Two players seemed to stick out when Cal head coach Justin Wilcox talked about the outside linebacker position, which is often considered the glamour position in Cal’s 3-4 alignment.
On player of note was Orin Patu, a freshman who enrolled in January and took part in spring ball. Patu is on the lighter side at just 215 pounds, but he showed potential as a pass-rusher.
“Orin can pass-rush,” Wilcox said. “He’s got to develop his strength. But the redeeming quality in his game is pass-rush. He’s got to work on that, as we continue to bring him up to speed in some of the run-game things.
“At that position, he’s got a lot going on. He had some freshman moments. They all did, those newcomers. They had moments where it’s a shift and a motion and we had two checks, and this happened and that happened, then it’s a hard count and we changed the call – and you could see the smoke [coming out of his ears]. What you want to see in those moments is, just go fast. . . . He has that. The athleticism is there.”
The other outside linebacker of note was Cam Goode, who suffered a season-ending injury in the 2018 opener. He seems to be back at top level, but with more weight. He was barely recognizable during the spring.