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Football: Cal’s 1st fall depth chart

CAL DEPTH CHART

— OFFENSE —

LEFT TACKLE
Brian Farley (6-7, 290, Sr)
Aaron Cochran (6-8, 340, So)
LEFT GUARD
Chris Borrayo (6-3, 310, Jr)
Patrick Mekari (6-4, 290, Fr)
J.D. Hinnant (6-4, 290, So)
CENTER
Dominic Granado (6-4, 290, Jr)
Addison Ooms (6-4, 295, Fr)
Ryan Gibson (6-2, 280, Fr)
RIGHT GUARD
Jordan Rigsbee (6-5, 300, Sr)
Semisi Uluave (6-5, 345, Fr)
Benji Palu (6-0, 280, Fr)
Michael Trani (6-3, 290, Fr)
RIGHT TACKLE
Steven Moore (6-6, 305, Jr)
Kamryn Bennett (6-3, 290, Fr)
Vincent Johnson (6-5, 285, So)
QUARTERBACK
Jared Goff (6-4, 214, Jr)
Chase Forrest (6-2, 200, Fr)
Ross Bowers (6-2, 190, Fr)
Cole Webb (6-0, 180, Sr)
David Maaghul (6-4, 220, Fr)
RUNNING BACK
Daniel Lasco (6-1, 205, Sr)
Vic Enwere (6-1, 230, So)
Tre Watson (5-10, 195, So)
Jeffrey Coprich (5-9, 175, Jr)
or
Khalfani Muhammad (5-9, 170, Jr)
Lonny Powell (5-10, 210, Fr)
Fabiano Hale (5-11, 225, So)
X RECEIVER
Trevor Davis (6-2, 185, Sr)
or
Maurice Harris (6-3, 195)
Patrick Worstell (6-2, 190, Jr)
Brandon Singleton (6-0, 165, Fr)
Y RECEIVER
Stephen Anderson (TE, 6-3, 230, Sr)
Raymond Hudson (TE, 6-3, 235, So)
Bug Rivera (WR, 5-8, 185, Jr)
Kyle Wells (TE, 6-3, 230, Fr)
Aaron Austin (WR, 6-4, 210, Fr)
H RECEIVER
Bryce Treggs (6-0, 185, Sr)
Darius Powe (6-3, 220, Sr)
Matt Rockett (5-9, 180, So)
Patrick Laird (6-0, 205, So)
Z RECEIVER
Kenny Lawler (6-3, 195, Jr)
Jack Austin (6-3, 210, So)
Chad Hansen (6-2, 195, So)
Carlos Strickland (6-4, 200, Fr)

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Football: Few surprises on first depth chart but a familiar name to join Bears’ coaching staff

Coach Sonny Dykes released his first fall depth chart and also announced that former Golden Bears star Andre Carter will join the coaching staff as a graduate-student assistant after classes begin Wednesday.

Carter, a consensus All-America defensive end as a senior at Cal in 2000 who retired two years ago after 13 NFL seasons, is returning to campus to complete his undergrad degree.

Dykes is excited by what the San Jose-Oak Grove High graduate can bring.

“Where do you start? He’s obviously a heck of a football player, a great NFL player,” Dykes said of Carter, who played his first five NFL seasons with the 49ers and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011.

“Probably most impressive is he’s just a good guy. A very humble person, just wants to help, loves Cal. A great role model for your players and the kind of guy you want to have around your program.”

Carter was a two-time All-Pac-10 pick at Cal and totaled 80.5 career sacks after being a first-round NFL draft pick. Dykes said the 36-year-old looks like he could still play.

“We’ll have to try to sneak him in a ballgame if we can,” Dykes joked.

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There were few surprises on Cal’s first depth chart, and Dykes said things will remain fluid at some spots.

He named junior Noah Beito the No. 1 placekicker after a training camp but said sophomore Matt Anderson will continue to compete with a chance to win the position.

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Football: Daniel Lasco gets some ESPN love

Who is the best NFL running back prospect in the Pac-12 right now?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay suggests it’s Cal senior Daniel Lasco.

BTW, check out No. 5 on the list — Sonny Dykes coached him as a freshman in 2012.

Here is McShay’s list top 10 running backs for the 2016 NFL draft:

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State*
2. Derrick Henry, Alabama*
3. Corey Clement, Wisconsin*
4. James Conner, Pittsburgh
5. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
6. Josh Ferguson, Illinois
7. Daniel Lasco, California
8. Devontae Booker, Utah
9. Russell Hansbrough, Missouri
10. Storm Woods, Oregon State

* – denotes underclassman

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Football: Citing Kenny Lawler, coach Sonny Dykes extolls value of Bears’ improved consistency

Coach Sonny Dykes talked about consistency in his program on Monday, initially focusing on the progress of one player, then explaining how it’s critical to the entire squad.

