California defensive end Kyle Kragen was a big standout in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., recording three sacks and drawing a lot of NFL attention to the previously-projected undrafted free agent.
Early in the fourth quarter, Kragen put Utah quarteback Travis Wilson on his back -- a familiar feeling to the Cal defensive end, who tallied 1.0 sack against Wilson earlier this year in Salt Lake City. Kragen's latest hit on Wilson -- one of his 3.0 sacks on the game -- forced a fumble on the American team's 10-yard line, setting up a 22-yard field goal, which proved to be the game-winner. Kragen also recorded a sack and a forced fumble, along with eight tackles, in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, in Fort Worth, Tex.
Kragen, though, wasn't the only Bear to make an impact.
Receiver Bryce Treggs worked on punt return duties, and had one catch for 15 yards for the National team, alongside Kragen.
Elsewhere in the postseason all-star game circuit on Saturday, former Cal running back Daniel Lasco, who was held out of the last three games of the year due to an ankle injury, got back in the mix during the East-West Shrine Game, churning out 62 yards on six carries, highlighted by a 41-yard run in a 29-9 win for the West in the 91st edition of the game, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Speaking of all-star nods, former Bears defensive end Cameron Jordan -- who's been out to several games in Berkeley over the past two years -- was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday, replacing Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots. Jordan becomes the only representative for the New Orleans Saints, with 10 sacks this season, five batted passes, a forced fumble and 45 tackles after signing a five-year $55 million contract this offseason.
For the 14th time in 15 years, Cal will have at least one representative in the Super Bowl. Making his second straight appearance will be running back C.J. Anderson, a native of Vallejo, and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who was a candidate for the Cal head coaching job before Sonny Dykes was hired in 2012.
Rivera and the Panthers will not be practicing at Stanford, despite the fact that the NFC representative was supposed to be practicing in Palo Alto.
The California baseball team was tabbed as the No. 8 team in the land in Baseball America's preseason poll, making it the third of four preseason polls in which the Bears have been put inside the top 10.
Cal basketball freshman Ivan Rabb is the only Pac-12 player among 10 midseason candidates for the Waymon Tisdale Award, given to the nation’s top freshman. The Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd alum is averaging 12.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 64.2%.
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