Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Cal releases first spring depth chart
By Ted Miller
California has released its first spring depth chart, but just know that the quarterbacks are listed in alphabetical order with a noncommittal "or" between true freshman Jared Goff, junior Austin Hinder and redshirt freshman Zach Kline.
There also are number of name players who are not listed due to injury, including RB Brendan Bigelow, TE Richard Rodgers, TE Spencer Hagan, OL Chris Adcock, WR Chris Harper, RB Daniel Lasco, LB/DE Chris McCain, LB/DE Brennan Scarlett (hand) and DE Sione Sina.
So this depth chart is written in pencil. It, in fact, feels a bit like red meat handed to reporters -- and potential motivation to players.
First impression: The defense looks sneaky good. Moving Deandre Coleman from end to noseguard in the new base 4-3 is interesting. Penn State transfer Khairi Fortt, who was injured last year, is listed first at weakside linebacker. The secondary boasts four talented starters but is green in terms of depth.
Sophomore Darren Ervin is No. 1 at running back, but Bigelow and Lasco may end up Nos. 1 and 2 in the fall.
The starting line: LT Freddie Tagaloa, LG Jordan Rigsbee, C Matt Cochran, RG Alejandro Crosthwaite and RT Bill Tyndall. Rigsbee and Tyndall are returning starters. Tagaloa is a massive sophomore -- 6-foot-8, 350 pounds -- with tremendous upside. The injured Adcock was a starter at right guard last year.
The three top receivers: Bryce Treggs (X), Jackson Bouza (Y) and Kenny Lawler (Z). Interesting to see sophomore Darius Powe listed behind Bouza. Harper had an impressive true freshman campaign, winning a starting job. He'll certainly be in the mix in the fall.
Sophomore Maximo Espitia is No. 1 at H-back, while junior Lucas Gingold is No. 1 at the "bone." One might expect the immensely talented Rodgers to fit in there somewhere in the fall, if not even as a big receiver.