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  1. Instead of posting I'm just going to add on to this since it's probably the closest to what I agree with. I don't see USC making the CCG game this year though.
  2. This is an awesome media piece, I also need to figure out my running back situation fast because that isn't going to cut it..
  3. Seeing Delaware play Rhode Island makes me miss playing for them
  4. Nick Ellison is lucky I can't tell if my starting defense is much better than I had expected shutting down my starting offense, because him and McFadden played pretty poorly. Despite Naiquon Barner going against my 2nd team defense, he still seems as if he'll be an exciting addition to this offense.
  5. Golden Nation: 2023 Spring Game What to Watch Offensive Summary Cal's spring game is going to be played on Sunday, June 16th. This is the first spring camp the Golden Bears are led by Head Coach noodlz2 who is also preparing this team for its first full season under his command. He has told us here at Golden Nation that it will be the 1st team offense against 1st team defense, and 2nd team offense against 2nd team defense because iron sharpens iron. This was an inexperienced team with potential last season that is now a little bit more experienced, and talent has developed particularly on the offensive side of the ball. This year's offensive backfield and receivers/tight ends are ranked first in the Pac-12 North. If you've been following Cal since last season at least, you would know that this offense struggled immensely. On the offensive side of the ball there's no doubt that the Golden Bears have some serious firepower at the skill positions, but their offensive line could be the link that causes the chain to break this year. Offensive Position Battles to Watch Running Backs: Naiquon Barner 5-11 211 (Fr) Desert (Edwards CA) 2.5 of 5.0 [Power] vs. RB Raekwon Elam 5-8 201 Sr College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Power] After redshirt senior Zachary McFadden's performance last season, it seems as if Coach noodlz2 is set on him being the go to back this season. Which is understandable after he accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense last year. In an offensive backfield filled with talent, this is easily the most hyped offensive position battle for the Golden Bears. Redshirt Freshman Naiquon Barner is fresh off of a redshirt season and has the potential to be one of the nation's top running backs in a couple season. On the other hand senior Raekwon Elam's performance may find him earning a redshirt for next season which would leave the Golden Bears with a nice stable of power backs between Elam, Barner, and freshman Cayden Crawley who will be redshirted this season most definitely. Right Offensive Tackle: OT Ari Todd 6-2 276 So West Valley (Hemet CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking] vs. OT Jude Schmitt 6-1 310 (Fr) Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] The most vital part of a productive offense, is an offensive line that can buy their skill players time to be productive. This year, the right tackle position will be a very inexperienced position. Whoever wins the spot will be baptized by fire each week in an unforgiving Pac-12 North. In an offense predicated on using the run game to open up the pass game, the heavier Jude Schmitt is the favored pick to win the spot over a much lighter Ari Todd. Jude Schmitt's ability to block in the run game has caught the eyes of this Cal coaching staff, and they have high expectations for his performance on Sunday. At the left tackle spot Junior starter Philip Engel will have to play a big brother role, and lead by example to whoever wins the the right tackle spot. Defensive Summary Last season if you were to pick which side of the ball was keeping the Golden Bears competitive, it would probably be the defensive side of the ball. This far into spring ball the Cal coaching staff has hinted that things have changed bit since last fall, especially with depth at the defensive end position which is definitely the biggest concern this season. The strongest position group in this defense is definitely the linebackers ranked 3rd in the division led by senior Mamadou Halloway, followed by a defensive front ranked 4th, and an inexperienced secondary that is going to miss the presence of Blaine Lewis-Thompson that is ranked 5th in the division. Just by looking at this defense on paper, we can tell that this California team is going be in for some shootouts! Defensive Position Battles to Watch Cornerback #2 and #3: CB Zachary Riggins 5-11 202 (Fr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] vs. CB Nicholas Ragland 5-10 188 (Jr) Glendale (Glendale CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] vs. CB Jamie King 6-0 172 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] There is no doubt that senior Shaq Kimbrough will be the number one guy at the corner position this season after starting at free safety for most of the 2022 season, but there's huge question marks for who will be on the other side of the field from him and the next guy up when the Golden Bears defense is in a nickel set. Nicholas Ragland at 5-10 188 pounds has been having a notable camp at the nickel position, his strength of being abie to play man will be beneficial at nickel when playing faster slot receivers. Being the most experienced out of the three, and having a heavier frame than true freshman Jamie King he's more suited to come up in the run if need be. The battle between Zachary Riggins and Jamie King is going to be interesting as