Dec. 24, 2008
The California football team wrapped up its second day of practice held at Witter Rugby Field on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Berkeley. The Golden Bears continued to focus their efforts on 11-on-11s, 1-on-1s and red-zone drills for preparation against Miami in the Emerald Bowl on Saturday.
With the bowl game being played at AT&T Park, Cal switched to practicing on a grass surface, rather than the artificial turf at Memorial Stadium.
After practice, members of the media gathered to talk with various players.
"I don't think we've faced anyone as fast as Miami," said sophomore running back Jahvid Best. "As far as I'm concerned, these are just two teams going out there and playing football. All of the history, all of the things you've done before this season, that doesn't matter anymore. It's how you prepare for this game."
Cal also spent a good portion of the practice working on special teams coverage and field goals. The scout team again was utilized to simulate Miami's offense and defense.
After practice, Cal players enjoyed a little down time at the hotel before being treated to a buffet dinner at the Bistro Boudin on Fisherman's Wharf. The Bears had Boudin's famous clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, with salad, mashed potatoes, pasta, chicken and steak. Players from Miami were also at the dinner.
Several Cal players will spend time visiting children at California Pacific Medical Center Thursday to help lift the spirits and warm the hearts of patients on Christmas Day. Practice also resumes Thursday afternoon on campus. The team will also enjoy a Christmas dinner at the hotel.