We are looking back at some of the contributions of players leaving the Cal football team. We've looked at Cameron Jordan, Kevin Riley, Mike Mohamed, Shane Vereen, Chris Conte, and now Jeremy Ross.]
TwistNHook: Mr. Leapsalot! Who could forget all his awesome leaping!
Kodiak: "A running back in a WR's body" is a pretty good description. He was an amazing athlete who seemed like he still had a high ceiling with regards to learning his craft. I was impressed how he put the inconsistency of his junior year behind him and really became one of our more clutch players as a senior. It's really unfortunate that his season was cut short due to injury. I'm also going to be forever curious what might have been had he benefited from a proven position coach like Kiesau during his Cal career.
Because he's a bit of a physical freak, I see him sticking in the league as a special teamer. Whether he gets a shot as a returner or a receiver depends on landing with the right team and whether he continues to develop his hands and route-running.
atomsareenough: You guys pretty much have it covered. By far the most memorable and awesome JRoss play was the 3rd-and-20 against the Cougs, but he was always plenty of fun to watch. He was a highly entertaining player, seems to have all the physical tools, has a great personality and seems to be pretty grounded. Just an all-around good guy, and I think he'll represent Cal well in the NFL. As Kodiak says, he might have to break in as a role player, but I can see him sticking somewhere, kinda like how Verran Tucker made his way onto the Chiefs roster. Best of luck to him!
OhioBear: I will have two enduring memories of Jeremy Ross: (1) the 3rd and 20 play at Washington State last year and (2) his high hurdling ability. Ross always struck me as a gifted athlete, but one whose hands weren't always dependable (at least as a receiver). As a punt returner, though, he was dependable as far as catching the ball went and had that spark where you thought maybe he'd take one to the house. If anything, I'm surprised he didn't return more punts for TDs.
TwistNHook: Where do you see Jeremy Ross' career taking him after Cal?
OhioBear: Undrafted free agent. I really don't see him making an NFL roster, but I wouldn't be shocked if he did, given his physical talent.