August 11, 2007

Jackson focuses on improvement

Moments after members of the Cal football team finished up their warm-ups Saturday morning to get ready for what would be the first of two practices at Memorial Stadium today, Bears coach Jeff Tedford walked over to junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson and had a word with the All-American. Tedford wasn't grilling Jackson by any means, but rather giving the first team All-Pac-10 performer a couple of techniques to improve his route running. That's one of the true beauties of Fall Camp. Everyone's performance on the field is being analyzed and critiqued to get better.

Some Things Still to Learn

It's only a week into the 2007 season for Cal, but it's a safe bet to say without bias that Jackson has been receiving more requests for interviews, more advertising, and more outright publicity than any Bears athlete on the gridiron in quite sometime.

Jackson certainly deserves the hype, having put up the numbers he has during his first two seasons as a collegiate athlete. But whether it's Jackson or any other player on the Cal squad this season - a team in which Tedford calls "the fastest I've ever had" - there's a basic understanding among both the players and coaching staff that no one athlete is immune to having a chip on their shoulder and weakness in which they can work to improve upon on the field.

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