Aug. 10, 2002
BERKELEY - New head coach Jeff Tedford welcomed 105 players to Berkeley Saturday morning, as the Golden Bears began practicing for the 2002 season.
Tedford put his troops through a two-and-a-half hour morning workout in shells (shoulder pads and shorts) on Witter Rugby Field, and he said he was pleased with what he saw.
"Everything went fine," Tedford said. "We'll give everybody equal reps the first three days. The players are excited and enthusiastic and practiced hard."
Cal will remain in shells during two-a-days until Wednesday morning when the Bears will don full pads for the first time.
Golden Bears Notes ...
Lyman hurt -- Junior wide receiver Chase Lyman had a rough first practice Saturday. Early in the session, he dislocated a finger. Then, after taping it up and returning to the field, he pulled a hamstring, which is expected to put him on the sidelines for several days, although the full extent of the injury wasn't immediately known.
Asomugha, Ward may help at cornerback -- With Cal down to just two veterans at cornerback (James Bethea and Jemeel Powell), Tedford said the both safety Nnamdi Asomugha and wide receiver LaShaun Ward could see some action there during the season. Asomugha recently clocked a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash - fastest on the team - while Ward played corner earlier in his career before switching to wide receiver the middle of last year. "We'll move Nnamdi around a little bit," Tedford said. "LaShaun might see some nickel action if need be. But the young guys are doing a nice job."