By David Seawright on April 27, 2011 10:09 AM
Former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has made quite the name for himself heading into this week's NFL Draft.
The soon-to-be Berkeley alum is expected to go in the first round on Thursday night, extending a streak of first-rounders from Cal that includes Tyson Alualu (2010), Jahvid Best (2010), Alex Mack (2009), and Marshawn Lynch (2007).
(We should note that All-Pro wide receiver and return man Desean Jackson somehow slipped out of the first round in 2008, being picked up by the Eagles in the second round. Plenty of teams are certainly regretting that move now.)
Calbears.com will be hosting Cal NFL Draft Central for Thursday's first round and the Bear Blog will be functioning as an NFL Draft blog for the weekend.
We also will host Candid Cam, where Cameron Jordan will offer Bear Blog readers an inside look at the life of a first round prospect waiting for his name to be called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Needless to say, for all of your NFL draft coverage regarding former Golden Bears, this is the place to be. At least Cam Jordan will be here.
By David Seawright on April 13, 2011 9:22 AM
Last night the International House on the east side of the Berkeley campus was overtaken by Cal athletes past and present adorned in their zebra-striped varsity sweaters. The Big C Society hosted the banquet in honor of this year's graduating seniors.
This particular class of athletes, according to athletic director Sandy Barbour, delivered eight national titles for the Bears, 46 more individual titles and countless Pac-10, MPSF and Nor-Pac crowns as well.
"You were part of arguably the most successful era in Cal sports history," said Barbour from the lectern. "Our primary message to you is one of thanks, as your accomplishments were nothing short of remarkable. We recognize that these achievements came as a result of much sacrifice."
Along with Barbour, pole vaulter Allison Stokke and Nathan Adrian, Cal swimming's resident Olympic gold medalist, addressed the crowd. The special guest speaker was none other than Joe Starkey, who you might recognize as the voice behind this call.
While the banquet was recognizing the finish of an era of Cal athletics, not all of the athletes are done competing for the blue and gold.
"I had five minutes to get dressed after practice today," golfer Pia Halbig said. "We leave for the Pac-10 Championships this weekend."
Even still, there was much to celebrate last night as yet another group of student athletes prepares to graduate from what Barbour described as "the preeminent public university in the nation."
You can see photos from the event below.
Athletes past and present, including these members of the 2011 rugby team, wore their zebra-striped varsity sweaters to the event.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour addressing the banquet just before dinner.
Host Chris Carpenter was a man of many outfits on the night, including this shirt celebrating the reinstatement of Cal baseball.
He also celebrated the achievements of the Cal rugby team.
National champion and Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian served as one of the student speakers on the night.
By David Seawright on April 11, 2011 3:05 PM
As promised, we are set to announce the winners of last week's caption contest right here on the Bear Blog. After much deliberation, our decision has been made.
The following comment, submitted by wevegottheaxe68 was deemed hilarious, but after some in depth investigative journalism, sources have confirmed to us that this particular person is indeed a current student athlete at Cal.
While his entry, "Nathan Adrian doesn't need tiger blood, he needs only Bear Blood to fuel his domination" was thoroughly enjoyable, NCAA compliance does not allow for current offensive lineman Mark Brazinski to be rewarded the championship prize.
Instead, GoBears91's caption, "To be fair, in the future Cal should be made to swim up hill" will take home the grand prize of $25 to the faculty club here on campus because the absurdity of the caption is equal to the absurdity of the Bears' margin of victory.
The two runner-ups, who will receive an official Cal pennant, were Ken Go Bears, with "The Cal Men's Swim Team BEARly has any competition! Nathan Adrian BLUE past the competition for the GOLD!" and Troy Smith - and I hope this is actually Troy Smith - who delivered some enjoyable dry humor with this: "Either we are really far behind, or this is just embarrassing. Go Bears."
The three winners will be notified by email. Thank you to all who participated. If you didn't win this time around, fear not - plenty more giveaways are still to come on the Bear Blog.
By David Seawright on April 11, 2011 10:44 AM
With Cal football's spring practice schedule in full swing, the Bears are left only to reminisce about the relaxing days of spring break and the time when finals weren't looming over the horizon.
Today, we're going to make that a bit easier as we take preseason All-American punter Bryan Anger, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio and former offensive lineman Todd Huber back to their trip to Italy last month.
As is no secret, Tavecchio is a native Italian from Milan who returns to his homeland whenever he has the opportunity to do so. Never before, however, had he taken a teammate with him back to Italy to provide a firsthand tour of his native country.
