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Football: More Calvin

Following up on my notebook item on Michael Calvin on Sunday, here is more from our conversation:

On his approach to spring practice:

“I’m just trying to stay healthy. That’s my biggest emphasis. I’m feeling good. I was a little discouraged in the offseason because I got some swelling in my knee. But it went away.”

On putting his knee problems behind him:

“You have to. If you don’t, you’re going to come out here and second-guess yourself, you’re going to second-guess your technique, you’re going to second-guess everything you do on the football field. I personally can’t afford it. I have a spot to work for.”

On still thinking about the knee on the field:

“The only thing that I think about is the pain that I had when I first tore my ACL. I tore it on a post corner. When I get a post corner, I kind of think about it.”

On if he still believes he can be the same player before the injury:

“I got injured but I really didn’t lose anything. The mental part of it is the toughest. Everything else physically I do probably better than how I did it before. That never crosses my mind.”

On what he’s learned the past two years:

“Just being patient and accepting the fact that my knee is not going to be perfect anymore. I’m just going to have to come out here and work with what I got. I just have to be move forward.”

On the mental part of overcoming injuries:

“It’s more mental than it is physical. It truly is hard to get over the mental part of it. Every day, I think about it. It’s all mental.”

On why he changed his number from 84 to 11:

“I have to get a fresh start. 84 wasn’t doing it. I just switched it up. I saw 11 and thought that I can rock the (Larry) Fitzgerald look.”

 

Jeff Tedford on Calvin’s development:

“He’s never been able to really finish anything. Every time he gets going, he takes a step back. So hopefully he can stay healthy.”

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.

  • BobBear

    Thanks for the coverage on Calvin. But why no daily coverage of spring practice. Is it closed? Is there some kind of gag order on what can be reported?

  • abe

    BobBear: I’ve been wondering the same thing. None of the blogs on Cal football offer any coverage of spring practice. I actually completely forgot that spring ball has been underway for about a week now. Hopefully we will hear something soon.

  • Dan

    I would have like 2 more questions areas-

    1) The 2 drops in the game late in the year- why did you drop them? Was he tight, rusty, how will he prevent that in the future?

    2) Why did he cut all the hair off?

  • Dan

    I would have liked 2 more questions areas-

    1) The 2 drops in the game late in the year- why did you drop them? Was he tight, rusty, how will he prevent that in the future?

    2) Why did he cut all the hair off?