Cal Students Attend Practice in Memorial Stadium

Aug. 23, 2007

Berkeley -

Roughly 4,000 students gathered in Memorial Stadium to watch California's football practice on Thursday evening. After the drills, head coach Jeff Tedford addressed the crowd encouraging and thanking the student-body for their support. Seniors Thomas DeCoud and Tom Schneider and juniors DeSean Jackson and Nate Longshore also participated in organized events for the students.

After the practice, Tedford announced that redshirt freshman Kevin Riley will be the team's second-string quarterback heading into the season. Tedford stressed the race was close, but only one quarterback can take reps with the second team.

'There's really not a huge gap there whatsoever,' said head coach Jeff Tedford on his decision to name Riley the second string quarterback. 'They both (Riley and Kyle Reed) did a really nice job through camp. There isn't really a lot of separation, but that is the way we are going into the season.'

Cal participated in a variety of drills, focusing on 11-on-11 situations and 7-on-7 tutorials. Running backs Jahvid Best and James Montgomery had effective runs in a lot of the sessions.

The Bears (ranked 12th in the nation) open the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting the No. 15-ranked Tennessee Volunteers at Memorial Stadium in a 5 p.m. contest. Single-game tickets are available for all games except Tennessee, USC and Stanford. Season tickets are currently available by visiting or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.

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