Boateng has much to prove on and off the field

Updated: March 19, 2008, 2:35 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Nyan Boateng didn't play for California in the 2007 season, but he doesn't need his Cal teammates to describe the excruciating experience of tumbling from touted to maligned. He knows all about it.

Boateng, a Florida transfer, watched from the sidelines as the Golden Bears fell from No. 2 in the country to No. 7 in the Pac-10. They followed up an impressive 5-0 start that included victories over Tennessee and Oregon with a complete implosion -- six defeats in eight games.

It ...

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