Monday, March 15, 2010

Cal Bears' Calvin gets chance to earn his stripes

Contra Costa Times

One way to move up the depth chart is to not have much of a depth chart in the first place.  That's the position Cal junior Michael Calvin finds himself in this spring. The one-time heralded prospect is one of only four scholarship wide receivers on the roster, so never has the chance been greater for him to position himself for significant playing time this season.  "I feel like I have to seize the opportunity," Calvin said. "This spring ball is going to make or break me. I just have to come out here and compete."

Verran Tucker and Nyan Boateng have exhausted their eligibility, and Charles Satchell has moved from wide receiver to safety. That leaves Calvin, Marvin Jones, Jeremy Ross and Alex Lagemann as the only scholarship receivers left. The Bears signed five wide receivers in February and will welcome them to Berkeley in the fall.  Cal coach Jeff Tedford said the incoming group of receivers will compete for immediate playing time, but their inexperience makes them an obvious uncertainty. That's why now, more than ever, Calvin must prove he has finally overcome the hangover of his torn anterior cruciate ligament in the fall of 2008.  "Hopefully, he can stay healthy and play all through the spring," Tedford said. "There's no question he should be in the (rotation) when fall comes."

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