Cal Holds First Scrimmage of Spring Practice

April 11, 2010

BERKELEY - Cal held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Memorial Stadium during a balanced workout that saw the offense score six times in 17 possessions, and the defense provide exciting moments including a pair of turnovers during a controlled session that had drives starting from different spots on the field.

'The offense played better today than the last time we had pads on,' said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. 'They were a little more sound today.'

Kevin Riley led the offensive effort by completing 12-of-17 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Riley connected on scoring strikes of 60 yards to Jeremy Ross and four yards to Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson. He also led the Bears on a drive that resulted in a 24-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio.

Beau Sweeney completed 6-of-10 passes for 78 yards, while Brock Mansion was 2-for-8 for 40 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

'They all did something positive and they all did something negative,' offered Tedford when asked about his quarterbacks.

Marvin Jones paced the Bears with four catches for 53 yards, while two of three receptions by Jeremy Ross went for scores. Ross, who finished with a scrimmage-high 85 yards receiving, was on the receiving end of a 20-yard touchdown pass by Mansion in addition to the 60-yard strike he hooked up on with Riley.

Isi Sofele led the team on the ground with six rushes for 28 yards, while Dasarte Yarnway added 25 yards rushing on five carries and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson scored the only rushing touchdown of the scrimmage on a 10-yard scamper.

The defense also had several big moments, including a pair of turnovers on an interception by Alex Logan to turn back the offense on the final drive of the scrimmage and a fumble recovery by Kendrick Payne after Kameron Krebs forced Yarnway to cough up the ball. Logan and Robert Mullins led the way on defense with five tackles each, while Chris Conte and Stephen Fanua added four each. Mullins and Fanua each had one sack as well, as did Chris Little.

'There were some good things today and some things we can learn from,' summarized Tedford. 'I've got to look at the tape.'

The Cal football team has five spring practices remaining before the 15 workouts that began on March 10 come to an end on Thursday, Apr. 22.

Cal's remaining 2010 spring practices are closed to the public other than on Saturday, Apr. 17, when the Bears welcome their fans to an open practice presented by Peterson Tractor at Memorial Stadium as part of Cal Day festivities on campus. The general public will have the rare opportunity to take in one of the team's workouts and watch the Bears scrimmage. All fans are asked to enter from the North Tunnel. Gates open at 9 a.m. PT and admission is free.

'This is a great opportunity for both our fans and our players,' said Tedford. 'It gives some of our young guys the chance to play in front of a crowd, which will create more of a game-like experience. Our fans will have a chance to see some of our younger guys in action that they haven't seen much of to this point.'

Information on the 2010 Cal football season, including souvenir roster posters and schedule cards will be available at the event. Cal football fans will also be able to renew or purchase their 2010 football season tickets, as well as view seat locations. Parking on campus is free all day but expected to be limited due to the events of Cal Day. Fans are encouraged to use public transportation.

The Cal Athletics clothing and shoe surplus sale, traditionally held in conjunction with the annual open practice each spring, will take place at Memorial Stadium this year on the following Saturday, Apr. 24 (8 - 11 a.m. PT).

Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign will be the final season with the current configuration of Memorial Stadium and also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.

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