Players to Watch: Cal Edition

Naming five NU players to watch during the Wildcats' season opener on Saturday night.

Treyvon Green, RB

Green had some excellent performances in training camp—the easy part. Now, he'll look for his rebound season with limited reps. If he finds success, expect him to carry the ball five times a game and provide even more depth at running back. The process begins at Cal, where a lopsided game could throw backups into the game earlier than otherwise expected.

Chance Carter, DT

Carter certainly earned the starting defensive tackle position. He overtook senior Will Hampton on the depth chart, in part because of his impressive emotional energy and playmaking ability. We can't expect him to ever match Brian Arnfelt in terms of productivity, but good early-season outings would mark an exciting development.

Drew Smith, LB

After losing out on a thrilling position battle, Smith will earn reserve action during the season opener. What can he prove? With his relentless physicality and scary potential, he might turn heads–and even raise depth chart questions–by helping to stop this "Bear Raid" attack. After his 17-tackle, two-sack campaign last year, he should look to up those statistics.

Jimmy Hall, S

Hall might be the most entertaining player to watch. We'll see how defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz employs one of his most versatile weapons. At the very least, he's a capable backup safety, but we're looking for consistency. Hall has the potential to break out by excelling in a mixture of roles. He'll have some opportunities in Berkeley tomorrow.

Jeff Budzien, K

After some excellent kickoffs during practice, Budzien looks ready to fill another role for this team. With his Groza Award campaign in full swing, Budzien needs to match the hype by nailing every field-goal attempt. If NU struggles to finish drives, they'll lean on their trusted senior to bail them out—as always.

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