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California sophomore Emily Boyd has been named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Much like LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons, Cal freshman forward Jaylen Brown is going to make an instant impact at his new college.
The two high school stars faced off in the City of Palms championship game last December in Ft. Myers, Florida as Brown's Marrietta Wheeler (Ga.) upset Florida powerhouse Montverde Academy. Brown had himself a dandy of a game with 25 points and 12 rebounds. He made 11-of-13 free throws as he drove to the paint often. Simmons posted a game-high 28 points with 11 rebounds.
Fast forward nine months and Brown along with Oakland-bred power forward Ivan Rabb helped the Golden Bears finish with the seventh-best recruiting class, according to 247sports.com. Both players were considered five-star recruits while Cal also reeled in Los Angeles native, forward Roman Davis.
National Football League
1. He's creeped out by how Packers fans deify him
Back when he was just Brett Favre's backup, Rodgers could go to Red Robin in peace. Now? Rodgers can't go out in public without people treating him like a god.
[Rodgers's former college coach Craig] Rigsbee returned to Green Bay in 2009, Rodgers's first Pro Bowl season, and the QB told him, "I can't do anything. I can't go anywhere." They tried to eat out anyway. A woman in a Packers jersey approached Rodgers and bowed. "You're making me uncomfortable," Rigsbee says Rodgers told her.
2. He could read NFL defenses when he was 15
In high school, Rodgers used to talk football before school with his baseball coach, Ron Souza.
The topic of conversation—the 49ers, the closest thing to a home team—never changed. Rodgers knew the disguises their opponents used, the blitzes, the offense's audibles, and he would diagram all of that from memory. He was 15. "Most of us are concrete learners," says Souza. "Aaron's not. He sees something one time, and he can recognize it."
California @ Texas
There are times when California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin watches quarterback Jared Goff and Golden Bears receivers execute a play and he doesn't know what's going on.
Be mindful that Franklin's lack of knowledge doesn't stem from incompetence -- many consider him an offensive mastermind, after all.
"Sometimes, they do things with signals I don't even know," he chuckles, before adding that the improvisation usually works. "So that's when I say, 'I don't know what that was, but do it again!' It would have concerned me before this year, but not anymore."
That's because Goff and Cal's deep stable of receivers have developed enviable chemistry, a cohesion strong enough for Bryce Treggs -- one of the unit's leaders -- to declare the Bears' receiving corps as "the best in the country."
Treggs' statement is bold -- especially considering there were no Cal receivers statistically ranked in the Pac-12's top 10 in 2014 -- but he can explain.
"We're not going to put up Amari Cooper numbers (a nation-leading 124 catches and 1,727 yards last year)," he said. "That's not what we do. We spread the ball around."
Scouting the Golden Bears
• Cal is in its third year under head coach Sonny Dykes. He has ties to the Big 12 Conference having graduated at Texas Tech and serving as an assistant coach there under Mike Leach. He went 22-25 as head coach at Louisiana Tech.
• The Bears are averaging 570.5 yards per game on offense with 396.0 through the air.
• Quarterback Jared Goff spreads the ball around to his receivers well. Six Bears have at least four catches so far this season, and five different players have caught touchdowns. Three are averaging more than 50 yards per game.
While reviewing film of Texas on Tuesday morning, Cal offensive lineman Jordan Rigsbee zeroed in on a weakness in the Longhorns' defense: third down.
Texas has allowed opponents to convert on 62.9 percent of those decisive downs, which ranks last among FBS teams. Rigsbee, the team leader with 38 career starts, figures the Bears' fast-paced offense can wear down the Longhorns. A fatigued Texas front seven would allow Cal to lean on its deep stable of running backs to move the chains.
"We're known as the ‘Bear Raid,' but I think running the ball is really essential to getting the rest of the offense going," Risgsbee said. "It'll be a big part of the game for sure."