Football Preps for 1998 Season
August 7, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - California head football coach Tom Holmoe welcomed 35 newcomers to campus Friday as the Golden Bears begin preparations for the 1998 season. The group will work out in Berkeley before the veterans report on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
The Bears will travel to their fall camp on the Stanislaus State campus in Turlock on Aug. 12, with the first full-squad practice scheduled for Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Cal will go through two-a-day sessions through Saturday, Aug. 22 when the team will wrap up its camp with a scrimmage at 9 a.m.
Among those arriving at Cal Friday are 21 scholarship freshmen, two junior college transfers and 12 walk-ons.
A position that could produce a 1998 starter is at placekicker, where Cal has brought in a pair of walk-ons. Josh Feldman made eight of 12 field goal attempts and was 22-for24 on PATs at Monte Vista HS in San Ramon last year, while Mark-Christian Jensen was an all-state kicker in Utah, making 17-of-19 field goals, including a 52-yarder, as a senior. He spent the last two years on a Mormon mission, but enters Cal as a freshman this year.
Both of the junior college players should have the opportunity to gain playing time this fall. Robert Truhitte didnt sign with Cal until June, but the 6-5, 290-pounder could battle for starting duties at an unsettled right tackle position. Juan Jimenez stands at 6-0, 210 and is expected to contribute on special teams right away.
After fall camp ends in Turlock on Aug. 22, the team will return to Berkeley in anticipation of the 1998 season-opener against Houston on Sept. 5 in Memorial Stadium.
1998 Cal Football Training Camp Schedule
Fri Aug. 7 Freshmen & transfers report Tue Aug. 11 Returning players report Wed Aug. 12 Team leaves for Turlock 6:30 p.m. Thu Aug. 13 Practice (shorts) 9:30 a.m. Practice (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Fri Aug. 14 Practice (shorts) 8:30 a.m. Practice (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Sat Aug. 15 Practice (shorts) 8:30 a.m. Practice (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Sun Aug. 16 Practice (pads) 2:30 p.m. Mon Aug. 17 Practice (pads) 8:30 a.m. Practice (pads) 4:30 p.m. Tue Aug. 18 Practice (pads) 8:30 a.m. Practice (pads) 4:30 p.m. Wed Aug. 19 Practice (pads) 8:30 a.m. Practice (pads) Scrimmage 4:30 p.m. Thu Aug. 20 Practice (shorts) 10:15 a.m. Practice (pads) 4:30 p.m. Fri Aug. 21 Practice (pads) 8:30 a.m. Practice (pads) 4:30 p.m. Sat Aug. 22 Practice (pads) Scrimmage 9:00 a.m. Return to Berkeley 1:45 p.m. Sun Aug. 23 KGO Family FunFest 12-3 p.m. (Kleeberger Field)
Directions to Turlock Camp: From Berkeley/Oakland, take Interstate 580 East to Highway 132 East toward Modesto. In Modesto, take Highway 99 South and take the Stanislaus State exit, turning left. The practice field is on the left near the corner of Geer Road and Calaveras Way.