GAME FILM: San Ramon Valley LB Nick Kane
PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Before he paid California a visit last Saturday for the Bears’ double-overtime win over Colorado, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley linebacker Nick Kane sent out his first three games’ worth of film, and performed well at WILL linebacker on Friday against Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill.
Kane’s trimmed up since we last saw him at Cal’s camp back in June, going from 6-foot-2, 220 pounds down to 215, and increasing his speed and quickness.
What’s the reaction been to his film?
“They like my aggressiveness and they like that I can come off the edge,” Kane said. “They like that I’m big and athletic.”
Kane has heard from the Ivy league schools, as well as several Pac-12 institutions, mainly from Cal.
“Cal, a lot of the Pac-12s, some of the Big Ten schools, everyone who’s gotten the time to get back to me. They’ve all said they liked it, and they all said to keep in touch,” Kane said.
The 2016 linebacker has played both MIKE and WILL this season, more recently manning the middle against the Falcons since regular Wolves MIKE, Daniel Aguilar, was unable to take the field.
Through four games, Kane has tallied 51 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup that led to an interception. Last Friday, he had (unofficially) 11 tackles, a QB hurry and one forced fumble. Kane doesn’t make mistakes. At times, it’s hard to notice him on the field, but he makes tackle after tackle after tackle, with sound technique, bringing his feet and finishing stops. He’s not flashy, but he’s a very fundamentally sound linebacker who can make a big pop upon occasion.
Kane has good explosion at the point of attack, and shows good anticipation, with an eye to where the ball is going. He sheds blocks well and keeps his shoulders up field, squared up to the ball.
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