both of them are better in zone coverage allowing them to compliment Kimbrough when in a 2 corner set. In a perfect world it would be most ideal for the starting 3 to be Kimbrough, Riggins, and King all being primarily zone coverage defensive backs. Defensive Player to Watch: SS Coleridge Beverly 5-10 195 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] Coleridge Beverly has to be the most exciting recruit signed in the 2022 recruiting class, and the coaching staff here at Cal has nothing but high hopes for the talented freshman. Despite being a zone focused secondary, Beverly is the the first piece that will allow this defense to transition into the fast and aggressive man defense head coach noodlz2 plans on installing. The true freshman is extremely explosive and not afraid to strike the stable of backs this California offense is proud of in its backfield. Beverly will be the starting strong safety for the Gold team this Sunday, and despite being expected to redshirt the coaching staff here at Cal has taken some notes on Stanford's secondary last season which lacked experience and put trust in its younger studs. Special Teams Summary The punter and kicker positions are an interesting group to look at on this years depth chart. The punter position has three potential candidates with sophomore Chris Darnell looking to lock a starting position at both punter and kicker. Redshirt senior Jeremiah Norris and redshirt junior Aaron Baggett-Burch will also be gunning for a starting spot at punter this fall as well. As if Darnell didn't have enough competition already, he will be also be competing with redshirt sophomore Patrick Kane for a chance at the starting kicker position. Going into Sunday's spring game Chris Darnell controls his destiny, as he aims to be the leg for the Golden Bears both at the kicker and punter spot. Also look out for redshirt junior wide receiver Oscar Burr as he is listed as the Gold team's #1 kick returner and punt returner. Towards the end of last season Zachary McFadden took over the roll as the number one kick returner and performed well, there's no doubt this year with the backfield that Cal has that they would not like to take a few snaps away from McFadden if they can giving Burr the opportunity to prove himself this season.
  6. After looking at the offensive and now defensive position groups for the North, it looks like there's going to be absolute chaos this season..
  7. We've got quite the offensive firepower going into this 2023 season. They're going to have to put up points to help our defense out for sure!
  8. 43 degrees with nothing but down pouring rain all day here Edit: Not on the Gulf Coast though
  9. Considering last year’s loss was 20-37, I’m excited for our match up this year especially because I’ll be the coach for it. I’m essentially the same team with a more experienced/talented offense. Should be a shootout this year for sure!
  10. Photo from 2023 Spring Game - Berkeley, CA California Golden Bears 2022 Record: 4-8 (2-7 Pac-12) Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 62 WEEK 2 - @ KANSAS STATE 2022 Record: 2-10 (0-9 Big XII) Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 107 The Golden Bears kickoff their season against Kansas State as both teams aim to make a statement against another Power 5 opponent early on in the season. There's a lot of question marks that need to be answered for Cal, and that will have to happen against an interesting Kansas State ball team bouncing back from a rebuilding season. California has a boat load of talent returning on the offensive ball this season and will be looking to rebrand it's offensive image from last season. Wildcats Head Coach @Swipet has agreed to a home and home series with the Golden Bears, so whoever wins this one will hold onto bragging rights heading into 2024. WEEK 3 - HOUSTON 2022 Record: 3-9 (2-6 American) Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 108 This is an exciting matchup for Head Coach noodlz2 as his team welcomes the program he joined the Golden Bears from. In 2020, Head Coach noodlz2's first season on the site and at Houston, he led the Cougars to the Birmingham Bowl where they lost in a 9-6 defensive matchup against Ole Miss. The difference between 2020 and 2023 is that noodlz2 has an experienced offense predicated on speed. Houston and Head Coach @Curby4 is excited as well for this game because it's now his first full season in control of a Houston team that went through a rough rebuilding year, which could be contributed to noodlz2's midseason departure last season. Hopefully the Golden Bears can find their identity after weeks 2 and 3, and enter conference play full throttle. WEEK 7 - @ MICHIGAN 2022 Record: 10-2 (7-1 Big Ten) Chicago Tribune Preseason Rank: 23 By the time week 7 rolls around and the Battle of the Blue and Yellow is here, Head Coach @jmjacobs and the Wolverines will most likely still be ranked in the top 25. After starting conference play with Oregon and then at USC, Cal comes off of a bye week to figure things out on both sides of the ball for when they head to Ann Arbor. This can be a really make or break point in the season for the Golden Bears as they head out to Washington State the following week. Starting with week 7, the following weeks 8 and 9 will be important in Cal's bowl destiny heading into their next bye week 10. 2023 SCHEDULE Week 2: @ Kansas State Week 3: Houston Week 4: Oregon Week 5: @ USC Week 7: @ Michigan Week 8: @ Washington State Week 9: Washington Week 11: @ Oregon State Week 12: Utah Week 13: @ Arizona State Week 15: UCLA Week 16: Stanford
  11. noodlz2

