Monday, October 30, 2006

50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #42 - RYAN O'CALLAGHAN

#42 - RYAN O'CALLAGHAN - OFFENSIVE TACKLE (2002-2005)

The biggest and usually the baddest man on the field for every snap of his three seasons as starting right tackle for the Bears. O'Callaghan was an absolute road grader, using his 6'7" 365-pound frame to simply overwhelm opposing linemen.

After his junior and senior seasons, O'Callaghan was voted first-team All-Pac 10 by the conference's coaches - not coincidentally, Cal finished either first or second in the conference in rushing both years. After his senior season, O'Callaghan was voted by the conference's defensive linemen as the winner of the Morris Award, recognizing the Pac-10's outstanding offensive lineman. During that senior campaign, O'Callaghan did not surrender a single sack, and recorded 38 knockdown blocks and 19 touchdown-resulting blocks. The most amazing statistic is that the defensive ends who lined up across from O'Callaghan recorded a total of 12 tackles the entire year. His junior year was only slightly less brilliant with 28 knockdowns and 15 touchdown-resulting blocks.

Last April Ryan was drafted in the 5th round (136th overall) by the New England Patriots, and he is starting at right tackle as a rookie.

4 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Pete Morris said...

It makes you wonder: how did this guy ever slip to the 5th round of the draft? I assume it's injury issues, but if he can stay healthy, talk about a second-day draft steal. Go Bears!

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Tightwad said...

Teams were worried about his shoulder, apparently. Puzzled me, too, cause Ryan was a truly dominant player for three years. Hope you like this countdown - we hope to finish by Big Game. Go Bears!

 
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