BERKELEY -- California has reported to fall camp, and just in case you didn't read all of our offseason previews, we've got the quick-and-dirty positional breakdown for each unit on the team. FOX40 anchor Martina Del Bonta joins me to talk about the Golden Bears' strongest unit, anchored by tackles Steven Moore and Aaron Cochran.
"Steven's had a great summer," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "It's been fun to see Steven grow in our program. I think every year he becomes a different player. He's completely different, physically, than he was four years ago. He's completely, 100-percent bought in. His work ethic is as good as anybody in our program. He's incredibly tough. He's been playing a lot of football for us, and played it well. I think Steven's going to have a great year, and I think he's going to have an opportunity to be an awards candidate, for sure, and he's going to be one of the premier offensive linemen in the league."
Cochran "had a great spring at left tackle," Dykes said. At 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, Cochran is long -- as he's always been -- but now, he's also lean. He was pushing 400 when he came to Berkeley.
"He really played good football the second half of the season," the head coach continued. "The sky's the limit for Aaron. He's got a lot of talent. Really, really has developed confidence, really changed his body. He's just been one of those kids that you recruit, and you say, 'Well, it's going to be two or three years,' and he's exceeded our expectations. We had high expectations, and I think he's exceeded them up to this point, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does. He's what you want as a tackle. He's big, he's athletic, he's smart."
While Outland Trophy Watch List member Chris Borrayo will return as a fourth-year starter, the Bears could have a new center in Texas A&M transfer Jeremiah Stuckey, who, Moore said, has been working at center, and both guards.
"He's athletic," Moore said. "The dude can move, that's for sure. Just seeing him in drills and everything, he can move, and he knows the O-line position. You can tell he does, because he knows how to set, he knows all that stuff."
The line will be familiar, personnel-wise, but stylistically, the offensive front will be more aggressive.
"We're going to be good this year, especially with the running backs we have," Moore said. "We're going to be able to run the ball. Our O-line is going to be different. We have a very big offensive line, too."
You can read more in-depth about the offensive line in our Countdown to Kickoff, below.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: CAL OFFENSIVE LINE (Members)
PRE-CAMP ONE-ON-ONE WITH SONNY DYKES (Members)