Cal Practices in Full Pads for First Time
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Release:  08/10/2011

Aug. 10, 2011

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(BERKELEY) - The 2011 Cal football team practiced in full pads for the first time on the fifth day of the team's 2011 training camp on Wednesday. Several big plays highlighted the hard-hitting practice that included full-contact team sessions.

• The play of Chris McCain with an interception, a pass breakup and sack

Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson's 10-yard touchdown run

Deandre Coleman's forced fumble and recovery

• A pass breakup in the end zone by Josh Hill on a pass from Zach Maynard to Keenan Allen preventing a touchdown

Brock Mansion contributing on three touchdowns with scoring passes of four and 10 yards to Allen as well as a six-yard run in between the throws

Some of the topics head coach Jeff Tedford addressed when he spoke to reporters after the workout are below.

Personnel and which true freshmen might play in 2011 ...
"That's what we're going to have to figure out. Sunday we're going to have a personnel meeting and figure out which ones [are going to play as true freshmen in 2011], because [if] they play a down they're in. We have some decisions to make on that. We won't make a decision but that's the first time we're going to sit down and go guy by guy, see what they do, how they fit into special teams. We've been making a big point of evaluating these guys on special teams as well, because that's where they're going to make a big contribution."

Looking at true freshmen during training camp ...
"At some point, you want to put them in there with the ones and see how they're going to hold up with the ones. A lot of times threes and fours, it's paralysis by analysis. They're trying to figure out who to block, learning the snap count and they're really not moving fast. It's not really a true evaluation until they get a chance to go with the ones."

Overall impression of the team's first padded practice ...
"We've got come out and have a better day tomorrow. Right now it looked like we were a little banged up, a little stiff, a little sore, so we've got to push through that and have a better day tomorrow."

Balancing academics and football ...
"We're still in school right now, summer school ends Friday. These guys right now are trying to balance camp, school, study groups, finals, and all those types of things. So they're pretty long days right now."

Practicing the team's red zone offense ...
"As much as we can get the feel for that, the tight zone stuff where everything happens fast, we're going to make sure we continue to get enough of field zone stuff."

Zach Maynard ...
"He did some good things ... Again, [he's] continuing to learn. He threw some real nice balls, but he's still trying to get on the same page as some of the receivers."

Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson ...
"Covaughn's been doing a pretty good job. He did a good job on the first touchdown. That was live, [Mychal] Kendricks was coming clean, he got his pads down [and] bam, he banged it in there. That was really nice to see."

Mustafa Jalil ...
"He's really shown up. He's doing a nice job. He's a guy that we've been really impressed with. [Defensive line] coach [Tosh] Lupoi has told me about him as well. He's really impressed with him. He's really met expectations. He's tightened up a lot. He's lost a bunch of weight."

Chris McCain ...
"Gadget, I'm telling you. He looked open and then when Gadget got his arm out he wasn't open anymore. He's a very good player, long and rangy with good leverage. He's doing a good job."

Viliami Moala ...
"I saw he made one play, [he] did a nice job of shedding the blocker and made a play."

Brendan Bigelow ...
"He's getting more comfortable every day. You could tell he was really timid in the beginning. He hadn't played in two years, so he was really kind of watching cutting. Every day he's making a few more cuts and playing a little faster. He did a couple of things today that looked like him. A couple of days ago you could tell if he gets on the perimeter he feels it."

Dasarte Yarnway ...
"Dasarte had a couple of good runs. I've got to look at his pass protections and things like that, but as far as running the ball for coming off a knee [injury] I thought he ran strong, up the middle, had his pads low. I thought he did a pretty good job."

McCain also talked to reporters about ...

Being called Gadget ...
"I think it was Sunday, that was the first time I ever heard that. That kind of does best fit me because everybody called me string bean on the team. That was my name in high school."

Playing against more veteran players ...
"You've got to come in with a lot of confidence. Ever since I was young I came in, I always set myself to battle with the seniors, or anybody that was older than me, no matter the circumstances."

After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit

Cal football tickets for the team's five-game 2011 regular-season home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park are on sale now. Cal will host Pac-12 opponents USC (Thu., Oct. 13), Utah (Sat., Oct. 22), Washington State (Sat., Oct. 5) and Oregon State (Sat., Oct. 12) at the venue after playing Presbyterian in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Single-game tickets for the TicketCity Battle by the Bay at San Francisco's Candlestick Park against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 3 are also on sale now. The neutral-site season opener for both teams is not part of the Bears' season-ticket package.

Tickets can be purchased online for at or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.


Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
^Sat., Sept. 3 - Fresno State (4 p.m. PT, CSN California)
Sat., Sept. 10 - at Colorado (1:30 p.m. MT/12:30 p.m. PT)
Sat., Sept. 17 - Presbyterian (TBA)
*Sat., Sept. 24 - at Washington (TBA)
*Thu., Oct. 6 - at Oregon (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*#Thu., Oct. 13 - USC (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*Sat., Oct. 22 - Utah (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 29 - at UCLA (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 5 - Washington State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 12 - Oregon State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 19 - at Stanford (TBA)
*Fri., Nov. 25 - at Arizona State (8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN)
!Fri., Dec. 2 - Pac-12 Championship Game (TBA, FSN)
Home Games in Bold at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.; ^TicketCity Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming