The wide receiver position was expected to be one of the key areas to examine during the spring, becasue the Bears lost so many players at that position.
The top three wide receivers last season -- Vic Whrton III (50 receptions, 502 yards), Moe Ways (34, 383) and Kanawai Noa (30, 369) -- are all gone, and wide receiver was not considered a strength anyway.
So a significant upgade is needed at the position for Cal's offense to improve in any signifiant way. The Bears have been lacking a big-play receiver the past two seasons, and that is where Jeremiah Hawkins comes in.
Hawkins had just 16 catches for 177 yards last season, but his improvement was noticeable in the spring. That is why the video above begins with Cal head coach Justin Wilcox discssing Hawkins. The Bears hope he can be the explosive player the team has been lacking.
Wilcox then discuses other wide receiver hopefuls, including Nikko Remigio, who had 11 catches for 62 yards last season.
Wilcox said it would be impossible to establish a depth chart at wide receiver at this point, leaving a lot to be resolved in fall camp, when several freshman receivers arrive.
However, the most intriguing wide receiver during the spring may have been freshman Makai Polk.
"For a true freshman, he's as gifted, just physically, as anyone in the group," Wilcox said of Polk, who enrolled early and participated in spring ball.
Polk has an interesting body type at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, making him a tall, slender receiver. But he made plays in traffic during the spring that impressed coaches.
One player not mentioned in Wilcox's wide-receiver appraisal was Jordan Duncan, who would be the top returner among wide receivers after making 20 catches for 267 yards despite missing five games with injuries.