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Observations from Cal Scrimmage

Greg RichardsonCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2016

Run offense

The offense looked good running the ball. Until the end of the scrimmage, when the offensive line was made up of second- and third-stringers, they were able to get significant push off the ball all day.  Running inside was an easy four to five yards a pop, while going outside almost routinely created space for the tailbacks to break off big plays.

I was particularly impressed with the run blocking of Chris Guarnero, the sophomore center who looks to have made the shift to guard as he started with the first team on the left side and Mitchell Schwartz, the mammoth right tackle.

To my eye, all of the TEs were effective in run blocking, including Cameron Morrah, who had previously been described as an indifferent blocker.  Jahvid Best did not participate as he was nursing a minor leg injury of some sort.

Shane Vereen got the start and looked solid, although I have to believe he is still not 100 percent. While far from pedestrian in his cuts and acceleration, Shane was noticeably less explosive.

Tracy Slocum was very effective as well.  Slocum runs with great body lean and a low center of gravity, making him tough to tackle.  

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