Golden Bears have first Double-Day Session on Saturday

Aug. 11, 2007

Berkeley - The California football team concluded its first double-day session of fall drills in Memorial Stadium on Saturday, practicing for 23 periods in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

'This was the first two-a-day today and I thought the guys came out and did a nice job of pushing through practice,' said head coach Jeff Tedford. 'There was a lot of good work going on.'

One of the phases of the offense which has pleased Tedford thus far has been Cal's stable of running backs. Freshman Shane Vereen once again displayed quick bursts through the running lanes, while redshirt freshman Tracy Slocum also found room to run for productive gains.

'We have a good crew of running backs,' said Tedford. 'Coming into camp, we wanted to see how our running back depth was, because we've always been very fortunate to have a stable of backs. We don't have any backup right now that has had game-time, but it is great to see these young guys do a good job.'

The Bear defense provided many of the highlights in both morning and afternoon sessions. Freshman Sean Cattouse made an over the shoulder interception earlier in the day, while Bernard Hicks picked off the ball on a tipped pass in the afternoon. Scott Smith and Rulon Davis each had fumble recoveries and Worrell Williams forced a fumble in the 7-on-7 sessions.

Junior signal caller Nate Longshore utilized seniors Lavelle Hawkins and Craig Stevens in the two-minute drills as well.

Cal resumes practice tomorrow with an afternoon session in full pads. As a reminder ALL PRACTICES ARE CLOSED to the PUBLIC.

California opens the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Tennessee at Memorial Stadium in a 5 p.m. contest. Single-game tickets are also available for all games except Tennessee, USC and Stanford. Season tickets are currently available by visiting or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.