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Cal Gets Spring Ball Underway

Apr 6, 2022
Jermaine Terry II and Justin Wilcox talk during Wednesday's first spring workout.

BERKELEY – Cal started its 2022 spring football practice sessions Wednesday on a warm morning at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. The open practice was the Golden Bears' first in over two years since COVID-19 shut down Cal's normally open spring workout sessions during the second week of March 2020. All team practices after the shutdown have been closed to the public prior to Wednesday.

"It's a lot of fun to be back out here," Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox said to conclude his answer to the first question he was asked about what he saw Wednesday during a post-practice media session that was also his first in-person after a practice with the media group in two years.

"What you would hope and expect on day one," Wilcox had started his answer with earlier. "There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy, the butterflies of coming out here. There are a lot of guys who have the opportunity to earn playing time and spots. You see that energy and some youngsters getting a lot of work."

Wednesday's workout marked the first official Cal practice for five newcomers who arrived in Berkeley in January in Xavier Carlton, Jaydn Ott, Jack Plummer, Jackson Sirmon and Mason Starling.

"I thought they all did a really nice job just coming out and diving right into it," Wilcox said. "Everything is fresh. Even if guys have played before, we really start from scratch in terms of installation and how we teach it. We go through ball security and all the fundamentals."

One of the top storylines this spring is expected to be the competition at quarterback to replace four-year starting signal-caller Chase Garbers.

Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave addressed the quarterback situation during his post-practice media availability.

"We're looking for improvement every day," Musgrave said. "Today was our first [day]. We made some good throws, and we made some that we'd like to have back, which is common."

Musgrave went on to talk about the 2022 offense beyond the quarterback position and noted that in addition to Garbers, the Bears also lost their top three tight ends and four wide receivers, as well as two of their top three running backs from a year ago.

"There are going to be a lot of new faces on our offense in 2022," Musgrave said.

Despite losing the experience and production of much of the 2021 offensive unit Musgrave is optimistic about the future.

"Our whole offense is looking to be much better," Musgrave said. "We're looking to be more potent, better in the pass game, and the run game, too, but we're looking to take our pass game to the next level."
 
Practice Notes

  • Wednesday's practice included three 7-on-7 periods spaced throughout the second half of the workout before concluding with an 11-on-11 session
  • Highlights of the 7-on-7 sessions included a long pass completion from Kai Millner to Tommy Christakos and a diving catch for Mavin Anderson on offense, as well as interceptions by Hunter Barth and Lu-Magia Hearns, and a pass breakup for Raymond Woodie III on the defensive side of the ball
  • In the 11-on-11 period, Millner found Justin Richard Baker on a long hookup and Jaydn Ott had a pair of notable runs for the offense, while Myles Williams recorded a tackle for loss on defense
  • Jack Plummer, Millner, Zach Johnson and Ryan Glover all took quarterback reps
  • Brett Johnson practiced for first time since he was injured in the spring of 2021
  • Dress attire was spiders and will be the same on Friday followed by shoulder pads Saturday and Monday, and the first day in full pads next Wednesday at the fifth practice of the spring

April 30 Cal Football Spring Showcase
Cal's spring practice sessions run through the Cal Football Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 30 (12 Noon, Pac-12 Networks coverage starts at 1:30 pm PT). A long list of scheduled Cal Football Spring Showcase activities for admission free event include …

2022 Cal Spring Football Remaining Practice Schedule
Day, Date – Start Time (Notes)
Friday, April 8 – 9:45 am
Saturday, April 9 – 11 am
Monday, April 11 – 9:45 am
Wednesday, April 13 – 9:45 am
Friday, April 15 – 9:45 am
Saturday, April 16 – 11 am
Monday, April 18 – 9:45 am
Wednesday, April 20 – 9:45 am
Friday, April 22 – 9:45 am
Saturday, April 23 – 9 am
Monday, April 25 – 9:45 am
Wednesday, April 27 – 9:45 am
Friday, April 29 – 9:45 am
Saturday, April 30 – Noon! (Cal Football Spring Showcase)
Unless otherwise noted all events listed above at FTX Field At California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.; All times Pacific; Schedule subject to change;
All times are approximate so arriving in advance to allow for minor schedule changes is highly recommended; !Pac-12 Networks coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. PT
 
2022 Cal Football
Season tickets will be officially on-sale during the Cal Football Spring Showcase. Place your deposit today to receive a priority timeslot to pick out your seats! Visit CalBears.com/tickets or call 1 (800) GO-BEARS (press extension 3) to place your deposit.
 
Day, Date – Opponent (TV)
Sat., Sept. 3 – UC Davis
Sat., Sept. 10 – UNLV
Sat., Sept. 17 – at Notre Dame
Sat., Sept. 24 – Arizona*
Sat., Oct. 1 – at Washington State*
Sat., Oct. 8 – Bye
Sat., Oct. 15 – at Colorado*
Sat., Oct. 22 – Washington*
Sat., Oct. 29 – Oregon*
Sat., Nov. 5 – at USC*
Sat., Nov. 12 – at Oregon State*
Sat., Nov. 19 – Stanford*+
Fri., Nov. 25 – UCLA*^
Fri., Dec. 2 – Pac-12 Championship Game (FOX)**
Home Games In Bold At FTX Field At California Memorial Stadium; *Pac-12 Game; +125th Big Game; ^Joe Roth Game/Senior Day; **At Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV; Unless Noted Kickoff Times And Broadcast Television Networks To Be Announced At Later Dates