Running Game Highlights First Spring Scrimmage
April 9, 2005
BERKELEY - Marshawn Lynch rushed for 105 yards and Justin Forsett added another 111 yards on the ground as Cal displayed its depth in the running game in the Golden Bears' first scrimmage of the spring Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
Lynch, who had only five carries on the day, burst loose on a 95-yard touchdown romp down the left sideline, out-running Thomas DeCoud into the end zone. Forsett, the workhorse of the scrimmage with 13 carries, broke five runs of 10 yards or more, including a 26-yarder.
In the passing game, Cal's top two quarterbacks - Nate Longshore and Joe Ayoob - had similar performances. Longshore, who opened with the first unit, was 4-for-8 for 100 yards, while Ayoob was 4-for-7 for 108 yards.
Longshore and wideout Sam DeSa hooked up on a 46-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. Later in the day, Longshore connected with David Gray on a 30-yard toss, with Gray leaping high in the air for the catch.
Ayoob's longest play was a 66-yard TD strike to DeSa, who finished with three catches for 116 yards. Gray contributed three receptions for 74 yards.
'I felt like a lot of good things happened,' head coach Jeff Tedford said. 'It was a good learning experience. We put the ball on the ground too much, but that is correctable. A lot of guys hustles and made big hits. Obviously, our running backs played well, and our quarterbacks got their feet wet. When we look at the tape, there will be a lot of learning off of it.'
Two more weeks remain in spring practice before the sessions wrap up with the Spring Game at 12 noon April 23 in Memorial Stadium.
Golden Bear Notes: Fullback Chris Manderino broke his jaw when hit by Worrell Williams in a tackling drill prior to the scrimmage ... two players who have changed positions from last year are DeCoud, who moved from cornerback to safety, and Brandon Hampton, who switched from tailback to cornerback ... former QB Aaron Rodgers and former WR Geoff McArthur were among those watching the scrimmage Saturday ... among those sitting out spring football due to offseason surgery are DB Bernard Hicks (knee), WR Sean Young (toe), OG Aaron Merz (shoulder), OT Ryan O'Callaghan (shoulder), OT Andrew Cameron (shoulder) and ROV Donnie McCleskey (knee) ... O'Callaghan and center Marvin Philip are among 54 players included on the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award.