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Highlights On Both Sides Of Ball In First Scrimmage

Aug 14, 2021
Both sides of the ball had strong moments during Cal's scrimmage on Saturday.

BERKELEY – Cal held its first extended scrimmage of training camp Saturday at California Memorial Stadium and both sides of the ball had strong moments during 87 plays from scrimmage. Ashton Stredick and Christopher Brooks scored rushing touchdowns of 18 yards and one yard, while Robby Rowell connected with Grant Daley for an 11-yard touchdown on the final play of the day.

Cal put up 298 yards of nearly equal offense from its passing (153 yards) and rushing (145) games without a turnover and recovered its own fumble the only time the ball came loose.

Damien Moore had a scrimmage-high 39 yards on the ground on six carries, while Stredick (5-29, TD), Brooks (7-24, TD) and Marcel Dancy (7-20) also each rushed for 20 or more yards among 10 different ball carriers.

Four quarterbacks – Zach Johnson (10-15-0-64), Rowell (2-3-0-46, 1 TD), Kai Millner (8-14-0-31) and Chase Garbers (4-10-0-12) – took reps in the scrimmage, while Chris Street (5-27) and Trond Grizzell (2-41) were the leaders in receptions and yards receiving among 15 players with at least one reception.

Dario Longhetto made four-of-six field goal attempts with his makes from 38, 40, 42 and 45 yards, while he missed his longest attempt of the scrimmage from 47 yards and had one from 45 blocked. Nico Ramos made a 25-yarder but missed from 40 and 42 yards while he was blocked from 45 yards. Tyson McWilliams had both blocks.

Cal had 34 players register defensive statistics with Nate Rutchena picking up a trio of tackles that were the most by any single player. Myles Jernigan (-6 yards), Cameron Goode (-5 yards) and Ethan Saunders (-3 yards) were each credited with 1.0 sack, while Marqez Bimage and Orin Patu split one.  

The Golden Bears have a day off from practice on Sunday before returning to training camp for their ninth workout of training camp on Monday.

Cal will begin its 2021 season under the lights by hosting Nevada in a FS1 nationally-televised game at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT. Kickoff times and broadcast television have also been announced for the Golden Bears' other two non-conference games at TCU (Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT, ESPNU) and against Sacramento State (Sept. 18, 1 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Bay Area), as well as a Friday night Pac-12 North showdown at Oregon (Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN).

All remaining television selections and start times will be made 12 or six days in advance. Fans can also listen to all Cal football games live on KGO 810 AM, the Cal Bears Sports Network powered by Learfield IMG College, SiriusXM and via TuneIn.

Cal will also host three October contests against Washington State (Oct. 2, Homecoming), Colorado (Oct. 23) and Oregon State (Oct. 30, Hall of Fame Weekend) before wrapping up its six-game home slate with USC (Nov. 13) for its annual Joe Roth Game and Senior Day. The Bears' other four road contests are Pac-12 trips to Washington (Sept. 25), Arizona (Nov. 6), Stanford (Nov. 20) and UCLA (Nov. 27).

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Cal is expected to be at 100% capacity for all fall outdoor sports including football. Full details regarding health and safety protocols, which will be in alignment with state guidelines, will be announced prior to the start of the seasons for all fall sports.