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Tony Gonzalez on Colin Cowherd


Tony Gonzalezhttp://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=10431413

Great interview, Tony gives his insight on Michael Sams and talks about how Cal enriched his education on and off the field at about 2:10. Makes a shout-out to the naked man/protests/homeless people. Too bad this couldn’t have been played before the 2014 recruiting class. Also says Aaron Rodgers is on the Mount Rushmore along with Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

“I loved my experience at Cal.”   – Go Bears

“One thing I learned at Berkeley is nothing is off the table.”


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Cal Alumni Football Update – Week 4


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ChrisConteChris Conte is one of nineteen NFL players to have played on every NFL snap this season. He had the interception that sealed the game, on Sunday Night Football, as well as another one during the middle of the 4th quarter which was extremely acrobatic and more than likely would have been challenged and overturned if the Bears weren’t up by 3 possessions at the time.

Alex Mack is looking for a huge payday next year. As all fantasy pundits know, Trent Richardson is gone so the holes might be harder to open on run plays. In a league where centers are starting to be recognized as being important when it comes to picking up blitzes and during audibles, the Browns are definitely fearful Mack might leave. Mack anchors a solid O-Line alone with Pro Bowler Joe Thomas and Cal Alumni Mitchell Schwartz.

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Bryan Anger unfortunately has been punting a lot for the Jaguars this year. The Jaguars beat writers have noted his punts this year have more resembled line drivers and haven’t hung as much. This allowed the Raiders to return an early kickoff and get an early touchdown against the Jaguars in a winnable game. However Anger did make the Sporting News best under 25 list.

Jeremy Ross was cut by the Packers because of a key fumble early in the game against Cincinnati which put the Packers down 14 before Aaron Rodgers even touched the ball. I’m sure Jeremy can find himself back on some roster especially if a GM remembers this highlight or this one.


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[Alumni] Jason A. W.’s Post NFL Draft Random Thoughts


Marvin Jones will be coming out of smoke in striped orange and black in the near future.

Just like that, the 2012 NFL draft has come and gone. There were a record number of deals on day 1, followed by a ton of surprise picks in day 2 (one notably, Bryan Anger by the Jacksonville Jaguars at pick #70), then a whole gang of Cal Bears picked up in day 3 followed by free agency.

- I’d like to take a section to post on commending the Colts for making the right choice and taking Andrew Luck #1. There seemed to be a huge steam and bandwagon building for Robert Griffin III after a Heisman season capped with that 67 point swiss knife through butter thrashing of Washington’s defense which lead to the firing of Nick Holt. The case I kept hearing for RGIII was #1 Big XII was a better conference than the Pac-12 last year (not going to disagree) and #2 the “mobile” quarterback and the “new era” of having a QB’s feet be a weapon. The Big XII hasn’t been stellar product lately producing quarterbacks in the early rounds (Colt McCoy, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman).   Furthermore, last I checked, the most freakish and physically gifted quarterbacks (Michael Vick and Vince Young) still haven’t been able to advance their teams past the Conference Championship game. We are still a throwing/QB driven league. Yes, Aaron Rodgers and Big Ben are mobile. But mobile enough just to keep plays extended. I wouldn’t say there are too many drawn up run plays for them. In addition, I would say Luck is pretty mobile himself and strong (just ask Sean Cattouse) and his combine measurable compares more favorably to Cam Newton than RGIII’s. I hope Sam Bradford and Luck’s story prove to seniors, staying an extra year won’t necessarily damage your stock unless you have dis-functional franchises such as the Redskins or Raiders picking first.

- I’m excited to see Mitchell Schwartz line up with Alex Mack and create stellar running holes for Trent Richardson. The offensive line did wonders for the Browns 2 years ago making a huge name out of Peyton Hillis.

- Mychal Kendricks will get a great chance to start immediately for the Eagles joining Nnamdi in what should be a much improved Eagle’s defense. The linebacking core for the Eagles is no doubt still small (Casey Matthews, Clay’s “little” brother, started for the Eagles last year). Kendricks is a bit under-sized but plays with a huge motor and intensity and I believe he will represent the Pac-12 player of the year well.

- I feel happy for Bryan Anger to be drafted in the 3rd round. But I feel bad in the sense all the experts/gurus/writers out there will be slamming Jacksonville again for drafting another Cal player (remember Tebow vs. Alualu two years ago? I am curious on how well Tyson will do in a 3rd season healthy). 3rd round is probably a bit high for a punter, but I would love to see Anger boot a bunch of 70 yard punts for what will likely be a struggling Jags’ offense this coming year.

