Cal Football Video: Wide Receiver Blocking a Reflection of Team Toughness

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox suggests that teams that block well on the perimeter are usually the toughest teams

One media member mentioned that wide receiver Nikko Remigio did a good job of blocking during Saturday's scrimmage, and Cal head coach Justin Wilcox took that lead and ran with it.

One media member mentioned Monday that wide Receiver Nikko Remigio did a good job of blocking in Saturday's scrimmage. Head coach Justin Wilcox picked up that lead an ran with it.

While admitting that Remigio, who will be sophomore next fall, has indeed improved his block, Wilcox focused on the issue of wide-receiver blocking in general. In his estimation, blocking by wide receivers is an indication of a team's toughness. The teams that have wide receivers who can create running room on the perimeter are the toughest teams, according to Wilcox.

The Bears have a lot of appraisal to do at the wide receiver position, which may be the biggest concern on the team after the quarterback spot. The top four receivers from 2018 are no longer on the team, and the fifth-leading receiver, Jordan Duncan, has not been participating in spring workouts. It provides an opportunity for Remigio and Jeremiah Hawkins as well as freshman Makai Polk.

At 6-foot-3, Polk provides more size than the 5-8 Hawkins or the 5-10 Remigio. The Bears are also hoping to find a receiver who can make game-changing plays, something that was lacking last season and was not evident in Saturday's scrimmage. If one of them can also show skills as a blocker on the outside, it may give him more playing time.

Click here to see a video of Wilcox being impressed with running back hris Brown