Anger, Huber and Tavecchio left for Italy on March 18 and spent a week touring Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. By all accounts they ate impressively and saw as many Italian landmarks as possible.
We sat down with Tavecchio to discuss the trip, but once the senior starts talking about Italy it's tough to keep up. So instead we have for you photos of their week-long stay in Europe. Check those out below.
Tavecchio's aunt and uncle hosted the three Cal students in when they arrived in Milan.
Tavecchio's grandfather avidly supports the Bears all the way from Italy, as is obvious in his shop.
Here Tavecchio is climbing the steps of St. Peter's Dome in Rome.
Huber (left) and Anger (right) joined Tavecchio at the Colusseum.
Family friends in Rome were thanked for their hospitality with Cal gear and a signed ball.
The three football players met up with three of Cal's soccer players: Danielle Brunache, Kaitlin Paletta and Emily Shibata (left to right).
By David Seawright on April 7, 2011 2:00 PM
It's been a good couple of months for former Cal football player and current Green Bay Packer Desmond Bishop.
Bishop was a key contributor to the Packers' 2010-2011 Super Bowl winning season, culminating with a crucial fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of the biggest game his career (fast forward to the 5:45 mark of this video to see the highlight).
Today, the former Golden Bear was honored in a different way - on the floor of the California State Assembly by Mariko Yamada, the representative of California' 8th Assembly District, which includes Bishop's hometown of Fairfield. You can read the entire story here.
By David Seawright on March 19, 2011 8:13 AM
The week that Cal students have now been dreaming of for weeks has finally arrived - spring break has overtaken Berkeley.
While many of the Bears that are in season will remain on campus for the week, many more will travel around the country for competition and around the world for pleasure.
For example, Lauren Loerch, a freshman outside hitter on the volleyball team, leaves this morning for the Dominican Republic for a service trip.
Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, meanwhile, is taking punter Bryan Anger back to his home land for the week and will be showing the Camarillo, California native around Italy.
And Elly Barrett, a sophomore on the volleyball team, returned home to Austin, Texas where she will be on hand watching the women's swim team look to capture an NCAA Championship this evening. (Cal leads Georgia 295 to 274.5 entering the final day of competition.)
All four of these Cal athletes will be sending us pictures from their different activities, meaning you'll be able to be a part of their spring breaks even if you get no such week off yourself.
As for myself, I am in the nation's capital to start of the week but will be keeping my eyes on the Bears around the country throughout the week. Meaning that while I may not blog quite as much over the next week, plenty of information will be going out to the world via Twitter.
So keep your eyes on the Bear Blog and all of its social media entities throughout the week and we'll be back in full swing when school resumes.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 5:15 PM
Projected first-round pick Cameron Jordan did not participate in any measurable drills at Cal's Pro Day this morning, however he did take part in position drills and then joined us to talk about his day. Here's what he had to say.
Note: This footage will be edited into a full video feature to be posted later this week on the Bear Blog.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 4:46 PM
Former Cal running back Shane Vereen followed up a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, which included 31 reps of the bench press at 225 pounds (the second highest total among running backs), by participating in position drills at today's Pro Day.
Vereen joined us after the day was over to talk about his performance and the NFL Draft process. Here's what he had to say.
Note: This footage will be edited into a full video feature to be posted later this week on the Bear Blog.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 4:05 PM
As 17 former Cal football players showcased their talents on the field and in the weight room in an effort to prove their ability to play at the next level, many of these players also got a taste of NFL-caliber media attention.
A large group of reporters questioned many of the former Golden Bears, including projected first-round pick and defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, quarterback Kevin Riley, running back Shane Vereen and linebacker Mike Mohamed. Check out a few photos from earlier this afternoon.
Cameron Jordan answers questions from the media following his Pro Day performance.
Kevin Riley laughs at the questions from the congregated media members.
Shane Vereen speaks with numerous local media members.
Mike Mohamed, one of the first players to conclude drills, speaks to reporters on Witter Rugby Field.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 3:45 PM
For the former Cal players like wide receiver and return man Jeremy Ross who did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine, today's Pro Day was the biggest opportunity to audition in front of NFL scouts. Ross made the most of his opportunity.
One scout told us that Ross "really helped himself today." He was clocked at as low as 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and added an impressive 39 inch vertical leap and a 4.15 run in the 20-yard shuttle.
The scout spoke very highly of Ross' athletic ability and was impressed with his performance both in the weight room and on the field. He was optimistic that Ross' considerable physical abilities would translate well to the next level.
Here are some photos of Ross from throughout the morning.
Ross takes off for the broad jump.
Ross is captured midair during the broad jump.
