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Cal football: Morrah speaks

Here are some quotes from my one-on-one conversation with Cameron Morrah yesterday, as well as his conference call with the local media:

On his inmmediate role with the Seahawks?: “They said they wanted me to get in there and compete for a spot. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m just going to go out there and compete to the best of my abilities.”

Disappointed in going in the seventh round?: “I’m not disappointed. Everything happens for a reason. Honestly, I felt like this was the best situation for me.”

On his decision to leave after his junior year: “I still believe I made the right decision. I’m just focusing on getting out to Seattle and competing. I did everything I had to do to put myself in the best position.”

On joining former Bears Brandon Mebane and Justin Forsett on the Seahawks: “It’s always good to go somewhere where you know a couple people. It makes the adjustment a little easier. I’m grateful for that.”

On his reaction as he slipped into the later rounds of the draft: “You have to prepare yourself for anything. You never know what’s going to happen on draft day. I was just thankful Seattle picked me up.”

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Basketball: Eight Pac-10 players declare early

Sunday wasn’t merely Day 2 of the NFL, it was the deadline for college basketball underclassmen to enter their names in the NBA draft pool.

Eight Pac-10 players made the leap, but Cal junior guard Patrick Christopher wasn’t one of them. He initially indicated he would “test the waters,” then changed his mind. Good decision. He likely wouldn’t have been picked this year.

His decision to remain at Berkeley makes the Bears the favorite to win the Pac-10 Conference next season, according to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz. We’ll see. The Bears certainly should be in the mix, but it’s a bit early to be pegging the conference 1-through-10.

We’ll know more after June 15, the deadline for early entries to withdraw their names from the draft.

Here are the Pac-10 underclassmen who entered the draft:

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Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Cal football: Follett speaks

Here’s a thorough recap of Zack Follett’s conference call with the local media yesterday, excluding what has already been written:

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Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Cal football: Today’s story

–Here’s my story today about the second day of the draft.

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2009
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Cal football: Davis to the Broncos

Just received word that Rulon Davis has agreed to a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Cal football: The NFL Draft

Today was not a good day for Cal’s football program. The Bears were hoping for as many as five players to get drafted, and only two did — barely.

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Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Cal football: Follett, Morrah get picked

The 2009 NFL Draft has come to a close. Linebacker Zack Follett and tight end Cameron Morrah each were selected in the seventh and final round. Follett, who seemed to be a fourth-round pick in virtually every mock draft out there, was the 235th overall pick by the Detroit Lions. Morrah, who was projected to go anywhere from the fourth round to undrafted, went 13 picks later to Seattle.

Linebackers Worrell Williams and Anthony Felder, considered to be late-round picks, both went undrafted, as did defensive end Rulon Davis.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Cal football: Will the Bears get shut out on Day 2?

The seventh round has started and still no Cal players have been drafted today. The last time Cal has had just one player drafted was in 1990, when quarterback Troy Taylor was the Bears’ only selection.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Cal football: Draft update

The NFL Draft is deep into the fourth round. Zack Follett was projected by most to go in this round, but he  has yet to be selected. Other potential Cal draft picks today are linebackers Worrell Williams and Anthony Felder, tight end Cameron Morrah and defensive end Rulon Davis. Stay tuned.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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Cal football: Mack coverage — the day after

–Here’s my story today on the drafting of Alex Mack.

–Here’s the story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

–More from the Akron Beacon Journal

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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