- Marvin Jones will have a great opportunity as a #2 receiver in Cincinnati. Jones would play opposite of rookie sensation A.J. Green. Rotoworld believes Jones should beat out the field.

 


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[Alumni] Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz make appearance on Todd McShay’s Big Board


Hope to see these guys get their names called Friday (or maybe even Thursday!). Best of luck guys and go Bears!

Mychal appears as the #3 ILB on the board

Mitchell would be a great 2nd or 3rd round steal for a team in need of an Offensive Tackle.

Mychal links:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20456067/ex-cal-star-mychal-kendricks-believes-he-measures

http://www.thereporter.com/localsports/ci_20459168/small-cal-linebacker-ready-do-big-things

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-04-01/mychal-kendricks-nfl-draft-2012-linebackers-cal

Mitchell links:

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/04/17/draft-spotlight-cal-ot-mitchell-schwartz/

http://ebonybird.com/2012/04/24/setting-the-talent-board-for-the-draft/


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[Alumni] Cal Bears Rising in NFL 2012 Draft


It’s almost draft time. While there doesn’t appear to be any Bears likely to sneak into the first round, (our three year streak: Alex Mack, Tyson Alualu/Jahvid Best, Cameron Jordan is likely over) Cal will likely have a handful of 2nd day picks, as well as several late round picks who could compete early for playing time.

Marvin Jones works out in Indianapolis at the NFL combines

Marvin Jones has had favorable comparisons to another former Cal Bear’s (DeSean Jackson) teammate, Jeremy Maclin. Jones has been commented as “having a big catch radius” and here’s a good in depth draft review. Marvin has been rumored and targeted by many teams including the: Patriots, Niners, and Texans.

Mychal Kendricks is soaring up the draft boards. Kendricks was originally projected as a 4th or 5th round grade earlier in the season, but his high motor/speed and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award has definitely helped his cause to rise into the 1st round range. Kendricks might be a bit small for MLB, so a move to OLB could be possible, especially in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Mychal has visited the Ravens (Ray Lewis replacement?), Steelers, and Rams in recent weeks.

Mitchell Schwartz had a good article written about him by the Washington Post. There’s a lot of Schwartz to Redskins rumblings. Remember, the Redskins gave up a ton to get RGIII, so any of their remaining picks comes at an absolute premium! Mitchell has also had ties to the Falcons, Rams, and Texans.

Bryan Anger has been rumored to get drafted by the Broncos, Panthers, and Rams. It would be nice to see Bryan slip into the 5th round (high for a punter). It’s good to see Anger’s two shanks in the Holiday Bowl hasn’t hurt his draft status.

D.J. Campbell is receiving heavy praise and flying under the radar as a safety prospect. Campbell has had two authors tout him as a potential draft day steal and has worked out with the Chargers since excelling at Cal’s pro day.


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Bad News Bears


The reaction and feeling of many Golden Bear fans after the events this weekend

After Green Bay’s elimination, Cal fans were left very little to cheer about in terms of alumni who are still left to play for the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis. Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop were the latest “pair” of Cal alumni teammates to be eliminated (Cam Jordan/Brian De La Puente, Tony Gonzalez/Thomas DeCoud) which leaves the only Bears left in the playoffs to be Shane Vereen and the injured Andre Carter for the SpyGate Hatriots (can you imagine the ESPN coverage if Tom Brady wins a 4th Super Bowl?). I do feel bad for Aaron as he is left wondering what could have been if wide receivers had run their routes and caught the balls they were suppose to and he’s left with only a one-loss regular season to hang his hat. (Sound a bit like 2004?)

Of course the big news of the weekend was the loss of Tosh Lupoi, the 2010 ESPN Recruiter of the Year, towards the Huskies in the Northwest. Tosh didn’t do us any favors by leaving 2 weeks before National Signing Day, but there have been a lot of recruits including Bryce Treggs, Zach Kline, and Steven Moore who have remained faithful to #Calgang and the school instead of the coach. Unfortunately, social media giant Twitter has been reporting Ellis McCarthy of Monrovia who had committed to Cal during the All-American Bowl has flipped to UCLA and Arik Armstead has eliminated Cal from his choices. Personally I don’t either is that big of a loss considering how deep and full Tosh left the DLine cupboard and Arik’s steadfast determination to play defense. But we do have some nervous moments as 2012 prized recruit Shaq Thompson is now considered 50/50 and two of his and his brother’s biggest recruiters (Justin Wilcox and Tosh Lupoi) are not relegated to Seattle.

