Cal is losing a bunch of wide receivers to graduation. Bryce Treggs, Darius Powe, Maurice Harris, Stephen Anderson, Trevor Davis and Kenny Lawler are all off and gone, leaving a big wide hole in terms of overall receivers to catch. Cal is replacing over 60 to 70 percent of their production in the passing offense (not to mention that whole quarterback thing).
Chad Hansen: Hansen came on late in the season as a real target for Jared Goff, grabbing 14 of his 19 catches in the final four games for over 200 yards and a touchdown. Hansen in fact saw plenty of time as the outside receiver in place of Lawler in many circumstances, and could be a potential number one option this upcoming season among a pool of very talented recruits.
Ray Hudson: Hudson was the backup to Stephen Anderson. Hudson managed ten catches overall last season and eight catches the season before and seems like a capable replacement to slot right in as an inside receiver starter going into the spring. I'd expect Hudson to be one of our breakout stars this fall.
Congrats bro! Ball out on Sunday's https://t.co/My9g7C7gsR— Ray Hudson (@rayhudson11) January 5, 2016
Brandon Singleton: Singleton was one of Cal's top wideout recruits in 2015 and logged some time in special teams last season. Expect him to get into the rotation immediately this year and try and add a new speed dimension to the Bear Raid attack.
Carlos Strickland: There wasn't a need for Strickland to get into the mix last season, but he has all the makings of being a consistent outside wideout now that the rotation has opened up. Dykes singled out both Singleton and Strickland as potential redshirt freshmen who can get into the game.
Kanawai Noa: Noa had a solid debut against Grambling with four catches for 48 yards, but it was hard for him to crack the rotation and he finished with seven catches on the season. Noa had three kick returns for 72 yards against Arizona State and a few returns scattered throughout the season. Sonny Dykes mentioned he had meniscus surgery in his teleconference, and that he will return to full strength in time for the spring.
Vic Wharton: Wharton had an early September surgery, and the Tennessee transfer is now raring to go at it. Dykes seems to think Wharton is a candidate to be Cal's first dynamic returner in quite some time. More from Ryan Gorcey.
"Vic is feeling good," Dykes said. "He's somebody who has that kind of potential, that I failed to talk about earlier. He's got great speed. I think he has a chance to be special in the return game. I don't know that anybody in high school football's ever returned more punts and kickoffs for touchdowns than he did, so he's a guy that can be really productive. He's healthy. He had surgery done and feels a whole lot better. His rehab has gone well, and he's one of those guys that I expect, this spring, to make a big jump, and to be a good football player for us."
There are plenty of other names, but these were the ones mentioned in the teleconference. Who do you expect to lead the way as Cal transitions into spring?