Want something to do this morning before preparing for Cal's early bird game with Hawaii? How about some good old Cal Pro Day action!
Time: 9 am Pacific
TV: NFL Network
Good morning Golden Bears! It's early, but it's time to watch Jared Goff and your Cal seniors take the field at Memorial Stadium one last time. NFL Network will be broadcasting the whole thing. Rob and Trace will be on site covering some of the action before they jet off to a TV to watch Cal basketball, but you should be able to get your coverage from all angles.
The cool thing about Goff showcasing his skills for the draft is he gets his teammates some much needed national TV exposure to elevate their draft stock. Each and every one of them could use a boost. Daniel Lasco and Trevor Davis are coming off of strong combine performances, Kenny Lawler wants to showcase his potential. Bryce Treggs gets his first shot in front of a national audience. And so many other Bears vie for their professional dreams.
Here's the full list of activities and participants. We'll try and put a spotlight on all of our guys in the weeks leading up to the draft.
NFL Network is providing live coverage of Cal's 2016 Pro Day this Friday, March 18, starting at 9:00 AM PT from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock and reporter Alex Flanagan will provide on-air updates throughout the day.
Players expected to be showcased at the Pro Day include:
·QB Jared Goff
·TE Stephen Anderson
·LB Nathan Broussard
·WR Trevor Davis
·WR Maurice Harris
·DT Mustafa Jalil
·LB Jalen Jefferson
·DT Trevor Kelly
·DE Kyle Kragen
·RB Daniel Lasco
·WR Kenny Lawler
·S Stefan McClure
·WR Darius Powe
·OL Jordan Rigsbee
·WR Bryce Treggs
·CB Darius White
The Pro Day will also be featured on the network's Path to the Draft series as well as NFL Total Access. Be sure to tune in for our analysts' take on Cal's NFL prospects.
Also, some good quotes from our BFF Mike Silver, who will be part of the coverage as part of the NFL Network.
On the NFL Network telecast, famed NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock will be joined by reporter Alex Flanagan and NFL.com writer Mike Silver in calling the action.
Silver, a well-known Cal alum, is looking forward to the chance to spend some time at his alma mater and talk about his beloved Bears to football fans across the country.
"Whenever I do anything professionally at the ‘greatest place on Earth' I get a little emotional about it," Silver said. "I'm a proud alum and a Cal dad too, so on many levels I'm always emotionally thrown by it in a good way. I'm thrilled to help broadcast it and be a part of it."
For a few hours, all eyes in the football world will be on Cal.
"It's a great day for our players," Dykes said. "Those guys have all worked incredibly hard to get this opportunity to go play in the NFL. It's a great day for them to come out and shine, and I know they'll all perform well. This is big for our program. It shows the steps that we've taken and the player development that exists within our program. It all starts with recruiting the right student-athletes and talented players. Then our job is to develop them and make them better. I'm proud of what we did with those guys. We got better together. They have an opportunity to shine individually now."
The Bears who will perform in front of the eyes of the professional football world on Friday all played a role in Cal's seven-win turnaround over the last two seasons from a 1-11 record in 2013 to an 8-5 mark in 2015. That turnarouind is tied for the second best in school history behind only the eight-win improvement from a 2-10 mark in 1946 to a 10-1 record in 1948.
But no doubt that Goff will be the main attraction Friday and Silver, like everyone else in attendance, is anxious to see Goff in action.
"It's not just that they're seeing Jared, a supreme talent, but they're seeing how he embodies everything good there is about Cal," Silver said. "He was born into it. He went out and won the job during a time when people didn't think he would. He took his lumps but never complained about it. He hung tough and got better and helped uplift a program from its lowest point in a long time to a really good place. I know guys at the highest level in football â scouts, coaches and GMs â get that. It's not easy to just come in and be part of a 1-11 and continue to hang tough and help be part of a turnaround like that.