Boller, Currin Shine in Cal Football Scrimmage

March 24, 2001

Berkeley, CA - The Cal football team ended its first week of spring drills with a Saturday morning scrimmage in Memorial Stadium and all indications are the transition to a new offensive system is proceeding successfully.

The Bears were in pads for the first time this spring and the coaching staff used the opportunity to scrimmage for approximately 45 plays.

Quarterback Kyle Boller had a solid day connecting on 10-of-16 passes for 137 yards, including a 50-yard completion to Sean Currin. Back-up quarterback Eric Holtfreter managed to hit 5-of-10 passes for 61 yards.

Currin, a senior receiver from Los Angeles, was very impressive in hauling in four catches for 99 yards. Fullback Marcus Fields also was productive in catching five passes for 50 yards. Tailback Joe Igber added three receptions for 21 yards in to his five carries from scrimmage for 22 yards.

'I was impressed with how well the guys are adapting to a new offensive scheme,' said head coach Tom Holmoe. 'There was some rustiness in some of the execution which is normal for the first practice in pads, but there weren't many mental errors. I'm real happy with the progress we're showing on offense.'

Holmoe also said Boller continues to make progress. 'Every session, Kyle seems to be a little bit better,' said Holmoe. 'We all expect him to make a major jump in productivity this coming season and having Al (Borges) work with him this spring is a big part of his improvement.'

Defensively, Holmoe singled out outside linebacker Scott Fujita for his play during the scrimmage.

The Bears will be out with a few defensive players for the spring. Starting strong safety Bert Watts broke a bone in his hand on Saturday morning. Although surgery does not appear to be required, it's likely he'll be on the sidelines the rest of the spring session. Starting inside linebacker Matt Nixon broke a bone in his hand earlier this week and he is scheduled for surgery. He is expected to be ready to play in approximately two weeks, but figures to be held out of action for the remainder of the spring as a precaution. Strong safety Nnamdi Asomugha went down Saturday morning with a shoulder injury, but it is hoped that the injury is not serious and that he will return to practice when the team returns from spring break a week from Monday.

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