SAN DIEGO — Cal wide receiver Ross Bostock has caught thousands and thousands of passes for the Bears.
Bostock has caught long passes. He's caught short passes. Passes over the middle. Sideline passes. Screen passes. You name it.
There's just one catch.
Bostock has never caught a pass in an actual game. In fact, he hasn't even been targeted.
"It's not easy getting on the field here," said Bostock, a 6-foot-2 junior from Sebastopol. "I'm definitely waiting for the opportunity to get that catch."
Bostock hopes his opportunity comes when Cal (7-5) meets Texas (7-5) in Wednesday's Holiday Bowl. But he knows he has a better chance of getting his hands on the ball as a starter on special teams than as a reserve wide receiver.
"You need a guy like Ross Bostock on every football team," said Cal receivers coach Eric Kiesau. "I've coached a lot of guys just like him who end up starting and playing and doing well. And Ross is very, very close. He's just got to keep plugging away.
"You may see him on the field in select situations (against Texas). If his number gets called, there's no doubt in my mind he will do well."
Bostock caught 61 passes for a school-record 1,179 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year at Analy High. He had opportunities to go to smaller colleges where he had the potential for similar success. But Bostock had his heart set on playing for the Bears.
"I grew up watching Cal," said Bostock, who was a recruited walk-on. "It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."