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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

Cal HC Sonny Dykes refused to put a timetable on naming a starting quarterback.

Dykes said that his decision on 2016's starting quarterback "could be five practices in, could be a week in, could be two weeks in." Senior QB Davis Webb -- who transferred over from Texas Tech this offseason after a flirtation with Colorado -- is widely thought to be the favorite in this competition. For his 23-game playing career with the Red Raiders, he completed 61.4% of his passes for 5,557 yards and a 46/22 TD/INT ratio. Dykes praised his work ethic during Pac-12 Media Days, noting that Webb has been putting in long hours at the stadium in order to iron out the on-field relationship with his receivers and OC Jake Spavital.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 21 - 2:03 PM

Cal senior S Damariay Drew (knee) will not be ready for the start of the 2016 season.

Drew suffered a knee injury during an early-April practice and ultimately underwent surgery to repair the issue. At the time of the injury, Cal HC Sonny Dykes wouldn't place any sort of a timetable on the 6-foot, 205-pounder's recovery. He was at least slightly more forthcoming at Pac-12 Media Days this week, telling reporters that "[w]e're not going to have him early, in hopes that we might have him late at some point." He then added the chilling kicker. "But chances are we're probably not going to have him at all during the season." In 2015, Drew recorded 70 tackles (4.0 for loss) and two interceptions. His knee troubles, coupled with the retirement of fellow safety Griffin Piatt (due to his own knee injuries), leave the Golden Bears horribly thin behind projected safety starters Khari Vanderbilt and Evan Rambo.
Jul 16 - 6:23 PM

Cal senior S Griffin Piatt will retire due to medical concerns.

Piatt's career with the Golden Bears was marred by knee injuries. He tore his ACL in the spring of 2013, then re-tore it seven games into the 2014 season. This offseason, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder underwent surgery in the hopes that it would help him move past these major blows, but as HC Sonny Dykes phrased it, "[t]he injury just wasn't responding the way he wanted it to." Piatt ends his collegiate playing career with 60 tackles (1.0 for loss), four interceptions and eight passes defended in 12 games.
Jul 16 - 5:34 PM

Cal freshman WR Demetris Robertson ran a 10.51 second 100-meter dash to repeat as Georgia prep state champion in May.

Robertson had some business to take care of before boarding the plane to Berkeley. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound five-star prospect was the nation's No. 1 receiver. His speed and athleticism are off the charts. He seems like a good dude, too. "He’s wonderful, talented, respectful, does anything you ask him to do," Savannah Christian track and field coach Deedee Colter said. "He cares about the other kids. It’s amazing what he can do to rally a team. He’s always asking how the other kids did, supporting them, no matter how good they are."
Jul 15 - 6:14 PM

98 members of the Cal faculty have petitioned the university not to renew strength and conditioning coach Damon Harrington until it is determined if he breached his previous contract.

Harrington has come under fresh fire due to a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle investigating potentially harsh practice conditions and his role in the death of Ted Agu in February of 2014. Cal settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Agu's parents to the tune of $4.75 million in April. While AD Nicholas Dirks indicated that the university would be launching a fresh probe into Harrington, not all are pleased with the steps Cal is taking. "We are disappointed that the new investigation you propose is confined to (assessing the current program), bypassing the question of coach Harrington’s culpability in Ted Agu’s death," wrote sociology Professor Michael Burawoy and Associate Professor of English Celeste Langan. Harrington's contract just ran out on Friday and as of this posting, the university had not decided whether to renew it or not.
Jul 6 - 12:41 PM

In response to calls for the dismissal of Cal strength and conditioning coach Damon Harrington, school chancellor Nicholas Dirks released a statement of defense.

Renewed calls for Harrington's dismissal have arisen in the wake of a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle relating to the tragic death of Ted Agu in February, 2014, following an offseason workout. Agu had been diagnosed with a blood abnormality known as "sickle cell trait," which can be aggravated by extreme exertion. While Cal settled a lawsuit from Agu's parents for $4.75 million in April, Harrington remains on staff, leading to this most recent round of protests. Dirks acknowledged the need for safety, saying, "In the wake of Ted Agu’s tragic death two years ago, IA has instituted many new forms of oversight over the Football program, all designed to ensure that all football practices are not only fully compliant with NCAA guidelines, but go well beyond what they require to fully and consistently ensure the safety of our student-athletes."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 3 - 1:20 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach said he isn't so sure this will be a rebuilding year at Cal.

"Tough to say," he said when asked. "I'd love to say yes -- sign me up for that. But they're good at what they do. They have their scheme. So they're a little bit of an unknown. I assume they have another first-round draft pick at quarterback, NFL-level receivers. But I hope it's a rebuilding year." He's not saying Davis Webb, the celebrated transfer picked up from Texas Tech, is a first-rounder, but presumably nodding at both the first-round tools and Cal's recent history of developing those into actualization. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Webb is in a great position to hurdle up draft boards this fall if he succeeds. If he does, the Golden Bears won't have suffered through a rebuilding campaign.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 4:53 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Cal three-star 2017 QB Chase Garbers to Iowa senior QB C.J. Beathard.

"Everything is smooth and consistent with [Beathard and Garbers]," Luginbill wrote. "There's no real wow factor in any one particular area, just good football prowess, skill and instincts." He calls the 6-foot-2, 191-pounder an "an ideal fit for Cal’s version of the spread as he’s a distributor of the football and can make the throws." Along with Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers, Garbers figures to compete for the starting job come 2017. 2016 should be Davis Webb's show.
Jun 22 - 2:34 PM


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