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Bryan Anger

| | College: California
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With NFL teams often getting just as much "bang for their buck" in signing specialists after the draft as they do in spending an actual pick on them, many clubs struggle with the idea of dedicating a valuable draft pick on a punter or kicker.

Anyone who has watched Bryan Anger reverse the field for Cal over the past four years, however, certainly wouldn't quibble with an NFL investing a draft selection in him. For a team well known known for producing quality running backs, receivers and defensive linemen, one could make the argument that Anger has been Cal's most consistent weapon since 2008.

Anger, who only took up punting his junior season in high school, has combination of size, athleticism, work ethic and pure leg talent that every special teams coach is begging to work with. He has the second highest punt average in school history and possesses three of the seven best seasons ever enjoyed at Cal. Anger earned First Team all-conference honors three consecutive seasons to finish his career and though his statistics were less impressive in 2011 as Cal experimented with more rugby style punts to aid inexperienced blockers, he was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards as the nation's elite punter as a senior.

Characterized by some close to the Cal program as an even better talent than former standout Nic Harris -- an 11-year NFL veteran currently playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars -- Anger is the elite punting prospect in the 2012 draft and well worth a Day Three draft selection. Whether he is ultimately drafted or signed as a free agent, he has the talent and work ethic to enjoy a long professional career.


Strengths: Good athleticism for the position. Played three sports (football, baseball, basketball) in high school and was a wide receiver as well as specialist in high school. Possesses excellent leg strength and the ability to send booming kicks deep and high to flip the field. Angles the ball towards the sideline, often pinning opponents deep into one corner to make covering the kick easier on his teammates. Possesses very good touch on his punts resulting in an impressive 72 fair catches and 89 punts downed inside the 20 yard line against just 22 touchbacks, including just four (in 46 attempts) in 2011. Varies his drop, placement to alter the trajectory of the ball, resulting in spirals, end over end and balls wobbling horizontally to get different bounces from the ball once they hit the ground to give his teammates the best opportunity to pin the opponent deep. Along with his raw leg strength and quick drop to kick time, hang time is Anger's best trait. Has consistently had a 4.5 second hang time throughout much of his career, though that mark was a bit lower in 2011 as Cal asked him to punt more from the rugby style presumably due to problems with protection. Consistently has a 1.20-1.25 drop to kick time. Has shortened his approach from a three step to two step approach. Has had just two punts blocked (out of 246 attempts) over his career. Very committed to his craft. Has redefined his punting technique, shaving a step and nearly half a second from his drop and kick. Characterized by Cal coaches as "scientific" about his preparation and improvement. No known off-field issues. Is Cal's holder on field goals and PATs. Showed his toughness playing through a partially-torn MCL in his right knee in 2008 season-opener (Michigan State). Wore a brace for four games and played through the injury.


Developed the ability to punt with a rugby style in 2011, though he remains more inconsistent when punting with this style than his traditional form to this point. Willing in punt return support, but isn't especially aggressive or athletic in coverage. Has just three tackles over his career.

Career Notes

The second player in Cal history to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive seasons (2009-11), joining Alex Mack (2006-08) as the only other Cal player with the same distinction … also won the J. Scott Duncan Award as Cal's Most Valuable Special Teams Player for the same three seasons … named the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 seasons … played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter over the last four seasons to equal the most by any active Golden Bear player during the period, posting a 43.5 average that ranks second all-time at the school behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87) … holds Cal's single-season record for punt average with the 45.6 yards per punt he posted as a junior in 2010 … boasts three of the top six seasons ever by a punter in Cal history, adding a 44.2 average in 2011 that is fifth and a 43.1 average in 2008 that is sixth … totaled 11,094 yards on 255 punts, including 72 boots of 50 or more yards.

Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 90 occasions and forced opponents to make fair catches 75 times … has 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 … averaged 40.0 yards per punt or more in a game 39 times, while averaging 50.0 yards per punt or more on six occasions … had at least one punt of 50 or more yards in a game on 38 occasions … a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter twice in 2008 and '10 as well as on the watch list in each of his four collegiate campaigns … selected the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week three times, earning the honor once each in 2008, '09 and '10 … contributed three career tackles.

