If Cal coach Jeff Tedford really wants to know what's going on with the Memorial Stadium renovation project, he has a pretty good inside source.
Former Cal offensive lineman Richard Fisher is now working for Webcor Builders, the contractor for the project. Fisher's career, which just ended in 2010, was spent mostly as a backup.
Fisher had an internship with Webcor last summer and has another this spring. His duties are similar to a project engineer's, and he works out of the trailers that currently reside on the east rim of the stadium.
"I'm still right there," Fisher said. "I'm kind of the eye in the sky so when they ask me what's going on over there, I can actually tell them what's going on."
Fisher got into all 12 games as a senior last season and played in 25 during his career. One of the few vegetarian offensive linemen you'll ever find, Fisher still has hopes to play professionally. He performed well at Cal's pro timing day last month and will participate in the 49ers' Bay Area pro day Wednesday.
But with a degree in civil engineering and minor in sustainable design from Cal, you get the feeling Fisher has other options if football doesn't work out.
"It's ideal for what I'm doing right now," Fisher said. "I still work out in the morning and then all I have to do is go right across the street to go to work. It's nice to still have that connection."
With players such as King, linebacker Cecil Whiteside, safety Avery Walls, running back Mike Manuel and wide receiver Kaelin Clay, the Bears appear to have some promising young players who could make an impact sooner rather than later.
"Gabe has done some good things," Tedford said. "Usually it depends on who he's playing against. Each and every day those young guys need to improve. That's really what spring is all about."
The junior has demonstrated solid open-field tackling this spring. During Saturday's scrimmage, he made a crushing tackle of a receiver after catching a screen pass and also intercepted quarterback Zach Maynard.
"Marc Anthony has been solid," Tedford said, before adding: "The lineman didn't get out there (on the screen) so he wasn't blocked. You expect him to make that play when he's not blocked."