cal's Most Valuable Special Teams Player for each the same three seasons and was awarded with the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 seasons.
Anger played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter from 2008-11 to equal the most by any active Golden Bear player during the period, 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 holds Cal's single-season record for punt average with the 45.6 yards per punt he posted as a junior in 2010 and boasts three of the top six seasons ever by a punter in Cal history, adding a 44.2 average in 2011 that is fifth and a 43.1 average in 2008 that is sixth. Anger totaled 11,094 yards on 255 punts, including 72 boots of 50 or more yards. He pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 90 occasions and forced opponents to make fair catches 75 times. Anger has 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 and a 75-yarder in the same contest that is tied for fifth. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter twice in 2008 and '10 as well as on the watch list in each of his four collegiate campaigns.
Anger ranked No. 13 nationally and third in the Pac-12 with a 44.25 yard per punt average as a senior after breaking a 23-year-old single-season Cal record during his junior season with a 45.6 yard punting average to rank second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally. He was an honorable mention All-American choice according to College Football Insiders and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore after finishing the season with a 41.5 yards per punt average to rank fourth in the Pac-10. He established himself as one of the top punters in the country as a rookie when he was named a first-team Freshman All-American by College Football News, Rivals and Sporting News Today, and was also a second-team All-Pac-10 choice, and the only freshman in the country as well as the only Pac-10 player to be named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He also won the Bob Simmons Award given to Cal's Most Valuable Freshman. Anger ranked third in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally with a 43.1 yards per punt average in his rookie season. He set a school single-game record when he averaged a Pac-10 season-high 60.2 yards per punt on four tries vs. Stanford, including two of the longest punts in school history - a 76-yarder on his first boot (No. 4) that was a new Big Game record and a 75-yarder on his second (No. T5) that along with the 72-yarder vs. Arizona State were the three longest in the Pac-10 in 2008.
Following his collegiate career, he had a strong performance in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game by averaging 60.0 yards per punt on three attempts for a West team that won 24-17. He was not involved in measurable drills at the 2012 NFL Combine but did attend and take part in a punting session.
Visit the 2012 Cal NFL Draft Central page for extensive coverage of the selection of former Bears selected in the three-day 2012 NFL Draft that continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. ESPN and NFL Network are televising the event live.
CAL FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT NOTES (THRU SELECTIONS OF Mitchell Schwartz, Mychal Kendricks and Bryan Anger)
Cal has had 26 first-round picks and 217 selections overall since the NFL Draft began in 1936.
Cal has had 39 NFL Draft selections and eight first-round picks in the 11 drafts that have taken place since head coach Jeff Tedford arrived prior to the 2002 NFL Draft.
Cal had four first-round picks in three seasons from 2009-11 with at least one in all three, but did not have a first-round pick in 2012.
Cal has had two players selected in the first or second round of each of the last three drafts and at least one player selected in the second round or higher in each of the past six seasons.
Cal has had three players selected in the first three rounds of each of the last two drafts.
The most Cal players selected in a single draft were the 10 chosen in 1952, while the Golden Bears have had six players chosen twice (1997, 2008) and five on six occasions (1950, '83, '91, `94, '96, 2005).
Steve Bartkowski (1975) is the only Cal player to ever be selected with the first pick overall in the NFL Draft.
Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall, 2010) and Cameron Jordan (Saints, 24th overall, 2011) made Cal only the second team in the Pac-10 to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round in back-to-back drafts (USC is the other).
Cal became the first Pac-10/12 team in 40 years to have two first-round selections in the same year that no other Pac-10/12 team had a single first-round selection when Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 10th overall) and Jahvid Best (Lions, 30th overall) were both first-round selections in 2010. USC's Al Cowlings (Bills, 5th overall) and Sid Smith (Chiefs, 26th overall) were both picked in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, while no other Pac-10 team had a first-round selection.