2011 Season

A first-team All-Pac-12 selection that was honored with first-team all-conference recognition for the third straight year … also a first-team All-Pac-12 choice of College Sports Madness, the ESPN Pac-12 Blog and Phil Steele, while Yahoo! Sports had him on its second team … added Cal's J. Scott Duncan Award for the squad's Most Valuable Player on Special Teams … ranked No. 13 nationally and third in the Pac-12 with a 44.25 yard per punt average that was the fifth-best single-season average all-time at Cal … had 18 punts of 50 or more yards as well as 19 in which he has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line and 13 in which opponents have been forced to make fair catches, including 11 of those over his past six contests … had at least one punt of 50 or more yards in 11 of 13 games, including nine in a row at one point … 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 … also had a season-long 64-yarder, pinned the Bruins inside their 20-yard line a career-high-tying three times, forced two fair catches and had a season-high-tying three punts of 50 or more yards … had earlier been selected as an honorable mention Punter Performer of the Week by the CFPA three times after his performances against Colorado (4-204-season-high 51.0), Washington (3-149-49.7) and Utah (5-231-46.2) … averaged at least 41.2 yards per punt in 11 of 13 games, also meeting that standard against Arizona State (2-98-49.0), Presbyterian (2-98-49.0), Oregon (6-268-44.7), Stanford (2-87-43.5) USC (4-171-42.8), in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas (7-295-42.1) when he added a season-high-tying three punts of 50 or more yards, and Washington State 4-165-41.2).

The only games he averaged fewer than 41.2 yards per punt came vs. Oregon State (3-118-39.3) and Fresno State (6-213-35.5) … had a season-long or season-long-tying punt in four consecutive games, starting with a 59-yarder at Oregon, then hitting one 61 yards vs. USC, 62 yards vs. Utah and 64 at UCLA … added his fourth 60-yarder of the season and in as many game by hitting one exactly 60 yards on his first punt vs. Washington State … an honorable mention midseason All-American and second-team All-Pac-12 choice according to Phil Steele … an official candidate for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter but was not selected as a semifinalist … one of five players named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award … named a third-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele and an honorable mention selection of GoDaddy.com … also on the preseason watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Elite Punter Trophy he eventually won … was an early season candidate for additional national honors, including the Campbell Trophy often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" and the Lowe's Senior Class Award … selected by Athlon prior to the season as the nation's No. 3 punter, while Steele had him as the No. 3 draft-eligible punter … a consensus first-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection according to Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News and Steele … named as one of Cal's "Players to Watch" by Lindy's before the beginning of the season.

2010 Season

A first-team All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive season after breaking a 23-year-old single-season Cal school record with a 45.6 yard punting average in 2010 to rank second in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally … became only the second Cal punter to earn all-conference honors in two consecutive seasons, with Nick Harris' back-to-back All-Pac-10 selections in 1999 and 2000 the only other … a second-time Ray Guy Award semifinalist … won a pair of team awards, picking up the J. Scott Duncan Award as the Most Valuable Player on special teams and the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Game on offense … averaged at least 41.0 yards per punt in all 12 contests … had a career-high 24 punts of 50+ yards in 2010, including a season-long 71-yarder against Stanford that was his third career 70-yard-plus punt against the Cardinal … pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on 21 occasions and forced the opposition into 21 fair catches … had at least one 50-yard punt and pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in 11 of 12 games, with the only exception for both coming at Nevada … had a single-game career-high average of 54.3 yards per punt against Stanford … averaged 50.4 yards against UCLA on Oct. 9 and was named the National Punter Performer of the Week by the CFPA as well as the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week … an honorable mention CFPA Punter Performer of the Week after his performances vs. Colorado (4 punts, 193 yards, 48.2 ypp, 66 long), vs. Arizona State (5 punts, 239 yards, 47.8 ypp, 58 long), at Washington State (5 punts, 238 yards, 47.6 ypp, 53 long) and vs. Stanford (3 punts, 163 yards, 54.3 ypp, 71 long) … punted a career-high-tying eight times three times at Oregon State (8 punts, 347 yards, 43.4 ypp, 61 long) for the third consecutive season, vs. Oregon (8 punts, 349 yards, 43.6 ypp, 57 long) and vs. Washington (8 punts, 343 yards, 42.9 ypp, 56 long) … had an unassisted tackle at Washington State and an assisted tackle vs. Stanford … earned several preseason honors, including a third-team All-American selection (Phil Steele) and honorable mention All-American recognition (College Football Insiders, NationalChamps.net), as well as a unanimous first-team All-Pac-10 choice by the four major preseason magazines (Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Sporting News) … also a preseason favorite for the College Football Performance Awards Punter Trophy … selected as the nation's No. 4 draft-eligible punter by Phil Steele, while Lindy's listed him as the nation's No. 5 punter and also had him as one of Cal's Players to Watch.

