Cal Football Wraps Up Spring Drills

April 14, 2007

BERKELEY - The California football team wrapped up its spring drills on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium with a hard-hitting practice which went just over two hours. The team primarily scrimmaged in various game situations with extensive 11-on-11 action before a crowd of over 2,000 fans on an overcast afternoon.

Quarterbacks Nate Longshore and Kyle Reed received the most action while junior Bryan Van Meter and sophomore Cory Smits also had opportunities to direct the offense. Longshore completed 9-of-13 passes on the day for 130 yards. He connected on three touchdowns on the afternoon - a 30-yard connection to junior DeSean Jackson (49 receiving yards), a goal-line slant to senior Sean Young and a short hook-up with senior tight end Craig Stevens during goal-line situations.

Defensively, junior linebacker Zack Follett and junior end Rulon Davis both came up with crowd-pleasing hits, while sophomore linebacker Eddie Young repeatedly made his presence felt with tackles. Sophomore Marcus Ezeff and senior Thomas DeCoud both tallied interceptions.

The running game was effectively bottled up by the hard-nosed defense, though redshirt freshman James Montgomery bounced outside for a 30-yard dash to paydirt midway through the session. Senior running back Justin Forsett saw limited action as sophomore Brian Holley received the bulk of the carries in the game. Senior Lavelle Hawkins had a team-high 51 receiving yards while also running the ball three times for 30 yards, including a leaping touchdown over fullback R.J. Garrett.

On special teams action, the fans had back-to-back treats as senior Brandon Hampton and redshirt freshman Brandon Jones each returned punts for touchdowns on successive plays.

The Golden Bears open the 2007 season on Sept. 1, hosting Tennessee at Memorial Stadium. Season tickets are available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.

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