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Former Cal WR Burl Toler III to Join Wilcox’s Staff

Burl Toler III was a 4 year player for Cal and comes from a distinguished line of Berkeley alums

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Toler spent the 2017 season as the wide receivers coach at UC Davis, and one of his charges, Keelan Doss, led all FCS and FBS schools in receptions (115), per-game receptions (10.5 rpg) and receiving yards (136.3 ypg), while his 1,499 total yards receiving led all FCS receivers. Doss earned consensus first-team All-America and Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors while being a finalist for the Walter Payton Award given annually to the nation’s top FCS player. Wide receiver Marcus Cummins also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors under Toler’s tutelage in 2017.

In 2016, Toler served as wide receivers coach at Fresno State, helping three wideouts to at least 45 catches and 630 yards receiving each, with KeeSean Johnson ranking third in the Mountain West Conference with 5.5 receptions per game.Toler held several different roles during three seasons at Cal from 2013-15. He was the special teams quality control assistant all three seasons, while also working with the wide receivers in 2014 and the running backs in 2015 when Cal won the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

Toler graduated from Cal in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and a concentration in sociology. Following his collegiate playing career, he spent time in the NFL on the rosters of the Oakland Raiders (2006) and Washington Redskins (2007-08). He also played in NFL Europe (Cologne), the Italian Football League (Bologna), the Canadian Football League (Hamilton) and Arena League (San Jose, Orlando, San Antonio) before retiring as a player in 2013.

Additionally, Burl Toler III was a QC coach for Special Teams, RBs, and WRs. Additionally, he coached at Fresno State and UC Davis as a WR Coach before joining HC Wilcox’s staff.

Fun facts about Coach Toler:

Toler’s family has a deep connection to Cal and the Bay Area. His father, Burl Toler Jr., was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker for the Bears from 1974-77 and a team captain as a senior. His mother, Susan, is a Cal graduate, as are his brothers Cameron and sisters, Pita and Lauriena. Cameron, was a member of the Cal football program from 2004-07, while Pita and Lauriena were on\ the Cal track & field team. Pita currently works as a member of the Cal Athletic Development staff. In addition, his grandfather, the late Burl Toler Sr., played on the legendary 1951 USF team and later became the first African-American official in the NFL before spending 25 seasons in the role from 1965-89.

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