(Another editor's note: Seeing as we got this DBD rocking, no need to waste a FanPost. -TwistNRock)
Okanes has a bunch new posts. There is one on newcomers to watch:
1. Michael Calvin, wide receiver. He came to Cal as one of the more heralded prep wide receivers in the country, and it showed as a scout team player last season. Sometimes, it was hard not to watch him instead of the first and second stringers at practice. Calvin didn’t necessarily have a great spring, but sometimes that’s expected for a redshirt freshman who is coming off a scout season. Remember that Calvin spent all of last season running all of the opponents’ plays, so the springtime was a chance for him to digest Cal’s playbook. And you could see him getting better and more comfortable as spring went on, and he played pretty well during the last week. With the departure of DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan, Calvin should be the Bears’ No. 1 receiver this season.
–Will Tad Smith continue his impressive development at tight end?: Smith made the switch from defensive end and had a terrific spring. The Bears wanted Smith at tight end to provide some of the physical presence that used to come courtesy of Craig Stevens. Projected starter Cameron Morrah is potentially an excellent pass-catching tight end, but doesn’t compare to Stevens in terms of being physical at the line of scrimmage. Smith caught the ball with great proficiency during the spring. If he continues to do that, Morrah will be hearing some big-time footsteps.
–Was Richard Fisher a flash in the pan?: The walk-on redshirt sophomore surprisingly worked his way up to the first team at left guard during the spring. Will he continue to man that spot? Fisher is an unlikely starter — a vegetarian walk-on playing along an offensive line that possesses great depth. Offensive line coach Jim MIchalczik said Fisher has bulked up significantly since the spring, which could erase some of the concerns that he is undersized (He’s listed at 6-foot-4, 276 pounds).
Sweet Daily Cal article on Jahvid.
I think he's a little more powerful than people give him credit for because he looks kind of slight," says Tedford. "But he weighs 193 pounds, so he can run with power. That's something he's going to acquire more and more of as he plays, like Marshawn did. Marshawn used to be a sideline guy, and then he acquired (power)... Jahvid, I'm sure will grow into the same type of role."
[Editor's Note : Seeing as how we got news and activity going' on here, let's get a little weekend Bear Dump started. - ragnarok]
Here's a nice complement to danzig's excellent Justin Forsett tribute. Obviously an uphill slog to make the starting lineup, unless he manages to fit his "5-foot-8 (with heels), 194-pound (with 5-pound weights in his pockets)" frame between Walter Jones' shoelaces. The again, it's not like he hasn't face uphill battles before and come out on top.
Obviously his heart and effort on the field more than compensated for his size in college ball, maybe it can in the NFL too...
Ok, so there are some great links from all over the place. And enjoy the Forsett link from the weekend. We are so green here, continually reusing our DBDs. Go environment! And Go Bears! Dump away!