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Football: Andy Buh impressed by Sina, McCain

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 3:31 pm in Football, Training camp.

Two days into Cal’s fall camp, defensive coordinator Andy Buh said that defensive ends Sione Sina and Chris McCain have caught his eye for their early efforts. Both sat out the spring while rehabbing injuries.

Buh on Sina: “He’s a big athletic guy. He’s 275 pounds plus, who still moves somewhat like a linebacker. We’re still transitioning him from playing up to down. There’s going to be some growing pains there, but he looks pretty good out there.”

On McCain: “We’re looking at film and he almost looks like a natural with his hand down. He did some of that in high school. There’s a lot of recall there. He’s got a lot of speed. I’m just happy that he’s out here and doing well. He’s growing up.”

Buh is getting a limited look at Brennan Scarlett, another linebacker-turned-end in the Bears’ new 4-3 alignment. Scarlett, who had hand surgery last spring, continues to wear a red jersey in practice, signifying he’s in a non-contact mode for now.

“We’re all really optimistic about the end result,” Buh said. “He’ll be an unbelievable addition once he’s back.”

Safety Alex Logan continues to be on the shelf with a foot injury that kept him out of spring ball. Buh expects him back sometime during fall camp.

Logan’s status was one reason Buh assented when linebacker Jason Gibson approached him toward the end of spring ball about moving to safety.

“Since I hadn’t seen him at linebacker — and I knew he played (safety) in high school — I was open to it because of our depth issues,” Buh said of Gibson. “He’s doing good. He plays fast — got some speed.”

Buh said players on his side of the ball have made a favorable impression through two practices.

“Obviously I’m seeing a group that’s really energized, playing really hard and enthusiastic. It looked after the first two days that they’re pretty well-conditioned,” he said. “They had a good summer, came back with a lot of recall from what we did in the spring, which was really awesome to see.

“I was just concerned to see how much they retained from what we taught ‘em in the spring. A lot of it was retained and a lot of the early mistakes we saw in the spring aren’t here right now.”

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  • BlakeStreetBear

    Anyone else excited about this team!?

    There is a TON of talent on both sides of the ball. We’ve seen that talent VASTLY underachieve and certainly not “coached up” over the last several seasons. I have faith that Sonny and co. will get this motivated group to overachieve this season and we may be in for some surprises!

    There are legitimate NFLers on both sides of the ball at virtually every position – thank you JT. The coaches saw some of that talent in the Spring, and they are now seeing almost all of it in the Fall. Go Bears!

  • Crawford

    Not trying to sound like a downer debbie, but it is only 2 practices in and they have a brutal schedule. I’m excited but don’t expect more than 5-6 wins for this team.

  • Suttree

    No not all that excited. We are young, inexperienced and have a brutal schedule. Would love to be proven wrong but refuse to play the homer role at this point.

  • Raf

    The resident cynic says we go bowling this year. The schedule ain’t easy, but several schools are over-rated.