Why did Tosh leave? It seems puzzling considering he still will be a DLine coach and it seems a lateral movement at best. Of course, his presumed $500,000 public salary, combined with the fact booster donations and matching gifts are probably more at UDub than at Cal contributed to a much greener pasture in the Northwest. Clancy didn’t appear as if he was leaving anytime soon, which would block any upward mobility for Tosh. Pendergast was making $264,000, and Tosh was making approximately half of that. Even though reportedly Tedford asked the now much maligned Sandy Barbour to give Tosh a raise, it would cause a huge domino affect as she would have to raise everybody on the coaching staff which in total would cost up the 2 million. Could a DLine coach make more than the Defensive Coordinator? Can you justify raising the salary of the ENTIRE coaching staff of a team who went 5-7 two years ago and 7-6 the past year after investing many millions in just a new stadium? And of course there was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KzThMLSB44 incident which Lupoi fell on the sword and took a suspension from the NCAA which he might still have bitter feeling towards.

The good news this weekend? Darron Thomas left for the NFL, so the +20 versus the Ducks in Berkeley might look appetizing this year.


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[NFL 2011 Wild Card Weekend] – Cal Alumni News


Aaron Rodgers watches on as Matt Flynn starts against the Lions in week 17

Aaron Rodgers talks about his favorite pre-game rituals. The ghost of Aaron Rodgers lives on in the Bay Area as he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Arod doesn’t feel as if the off-week plus the layoff will hurt Green Bay in their game against the Giants as he took advantage of the down time to join a fraternity and go to State Farm Insurance for a second discount double check.

Thomas DeCoud was disappointed in the Falcons’ secondary and its performance against the New York Giants last week. AJC reports DeCoud, who is a free agent, will likely not be resigned giving him a chance to test free agency. Thomas also made an interesting comparison of Victor Cruz.

Cameron Jordan looks for more moments like this on Saturday at Candlestick.

Brian De La Puenete received great reviews for his performance against the Lions on Saturday, while fellow Bear Cameron Jordan, did not fare as well. Brian received additional great praise here, but was called a “weak link” by a Bay Area newspaper. Another good article here written about Brian from his high school newspaper.

Tony Gonzalez is still searching for his first playoff win. If there’s a silver lining, he has been a pioneer of sorts for Hispanic football players while being the modern Godfather for tight ends.


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[NFL 2011 Regular Season Week 17] – Cal Alumni News


Ryan Longwell attempts a field goal against the Bears Sunday at the Metrodome

Ryan Longwell kicked himself into second all time in Minnesota’s scoring history after his field goal Sunday. Longwell did an interview last week with Minnesota announcers, talking about what it has been like to be so close to having an opportunity to kick a game winning NFC Championship field goal just 2 years ago, to now finishing 3-13. Longwell’s job as a placekicker is harder than most as he has to prepare kicking off to Devin Hester and now Randall Cobb 4 times a year as well.

Nnamdi Asomugha doesn’t regret choosing the Eagles over the Jets this offseason. Nnamdi believes the Eagles are going in the right direction building towards success next season.  Asomugha and teammate DeSean Jackson also received high praise from Darrelle Revis a couple weeks back.

Tony Gonzalez hauls in a catch against the Saints

Tony Gonzalez inked a 1 year extension with the Falcons on Monday even though he was speculating retirement if the NFL lockout didn’t end this season. Gonzo has been too focused on chasing his first playoff win to look back on his career which includes yet another trip to Hawaii this offseason.

Mike Gibson signed an extension to remain with the Seakhawks next season. Gibson was actually released earlier this season, but persevered to make the NFL roster again. The improved Seattle offensive line’s contribution to Marshawn Lynch’s resurgence hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Ron Rivera looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ron Rivera has enjoyed great success as a first year head coach and has found ways to put rookie Cam Newton into situations where he can prosper. Ron credited his psychology degree from Cal as what helped him get through his first season. He sat down recently with the Charlotte Observer to reflect on his first year and how he has extremely high expectations going into next season.

