50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #34 - GEOFF McARTHUR#34 - GEOFF McARTHUR - WIDE RECEIVER (2001-2004)
They say it's better to be lucky than good. Well, "they" never met G-Mac. This guy comes out of nowhere to rewrite the Cal record book in 2003, catching 85 passes for 1,504 yards. He has five 150+ yard games and basically wins the Big Game by himself with the greatest stat line in Cal history: 16 catches/245 yards/2 TDs. Then, basking in the glow of All-Pac 10 and 2nd team All-America status and Cal's first bowl invitation in seven years, he fractures his right arm in a non-contact drill. No one touched him. Misses the Insight Bowl win over Virginia Tech.
Oh well, he comes into his senior year a pre-season All-America selection, and opposing defenses are ready. They feed him a steady diet of double teams, and Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around. Seven different receivers have at least 14 catches on the season, and G-Mac's numbers fall to 57 catches for 862 yards and 7 touchdowns. Plus he plays with a strained oblique muscle for most of the season.
But he never sulks, he just catches whatever comes his way and blocks like a demon in the run game. He doesn't get the same honors as he did in 2003, but he doesn't care 'cause Cal is 9-1 going into the Southern Miss game. Weather's bad, the Bears are struggling to win in the 4th quarter and the whole team knows that the Rose Bowl is slipping away. G-Mac is doing his lunchpail routine, blocking downfield when a teammate rolls up on his leg.
G-Mac's football career is over. No bowl game, no NFL career. No luck. But plenty of good memories for Old and Young Blues alike.