What are your fondest memories of the seniors? Michael Lowe, Chris Adcock, Austin Clark, Alejandro Crosthwaite were our four seniors on the two deep.
Avinash Kunnath: Chris Adcock will be a very tough replacement. The center is the key to the Tony Franklin system even more so than the quarterback, and Adcock stepped admirably into that role for two seasons. When he got hurt in 2013, Cal's offense went into the dumpster, and our chances of winning another football game dwindled to near zero. In 2014 the Cal offense took massive leaps, and I think we have to thank Adcock for being the steady presence in that offense. He ensured the linemen were in position and that the calls came out correctly. Yeoman work from Chris.
Michael Lowe has had a tough three year go at Cal as our starting safety. He has been one of the few Golden Bears to stay relatively healthy and maybe the only Bear in the secondary who got through a season intact. Lowe had to struggle being on reallly bad defenses with inexperienced or overmatched talent. He had to play next to walk-on wide receivers at free safety at times and cover up the mistakes of a linebacking corps that was all over the place in 2013. He had to deal with the Tedford collapse. It could not have been the most fun times. But he made the most of it!
Austin Clark had to perservere through injuries, and Crosthwaite found his way onto the field in his final years. Both were key members of the 2014 squad and did all they could to keep Cal afloat. It's good to see Clark back on the sidelines. It just feels like he could have a bright future with the Bears as an up-and-coming assistant. The man bleeds Cal.
Nick Kranz: I don't really have an individual comment on most of these players. They were generally cursed to play during one of the worst stretches in the history of a program without much success.
What I will say is that these players stuck with the program when they had every opportunity to get the hell out of dodge. The amount of attrition that Cal went through in the Tedford-to-Dykes transition was extreme, which is why we don't have a ton of seniors to talk about right now. These guys saw one era crater miserably and saw another era start brutally, and they stuck through it in spite of it all. And for that they deserve tons of credit. This last year, for the first time since Jahvid went down, we saw tendrils of hope. That wouldn't have been possible without these seniors leading on and off the field.
Lowe, Adcock, Clark and Crosthwaite are survivors of something like a 70-80% attrition rate from their incoming classes. I hope all four are walking away with degrees for their efforts. Whatever Cal achieves this year, they can rightfully say that they helped build the foundation of a program and culture ready to win again.