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Analysis: The 2021 Cal Football Roster Updated
Pre-Fall Camp Measurements are in
With the media day today and the fall camp coming in next week we finally have a new fall roster.
Here are some errata for the breakdown of the roster:
And now for the breakdown for the 2021 Fall Roster vis-a-vis the 2020 Fall Roster.
2020 Covid opt-out Isaiah Humphreys (Penn State transfer) and one time Boston College and Cal DE Luc Bequette are added back to the roster.
Kuony Deng is officially moved to OLB, something he has practiced in 2020 and during Spring Camp.
Trey Paster is moved from the Safety spot to the ILB position, while Evan McLurkin moved from Safety to CB. Dejuan Butler made the inverse move from CB to Safety. Tommy Christakos is now a WR/Kick-Off Specialist.
The only player to have had a change in height is Cam Goode who gained an inch and now stands at 6’4”.
The 88 players that remained on the team from 2020 had 365 pounds gained (a big more than the avg. weight of a California Black Bear), 65 pounds gained by the WRs, then the CBs and Safeties gained 50 pounds.
The largest individual gain is by Stanley McKenzie from 310 to 340 pounds (30 pounds is equal to two Thanksgiving Turkeys).
The biggest weight loss was Ricky Correia who lost 25 pounds from 365 to 340 (25 pounds is ~5 standard red bricks or 6 Chicago deep-dish pizzas. Both Ricky and Stanley are the heaviest guys on the roster.
The lightest guy is Lu-Magia Hearns at 160 pounds, someone at Cal please feed him a Gypsy’s calzone, or four.
The highest average gain is by DL (since only BRETT JOHNSON is in the spot), otherwise, the highest gain is in the WR group with Aiden Lee, Kekoa Crawford, and Grant Daley each gaining 15 pounds.
Kuony Deng lost 10 pounds in his final year, possibly to gain some speed, and agility in his move to the OLB spot. Trey Paster gained what Kuony lost in his move to ILB.
From the looks of it, the team is gaining mass, which is expected, as younger players get more D1 level conditioning and their bodies grow the general mass should increase. Football is a physical sport and weight helps, to a agree.
Some notes on the freshmen:
As noted before due to an error both Femi Oladeyo and Ieremia Ieremia (formerly Ieremia Moore) were left off the roster sheet.
Jermaine Terry is 270 lbs which is a lot for a TE, which could be a source of worry since more weight could mean more pressure on joints and ligaments.
All 3 OLs are already coming in a playing weight for the scheme at +300 lbs. The 2 DEs are coming in at near ideal playing weight for the 3-4 DE, and 3 WRs coming in at 200 lbs.
This is a sign of the recruiting coming in strong in hidden ways, instead of waiting for the recruits to grow into their frames many of them come in ready to contribute boosting depth and letting them develop.