Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on August 27, 1992 · Page 65
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Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California · Page 65

Santa Cruz, California
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Thursday, August 27, 1992
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28 Football '92 Santa Cruz Sentinel "Thursday, Aug. 27, 1992 1 College C Bears don't need slogan to be good By BOB LINNEMAN Sentinel staff writer TTAji don't you come to ft Cal games? Why can't V V the University of California come up with a better slogan for this season's football team, which could be one of the school's best? It must have taken the San Francisco ad agency Freeman, Lavigne and Elanchei all of 10 minutes to come up with that not-so-snappy line. It hardly seems fitting for a team with serious Rose Bowl aspirations. Stupid slogans aside, Cal and its new coach, Keith Gilbertson, are ranked in most everyone's Top 25 preseason poll, feature Heisman Trophy candidate Russell White in the backfield, Ail-American candidate Sean Dawkins at wide receiver, a new "Split 4-3" defense and speed to burn, with 26 players timed at 4.69 or better in the 40-yard dash. "I want to go to the Rose Bowl and beat up on Stanford," said quarterback Dave Barr, who is competing with Perry Klein for the starting job. The Golden Bears are coming off their best season record-wise since 1950, going 10-2 in 1991 with a 37-13 win over Clemson in the Citrus Bowl last New Year's Day. To a man, the Bears feel they can dp even better this season. "We're a stronger, faster team than when we started working in the spring," said Gilbertson, who served the previous three seasons at Washington. "This team had a great offseason. We went from one iioioi r I Jill " ills ; Courtesy UC Berkeley Russell White passed up the NFL for senior season at Cal. guy who could bench press 400 pounds to 12." Plus, the Bears still have White, who chose to remain at Cal for his senior year instead of going into the National Football League draft, where he most certainly would have been a first-round pick. "I never regretted not going into the draft," said White, shaking his head before the question could even be finished. "That same opportunity will be there next year." A Rose Bowl opportunity and a Heisman Trophy opportunity are here now. "I truly believe I can win it," White said of the Heisman. Gilbertson plans to give White every opportunity this season, and at the same time he hopes to be diverse enough so defenses won't simply crowd around the Cal star. "We're not going to take the ball out of Russell's hands," said Gilbertson. "But we have to have balance." The passing game will be key for the Bears' success this season. "If there's a major difference this season," said Gilbertson, "it's in the passing game." That duty will come down to either Barr or Klein. Barr is listed at the top of the depth chart, mainly because he was in camp for all of spring practice. Klein, who had the inside track to replace Mike Paw-lawski, left the team in the middle of spring practice for personal reasons. But Klein is back now and competing with Barr for the starting nod. "(Barr) has a lot going for him. He has a great arm," said Gilbert-son. "Perry hasn't taken a lot of snaps. They'll both be better in November than they are in August. The job is still open." Dawkins' job, however, is safe. He is the main man at wide receiver this season. He is rated by The Sporting News as the No. 3 receiver in the country going into the season. "I want to be an All-American this year," said Dawkins, who attended Homestead High in Sunnyvale. "I've been working hard at it." The primary offensive concern, says Gilbertson, is not the quarterback situation, but the offensive line, which has only two returning starters. Projected as a new starter this season at tackle is 6-foot-7, 285-pound Randy Nonhoff, a former Soquel High player, who was a junior college ail-American at Riverside Community College a year ago. "Our offensive line has to come together, solidify into a consistent group," said Gilbertson. "The quarterback situation will take care of itself." Seven starters return on defense, a staple for the Bears the past two seasons; it resulted in back-to-back bowl berths. The defensive line is especially quick this season, which should put plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. New defensive coordinator Artie Gigantino has installed a "Split 4-3," which is designed around pressuring the quarterback. Mack Travis and Chidi Ahanotu at the tackle positions form a solid foundation. "I think the 'D' is a lot faster, especially up front," said corner-back Wolf Barber, who is looking to have a season that befits his rating as the No. 12 cornerback in the country, according to The Sporting News. "I thought I had an average year last year," Barber said. "This year I'm looking forward to having a big year." FLEMING II PHYSICAL THERAPY Rodney E. Fleming Murray B. Fleming Specializing in INDIVIDUALIZED QUALITY CARE Sports Injuries Orthopedic Injuries Gym with Isokinetic ExerciseTesting Equitment Indoor-Heated Therapeutic PoolSpa Comprehensive NeckBack Care Program Educational ServicesBack School Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 1p.m. 423-3196 548 Ocean -Street Santa Cruz Cal recap A game-by-game recap of the California 1991 football season (c-Pacific-10 Conference game): Opponent Score Record Pacific 86-24 1-0 Purdue 42-18 2-0 c-Arizona 23-21 3-0 C-UCLA 27-24 4-0 c-Oregon 45-7 5-0 c-Washington 24-17 5-1 San Jose State 41-20 6-1 c-USC 52-30 7-1 c-Oregon State 27-14 8-1 c-Arizona State 25-6 9-1 c-Stanford 38-21 9-2 Citrus Bowl Clemson 37-13 10-2 Barber will also be returning kicks this season for the Bears. . Cal got some bad news at the inside linebacker position when Jerrott Willard who led the Bears in tackles last season suffered a hairline fracture in his right elbow and could miss up to four weeks. Paul Joiner will replace Willard in the starting lineup. Mick Barsala, though, is back at inside 'backer. At outside linebacker, Michael Davis is a likely starter after playing safety last season. The secondary promises to be a Bear strength with Barber and Chris Cannon at cornerbacks. Eric Zomalt is back at strong safety.

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