Day 3: Bears Put on Shells
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Release:  08/07/2012

August 6, 2012

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BERKELEY - The 2012 Cal football training camp continued Monday when the Golden Bears worked out in shells for the first time during a practice that included a pair of team sessions that provided several highlights.

"Today was the first day with shoulder pads on so we were able to be a little bit more aggressive," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "Good hustle, people flying around." The offensive highlights of the second team session included senior quarterback Zach Maynard completing all four of his passes during his final series of plays, followed by long would-be touchdown passes from Allan Bridgford to Ross Bostock and Austin Hinder to Cedric Dozier later in the session.

Tedford had high praise for Maynard.

"[He's] night and day from last fall, very similar to the spring," Tedford said about Maynard. "He has a good grip on what we're doing, command of the offense, snap count, huddle calls and things like that. It runs really smooth when he's in there. It's really obvious he understands what he's doing. Last year he knew some but nowhere near where he is now."

Dozier is one of five freshmen receivers that received at least four stars by a major scouting service that also includes Chris Harper, Kenny Lawler, Darius Powe and Bryce Treggs.

"I'm pleased with how some of the young guys are coming on, some of the young receivers," Tedford said.

But, he added their need to continue improving.

"We have to press them mentally, too," Tedford said. "The whole team can't put a stop to everything because we're playing to our freshman. They've got to play to the older guys. They're going to make mistakes, they've just got to keep learning. We're not going to hold the team back because they may not know something. We're going to keep pressing the issue, make them learn it, get them acclimated to the learning process that goes on and the system - make mistakes and we'll go back and do it over again."

The top big plays on defense during the team periods came from senior defensive back Tyré Ellison (interception) and Gabe King (sack) in the first session, while redshirt freshman defensive lineman Todd Barr had a sack in the second. Freshman defensive back Willie Fletcher added an interception during 7-on-7 drills.

Tedford had lots of praise for Fletcher and his abilities.

"He's long, he can run, and he's good size and a tall corner[back]," Tedford said. "He's a good tackler and he's a very, very good cover corner. He's doing a great job out there as a cover corner."

The team's day also included breakfast and meetings in the morning followed by a long break from football during the middle of the day as many players began their final week of summer school. After practice the players returned to the Simpson Center for team and position meetings before calling it a night.

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In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.

Sat. Sept. 1 Nevada Noon PTPac-12 Networks
Sat. Sept. 8 Southern Utah Noon PTPac-12 Networks
Sat. Sept. 15 at Ohio State Noon ET/9 a.m. PTABC
*Sat. Sept. 22at USCTBAPac-12 Networks
*Sat. Sept. 29 Arizona State TBA TBA
*#Sat. Oct. 6 UCLATBATBA
*Sat. Oct. 13 at Washington StateTBATBA
*Sat. Oct. 20 Stanford TBA TBA
*Sat. Oct. 27 at UtahTBATBA
*Fri. Nov. 2 Washington 6 p.m. PTESPN2
*Sat. Nov. 10 OregonTBATBA
*Sat. Nov. 17at Oregon StateTBATBA
!Fri. Nov. 30Pac 12 Championship GameTBATBA
Home Games in Bold at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Pac-12 Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming/Memorial Stadium Rededication/Joe Roth Game; All Times Pacific

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