Asked if there is a position group or an area of the team that has particularly impressed him during spring workouts, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox quickly singled out the secondary.
That comes as no surprise. The experience and proven talent the Bears have among their defensive backs is probably unmatched by any team in the Pac-12, and perhaps even in the country. This talent should pay dividends for the inexperienced receiving corps, which should benefit from going against that skilled group in each spring practice. Wide receiver is one area in which Cal has concerns.
The work of the defensive backs in spring workouts was expected. Wilcox could not come up with another position group that has been particularly impressive. He noted the main thing at this juncture is for the players to remain motivated, focused an energetic as the spring workouts wear on. It’s easy to be energized at the start of spring practice; it takes some work to maintain that level of enthusiasm into the third week of spring ball.
The defensive backs also seem to be the most competitive position group on the team, never needing encouragement to be energetic and focused.
The quarterback competition continues, with Chase Garbers still getting most of the work with the first-team offense. He has been more decisive in the spring than he was at times during the 2018 season. But this is just practice against the Cal defense, not a game situation with people in the stands. Saturday’s spring game should provide a better idea of his progress.