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It’s official

By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 2:47 pm in off-season stuff.

This is kind of like a worst kept secret, but it’s finally official that kicker David Seawright is coming to Cal. Since he is a walk-on and hadn’t signed a national letter of intent, Cal wasn’t permitted to acknowledge Seawright was coming until he had completed the appropriate paperwork to enroll in school. He’s now done that.

Seawright is expected to make an immediate impact as a true freshman. There’s a good chance he will immediately handle kickoffs, and he could also push Jordan Kay for field goal duties. Andrew Larson handled kickoffs last season after Tom Schneider got hurt, and both Larson and Schneider have used up their eligibility.

Seawright has a big leg. Over 90 percent of his kickoffs at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego last year went for touchbacks. He also kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards.

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  • Steve in Concord

    Good news! With Seawright joining punter Anger our special teams play should be much improved.

  • Jan K Oski

    Jeez Steve! Larson had a heck of a foot, too, but Seawright will be an upgrade if all the press is true. Still, Alimar will be on the hot seat, if the coverage team is shotty again, and he won’t have Best to bail him out this year.

    Go Bears!

  • Steve in Concord

    Jan K.-

    I didn’t mean to knock Larson on his punting, but his kickoffs did leave something to be desired. And I do realize he inherited the job due to Schneider’s injury. Let’s hope Seawright develops accuracy to go along with distance and joins the long list of excellent Cal placekickers.

    Now if we can only improve our kickoff coverage. We would certainly seem to have the athletes. Is the coaching (special teams) the problem?

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey Steve, Between one Cal fan and another, I was just being cheeky. Now to your question, I’m of the belief that if there is a recurring problem the fault falls upon the coaches at this level. Frankly, I don’t know for sure if it is Alamar or a problem of depth, but the coach(es) will be leaving if play doesn’t improve, just like Ben Braun.

    Go Bears! Don’t feed the trolls! Gold out, Memorial!