Some quick notes from spring camp. The team has been off the last week and a half due to spring break and such, but will resume open practice tomorrow afternoon. Cal will have several more open practices before the spring game two weeks from now.
Full recap from CalBears.com. Sonny Dykes pointed out the offensive line as the most improved unit going into the second half of spring practices.
"I've been impressed with our offensive line," Dykes said. "I think that's the most improved position probably so far this spring. We've been bumping some guys around to different positions so we can find some depth. We just want to make sure that we've got the best five starting and then the next best five at different positions where they can contribute."
There's plenty of competition at the wide receiver position as well.
Despite the loss of their top six receivers from a year ago, there is plenty of competition at the position to replace them including several returnees with playing experience (Jack Austin, Chad Hansen, Raymond Hudson, Kanawai Noa, Bug Rivera, Matt Rockett and Patrick Worstell) being pushed by a host of newcomers including 2015 redshirts Brandon Singleton and Carlos Strickland, as well as mid-year enrollees Greyson Bankhead, Jordan Duncan, Melquise Stovall and Jordan Veasy.
"You put all of these guys into the mix and it ends up being a pretty good core," Dykes said. "We have a lot of different body types and guys that can do different things."
Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman has expressed fondness for what the secondary is doing as the unit that might be making the biggest moves.
One unit to watch on defense is the reported depth along the defensive line. Kaufman says as many as a dozen big men will rotate in, with some newcomers jumping into the fray.
*We’ve got guys that have been in this system," Kaufman said. "The biggest thing that we need to try to do this spring is to develop depth. We’ve got some numbers. We’ve got the young guys that played for us last year that got their feet wet and now it’s time for them to get their technique where they’ve really refined it, try to get them on top of their game technique wise."
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has so many quarterbacks to choose from in this camp. The five quarterbacks have all been taking equal reps.
"What I’ve always done with the quarterbacks in the past is I’ve given them a fair opportunity to compete," said Spavital, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons at Texas A&M after two campaigns coaching the signal-callers at West Virginia. "It’s a fresh slate for all of them to go out there and compete. You find the guy that’s going to move the ball the best and you adapt the offense around it."