Six Bears take stage at NFL combine

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Six Bears take stage at NFL combine

This week, NFL hopefuls will take the field in Indianapolis to prove there mettle amongst some of the best college football players in the nation in the 2012 NFL scouting combine.

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The Cal Bears will be represented by their six invitees - Marvin Jones, Mitchell Schwartz, Trevor Guyton, Mychal Kendricks, Sean Cattouse and Bryan Anger.

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Marvin Jones 1Hometown: Fontana, CA
High School: Etiwanda HS
HeightWeight: 6-3202
Position: WR
Age: 21

Marvin Jones put up 2,260 receiving yards during his career at Cal, which puts him 6th among all-time leaders. He is also on the leader boards for 100-yard receiving games, receptions and receiving touchdowns.

In 2011 Jones earned All-American honorable mention honors midseason. He was also a two-time second-team All-Pac 12 selection. He was on the watchlist for the Biletnikoff award for 2 consecutive seasons and the Paul Warfield Award his Senior year. The ESPN.com Pac-12 Blog included Jones on thier All-Underrated team. Cal awarded him with the Cort Majors Captain Award, the Ken Harvey Award for showing special academic commitment and improvement and was also named captain for his Senior year.

Prior to the 2011 season Jones was ranked as the nation's No. 39 draft-eligible wide-receiver. His 2011 performance only helped move him up in this ranking along with his appearance and touchdown catch in the 2012 Senior Bowl.

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Mitchell Schwartz 72
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA
High School: Palisades Charter HS
HeightWeight: 6-6318
Position: OL
Age: 22

Schwartz started every game in his career at Cal between 2008-2011 after red-shirting his 2007 season. He has started at Left and Right Tackleand rounded out his senior season starting every game at Left Tackle. Schwartz stands tall at 6-6, which made him a huge presence for the Bears on the Offensive Line.

He was a first-team All-Pac 12 and Pac-12 All-Academic Selection in 2011, a second-team Pac-10 selection as a Junior and an honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection as a Sophomore. He was named honorable mention Pac 10 All-Academic in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Cal awarded him with the Brick Muller Award as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman For his 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons as well as the Cort Majors Captains Award in 2011.

Prior to his 2011 season he was ranked as the nation's No. 24 draft-eligible tackle.
Trevor Guyton 92
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
High School: Redmond HS
HeightWeight: 6-3280
Position: DL
Age: 22

In 2011 Guyton finished as a second-team All-Pac 12 selection. A co-team leader for 4.5 Sacks resulting in a combined loss of 23 yards and 2 forced fumblesfumble recoveries resulting in a combined gain of 19 yards. He leads the defensive linemen with his 42 tackles for the year. These numbers also put him among the leaders in the Pac-12 for tackles and sacks.

He was a preseason candidate in 2011 for both the Ted Hendricks and Bill Willis Awards, which honor the nation's top defensive end and lineman.

Mychal Kendricks 30
Hometown: Fresno, CA
High School: Hoover HS
HeightWeight: 6-0240
Position: LB
Age: 21

The California native played every game in his career at Cal between 2008-2011 and started 2009-2011. In 2011 he led the team in tackles with 106, which put him 5th in the Pac-12 and 76th in the nation. Kendricks also leads Cal interceptions that he has returned for a combined 62 yards and fumbles that he has returned for a combined 33 yards.

In 2011 Kendricks won the most awards of any player at Cal starting with Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Conference for the Pac-12. He received second-team, third-team and honorable mention All-American honors. He was on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Cal awarded him with the Bear-Backers Co-MVP Award and Berkeley Breakfast Club Award as the Outstanding Player in the Big Game on the defensive side.

Prior to his 2011 season he was named the nation's No. 9 outside linebacker and No. 30 draft-eligible outside linebacker.

Sean Cattouse 11
Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: Hubbard HS
HeightWeight: 6-3218
Position: DB
Age: 23

Cattousse leads Cal for interceptions and pass breakups, while ranking third in tackles. His Senior year he picked up two interceptions for 20 yards and 2 fumbles.

He was a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award and Tatum Award given to the nation's top defensive back in 2011. He picked up honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors his Sophomore and Junior seasons and Cal awarded him with the Stub Allison Award his Sophomore year, which is given to Cal's Most Inspirational Player.

Prior to his 2011 season he was named a third-team All-American, first-team All-Pac 12 selection and listed as the nation's No. 5 draft-eligible safety.

Bryan Anger 19
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
High School: Camarillo HS
HeightWeight: 6-4208
Position: P
Age: 23

Anger started every game possible in his career at Cal. He holds a single-season record for average punt yards and holds this top spot for 3 of the top 6 seasons for Cal punters. He has four of the 12 longest punts in school history, which includes a career-long and fourth All-time at Cal punt of 76 yards. Cal's starting punter was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation's top punter in 2008 and 2010. During his career he was selected as the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week three times.

