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Follett makes lists

By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 11:43 am in Uncategorized.

Cal linebacker Zack Follett has been named to a couple of preseason watch lists. Center Alex Mack received similar recognition last week. Here is the release provided by Cal athletic media relations.

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  • covinared

    Zack is loaded with talent, but like most of the Cal LB core, is deficient in the most basic skill needed by a top notch linebacker, open field tackling. The low light reel of Zack’s greatest misses is nearly as long as his high light reel. He needs to work on tackling guys that aren’t looking away from him.

  • amythicalprogram

    Isn’t he the one who helmetbutted a helmetless Lendale White?

  • BoaltBlue

    Way to go Zack!

    Go Bears!

  • Kensington

    We need a healthy Zach Follett this year. He is a real playmaker!

  • duke

    Amy

    Thanks for clarifying why Lendale White is 3/4 goofy and wants to jump off buildings.

  • Jan K. Oski

    Amen to that, Kensington! If Follett is 100% all season, other QBs a la Ainge will develop an appreciation for the finer aspects of turf.

  • Big D

    people/person who like to post anti-cal posts,

    Last time I looked, Follett is up for some awards, I guess the people who actually know about football are wrong. Get a life!

  • Iamalcindor

    LOL. Keep dreaming Berkley fans, your players are failures and will remain so. I predict a blowout loss to MSU.

  • covinared

    I don’t know if Big D’s comment is directed at me, but just because Zack is one of many players up for an award doesn’t mean his game needs no work. He is definitely a big play force blitzing into a backfield and mailing a QB or RB from the back or side before a play developes. He needs to work on tackling guys coming his way. He habitually puts his head down before the hit, and many times ends up missing. Also th real eyes for talent are not award givers, but the NFL scouts.

  • covinared

    thats why Decoud got drafted so high. He is a sure, fundamentally sound open field tackler who got plenty of opportunities to prove it because Zack and the others missed the runner first. Scott Fujita, Tim Lucas and now Desmond Bishop established themselves in the NFL because they were fundamentally sound tacklers as opposed to big play guys.

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey Covina,

    With the constant post by our local troll(s), some people including myself have a knee jerk response when another name/poster replies with similar attack.

    I haven’t seen Follet’s blunders that you have pointed out, because I’m more of an offensive junky in analyzing play. Couldn’t Decoud’s 116 total tackles attest to his nose for the ball? Still, Follet’s 64 total tackles certainly support your assertion, but do OLB normally led the team in total tackles? He also led the team in 5.5 sacks, a meager number, and was second in pass breakups at 6. Are those really characteristics of “big play guys”? I know we haven’t seen in the past 2 years, but I expect defensive players who line up on the edge to get to the QB, while occasionally breaking up a pass. I’m not disagreeing with you, but asking for some depth.

    Finally, do you really think that NFL scouts have “real eyes” for talent? With the endless flops of 1st rounders, I’m not sure we are talking about the same sport. Unfortunately, for fans, NFL scouting is more of an art than a science…

  • covinared

    Don’t get me wrong. Zach may be the most exciting and talented defensive player in the PAC this year. Maybe some of my criticism should be directed just as much toward Felder and Williams, but when your free safety (Decoud)leads the team in tackles, you have a bad defense. Too many opponent RB’s had their best games of the season against Cal last year. Even though the D line was mostly to blame, those backs went right through the LB’s only to be dropped by Decoud. Cal’s decline began against OSU which was the first team the Bears played that ran right at them. It didn’t take long for the others to figure out that was how to beat the Bears. UCLA, ASU, USC and Washington ran right up the Bears gut. I just checked, Zach is projected to in the 2nd or 3rd round. Also just because I may critique some part of the Bears doesn’t mean I’m not a big fan. I don’t like our war in Iraq, but that doesn’t make me a traitor. When next year is over I hope a linebacker is the leading tackler, not a saftey.

  • amythicalprogram

    covinared Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 12:28 pm
    Don’t get me wrong. Zach may be the most exciting and talented defensive player in the PAC this year.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Nope…try Rey Rey or Taylor Mays.

    covinared Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 12:28 pm
    Also just because I may critique some part of the Bears doesn’t mean I’m not a big fan.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    True but with these fans you are either a troll, a communist or a liberal. janko and others know of what I speak.

  • Bleeds blue ‘n gold

    Hey Covina,

    With 4 of them on the field, let’s hope so!

  • Kensington

    Ima, Amy, can one of you please pass the Mayo?

  • amythicalprogram

    Kensington Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 4:43 am
    Ima, Amy, can one of you please pass the Mayo?

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    No problem. I assume you need mayo in order to eat your sandwiches while you sit around the TV watching us play for the National Championship?

  • Big D

    “True but with these fans you are either a troll, a communist or a liberal. janko and others know of what I speak.”

    Then why do you post here? I guess you like the agony. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else and post. You bring it upon yourself. Based on your posts, I don’t think you are welcome here anyway.

  • Jan K Oski

    Be careful, Big D… There’s one standard for demented post that are filled with personal attacks from Amy, then there’s a completely different set for the rest of us.

    Don’t feed the troll(s)! As dball said, let’s get back to football. There’s a new article by Glen Dickey, if you missed it.

    http://www.glenndickey.com/_gd…s&which=757

  • iamalcindor

    Jan K Oski Says:
    May 16th, 2008 at 11:26 am
    Be careful, Big D… There’s one standard for demented post that are filled with personal attacks from Amy, then there’s a completely different set for the rest of us.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Wah Wah Wah…and what’s with the personal attacks janko?

  • Big D

    Jan,

    You’re right. Back to football.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I am surprised that more of you fans haven’t mentioned the second place finish by the men’s crew in the Pac 10 rowing championships. Of course just like rugby it is not an officially recognized NCAA sport. Is there a Sears Cup for club sports?

  • Big D

    That’s funny, my post #17 was edited. It was “cleaned up”. Oh well…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    “We’re blessed. We probably have the best 1-2 quarterback combination in the conference,” Tedford said.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain. Next year Matt Barkely. Those are 3 consensus #1 high school QBs out of the last 4 years. Don’t forget Aaron Corps.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Opps, I just realized that Mustain and Barkely haven’t proven anything at this level. But, you all must love that it only took me 3 hours to realize that. Could they end up like Perriloux with a diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and at a Division II school? Yikes, another me!

  • ho

    “That’s funny, my post #17 was edited. It was “cleaned up”. Oh well…”

    I wish they would do more cleaning…