This week, we've got three of Coach Jeff Tedford's most potent offensive weapons making the news.
Up first is WR Lavelle Hawkins (currently reunited with Tedford down in Tampa Bay) and RB Justin Forsett, who have been working with other NFL players to host camps for youth featuring football and life skills—at times for free (link claims to be to premium content, but allows for three free visits, so use cautiously or just open in an incognito/private browser).
Hawkins had put on a summer camp since being drafted into the NFL in 2008 at his alma mater Edison High School and was joined by Hamilton four years ago. They agreed with [Tyrone] Gross' vision to hold one free camp for the entire city and it became a reality Saturday morning with hundreds of kids filling Delta's De Ricco Field. The camp will continue at 9 a.m. today and Gross, who was The Record's 2000 player of the year at Lincoln High, said kids ages 8 to 18 are welcome.
"It's always an honor and a blessing to come out here and see all of these excited kids," said Hawkins, who was The Record's 2003 player of the year. He signed with Tampa Bay in April. "A lot of times, I'm more excited than they are, but they just don't know it."
"It's great to come out for these kids," said Forsett, who has been on five NFL teams in seven seasons. "We're fortunate and blessed to play this game, and for us to be able to teach some things we learned along the way to these kids is awesome."
Forsett's BFF, RB Marshawn Lynch, has a knack for staying in the news lately, but this time he opened up on an episode of Fox Sports 1's Back of the Shop to discuss the Super Bowl and how social media has changed the lives of athletes.
"You all ain't had to worry about no Instagram and Internet and all that," Lynch told [Daryl] Strawberry and [Eric] Davis. "You all get to live a different lifestyle. See, they all think this is living now ... but the living to me would have been going to do my thing. I can wake up in the morning, ain't got to worry about looking on the Internet, somebody saying, ‘Oh yeah, this and that and that and this.' And now everybody and their mama questioning me."
Check out the interview below as well as some other news featuring Cal and other alumni of the Tedford years.
- According to a column in the SF Examiner, Sandy Barbour never should have been hired as AD in the first place
- Alex Morgan discusses why she picked Cal, but someone needs to tell her we are the best public university in the world
- The NFL's Top 100 for 2014 features DL Cameron Jordan at 99, WR DeSean Jackson at 63, RB Marshawn Lynch at 14, and QB Aaron Rodgers at 11 (video autoplays), but one NFL writer thinks Rodgers is underrated and should be #1
- Don't be so pessimistic, guys. Fox Sports doesn't think we have the toughest road to the first-ever College Football Playoff. Just the second toughest.
- Ted Miller considers why Cal isn't a football powerhouse, despite having plenty of reason to be. Here's a hint: tree sitters come into the conversation.
- ESPN's Pac-12 blog has us at the very bottom of We'll See at defensive tackle. That's means they're so hyped that they can't wait to see us play, right?
|Running back||We'll see|
|Tight end||We'll see|
|Offensive line||We'll see|
|Defensive tackle||We'll see|