Monday, August 9, 2010

Matt Summers-Gavin Injury Not Serious

Matt Summers-Gavin only suffered a bone bruise to his knee and will be out a few weeks.

You can check it out here.

Cal Gets Highly Touted Running Back From Texas In Daniel Lasco

Cal has picked up Jahvid Best 2.0. Lasco is fast, very fast and is a threat to take it to the house on any play. He is a little taller than Best at 6'0 tall but is similar to Best in his speed and cutting ability.  This is a huge get for the Bears as they have quiet in recruiting lately. Lasco is a 4 star prospect on, ranked #234 overall. On Lasco is also a 4 star prospect.

Lasco was also being recruited by Miami, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2010 Position by Position Breakdown: Linebackers

The Cal linebacking crew is led by Mike Mohamed, perhaps one of the top players in the Pac-10 this coming season and almost all Cal fans remember Mohamed's memorable interception of Stanfurd QB Andrew Luck in the Big Game. However, after Mohamed play was spotty last season and will need to improve.

Junior D.J. Holt is likely going to play inside linebacker alongside Mohamed. Holt is a player that has good instincts and raw athleticism. If he improves his reads and pass coverage he could provide another strong inside backer for Cal.   The good part about Holt is that he is willing to take on contact and explode through the ball carrier.

Playing time on the outside will likely be split among many players. Mychal Kendricks is one of the more talented linebackers of the linebacking corps and was expected to do big things last season. However, he had an up and down season and fell out of favor in the middle of the season.  The good part about Kendricks season is that he had a very good bowl game against Utah so he ended on a positive note.  I think Kendricks is ready to fulfill his potential this season and if he does can really provide Mohamed with a lot of help whether he plays inside or outside.

Keith Browner is a tall linebacker and started the final game against Washington. Browner could provide the Bears with an option in order to stay with tight ends in pass coverage as he does not give up size as most linebackers do.

Jarred Price is a strong pass rusher but struggles some against the run.  He likely will get a lot of time at rush linebacker on 2nd and 3rd and long. He had a good spring and will see more time if he improves in run support.

Blueshirt freshman Steven Fanua who was scout team player of the year last season is also expected to contribute. He was a solid 3 star recruit on both rivals and in 2009.

JP Hurrell and Lucas King will also provide depth both inside and outside.

The loss of Chris Martin to Florida and Cecil Whiteside for academic ineligibility will hurt as both were expected to contribute this season. However, incoming freshman Nick Forbes and David Wilkerson should soften the blow as they will provide depth on the inside and will likely see time at inside linebacker. Both come in as highly touted recruits and are strong tacklers. This could enable Kendricks and even Mohamed to play outside if needed if they are able to contribute quickly.

Kevin Riley Officially Named Starter For 2010 Season

Senior QB Kevin Riley has officially been named the starter for the 2010 season by Cal coach Jeff Tedford.  Hopefully Riley can lead Cal in his senior season much the way past Cal quarterbacks have in the past after somewhat struggling their previous undergraduate years. Pat Barnes and Kyle Boller are a couple quarterbacks in past Cal history that have struggled and then came back with strong senior seasons. The maturation of players in their college years often come in leaps and bounds year to year. Hopefully this can happen for Riley.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ryan Gorcey's Interview With Coach Tedford

Gorcey Interview Part 1

Gorcey Interview Part 2

Ryan Gorcey of interviewed Coach Tedford. He has a lot of good information in his interview.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Espn's Ted Miller Interviews Coach Tedford

Check out Ted Miller's interview with Coach Tedford....

Tedford Interview

Cal Picked to Finish 7th In Media Poll

Cal was picked to finish 7th in the Pac-10 Media Poll. In order the poll had Oregon first, followed by U$C, Oregon St, Furd, Arizona, Washington, Cal, UCLA, Arizona St and Washington St.

These polls and pretty much all preseason previews really do not mean much in terms of where Cal could end up this year. For example UCLA got a first place vote and I really do not think they have any shot of finishing in first place.  Just about any team can win the Pac-10 in the top seven of this poll. What this poll highlights is the depth in the Pac-10 this season.