Football: Spring previews

Starting tomorrow evening, I will begin position-by-position spring practice previews. I will examine a different position group every day, finishing on March 11, the day spring practice begins. I will also hold a live chat on March 11 before the first practice.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Davidson

    There are a lot of players that I want to see this Spring, including Yarnway and Briggs…but none are more intriguing than CJ MONCREASE.

    Please GOD, I hope someone can coach him. We need a serious hitter at Safety, someone to accompany Cattouse’s ball-hawking ability. (Please no Conte).

    His measurables are off the charts for a Safety. He only played special teams last year and too often he was the first one down there on kickoffs…but simply mis-aimed himself.

    His JC highlights consist of play after play of bone-crushing hits on WRs. If he develops, then he’ll be a wonderful surprise at a much needed position.

  • noduck

    what has sofele been up to in the off season? bulk much?

  • covinared

    Misses guys on kickoffs to db starter? Conte overall has been a very reliable tackler (but I did see his big muff live in SD). I think they both are capable of competently playing strong safety. I like Conte’s height.

  • Juancho

    I’m sort of surprised Conte dropped down the depth chart so much. He played as a true freshman, and came back looking bigger and stronger this past year – and even got some tattoos. I wonder why he dropped down. He seemed to project to be a starter at corner. It would help (maybe) with recruiting if he panned out, since he’s another SoCal guy.

    Nice “big muff” line covinared. The way I misinterpreted that line the first time I read it reminds me of my youth.

  • Mr. B


    LOL! I am with you on the youthful recollections upon reading the words “big muff.”
    Embarrassingly, I actually sported one of those “Muff Diver” t-shirts back in the day…at the time I thought the chicks would dig it.

  • Juancho

    Man, those were the days Mr. B. Those were the days.

    Check out this cool article on bearinsider: http://bearinsider.com/news/story.php?article=830

    Pretty exciting that this top guy is already high on our program, and more importantly, his head coach is a Cal guy.

  • Josh

    GREAT article on Hankins. Pretty cool that he loved Cal so much and is already surrounded by Cal guys.