PODCAST: Going Camping

Fall camp is nearly upon us, which means that the Bear Republic is back in business, as we break down position battles and story lines heading into Sonny Dykes's first fall in Berkeley.


SAN FRANCISCO -- With California's fall camp just around the corner, the Bear Republic Podcast returns to The Republic at 3213 Scott St., in the Marina District of San Francisco, and today, we break down the depth chart and the storylines heading into Sonny Dykes's first camp as the skipper of the Golden Bears.


Of course, a lot's also happened since we last met, both in the pros and on campus. In the Major Leagues, Cal baseball alum Allen Craig has emerged as a potential MVP candidate with the St. Louis Cardinals, Josh Satin made a big splash after he was called up by the New York Mets.

RELATED: Craig Comes Back to His Roots
RELATED: Satin Has Tunnel Vision

The Cal women's basketball program got even more stability with the signing of a two-year extension by head coach Lindsay Gottlieb after her big run to the Final Four.

Both the Cal football and Cal baseball programs got commitments over the past month. Dykes and his staff brought defensive back Quentin Tartabull, center Michael Trani and four-star DB Jaleel Wadood into the boat, while David Esquer secured a 2015 pledge from Jeremiah Burks and a 2014 commitment from shortstop Preston GrandPre.

BASEBALL: GrandPre Off to the Races
BASEBALL: Burks Talks Commitment

FOOTBALL: Wadood Makes the Call
FOOTBALL: Wadood Fends Off Late Charge
FOOTBALL: Analyzing Wadood's Commitment
FOOTBALL: Trani Fell in Love With Cal
FOOTBALL: Trani Highlights
FOOTBALL: Scouting Trani
FOOTBALL: Tartabull Commits
FOOTBALL: Tartabull Camp Highlights
FOOTBALL: Tartabull Goes Beyond the Commitment
FOOTBALL: Tartabull is a True Roughneck

On the hardwood, Mike Montgomery and his staff welcomed in the 2013 signing class, including Roger Moute a Bidias, who finally got his visa issues cleared up.

The Bears also were active on the recruiting trail, extending scholarship offers to Tory Miller, Alex Illikainen and Justin Simon, while scoping out Canadian big man Chris Egi, among others, during the July evaluation period.

HOOPS: Jeter Has His Secrets
HOOPS: Illikainen Scores Big Offer
HOOPS: Simon Talks Big Offer
HOOPS: Miller Keeping in Touch
HOOPS: Pope Talks Rehab
HOOPS: Intro to Isiah Brown
HOOPS: Video Intro to Dejounte Murray
HOOPS: Rorie Burns Up the Floor
HOOPS: Cheatham Just Peachy

After we get caught up on current affairs, we get right down to the storylines of fall camp, including the race for the starting quarterback spot, the right side of the offensive line and the development of a thin defensive back corps.

MCCLURE: Feels Like the First Time

We conclude the first segment of the podcast by getting into the deepest unit on this year's Cal football team, breaking down the linebackers and going into great depth with the quarterback competition.

CAMP COUNTDOWN: Quarterbacks

How is this regime different from the previous one? What kind of effect does that have on the players and the upcoming season? We get into the meeting rooms and the locker room a bit and break that dynamic down, as well.

P12 MEDIA DAY: Accountability
BAY AREA MEDIA DAY: Have a Little Faith

In our second segment, we break down the defensive line contenders in the new 4-3 scheme of defensive coordinator Andy Buh, as well as the all-important wide receiving corps.

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