Bears Don Pads for First Time

Offensive line shows progress.

August 16, 1998

TURLOCK - The Cal Football team went through only one practice session Sunday, but by no means did that mean that the Bears had it easy. Starting at 2:30 p.m. in the heat of the afternoon, Cal donned pads for the first time at fall camp and sweated through a two-and-a-half hour workout.

The Bears began their summer practices last Thursday and went through three two-a-day sessions in shorts through Saturday. After today, Cal will resume two-a-days in pads through the end of camp Aug. 22 with scrimmages scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

"I saw some very good intensity out there" head coach Tom Holmoe said after Sunday's workout. "I could see that there were some guys who had made leaps and bounds. The offensive line looked good, which was surprising this early. The defensive line also looked quick."

While the defense returns nine starters from last year and appears pretty much set, the offensive line may feature four new starters this fall with only John Welbourn back at his right tackle spot. Others who have been running with the first team so far are center John Romero, guards Brandon Ludwig and Kevin Swillis and tackle Kevin Doherty.

The only setback during the day was a slight hamstring injury to inside linebacker Matt Beck, but the injury does not appear to be serious and he should be back in action soon.