Cal Football Hosts Annual Spring Open Practice

April 17, 2010

BERKELEY - Both sides of the ball had bright spots when the Cal football team hosted its annual spring open practice on a beautiful Saturday morning under clear skies at Memorial Stadium. An estimated crowd of 3,000 enjoyed a rare opportunity to take in a Cal football practice. The event was presented by Peterson Tractor and part of Cal Day festivities on campus each April.

The offense scored six touchdowns and a pair of field goals during 17 drives of full 11-on-11 team action, while the defense recovered a pair of fumbles and the special teams scored once on an 82-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross.

Ross and Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson scored twice each with Ross also finding the end zone on an 11-yard reverse and DeBoskie scoring on runs of one and eight yards, respectively. The Bears' other two scores came on a pair of long touchdown passes, with Beau Sweeney hooking up with Marvin Jones for a 60-yard strike and Ryan Wertenberger finding Spencer Hagan down the right sideline for a 43-yard touchdown.Giorgio Tavecchio nailed both of his field goal attempts, capping a 19-play 76-yard drive by making a 21-yarder and then hitting from 43 yards out later in the practice.

Defensively, fumbles were recovered by Derrick Hill and C.J. Moncrease with Jarred Price forcing the one Moncrease pounced on while Hill fell on a botched snap. Moncrease, Price and Chris Little had five tackles each to lead the defense with Price also recording one of the team's three tackles for loss. Hill had an active day on the defensive line with four tackles, a tackle for loss and the fumble recovery, while Kendrick Payne had the team's only sack when he chased down Riley six yards behind the line of scrimmage.

Cal will conclude its 2010 spring football workouts with two final practices closed to the public next week to end 15 sessions that began on March 10.

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 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.

Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit to purchase your season tickets now.

A full recap will follow.

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