Aug. 22, 2001
TURLOCK - The Cal football team held its second and final scrimmage of fall training camp on the Cal State Stanislaus campus Wednesday.
In the controlled environment, the Bear coaching staff had the players spend the first half of the day in a non-tackle scrimmage and only had a few series with live tackling. With the season-opener against Illinois less than two weeks away, the coaches wanted to limit the chances of series injuries.
Once the team went to live action, quarterback Kyle Boller completed 2-of-4 passes for 31 yards, including a 21-yarder to Charon Arnold. Freshman tailback Terrell Williams was the leading ground gainer with eight yards on three carries.
During the special teams portion of the scrimmage, Cal's three field goal kickers - Jeremy Hershey, Mark Jensen and Tyler Fredrickson - were a perfect 8-for-8. Jensen, the Bears' returning starter, was the most active, as he was good on efforts from 27, 33, 38 and 45 yards.
Several players were either held out of the scrimmage or had their playing time limited. Among those who did not play were three starting offensive linemen - OT Langston Walker, OT Mark Wilson and OG Scott Tercero. Walker is still rehabilitating a sprain ankle suffered last Saturday. Others who did not participate were receivers Geoff McArthur and Derek Swafford. Holmoe said he expects all of them to be ready for Illinois.
When contact was limited during the first half of practice, tailback Joe Igber ran eight times for 29 yards, but the officials often blew plays dead before he was touched.
The longest play of the day was a 45-yard touchdown pass from Eric Holtfreter to Chad Heydorff. Heydorff, however, suffered a hamstring injury late in the session and his status will be re-evaluated later in the week.
Defensively, cornerback James Bethea had a big afternoon with five tackles and one pass broken up. Tackle Daniel Nwangwu also had three tackles, including a sack, and end Tom Canada had a sack among his two tackles. Safety Dewey Hale had the day's only turnover with an interception of a Holtfreter pass.
Head coach Tom Holmoe quotes:
On Cal's wide receivers - "I'm a little nervous. Just the fact that we have a couple of players, such as Geoff McArthur and (Derek) Swafford, who could quite possibly be the two starters, have been kind of in and out. Part of it is that we want to make sure that they are healthy to go, but they've both looked excellent in camp. They're kind of nursing small injuries."
On the scrimmage - "We had an objective in the practice. We did some very controlled stuff. There was some hot and cold, but this was more of a practice than a scrimmage."
Saturday practice moved to Encinal High School: Saturday's practice, originally scheduled for Witter Field on campus, has been moved to Encinal High School in Alameda. The team will resume practice on Witter Tuesday afternoon. Witter has undergone some re-sodding and re-seeding while the team was away in Turlock, and the extra few days should help the new grass take root.