Cal football’s explosive running back Jahvid Best will return to the gridiron his junior year as one of the top contenders for the 2009 Heisman Trophy. Last year, the All-American was the conference’s leading rusher, boasting a Cal-record-breaking 8.1 yards per carry.
In the 2008-09 season, Pia Halbig earned first team All-Pac-10 and second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and led Cal’s team with a 71.7 average in the fall. This past June, she won the Slovenian International Ladies Amateur Championship, shooting 2 under par – and hopes to bring that momentum back to Cal this fall.
With exceptional talent and an even more exceptional work ethic, Spencer Warden has been a key to Cal’s water polo success since his freshman year in 2006. Now a team captain, the All-American senior will return for his final season with the Bears in 2009.
During her time at Cal, Hana Cutura has proven to be one of th college volleyball’s most dangerous offensive players. The dominant statistical leader is sure to post some impressive numbers in her upcoming final season.
In 2009, Natalie Nurnberg was teh second leading scorer behind senior MVP Ashley Glosz. As a junior this fall, Natalie will help lead the Bears as they attempt to improve upon their 13-5 record from last season.
This summer, senior fullback/center Colin Hawley (son of Cal rugby legend Loren Hawley ’65), was named a USA Rugby All-American for the third time in his collegiate career. A week later, he made his first full appearance on the international stage with the US national team.
Last year, forward Andrew Wiedeman led the Bears soccer team in total points scored and in game-winning goals. His performance as a sophomore earned him recognition as preseason All-American from College Soccer News.