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The Notebook: Spring Football 2019 #2

A day of not much.

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Sprinkling showers, over Memorial Stadium on a chilly Wednesday morning, set the stage for another Cal Spring Football Practice. Absolutely delicious Earl Grey Sugar Pie, provided by our friend Shannon Carrol over at, was the saving grace on a day spent in the press box instead of at the 40 yard line. I like being out in the stands, being able to move around to watch different position groups, but getting the bird’s eye view of practice out of the rain didn’t really hurt either. Back to the matter at hand. Practice. As mentioned in the last notebook, I am going to change up the format in each notebook, to be experimental and also because of the nature of practices and substance it is better to take different approaches to best summarize what happens on any given day. So today? Stats and general thoughts! Let’s start with the latter.

Some News/Notes/Takeaways:

  • Former Cal Safety Thomas DeCoud was practice for the second time after attending on Monday. Daniel Lasco was also at practice on Monday as well.
  • Devon Modster, Chase Garbers, Jack Newman got the majority of the snaps at QB during any 7-on-7 or situational period. One point of emphasis early on in camp seems to be getting the QBs more aware in their decision making for RPOs and Read-Options.
  • Modster easily has the most zip on the ball out of the three. Garbers is easily the most elusive. Newman has a very nice arm, just needs to learn the playbook more.
  • Out of the three QBs, Newman arguably, had the best day.
  • Ben Skinner has used his experience in practice and some game time last season to be a very reliable wide receiver during the spring. He might lack the top end speed, but is very good into his breaks and has a knack for catching the ball whether he’s open or in traffic.
  • Kuony Deng continues to be an eye-catching prospect during practice. He’s still learning the nuances and how to play with the other ILBs/OLBs, but his fluidity and movement at his measurables is extremely promising.

Daily Stats:

  • Chase Garbers - 10/17
  • Devon Modster - 4/13 (INT - Ball intended for Jeremiah Hawkins tipped off his hands. Picked by Isaiah Humphries)
  • Jack Newman - 8/9
  • Zeandae Johnson - 2 Key Plays (Batted a ball at the LOS and recovered a fumble)

That’s it for today’s notebook. It’s short and its sweet, just like some Korean short ribs. Maybe it’s time to get some Steve’s Korean BBQ.

See you next notebook.