Loose ends

I only had a chance to see about 1 1/2 spring practices after taking over the football beat, but here are some leftovers from my notepad:

–Much is being made about the cornerback position made possible by Daymeion Hughes’ departure. Darian Hagan probably made the biggest impact during the spring, but defensive coordinator Bob Gregory said he’d like to use more than just two cornerbacks on a regular basis. He said he thought Hughes and Syd’Quan Thompson may have worn down a bit last season after playing so many snaps. With an impressive collection of young talent in their secondary, Gregory may have the luxury of rotating more players on to the field.

–Even with Cal’s strong linebacking corps, I’d expect Eddie Young to be in the mix for some playing time. He looked like a playmaker.

–The person who sticks out on the field the most isn’t even playing this season — wide receiever Nyan Boateng. The guy looks like he will be an absolute stud when he’s eligible in 2008.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Dan

    Thank Okanes:
    Great to have you keeping up the BearTalk blog. Did you have a chance to cover Cal’s junior day recruiting event as well?

  • DJ_Guy


    I see you’re also covering Cal baseball, after finishing basketball. Do they expect you to cover ALL Cal sports? Hardly seems possible. On the other hand. for some folks it would be a dream job.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Dan, I didn’t have a chance to cover junior day. If I hear any good scuttlebutt from it, I’ll pass it on.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    DJ_Guy, basketball was my primary assignment and now it’s football. But I try to keep tabs on all Cal sports and do the best I can writing features and stories when possible. I’ll also try to use this blog to touch on other sports as well. Thanks.