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2011 Depth & Position Analysis

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Fall Camp ended on Monday for the 2011 California Golden Bears.  The team has now started preparing for the season opener vs. Fresno State.  The coaches have likely made their decisions regarding the initial 2011 depth chart.  Below is Cal Football Blog’s unofficial position-by-position analysis.

Note:  According to various reports (including Okanes & Gorcey), at least 6 true freshmen will play this year:  WR Maurice Harris, TE Richard Rodgers, NT Vei Moala, LB Brennan Scarlett, CB Stefan McClure, S Avery Walls.  A few more may or may not redshirt, depending on need and/or how they develop:  RB Brendan Bigelow, WR Bryce McGovern (walk-on), DE Mustafa Jalil, CB Kam Jackson.

[true freshmen in italics / (approximate scholarship count in parentheses)]

Quarterbacks (5)

#15 Zach Maynard JR

#16 Allan Bridgford SO

#10 Brock Mansion SR

#7 Austin Hinder FR

#6 Kyle Boehm FR (redshirt)

Maynard has been the starter since the end of Spring Ball.  Under the tutelage of Coach Tedford and Coach Arroyo, he has shown marked improvement since the spring and most notably throughout fall camp.  Bridgford was recently named the backup QB, and should provide a solid #2 option.  Hinder could push Mansion for the #3 spot as the season progresses.  Boehm will redshirt.

Running Backs (11)

#20 Isi Sofele JR (TB) & #22 Will Kapp SR (FB)

#33 Covaughn Deboskie-Johnson JR (TB) & #31 John Tyndall SR (FB)

#23 Dasarte Yarnway SO (TB) & #29 Nico Dumont SO (FB)

#9 C.J. Anderson JR (TB) & #32 David Aknin JR (FB)

#13 Mike Manuel JR (TB)

#5 Brendan Bigelow FR (possible redshirt)

#25 Daniel Lasco FR (redshirt)

#34 Darren Ervin FR (redshirt)

#24 Trajuan Briggs FR (injured) & #48 Eric Stevens JR (injured)

Sofele and Kapp will start, while Deboskie should get substantial carries in Coach Gould’s 2-back system.  Yarnway and Anderson will continue to compete for the #3 role, with Anderson reportedly pushing CDJ for the #2 spot.  Manuel should contribute on special teams.  Bigelow could potentially redshirt, while fellow freshmen Lasco & Ervin will redshirt as well.  Stevens is out for the year with an injury, and Briggs’ status is also in doubt (unconfirmed/possible injury).

Wide Receivers (7)

#1 Marvin Jones SR & #21 Keenan Allen SO

#11 Mike Calvin SR & #2 Coleman Edmond SR

#4 Kaelin Clay FR & #3 Maurice Harris FR

#86 Bryce McGovern FR & #8 Terrance Montgomery FR

#28 Jackson Bouza SO & #81 Ross Bostock JR

#17 Quinn Tedford JR & #89 Stephen Anderson FR (redshirt)

In Jones and Allen, Cal potentially has two #1 receivers – with a solid season, both could end up with post-season honors.  Calvin is due for a breakout year, while Edmond is a versatile option as a deep threat and on end-arounds/fly-sweeps.  Clay will provide Coach Kiesau’s group with elite speed, while Harris will play as a true freshman.  In somewhat of a surprise, walk-on true freshman Bryce McGovern is also likely to play this year.  Nicknamed “Wes Welker” by his teammates, McGovern showed solid hands and route-running throughout camp – if he doesn’t redshirt, he should contribute at least on special teams.

Tight Ends (5)

#80 Anthony Miller SR

#87 Spencer Hagan SO

#45 Spencer Ladner JR

#84 Jacob Wark FR

#82 Richard Rodgers FR

#85 Ben Miroglio FR (redshirt)

Miller is the undisputed starter, while converted WR Spencer Hagan should see significant time as an H-back/flex-TE.  Given the limited experienced depth at FB, Ladner and Wark will likely be in the rotation as the 2nd TE in 2-tight end sets.  Freshman Richard Rodgers rounds out the depth, providing additional size and speed to Coach Genyk’s group.

