Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oakland Tribune: Cal Tight End Curran Gets Up to Speed

Jonathan Okanes

Cal coach Jeff Tedford says tight end Skylar Curran has been coming into his own during training camp.

That shouldn't be too surprising — the Bears have had their share of luck with players from Butte College.  Curran may not make the same impact as former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who went on to become a first-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. But Tedford said Curran should see a lot of playing time this season.

"The guy who is having a great camp is Skylar Curran," Tedford said. "He has really showed up. He's improved everything. He's finally caught up with the speed of the game."  Despite the early departure of Cameron Morrah to the NFL, tight end appeared to be one of the deepest positions on the team entering training camp. Last year's backup, Tad Smith, is back, and sophomore Anthony Miller, who caught the winning touchdown pass in last season's Emerald Bowl, could supplant him as the starter. Redshirt freshman Spencer Ladner was one of the Bears' top scout team players last year and also figures in the mix. Curran seemed to be a forgotten man. But he started getting some first- and second-team reps in the spring and should push Smith and Miller for playing time this season.

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