April 29, 2000
Santa Rosa - Cal's month-long spring football practice sessions came to an end Saturday morning in Santa Rosa as the Blue team defeated the Gold team in a final spring scrimmage at the Oakmont Polo Fields.
The Blue team, which was comprised of Cal's first team offense and second team defense outscored the defense (second team offense/first team defense) by a score of 43-21. Points were awarded on the basis of offensive touchdowns and select defensive performances.
The highlight of the final scrimmage was the play of tailback Joseph Echema who rambled for 119 yards on just 13 carries, including a 45-yard touchdown run. He also broke loose on runs of 25 and 14 yards. The 5-11, 215-pound sophomore got a lot of work in the absence of starter Joe Igber, who was held out of the scrimmage as a precautionary measure due to a slight knee sprain.
Fellow sophomore tailback Chris Hanks also had a solid scrimmage with 67 yards on 12 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown scamper.
Quarterback Kyle Boller had a solid outing, hitting 6-of-11 passes for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He connected with tight end Brian Surgerner on a 25-yard touchdown pass and also hit junior Sean Currin on a 29-yard scoring play.
Defensively, soph outside linebacker Calvin Hosey had an impressive scrimmage, recording a pair of sacks along with a pass deflection.
Head coach Tom Holmoe said he was pleased with the final scrimmage and his team's effort during the spring sessions. "I think we finished up the spring very strongly," said Holmoe. "Our team is in great shape physically. We're healthy and strong.
"Our running game looked good today. It was obvious that the offensive line was opening a few holes and Echema looked real good. He's a slasher and he's big and fast. We have superior depth at the tailback position. Overall, I was very pleased with the progress we made this spring."bv
Cal will return to fall practice sesssions on Thursday, August 17 at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock, CA, in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 9 vs. the University of Utah.