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Cal vs. UCLA Quick Preview


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Still searching for their first FBS win, Cal (1-4) will be in Pasadena on Saturday to play UCLA (4-0).  For a quick preview of the Bruins – including QB Brett Hundley & LB Anthony Barr – check out the links below, courtesy of CGB:

– UCLA Scouting Report

– UCLA Offense Preview

– UCLA Defense Preview

The Golden Bears are a heavy underdog in this game, and an upset over the Baby Bears would be a shock.  While both teams are young and have suffered several key injuries, Cal has been affected worse on both counts.  The Bears are the 2nd youngest FBS team, and the inexperience has shown throughout the first 5 games, especially on defense.  Cal has also lost 7 players – including 4 starters – to season-ending injuries.

Despite their early-season struggles, the Bears remain confident and are hopeful that this game will be the start of a turnaround.  Players from Southern California – such as Bryce Treggs, Chris Harper, and Kam Jackson – will have extra motivation to pull off an upset.  Also, don’t miss Golden Bear Report‘s in-depth 1-on-1 interview with Sonny Dykes – LINK.

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Cal vs. Northwestern Preview & Depth Chart Analysis


After a long offseason and a spirited fall camp (HT Nam@CGB), football returns to California Memorial Stadium this Saturday, August 31.  The season opener features the debut of new Cal Coach Sonny Dykes and the high-tempo Bear Raid.  The sturdy Golden Bears – who may have the toughest schedule in the country – match up against the 22nd [in both the AP & USA Today polls] ranked Northwestern Wildcats.

Cal starts true freshman QB Jared Goff, while Northwestern will have the dual-QB tandem of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian.  We should expect a fairly high scoring affair, as both teams will showcase explosive playmakers on offense – including RB Brendan Bigelow (Cal) and RB/KR Venric Mark (Northwestern).  With kickoff set for 7:30pm Pacific, everyone should look forward to an exciting night game!

Northwestern Week 1

Our friends at California Golden Blogs have put together detailed scouting reports on Northwestern:

offense and defense

Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald leads an experienced team coming off a 10-win season, while the Cal two-deep is littered with underclassmen:

Cal is not only breaking in two new schemes on offense and defense, both of which are significantly different than what the Bears ran a year ago, it will also start 10 sophomores or freshmen. While the talent is promising, this is a young team that could experience some growing pains on Saturday.

Ted Miller’s Pac-12 Blog

True freshman signal caller Jared Goff will direct the Bear Raid, but Cal will be missing veteran LB Nick Forbes, who is doubtful to play due to a lingering back injury.  RS freshman LB Hardy Nickerson will start in his place.  Leading returning WR Chris Harper, who had hurt his shoulder earlier in the week, will also start – as will SS Avery Sebastian, who had suffered a scary concussion a week into fall camp.  DE Brennan Scarlett will dress, but is questionable as he was limited all camp – as a result of a slow recovery from a broken hand that he suffered last season.

Cal’s offense will feature multiple running backs out of various sets – including the “regular” spread look, as well as the diamond & pistol formations.  Brendan Bigelow will start, but Daniel Lasco and Khalfani Muhammad are expected to receive a decent number of snaps.  Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin has been on record stating that at least 10 receivers (outside & inside) will play during a given game.  This means that in addition to starters Chris Harper & Bryce Treggs (Z & X – outside) and Richard Rodgers & Jackson Bouza (Y & H – inside), reserves such as Kenny Lawler & Maurice Harris (outside) and Maximo Espitia & Darius Powe (inside) will receive significant playing time.

