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Booming defense, rumbling run game: Takeaways from Cal football’s 2018 Spring Game

Sophomore cornerback Elijah Hicks and junior cornerback Josh Drayden were geared up in sweats as opposed to pads on Saturday, but their constant dance moves and encouragement from the defensive sideline summed up the day’s festivities. The defense was having fun and playing hard (and getting a good photo-op in here and there) while owning the spotlight during the 2018 Spring Game.
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Cal football must stop the bleeding

It wasn’t too long ago that Justin Wilcox led Cal football to a 3-0 start through what was generally ranked as the hardest schedule in FBS football. It’s hardly been a week since the Bears were leading a top-five team at home! But all of a sudden, the promising start
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Cal football heads to Oregon for Pac-12 North showdown

Cal football fans have a fond recent memory of Oregon. They likely remember last year’s shootout double-overtime contest at California Memorial Stadium, which ended 52-49 extremely late into the night on an interception by Cal linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk. But history is written by the victors, so Cal fans may be
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Ole Miss football shootaround

Who’s got to step up on defense? Vikram Muller: Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter and the front seven. After a passive three quarters against Weber State, Cal finally started to blitz late and with decent success. De Ruyter should cautiously utilize this a bit more than he has this season. With
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Costs of winning

You can’t say we weren’t warned. All week, Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox preached that Weber State was a well-coached team and that it would be another tough game to win. Offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin was similarly effusive about the Wildcats and their aggressive defense. It’s not like there
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Bears break out pads, run live action in 6th practice

“I think the whole defense didn’t practice at all last year,” said an onlooker in the stands at Cal football’s sixth practice. Many may share his sentiments, but Cal’s defense, now led by Tim DeRuyter, showed some promise on Saturday. Getting their first taste under the lights this fall camp, the Bears were hyped and energized to finally get their pads on and get down to business.
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