Offensive Line (13)

#72 Mitch Schwartz SR (LT) / #57 Brian Schwenke JR (LG) / #65 Dom Galas JR (C) / #61 Justin Cheadle SR (RG) / #75 Matt Summers-Gavin JR (RT)

#77 Tyler Rigsbee JR (T) / #71 Alex Crosthwaite FR (G) / #68 Mark Brazinski SO (C)

#79 Bill Tyndall SO (T) / #70 Geoff Gibson FR (G) / #58 Chris Adcock FR (C)

#74 Matt Williams JR (T) / #52 Justin Gates SR (G)

#77 Jordan Rigsbee FR (redshirt) / #59 Brian Farley FR (redshirt)

The 5 starters are experienced – only Galas is not a returning starter – but there is very little proven depth behind them.  Coach M has been working hard to develop and determine the “next 3 guys” in the rotation – most likely Rigsbee and Crosthwaite, plus one of Tyndall/Gibson/Brazinski.  No doubt, the OL (health & production) will be key to the success of the Bears’ offense this year.

Defensive Line (11)

#92 Trevor Guyton SR (DE) / #96 Kendrick Payne JR (NT) / #95 Ernest Owusu SR (DE)

#91 Deandre Coleman SO (DE) / #50 Aaron Tipoti JR (NT) / #99 Gabe King FR (DE)

#56 Keni Kaufusi SO (DE) / #55 Vei Moala FR (NT) / #90 Mustafa Jalil FR (DE)

#41 Todd Barr FR (redshirt) / #75 Puka Lopa FR (redshirt)

Coach Lupoi leads the deepest group on the team – Guyton/Payne/Owusu are the starters, but Coleman/Tipoti/King will be in the regular rotation and will play substantial minutes.  350 lb true freshman Vei Moala will play, and there is a good chance fellow true frosh Moose Jalil will play as well.

Linebackers (14)

#44 Dave Wilkerson FR (OLB) / #30 Mychal Kendricks SR (ILB) / #3 D.J. Holt SR (ILB) / #40 Chris McCain FR (OLB)

#14 Cecil Whiteside FR (OLB) / #22 Ryan Davis SR (OLB) / #33 Nick Forbes SO (ILB)

#17 Brennan Scarlett FR (OLB) / #42 Steve Fanua SO (ILB) / #37 Rob Mullins JR (ILB)

#34 J.P. Hurrell JR (ILB) / #43 Dan Camporeale SO (OLB) / #51 Kam Krebs JR (OLB)

#19 Jason Gibson FR (redshirt) / #13 Jalen Jefferson FR (redshirt) / #32 Nathan Broussard FR (redshirt)

Kendricks and Holt, both seniors and returning starters, are the heart of Coach P’s defense.  They’ll be flanked by Wilkerson on the strongside, while McCain/Whiteside/Davis will rotate and compete for the weakside/rush LB (Predator) spot.  Freshman Brennan Scarlett will likely see time in passing situations, while Nick Forbes will be the top backup in the middle.  Coach Thompson’s group has experienced depth with Mullins, Fanua, Hurrell, Camporeale, and Krebs – all should contribute on special teams.

Cornerbacks (7)

#2 Marc Anthony JR & #1 Steve Williams SO

#23 Josh Hill JR & #21 Stefan McClure FR

#15 Adrian Lee FR & #9 Kam Jackson FR (possible redshirt)

#20 Issac Lapite FR & #27 Joel Willis FR (redshirt)

Coach Ambrose called his CB group “explosive” in a recent interview.  Anthony & Williams are solid starters, while Hill also has starting experience and should see plenty of snaps as the nickelback/rover.  Lee and true freshman Stefan McClure provide depth, while true frosh Kam Jackson may also play.

Safeties (6)

#11 Sean Cattouse SR & #7 D.J. Campbell SR

#8 C.J. Moncrease SR & #5 Mike Coley FR

#4 Avery Walls FR & #6 Alex Logan SO

#31 Tyre Ellison JR

Cattouse heads into his senior season has the leader of the secondary, and he will be joined by Campbell as the starting safeties.  Fellow senior C.J. Moncrease provides experienced depth, while Coley and true freshman Avery Walls should contribute at least on special teams.

Specialists (4)

#40 Giorgio Tavecchio SR (K) / #19 Bryan Anger SR (P) / #50 Matt Rios JR (LS)

#16 Vince D’Amato JR (K) / #45 Jed Barnett FR (P)

#2 Coleman Edmond (KR) & #21 Keenan Allen (PR/KR)

#4 Kaelin Clay (KR) & #1 Marvin Jones (PR)

Tavecchio has reportedly improved his leg strength and accuracy, while Anger is one of the top punters in the nation.  Rios is a solid long snapper, and Mansion will continue to hold for field goals and PATs.  Edmond and Allen (or Clay) will likely be the top 2 kick returners, while Allen will serve double-duty as the punt returner.

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