Cal Football Wraps Up Spring Practice

April 21, 2001

BERKELEY - The Cal Football team completed its 2001 spring practice sessions with a 75-minute scrimmage Saturday morning in Memorial Stadium. Although no touchdowns were scored, both sides of the ball had some solid performances.

On offense, junior quarterback Kyle Boller consistently drove the Bears across midfield, with the strongest effort being a 10-play, 69-yard drive to the 1-yard-line that included a 36-yard pass to Geoff McArthur and a 23-yard strike on 3rd-and-18 to Sean Currin. Overall, Boller completed 11-of-19 passes for 154 yards and no interceptions.

Charon Arnold paced the receivers with four catches for 45 yards, while three others had three catches - McArthur (63 yards), Currin (37 yards) and Chase Lyman (28 yards).

The Cal running game struggled somewhat against an aggressive defense. Junior Joe Igber did have a 20-yard scamper, and he ended the day with nine carries for 23 yards. Joseph Echema also had 21 yards on six rushes.

The defense kept the press on the offense all day, often blitzing or putting much of the lineup close to the line of scrimmage. As a result, the defense recorded 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. Linebacker Chris Ball led the way with four tackles for loss, while both linebacker John Klotsche and defensive end Tosh Lupoi had a pair of sacks each.

Senior outside linebacker Scott Fujita looked especially strong early on, as he had four tackles, including one for loss, on the opening two drives.

Injuries limited the defensive backfield to just three cornerbacks, but sophomore James Bethea stood out with a pair of tackles and two pass deflections.

'I was real happy with the progress of our offense this spring, but today, they were a little out of sync,' said head coach Tom Holmoe. 'A lot of that had to do with our defensive front. They put a lot of pressure on the offense today. The emergence of Tom Canada and Josh Beckham on the defensive line is really going to help solidify things. Scott Fujita could be one of the top linebackers, not just in the conference, but in the country.

'Overall, I'm extremely pleased with our play this spring. It represents a real step forward from where we've been in the past.'

The Bears return to practice in August at their fall training camp in Turlock, and they open the season Sept. 1 against Illinois in Memorial Stadium.

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