Cal Football Practice Report – Bears Go Live

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BERKELEY – Cal went live in full pads for the first time Saturday during a practice session open to the public to conclude the first week of spring football on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. Highlights and notes from the Golden Bears’ fourth practice session of the spring included …

  • After uncharacteristically throwing two interceptions during 7-on-7 sessions, Jared Goff rebounded with touchdown passes to Drake Whitehurst, Kenny Lawler, James Grisom and Darius Powe later during 7-on-7 work
  • Austin Hinder also had a pair of TD connections to Whitehurst and Lawler in 7-on-7 action
  • Goff started the team’s live 11-on-11 session that concluded practice with a long completion to Lawler down the right sideline and would later connect with Maurice Harris and Austin Harper on three and nine-yard TD passes
  • Jeffrey Coprich broke off a 50-yard run, while Harper had three carries of nine or more yards each
  • Brennan Scareltt registered back-to-back pressures on Hinder resulting in a sack and quarterback hurry
  • Jalen Jefferson had an interception on a tipped ball
  • Cedric Dozier, David Garner and Griffin Piatt each had a pass breakup
  • Damariay Drew had a memorable hit that grabbed the crowd’s attention
  • Former Golden Bear and current Detroit Lions wide receiver and kick/punt returner Jeremy Ross was spotted taking in the practice

Head Coach Sonny DykesOn the team’s first full contact session of the spring“I didn’t think it was great. I thought it was okay. We obviously have to tackle better. We had too many missed tackles. That’s something that has plagued us. We’re trying to get as much of that work in during individual time and build it into our special teams periods. We’re trying to become a more physical football team. That’s something that we have to do. It’s obviously a work in progress. At times we were relatively physical today and other times we were outright not physical. We’ve got to develop that mindset, and we’ve got to become a tough football team.”
On Jared Goff’s practice“He threw a couple of picks early, which was uncharacteristic of him. I thought once we got into the team period he settled down a little bit.”
Quarterback Jared GoffOn his practice“I feel good and a lot more comfortable. There were a bunch of [throws] out there that I’d like to get back. Although I did have a few nice ones, I don’t really want to throw any incompletions during practice. I had some open guys that I missed. It’s a little bit of coming back, a little bit of just losing focus sometimes. I’ll clean that up next week.”
On the team’s confidence level“It’s high right now. I think we’re feeling really good. We put that [last season] in the past. It’s a brand new season, a brand new team, some brand new coaches. We feel good about it.”

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