Day 5: Bears Practice in Full Pads for First Time
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Release:  08/08/2012

August 8, 2012

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BERKELEY - The 2012 Cal football training camp intensified a notch Wednesday when the Golden Bears practiced in full pads for the first time, which they will repeat again on Thurdsay. The squad spent much of Wednesday workout in team sessions, going through a pair with full 11-on-11 work and another of 7-on-7.

Head coach Jeff Tedford addressed the intensity of the workout during his post-game session with reporters.

"We got a little banged up today," Tedford said. "But we'll get through it, nothing major."

Some of the highlights from the workout included ...

• A forced fumble by Chris McCain that was recovered by Steve Williams on the first drive of the first team session

• A 50-yard completion from Zach Kline to Kenny Lawler also during the first team session

• Four quarterbacks - Zach Maynard, Allan Bridgford, Kline and Austin Hinder - each registering touchdown passes during the red zone portion of the final team session

• Nine different players - Ross Bostock, Maurice Harris, Spencer Hagan, Lawler, Bryce McGovern, Darius Powe, Richard Rodgers, Bryce Treggs, and Patrick Worstell - on the receiving end of a combined 10 touchdowns passes, highlighted by diving catches in the end zone from Bostock and Treggs

Tedford addressed Kline's throw during the post-practice session with reporters. "He threw a nice post to Lawler today," Tedford said. "It was nice, he looked it off left and came back and threw a perfect ball right on stride to Lawler."

The talk later turned to the team's tight ends and Tedford expressed his confidence in the squad's personnel at the position, in particular projected starter Richard Rodgers, who is one of three Bears expected to primarily man the position along with Spencer Hagan and Jacob Wark.

"If you can play every day against Richard Rodgers, you can play against any tight end in the country," Tedford said when asked about how the defense covers the group in practice. "Richard Rodgers, in my opinion, is as good as any tight end in the country. I know he's young and he's unproven, but you have a guy who's 270 pounds and runs, catches the ball well and can block. I think he's got a really bright future."

"He's a very good blocker and that's where he's improved the most," Tedford added. "I think the passing game, releasing and catching balls, is a natural for him, but his line of scrimmage play is where he has really developed."

Hagan also spoke about the position.

"We have a lot of good tight ends and I'm looking forward to it," Hagan said. "It's competitive every day, but we help each other out. We encourage each other, but there's definitely a rivalry every day."

Cal will open the 2012 season against Nevada at a renovated Memorial Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 (Noon PT). The contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, and the radio broadcast will be available on the Cal IMG Sports Radio Network with KGO 810 in San Francisco serving as the flagship station.

Tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at

In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.

Sat. Sept. 1 Nevada Noon PTPac-12 Networks
Sat. Sept. 8 Southern Utah Noon PTPac-12 Networks
Sat. Sept. 15 at Ohio State Noon ET/9 a.m. PTABC
*Sat. Sept. 22at USCTBAPac-12 Networks
*Sat. Sept. 29 Arizona State TBA TBA
*#Sat. Oct. 6 UCLATBATBA
*Sat. Oct. 13 at Washington StateTBATBA
*Sat. Oct. 20 Stanford TBA TBA
*Sat. Oct. 27 at UtahTBATBA
*Fri. Nov. 2 Washington 6 p.m. PTESPN2
*Sat. Nov. 10 OregonTBATBA
*Sat. Nov. 17at Oregon StateTBATBA
!Fri. Nov. 30Pac 12 Championship GameTBATBA
Home Games in Bold at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Pac-12 Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming/Memorial Stadium Rededication/Joe Roth Game; All Times Pacific

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