OFFENSE: Joe Ayoob-QB, Byron Storer-FB, Eric Beegun-TE, Andrew Cameron-OT, Erik Robertson-OG, Scott Smith-OT
DEFENSE: Abu Ma'afala-DE, Brandon Mebane-DT, Nu'u Tafisi-DE, Mickey Pimentel-SLB, Desmond Bishop-MLB, Daymeion Hughes-CB
Running Back/Receiver

This will be the last shot in the long Cal career of RB Marshawn Lynch. Will he again get top Heisman consideration? Justin Forsett may be the best back up in America. DeSean Jackson leads a WR cast capable of taking the Jeff Tedford system to great heights.

Defensive Line/Defensive Back

All the big names from 2006 are gone on defense and the secondary must improve the nation's 108th-ranked pass defense in order to be successful in this league.

RB Marshawn Lynch
LB Zack Follett

* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2007 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Nate Longshore-Jr ..
FB Will Ta'ufo'ou-Jr ..
TB Marshawn Lynch-Sr Justin Forsett-Sr
WR Robert Jordan-Sr ..
WR DeSean Jackson-Jr Lavelle Hawkins-Sr
TE Craig Stevens-Sr Camerson Morrah-So
OT Mike Tepper-Jr ..
OG .. ..
C Alex Mack-Jr ..
OG Noris Malele-Jr Brian DeLaPuente-Sr
OT Mike Gibson-Sr ..
K Tom Schneider-Sr ..
DE Cody Jones-So ..
DT Tyson Alualu-So ..
DT Matt Malele-Sr ..
DE .. ..
SLB Justin Moye-Sr ..
MLB Greg Van Hoesen-Sr ..
WLB Worrell Williams-Jr Zack Follett-Jr
CB Robert Peele-So ..
CB Syd'Quan Thompson-So ..
ROV Brandon Hampton-Sr ..
FS Bernard Hicks-Jr Thomas DeCoud-Sr
P Andrew Larson-Sr ..

Heading into 2006, most of the stars on this team resided on the defensive side of the ball, though they ranked 90th for total D. Heading into ‘07, the complete opposite will be the case. So many of the most recognized and decorated names on defense have departed. The offense will get all of the preseason accolades this time around. Players such as Marshawn Lynch, a top candidate for the Heisman at RB; DeSean Jackson, the nation's best punt returner (four TDs) and the team’s leading receiver; Nate Longshore, another great hurler in the line of unheralded Jeff Tedford QBs; Craig Stevens, ‘06 All-Pac Ten TE; and Alex Mack, All-Pac Ten Center. On the other side, gone are four All-Pac Ten performers including the Defensive Player of the Year CB Daymeion Hughes. What a difference a year makes. Whereas the defense was expected to hold the rope, it's now the offenses turn to do the same. When a coach like Jeff Tedford is able to load up on the offensive side of the ball, it usually spells big numbers. Enough talent is in place to make this one the nation’s most electric scoring machines. While the secondary does return three quarters of the starting rotation, their production has not met expectations (108th-ranked pass defense). CB Syd'quan Thompson is a former Prep All-American and will help to ease some of the concerns there. Zack Follett is sure to find starting duty at one of the LB spots after receiving All-American freshmen honors a year ago. For Cal to make a statement in the conference title race, coaches need to use more ball-control to slow down the barrage of offensive points that typically leaves the defense on the field too long. To climb higher in the preseason polls, a few leaders will need to emerge on defense this spring. Cal is downright “offensive”.



9-1 Tennessee
9-8 @ Colorado State
9-15 Louisiana Tech
9-22 Arizona
9-29 @ Oregon
10-6 @ Washington
10-13 Oregon State
10-20 @ UCLA
10-27 @ Arizona State
11-3 Washington State
11-10 Southern California
11-17 @ Stanford