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Details of Tedford’s new contract

Posted by Eric | March 14, 2007 at 5:06 am | In Coaches | 1 Comment

While Coach Jeff Tedford’s new contract has not been approved by the Regents or signed by anyone, its details have been released.

The Chronicle has a full article describing its ins and outs, and it appears that Tedford is up for a lot of money if he stays through the next five years. Meanwhile, he looks to be earning $2.8 million annually in the next two years. Take a look.

EDIT 3/16: The contract has been approved unanimously by the Regents according to the Chronicle.

Heater’s blog, with insider position info

Posted by Eric | March 10, 2007 at 8:07 pm | In Defense, Offense, Players/Alumni, Quarterback, Special Teams | No Comments

EDIT: Jay’s done with all the positions, so check them out.

The Contra Costa Times’ Jay Heater is on a roll, with a special series on his blog detailing the situations of each of the team’s positions. It’s very informative stuff, so take a look:

  • 2/28: Middle linebacker: Coach Kenwick Thompson, Zack Follett, Greg Van Hoesen, Matt Russi
  • 3/01: Outside linebacker: Justin Moye, Anthony Felder, Eddie Young, Worrell Williams, Shea McIntyre, Mike Mohamed, Devin Bishop, Alex Cook, more
  • 3/02: Cornerback: Syd’Quan Thompson, Darian Hagan, Charles Amadi, Brandon Jones
  • 3/03: Offensive line: Alex Mack, Mike Gibson, Brian De La Puente, Noris Malele, Mike Tepper, Chris Guarnero, Chet Teofilo, Matt Laird
  • 3/03: Safety: Thomas DeCoud, Bernard Hicks, Brandon Hampton, Robert Peele, Marcus Ezeff
  • 3/05: Defensive line: Matt Malele, Mika Kane, Derrick Hill, Mike Costanzo, Cody Jones, Rulon Davis, Tad Smith, John Allen, Scott Smith, Phillip Mbakogu
  • 3/06: Running back: Justin Forsett, James Montgomery, Tracy Slocum, Bryan Schutte, Jahvid Best, Shane Vareen
  • 3/07: Fullback: Will Ta’ufo’ou, Brian Holley, RJ Garrett
  • 3/08: Wideout: DeSean Jackson, Robert Jordan, Lavelle Hawkins, Sam DeSa, Sean Young, LaReylle Cunningham, Jeremy Ross, Daniel Lofton
  • 3/09: Tight end: Craig Stevens, Cameron Morrah, Julian Arthur, Skylar Curran, Garry Graffort
  • 3/09: Special teams: Tom Schneider, Andrew Larson, DeSean Jackson, Nick Sundberg, more
  • 3/09: Quarterback: Nate Longshore, Kyle Reed, Kevin Riley

Enjoy.

Feldman: Cal has #7 top trio

Posted by Eric | March 7, 2007 at 1:28 pm | In DeSean, Offense, Players/Alumni | No Comments

ESPN’s Bruce Feldman has put together a list of what he believes are the top trios (QB, RB, WR) in the country. Cal takes the #7 spot:

7. Cal DeSean Jackson is the headliner. He’s the most explosive player in the Pac-10. I also like the improvement that QB Nate Longshore made last season. The Bears do lose TB Marshawn Lynch, but Justin Forsett is a pretty good replacement. Forsett ran for 999 yards in 2005 and did run for 124 yards in Cal’s bowl romp over Texas A&M in December.

Cal pro day: Hughes improves 40

Posted by Eric | March 7, 2007 at 1:28 am | In Defense, Marshawn, Players/Alumni | No Comments

Cal had its pro day today (March 6) for NFL teams and scouts interested in pro prospects on the team. According to NFL.com:

CALIFORNIA: MARCH 6
22 teams were there. Two NFL position coaches worked out RB Marshawn Lynch — Tom Rathman (Raiders) and James Saxon (Chiefs). DB Daymeion Hughes ran a better time than he did at the Combine, in the mid 4.5s.

This is great news for Hughes and it should keep his stock up for the draft.

EDIT: The SF Chronicle has a more in-depth article about pro day, mentioning the four NFL combine participants but also Marcus O’Keith, David Gray, Andrew Cameron, Mickey Pimentel, and more.

Pre-spring Q&A with Tedford

Posted by Eric | March 6, 2007 at 7:45 pm | In Coaches, Defense, Offense | No Comments

There’s a nice Q&A with Coach Jeff Tedford up at the official Calbears.com site to kick off the upcoming spring training. He talks mostly about personnel in various positions and how they are shaping up for next season. Take a look here.

Restraining order against Lynch revoked

Posted by Eric | March 6, 2007 at 7:42 pm | In Marshawn | No Comments

As expected, Marshawn and his attorney proved he was never informed of the restraining order filed against him, and it has been revoked. The Daily Cal also reports on this development.

According to court documents, process server Andre Cox delivered documents to Lynch in mid-January at a gym on Cal’s campus informing him that a hearing on the woman’s request had been scheduled.

However, the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year could not have known about the hearing because he was in Arizona when the process server claimed to have delivered the notice, said Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson.

DE Justin Gates invited to walk on

Posted by Eric | March 1, 2007 at 10:17 am | In Recruiting | 1 Comment

Justin Gates, a 6′3″/255 high school OG/DE out of Nevada has committed to Cal as an invited walk-on. He looks like a solid prospect and great addition to an already-strong class.

Hughes, Mebane, Bishop at the NFL combine

Posted by Eric | March 1, 2007 at 10:12 am | In Defense, Players/Alumni | No Comments

While CB Daymeion Hughes was praised highly at the Senior Bowl for his elite cover skills until a hamstring injury forced him to sit out, suspicions about his speed were confirmed at the NFL Combine as he logged a 4.65 in the forty (the top 10 fastest DB’s all ran in the 4.3’s and 4.4’s). My guess is he is still affected by his injury and he’ll run a faster time before the draft. However, with top-end speed valued in the NFL, some say it may be a stretch for him to be picked in the first round as earlier predicted.

SI.com: “Combine winners and losers: The Losers”
Daymeion Hughes/CB/Cal: Speed was the biggest question mark about his game and Hughes ran terribly slow. Timing in the 4.7s, this one time potential first-round choice will now slide into the second round.

There hasn’t been much about DL Brandon Mebane, except he shows up in the bench with 24 reps. I’ll post more data as it comes in. Unfortunately, LB Desmond Bishop also received some negative attention for his performance in the forty:

SI.com: “For the Defense: Sliders”
Desmond Bishop/MLB/California: Bishop did nothing to dispel the belief that he is just a two-down linebacker. After running a pair of slow 40s which averaged almost 4.8-seconds, Bishop looked stiff and struggled to move in anything other than a straight line.

However, it appears that this 4.8 average came from a a decent time in the forty being averaged out by a bad time. In addition, Bishop was a monster on the bench and beat out all other linebackers (and most defensive lineman for that matter), making 33 reps. Hopefully, the scouts and teams will be able to see his upside and why Bishop led the Pac-10 in tackles.

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