The offensive line is led by returning starter C Chris Adcock, who is responsible for the cadence (snap count) and line calls (protections) in the Dykes/Franklin system.  Freddie Tagaloa & Jordan Rigsbee anchor the left side of the line, while rookies Matt Cochran & Steve Moore – both redshirt freshmen, and thus a potential weak point up front – are slated to hold down the right side.  Look for senior Bill Tyndall and walk-on Brian Farley to come in as the first subs off the bench.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh runs a base 4-3, and we should expect to see heavy rotation in the front-7 to keep the D fresh – especially if the Bear Raid runs at the 8-second-between-plays tempo that is Franklin’s reported goal.  Deandre Coleman & Vei Moala will start at DT, but Mustafa Jalil & Gabe King should get plenty of snaps.  Similarly, Chris McCain & Dan Camporeale will start at DE, but Kyle Kragen & Todd Barr should play as well.  Puka Lopa & Brennan Scarlett may even get into the rotation at some point.

Jalen Jefferson & Khairi Fortt will be the “everydown” LB’s in the 4-2-5 set – which we should see often as a counter to Northwestern multiple/spread-option attack.  Hardy Nickerson will be the MLB in the base defense, while fellow RS freshman Mike Barton should rotate in when Jefferson or Fortt need a breather.

The secondary is the most vulnerable part of the Cal defense.  Beyond starters Stefan McClure & Kam Jackson (at CB) and Avery Sebastian & Mike Lowe (at SS/FS), there is very little depth.  Buh will need youngsters such as S Damariay Drew & NB Issac Lapite to play well in nickel and dime packages.  Former WR Joel Willis, who converted to DB in the last week of camp, may get playing time in nickel/dime looks as well.


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Jared Goff Named Starting QB


BERKELEY – True freshman Jared Goff has been named the starting quarterback at Cal, head coach Sonny Dykes announced Friday. Goff has been in a competition for the starting job along with redshirt freshman Zach Kline and junior Austin Hinder since spring ball began last February.

“We have had a fiercely-contested competition for our starting quarterback position,” Dykes said. “It’s important to name a starter and give them the reps they need to be prepared to play. We feel that right now Jared Goff gives us the best chance to be successful as a team, but we are very fortunate to have three outstanding quarterbacks we feel we can be successful with.”

“I’m honored to get the chance to start for Cal and am looking forward to going out and helping the team win,” Goff said. “I’m super excited and ready to get rolling. My competitors are great quarterbacks as well. It was a tremendous competition that has helped all us become better quarterbacks.”

Press Release from Cal Athletics (August 16, 2013)


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2013 Fall Camp Schedule


[excerpt from Cal news release]

The Cal football team will open training camp for the 2013 season on Monday, Aug. 5. The Golden Bears are scheduled to work out every day at California Memorial Stadium through Saturday, Aug. 24. All training camp practices are scheduled to be open to the public but if there any changes the information will be posted at CalBears.com.

2013 CAL FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DAY, DATE (GATE 1 OPENS) … NOTES
Monday, August 5 (5 p.m.) … Helmets
Tuesday, August 6 (5 p.m.) … Helmets
Wednesday, August 7 (5 p.m.) … Helmets
Thursday, August 8 (5 p.m.) … Helmets
Friday, August 9 (5 p.m.) … Helmets
Saturday, August 10 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Sunday, August 11 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Monday, August 12 (9:30 a.m.) … Freshmen Developmental Practice
Monday, August 12 (4:30 p.m.) … Pads
Tuesday, August 13 (4:30 p.m.) … Pads
Wednesday, August 14 (9:30 a.m.) … Freshmen Developmental Practice
Wednesday, August 14 (4:30 p.m.) … Pads
Thursday, August 15 (9:30 a.m.) … Freshmen Developmental Practice
Thursday, August 15 (4:30 p.m.) … Pads
Friday, August 16 (9:30 a.m.) … Freshman Developmental Practice
Friday, August 16 (4:30 p.m.) … Pads
Saturday, August 17 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Sunday, August 18 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Monday, August 19 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Tuesday, August 20 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Wednesday, August 21 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Thursday, August 22 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Friday, August 23 (4 p.m.) … Pads
Saturday, August 24 (11 a.m.) … Pregame Simulation/Helmets

Fans attending Cal football practices during the team’s 2013 training camp should enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 1 at the north end of the facility, with available seating in sections EE, F, FF and G.

More information at CalBears.com