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Football: Spring practice review — receivers

HELPED HIS CAUSE: Michael Calvin. We’ve heard this before. Last year, Calvin supposedly had a great summer and training camp and was poised to finally reach the substantial potential he brought with him to Berkeley. Then Calvin went out last season and caught just 13 passes for 147 yards and no touchdowns. That being said, Calvin did have some nice moments this spring. He hooked up a handful of times with Allan Bridgford for touchdown catches, but those were against the second team defense. Calvin didn’t get a whole lot of first team reps during the practices that were open to the media, so it’s hard to say if he would have had similar production against the first defense. The bottom line is the Bears need to improve their depth behind starters Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen, and a productive Calvin would be a big addition.

WORK TO DO: Coleman Edmond. The JC transfer couldn’t crack the regular playing rotation last season as a junior. This is his last crack at it, and the Bears would like to see him contribute. Unfortunately for him, he missed a lot of the spring with an injury. Edmond was also hoping to make an impact in the return game, but his injury made it somewhat of a lost spring. With Calvin possibly emerging and Kaelin Clay looking promising, Edmond needs to have a good summer and camp to become a factor once the season comes around.

WHERE WE STAND: The Bears feel good about their starters. Jones is not a stretch-the-field,  playmaking receiver but is a decent athlete with dependable production. When health, Allen looked like a star in the making last season, although his best games came against subpar competition. But the Bears need more depth, and a receiver that makes opposing defensive coordinators nervous about the big play. Allen may be that guy, but no receiver on the roster is faster than Clay. The redshirt freshman looked good in spring practice and the coaching staff has high hopes for him.

MOVING FORWARD: The receivers need to spend the summer getting on the same page as likely starter Zach Maynard, who has only been with the program since January. The good news is Allen has been on the same page with him for years. The two are half-brothers and spent their childhoods playing football together. By the end of spring, Maynard was taking all of the first team reps so he the process has already started. If Clay can stretch the field and either Calvin or Edmond gives the Bears some production, Cal could have its best receiving corps since 2007.

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.

  • ScottyBear

    Ah yes, 2007. Lest we forget. This current group has a ton of potential and hopefully we get a legit passing game again.Go Bears!

  • Kevin

    If we can get improved OL play this year, our QB and WR’s should be able to take a big step forward. OL is the key…

  • Allan B

    JO – are you going to give a separate report for tight ends??? Hope so

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    No QBs
    No RBs
    1 dependable WR

    Sounds like an offense which will strike fear in the opposing teams defense.

  • Jan K Oski

    I trust in Kiesau. I think his behind-the-scenes contribution will pleasantly surprise a lot of us.

    Go BEARS!

  • MikeD

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  • Scott

    I went to 3 of the 4 open practices this spring & came away very impressed with the D & hopeful re: the O. I think the QB & WR positions will be solid. The question marks are really about the RBs & OL, but we have two proven coaches in those areas who should shape things up. Outside of that, the kick off/punt coverage needs the most work, but USC won a lot of games 2001 – 2009 with only so-so to sub-par coverage units. All in all, 2011 looks like 8 to 9 wins & 2012 looks like it could be a golden season.

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  • Golden Bear

    get a job amy