Aug. 26, 2006
BERKELEY - The University of California football team closed its 2006 preseason camp on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Following a two-hour morning practice session, the Golden Bears hosted nearly 5,000 fans for the annual Contra Costa Times Fan Appreciation Day.
The final preseason practice gave coaches and players one last chance to perfect the basics before jumping fill into Tennessee game-planning which begins on Monday. The bulk of the morning practice highlights came from the running-back position as both juniors Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett broke off multiple long runs.
Fan Appreciation Day featured autograph tables with all of the Golden Bear players where fans get a chance to meet the players, get autographs and pose for pictures. Lynch was the most-visited Golden Bear. With a table at the 50-yard line of the field, his line wound through the end zone and out the gates of the stadium. While the event was scheduled to wrap up at noon, head coach Jeff Tedford and many players remaining into nearly 1 p.m.
"We greatly appreciate all the fans coming out to the stadium today," Cal assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions Matt Terwilliger said. "The players and coaches always get excited to have a chance to interact with their fans. The energy surrounding the program right now is awesome and the turnout today reflected that."
The 2006 season starts on Sept. 2 in Knoxville against Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. (PST). The game will be televised live on ESPN. The following week is the home opener for the Bears, when they host Minnesota at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-GO-BEARS.