2009 Season

An honorable mention All-American choice according to College Football Insiders and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, both for the first time in his career … finished the season with a 41.5 yards per punt average to rank fourth in the Pac-10 on 69 punts, including 14 of 50+ yards and 24 that pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line … forced opponents into 24 fair catches … twice a College Football Performance Awards Punter Performer of the Week after games at UCLA and Arizona State, and once the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week following his outing against the Bruins, when he averaged 50.0 yards on seven punts, including a season-long 72-yarder … averaged a career-high 53.0 yards per punt vs. the Sun Devils and pinned ASU inside its 20-yard line on three occasions … pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in 12 of 13 contests … averaged 40.0 yards or more in eight of 13 contests … had at least one punt of 50 or more yards seven times.

Booted his second-longest punt of the year with a 60-yarder at Minnesota … punted a career-high-tying eight times against Oregon State for the second consecutive season, averaging 42.4 yards per punt … recipient of team's J. Scott Duncan Award as MVP on special teams … a first-team preseason All-American selection by Athlon, while earning second-team mention from NationalChamps.net, Phil Steele and Sporting News … added first-team preseason All-Pac-10 honors according to Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News … ranked as the No. 2 punter in the nation in the preseason by Phil Steele, while Lindy's had him at No. 3 … on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award and the Collegiate Football Performance Awards Punter of the Year.

2008 Season

Established himself as one of the top punters in the country as a freshman … named a first-team Freshman All-American by College Football News, Rivals and Sporting News Today … also a second-team All-Pac-10 choice … the only freshman in the country as well as the only Pac-10 player to be named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award … won the Bob Simmons Award given to Cal's Most Valuable Freshman … ranked third in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally with a 43.1 yards per punt average that ranks fifth on Cal's all-time list … averaged 40.0 or more yards per punt in eight of 13 contests … chosen the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after booming a punt 72 yards, averaging 47.4 yards on seven punts and placing three kicks inside the 20-yard line vs. Arizona State.

Set a school single-game record when he averaged a Pac-10 season-high 60.2 yards per punt on four tries vs. Stanford, including two of the longest punts in school history - a 76-yarder on his first boot (No. 4) that was a new Big Game record and a 75-yarder on his second (No. 5-T) that along with the 72-yarder vs. Arizona State were the three longest in the Pac-10 in 2008 … had a big day at Arizona, averaging 48.4 yards per punt on seven attempts … punted a career-high-tying eight times (40.8 avg) at Oregon State … 26 of 71 punts pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line … had 16 punts of at least 50 yards, with at least one punt of 50 or more yards in nine of 13 contests … forced opponents into 17 fair catches … recorded one unassisted tackle at Arizona … had a punt blocked in his first collegiate game vs. Michigan State.

2007 Season

Redshirted … did not play.

High School

USA Today and EA Sports first-team All-American … listed as the No. 2 kicker in the country by Rivals and No. 5 according to Scout … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep … a PrepStar All-West Region choice … garnered CalHiSports first-team All-State honors … averaged 41.8 yards per punt with 11 being downed inside the 20-yard line as a senior … also caught 42 passes for 678 yards as a receiver … selected as his school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Full name is Bryan Corey Anger … born October 6, 1988 … parents are Mike and Jean Anger … brother, Michael Jr., played football at San Diego and soccer at UC Irvine … brother, Matt, attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and sister, Sara, is attending Cal State University Channel Islands … major is undeclared but considering Integrative Biology.


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