March 29, 1999
Berkeley - The Cal football team begins spring drills Monday afternoon as head coach Tom Holmoe welcomes back 39 lettermen, including 16 starters, from last year's 5-6 team.
The Bears will practice 15 times during the spring, but will scrimmage very little as Holmoe has elected to hold out various veterans due to an assortment of minor injuries. Among those expected to see little or no action this spring are standouts Sekou Sanyika, Matt Beck, Jerry DeLoach, John Romero, Nate Geldermann and Deltha O'Neal.
Still, there will plenty of interest this spring as the Bears install a new offensive system under new coordinator Steve Hagen and two returning quarterbacks hope to begin to nail down the inside track for starting duties.
Sophomore Samuel Clemons (6-2, 210) and freshman David Page (6-1, 185) will be given long looks at the quarterback position this spring and figure to have a head start on heralded prep quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Ryan Sorahan who arrive in the fall.
The coaching staff also hopes to begin to establish a playing rotation at wide receiver where three redshirt-freshmen (Omar Bennett, Eddie Macha and Brian White) will contend for playing time along with veterans Joel Young and Sean Currin.
The Bears will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons along with Saturday mornings (although Cal won't practice this Saturday due to the Easter weekend and will practice on Tuesday, April 20 instead of the previous day due to a school golf tournament. Cal's final practice on Saturday, April 24 will be held in Santa Rosa with all other practices scheduled in Memorial Stadium.