August 16, 2007
The latest on JRoss
There have been a handful of pleasant surprises during Fall Camp so far this season, one of which is redshirt freshman Jeremy Ross. The wide receiver - who sat out Spring Ball because of academic trouble - has been in the rotation mix along with the veteran Cal wide receivers and has more than held his own. BearTerritory caught up with Ross to get his thoughts on his adjustment to life as a student-athlete, keeping his speed on the field, and maturing as a young man.
With 20 pounds of muscle added to his frame during the offseason, Ross has been able to keep his blazing speed that he was known for coming out of Laguna Creek High in Sacramento (Calif.) while using his added strength to consistently make plays down the field.
Ross shared Cal's Scout Team Player of the Year honors last season, and now standing 6-foot, 207-pounds has the look of a prototypical collegiate down field threat.
BearTerritory: You've seen to have gotten a lot bigger since the last time we caught up with you. What did you do this summer to improve your body?
J. Ross: Just stayed here in Berkeley. I had two sessions of summer school so I just ate well, ran everyday and worked out with some of my teammates everyday.
BearTerritory: In high school you ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. Can you still get up to that time?
J. Ross: We were all timed right before camp started and I ran a 4.41 with 20 pounds of added muscle since high school so I think I have a pretty good shot at getting back to that 4.39 or honestly even faster in the near future.
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