March 11, 2013
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BERKELEY - Halfway through spring ball and the California football team is grinding away, learning the new offense under head coach Sonny Dykes. The new-look offense will give sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs plenty of opportunities to put up big numbers for the Golden Bears in 2013. CalBears.com recently had a chance to sit down and speak with Treggs about spring ball and the upcoming season.
CalBears.com: How is the offense coming along?
Bryce Treggs: The offense is coming along really well. Our tempo is what I think is going to make the difference this year. We line up so fast, and we run plays so fast at such a quick tempo that it will be hard for defenses to keep up. It makes our job that much easier when the defense gets tired. Last year, we used to switch to opposite sides of the field, but this year we just stick to the same side. Things move a lot quicker now.
CB: How much will this new offense help your game personally?
BT: It will defintely help me get in shape. The things that Coach Likens is teaching me are going to make me a great player. I'm looking forward to working with him.
CB: What are you working on personally during spring ball?
BT: Getting the timing down with the quarterbacks since that's a huge part of our success. Once we get our timing together then our fade routes and streak routes will start to become completions. Right now we're in the stage where we're trying to build that chemistry with the quarterbacks.
CB: You're going to be just a sophomore this season, but with the departure of Keenan Allen, do you feel like you're taking on more of a leadership role?
BT: Oh yeah, definitely. I'm definitely trying to take over that role for the outside receivers, and even for the inside receivers too. Leadership is going to be key to our success. I'm not going to be a "rah rah" guy. I just want to lead by example. I want people to see what I do and use that to help motivate them.
CB: How does it feel to be back out on the field after having to sit out the end of the 2012 season?
BT: It's really nice. That injury really hurt me pretty bad. It hurt me not to be able to be out there for the last three games, but it feels great to be back out on the field now. My ankle is fine now. I don't feel any pain anymore.
CB: How do you like working with Coach Likens?
BT: I love working with Coach Likens. To me, he's the most energetic guy on the coaching staff. He drinks two energy drinks before practice so he's always amped up.
CB: Which of the other wide receivers have impressed you thus far?
BT: Kenny Lawler has had a great spring so far. He's really stepped up big. He's actually starting at Z now on the opposite side of me. I think we'll be a good combination in the fall.
CB: What about the quarterbacks? Which of them have impressed you the most?
BT: All of the quarterbacks have been doing a good job. It's going to be a hard decision for the coaches. I can't single out one of them. All of them are doing great from what I've seen.
CB: How has your game improved since the start of fall camp last year?
BT: I've gotten a lot better. I've adapted to the size and speed of the game. I've put on about 10 pounds. I feel bigger, faster and stronger, and that's really made a difference.
CB: What can Cal fans look forward to on opening day with the new offense?
BT: We plan on scoring about 50 points.