    [2023] CFBHC Schedule

    California OOC schedule: Week 2: @ Kansas State @Swipet Week 3: Houston @Curby4 Week 7: @ Michigan @jmjacobs All Confirmed.
  12. Looking to schedule games for weeks 2 and 3. PM me 

  13. Hey Nick Scott you should come to Cal and like help us rebuild our program.
  14. Love these articles and how accurately you projected my rosters. The RB spot will definitely be the biggest question mark. For my receivers Kahiau Alama might see himself playing the 3 more depending on the defense. Spencer and Hightower are going to be exciting watch this season as well. On the defensive side of the ball, Tim Everett will probably end up starting, but we'll see. Definitely going to have to schedule a game, or two that allow me to play around with my depth chart.
  15. Season Quick Glimpse This season ended in a very disappointing fashion for the Golden Bears. After starting off 2-3 under the team's previous head coach, noodlz2 took over the program with hopes of clinching a bowl game. Starting off 2-1 under a new head coach hopes of making a bowl game were bright. After a close home loss against Washington one of the PAC-12's top teams things took a turn for the worst. Lack of offensive production and turnovers during crucial moments kept Cal from winning 2 out of it's last 6 games to gain an opportunity to go bowling. Season Results Overall 4-8 (2-7 Pac-12) L 20 - 37 @ W 33 - 21 @ W 31 - 26 @ L 10 - 24 @ L 17 - 27 W 31 - 13 L 0 - 31 @ W 20 - 10 L 6 - 17 L 10 - 34 L 9 - 27 @ L 35 - 42 Season Stats Offensive Points Per Game: 18.5 Passing YPG: 193.41 Rushing YPG: 104.75 Turnovers: 1.17 Defensive Points Allowed: 25.75 Passing YPG: 209.42 Rushing YPG: 105.67 Takeaways: 0.75 Impact Players Offensive Impact Player - RB Zachary McFadden 5-10 190 (Jr) - 4.0 of 4.5 [Speed] 2022 Stats - 184 attempts / 941 yards / 7 TD / 5,11 YPC / 85.55 YPG Zachary McFadden was the man to go to for this Cal offense. His electrifying speed has allowed him to be a threat on the ground, as well as the pass and return game. With 7 receptions, 47 yards, and 1 TD. If you want to talk about going out on a high note, in his last two games he accounted for 225 yards rushing, 1 Touchdown, and 194 kickoff return yards*. Totaling for 1,407 all purpose yards was definitely beneficial to the struggling Golden Bears offense, but having to utilize him in as many possible his production in the run game may have been hindered. The great news is in next season's offensive situation McFadden's talents can be used more in the run game. With a skill ceiling to cap entering his redshirt senior year, hopes are high for the seasoned veteran next season. *Denotes he was #1 KR on the depth chart for Arizona State and Stanford games. Defensive Impact Player - DE Jamal Dorsey 6-7 250 (Fr) - 4.0 of 4.5 [Speed] 2022 Stats - 31 tackles / 8.5 sacks / 9 TFL It's safe to say that a redshirt season benefited Jamal Dorsey's development entering this season. His performance on the field is what has contributed to a stable defense. If you look at Cal's offensive numbers they really did not give the defensive side of the ball much help, allowing Dorsey to step up and be the play maker on the defensive line. Next season is going to be exciting if he continues to step up and be a presence on the defensive of the ball like last year. If he can rack up some conference awards in his next few years of eligibility, Head Coach noodlz2 is hopeful he may get a shot at the next level. A Look at The 2022 Signing Class California: Class Rank: 106 (Comparables: Iowa State, Cincinnati, Tulsa, Buffalo)* *Taken from [2022] PAC-12 First Reaction: Crootin' Class Grades. Credits @bingo415. Positional Breakdown Defensive backs SS Coleridge Beverly 5-10 195 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] FS Quincy Sterling 6-1 200 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Jamie King 6-0 172 Fr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 1.