Dec. 22, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The Cal football team put in a full workout for the final time in 2009 on Monday as the Golden Bears continued to prepare for their contest against Utah in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 23 (5:00 p.m. PT). The game will be televised live by ESPN and also online by ESPN360.com.
"There's a certain amount of excitement to the last practice and then getting an opportunity to play in another game," said head coach Jeff Tedford.
"Practice was really good," added senior offensive lineman Mike Tepper. "We're very productive right now, fine-tuning everything and getting ready for Wednesday's game."
The Bears went through their high-energy hour-and-a-half workout at Torero Stadium on the University of San Diego campus Monday before taking time out for an afternoon of fun at the Miramar Speed Circuit on the northeast side of San Diego.
Players, coaches and staff members took part in the Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Company Grand Prix by racing go-karts at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour while participating in a series of qualifying races on the ¼-mile asphalt track. Two hours and nine qualifying races later the field was down to 10 finalists - Michael Calvin, Chris Conte, Skylar Curran, Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, Chris Guarnero, Mike Mohamed, Kevin Riley, Matt Rios, Nick Rosato and Steve Williams - who qualified to return for the championship race to conclude the day's action.
Mohamed would capture the title with Curran finishing second and DeBoskie-Johnson third. Devin Bishop also "won" an honor as the day's slowest racer.
The day's activities wrapped up with the Poinsettia Bowl March through the Gaslamp, with the marching bands and spirit squads for both Cal and Utah parading through the district and meeting at 5th and Market Streets for a Battle of the Bands.
"All I can say is our guys have done a nice job with the schedules during bowl week," said Tedford. "We try to have some time where they can have fun and enjoy their bowl experience, but while really focusing on the game. I think that's pretty evident through our years of bowl preparation."
Cal has current school-record strings of seven straight bowl appearances and four consecutive bowl victories with an all-time record of 5-1 during Tedford's previous six games.
Bears to Fine Tune Poinsettia Bowl Preparations, Participate in Additional Bowl Activities Tuesday
The Bears will put some of the final touches on their preparation for the Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday with a customary walk-through following Tedford's appearance at the official Poinsettia Bowl press conference and the AT&T Team Luncheon to be held aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Cal will also go through its customary walk-through the day before the game on Tuesday.
For bowl tickets, information and complete coverage of the team's activities at the Poinsettia Bowl, visit the Cal Bowl Central page or call (800) GO BEARS.