Kyle Boller Shines in Blue-Gold Game
April 27, 2002
BERKELEY - Quarterback Kyle Boller threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Blue team to a 42-0 win over the White team in Cal's annual Blue-Gold game Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium. More than 1,500 fans turned out to watch the Bears' final spring practice session under new head coach Jeff Tedford.
Boller completed 10-of-11 passes on the afternoon for 154 yards. After his first attempt was dropped, he did not miss the rest of the day. Boller's TDs both covered five yards, first to tight end Tom Swoboda and then to wide receiver Geoff McArthur. Later in the contest, Boller scored on a bootleg on a fourth-and-1 play.
'I thought Kyle looked very sharp today,' Tedford said. 'I felt like he handled himself really well. I'm pleased with his progress. He going to be something special.'
Michael Sparks and Burl Toler both hauled in four receptions, Sparks for 73 yards and Toler for 100, including a diving catch for 57 yards from quarterback Adam Ernst in the closing seconds.
In addition, McArthur finished with three catches for 61 yards, and LaShaun Ward had three receptions for 20 yards.
Cal's running game never really got going until late in the game. Chris Mandarino, who moved from fullback to tailback because of a couple of injuries in the backfield, rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Terrell Williams, who was slowed a bit with a sore hamstring, had 15 yards and a score on 10 carries, while Adimchinobe Echemaandu (knee) did not play.
Overall, Tedford was pleased with what he saw during the spring.
'I think our guys got a general understanding of our system and our practice tempo,' he said. 'I feel we've come a long way playing together as a team. We had several guys step up as leaders, like Kyle Boller and Tom Canada.'
Cal resumes preparations for the fall season in August with the first game set for Aug. 31 vs. Baylor in Memorial Stadium. To order tickets, call 800-GO BEARS or click on the tickets icon at www.calbears.com.
Echemaandu to undergo knee surgery: Junior tailback Adimchinobe Echemaandu, who had been very impressive during the spring practice sessions, will undergo surgery on his right knee after tearing his ACL and lateral meniscus this past Wednesday. The date for the surgery has not been set yet, and the prognosis for his recovery won't be fully known until after the surgery is completed. However, Tedford said there is a good possibility that Echemaandu could miss the entire 2002 season.
'He was looking very sharp.' Tedford said. 'He is a big-time runner and blocker. Our kids understand that they have to step up now and not miss a beat.'