Aug. 20, 2011
(BERKELEY) - Cal's final double day of its 2011 training camp was held under mostly overcast skies for both practices at Witter Rugby Field on Saturday. The Bears were in shells for a morning workout followed by a practice in full pads late in the afternoon as the team begins its third week of training camp. Both the offense and defense had their share of highlights.
In the first workout, Zach Maynard connected on back-to-back touchdown tosses of 30 yards to Michael Calvin and Marvin Jones. Later in the practice, Jones and Calvin both came up with acrobatic grabs, with Jones being on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass from Maynard and Calvin catching a 25-yard touchdown toss from Allan Bridgford just inside the end zone on the last play of the workout. Keenan Allen also had a catch on a long pass from Maynard. A Josh Hill interception and a blocked punt by Bryce McGovern were the biggest plays for the defense and special teams, respectively.
The defense was especially effective at limiting the offense in the second practice. During the team's two-minute drill at the end of the workout the offense did manage to get into field goal position on both of its possessions, with Giorgio Tavecchio missing a 45-yard attempt on the first drive but Vincenzo D'Amato good from 43 yards to end practice.
Training camp runs through next Tuesday, Aug. 23.
After the first workout, head coach Jeff Tedford addressed the media. Below are some of the topics he spoke about.
Jacob Wark ...
"He's done a lot of things [to catch my attention]. He's been really, really good at the line of scrimmage. He's done a great job catching the football. He's done a nice job. He does a good job [blocking]."
Improvement among wide receivers under passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau ...
"They're all a year older. I think he's done a real nice job in the meeting room with them to get them to understand what they're doing. They have a lot of confidence. He has done a really nice job with them. They're playing fast. He's done a good job there."
Offensive line depth concern ...
"A little bit but we'll get him [Tyler Rigsbee] back soon. He's starting to move around. The good thing about it is that all those other guys have gotten a lot of reps, so that's creating some experience if we have to dip down. If people get hurt and we have to dip down into the depth, they've got a lot of reps in camp."
His happiness with the camp ...
"I am [happy with camp]. We've got a lot of good work in. It's been very productive. We've still got a lot of work to do over the next couple of weeks to get ready for the [Fresno State\ game. The main thing is that we just focus day-by-day and not get too far ahead, and just continue to improve in every drill, in every play and in every practice. That's what the goal is."
The competition between Allan Bridgford and Brock Mansion for the backup quarterback position ...
"We'll see. We have another few more days to go here and then we'll make those decisions when it gets to around [next] Wednesday."
The Cal football team is currently in the midst of training camp to prepare for the 2011 season. Single-game tickets for the season-opening TicketCity Battle by the Bay at San Francisco's Candlestick Park against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 3 are on sale now. The neutral-site season opener for both teams is not part of the Bears' season-ticket package.
Tickets are also on sale for Cal's five home games this season at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Cal will host Pac-12 opponents USC (Thu., Oct. 13), Utah (Sat., Oct. 22), Washington State (Sat., Nov. 5) and Oregon State (Sat., Nov. 12) at the venue after playing Presbyterian in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Tickets can be purchased online at CalBears.com or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.
2011 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
^Sat., Sept. 3 - Fresno State (4 p.m. PT, CSN California)
Sat., Sept. 10 - at Colorado (1:30 p.m. MT/12:30 p.m. PT, CSN California)
Sat., Sept. 17 - Presbyterian (2:30 p.m. PT)
*Sat., Sept. 24 - at Washington (TBA)
*Thu., Oct. 6 - at Oregon (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*#Thu., Oct. 13 - USC (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*Sat., Oct. 22 - Utah (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 29 - at UCLA (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 5 - Washington State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 12 - Oregon State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 19 - at Stanford (TBA)
*Fri., Nov. 25 - at Arizona State (8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN)
!Fri., Dec. 2 - Pac-12 Championship Game (TBA, FSN)
Home Games in Bold at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.; ^TicketCity Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming