Archive for February, 2011

Monday was the big day for linebackers and defensive linemen in Indianapolis and former Cal stars, Mike Mohamed and Cameron Jordan, proved they’re two of the best athletes in the nation.

Mohamed equaled Texas A&M’s Von Miller for the top time among linebackers in both the 3 cone drill (7.07) and 20-yard shuttle (4.00). Mohamed and Connecticut’s Scott Lutrus tied for second behind Miller at their position in the 60-yard shuttle (11.25) and Mohamed also finished 12th among linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.70) and broad jump (9’7”).

Jordan, meanwhile, tied for 7th among defensive lineman in the broad jump (9’9”) and 3 cone drill (7.07), while his 4.70 40-yard dash was good for 10th and his 4.37 20-yard shuttle tied for 10th.

The Cal website has the full story.

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Occasionally, things catch my eye that have nothing to do with Bay Area sports. If those things make me exclaim “holy cats!” I post them. This video is one of those things.

Full disclosure, I’ve got a soft spot for long snappers. After meeting and interviewing former Cal and current Washington Redskins long snapper, Nick Sundberg, I realized what an incredibly difficult and thankless job long snapping can be. Think about it. Even offensive linemen get props every once in a while for simply doing their job. Long snappers? You only hear their names when they mess up.

So without further ado, check out Zach Enyeart, a former Washington State Cougar and one of the top rated long snappers in the upcoming NFL Draft. He may not be a Cal or Stanford guy, but hey, at least he’s reppin’ the Pac-10/12 and is NOT from U$C 🙂

So well in fact, that most NFL scouts have Jordan following in Tyson Alualu’s footsteps, by getting picked up in the middle of the first round. Jordan and former Bear, Mike Mohammed, are doing the physical stuff today – bench press, vertical leap, etc. – so I’ll post results from their workouts as they come in.

Coming into the Combine, Vereen was a projected 4th round pick, but after running his two 40-yard sprints in the high 4.4s while putting up great numbers at the bench press and vertical leap, don’t be surprised to see him taken late in the 2nd or early in the 3rd round in next month’s NFL draft.

Former Cal defensive back, Chris Conte, works out on Tuesday.

For the full story on Jordan, Vereen, and the next potential Niners’ QB, click here.

With the 2011 NFL Combine getting underway on Thursday, it was time to catch up with former Stanford and Cal standouts, Owen Marecic and Shane Vereen.

Say it with me now, Muh-ree-sick, made headlines during the fall for starting at both fullback and linebacker for the Cardinal, not to mention sporting a mass of hair that made even Clay Matthews jealous. Sadly – or thankfully, depending on how you see it – the long blond ponytail is gone, donated to Locks of Love. And Marecic has also given up playing both ways, choosing instead to focus on the fullback position.


Vereen flew under the radar in 2010, due to Cal’s less than stellar season, but is expected to have little trouble following in the footsteps of former Cal runners Jahvid Best, Marshawn Lynch, and J.J. Arrington in making a name for himself at the next level.

Kate and Nick are stoked! The Giants opened Cactus League play today and the A’s follow suit on Sunday. Needless to say, the duo is talking baseball. After that, it’s a quick breakdown of the NFL labor negotiations, a Sharks and Warriors update, a WCC and PAC-10 basketball check-in, and a NASCAR wrap. And hey … did you hear? Cal Tech won a game! For the first time in 26 years! Yeah, and you thought the Cavs were bad. That’s all ahead on today’s That’s What She Said.

Click here to listen.

Four players from Cal and Stanford received invites to wear spandex, I mean, showcase their skills at this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Nabbing a bid is huge, with just over 300 given out to the thousands of guys that play NCAA football. Representing the Golden Bears will be safety Chris Conte, defensive end Cameron Jordan, linebacker Mike Mohamed and running back Shane Vereen. The Cardinal sends nose tackle Sione Fua, fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic, cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Ryan Whalen.

The combine starts on February 23, ends on March 1, and is viewable on the NFL Network. Here’s hoping all eight Bay Area representatives shine in the best chance to show their stuff leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. The draft takes place April 28-30 in New York City.

Which begs the question, can life get any better? I’m guessing at least tonight Bishop is thinking not by much after receiving a proclamation from the mayor deeming Tuesday, February 15, 2011, Desmond Bishop Day in San Francisco!

The honor comes after the San Francisco native and former Cal star recovered a fumble en route to his first Super Bowl title a few weeks back. For video from today’s event and an interview with Bishop, click here. (It takes a minute to download, but it’s worth the wait.)

Go Bears! Go Desmond! And Go Pack Go!