“It’s really about coming out and knowing what you’re going to get, guys being consistent. That’s where we’ve grown up as a football team,” Dykes said.

“We’ve got guys who have made some plays in the past, but now they’re consistent football players. Kenny Lawler is somebody that comes to mind,” he said of the junior wide receiver, who led the Bears in catches, receiving yards and TD receptions last season.

“Kenny has made a lot of flashy catches and done some good things around here, but he hasn’t always been an incredibly consistent football player. I was talking to Kenny, and Kenny’s had 18 good practices and one OK practice this fall camp. That’s dramatic improvement.

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Football: Dykes lauds Bears’ effort in practice

Cal held a rare closed practice Monday, with coach Sonny Dykes afterward praising the performance of both his offensive and defensive units.

“Offensively, I thought we executed about as well as we ever have,” he said. “Defensively we were in position a lot of times to make some plays.

“We got as much out of today as we have out of any practice we’ve had up to this point.”

The Bears got work done in their two-minute drill, red-zone and overtime situations.

Wide receiver Bryce Treggs, slowed last week by a sprained foot, went full speed in the no-tackling workout and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff in 7-on-7.

Dykes said the offensive line has performed as well the past 4-5 practices as anytime since he got to Cal.

He noted that redshirt freshman Kam Bennett has been moved from guard to tackle and is competing with Vinnie Johnson for the No. 4 spot. Also, freshman Patrick Mekari is pushing for the No. 4 guard spot, behind classmate Semisis Uluave, who has established himself as the likely No. 3.

The duel between Noah Beito and Matt Anderson for the starting placekicker job remains too close to call, Dykes said, and the Bears punting game continue to need improvement.

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 The Bears will hold an open practice Tuesday, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Football: Four-star wide receiver picks Bears

The Bears got perhaps their biggest recruiting news of the year on Monday when Jordan Duncan, rated a four-star wide receiver by Rivals, announced via Twitter he will attend Cal next fall.

“It’s Official! I AM A CAL BEAR! #CalGang16 LET’S GOOOO”

A 6-foot-1, 193-pounder from Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Duncan made a campus visit over the weekend.

He caught 71 passes for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, according to Rivals. As a sophomore, Duncan caught 65 passes for 926 yards and 10 TDs,  reported the website RecruitingNewsGuru.com.

Duncan also plays safety and cornerback for his high school team, helping the Warriors to back-to-back state championship game appearances and a title in 2013.

The 22nd player to orally commit to Cal, Duncan is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He chose the Bears among offers from at least a dozen schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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Football: Bears expect running game to rev in ’15

Cal coach Sonny Dykes’ dream for the perfect ending to a football game is not as glamorous as you might imagine.

“We want to become that kind of team where we can get the ball back with 4 minutes to go and hand it off six times and get out of the ballgame,” he said.

As the Bears prepare for their Sept. 5 opener at home against Grambling State, their goal on offense this season is to become a team that dictates when it wants to run the ball.

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Football: Fall camp winds down

Cal is practicing just once Friday — a closed morning sessions at De La Salle High — then will enjoy a team activity at a Bay Area water park.

The action was a bit more intense during Thursday morning’s practice at Memorial Stadium, where junior safety Damariay Drew got a little too enthusiastic while closing out on Kenny Lawler after the receiver made a catch over the middle.

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Basketball: The numbers Down Under

The Bears will return home having learned a lot about themselves during a four-game tour of Australia, including how they must get off to better starts.

Cal trailed early in three of four games Down Under, winning the first two times that happened. The Bears could not finish the deal Friday at Wollongong, losing 110-99 to the Illawarra Hawks, no doubt easily the best opponent they faced.

Fouls – the stunning total of 40 of them – did in the Bears against the pros from the National Basketball League team. Australian commentators sympathized with Cal’s players, who were not prepared for even the lightest touches being whistled as fouls.

But the Bears must take a piece of the responsibility. They were lost defensively early, allowing the Hawks to consistently find open 3-point shots. And when they became came alive defensively, they often were too aggressive.

Eight Cal players finished with at least four fouls, with Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Tyrone Wallace and Kingsley Okoroh each fouling out.

But there was a lot for coach Cuonzo Martin to like about his team’s performances. Although Brown, the 6-foot-7 freshman forward, showed himself to be an elite talent, Cal displayed terrific unselfishness and scoring balance.

Consider these final four-game scoring numbers:

Jaylen Brown 17.8 points per game
Jabari Bird 15.5 ppg
Tyrone Wallace 14.8 ppg
Jordan Mathews 13.8 ppg
Ivan Rabb 12.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg