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2017 Schedule
5-7, 4th in Pac 12 - North

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal's offense was as multiple as promised under new coordinator Beau Baldwin, showing a plethora of different formations in today's spring game. Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers, the leaders in the QB race, both looked sharp.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

As usual, the Pac-12 and West region dominate the quarterback discussion. Of the top 11 quarterbacks in the nation, seven have ties to the Pac-12 or West region. Nos. 2 and 7 pocket passers Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff are committed to Washington, No. 3 pocket passer and No. 32 overall prospect Adrian Martinez is committed to Cal, No. 48 overall prospect Tanner McKee resides in Southern California, No. 50 overall prospect and No. 3 dual-threat quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson hails from Nevada and could commit to UCLA over Michigan this weekend and Nos. 64 and 67 overall prospects, Jack West and Matt Corral, are committed to Stanford and USC, respectively.

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Cal football head coach Justin Wilcox attended Tuesday's San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park. Wilcox and the Golden Bears agreed to a five-year deal in January. (@SFGiants/Twitter)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal has the hardest schedule in the nation according to FPI. The Bears face UNC and Ole Miss in non-conference play, and they travel to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Stanford, and UCLA in Pac-12 action. (ESPN Stats and Info)

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The top-10 hardest schedules belong to teams from the Pac-12 and SEC, with each conference projected to have five of the top 10 in strength of schedule. Cal has the hardest schedule in the nation, according to FPI, with conference road games at Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Stanford, and UCLA, and non-conference games at North Carolina and hosting Ole Miss. On the flip side, Big Ten teams have the seven easiest schedules among Power 5 teams, according to FPI.

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Pac-12 defensive triplets: No. 7 California

Cal is overhauling its defense after being among the nation's very worst in 2016, and has a stout building block in defensive lineman James Looney.

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Pac-12 offensive triplets: No. 10 California

Replacing a solid veteran QB is hard, and while Cal is optimistic with new offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, there's still some uncertainty.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Cal QB Davis Webb has "12-15 more" meetings with NFL teams scheduled. He wouldn't elaborate on details, but when asked by a local Bay Area reporter, he did indicate that San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been in contact. Webb, whose draft stock has been rising, plans to watch the NFL Draft at his Dallas area home with former teammates from both Cal and Texas Tech. "It'll be an interesting mix," he said.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Cal QB Davis Webb says he has 12-15 private workouts scheduled with NFL teams. He just threw in the rain at the Bears' Pro Day. "Those were some shady conditions," Webb said as he discussed the difficulties of throwing in the rain. He said scouts told him they were happy about his performance.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Cal QB Davis Webb tosses a deep pass to WR Chad Hansen at the Bears' pro day.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal Pro Day is underway on a rainy day in Berkeley. QB Davis Webb, a dark horse candidate to go in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, will throw later.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal OT grad transfer Aaron Cochran says he's down to three schools: Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Auburn. Cochran visited Stillwater three weeks ago, is visiting Auburn this weekend, and Tech the weekend of April 8. Expects to have a decision soon after that. Cochran started 16 games for Cal.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven schools remain in the mix for Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the nation's No. 4 dual-threat quarterback. Thompson-Robinson released his list of seven finalists via twitter, as Cal, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and UCLA remain in the hunt to sign the No. 107 overall prospect and No. 2 uncommitted quarterback at this time. It looks like this could come down to a battle between Michigan and UCLA, as the Bruins established themselves early as the program to beat for Thompson-Robinson and his teammate, ESPN 300 tight end Brevin Jordan, while Thompson-Robinson's mother attended Michigan. Cal was not on his initial top-12 list, while Florida State and Oregon are programs to watch and could make a move.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cal DC Tim DeRuyter has switched the Bears' defense to a 3-4 scheme, opening a major learning period for players like Cameron Saffle, who has moved from DE to LB. "The coaches say, 'the first time you make a mistake -- that's on us, we'll teach you. But if you mess up again, that's on you.' That's the expectation now."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Darius Allensworth also discussed Cal's coaching change: "Everything that Coach Wilcox does is at a championship level... It's a different type of urgency now. They expect more." LB Cameron Saffle says that Wilcox's defensive background has helped the unit: "Having a defensive-oriented staff, we're getting a lot more love."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cal coach Justin Wilcox played QB for the scout team against the Bears' defense yesterday. LB Cameron Saffle says that's just one of the many ways that Wilcox has bonded and built trust with the team. "That's just the type of guy he is," Saffle said. "He'll even have breakfast with us every morning."

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Memories of 'The Greatest' when he's your grandfather

The world knew Muhammad Ali as a global icon, but to Cal's Biaggio Ali-Walsh, he was "Poppy." Photos of Ali-Walsh and his late grandfather reveal a different side of the all-time great champion.