Cal returns two starters on the defensive line: Zeandae Johnson and Luc Bequette. Both will be fifth-year seniors in the fall, so they have seen a lot.
Johnson is now working under the fourth defensive line coach he has had at Cal, and he notes that recently hired defensive line coach Andrew Browning is brimming with enthusiasm.
With a number of key players returning on defense, the Bears are expected to be strong on that side of the ball again in 2019. But Johnson says there are a number of things that need improvement, including communication. That is one aspect that should improve with so many starters as well as the defensive coordinator (Tim DeRuyter) returning.
DeRuyter's name was bandied about for other vacant coaching positions across the country the past several weeks, but the fact that he is staying with Cal is significant. He received a lot of credit for the Bears' defensive success in 2018.
One thing that was significant about Monday practice is that linebacker Evan Weaver was wearing a camera on the top of his helmet. Apparently the idea is to give folks an idea of how a linebacker sees things during a practice session. It is not clear when that video will be made available for people to see.