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August 22, 2012
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READ MORE: Fall Camp Central
VIDEO: Wide Receivers In-Depth
BERKELEY -- As predicted at the beginning of fall camp, true freshman wide receiver Bryce Treggs was named as the second starting wide receiver across from All-America candidate Keenan Allen on Wednesday by head coach Jeff Tedford.
"It's subject to change between now and game time. As of today, that's it," Tedford said at a media luncheon at the Simpson Center. "I think we knew going in that a few of the freshmen were going to have to contribute this year, and he's just gotten more comfortable, day in and day out. He brings a lot of skill to the position -- speed, elusiveness, he catches the ball really well. He's done a nice job of comprehending the offense."
Along with Treggs, freshmen Chris Harper and Darius Powe will also see time in their first collegiate seasons, with Harper listed on the post-camp depth chart as the backup to Allen.
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Treggs beat out redshirt freshman Maurice Harris -- the cousin of Allen and starting quarterback Zach Maynard -- for the second slot, after the second-year wide out was named a prospective starter after spring camp.
"We just didn't have any receivers at the time," said Tedford, who now has quite a full dance card on the outside.
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Allen, Treggs, Harper, Harris and Powe look to be the front-line receivers, with the sure-handed trio of sophomore Bryce McGovern, senior Ross Bostock and junior Jackson Bouza filling out the rotation.
"We'll see. There's still a week to go. We'll see," Tedford said of Harris. "He's in the mix there, but he's one of eight that could see snaps there."
The fourth freshman wide receiver -- Kenny Lawler -- will redshirt, with the fifth -- Cedric Dozier -- moving to cornerback as of Wednesday morning.
Elsewhere on offense, veteran Eric Stevens -- who sat out last spring and fall with a serious knee injury -- is listed as the starting fullback, with former tailback Dasarte Yarnway slotted as the second big blocker.
Yarnway switched to fullback in the spring to provide depth at the position, and has taken reps at both tailback and fullback this fall, with his 6-foot, 225-pound frame proving to be quite an effective battering ram.
As expected, Richard Rodgers and Spencer Hagan -- who was seen on Wednesday without the hard cast he's been sporting for about a week - are the top two tight ends, but that doesn't mean a newcomer isn't in the mix to see some time.
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"Maximo [Espitia] could play some," Tedford said. "Defensively, I don't see anyone defensively. Now, [Michael] Barton and [Hardy] Nickerson bring some depth to us, and they've played pretty well."
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Both freshman inside linebackers have played a bit on special teams in the fall, but there is no reason to burn their redshirts just for that duty once the season begins.
Stay tuned later today and tomorrow for premium breakdowns of the post-camp depth chart, unit-by-unit!