Cal punter Bryan Anger hoping to impress pro scouts at annual Shrine Game 

Cal’s Bryan Anger will be punting for the West team at the Shrine Game on Saturday in Florida. - US PRESSWIRE FILE PHOTO
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  • Cal’s Bryan Anger will be punting for the West team at the Shrine Game on Saturday in Florida.

Cal senior punter Bryan Anger started the season by playing at AT&T Park and is ending it by playing alongside some of the best players in the country at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“It’s a privilege to be out here. Everybody is out here working really hard,” Anger said. “It’s awesome to see how they do things.”

Anger has racked up a number of accolades in his time as the Bears’ punter, including being named the College Football Performance Awards’ Elite Punter Trophy winner for two seasons, an all-conference first-teamer for three consecutive seasons, only the second Cal player to ever accomplish the feat, but he is more focused on the long-term goal of reaching the NFL.

“[I] thought about some of the stuff and it’s a great honor,” Anger said. “But some of these accolades don’t mean too much. The ultimate honor is to reach the next level.”

The only year he was not named to the all-conference first team was his freshman year, but was still a second-team selection and a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award.

For Anger, this was not enough.

“There were some expectations that I didn’t fill,” he said. “It’s about being grounded by an offseason, vowing never to have that happen again.”

Over the past couple of years, Anger has worked with current NFL and former Cal punter Nick Harris and said it has changed how he prepares.

“He used to come back to the Bay Area and work with us,” Anger said. “To see that level of consistency has really helped me and opened my eyes. It’s been a big help.”

Anger has many friends that are already in the NFL and their experiences have helped him prepare for the NFL combine, which begins on Feb. 22, and Cal’s pro day.

“I’ve been around them long enough that I’ve held myself above that level. I’m expecting to be at that level,” Anger said.

He has already been given a chance to see where he stands as scouts have been pulling players aside at the Shrine Game for interviews.

From what he has been told, he has some time to wait before any decisions are made.



East vs. West

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TV: NFL Network


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