- Daily Cal’s great summary of Spring Ball.
The eruption of rambunctious calls of “Yee-yee! Chooooow! Woohoo!” from a sea of blue, white and four spots of gold could be heard from the stands of California Memorial Stadium last Saturday morning. From down on the field, the Bears let their fans in the stands know that they were ready to roar during their eighth practice of spring ball.
For Cal football, spring practice is the signifier to the start of a long-awaited road to September.
The day consisted of positional drills, individual work and fastball drills — the closest thing to a live scrimmage that you can get early in the year.
“Obviously, every guy on the team is thinking about the depth chart because they want to perform well, but we really try and concentrate on — or getting them to concentrate on — less about the other guy and just more about what they’re doing,” said head coach Justin Wilcox.
- Trace Travers was pretty busy yesterday, talking with new commits Ryan Puskas, Braxten Croteau, and Elijah Mojarro (and maybe more, I can’t keep up).
“It was really good to be able to hang out around all the coaching staff,” Puskas said, “some of the players. JK (Jordan Kunaszyk), he’s a really good dude, definitely someone you want to build your program around, and he’s kinda like me, humble and ready to go. Coach Peter Sirmon, I talked to him, Coach Ragle of course, Coach Wilcox, Cory Nicol (Cal’s director of player personnel), he toured us around, all those conversations were really, there wasn’t really any bad conversation.”
“I went up there, I had a checklist in mind,” Croteau noted, “I believe Cal fits what I need academically. I believe it’ll make me better athletically and give me a chance to play football at a higher level, and I loved the family atmosphere and the coaches up there. I loved the weather up there, I loved the town, I just loved the whole atmosphere up there. “
“I felt great,” Mojarro said about committing, “I had no doubts in my mind that that’s the place I wanted to be. On my visit, they made me feel like I was a priority, rather than ‘I’m just some kid visiting.’ And also it’s always been my dream school, I’m from the Bay Area so coming back was kinda nice, seeing everything where I used to live. Academically, all the opportunities, as well as athletically, everything just kinda lined up.”
- Notes from Week 3 of Spring Practice from Cal Athletics.
- Gorcey’s article about Lone Toailoa is worth the read.
- Jon Wilner projects the All-Pac-12 team for Men’s Basketball next season and has Justice Sueing on the Third Team.