The Rookie Report

Two weeks into fall camp, the impact newcomers from the 2008 class are making their presence felt in fall camp. We briefly analyze their performance and likelihood of contributing this season…

Of the 21 newcomers on scholarship, only two are not experiencing DI college football for the first time. True freshmen Covaughn DeBoskie and Kendrick Payne graduated high school early and enrolled for the spring semester. Both took part in winter workouts, spring practice, and voluntary summer workouts. The other 19 are two weeks into their DI college career.

#21 CB Marc Anthony, Chandler (AZ) 6-0, 190
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Anthony impressed some of the veteran defensive backs during voluntary summer workouts. He has carried that work ethic over to fall camp. The secondary is loaded but with some injuries among the veterans, Anthony has received some valuable reps with the second team defense. He is fighting for the fourth and fifth corner spot.

#28 RB Covaughn DeBoskie, Chandler (AZ) Hamilton 5-11, 205
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The standout back is pushing sophomore Tracy Slocum for the third spot on the depth chart. Throughout camp, he has displayed his power and strength. Coming in for spring has aided his development and he should contribute this season in some capacity. It would be no surprise if he overtook the third spot on the depth chart by mid-season.

#63 OL Donovan Edwards, Pleasant Hill (Calif.) Diablo Valley JC 6-5, 285
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The late signee arrived just a few days before fall camp began. He has seen reps with the second team and has helped bolster the left side of the offensive line. If he continues to contribute, he could be on the two-deep for Michigan State.

#65 C Dominic Galas, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic 6-1, 279
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The undersized offensive lineman has been taking third team reps in fall camp. With All-American C Alex Mack starting and backup C Chris Guarnero coming on strong, Galas is likely to redshirt.

#92 DT Trevor Guyton, Redmond (Wash.) 6-3, 296
HS Highlights -- #1, #2, #3, #4
Guyton has been one of the most impressive true frosh in fall camp. He has seen reps with the second team. Again, with injuries to a few starters on the defensive line has opened the door for some freshmen including Guyton to contribute this season.

#23 CB Josh Hill, Houston (TX) Klein Forest 6-1, 185
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Hill is another standout corner making his mark in fall camp after showing well in voluntary summer workouts. He has received second team reps and is pushing to make the two-deep.

#1 WR Marvin Jones, Etiwanda (Calif.) 6-2, 190
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If one newcomer has caught the attention of coaches and fans, it is Jones. He is getting first team reps and has shined in every opportunity given. Whether catching the ball over the middle, near the sideline or returning kicks, his focus is amazing for a true freshman. If he does not play this season, then it would be a huge surprise.

#30 LB Mychal Kendricks, Fresno (Calif.) Hoover 6-0, 225
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Kendricks walked into the toughest situation as the only linebacker signed in the 2008 class. The LB unit is loaded with talented, experienced depth. In spite of that, Kendricks has displayed his speed and talent with the second and third team defense. As well, his special team play could the huge difference between him redshirting or not. Regardless, we believe he will see the field this season.

#45 TE Spencer Ladner, Kansas City (MO) Pembroke Hill 6-7, 246
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Ladner has not made an impact as many might have expected from a highly touted All-American tight end. He has a great frame, but at a mere 246, is body is not ready to take the physical punishment of the college game. He is taking third team reps, and more than likely will redshirt.

#13 S Chris Little, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont 6-2, 212
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Little was all over the field it seemed at last Thursday's scrimmage. However, most of his reps have come with the third team. With his size, he could be moved to LB in the future. His versatility makes him an intriguing prospect for the future after likely redshirting this season.

#80 TE Anthony Miller, San Jose (Calif.) Mitty 6-3, 252
HS Highlights – 2006
Miller has asserted himself into the offense. New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti likes to employ the tight end in his offense, and Miller has stood out in fall camp. Taking reps with the second team, Miller has displayed his solid route running and decent hands. He should be able to contribute this season in some capcity.

#15 DB Bryant Nnabuife, Brenham (TX) Blinn JC 6-1, 190
Highlights – none available
The Cal coaches recruited Nnabuife for 2009 until realizing he was eligible out of high school and could transfer after playing just one year at Blinn College. Nnabuife has come in with solid play and has added talented depth to the secondary. With the ability to play both safety and corner, he should be in line to contribute this season.

#96 DT Kendrick Payne, Houston (TX) Klein Forest 6-2, 290
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Payne has added over 30 lbs of muscle and bulk since arriving on campus in January. Injuries to veteran nose tackles have allowed Payne to take coveted first team reps. Without a doubt, if he has a strong performance at Tuesday night's scrimmage, he should solidify his spot in the DT rotation this season.

#77 OT Tyler Rigsbee, Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley 6-5, 255
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Rigsbee was the first player to commit in the 2008 class, and he will likely be the first player to redshirt among the class. He is rail thin for an offensive lineman. He has not taken any reps beyond the third team. A year to fill in his frame is needed.

#50 LS Matt Rios, Phoenix (AZ) North Canyon 6-1, 230
HS Highlights – none available
A rare scholarship long snapper is actually the second such player on the roster. He has shared some reps with veteran Nick Sundberg, but he will redshirt to preserve four years of eligibility.

#2 WR Charles Satchell, Milpitas (Calif.) 6-3, 200
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Satchell is a big, physical receiver. The two-way high school standout was also a talented safety. He has seen third team reps, but a redshirt year seems likely. A move to safety might not be out of the question either for next year.

#19 WR Jarrett Sparks, Merced (Calif.) 6-1, 225
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Sparks is not quite as big or as fast as he was listed in high school. However, he has showed signs of being a solid receiver. He is taking third team reps. A redshirt season would benefit his development. A solid year of hitting the weight room and working with a speed coach will improve his abilities tremendously.

#9 QB Beau Sweeney, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West 6-2, 220
HS Highlights – 2006
Sweeney is sharing third team reps with redshirt freshman QB Brock Mansion. Sweeney has showed some flashes of playmaking ability especially with his legs. He is slated to redshirt.

#41 DE Aaron Tipoti, Honolulu Pac-Five 6-2, 275
HS Highlights – (one-on-ones)
Tipoti has added much weight since last season. At 275, he is physically capable of playing defensive end in the 3-4 at the DI level. With talented and experienced depth ahead of him on the depth chart, he will likely take a redshirt.

#86 WR Verran Tucker, Torrance (Calif.) El Camino JC 6-2, 183
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Tucker got eligible just before fall camp. His presence helps bolster an inexperienced receiving corps. However, he has not made a huge impact in camp as expected by some. He still may contribute this season.

#4 DB Kamaron Yancy, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Pierce JC 6-0, 185
JC Highlights – none available
Yancy is still finishing requirements for his AA degree to be cleared to practice.

A few other notes: Walk-on true freshman K David Seawright is pushing Jordan Kay for the starting kicking job in camp. 2008 signee L.J. Washington is will grayshirt this season. Fellow 2008 signee J.P. Hurrell is recovering from off-season surgery and he did not report to camp.

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