Thursday, April 28, 2011
Exiting the spring: California
By ESPN.com staff
California concludes spring practices with a final scrimmage -- not really a game -- on Saturday. Here's a brief primer.
Spring game: Cal will hold an informal scrimmage Saturday from 12-2:30 p.m. at Contra Costa College.
Questions answered: The Bears have closed practices and a lot of injured players, so it's hard to say which questions were answered. The QB competition has been reduced to three from five -- Zach Maynard, Brock Mansion and Allan Bridgford -- with Maynard appearing to hold a slight lead due to practice order. Whoever wins the job will have a solid group of receivers, particularly if Michael Calvin stays healthy, which he did this spring. A number of young players on defense played well. Spring helped new-old coaches Jim Michalczik (offensive coordinator/line) and Eric Kiesau (receivers/passing game coordinator) -- who both previously coach with Jeff Tedford -- get back into the swing in Berkeley.
Questions unanswered: The starting QB likely won't be anointed until well into fall camp. The running back depth behind Isi Sofele is uncertain, and incoming freshmen -- Brendan Bigelow and Daniel Lasco --are expected to immediately enter the mix. The pecking order on the offensive line is unclear. There will be lot of young talent looking to breakthrough on defense, even at the expense of veteran players.
Spring stars: Some of the young standouts on defense include safety Michael Coley, defensive end Gabe King, linebackers Dave Wilkerson, Chris McCain and Nick Forbes and Cecil Whiteside. Freshman Kaelin Clay looks ready to help at receiver.