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Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo points to Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen as an NFL prospect on the rise.

Hansen caught 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Texas. He leads the country with 546 receiving yards -- 103 more than the next receiver -- and he’s caught at least 12 passes for at least 190 yards receiving in each of the season's first three games (40 catches total with five touchdowns). "It’s more than just the numbers with Hansen, however, as he’s showed the ability to pick up yards after the catch, making forcing five missed tackles and showing well in Cal’s screen game," Palazzolo wrote. "He’s made the most of his 12 deep targets as well, catching six of them, including three touchdowns. ... Hansen will have plenty of opportunities to show off his skills in Cal’s pass-happy scheme the rest of the way, and he’s on pace to put up ridiculous numbers."
Sep 21 - 1:25 PM

After RB Vic Enwere dropped the football prior to crossing the goal line as a form of celebration, Cal head coach Sonny Dykes instituted a rule to hand the ball to the referee after every scoring play.

We've seen this act take place far too often in the first few weeks of the season, including two on Saturday. It was a potentially pivotal moment for Cal, since they were attempting to run out the clock up 50-43. Obviously Desean Jackson, a Cal grad, made the move "popular" in the NFL. "It’s really a strange phenomenon," Dykes said. "I don’t understand it. But I can assure you it won’t ever happen to us again. We’ll get it fixed."
Source: USA Today
Sep 19 - 9:25 AM

Cal senior QB Davis Webb was phenomenal in Saturday's 50-43 win over Texas, completing 27-of-40 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns.

Webb threw three of his four touchdown passes in a wild first half that saw the teams hit the locker room with Cal holding a 35-33 lead. Scoring predictably slowed (by degrees) in the second half. With the game knotted at 43-43 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Webb hooked up with Chad Hansen on a 12-yard touchdown pass to snap the tie. That scoring toss would stand as the difference-maker. For the season, Webb has thrown for 1,359 yards (63.9% completions) with a 13/3 TD/INT ratio. It has been a fantastic start to the 2016 campaign for the former Texas Tech gunslinger.
Sep 18 - 1:28 PM

Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen caught 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 50-43 win over Texas.

Hansen just continues to roll. Against Texas, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder averaged 16.3 yards per reception with a long catch of 38 yards. Through three games, he has caught 40 passes for 546 yards and five touchdowns. He has recorded at least 12 catches in every game this season and has notched at least 190 yards receiving in each of his last two contests.
Sep 18 - 12:57 PM

Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen caught 14 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-40 loss to SDSU.

Quietly, Hansen and Davis Webb are developing a kinetic, devastating chemistry. Through two games, Hansen leads the country in catches (28) and receiving yards (350) and he's only one off the lead in touchdown catches (3). Hansen is the clear No. 1 receiver in Cal's pass-happy offense.
Sep 11 - 12:34 PM

California senior RB Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in Friday's 51-31 win over Hawaii.

Tre Watson led the Golden Bears in carries with 11, but Vic Enwere and Muhammad each saw 10 of their own, too. It was Muhammad who made the most of the split, rushing for 96 yards. That works out to a meaty 9.6 YPC mark. Watson and Enwere are likely to receive the bulk of carries here, but the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Muhammad is an intriguing name to watch for waiver wire purposes. Last season, he rushed for 586 yards with a fantastic 6.7 YPC average and on Friday, he exploded for a 34-yard touchdown run just over a minute into the game. He has home-run-threat jets.
Aug 27 - 5:07 PM

Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen caught 14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 51-31 win over Hawaii.

Hansen hauled in a pair of first-half touchdown passes from new best friend Davis Webb. This monster performance surpassed almost the entirety of his 2015 season. A year ago, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder caught 19 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown. His fantasy outlook will become more clear once we have a larger sample size.
Aug 27 - 1:53 AM

Cal senior QB Davis Webb impressed in Friday's 51-31 win over Hawaii, completing 38-of-54 passes for 441 yards and a 4/0 TD/INT ratio.

Webb -- who transferred to Cal from Texas Tech this offseason -- wasn't particularly sharp early, but he began to find his groove as the contest progressed. He found Chad Hansen for a 17-yard score midway through the first quarter, then hit up Hansen a second time near the end of the second. The 6-foot-5, 209-pounder would score on a four-yard rush with seven seconds to go before halftime, to boot. Webb would throw two more touchdown passes in the second half to complete a nice, relatively easy debut with the Golden Bears. Cal will have next weekend off, but Webb and company figure to see a much stauncher test against San Diego State on September 10.
Aug 27 - 1:51 AM

Cal received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 RB Biaggio Ali-Walsh.

