Golden Bears Open Spring Football Practice

March 31, 2008

BERKELEY - The California football team opened its much-anticipated spring practice schedule on Monday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. With head coach Jeff Tedford declaring open battles at essentially every position on the field, the Golden Bears expect to have a spirited and competitive 15-practice schedule.

Tedford was very pleased with Monday's opening practice, which was similar to a typical team practice, opening with dynamic warm-ups and individual drills and then progressing into team drills, including full offense-defense match-ups, special teams and further individual workouts.

'It was a very good day,' Tedford said. 'I thought the effort was excellent, the attention to detail was very good, good chemistry, a lot of motivation and enthusiasm; it was a good day.'

'[The quarterbacks] did good. I am really happy with everybody. I thought they handled the huddle really well and did a nice job.'

A pleasant surprise was sophomore tailback Jahvid Best, who participated in individual drills and running as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Best is not expected to participate in any team drills this spring. In addition, senior receiver LaReylle Cunningham and sophomore defensive lineman Derrick Hill, both making returns from injuries, took part in nearly all aspects of practice.

Monday also marked the first career practices for true freshmen Covaughn DeBoskie and Kendrick Payne, who both graduated early from high school and enrolled at Cal in January.

'I can just imagine that their eyes are pretty big,' Tedford laughed. 'Just trying to get used to the speed of the game. Covaughn got hit once today by Rulon [Davis] and lost his helmet, so he's getting his feet wet a little bit. When we get the pads on, Kendrick's inside, he'll feel what it's like to play at this level too. But they've done a great job. I couldn't be more impressed with their work ethic and the things that they've done. You really have to admire guys like that, to come as freshmen right now, right in the thick of this. They've really worked hard in the strength and conditioning program.'

Season tickets for the 2008 Cal Football schedule are currently available by visiting or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. The Bears open the 2008 season on Aug. 30, hosting Michigan State. Other games on the Cal home slate include the 111th edition of the Big Game vs. Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and Colorado State.

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