Cal football: A little from Mack; more to come

I talked to Alex Mack briefly a few minutes ago and will get more from him shortly on a conference call. A few early quotes:

“We thought 20 to 40 was the range. This was a high expectation. We’re fired up and very happy.”

“We felt Cleveland was right up there. They came out and worked me out and flew me out to their facility. It was a good meeting and they are a good organization. They really put me to work on my trip. They had a test prepared for me when I got there.”


Cal football: Notes on Mack

–Alex Mack is the 23rd first-round draft pick in Cal history. The Bears have had three in the past five years and five in the past seven.

–Mack is the 15th center to go in the first round since 1968 (previous to that, centers were taken more commonly). At No. 21, Mack is the highest center to get picked since Boston College’s Damien Woody went No. 17 to New England.

–Cleveland was one of four teams that flew Mack to its facility for an individual workout (the others were Baltimore, Atlanta and Pittsburgh).


Cal football: Today is Mack’s day

Center Alex Mack figures to be on the only Cal player picked on today’s first day of the NFL draft. Mock drafts still have him going late in the first round or early in the second. I’ll have coverage today after he is picked. With the draft starting at 1 p.m., it doesnt’ figure to be until this evening when Mack is selected.


Cal football: Post-spring depth chart

Cal released a post-spring depth chart last night.  There isn’t anything terribly surprising, and obviously it’s a work in progress because a lot can change in the fall. But here are a couple of things I found noteworthy.

–Coach Jeff Tedford really doesn’t want anyone to think he’s even close to naming a quarterback. The word “OR” is between Kevin Riley, Brock Mansion and Beau Sweeney.

–Marvin Jones is listed as a starter at wide receiver. This isn’t necessarily surprising because Jones played so well in the spring. But it’s still noteworty because last year’s starter, Verran Tucker, is now listed as Jones’ backup. Tucker didn’t practice this spring because to focus on his grades.  Now, Tucker will have some work to do in the fall to get his starting job back.

–Alex Lagemann also is listed as a starter. He also had a very nice spring. The Bears took the liberty of listed three starters at wide receiver and a fullback, actually giving them 12 starters. Obviously, they will use both looks a lot during the season, so it makes sense to list both scenarios. That means, as of right now, both Tucker and Jeremy Ross aren’t listed as starters. Both guys were starters last season.

–The Bears used a few different looks with their second unit of linebackers during the spring. Chris Little may have helped his cause to be listed with the second team with his terrific final scrimmage. Charles Johnson didn’t practice all spring because of a shoulder injury but still is listed on the two-deep.

–Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory liked the way Bryant Nnabufie developed this spring and now is listed as a backup. Chris Conte is still listed as a cornerback, but if he moves to safety, Josh Hill or Marc Anthony likely would be listed as the next backup corner. Gregory said HIll had a slight edge over Anthony when spring ended, but said the two were very close.


Cal football: Building an offensive line

For the second straight day, news from Cal is that the Bears have landed another offensive line recruit. This time it’s Chris Adcock out of Dallas. Adcock receives only one star from scout.com but is listed on ESPN.com’s top 150 watch list. Adcock’s commitment is yet another prospect that the Bears have been able to land out of the Dallas area, a trend that has been prevalent in recent years.


Cal football: News and notes

–Two recruiting websites are reporting that Cal has picked up an oral commitment from Las Vegas offensive lineman Geoff Gibson, who is regarded as a three-star recruit and had offers from Arizona and Arizona State.

–ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has this feature on Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan, on the heels of Jordan’s omission from Miller’s ranking of the top 30 players in the Pac-10.

–Former Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez has been traded from Kansas City to Atlanta.