Feb. 24, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - P Bryan Anger and OL Mitchell Schwartz were the first of six former Cal players scheduled to participate in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine to take part in physical tests or drills on Friday. Anger punted as part of an on-field workout at Lucas Oil Stadium with other punters, kickers and special teams players. Schwartz posted a personal-best 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.
"It went really well," Anger said. "I had a great workout today."
"I was happy because I met my goal for the bench press heading into the combine," Schwartz said.
The arrivals of combine participants are staggered, with other former Cal football players who have arrived in Indianapolis including WR Marvin Jones (Thursday), DL Trevor Guyton and LB Mychal Kendricks (Friday). DB Sean Cattouse is scheduled to arrive Saturday.
Each player is scheduled to go through a similar four-day schedule of activities at the combine. The first day includes registration, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, orientation and team interviews. The second day consists of measurements, medical examinations, psychological testing and more interviews, both with media and NFL teams. On the third day, the prospects attend an NFL Players Association meeting in addition to more psychological testing and team interviews. The measurable drills (40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run) are conducted on the fourth and final day.
The group of Bears is among 300 top prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft on the official combine invite list. Participants at the combine will be put through a series of drills, tests and interviews, with more than 600 NFL personnel from all 32 teams present, including head coaches, general managers and scouts.
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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.
Cattouse was third on the club with a career-high 75 tackles and shared the team lead in both interceptions and fumble recoveries with two each in 2011, returning his two picks for 20 yards. He also added 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and two pass breakups. Cattouse finished his career with seven interceptions that he returned for 44 yards and 17 pass breakups, while adding 185 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 2.0 sacks (-3 yards) and two fumble recoveries.
Guyton earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors while leading Cal with 5.5 sacks (-32 yards) and ranking second on the club with his 12.0 tackles for loss (-49 yards). He also co-led the squad in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries with two each. Guyton's 46 tackles were first among Cal's defensive linemen and sixth on the team overall. For his career, Guyton had 92 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss (-104 yards), 11.0 sacks (-75 yards), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown against Fresno State in the 2011 season opener.
Jones was one of the most prolific receivers in Cal history, playing in 43 games during his four seasons in Berkeley (2008-11) and making 38 starts, all of the team's games over his final three campaigns. He finished his career among Cal's all-time leaders in receiving yards (2,260, 6th), 100-yard receiving games (6, T6th), receptions (156, T7th) and receiving touchdowns (13, T8th). He also ranks tied for seventh on Cal's single-game receptions list with the 12 he recorded as a junior at Nevada. Jones led Cal in both receptions and receiving yards in 2009 and '10, as well as in touchdown receptions as a 2009 sophomore. He also finished his career with 11 rushes for 116 yards (10.5 ypr), 14 punt returns for 102 yards, 86 points, 2,488 all-purpose yards (116 rush, 2,270 receiving, 102 punt return) and four tackles. In his final collegiate season in 2011, Jones recorded career highs in receptions (62) and receiving yards (846), both second on the club behind Keenan Allen. He started all 13 games and made at least one catch in each contest to extend his streak to the final 38 games of his career. Jones earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and also picked up a spot on the ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog's all-underrated team as a senior. He added three touchdown catches to rank tied for second on the team, an average of 13.6 yards per catch that was the second-highest among the team's regular receivers and 866 all-purpose yards (22 rush, 758 receiving, 86 punt return) to rank third on the club. His final per-game averages registered ninth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards (65.08, 73rd NCAA) and 13th in receptions (4.77, T80th NCAA). Jones registered a season-high eight catches for 88 yards in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas and caught seven passes for a season-high 123 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian, including a season long catch of 51 yards. He had the first of his two 100-yard receiving games in the season opener vs. Fresno State, making five receptions for 118 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns while earning honorable mention Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.
Kendricks was Cal's most decorated player in 2011 as he earned several All-American honors during his senior campaign, including second-team recognition by Phil Steele and College Sports Madness, a third-team selection by Yahoo! Sports and an honorable mention pick from SI.com. He was also named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-conference selection after previously earning second-team all-league honors in his junior season. Kendricks played in all 13 games with 11 starts as a senior, leading the team in tackles for loss (14.5) and tackles (career-high 107), ranking third and fifth in the Pac-12 in those categories. He also co-led the squad with a pair of interceptions that he returned for a team-high 62 yards and a pair of fumbles that he returned for a team-high 33 yards, while adding 3.0 sacks and two pass breakups. Kendricks played in all 51 games possible with 29 starts during his four campaigns at Cal from 2008-11. He finished his career with 259 tackles to rank ninth on Cal's all-time list, while adding 36.5 tackles for loss (-144 yards) to miss finishing among the school's all-time leaders by one-half of a tackle for loss. He added 13.5 sacks (-98 yards), seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions that he returned for 130 yards and a touchdown, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. He also had a punt return in which he was credited with 26 punt returns yards after he blocked a punt before teammate Bryant Nnabuife picked the ball up and ran 30 yards for a score vs. Colorado State in 2008.
Schwartz earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior after starting all 13 games at left tackle in 2011, marking the fourth consecutive season he started every one of the team's contests. Schwartz finished with 51 career starts, one shy of the school record. As a senior, he anchored an offensive line that blocked for first-year starting tailback Isi Sofele, who posted the sixth-highest rushing single-season rushing total in school history with 1,322 yards, giving Cal a 1,000-yard rusher for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Schwartz was also a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic choice as a senior.
The combine is one of the key tools used by NFL teams in preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft, which will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28.
Cal has made a strong showing in the NFL Draft over the years, with 26 former Golden Bears being chosen in the first round, including the most recent selection of Cameron Jordan by the New Orleans Saints with the 24th overall pick in 2011.
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