Ross sticks the landing of his broad jump this morning.
Ross runs through the finish of his 40-yard dash, which was clocked as low as 4.39 seconds.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 3:13 PM
Former Cal cornerback Bryant Nnabuife may have opened the eyes of NFL talent evaluators today with an impressive 40 inch vertical leap, as well as posting 10 foot 2 inch broad jump and a 20-yard shuttle timed as low as 4.06 seconds.
Said one scout immediately following Nnabuife's vertical, "Now I have to go watch some tape." If he managed to capture the attention of NFL scouts, Nnabuife, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, certainly had a successful day.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 2:20 PM
The Pro Day held at Witter Rugby Field and at the adjacent weight lifting facility offered 17 Cal football alumni an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a large group of congregated NFL scouts from more than 25 NFL teams.
With the NFL Draft rapidly approaching in late April, today's events played a role in the evaluation of each former Golden Bear. And while four players - Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen, Mike Mohamed and Chris Conte - already worked out for scouts at the NFL combine just weeks ago, many more athletes had an opportunity to audition for the next level.
The day began with each player filling out necessary paperwork before having their hands, arms, and wingspan measured as well as their height and weight recorded. Here are some photos from this portion of the morning, with many more to come.
Offensive lineman Richard Fisher fills out his paper work prior to today's Pro Day.
Shane Vereen (seated) sits on the floor of the weight room while filling out paperwork.
Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan gets his arm measured by NFL scouts.
Cameron Jordan's arm span is analyzed by scouts as well.
Wide receiver and return man Jeremy Ross has his hand measured.
Running back Shane Vereen is measured while a host of scouts looks on.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 11:45 AM
The former Cal football players performing in front of NFL scouts at today's Pro Day have finished the measurable drills portion of the morning on Witter Rugby Field.
After working out in front of talent evaluators earlier in the weight room, this year's NFL prospects moved outside to run the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and 3 cone drill.
As we promised earlier, we'll be back later with full coverage of the morning including results, photos, and on-camera videos with some of the athletes. Until then, keep up with the Bear Blog on Twitter for updates.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 10:29 AM
The group of former Cal football players, including prospects Cameron Jordan and Shane Vereen, have concluded the weight room portion of the 2011 Pro Day in front of NFL Scouts.
The former Golden Bears will now move out to Witter Rugby field to run a 40-yard dash and complete other measurable drills to be evaluated prior to April's NFL Draft.
Each player had his hand size, arm length and wing span measured, as well as his height and weight taken to start of the day. They then had the option of performing in the vertical leap, broad jump and bench press at 225 pounds.
Check back with the Bear Blog throughout the day for more in-depth coverage, including exclusive photos and results from the morning. Until then, follow us on Twitter for further information from Pro Day.
By David Seawright on March 9, 2011 9:00 AM
Today a group of former Cal players, including notable 2010 performers Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen and Mike Mohamed, will work out for a group of NFL scouts at this years Pro Day at Witter Rugby Field and the temporary weight room above Memorial Stadium.
The morning session will begin with weight lifting before the former Bears will run, jump and complete ball drills on the field to prove their worth heading into the 2011 NFL Draft to be held in April.
While Jordan, Vereen and Mohamed, along with safety Chris Conte, worked out in front of scouts at the NFL combine two weeks ago in Indianapolis, today's event offers many more former Cal players an opportunity to showcase their talents in quest of continuing their football careers at the next level.
Needless to say, the Bear Blog will be offering you exclusive coverage of the event from inside the weight room and on the field. Keep it here all morning for results, photos and video updates.
By Anton Malko on October 9, 2010 10:18 AM
The Golden Bears took their March to Victory through the North Tunnel onto the field at Memorial Stadium and came together at midfield for a meeting. California faces UCLA at Homecoming and the Joe Roth Memorial Game at 12:30.
To show our thanks for your loyal dedication, all 2010 Cal Football season ticket holders that purchased prior to July 19th received vouchers good for a commemorative Memorial Stadium pin. The vouchers are attached to the side of your tickets within the ticket booklet you received, one per season ticket owned.
This one of a kind collector's item is a great memento honoring the stadium built in 1923 which represents the beauty of the Berkeley campus, Cal Football, Golden Bear alums and the Bay Area community.
If you have not exchanged your voucher for a pin yet, you can do so by visiting the Gameday Merchandising Booths in the North Food Court - behind section WW and the West Food Court - behind section G at any of the remaining 2010 home football games.
Remember, you must have your voucher present to receive a commemorative pin. If you have questions please contact the Cal Athletics Marketing office at (510) 642-2444.
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