SAN DIEGO — A career that was supposed to be full of playmaking comes to an end Wednesday.
Wide receiver Nyan Boateng plays his last game for Cal against No. 23 Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl, lamenting his unfulfilled potential but still hoping that an NFL team will give him a chance next fall.
"I could have done way more," Boateng said of his 41 career catches in his two seasons at Cal. "I feel like I'm better than what my stats show. I just have to keep playing and hopefully God will give me a shot at the next level."
Boateng came to Cal after transferring from Florida, where he was a highly regarded recruit expected to do big things. After experiencing some personal and legal trouble, Boateng made the trip across the country to try to get a fresh start.
After struggling to stay eligible, Boateng finally shored up his academics after sitting out a season. Although he led the team in catches in 2008, he did so with just 29 as part of an anemic passing offense that ranked 83rd in the country. Boateng hoped to make more of an impact this year, but a fractured foot in the third game against Minnesota forced him out of two games and slowed him for a few others after returning.
"It's been frustrating. I'm not going to lie about it," Boateng said. "I felt like I could have had an All-American season. It's just the way it is. Now I just have to take advantage of every opportunity I get."
Boateng said he's been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
"I had a blast," he said. "I got to feed and pet a rhino. They brought out a cheetah and I also fed a bearcat. It was great to go back there."