September 12, 2007

Alualu has stepped it up

Cal defensive lineman Tyson Alualu was not the most highly touted recruit from the heralded 2005 class, nor was Alualu the second, third, or fourth most regarded athlete coming into the Bears' program that year. A season of experience has made a huge difference though, and after hovering in the shadows, the sophomore big man is slowly starting to create his own signature on the gridiron.

Go up and down the list of that 2005 recruiting class - a class in which many analysts call the best core of players Cal coach Jeff Tedford and his staff have ever recruited - and you'll see one starter after another on this season's squad.

Jackson headlined that list of great athletes, but fellow wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, starting linebackers Anthony Felder and Zack Follett, starting cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, starting defensive tackle Mika Kane, key defensive contributors Cody Jones and Tad Smith, tight end threat Cameron Morrah, strong safety Marcus Ezeff, along with past defensive emotional leaders like Desmond Bishop, Mickey Pimentel and Nu'u Tafisi were all part of that extraordinary 2005 assemblage.

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