August 27, 2007

Freshman Tracker

As the victories keep on piling up year after year for Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and the Bears' football program, so does the increase in talent when it comes to recruiting. The latest gems that Tedford and his coaching staff nabbed have now seen their first month of collegiate action on the gridiron. BearTerritory gives you a quick rundown of how each student-athlete has faired up to this point.

Note: This tracker is just of BearTerritory's observations and is not a direct take of the Cal coaching staff.

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Solomona Aigamaua, Defensive End

The rundown: Seeing "Mona" for the first time this spring off the field, Cal fans will be delighted to know that the former unsung 2-star prospect from Hawaii originally from Somoa is actually close to 245-pounds already. While he played at close to 215 during most of his prep career, Aigamaua has progressed faster than planned. He excelled in summer bridge, put on the weight he needed, and despite being limited by a leg injury in Fall practice, impressed his defensive line coach Ken Delgado. Expect Aigamaua to follow in the footsteps of numerous Cal prospects who went from underrated prep players to conference standouts under the tutelage of Coach Tedford.

Bryan Anger, Punter

The rundown: When you come in behind one of the foremost special teamers in the country, reps are kind of hard to come by, thus the situation for Anger as he sits and learns from senior standout Andrew Larson. However, that was the plan all along. When he has gotten his opportunities though, Anger has shown that he has an absolute monster leg which earned him the status as a First-Team USA Today selection. And unlike Larson - who is more compact to the ground - Anger looks like a gazelle booting the ball with his 6-foot-4 frame. Anger has struggled a bit with his accuracy in camp, but for the most part has been on top of his game. The Cal punting game is in great shape with Anger.

Jahvid Best, Running Back

The rundown: What more can you add about this kid that hasn't already been said? Best has been so good in camp that Coach Tedford has had no choice but to give him his fair share of reps. Along with his blinding speed, open field skills, and breakaway capabilities, Best has also shown a propensity to mix it up in the middle as well. Best has broken several long runs in Fall Camp, along with a handful of nice kick off returns. Jahvid (pronounced "Jaw-Vid", and formed in combination by Jah, a name for God, and his father's name, which is David) can also get in the air with the best of them too. He's a relentless, attacking, speed-back with indescribable open-field skills.