August 22, 2007

Bernard Hicks Q&A

Considered by many to be the hardest hitter on the team outside of linebacker Zack Follett, Cal defensive back Bernard Hicks enters his junior season as one of the most important defensive players on the Cal roster. After playing last year at free safety, Bears' coach Jeff Tedford moved Hicks to the crucial "rover" position over the spring. So far, Hicks has thrived in his new role.

A product of Edison High in Fresno (Calif.), Hicks is just one of numerous talented defensive backs to come out of that program in recent years. Standing at a stiff 6-foot, 202-pounds, Hicks broke into the starting lineup last season and went on to produce his biggest performance in the highly anticipated Oregon game, racking up an eight tackles, an interception and a pass break-up.

Now as one of the veterans of the Cal squad, Hicks is looking to continue on his success of last season.

BearTerritory: From what you have seen so far, how has the team's offense looked in Fall Camp?

B. Hicks: Explosive man, just explosive. Forsett is healthy, Montgomery behind him, Best is looking real nice out there on special teams and at running back. Explosive all around.

BearTerritory: How has your defense come along?

B. Hicks: Great. Everybody coming in was wondering about the defensive line and how good they were going to be but Del is doing a fine job with them. They are looking great.

BearTerritory: Coach Tedford moved Brandon Hampton over to cornerback to man the spot left by Daymeion Hughes this season. How do you think Hampton has performed up to this point?

B. Hicks: As far as I understand it he's adjusting to it really well so far. Knowing Brandon personally he's really confident out there on the field. He has tremendous skills. I feel really comfortable with him out there with the understanding that I don't have the urge to compensate and play over to his side because I know he can get the job done.

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