Golden Bears Complete Second Week of Spring Drills
April 12, 2008
BERKELEY - The California football team held its only open practice of the spring on a sunny afternoon at Memorial Stadium, as over 2,000 fans turned out to watch the Golden Bears in action on Saturday. After 40 minutes of general practice drills, the offense and defense battled in a situational scrimmage for nearly 90 minutes. The open spring practice was presented by Peterson Tractor.
'Today was our first scrimmage,' head coach Jeff Tedford said. 'Obviously there are some things to clean up and we're short on some positions, so we had to focus on the run game a lot today. I'll have to watch the tape, but I thought Tracy [Slocum] ran really well. He's done a great job. He's really filling in nicely. He's really improving his vision; he runs hard. He's done a nice job so far.
'There wasn't much to evaluate [on the quarterback play]. Decision-making, throwing the football away, not taking sacks, which comes with experience. Kevin [Riley], when he did throw the football, was pretty accurate throwing it.
Slocum and freshman running back Covaughn DeBoskie handled the bulk of the tailback duties while Riley, freshman Brock Mansion and junior Cory Smits split the snaps at quarterback. Senior Nate Longshore did not practice due to injury.
Slocum had a pair of strong bursts through the hole for touchdowns while DeBoskie scored on a hard two-yard smash up the middle. Riley and freshman receiver Michael Calvin hooked up for the only touchdown through the air.
Defensively, the Bears were solid and created a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks. At defensive end, senior Rulon Davis, freshman Ernest Owusu and sophomore Cameron Jordan all stood out. Senior Zack Follett was impressive from his linebacker position, while lesser-known players such as linebacker Charles Johnson, lineman Jon Karacozoff and linebacker Devin Bishop had their names called multiple times.
In special teams action, freshman punter Bryan Anger was very impressive, including booting a 80-yard punt on his first effort. Junior Syd'Quan Thompson had a pair of impressive punt returns, including one that he took over 80 yards to the end zone.
Cal has two more weeks of spring practice, wrapping up on Saturday, April 26. Season tickets for the 2008 Cal Football schedule are currently available by visiting www.CalBears.com 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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