Ali-Walsh's recruiting profile might not be up there with some of the big guns in the 2017 class, but his name profile is high enough. The 5-foot-10, 186-pounder is the grandson of Muhammad Ali. Playing for Bishop Gorman as a junior last season, Ali-Walsh rushed for 2,451 yards and 33 touchdowns. Arizona, Colorado and Louisville were among the other programs chasing after his commitment. 247Sports tags him as the No. 11 all-purpose running back prospect for 2017.
Aug 15 - 3:19 PM

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen is "one of the best pro prospects on the team."

"Chad’s got a chance to be one of the elite receivers in the league," Dykes added. Hansen has the highest receiving totals of any returning Cal player -- their receiving depth chart was decimated over the winter -- with 19 receptions and 249 yards and a touchdown in 10 games off the bench. He had five receptions for 52 yards and a two-point conversion catch in the spring game. Heading into August, Hansen is listed as the starter at "Z" outside receiver position on the depth chart.
Aug 9 - 7:32 PM

Cal OC Jake Spavital indicated that senior QB Davis Webb was named the starter for 2016 due to his experience and grasp of the offensive system.

"Fans are going to see a very confident quarterback who likes to take control of the game and compete every play," Spavital said. Chase Forest and Ross Bowers were both hopefuls for the starting job prior to Webb winning over the coaching staff. As HC Sonny Dykes explained it, "We felt like it was the right decision to make once separation occurred. Davis' maturity and knowledge of what we're trying to do put him a little bit ahead of the other quarterbacks." We will have a chance to see the 6-foot-5, 209-pounder in action soon enough -- Cal jumps the rest of the opening-week schedule via their Australian showdown with Hawaii, set to kick off on August 26.
Source: ABC News
Aug 4 - 2:21 PM

Cal named senior QB Davis Webb the starter for the 2016 season.

During Pac-12 media days, HC Sonny Dykes indicated that there was no timetable for a starting gunslinger to be named and that it "could be five practices in" or "two weeks in." Turns out, three practices was all it took for Webb to rise to the top of the mountain. OC Jake Spavital praised his work as early as the first practice of August, saying that the 6-foot-5, 209-pounder "does have a tremendous arm" before adding "I think he's going to be pretty good." Webb's best season at Texas Tech prior to transferring out over the offseason came in 2014, when he threw for 2,539 yards (61.2% completions) with a 24/13 TD/INT ratio.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 4 - 1:13 PM

Cal junior RB Vic Enwere ran for 127 yards on only six tries for a 21.2 yards per carry average in the spring game.

The bruiser has bulked up to 235 pounds since stepping onto campus a smaller man. He's managed to keep the athleticism, as fans saw during an 80-yard touchdown jaunt in the first half of the spring game. Last season, Enwere led the team with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran for 505 yards on a team-high 106 carries. He added seven receptions for 31 yards to finish with 536 all-purpose yards.
Source: ESPN
Jul 29 - 6:03 PM

California freshman WR Melquise Stovall drew rave reviews this spring for his 128-yard performance in the spring game.

"He's a very electric, explosive guy," Bears coach Sonny Dykes said. "Very hard to tackle. He gives us a different dimension. We've had a lot of good receivers around here, but Melquise gives us something a little different... You can throw a slant and it turns into a 70-yard touchdown. You throw a screen and you have a 40- or 50-yard gain. You don't have to call home runs -- he's generating his own home runs." Cal pulled off a stealthy recruiting coup last year by flipping the 5-foot-8, 179-pounder from his USC commitment. "That guy is going to be special," QB Zach Kline said. "And he's going to get better, too. That's scary." During the spring, Stovall, per ESPN, "knifed through the defense with lethal cuts and fiery acceleration." Offensive lineman Steven Moore had this to say: "He's a freak. He's one of the shiftiest guys I've ever seen."
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 6:24 PM

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes singled out sophomore S Evan Rambo as the most impressive player on the roster this spring.

"When you watch the tape of spring football, he was about as good a player as we had on the field," he said. Rambo needs to step up because project starting safety Griffin Piatt retired due to injuries and S Damariay Drew may miss the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring ball. Remember, the Bears already lost stud linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. to Illinois as a graduate transfer.
Jul 27 - 5:46 PM


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