Oct. 31, 2011
2011 Cal Football: Gameday Guide | Information Guide
(AUGUSTA, Ga.) - Cal senior punter Bryan Anger was one of 54 players announced as official candidates for the 2011 Ray Guy Award on Monday by the Augusta Sports Council. Anger, who was one of five players named to a preseason watch list prior to the 2011 campaign, has twice been a semifinalist for the award given annually to the nation's top punter (2008 and '10), as well as been on the watch list in each of his four collegiate seasons.
The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be announced on November 11. Following the announcement of semifinalists, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 21. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Lee Corson, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney's Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show's dedicated web site espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy. The winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team's success.
Anger, who broke Scott Tabor's 23-year-old single-season Cal record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010, was selected by Phil Steele as a 2011 midseason honorable mention All-American after receiving preseason third-team honorable mention recognition from Steele. After a rare subpar performance in the season opener against Fresno State, he has moved up 51 spots into the No. 12 position nationally with a season-high 45.20 yard per punt average. Anger is also third in the Pac-12 with the mark that is tied for the third-best single-season average all-time at Cal. Should Anger end up above Tabor's 45.3 number posted in 1987 he would end up with the top two seasons in Cal history in his final two campaigns.
Anger was named a National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards in his most recent contest at UCLA last Saturday after averaging 49.6 yards overall and 49.0 yards net on five punts. He also had a season-long 64-yarder, pinned the Bruins inside their 20-yard line a career-high-tying three times, forced a season-high two fair catches and had a season-high-tying three punts of 50 or more yards. Anger had previously been selected as a 2011 honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the CFPA three times after his performances against Colorado, Washington and Utah.
Now in his fourth season as Cal's starting punter, Anger has punted 237 times in his career for 10,331 yards and an average of 43.6 yards per punt, which is second all-time at Cal and just shy of Tabor's career record of 44.0 from 1986-87. He was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week three times, picking up the honor once in each season from 2008-10.
Cal (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) will host Washington State (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) in its next contest at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 5. Comcast SportsNet California will telecast the Pac-12 contest that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT.
In addition, the commercial radio broadcast of all Cal football games can be heard on the IMG College Sports Radio Network, with KGO 810 AM in San Francisco serving as the flagship station. The KGO broadcast is also available live online at CalBears.com, while KALX 90.7 FM offers fans the student radio broadcast.
After the Washington State contest, the Bears will play their 2011 regular-season home finale at AT&T Park against Oregon State (Sat., Nov. 12).
Cal fans can enjoy each of the two remaining contests at AT&T Park in style by purchasing a single-game luxury suite. Remaining suites are located in the end zone along the first base line and include 16 game tickets. Each suite is furnished with interior and exterior HDTV's, a kitchen, wet bar and internet access.
In addition to the home games against Washington State and Oregon State, Cal has remaining road tilts at Stanford (Sat., Nov. 19) and Arizona State (Friday, Nov. 25, 8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN).
Starting times and television information for the Oregon State home contest and The Big Game at Stanford will be announced at a later date.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal is hosting its home contests outside of Berkeley in 2011 for the first time since Memorial Stadium opened while the venue undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.
REMAINING 2011 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
*Sat., Nov. 5 - Washington State (3:30 p.m. PT, CSN California)
*Sat., Nov. 12 - Oregon State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 19 - at Stanford (TBA)
*Fri., Nov. 25 - at Arizona State (8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN)
!Fri., Dec. 2 - Pac-12 Championship Game (5:20 p.m. PT, FSN)
Home Games in Bold at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming