Here’s the link to participate in Wednesday’s chat with running back Isi Sofele. It goes from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Hope to see you all there.
Cal released its depth chart today for the season-opener. It can be found here.
A couple of highlights:
- Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, for now, has held off C.J. Anderson for the backup running back spot. It wouldn’t be a total shock if each got some time spelling Isi Sofele on Saturday.
- With Spencer Ladner still sidelined, Spencer Hagan has moved up to the No. 2 spot at tight end.
- True freshman Mustafa Jalil obviously is making an impact at defensive end. He’s listed as the co-backup to Trevor Guyton, along with Gabe King.
- Aaron Tipoti is listed as the backup at nose guard — not Viliama Moala — even though Tipoti has been out with a concussion.
- Ryan Davis is the backup to Dan Camporeale at one outside linebacker spot, but it figures to still be competitive with Cecil Whiteside.
- Freshman Avery Walls isn’t on the two-deep despite a good spring and training camp. Michael Coley and Josh Hill likely are ahead of him in nickel situations.
- Marvin Jones will start the season as the No. 1 punt returner over Keenan Allen. Coleman Edmond is the top kick returner over Mike Manuel.
Here’s more of what linebacker Dan Camporeale had to say Saturday after winning a starting job:
On his expectations going into camp:
“I didn’t really have any expectations going in. I just knew if I went out there and kept trying, kept working, like I’ve been doing every since I’ve been here, I was going to get my opportunity. I finally got it.”
Here’s my notebook today, with more on Dan Camporeale and a little about Kaelin Clay and Coleman Edmond.
Here’s a story by our own Jimmy Durkin on Kennedy-Richmond wide receiver Kenneth Walker orally committing to Cal.
Jeff Tedford said today that redshirt sophomore Dan Camporeale will be one of Cal’s starting outside linebackers next Saturday in the season-opener against Fresno State.
Camporeale, a walk-on, beat out senior Ryan Davis and freshman Cecil Whiteside for the job. Tedford said the team moved freshman Chris McCain to the other side to back up starter Dave Wilkerson.
“He’s very solid with assignments,” Tedford said of Camporeale. “He’s strong and can run. He’s been here for awhile. The other guys are fairly new. But it says a lot about him, about who he is and what he’s worked to become.
Camporeale started getting some reps during spring practice and continued to be steady even after McCain’s eye-opening first couple of days of camp. Davis began spring practice as the starter at that position.
“I didn’t really have any expectations going in,” Camporeale said. “I just knew if I went out there and kept trying, kept working, like I’ve been doing ever since since I’ve been here, I was going to get my opportunity.
“I felt like the opportunity was there. It was just up to me to prove myself and make sure I knew my stuff and go out there and work on my technique every day and prove that I can see some playing time this year.
“It was all based on me going out there and playing like I know I can. I know I can play at this level.”
Even though training camp technically ended Monday with the final scrimmage, Fan Appreciation Day always marks the unofficial end of camp. The Bears practiced in the morning then held a barbecue for players’ parents before heading down to Underhill Field for the event.
RB Trajuan Briggs, who wasn’t one of the 105 players invited to training camp, is back with the team now that classes have begun.
It’s been apparent since the end of the first week of camp that heralded running back recruit Brendan Bigelow was far from contributing. His knee may be completely healed but he hasn’t been able to cut loose and run completely hard on it yet, he’s still digesting Cal’s system and he is shaking off the cobwebs of not playing football for almost two years.
Bigelow is playing on the scout team now, meaning he’s far from playing. Jeff Tedford doesn’t ever have to say Bigelow is redshirting. He can just not play him and once the second half of the season comes along, we can draw that conclusion. But unless Bigelow starts making much bigger strides soon — and that will be hard to do on the scout team — it looks like he won’t be playing until 2012.
Tedford didn’t completely rule out Bigelow playing this season when asked about his status today, but he said it’s not likely. The only way I can see him playing is if the Bears incur injuries to one or two of their backs and they pull him off scout team for depth purposes. Even with that, he still has guys like
Dasarte Yarnway, Daniel Lasco and Mike Manuel with which to contend.
Mike Montgomery’s initial reaction to the Golden Bears’ recently completed tour of Scandanavia?
“It was expensive,” he said. “Oslo’s really expensive. No. 1 in the world.”
Try $11 for a water at a sports bar. Or $40 for a hamburger.
Otherwise, Montgomery and his staff learned some things about their team, even while injuries prevented them from using every player and every combination.