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Football: Notes, Eric Stevens

Here’s my notebook today, focusing on Eric Stevens capitalizing on his opportunities at fullback.

 

Here’s some more of what Stevens had to say:

On taking advantage of an opportunity with the injury to Will Kapp:

“Will is a guy I look up to. It definitely gave me an opportunity to step in and show what I can do. But Will has been there the whole time, right there helping me with all the mental stuff.”

 

On whether he had ever played fullback before getting to Cal (he played tight end in high school):

“I played a little bit my freshman year. I played a little tailback growing up. My junior and senior year of high school, I was primarily a tight end.”

 

On learning to play fullback:

“The mental part of the game was tough, all the pass protections and stuff. It was all new to me. Coming from high school, we ran the option. We ran every single play. But Coach (Gould) was great. He was awesome. He’s an awesome person to learn from.”

 

On how training camp is going for him:

“I still got a lot of work to do but this camp has definitely been my best camp. I feel the most comfortable.”

 

On how often he talks with his older brother, former Cal and current Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens:

“I try to talk to him at least once a week, just to talk football. He’s really motivational. He helps me keep my head on straight.”

 

JEFF TEDFORD ON ERIC STEVENS:

“The toughness is ingrained in that family. They don’t say much. They’re just hard working, tough guys. Craig was that way and Eric is the same.”

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.

  • dball

    JO,
    Great story. This is the kind of story that helps us as fans make connections to the players, gives us more reasons to root for certain guys. The tough part about rooting for Eric Stevens is that he’s behind Will Kapp, who himself has connections to a Cal legend. So I’ll root for both of them to have a great year and great careers at Cal. Go Bears!

  • CalBear91

    I second Dball. Especially like the quote about him being hard working.