Bruce Adams, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Fourth-year junior David Gray has been moved from wide receiver to tight end, where his size and speed should present a challenge to linebackers in pass coverage.
"He can create mismatches inside," coach Jeff Tedford said. "And he's got very good hands."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has 11 career catches for 156 yards and one touchdown -- a memorable 71-yard halfback pass in the 2002 season-opening 70- 22 win over Baylor that began the Tedford era at Cal.
Craig Stevens, a 6-5, 255-pound sophomore known for his blocking skills, opened training camp on top of the depth chart. Last year, Stevens shared time with then-senior Garrett Cross, who, like Gray, was a converted wide receiver with notable pass-catching skills.
"He's a big body, he's physical and he can get down the field," Tedford said of Gray. Gray says he is healthy now after being slowed by a series of injuries, including one to his shoulder that kept him out most of his freshman year.
Dueling quarterbacks: Tedford said there is no favorite emerging between potential starting quarterbacks Joe Ayoob and Nate Longshore.
"Both of them have their moments," he said. "Neither one of them is consistent enough yet. But we're going to continue to work."
Both quarterbacks have been busy learning Tedford's offense, with new plays being added daily.
"I'm pleased with what they're doing mentally," Tedford said.
He also praised the play of Steve Levy, a junior who probably will be the third quarterback. Levy came to Cal as a quarterback, was switched to fullback last year when he won a letter, but is now back at his original position.
Briefly: Anthony Binswanger, who kicked off for the Bears last year as a freshman, will be kicking at Diablo Valley College this year, according to DVC coach Ralph DePew.