He is the second player in Cal history after Alex Mack to earn first-team All-Conference honors for three consecutive seasons in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In these three seasons he was also awarded with the J. Scott Duncan Award as Cal's Most Valuable Special Teams Player. Anger was named the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Prior to his 2011 season he was named the nation's No. 3 punter and No. 3 draft-eligible punter.

Wilcox embracing challenge, will change the way Cal looks on field

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Wilcox embracing challenge, will change the way Cal looks on field

BERKELEY — With more than a half-century without a Rose Bowl berth, tougher academic standards than most Pac-12 schools and lackluster fan support in a pro-sports focused market, there are plenty of hurdles for a football coach at California.

Coach Justin Wilcox took the job for the Golden Bears because he embraces those obstacles and he wants players who feel the same way as he seeks to rebuild a program that has one winning record in the past five years and no conference championships since 1958.

"When you come here, there are challenges," Wilcox said at his introductory news conference Tuesday. "You don't come here and go through school and just go through the motions. You'll be challenged in the classroom, challenged on the football field and learn to interact in a dynamic society. I believe in that and that helps guys grow."

Wilcox faces many hurdles in his new job replacing the recently fired Sonny Dykes less than three weeks before national signing day. He has to put together a coaching staff, evaluate the players already on campus and try to keep together, and even add to, a recruiting class that committed to a different staff.

Athletic director Mike Williams fired Dykes after four seasons on Jan. 8 because he wanted a coach committed to Cal instead of flirting with other jobs and needed someone who could excite a fan base that often stayed away from Memorial Stadium in recent years as the Bears teamed porous defenses with sometimes exciting offenses while posting a 19-30 record.

Williams had five finalists for the job but chose a former Cal assistant with a defensive background and familiarity with the Pac-12 as an assistant for seven years at three schools in the conference.

"He truly gets this place, he truly gets coaching in the West," Williams said. "He came in and was very organized and thoughtful. He knew what he wanted to do and who he wanted to hire. ... It's a special place and I think he'll treat it as a special place."

While Dykes flirted with job openings at Houston and Baylor this past offseason in part because of his concern about increased academic standards for recruits, the Bears hope Wilcox is someone who wants to stick around after more than a decade of being on a self-described "windy" path as a top defensive coach.

The former Oregon defensive back began his coaching career in 2001 as a graduate assistant at Boise State. He spent three years as linebackers coach under Jeff Tedford at Cal from 2003-05 when the Bears nearly ended their Rose Bowl drought during a 10-win season with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback in 2004.

Wilcox has spent the past 11 years as a defensive coordinator with stops at Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, Southern California and finally Wisconsin, where he helped the Badgers field a top 10 defense and win the Cotton Bowl.

Wilcox has worked and played for many successful coaches, including Tedford, Chris Petersen, Dan Hawkins, Mike Bellotti, and Paul Chryst.

"I've been extremely fortunate to work for and with people I learned so much from," he said. "Each step along the way, I've seen it done a lot of different ways. I'm not trying to be any of those people. I always try to take pieces and make it my own."

Wilcox has begun putting together his staff, having hired former Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator and longtime Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood to fill that role on the Bears.

The Bears will look very different under Wilcox than Dykes. Wilcox said he will recruit tight ends as Cal moves from the spread "Bear Raid" offense that relied on four receivers almost exclusively to a more balanced offense with tight ends and more power concepts.

While he will delegate most of the offensive responsibilities to Baldwin, Wilcox said he will be more involved on defense where he wants to find players who can fit into his base 3-4 system.

Cal ranked 125th in total defense, 127th in scoring defense and 122nd in yards per play out of 128 FBS teams last season on the way to a 5-7 record.

"Every second is critical right now," Wilcox said. "I will not sacrifice the long-term good of the program for what everyone wants which is certainty. Things will happen quickly. I understand the recruits have some anxiety about the situation and there's emotions involved. That's totally understandable. I'd feel the same way."

EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

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EWU head coach leaving to become Cal’s new offensive coordinator

Newly announced Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox has his offensive coordinator just two days into the job. Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin is stepping down and is on his way to run the offense in Berkeley, EWU announced on Monday.

"I’m excited for the great opportunity that’s ahead but I’ll miss an amazing place," Baldwin said at a press conference held at EWU to announce his decision to leave the school.

Under Baldwin, EWU turned into a powerhouse at the FCS level, posting an 85-32 record in nine seasons. The Eagles won five Big Sky Conference titles and were crowned national champions in 2010.

Baldwin has never coached at the Division I FBS level, but has posted success in the past against those teams. Last season, Baldwin and the Eagles started off the year with a 45-42 win on the road against Washington State.

To open the 2013 season, Baldwin received national attention as EWU pulled off a huge upset by taking down No. 25 Oregon State, 49-46.

In 2016, EWU averaged 42.36 points per game. The Eagles rushed for 112 yards per game and gained 238 yards per game through the air.