Cal Completes its Saturday Morning Practice
Aug. 16, 2008
The California football team went back to work on Saturday morning with high energy in Memorial Stadium in the first of two practices, with continued emphasis on 11-on-11 drills, goal line situations and red zone work in full pads. The Bears will have a practice in shells later this evening.
In an extended first session of 11-on-11 drills, there were plenty of offensive highlights of note, including a solid effort by the trio of running backs -- Jahvid Best, Shane Vereen and Covaughn DeBoskie. Early in the drill, Best took a handoff, followed his lead blockers and found a huge gap to run through, before darting his way down the sidelines for a sizeable gain. Vereen continued to display his versatile cutback abilities, as he juked two defenders, and reversed his field for a five yard pick up. DeBoskie was also turning some heads on a pair of occasions when he caught a pass over the middle and turned up field for a big chunk of yardage. Later in the second 11-on-11 drills, DeBoskie refused to go down after being hit by two defenders, and used his arm as leverage to gain an additional five yards. DeBoskie showed persistence again in a goal line situation when he kept churning his legs after being hit in the backfield, and plunged into the end zone for a score.
The defense also had its moments in the 11-on-11s as well. Darian Hagan jumped a passing route and intercepted the ball, while Charles Johnson shed a tackler to chase down Kevin Riley from behind for a tackle. Senior Anthony Felder made his presence felt in the goal line drill when he forced his way into the backfield to disrupt a running play up the middle for a loss. Fellow senior Bernard Hicks used veteran awareness not to be fooled by a quarterback run at the goal line for a stop.
Early in the practice the wide receivers continued to work on polishing route running, while also addressing blocking defenders down field. The wide outs also worked one 2-on-2s with the defensive backs in the red zone. Freshman Marvin Jones caught a touchdown in the corner of the end zone from Nate Longshore and Nyan Boateng was on the receiving end of a pass from Riley for a score as well.
Both signal callers looked effective in the 11-on-11s as well. Longshore completed three straight passes to Cameron Morrah, Sean Young and Boateng in the second installment of the drill. Riley was also solid with crisp passes to LaReylle Cunningham, Boateng and Jeremy Ross.