Football: The magazines

A couple of things I didn’t get to before vacation, and this is one of them: The preseason college football publications have been out for awhile. Here is a rundown of how Cal is being perceived nationally:

–Cal is picked 7th in the Pac-10.
–Cal is ranked 41st in the country.
–In the Pac-10, Cal is rated as having the No. 6 quarterbacks, No. 4 running backs, No. 7 wide receivers/tight ends, No. 6 offensive line, No. 7 defensive line, No. 3 linebackers and No. 8 defensive backs.
–Cal is picked as having the 12th-best recruiting class in the country.
–Linebackers Chris Martin and Cecil Whiteside and wide receiver/defensive back Keenan Allen are all rated among the top 100 recruits in the nation.
–Austin Hinder is rated as the No. 11 quarterback recruit in the country.
–Martin is rated as the No. 4 defensive end recruit in the country (he is projected as a linebacker, however).
–Whiteside is rated as the No. 8 linebacker recruit in the country.
–Nick Forbes is rated as the No. 14 linebacker recruit in the country.
–Dave Wilkerson is rated as the No. 16 linebacker recruit in the country.
–Allen is rated as the No. 2 athlete recruit in the country.
–Cal commit Mustafa Jalil is rated among the top defensive tackles in the 2011 class.
–Cal’s Sept. 25 game at Arizona is rated as one of the Pac-10’s key games this season.
–Linebacker Mike Mohamed and punter Bryan Anger are picked as All-Pac-10 first team selections. Running back Shane Vereen, offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and defensive end Cameron Jordan were picked to the second team while wide receiver Marvin Jones, tight end Anthony Miller, safety Sean Cattouse and wide receiver Jeremy Ross were each selected to the third team.
–Center Alex Mack and wide receiver DeSean Jackson were picked to the Pac-10’s all-decade team.
–The Bears are projected to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Fresno State.
–In a feature called “Scouting the Golden Bears” in which Athlon quotes unnamed Pac-10 assistant coaches, it was said that “The Bears have really been a hard team to figure out. Jeff Tedford is as good as any coach in the league, but they seem to be getting less out of their talent the last couple of seasons.”
–Cornerback Steve Williams was selected as Cal’s “Rising Star.”:
**FULL DISCLOSURE: I do Athlon’s season-preview for Cal, but I am not involved predicting where they will finish or with any of the other rankings. I did pick Williams as Cal’s rising star, however.

–Cal is picked 8th in the Pac-10.
–Martin is picked as the Pac-10’s top impact freshman.
–Cornerback Darian Hagan was selected as the Pac-10’s biggest underacheiver.
–Cal was picked as the Pac-10 team that is “descending” this year.
–Anger, Cattouse and Miller were picked to the All-Pac-10 team (only one team was selected).
–Jordan is picked as Cal’s “Next Big Thing.”
–Cal is picked as having the No. 3 recruiting class in the Pac-10.
–Jalil is listed among the 100 players to watch in the class of 2011.

–Cal is picked to finish 7th in the Pac-10.
–Cal is ranked 43rd in the country.
–Vereen is ranked as the No. 18 running back in the country.
–Mohamed is listed as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country.
–Anger is listed as the No. 5 punter in the country.
–Cal has the No. 11 recruiting class nationally.
–Martin is ranked as the No. 18 defensive end recruit (not listed at linebacker)
–Gabe King is ranked as the No. 30 defensive end recruit.
–Cecil Whiteside is ranked as the No. 38 linebacker recruit.
–Allen is ranked as the No. 5 defensive back recruit (Cal plans on using him primarily at wide receiver).
–Jalil is listed among the top defensive tackles in the class of 2011.
–Cal is ranked as having the No. 2 linebacker class in the country.
–Cal is ranked as having the No. 6 defensive end class in the country (that likely includes Martin as a defensive end).
–Cal is ranked as having the No. 10 defensive back class in the country (that likely includes Allen as a defensive back).
–Miller, Cattouse, Mohamed and Anger are all listed on the All-Pac-10 first team.
–Vereen, Schwartz and Jordan are on the All-Pac-10 second team.
–Cal’s game at USC, at Oregon State, vs. Oregon and vs. Stanford are all listed as games to watch in the Pac-10 this season.
–Jordan is ranked as the eighth-best NFL talent in the Pac-10.
–Cal is listed as having the No. 3 recruiting class in the Pac-10.
–Martin is listed as the Pac-10’s top newcomer.

