Mychal Kendricks had an all-around excellent performance at the NFL Combine. He outshined fellow Pac-12 linebacker Vontaze Burfict and may end up being the first Pac-12 linebacker drafted this year.
Kendricks, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was the top inside linebacker at the NFL combine on Monday in the 40-yard dash (4.47), vertical jump (39.5) and broad jump (10-7). He tied for fifth overall at the combine in both the vertical and broad jump. He also had a time of 4.19 in the 20-yard shuttle, the fifth fastest for linebackers.
The surprise of the inside linebacker group was California's Mychal Kendricks (5-11 1/8, 239), who absolutely crushed his workout. Kendricks had the top 40 (4.47), vertical (39 1/4) and broad jump (10-7) in the group, and was in the top five in the short shuttle (4.19). He was also above-average on the bench with 24 reps.
Kendricks' explosiveness showed up during drills, when he stayed low to the ground, showed quick feet and was effective shaving the edge as a pass-rusher. He was under control at all times, and this performance combined with good things seen recently on film give him a realistic shot to come off the board late on Day 2.
Things went much worse for Arizona State ILB Vontaze Burfict (6-1 3/8, 248), whose 40 time (5.09) and broad jump (8-7) were well below the four-year averages. Burfict's 2011 film says he's a third-rounder, and when you add in those results along with character baggage and poor interviews his stock is beginning to plummet.
After the jump both basketball teams sit at second in the Pac-12 (for better or for worse) and rugby's 63-game winning streak comes to an end. I bet Jack Clark isn't going to make this week very fun for his players...
- Mychal Kendricks had one of the best performances of anyone---not just linebackers---at the combine. He had the fastest 40 yard dash time in years for a linebacker (video of his 4.47 40).
- 8 teams have met with Trevor Guyton so far.
- Marvin Jones also turned in an all-around impressive performance at the Combine. Marv was tied for 1st with 22 reps of 225lbs in the bench press.
- The Bears remain as a 9-seed in this week's Bracketology. They open against Memphis and the winner will likely take on a new 1-seed: Kansas. Washington (10) and Arizona (11) also represent the Pac-12 while Oregon and Colorado are among the next four out.
- Cal's RPI dropped from 29 to 36.
- The men's team's six-game winning streak came to an end at Colorado.
- At the post-game press conference Monty spoke about his frustration with the lackluster offense and soft interior defense.
- Coach Gottlieb's team moved up to a 7-seed in this week's Bracketology. The Bears would face Iowa State and possibly Tennessee in the second round. A 6-seed may be within the Bears' reach if they have a deep Pac-12 tourney run (or defeat Stanford).
- The women's team locked up second place in the conference with a 64-43 win over Colorado.
- Coach Gottlieb called it a signature win because everyone on the team made a significant contribution.
- Jorge continues to inspire students at Lincoln High in Denver.
- Daily Cal has an interview with freshman wing Lucas Dunne. The also have video of their interview and photo shoot with him.
- The Bears' 63-game winning streak came to an end against Cal Poly. The Mustangs topped the Bears 22-20. Although the Bears played mostly underclassmen, Jack Clark said that was no excuse for the sloppy play by the Bears. Cal takes on a tough Utah squad this weekend.
- The women's team brought home the inaugural Pac-12 Championship. The Bears last won the conference title in 2009.
- This is a good looking trophy, isn't it?
- The Bears dropped the first game in the series against Long Beach State.
- Cal won the second game 2-1 in 10 innings.
- LBSU took the series with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
- Former Cal baseball player and Seattle Marlin Frank Mattox died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was only 49 years old.
- No. 3 UCLA topped the fifth-ranked Bears 4-3. USC also defeated the Bears by a margin of 4-3.
- 9th-ranked Stanford topped the 10th-ranked men's team. The Bears bounced back with a 4-3 win over no. 16 Baylor.
- No. 4 Cal opened the UCI Invitational with a 7-3 win over UCSB.
- The Bears followed up with an 8-5 win over ASU.
- The Bears gave up a flurry of goals in the 1st and 3rd periods to allow Stanford to win 13-5.
- USC defeated Cal 9-6 in the third-place match.
- Cal opened the Cathedral City Classic with a 5-0 win over Fordham.
- The Bears improved to 10-0 with a 2-0 win over New Mexico State.
- Valerie Arioto hit her seventh home run of the year as Cal defeated Cal Poly 4-1.
- The Bears wrapped up a perfect weekend with a 7-0 win over Cal State Northridge.