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.