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.