04/30/2012 - The questions were bound to come. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith knew he would get them after the team drafted Brian Anger in the third round, the highest a punter has been drafted in over 10 years. Smith was asked why the team would take a punter so high. "You're trying to upgrade your team. When you go into the draft, you're trying to acquire players that you feel can improve the talent on your roster," Smith said. "So from my end, clearly, this was a guy that through his career at Cal, at the East-West Shrine, even at the combine, the guy's got a live leg. He's got a chance to be a very good punter in this league for a long time." Smith went on to compare Anger with Oakland Raiders standout punter Shane Lechler. "This guy (Anger) has comparable leg strength. I believe in his career he's got 72 fair catches, he's got 89 inside the twenty and he's got tremendous history as a punter at Cal as the starter. "He's got the right mind for the position and we felt like the advantage in field position certainly is an asset to our defense." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I hope I could live up to his name and the things he's done. That's what I work for. I would definitely love to become the player he has become eventually. He's amazing." - Punter Bryan Anger who the Jaguars drafted in the third round on Friday. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/2012 - P Bryan Anger, California -- The Jaguars invest to right a major misfire in 2011 free agency. Anger is the highest-graded specialist in the draft with a booming leg and could also handle kickoffs.
04/23/2012 - The first group of athletes to perform each February at the NFL combine in Indianapolis is the specialists. This year, University of California punter Bryan Anger stole the show. Booming punt after punt with exceptional hang time, Anger cemented himself as a heavy favorite to be the first specialist selected this week in the NFL draft. "He was by far the best of that bunch, that's for sure," said Rick Reiprish, the New Orleans Saints' director of college scouting. "It was outstanding." "Anger performed. I mean, he just blew it away. He was the best workout for a punter I've seen since I've been doing this." Each of the six punters booted about 15 balls. Two onlookers timing Anger said about half of his punts hung in the air for at least 5.0 seconds. He also impressed some special-teams coaches with his performance on his directional punts. Another special-teams coach said he wouldn't be surprised if Anger went as early as the third round. "It's a hard position to find, which is why they keep retreading the old guys," a third coach said. "Anger is the top guy, bar none. And he was pretty good to talk to, too. He wasn't overwhelmed by much." Just two punters in the last 14 drafts have been selected as high as the third round. The highest-drafted punter in that time frame, B.J. Sander (87th pick, 2003), was a bust with the Packers. The next highest, Dustin Colquitt (90th, 2004), has made it big in Kansas City. - Bob McGinn, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
04/23/2012 - Punters typically don't arrive at the NFL draft with a strong sense of belonging. Most often they're spectators of the event. Bryan Anger, the former three-time All-Pac-12 punter from Cal, is ready to crash the party. "I think I'm the top guy that's going to go," Anger said of his place among punters in the draft. "I'm pretty much guaranteed to get drafted." In reality, there's no such thing. Over the past six years, teams have drafted an average of only two punters per year. Just one was taken in 2011. Teams usually prefer to wait until after the draft, then sign a free agent at the position. But Anger and Cal special teams coach Jeff Genyk are convinced this year will be different. Genyk said one NFL special teams coach told him Anger is the best college punter prospect in nine years. Anger averaged 43.5 yards per punt over his career - second-best in school history - and dropped 90 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He averaged 60 yards on three punts at the East-West Shrine all-star game, and performed well at the NFL combine camp. Genyk said the quality that has NFL teams interested is Anger's ability to adjust to the situation. He said that was a key to Cal improving to seventh nationally last fall in net team punting average. "A lot of that was Bryan's willingness to not think about how far he could punt the ball, but strategically how he could punt it ... how high, hang time, away from returners," Genyk said. "I think he improved his stock with scouts. They could see he was able to modify his punts to suit the situation." - Jeff Faraudo, San Jose Mercury News
03/15/2012 - Cal Pro Day: While Cal'srelatively unheralded prospects were tearing up the turf, their more well-known players-- linebacker Mychal Kendricks, wide receiver Marvin Jones and punter Bryan Anger -- largely sat on their impressive Combine performances. Three special teams coaches were among the talent evaluators on hand for the workout. All three -- representing the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles-- appeared to be there to evaluate Anger, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated punter. Due to the rain, the coaches didn't ask Anger to kick the ball. Anger offered to kick despite the weather but was told there was "no need" based on how he performed at the East-West Shrine Game and Combine. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/28/2011 - Scouting the Cal special teams: P Bryan Anger may be the best pro prospect on the team. He was named first-team all-conference for the third time this season, after averaging 44.6 yards and adept at sticking the ball inside the 20-yard line. He will be important against Texas if he can force the Longhorns to drive a long way to score. PK Giorgio Tavecchio has been outstanding on field goals, hitting 19 of 22, but he has not been very good on extra points, missing six of 41 PATs, five of which were blocked. Tavecchio has improved his distance on kickoffs, but he still seldom gets touchbacks. Brendan Bigelow is an average kickoff return man, and Marvin Jones is a decent punt returner. - The Sports Xchange
07/09/2011 - 2011 RAY GUY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Bryan Anger, Sr., California, has been selected to the Ray Guy Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, presented to the nation's most outstanding punter by the Augusta Sports Council. The preseason list recognizes the five returning Ray Guy Award semifinalists from 2010. The number of candidates for the Ray Guy Award will grow when the award opens for nominations in mid-August, and the complete list of candidates will be released on Oct. 28. Anger enters his senior campaign having recorded 54 punts of at least 50 yards. He has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 71 occasions and forced opponents into fair catches 62 times. Overall, Anger has posted four of the 12 longest punts in school history, including a career-long 76-yarder vs. Stanford in 2008 that ranks fourth. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award in both 2008 and 2010 and has been voted the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week three times. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both 2009 and '10, Anger was also tabbed a first-team Freshman All-American in 2008. - Cal football