Cal Puts On Full Pads For The First Time In Camp

Aug. 11, 2009

BERKELEY - The California football squad put on full pads for the first time during 2009 training camp and went through an intense workout on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.

'The first day in pads was good,' said Tedford. 'There was a lot of energy. We have a long ways to go, but it was nice to see how hard they are working and how anxious they are to get better.'

After going through a series of individual position drills under a warm sun during the early portion of practice, the Golden Bears moved on to 7-on-7 competition. The team's fifth practice of camp ended with an extended team session of 11-on-11 work under the fading sunlight and with a chill in the air.

The final session was highlighted offensively by a long completion from Brock Mansion to Jeremy Ross, while the defensive highlight was Syd'Quan Thompson's pick of a Mansion throw.

Both Mansion and Kevin Riley took snaps at quarterback with the first unit.Work in the red zone ended the team session with Mansion hitting Ross and Will Kapp on back-to-back plays for touchdowns, before Peter Geurts punched in a short run for a third score in as many plays.

Cal's 2009 training camp continues through August 29 with the day's final practice followed by Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, PT. All practices are closed to the public.

Cal begins its 2009 campaign with a nationally televised ESPN2 contest against Maryland at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 5 (7:00 pm, PT). Fans are encouraged to participate in a Blue Out of the season-opener. The best way to show your support is to pick up the 2009 Cal Football Official Game Day Tee. For more information, visit

For 2009 Cal football tickets, visit or call (800) GO BEARS.

Jeff Tedford was interviewed by KPIX-CBS 5 anchor Dennis O'Donnell prior to Tuesday's practice ... Cal's Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best was featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle's sports section on Tuesday.

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