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Cal sophomore Demetris Robertson this year’s most explosive Pac-12 WR?

Time for big things for Demetris.

NCAA Football: Texas at California John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

As is tradition for the California Golden Bears, every five years or so they must land a five star wide receiving talent that eventually becomes the best wide receiver in the conference. First it was Desean Jackson, then Keenan Allen. It feels like Demetris Robertson is right on track to take that mantle for the next two seasons he’s in the league.

Robertson was already one of the best deep threats in his first season at Cal. Despite sharing tons of snaps with a crowded wide receiving corps in the Bear Raid attack, Robertson’s 474 deep receiving yards lead all returning Pac-12 wideouts, beating out Shay Fields of Colorado and Dante Pettis of Washington.

With Chad Hansen moving onto the next level, Robertson figures to stand up and become the de facto number one wide receiving threat. Although he’ll be part of a corps that will incorporate Melquise Stovall, Jordan Veasy, Vic Wharton III, Ray Hudson, Brandon Singleton and more, Robertson figures to be option number one and will be the main target for whoever wins the Cal quarterback position.

How much acclaim Robertson receives this season could depend on who wins out for the starting quarterback position, and how well he performs in that space.