Aug. 22, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California held its second scrimmage of preseason camp on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The scrimmage was closed to fans and the media, but head coach Jeff Tedford gave his impressions following the outing.
"We looked good, I was real pleased," Tedford said. "We moved the ball and scored. The first offense did a real nice job. I thought the defense played well, ran around, got an interception down deep. Overall, it was good."
The Golden Bear head coach also addressed the question of how he would decide on a starting quarterback.
"Who's smart, who makes the right decisions," Tedford said. "Who gets us in the right things; who controls the huddle well enough and comes out and doesn't turn the football over and gives us a chance."
Sophomore Nate Longshore did not play in the scrimmage on Tuesday as he had a stiff back. Senior Joe Ayoob worked with the first string and senior Steve Levy and sophomore Bryan Van Meter also saw action.
"I don't know [when we will name a quarterback]," Tedford said. "I hate to give a time. When I feel good about it, we'll sit down and discuss it. I don't think it's too far out of the realm that both of them will play."
Tedford was very pleased with the progress of the offense and said that he thought they were catching up with the defense, which he noted is usually ahead of the offense in the early stages of camp.
"The offense really executed well," he said. "At this point in camp, you hope [the offense and defense] balance out. The defense is always ahead early in camp, but the first offense took the ball 70 yards and scored on the first series.
"[Justin] Forsett ran the ball real well; he ripped off a couple of 20, 30-yarders; he looked real good. He caught a screen for another 30 yards or so. [Freshman James] Montgomery showed some signs of being pretty special; he made a couple of nice runs; he ran for a touchdown inside the 10. The guy who has been really impressive is [Bryan] Schutte; he ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown."
Tedford also mentioned junior linebacker Justin Moye, who had an interception, and senior defensive end Nu'u Tafisi on defense, while junior wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins had a 50-yard-plus kickoff return.
This Saturday will be Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium. The event runs from 10:30 to noon. Afterwards, the Bears head back to Memorial Stadium for their final practice of camp at 3:00. That practice will also be closed to the public.
The 2006 season starts on Sept. 2 in Knoxville against Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (PST). The game will be televised live on ESPN. The following week is the home opener for the Bears, when they host Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.