Aug. 12, 2009
BERKELEY - If you have ever wondered what a day in the life of a Cal football player is like during training camp each August, Devin Bishop took a few moments recently with CalBears.com to share his thoughts on the team's 2009 camp.
A day at camp is basically a long physical day at school.
We wake up most times at 6:30 a.m., go to breakfast, and then start with the meetings about 9 a.m. We begin with the special teams meeting, so the whole team meets as a group, except the O-Line and D-Line. We all come together as a group and go over special teams. After that, we move onto position meetings. At that time, we're taking notes. It's just like in school. We're taking lots of notes. Later on in the day, we get a quiz, which is when we come out on the field and test what we just learned in class that day. We're out on the field from 5 to 7:30 each night, so that is a pretty long quiz. Then we have dinner, and go right back into meetings, about 9 o'clock or so. That's when we go over how we did on that quiz. That's how camp is every day. Just like one big long day at school.
It took me about two days to get used to everything. I'm a pretty fast learner, so it didn't take too long. It's hard and it's physically tough, but there's no use complaining about things. You just have to come in and get after it.
Our coaches told us the way to prepare for camp, and we went and did that so that camp wouldn't sneak up on us. As linebackers, we lifted a lot. We came out and got extra work on the field, doing some of the things we were going to be doing during camp, so we got used to it. We scrimmaged against each other and the offense. We called individual guys out to help us work and we helped them as well. That was a big part that helped us prepare for camp.
As a linebacker group, we're a very close group. Our off the field things are coming together great. When we get on the field and pressure rises, things tend to separate a little bit. That's one of the things we are working on now, trying to get that camaraderie on the field. I think we still need to work on that, but it is only Day Four. We still have a lot of time. We'll get it.
During the drills we do at practice, our coach is right there, right on us, so we have to try to get things right. Those drills really help us get the basic small things ready for when we go out on the field.
In these first four days of camp, I think my basic scheme of the defense and what the coaches want is something that I have gotten down pretty well. That is one thing that I feel very confident about and once I know that I understand things, I know that I can play faster. That's what I feel I am doing well right now. My favorite part of camp is the time in practice when we go up against the offense, that's when all the film and everything, it all comes together. When we get to see where we are and I get to test myself, that's what I like to do. I like taking quizzes.