Aug. 18, 2005
BERKELEY - The Cal football team held its first scrimmage of fall training camp Thursday, going through a 90-minute controlled session at Memorial Stadium.
After setting up for longer drives early in practice, the Bears concentrated on short-yardage, special teams and other specific situations much of the rest of the afternoon.
"We still have a lot of work to do," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "We had a lot of young guys step up for us today."
On the opening series, redshirt-freshman quarterback Nate Longshore directed Cal's offense on a 70-yard drive that culminated on a 35-yard scoring pass to freshman DeSean Jackson. Junior quarterback Joe Ayoob then took the Bears down field before settling for a 42-yard Tom Schneider field goal. Finally, junior QB Steve Levy put Cal into field goal range again, this time with David Lonie booting the ball through the uprights from 42 yards out.
"Our quarterbacks learned a lot today and they are improving every time out," Tedford said.
Sophomore tailback Marshawn Lynch looked strong running with the first team offense, producing several long runs during his time on the field.
"Marshawn ran hard," Tedford said. "That was nice to see. His pads went up and he went in there very strong."
Redshirt-freshman linebacker Worrell Williams sprained an ankle during the scrimmage, but it is not known yet how long he will be out. Before he was injured, Williams sacked Ayoob for a six-yard loss.
Cal continues practicing daily in preparation for the season opener Sept. 3 vs. Sacramento State.