Hagan Prepared for More Action

The California Golden Bears are in the midst of the bye week as they prepare for next week's contest with Colorado State. The Rams like to spread the ball around and almost pulled the upset last year over Cal. The Bear cornerbacks will be tested. Syd'Quan Thompson is breaking out with three interceptions on the season while Darian Hagan is emerging as a quality corner on the opposite side…

California is no different from any other football team in the country when it comes to shutting down the opponent's running game. Once you shut the run down, the defense has to be prepared to stop the passing game. The defensive line is elated when they know they don't have to be concerned with the run. Every defensive lineman loves to get after the quarterback. When the defense is not putting the quarterback on his back, it is up to the corners to prevent the receivers from making catches.

The Bears secondary has shown flashes that they can stop the passing game. Syd'Quan Thompson has made a number of big plays in the first three games of the season. It is just a matter of time before offenses stop testing him and start attacking the other side of the field. Darian Hagan will get a few more balls thrown his way in the coming weeks.

"I will keep my composure and try to get my hands on a few balls," said Hagan of the increased action that should come his way.

If Hagan is able to do this, teams will have a tough time deciding where to go with the football. If both Thompson and Hagan remain consistent, then teams may be forced to look for their tight end and running backs more often.

The Bears have faced some good receivers this season. Michigan State's Mark Dell and Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey are among the best in their respective conferences. When Cal faces Colorado State on September, they will face a Ram football team that likes to spread the ball around to different receivers.

Rashaun Greer leads the CSU with 17 catches. Other than Greer, Dion Morton, and Kory Sperry each have seven catches. After last season's narrow 34-28 win by the Bears, the Rams will come to Berkeley confident in their ability to win the game. The match-ups aside, next week's game means a little more to Hagan.

"This is not only an important game, because they all most beat us last season, but last year's game was my first experience playing in college," said Hagan.

"I got beat for a touchdown that could have cost us the game. I am preparing as hard as I can for next week's game."

Preparation will be the key to Cal playing a very solid game next week. The Rams should have Cal's attention because not only last seasons game was so close, but also the Mountain West Conference went 4-0 against the Pac-10 last week. With an extra week of practice, the Bears should come out ready to play against a very solid Colorado State football team next week.

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