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Nowhere but UP

By: Jennie Vo

Football is up and running here at Cal and the team is looking better
than ever. After a rough season full of injuries and inexperience,
Coach Sonny Dykes has taken advantage of the 14 Spring practices to
help the young guys mature and get better. Their hard work and
dedication towards improvement was evident to all at the Spring game
on April 26.

Although Cal had the worst defensive unit in the Pac-12, this Spring
game gave Cal fans hope for a more successful season. New defensive
coordinator, Art Kaufman, proved his coaching abilities by effectively
exposing the talents of each and every player on defense. Brennan
Scarlett (DE, #17), also stated that he feels much better about the
secondary unit and their development throughout the off-season. The
defensive unit broke up many potential touchdown passes, limited
offensive rushing yards, and had a couple of interceptions.
Furthermore, in the first half of the game, the defense was able to
rush the QB many times, forcing incompletions, sacks, and fumbles.

On offense, the team showed a tremendous amount of depth in the QB,
RB, and WR positions. After finding his rhythm, Jared Goff (QB, #16)
showed consistency and pinpoint accuracy with huge throws to Bryce
Treggs (WR, #1), Kenny Lawler (WR, #4), and Maurice Harris (WR, #3).
Furthermore, Kyle Boehm (QB, #17) showed great strength and agility
with his run game, and Austin Hinder (QB, #7) proved to be a reliable
back-up QB. With Khalfani Muhammad (RB, #29) not participating in
Spring football because of track season, Jeffrey Coprich (RB, #20) won
the offensive spotlight with hard runs through tackles and defenders.
Although the defensive unit brought their A-game, Coprich was able to
make many good runs past them, and he credits the offensive line for
getting stronger and providing him with gaps to run through.
Furthermore, Cal is coming back with almost all of their play-making
wide receivers: Bryce Treggs (#1), Kenny Lawler (#4), Chris Harper
(#6), Maurice Harris (#3), and many more. Treggs made many big plays
throughout the game, and said that he is very comfortable with being
put in the slot receiver position. He also credits Goff for accurately
throwing the ball up there, so receivers could make plays, and he is
extremely confident in the skill and experience of the WR unit this
season. Harper was sidelined this game due to a small sprain in his
left ankle, but stated that he is on the road to recovery and is
excited for the upcoming season.

All in all, every aspect of the Bears' game has improved. These guys
are serious about getting better and are dedicated to improving in the
Summer. After a disappointing 1-11 season, there is nowhere for them
to go, but up. Roll on, Bears!