Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SF Chronicle: Quarterbacks grow on Farm, receivers buzzing in Berkeley



New look, new attitude: Maybe as jarring as the gold stripe down the middle of the new Cal helmets, will be the lack of names on the back of the newly designed jerseys. Coach Jeff Tedford removed the names before last season's Armed Forces Bowl as a tribute to the military, and he admitted Monday that the tribute will continue this season because it was a twofold statement.  As part of a last year's late-season freefall - losing six of seven games after being No. 2 in the nation - Cal looked uninspired in losses to clearly less-talented Washington and Stanford teams.

"After the way Washington and Stanford happened, it was evident that we all needed to come together and look at accountability issues," Tedford said. "That's what we did. It was taking identity off of individuals and putting it back on the team."

Rookie receivers: Tedford said as many as three true freshmen wideouts could get significant playing time in an effort to replace the threesome lost to the NFL. He said Marvin Jones, Jarrett Sparks and/or Charles Satchell could play right away.  Verran Tucker, considered the No. 57 junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, also could join that list. The former El Camino Community College receiver is in summer school, and Tedford expects to know soon whether Tucker has enough qualifying credits to enroll.  The returning receiving corps has combined for a total of 12 Divison I-A catches, with LaReylle Cunningham providing 10 and transfer Nyan Boateng adding two from his freshman season at Florida.


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