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September 3, 2011
PODCAST: Breaking Down the Bulldogs
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LISTEN TO TODAY'S PODCAST HERE. Download the podcast to your iPod by right clicking on the link.
The three of us break down each team, unit-by-unit, so you can be the most well-informed fan heading to Candlestick Park to see California take on Fresno State.
As if that weren't enough, check out The EDGE and our weekly Question and Answer session with publisher of BulldogReport.com, Chris Aguirre.
You'll be the best-armed fan at the yard with this week's detailed practice reports from Aug. 26, Aug. 27, Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
-- Eddie George and Tom Deinhart make their upset calls for the first week of the college football season in this video feature.
-- Be prepared for extra security at the park by reading up on the new precautions out at Candlestick Point.
BearTerritory provided the most in-depth coverage of fall camp this year, as the Bears try to redeem themselves after a 5-7 finish in 2010.
The first stop on that road was the hiring of new strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquez, who revolutionized the way Cal goes about its business in the weight room. Read all about his new regimen, and the state-of-the-art training equipment available in the Student Athlete High Performance Center in the fall kickoff feature, Bodies by Blasquez.
One of the most dynamic new faces on the roster is running back Brendan Bigelow, and though he's likely to redshirt this season, you'll want to be the first Cal on on your block to get the skinny on the dynamic playmaker before he makes it big in this story, Bigelow Hits the Ground Running.
As fall camp continued, speedy wide receiver Kaelin Clay was sidelined by a knee injury and Chris McCain stood out in several first week practice sessions and the newly-christened Avery Sebastian -- formerly Avery Walls -- rose through the ranks.
Highly-touted defensive tackle Viliami Moala made his mark as the first week came to a close.
Veteran left tackle Mitchell Schwartz recovered from early hamstring trouble as junior quarterback Zach Maynard -- brother of sophomore wide receiver Keenan Allen -- continued to show improvement.
Before suiting up for the first scrimmage of camp, Cal paid a visit to AT&T Park to get used to their new home for the 2011 season. Junior college transfer C.J. Anderson ripped off several big runs in the first scrimmage to vault his way into the depth chart at tailback before the Bears borrowed Evans Diamond from the baseball team to get used to new playing surfaces.
As fall camp drew to a close, several freshmen shot up the depth chart, as did Spencer Hagan, who rose to the second tight end spot after converting from a wide receiver to H-back.
PREMIUM Fall Camp Features
During camp, BearTerritory's premium subscribers got up-close and personal with several key units, including the offensive line and offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik.
Running game coordinator and running backs coach Ron Gould talked about the Bears plethora of tailbacks, and second-year special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk talked about his personnel.
Cal's second-generation star-in-waiting at the tight end position -- Richard Rodgers -- talked about following in his father's footsteps, and backup center Mark Brazinskichatted about his newfound fame on twitter.
Want to see how your favorite units progressed throughout fall camp? BearTerritory is your place for exclusive video.
View premium footage of both ends of the Bears' final final double day.
Premium subscribers also got a chance to take a peek at Bigelow, the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive line on August 19.
Starting punter and preseason All-American Bryan Anger took his shots at clearing the right field wall at AT&T Park, and BearTerritory cameras were rolling when Cal took the field at Evans Diamond for their second practice on the home turf of the 2011 College World Series participants.
Finally, get pumped for the young studs on defense by watching defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi go to work with his aggressive pupils.