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Maximillian Carson 5-11 203 Fr Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB DeMarcus William 6-0 186 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Caleb Stock 6-0 193 Fr Horizon (San Diego CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Carlos Westbrook 6-2 203 Fr Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Patrick Grant 5-9 164 Fr Fontana (Fontana CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] Defensive Ends DE Mark Harper 6-3 241 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DE Sincere Brinson 6-6 240 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] Defensive Tackles DT Golden Love 6-0 291 Fr Orange Glen (Escondido CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DT Wyatt Hays 6-7 281 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] Outside Linebacker OLB Marc Crawley 5-11 228 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] Offensive Line C Mateo Hathaway 6-4 269 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 2.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OG Kenneth Joseph Jr. 6-2 258 Fr De La Salle (Concord CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Run Blocking] OG Raphael Donnelly 6-6 312 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] OT Mohammed Barbour 6-7 289 Fr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking] Quarterback QB Benjamin Doyle 6-3 223 Fr Decatur (Federal Way WA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Scrambling] Running back RB Cayden Crawley 5-6 217 Fr Edison (Stockton CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Power] Tight End TE Tony Ragsdale 6-1 233 Fr Argonaut (Jackson CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blocking] Long Snapper LS Jim Fisher 6-3 233 Fr Capital (Olympia WA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Specialized] Recruiting Takeaways Coleridge Beverly the strong safety out of Chula Vista was the standout commit for the Golden Bears. The rest of the recruiting class fills gaps in a few essential positions and adds depth to the secondary as well. Some of this year's recruiting setbacks were, missing the JUCO recruiting period, and lack of the ability to build a recruiting class that fits new coaching philosophy. With lots of young talent and positions that are in dire need of top level PAC-12 talent, snagging a JUCO recruit in 1 or 2 positions would've went a long way. To go along with that there was almost a fully signed class by the time Head Coach noodlz2 took the position Week 8. After finishing 106th in the nation in recruiting there will be an emphasis on recruiting. Next season will be exciting if this coaching staff can bring in some high caliber PAC-12 talent.
  16. Mildly Bullish,looks like a small step in the right direction. My offense is going to have to ball out next season and next year's recruiting class needs to be good or great.
  17. Really wish this class wasn't already 15+ deep in signed recruits by the time I got here. With that being said next season's class is going to be crucial on my part. Also completely forgot about the first week of JUCO croot'n, spring break got the best of me
  18. Assuming and hoping more coaches join the site, will we be seeing conferences develop from the eastern conference? Since the Big Sky will exist, it'll be cool to see more teams added to build the CAA, ivy League, OVC, etc.
  19. noodlz2

    [2022] Week #16 - TNF

    Helluva game for sure, the ground attack was real! Comgrats in what you did with Stanford this season, TMac deserves heisman with what he was able to do with such a young group of receivers.
  20. noodlz2

    [2022] Week #16 - TNF

    Takeaways from this last game: - After going From Spread Option to Option to Pistol, I think I should have been running this since I got to Cal. - Nick Ellison bouncing back hard by accounting for 2 TDs through the air and 2 on the ground, this is after being benched last week due to subpar production all season. - Zachary McFadden was 59 yards short of breaking 1,000 rushing yards. - My gameplan of pressing Stanford’s inexperienced WRs paid off, and I played the pass heavy basically telling TMac to beat us on the ground, which he inevitably did. TLDR; I should’ve been running Pistol once I got to Cal. TMAC + NEWBY = GOOD.
  21. Well I guess maybe we do need you Nick Ellison.. Proud of McFadden's efforts going 22 touches, 125 yards despite the loss. Didn't think he had it in him for a 20+ carry game against Mississippi State last week, but he stepped up after being moved to the #2 back last week. Hoping for an even better performance against Stanford next week. Time to start next week's gameplan..
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