Bears Get Lots Of Work In On Competition Saturday
BERKELEY – There was plenty for Travers Family Head Football Justin Wilcox to like on both sides of the ball during Cal's eighth practice of fall camp on a warm Saturday morning at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Officials were on hand for the fully-padded workout that featured the most 11-on-11 work so far during camp.
"There were nice plays on the offense – earned plays," Wilcox said. "The same thing on defense. It was encouraging, but we're always going to nitpick everything when we go in and watch the tape."
Jack Plummer took all of the No. 1 reps at quarterback and led the offense to points in each of his four possessions at the helm. Plummer finished 18-of-22 for 171 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions with his touchdown toss on a 20-yard strike to Mavin Anderson. Dario Longhetto capped each of the other three drives with field goals from 22, 23 and 48 yards out. Plummer's primary targets were Jeremiah Hunter (3-46), J.Michael Sturdivant (3-36) and Anderson (3-32, TD), while Damien Moore (7-28) got the bulk of the running back reps with the top offense.
Ethan Saunders was the most productive player from the No. 1 defense with four tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards) and one quarterback hurry.
The No. 1 units were in for approximately 70 of the day's 94 plays.
Kai Millner (13-of-17, 116 yards, 1 INT) quarterbacked the No. 2 offensive unit, while Fernando Mendoza (4-of-7, 14 yards) took most of the quarterback reps with the No. 3 offense. Mendoza also had one of the most memorable moments of the day when the Bears went fully live on the final play of the workout and Mendoza eluded several rushers before finding Kenden Robinson Jr. in the back of the end zone to convert a played designated as a two-point conversion. Ashton Stredick had the game's only rushing touchdown on a 40-yarder for the No. 3 offense while adding three catches for seven yards, while Jaydn Ott had a game-high five catches for 42 yards out of the backfield working with the No. 2 offense as well as two rushes for six yards. Other receivers with multiple catches including Tommy Christakos, who had three receptions for a game-high 47 yards, Grant Daley (3-35) and Mason Starling (2-29).
Both the No. 2 and No. 3 defenses had a pick six with Isaiah Young returning a Millner pass 36 yards for a score and McKyle So'oto intercepting Zach Johnson and running 38 yards for a touchdown. The defense also spent a lot of the day in the offensive backfield with 13.0 team tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks.
The Bears will have Sunday off before returning to fall camp on Monday to continue preparation for the team's 2022 season that begins against UC Davis at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3 (1:00 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Bay Area).
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All of the team's fall camp practices through August 23 are scheduled to be open to the public and begin each day at 9:30 a.m. PT. Admission is free and attendees can enter FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium through Gate 2 located in the Northwest corner of the stadium and proceed to the concourse level through Stairwell 6 to available seating on the west side of the stadium in Sections E, EE, F, FF, G and GG. All other sections of the stadium including the field and North Tunnel will be closed to public access.