March 29, 2004
BERKELEY - Unlike previous years, Cal's Spring Game on Saturday, April 17, will be staged as a "situational scrimmage," according to Golden Bears' head coach Jeff Tedford.
The Bears will dispense with the traditional running clock and scoring, instead featuring specific drills that are designed to entertain those Cal football fans in attendance.
"There will be some exciting match-ups to see, and we promise plenty of contact and action," vowed Tedford, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
The Spring Game, scheduled to start at 12 noon in Memorial Stadium, will include one-on-one blocking drills with a third player running the football, seven-on-seven drills, four-play goal line scrimmages, live special teams play, punting and kicking.
Tedford said the change in this year's Spring Game format was necessitated due to the large number of veteran players who have undergone off-season surgeries and are still rehabilitating their injuries.
"All of our recovering players are doing real well with their rehab work," the coach added. "We wanted to be judicious in our use of these players, so that they will continue to be on schedule for complete recovery before August workouts begin. However, many young and up-and-coming members of the team are getting valuable reps in their absence, and are sure to benefit from this year's spring experience."
This year's Spring Game will feature free lunch to the first 1,000 fans, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the west side of Memorial Stadium, compliments of West Coast Pizza and Baja Fresh. Fans can also enter to win great prizes, including a free trip with the Cal football team to the USC game in Los Angeles.
Since the Spring Game is held on Cal Day, fans can enjoy free parking on campus, as well as a variety of campus special events. Cal will also stage open practices the next two Saturdays (1 p.m. on April 3 and 11 a.m. on April 10). Admission to those scrimmages, as well as the Spring Game April 17, is free.
2004 Football Season Ticket Renewals Due Friday, April 2
Cal football season ticket renewals must be mailed in by no later than this Friday, April 2. Season ticket sales are projected to increase by 30 percent this year, so mail in your renewals today to protect your seat location.
Bert Watts Returns to Cal as Defensive Graduate Assistant
Bert Watts, the leading tackler on Jeff Tedford's first Golden Bears' football team in 2002, has returned to Cal to serve as a defensive graduate assistant, coach Tedford announced today.
Watts, a three-year letterman from Basking Ridge, N.J., served as a team leader on that 2002 club which posted Cal's first winning season (7-6) in nine years. As the Bears' starting safety, he posted 80 tackles as a senior, including a career-high 15 against USC. Watts will join the team today, when Cal players return from Spring Break and resume spring practice sessions.
OTHER NOTES: Two Cal players have changed positions on an experimental basis this spring. Redshirt-freshman defensive tackle Leon Drummer, a former high school All-American from nearby St. Mary's High School of Berkeley, has been moved to offensive line, while sophomore wide receiver Randy Bundy, a 4.5 speedster who appeared in three games last year, is being tried at defensive back ... The rescheduling of the Cal-Southern Miss game from Sept. 25 to Sept. 18 has become official, as both schools have signed the new game contract. Kickoff time in Hattiesburg, Miss., is still to be determined.