Offense Performs Well in First Football Scrimmage
Aug. 18, 2001
TURLOCK - Cal's offense, under the direction of new offensive coordinator Al Borges, had a strong showing in the first scrimmage of the team's training camp on the Cal State Stanislaus campus Saturday afternoon.
On the third play of the afternoon, junior tailback Joe Igber dashed 59 yards up the middle for a score on a draw play. Junior quarterback Kyle Boller then had the day's longest run on the next series, scrambling 70 yards for a touchdown.
Overall, Igber, who just joined the team Friday after completing his summer school requirements, finished with 88 yards on four carries, including runs of 9, 13 and 7 yards. The Bears spread the running opportunities around with Michael Sparks gaining two yards on four carries, Terrell Williams getting seven yards on a pair of rushes and Michael Porter going for 14 yards on seven carries.
Cal's quarterbacks concentrated much of their effort on the short game, and both Boller and senior Eric Holtfreter ended the afternoon with accurate numbers. Boller was 6-for-9 for 51 yards and had a 32-yard touchdown strike to Geoff McArthur called back due to a holding call. Holtfreter completed 7-of-9 attempts for 74 yards.
McArthur had the biggest day of the receivers with three catches for 36 yards (not including the cancelled TD pass), while Derek Swafford pulled in three passes for 15 yards and Chase Lyman had a pair of receptions for 25 yards.
The defense did contribute one score when end Josh Gustaveson picked up a fumble in the backfield and rambled 37 yards for a touchdown. He finished with five tackles, with three tackles for loss including a pair of sacks. Other defensive standouts included cornerback James Bethea (3 tackles, 1 pass deflection) and John Klotsche (3 tackles). As a whole, the defense had six sacks.
Cal holds its second and final scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Turlock.
Post-scrimmage quotes -
Head coach Tom Holmoe: 'I think the defense has a couple of guys nicked up, but the offense looked good. They looked crisp. They were sharp, as far as the mental part of the game. They didn't make a lot of mistakes. The mistakes were pretty minimal. So, that was good.'
Defense end Josh Gustaveson: 'It felt pretty good. When I came out for practice today, I felt ready to play. I was ready to go. I made a few key plays. But I also had some mistakes that I need to clean up. I need to hang in there and keep getting better every day.'
Wide receiver Geoff McArthur: 'I've got a year under my belt. I lost some weight, I got a little slimmer, a little quicker. I'm so happy to be playing for a coach like Coach (Al) Borges. He helps me feel more confident in what I'm doing. As long as we listen, we can't go wrong. I think Kyle (Boller) has a little more faith in me, too.'
Golden Bear Notes ...
Holmoe said offensive tackle Langston Walker, who went down with an apparent injury late in the scrimmage, had someone fall on his leg, but he should be OK ... the Bears finally had everyone in camp for the first time Saturday morning with the remaining hand full players coming down from Berkeley after summer school Friday night ... Holmoe said that freshman Terrell Williams was playing well at tailback and was making a strong push for the No. 2 spot behind Joe Igber ... the longest pass play of the scrimmage was a 17-yard hookup between Eric Holtfreter and Charon Arnold ... placekicker Mark Jensen connected on a 45-yard field goal, while Tyler Fredrickson and Jeremy Hershey also had field goals of at least 37 yards.