Aug. 10, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California football team completed day four of preseason practice on Thursday, competing in shoulder pads and helmets for 30 periods at Memorial Stadium. It was the second day of contact action in preseason. Full contact drills will begin on Friday afternoon.
"I was really pleased with the intensity," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "Guys are flying around; they're hustling from drill to drill. The tempo is great; we're getting a lot done and there is a lot of intensity. I'm really, really happy with the way we practiced."
While the Golden Bears' preseason camp schedule typically keeps the players busy from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, junior linebacker Greg Van Hoesen took a break at lunch to sit down with CalBears.com to answer some questions about what preseason camp is like for a player.
CalBears.com: How does it feel to be back in camp?
Greg Van Hoesen: "It feels great. Camp's hard and there are definitely times when it gets pretty bad, but to see all the guys out here working hard, excited for the season to start is always a good time."
CB: What's your best memory from camps in the past?
GVH: "It's funny because the best memories are usually the worst experiences. Those tough times when everybody's running really hard, conditioning is awful and people are throwing up, you look back at those times kind of fondly."
CB: What's the best part about camp?
GVH: "Every day is closer to the season."
CB: What's the worst part about camp?
GVH: "Being tired all the time, not just sleepy, but physically tired all the time."
CB: What advice would you give to an incoming freshman arriving for the first day of camp?
GVH: "Stick it out, just tough it out. It's tough being a freshman, I remember my freshman year, I thought it (camp) was something else, just because you don't know anybody. By now, I've got all my friends, we all understand the team dynamics, but when you're a freshman, you're still up in the air, you don't really know where you fit in, and that's always tough."
CB: On the first day of your first camp what were your initial thoughts?
GVH: "Wow, these guys are big. That's always an interesting thing, the transition from high school to college. They put you on a high horse coming in with recruiting and all your accomplishments in high school, then you come to college and all of the sudden you're put on the back seat and you have to learn the program, learn the system. At least that's how it was for me, obviously not everybody does that, some people just step right in and play."
CB: Is there anything you're going to miss about camp?
GVH: "When I'm done, I'm going to really enjoy seeing everybody else go to camp and not having to go. Camp is tough."
CB: During camp, what do you work on the most?
GVH: "I like to work on my weaknesses during camp. We all have our strong points and our weak points. If you make your weak points your strong points then you'll be an all-around good player. That's what I definitely try to do. For me right now that's being more elusive, more fluid. I feel like I have the hitting-hard thing down. I'm just trying to round out my game."
Cal opens the 2006 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Tennessee. That game will be televised live by ESPN. The home opener for the Bears is Sept. 9 against Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.