Aug. 14, 2008
Berkeley - Eleven days into its fall camp, the California football team scrimmaged for the first time at Memorial Stadium, as quarterbacks Nate Longshore, Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion all got reps on Thursday evening.
"I thought for a first scrimmage, it was pretty clean," said head coach Jeff Tedford. "It was pretty penalty-free for the most part; with it being the first day handling the clock and game situations, I was impressed by how that happened. We still need to get a lot better in certain situations so we'll continue to work at those. For the most part, I thought it was well-organized and the kids did a nice job."
Riley, who took his first snap under center with the second unit drove the team down the field, culminating with a three-yard touchdown throw in the back corner of the end zone to LaReylle Cunningham.
Freshman Covaughn DeBoskie was the beneficiary of a 1-yard touchdown run when Mansion drove the third team down the field in the third possession of the scrimmage.
Longshore, later in the scrimmage, hooked up with senior Sean Young, who made a sliding catch in the end zone.
"They were pretty solid as far as running the show," said Tedford about the play of his quarterback. "There are a couple of things there as far as mechanics. Both of them missed a couple of balls that you would hope they would complete. They didn't have a chance to do a ton of things. That's a lot of what you'd evaluate on this day is the mechanics of running the show and most of it was good."
Redshirt freshman Shane Vereen was impressive as well, rushing the ball for 72 yards on 11 carries. Vereen also returned a kickoff 42 yards and a punt for 27 yards.
"I thought he did a nice job, but I can see that he has another gear that he can't get to right now," said Tedford. "I thought he moved pretty well and ran pretty hard. Tracy [Slocum] ran hard as well."
Slocum had an impressive 64 yards on 11 carries, including a 14 yard run - his longest of the day.
Freshman Marvin Jones had the longest reception of the afternoon when he hauled in a 42 yard spiral from Mansion in the third series of the scrimmage. Jones also caught an 8-yard touchdown as time expired during the two-minute drill from Riley.
"Marvin caught a couple of nice balls and Sean had a couple of catches," said Tedford. "Those guys are doing well. We need to start really evaluating the young guys to see who's going to be in the rotation. We had a couple of dropped ball by some of the older guys that we need to clean up."
A converted tight end (from the defensive line), junior Tad Smith made two leaping catches over the middle on the afternoon, totaling 37 yards.
Defensively, sophomore Charles Amadi snatched an interception off of a tipped pass. Sophomore Cameron Jordan made his presence felt with two quarterback sacks as well. Sophomore cornerback Chris Conte helped prevent a touchdown when he snared the ball out of the air on the three yard line and returned it 20 yards before being tackled.
The Bears will have an early afternoon practice on Friday, before returning to a double day session on Saturday.
CAL SCRIMMAGE LEADERS: Rushing: Vereen 11-72, Slocum 11-64, Tyndall 4-30, DeBoskie 6-13 TD. Passing: Riley 10-17, 70 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT; Longshore 8-17, 76 yds, TD, INT; Mansion 4-8, 92 yds, 0 TD, INT. Receiving: Young 4-35 TD, Jones 3-72 TD, Smith 2-37, Vereen 3-5, Calvin, 1-15, Cunningham 1-3 TD. Punting: Anger 4-182. Field Goals: Seawright 6-6, Kay 5-6. Defense: Follett 5 tkls QS; Mohamed 5 tkls; Kendricks 4 tkls, Cattouse 3 tkls, Hagan 3 tkls, Campbell 3 tkls, Aigamaua 3 tkls, Jordan 2 tckls 2 QS; Davis 2 tkls TFL