Offense Looks Sharp As Football Leaves Training Camp
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/26/2000

Aug. 26, 2000

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Cal Football team ended its 10-day training camp on the Cal State Stanislaus campus on a high note as the offense, led by quarterback Kyle Boller, enjoyed a solid outing in the Bears final scrimmage Saturday morning.

Boller completed 9-of-13 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown. On the second series of the day, he drove the No. 1 offense 70 yards in seven plays. Along the way, Boller completed a 26-yard pass to junior receiver Sean Currin and capped the drive with a 20-yard TD pass to freshman receiver Chase Lyman.

"It was clear that Kyle Boller had a great camp and is developing into the quarterback we all thought he would be," head coach Tom Holmoe said. "The passing game clicked today, and that was encouraging, but we still have a lot of work to do and want to solidify our playing rotation at receiver before the opener."

No. 2 quarterback Eric Holtfreter finished the day 1-for-5 for 10 yards, while No. 3 QB Kevin Klein was 3-for-5 for 73 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass to James Smith.

The receiving corps had an excellent day. Currin was the team's leading receiver, catching three passes for 37 yards, while Smith had two catches for 49 yards and Charon Arnold had two for 31. Philip Pipersburg had two catches for 13 yards, while Brian White caught one ball for 34 yards.

On the ground, Joseph Echema ran four times for 20 yards, while Joe Igber rushed for 17 yards on eight carries.

Holmoe limited the play of several of his defensive starters, keeping cornerback Chidi Iwuoma out entirely and playing Andre Carter just one series. Carter still finished with three tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Shaun Paga, in a battle with Tully Banta-Cain for starting duties at rush end, had four tackles with two for loss. In addition, safety Paul Ugenti had three tackles and cornerback LaShaun Ward had a pair of tackles and a pass defensed.

Cal returned to campus immediately after the scrimmage. The Bears will be on Kleeberger Field from 12-3 p.m. Sunday for the team's annual KGO Family FunFest. The first practice in Berkeley will be on Tuesday afternoon.