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.”