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'Coach Craig' visits Granite Bay practice

Former Grizzly lineman to compete for role at Cal
By: Nick Pecoraro for Gold Country Media
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Most people around the surrounding Granite Bay area know him as Will. Tuesday at the Grizzlies’ varsity football practice, he was known as “Coach Craig”.

Will Craig, last year’s Sierra Foothill League Lineman of the Year and current freshman on UC Berkeley’s roster, made a return to his football roots at Granite Bay High School to give the current Grizzlies squad a reminder of where hard work can take you.

Craig stood in front of the 2018 Granite Bay team, who took a collective knee and fastened their ears to his words.

“Time management, body recovery, homework, ice baths, massages; you have to do all that,” explained the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder.

Craig said that despite being a fresh face among his new Golden Bear teammates, he feels that the coaching staff at Granite Bay prepared him for this moment.

“I’m steps ahead of everyone (at Cal) just because they’ve taught me the right way to do a lot of things,” said Craig. “They taught me a lot of life abilities like hard work and persistence that just help with when things get rough out there.”

Craig is joined at Cal by fellow Granite Bay grad and inside linebacker, Evan Tattersall, with whom Craig will be roommates during their freshman season. The pair helped the Grizzlies to the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section Championship last fall.

The Golden Bears also feature other Placer-area talent such as Kyle Wells and Jack Beeman of Del Oro and Jordan Kunaszyk of Roseville, who has been named to the preseason watchlist for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the country.

Grizzlies head coach Jeff Evans echoed Craig’s message of staying persistent and adapting to new challenges.

“We’re very proud of Will,” said Grizzlies’ head coach Jeff Evans. “Will’s going to adjust. Will’s gonna get his (butt) kicked. That’s OK because he’s gonna be kicking a lot of (butt) along the way. I’m sure there’s a few butts that have been kicked around here by this guy.”