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April 28, 2010
Cal WR Boateng to take part in weekend minicamp

Add WR Nyan Boateng to the list of local college players getting a tryout at the 49ers' weekend minicamp, which begins Friday, according to the university. Boateng led the Bears in receiving as a junior, catching 29 passes for 439 yards for five touchdowns. Boateng dealt with a broken foot as a senior. "Nyan was sidelined for much of his career at Cal with injuries and is still developing as a football player," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said in a release. "He will surprise some people with his athleticism and abilities as he continues to learn the game." San Jose State punter Phil Zavala and San Jose State longsnapper Matt Wigley also will be given tryouts for the minicamp.

The tryout ought to give Boateng a chance to reunite with former USC safety Taylor Mays. (see below)

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Director of Player Personnel (I call him "acting GM") Trent Baalke will sit down with members of the media tomorrow afternoon for a video session in which Baalke will talk about the team's recent draft picks. Dennis Erickson's assistant coaches used to do something similar, and I'm glad the 49ers are bringing it back. It ought to give reporters -- and by extension, the fans -- a better understanding of the 49ers' rookie class and where it fits in on the field. I'm especially looking forward to hearing what Baalke has to say about Mays and Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman.

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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