This is the second time Cal has attempted to replace its top 3 wide receivers – in 2005, Desean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins, and Robert Jordan replaced Geoff McArthur, Chase Lyman, and Jonathan Makonnen. This time, Cal has the luxury of choosing from what looks like a stable of at least 6 quality wide receivers (i.e. Mike Calvin, Nyan Boateng, Jeremy Ross, Layrelle Cunningham, Sean Young, and true freshman Marv Jones). That list doesn’t even include JC transfer Verran Tucker and true freshmen Jarrett Sparks and Charles Satchell.
I realize Jackson-Hawkins-Jordan were and are NFL capable receivers. However, I don’t think I’m going out on too much of a limb by saying this is the deepest group of receivers of the Tedford Era.
Prior to training camp opening, Calvin and Ross were penciled in as starters and Boateng and Cunningham were the backups, with Boateng likely the third man. After a little over a week and a half, Boateng has amped up his focus, Marv Jones has made a huge impression, and Sean Young finally looks healthy. In other words, Cal is going to have one heck of a time choosing who to play, who to redshirt, and who gets the ball. And, that equation doesn’t even include variables like the receiving abilities of Jahvdi Best and Shane Vereen.
Perhaps it will take some time for this group to jell and as we have seen with USC, talent doesn’t always mean success at wide receiver. But, to say the cupboard is bare at Cal would be foolish.