Passing Game Highlights Scrimmage
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

August 22, 1998

TURLOCK - Senior quarterback Justin Vedder completed 5-of-11 passes for 113 yards Saturday, including a 63-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Dameane Douglas, to highlight Cal's final scrimmage at the Bears 10-day fall camp on the Stanislaus State campus. The Bears returned to Berkeley Saturday afternoon and will resume practicing for the 1998 Tuesday on Witter Field.

In the 90-minute scrimmage, Douglas caught three passes for 105 yards. On the second play of the day, he and Vedder hooked up on a 37-yard pass down the left sideline. He later outsprinted the Cal secondary to catch a 63-yard pass from Vedder down the left sideline, showing his 4.45 speed.

All four of Cal's quarterbacks look sharp on the day, as redshirt-freshman Samuel Clemons was 4-for-8 for 59 yards, freshman David Page was 6-for-7 for 58 yards and senior Ryan Tollner finished 3-for-4 for 28 yards.

In addition to Douglas, other wideouts caught three passes: junior Joel Young (24 yards) and freshman Omar Bennett (27).

"Our receivers really came on," head coach Tom Holmoe said. "They started to make the long catches today, and that was encouraging."

Sophomore tailback Marcus Oliver was the leading rusher, going for 35 yards on four carries, while first-string tailback Marcus Field had nine yards on seven carries, mostly against Cal's No. 1 defensive unit.

The Bears defensive line continued its strong play as it registered four sacks on the day. Defensive end John McLaughlin led the way with two sacks, while end Andre Carter and noseguard Jacob Waasdorp had one sack each. Safety Pete Destefano also had a good scrimmage with four unassisted tackles and one interception.

"Our defense was solid, sometimes spectacular, throughout camp, but we expected that," Holmoe said. "I was most pleased, however, with the progress of our offense. I think we showed we could move the football.

"Our offensive line was shallow in depth today, but they held up just fine," he added. "I believe we have the guys up front to make us a solid offensive team, and I couldn't say that coming into camp. Now we just have to get the guys healthy and playing together."

The one injury on the day was to starting offensive tackle John Welbourn, who went down midway through the scrimmage. He will be re-evaluated Sunday, but all indications are that he should return next week.

"It was just a scare, but the medical staff says it's just a knee contusion," Holmoe said. "We think he'll be back with us in a few days."

Cal will host KGO Family FunFest, co-sponsored by Gordon Biersch restaurant on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Kleeberger Field (just north of Memorial Stadium). The first 2,000 fans will get a free lunch and the entire Cal team will be available to sign autographs and talk to the fans. Admission is free.