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Football: Jordan steps up

By all accounts, defensive end Cameron Jordan is having a strong spring. Jordan will be entering his senior season in 2010, and although he’s flashed the potential to be dominant at times, he’s yet to put it totally together and play on the same level like Tyson Alualu did last year.

“I don’t have time to slack off now,” Jordan said. “This is my last season.”

Jordan’s fun-loving personality has helped his motor on the field but at times it’s also affected his focus at practice. But those problems were more during his freshman and sophomore year. Jordan practiced hard last season and drew lots of double-teams in the 3-4 scheme.

Jordan says he expects to see less double-teams in new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s scheme, which calls for a renewed aggressiveness and bring more pass rushers on a consistent basis.

“We have a lot more blitzes,” Jordan said. “We have a lot more one-on-ones. That’s definitely a plus in my book.”

Cal coach Jeff Tedford has consistently singled Jordan out as a player who has excelled this spring.

“Jordan is hard to block,” Tedford said. “He’s more experienced. He’s playing fast. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He has a lot of confidence. You can see a little different attitude from him.”

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.

  • milo

    Jordan needs to kick some serious butt this coming season. He has the ability, talent and his dad was a pro. It would be great if someone (one of the newcomers) can play the rushing LB off his side. That would create major havoc.

  • Bears

    Jordan is indeed a talent and has a chance to have a big year and vault himself way up the draft board. I expect big things from him this year. Big chance for a talented senior to shine.

  • calbear

    why didnt the staff convince this kid the same thing last year… maybe we would have been at the rose bowl and would not have embarrassed ourselves against Utah

  • CruzinBears

    Calbear – I think a little more than Cameron Jordan not getting to the QB enough was the reason we lost in San Diego instead of being in the Rose Bowl… That is quite a jump to make…

  • Juancho

    It’s not Jordan’s fault that Riley is inconsistent nearly all the time.