Aug. 11, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California Golden Bears practiced in full pads for the first time during their fall training camp on Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Both the offense and defense shared the shining moments during the two-hour plus practice.
"There were some big plays today; receivers got loose and the quarterbacks put it on them and hit on the big plays," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "And the offensive line did a nice job protecting the passer."
"[The quarterbacks are looking] good. We're really pleased with the way their picking everything up. They're doing a good job."
The offensive started the practice red hot. Sophomore quarterback Nate Longshore hit sophomore receiver DeSean Jackson who slid away from the defender for a 25-yard reception. A couple plays later, Longshore and Jackson connected again when Jackson broke away for a 15-yard pass. Senior Joe Ayoob had the same luck as Longshore during 11-on-11, hitting both freshman Cameron Toler and junior Sean Young for big gains.
"Today was a very physical practice," Jackson said. "It felt good to put on the pads and go at it. The defense is trying to come very aggressively, but the offense held it down and made some big plays today."
The defense toughened up their play in the later part of the practice, by intercepting balls, breaking up passes and forcing fumbles. Senior linebacker Desmond Bishop and freshmen defensive backs Jesse Brooks and Robert Peele all had interceptions.
Cal will have its first day of double-days on Saturday. As a reminder, practices are ALL CLOSED to the public.
Cal opens the 2006 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Tennessee. That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Bears is Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.