Lorenzo Alexander received a Pro Bowl invitation after public support from his coach Mike Shanahan for his role on the Redskins’ special teams. Lorenzo lost his starting linebacker job this season, but will train in Mixed Martial Arts this offseason in an attempt to cut weight. Alexander has worn many different hats during his time with the Redskins including being a liaison for the players during the lockout which won him the Media Good Guy Award this season.


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2011 NFL Season Cal Alumni SNF Introductions


Nnamdi Asomugha introduces himself on Sunday Night Football against the Falcons during week 2 of the NFL season.


Week 1 (Thursday): New Orleans vs. Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers – “California”

Desmond Bishop – “San Francisco City College”

Cameron Jordan – “U.C. Berkeley”

Week 2 (Sunday): Philadelphia vs. Atlanta

DeSean Jackson – “California”

Tony Gonzalez – “University of California”

Nnamdi Asomugha – “Narbonne High School and U.C. Berkeley”

*Thomas DeCoud did not start*

Week 5 (Sunday): Green Bay vs. Atlanta

Tony Gonzalez – “University of California”

Desmond Bishop – “San Francisco City College”

Aaron Rodgers – “California”

Thomas DeCoud – “THE University of California”

Week 6 (Sunday): Minnesota vs. Chicago

Chris Conte – “Cal”

Week 7 (Sunday): Indianapolis vs. New Orleans

Cameron Jordan – “U.C. Berkeley

Brian De La Puente – “Cal Berkeley”

Week 8 (Sunday): Dallas vs. Philadelphia

DeSean Jackson – “California”

Nnamdi Asomugha – “Narbonne High School and U.C. Berkeley”

Week 10 (Sunday): New England vs. New York

Andre Carter – “Cal Berkeley”

Week 11 (Sunday): Philadelphia vs. New York

DeSean Jackson – “California”

Nnamdi Asomugha – “Narbonne High School and U.C. Berkeley”

Week 13 (Sunday): Detroit vs. New Orleans

Brian De La Puente – “Cal Berkeley”

Cameron Jordan – “U.C. Berkeley

Week 16 (Sunday): Chicago v s. Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers – “California”

Desmond Bishop – “San Francisco City College”

*Chris Conte is on IR*


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[NFL 2011 Regular Season Week 16] – Cal Alumni News


Is it the shoes??

As Spike Lee would say, "is it the shoes?"

Marshawn Lynch has been sporting new skittles cleats which he claims give him superpowers. Beast Mode snapped San Francisco’s season streak of not allowing a rushing TD and was able to top 100 yards which was the first against the Niners since 2009. Lynch rewarded fantasy owners who started him in their Fantasy Football Finals and it will be a hot topic if he resigns with the SeaChickens in the offseason.

DeSean Jackson caught 5 passes for 90 yards against the Cowboys to cap off a quiet, but effective game even though the Eagles knew ahead of time they were eliminated from playoff contention. Jackson realizes that next year is out of his control but he definitely wants return an Eagle next season. One possibility has Jackson going to Buffalo of all places? But needless to say, his punt returning skills itself still gives the Giants nightmares.

Cal hopes to do this to Texas QBs 2 days from now....legally of course

Alex Mack has been sticking up for his quarterback , Colt McCoy, and has accused Steeler’s James Harrison of headhunting. Cleveland’s offense has been terrible which might hurt Mack’s and Pro Bowler Joe Thomas’ stock as they approach free agency as they are rumored to file a lawsuit against the Browns? Mack has set a precedence for interior linemen to be drafted in the first round, as Stanford’s David DeCastro looks to be another first round interior lineman in the 2012 NFL draft as Mack and the Pouncey brothers were the years before.

Cameron Morrah looks be active in the Seattle community as he helped honor a sixth grade teacher for her continual excellence and ability to teach kids, as she was nominated for the Seattle Seahawk’s MVP award for teachers. On the field, Morrah hasn’t caught a lot of balls, but has been instrumental in big touchdown plays against the Niners, the Rams, and Eagles – which included a big block against NFL sack leader Jason Babins.

Thomas DeCoud reacts after an inteception

Thomas DeCoud is determined not to have Drew Brees break the single season passing record against the Falcon’s tonight on Monday Night Football. DeCoud feels as if the much maligned Falcon’s secondary is finally coming together as he collected another interception last week on Thursday Night Football, albeit against the lowly Jaguars.

Shane Verren talks to Boston columnist Mike Reiss. Verren has been battling a hamstring injury throughout the season, but will look to see a portion of the workload come playoff time.

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