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

    Oh my, $C is purging football players like a model throwing up before a show.

  • BlueNGold

    Its amazing what a football factory can do for its apprentices.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    It sucks when the only thing your football program is known for is that “lateral” play. Unfortunately it no longer ranks as the best play in college football.

  • Calduke

    To 2x Gldn

    Thank you for the info on Grease Monkey. I am giving it some thought.
    Several times in the past individuals have asked JO to ban MoreNC, but, it hasn’t happen. I suspect one reason is that there are so many ‘posters’ here that seem to enjoy corresponding and exchanging ideas with MoreNC. If JO banned MoreNC, this would prevent the interaction of many of the posters.
    The responses to MoreNC are extremely negative and seem to indicate a strong distaste for MoreNC; yet, they don’t enable Grease Monkey to block. Responding to MoreNC has become entertainment to many of the posters on this site and their comments dominate the comment sections.
    If these many posters have such negative feelings about MoreNC why haven’t they enabled Grease Monkey.

    If I choose to enable Grease Monkey I will still have to navigate through all these comments to MoreNC just to find something related to Cal Football

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Sanctions hurt us badly. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/409518-usc-trojans-recruiting-2011-commit-cody-kessler

    Just remember – for every second and third stringer that transfers we have an opening for another recuit. It is as easy as spelling M-O-A-L-A?

  • milo

    Actually Moron, given the 30 schollies taken away, $C will NOT have room for all the recruits you like. $C will be taking a knee and a kick to the groin.

    p.s. For you mental health and interwebs types, do a search on “internet asperger syndrome”, I think that describes Moron pretty well…i.e, she/he is semi-retarded.

  • BlueNGold

    Has the 13 year old QB withdrawn his commit yet?

  • Daniel

    Clowning MoreNC’s is fun.

    It feels better with some slap on the wrist punishment finally being handed down to $c, even if it is 6 years late. Seems the NCAA wanted to milk Carroll’s cash cow as long as possible.

    Paying back $34 million (plus interest) for the stolen BCS bids would be justice.

    Maybe the admins can correct its screenname to 1NCisComingAfter2012IfAnyRecruitsStay.

    It does make a good point though. Reggie Bush is guilty, where is the NFL’s Big Ben style suspension of Bush for “bad decisions”?

  • Will


    Dillon Baxter will fit right in! Here’s the best part of the article:

    “Baxter, who ran for 2,984 yards on 261 carries last season in high school, has drawn comparisons to Reggie Bush”

    …I think the comparisons extend beyond on field performance LOL

  • BlueNGold

    Yes, Reggie Bush is guilty. He deserves to have his Heisman trophy stripped away. But that does not, in itself, mean the athletic dept. is blameless, or does not deserve the sanctions that were imposed.

    It is unfortunate that the impact of sanctions of this nature fall upon players who were not involved in the activities that led to the sanctions being imposed. But that is the nature of this sort of punishment. Same thing happened at Cal when sanctions were imposed after the Bozemen debacle.

  • BlueNGold

    The article below is not particularly germane to the topic of this thread, but its subject is one that merits discussion among the Cal athletics community, and this blog does not allow us common folk to start new discussions, so here it is:


  • covinared

    BNG: Please avoid intellectual topics and focus on usc and moren.

  • Calduke

    BNG Pleasssssssssssse!!

    Do not incorporate any Cal Bear’s sports related items
    on this site.
    Focus – Man – Focus