March 15, 2007

Spring Practice No. 2

Spring Practice No. 2 was on tap Wednesday afternoon and outside of the usual suspects in attendance, former Bears quarterback Steve Levy and Bears volleyball star Angie Pressy took in the action. One of the more impressive players we saw on the afternoon was former Rivals Freshman All-American Zack Follett.

Linebacker Notes:
With new linebacker coach Kenwick Thompson leading the charge, the 'backers spent a lot of time in practice Wednesday working on their side-to-side skills. The emphasis spoken loudly by Coach Thompson was for the linebackers to work on staying low, accelerate from their bended knee stance, and getting their pad level down at a proper height.

Overall, the linebackers were stellar. Despite losing All-American Desmond Bishop and key reserve Mickey Pimentel to graduation, the core athleticism of this unit hasn't lost too much of its flavor. Follett continued to man the middle linebacker position, and made play after play. Worrell Williams, Anthony Felder, and senior Justin Moye all roamed the outside.

Wide Receiver Notes:
The wideouts on the Cal team are nationally known for the speed they bring to the table, but Wednesday's practice saw the unit work a lot on their blocking skills. Of note was one battle that brewed during Wednesday's practice, where Florida transfer Nyan Boateng had some friendly chit-chatting with safety Bernard Hicks after the two physically locked up in the one-on-one blocking drills.

All-American wide receiver DeSean Jackson was his usual self Wednesday, gracefully gliding down the field on numerous occasions. On one instance, Jackson was able to get off the line of scrimmage quickly and put his speed in gear to get a step on sensational cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson. About 30 yards later, Jackson slid behind "Syd the Kid", but the ball was a little overthrown by the powerful right arm of Kyle Reed. On the very next ball to Jackson however, Reed hit Jackson right on the money on a similar route. This time Jackson was able to get a step on safety Thomas DeCoud.

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