Aug. 15, 2011
(BERKELEY) - Monday was a big day for the Cal football team as the team's 2011 training camp moved into its 10th day with two practices, including the first workout at Evans Diamond in recent history in the late afternoon that included a visit from Cal baseball head coach David Esquer to wrap up the action.
"It was great," Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said. "The guys were fresh and played hard. They had good workouts in both the morning and afternoon."
After a practice in shells at Witter Field in the morning, the team practiced in full pads in the afternoon at Evans Diamond.
"We wanted to simulate playing on a dirt infield like we will have to for at least one game at AT&T Park," Tedford said.
Sean Cattouse had his own thoughts on both subjects.
"It was definitely something you had to get adjusted to," Cattouse said about the team's workout at Evans Diamond. "I think the dirt here is a little harder.
Hopefully they spray it down a little at AT&T Park. Other than that it was fine on the grass field."
"It was tough, but it was productive," Cattouse added about the team's first two-a-day of camp. "It was a real good first practice and another real good second practice ... It was long, it was physical. It was a good day, a long, hard day."
Marvin Jones added his input.
"It was great, the energy was there," Jones offered. "We had about a day and a half off [prior] to rest our bodies because he knew the double day was so significant."
"We came here to Evans Diamond and got used to what we're going to be playing on at AT&T Park. It was a great practice. People were flying around, just hitting. People were walking off limping so you know it was a good day."
The offense had a strong day during both practices with several highlights.
In the first practice, Zach Maynard connected on a pair of back-to-back 66-yard touchdown passes to Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones during the first session of 11-on-11 work. He also had other connections with both of his starting receivers during the first team session, finding Jones for 35 and 30 yards while connecting with Allen for 40.
In the final team session of the day, Anthony Miller was on the end of another long Maynard completion.
Allen Bridgford and Brock Mansion also got in the action during the second session, with Bridgford hooking up with Spencer Hagan on a long touchdown pass over the middle and Mansion completing a long toss to Mike Manuel.
The defense was more effective during the early portions of the afternoon practice at Evans Diamond, before the offense took control late with effective work during a red zone drill. After a defensive stop on the first series, the offense scored on six of the next seven plays and nine of 13 overall.
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