December 18, 2013
Cal signs 5, one other very close
Well, that was fun.
Almost a full month removed from a historic loss to Stanford, Cal was hard at work trying to shore up the worst defense in the history of the program and it started in the Junior College ranks.
The Bears signed four midyear JuCo transfers to Letters of Intent on Wednesday including the American Pacific Division's Defensive Player of the Year Jonathan Johnson, two first-team NorCal Conference defenders -- College of San Mateo's Sam Atoe and Trevor Kelly -- and the grandson of a Pro Football Hall of Famer who played for Joe Lombardi's Green Bay Packers David Davis.
Johnson totaled 34 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 7 sacks his sophomore season for a team that won the American Bowl, finished 9-2 overall, and led the SFCA's American Division in both total defense (291.8 ypg) and scoring defense (20.5 ppg).
With Atoe and Kelly anchoring the CSM defense, the Bulldogs won the Bothman Bulldog Bowl and posted a 10-1 record with its lone loss to state champion and unbeaten Butte College. Kelly ranked third in the NorCal Conference with 14.0 tackles for loss and contributed 44 tackles, while Atoe had 41 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss for a defensive unit that ranked among the state's leaders in total defense (3rd, 284.3 ypg), scoring defense (4th, 17.9 ppg), rush defense (5th, 105.1) and pass defense (9th, 179.2 ypg).
And finally Davis: he registered 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks as a 2013 sophomore for Long Beach City College after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons in the Washington State football program. He was a two-time first-team All-Bay League selection as a prep at Palos Verdes High School.
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