WHO THINKS THEY KNOW OUR CAL BEAR FOOTBALL TEAM BEST?
We're all giddy over yesterday, right? We got some stud recruits and even Tedford and Gregory say most all these freshman have the potential to play right away. In fact, listening to Gregory, it sounded almost as if he was throwing some of his current players under the bus, indicating they simply may not have the physical gifts necessary to do what the defensive scheme requires.
So, what kind of team are we looking at next year? I went onto Calbears.com, grabbed the current roster (where Seniors like Alualu and Sydquan have already been removed), and added in the recruits, just to see where we are at on positions.
Take a look at the Defensive positions after the jump, and then I'll leave it to you all to debate the proper depth and specific positions for an 11-man 3-4 squad (3 Linemen, 4 Backers, 2 Cornerbacks, 1 Strong Safety, 1 Free Safety).
Leading Defensive Players Lost to Graduation:
Tyson Alualu, Devin Bishop, Eddie Young, Brett Johnson, Syd'Quan Thompson, Marcus Ezeff.
* Asterisk indicates projected starter.
Pos Yr Name Letters GP-GS Solo-Asst-Tot HT WGT
LINEBACKERS - While many thought our D would be great in 2009, it wasn't. Now it will simply be interesting to see if any of the stud LB recruits will supplant the existing players. Spring won't answer - will have to wait until the Fall and into the season as players prove themselves week in and week out. Mohamed is a lock, however.
ILB SR * Mike Mohamed 3V 13-13 69 43 112 6'3" 237
OLB SR Keith Browner 2V 13-1 2 3 5
LB SR Charles Johnson 2V 12-0 2 8 10
LB SR Jerome Meadows 1V 10-0 2 2 4
LB SR Jarred Price 1V 12-0 5 1 6 (been playing all downs - not just 3rd
ILB Jr. * D.J. Holt 2V 13-8 20 17 37
LB Jr. * Mychal Kendricks 2V 13-6 38 33 71 6'0" 230
LB Jr. Solomona Aigamaua SQ 1-0 0 2 2
LB Soph J.P. Hurrell 1V 13-0 4 6 10
OLB Soph Chris Little 1V 11-0 7 3 10
LB Soph Robert Mullins SQ
LB Soph Nick Rosato SQ
LB RS FR Dan Camporeale RS
LB RS FR Steven Fanua RS
ILB Frosh Nick Forbes (4-star recruit)
LB Frosh Chris McCain (4-star recruit)
LB Frosh Cecil Whiteside (4-star recruit)
LB Frosh David Wilkerson (4-star recruit)
DE Frosh Gabe King (4-star recruit)
OLB Frosh * Chris Martin (5-star recruit)
SECONDARY - Other than Cattouse, all spots appear wide open. Youngins are stepping up so we have depth, if not top flight quality.
DB SR Charles Amadi 3V 8-0 4 0 4
S SR Chris Conte 3V 13-1 19 6 25 SAFETY
CB SR * Darian Hagan 3V 10-4 23 7 30 (must study and regain focus and intestity)
CB SR * Bryant Nnabuife 2V 10-4 26 4 30
S Jr. D.J. Campbell 2V 12-0 9 5 14 (cattouse backup)
S Jr. * Sean Cattouse 2V 13-6 28 9 37 SAFETY
S Jr. C.J. Moncrease 1V 12-0 5 1 6 SAFETY
DB Soph Marc Anthony 1V
DB Soph * Josh Hill 1V 11-5 30 4 34
DB Soph Tyre Ellison SQ
S RS FR Alex Logan RS (could be surprise upside)
CB RS FR Vachel Samuels RS (Tedford fired up about as CB in Spring)(rather play CB, but will take PT however)
CB RS FR Steve Williams RS (could be surprise upside)
DB Frosh Michael Coley
DB Frosh Adrian Lee
DOWN LINEMEN - We lost the recruiting wars for those who play "Front 3", lost the mighty Tyson Alualu to graduation.
NT SR Derrick Hill (2) 3V 10-8 6 12 18
DE SR * Cameron Jordan 3V 13-13 22 26 48
DE SR Michael Costanzo 2V 12-0 2 2 4
DL Jr. Ernest Owusu 2V 12-0 6 1 7
DE Jr. * Trevor Guyton 2V 11-0 3 10 13
DL Jr. Ryan Davis RS
NT Soph * Kendrick Payne 1V 12-2 8 5 13 (appears to be beating Derrick Hill for NT starter)
DL Soph Aaron Tipoti 1V 12-4 1 20 21
DL RS FR Austin Clark RS
Outside RS FR Deandre Coleman (2) RS (Tosh says he is 6'5", 312, very powerful, has NFL potential. Must study)
DL RS FR Keni Kaufusi RS