After Saturday's Spring Game Experience, Coach Sonny Dykes think we're... so-so?
Coach Sonny Dykes has called the Bears a work in progress, and he continues to see good and bad.
"I thought we got better," Dykes said of his team's work over the past four weeks. "Our guys are still learning what it takes to win at this level. I'm not sure we completely understand that yet.
"I certainly like where we're headed, but we still have a long way to go."
RB Daniel Lasco (6 carries for 35 yards, 1 TD) agreed with Dykes's evaluation that we're making progress, but just not there yet, though Dykes identified the secondary as the most improved position group. Oski knows we'll be needing them to step up their game for 2014 after plenty of bad memories from 2013.
DE Brennan Scarlett, in his first action since 2012, thought the defense was "physical" and "flying around." Wait, what? Besides that, he appreciates DC Art Kaufman's simple system, which lets the defense play fast.
And QB Jared Goff, in his sweet gold jersey, may have no tips for TD dances, but feels like he was able to get the offense going in the second half.
Lasco worked with Goff on the first-team offense and is looking forward to displaying his talents when fully healthy. He must be mighty talented as Coach Pierre Ingram thinks Lasco "has it all."
For more videos, check out Dykes speaking on the team's health this spring, including OL Jordan Rigsbee who went down in the game, but looks okay. Athletic Director Sandy Barbour also spoke about the character of DL Ted Agu and the scholarship fund that will be established in his memory. We've also got a slew of highlights, including the huge Goff-to-Bryce Treggs connection, Goff's touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler, and Ashley Adamson's touchdown dance, which isn't half-bad.
And if you missed the Spring Experience (WHY?), CGB-HOF candidate Mike Pawlawksi and the Pac-12 Networks have all the highlights for you.
If you went to the Spring Experience, what did you experience? Any stories you'd like to share with the class?
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- Look at the evolution of the Golden Bears fans over the years:
- After a second-round shutout over the no. 57 Utes, the fourth-seeded and no. 19 Golden Bears (15–7) were defeated by the first-seeded and no. 1 Trojans in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Championships
- The Pac-12 Championship semifinals saw some Cal players fall and some Bear-on-Bear violence, but Klara Fabikova made it to the finals
- Cal is auctioning off special pink jerseys with some proceeds donated to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to sponsor their honorary teammate, Bebe Wright
- The top-ranked Bears were upset by the no. 2 Huskies in their 103rd annual match-up in varsity eights for the Scoch Cup, Cal's first loss in the varsity eight event
- Spencer Hall—an accomplished and published poet—had to learn a whole new aspect of endurance going from a high-school athlete in track & field and football to a rower for crew
- Sweet victory over those vile no. 7 Huskies for the no. 2 women, who have won 10 of the past 11 varsity eight races for the Simpson Cup!
Women's Water Polo
- The fourth-seeded Golden Bears (18–8) lost to the first-seeded cheating Furdies and will play ASU in the third-place game
Men's Swimming and Diving
- At the Arena Grand Prix, Nathan Adrian won the 100m-free qualifier and the 50m, moving up to fifth in the SwimVortex World Rankings (video of the 50m)
- Cal enters the final day of the Pac-12 Championships ranked 8th as a team with individual Bears ranked 10th and 12th
- The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Brandon Hagy
- After Day One, Cal is in second place of the Pac-12 Championships
- California (18–2, 5–0 PAC) defeated Central Washington to earn a spot in the Varsity Cup National Championships against BYU
- Cal (17–20, 6–10 Pac-12) defeated Stanfurd in game one
- Marcus Semien hit a grand slam to lead the White Sox to victory
Track and Field
- At the Brutus Hamilton Open, the Golden Bears (ranked no. 1 in dual meets) earned plenty of wins and personal records before winning the event
- Leigh Steinberg—Cal alumnus, super-agent, and inspiration for Jerry Maguire—discusses Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story, which debuts today at the Newport Beach Film Festival
- Zach Kline will continue his collegiate career at Butte College. Good luck, Zach!
- A fascinating and frank look at the life of CB Vachel Samuels, who recently re-joined the team
- S Avery Sebastian has his eye on the future of his health and recovery and grad school
- Professor Steve Etter of the Haas School of Business—and a Cal alumnus—discusses all the work he does with Cal student-athletes