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Chris Harper, Avery Sebastian and Bryce Treggs wait to take promo shots (photo by Norbert von der Groeben)
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Bears Report to Training Camp
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/04/2013

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BERKELEY – Sonny Dykes stood before his team Sunday evening in the Tahir Family Team Theater in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance to welcome the Golden Bears to 2013 training camp, and before addressing the team, Dykes showed them one of the biggest and best moments in the history of the program as a way to inspire them for the 2013 season.

Dykes played the famous clip of The Play when Cal defeated Stanford in the final seconds of the 1982 Big Game, arguably the most exciting moment in college football history and one of the biggest moments in the history of Cal football.

“I thought that was a great way to start off camp,” Dykes said. “I want to make sure our players are aware of it, certainly most of them are. We wanted our young guys to understand part of our history and appreciate and understand the traditions that Cal has.

“The two points of emphasis of showing that were how important it was for our players to never give up and to do a good job of executing. I want them to develop that attitude where they’re never going to give up, and develop the mental toughness that goes along with that. The second [point of emphasis] was the execution on that play, how well it was executed and practiced. They were able to pull it off because guys did their job even in the direst of circumstances.”

Playing the video clip definitely resonated with the players. Veterans like senior defensive lineman Dan Camporeale picked up on the execution of the play and while it appeared on the outside as a “miracle” it actually was a well-executed play.

“It gave us a new perspective on it,” Camporeale said. “At first it appears like a miracle, but if you think about it, they executed at a high level. The plan was to get the ball to the next guy if you were going to get tackled. There was always a guy following behind him. They worked together despite the odds. It was interesting the way coach Dykes tied it back into this team and how we need to always be there for each other.”

Meanwhile freshman running back Khalfani Muhammad was inspired by the moment itself since he said he still has a lot to learn about the history of Cal football.

“That was a phenomenal play,” Muhammad said. “I actually haven’t seen it that much. I’m kind of new to everything about Cal, but Coach Dykes introduced it to us and elaborated it pretty well. He’s getting us ready to go for this year.”

Dykes also stressed during the meeting how much he wants his players to play for each other. While there wasn’t any on-field work on Sunday, Dykes was still happy with the atmosphere and excitement going through the High Performance Center all day.

“It was good to get back to football and get our players here,” Dykes said about the day. “It’s a day full of administrative tasks, but it's just good to get around the players and have an opportunity to share some overall goals and things with them. It was a great day with a great vibe. I think our players are excited to be back. They’re optimistic about camp and ready to go to work.”

Speaking of taking care of business, the Cal players did a lot of that today. All the players attending training camp checked into Bowles Hall – their place of residency during camp – took physicals, attended meetings and got caught up on administrative work. In addition, the players, coaches and support staff all had their head shots taken for the new campaign.

While taking head shots may not sound all that exciting, the Bears found a way to make it fun and keep the environment loose and relaxed.

“A lot of people are standing around you making faces and things like that,” said sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Rigsbee. “You just have to focus on the camera, because if you look at anybody, you’ll start laughing. The position groups make fun of each other.”

Besides the head shots, a number of Bears participated in promo photo shoots with full-body poses and six Bears – Bryce Treggs, Chris Harper, Brendan Bigelow, Nick Forbes, Brennan Scarlett and Deandre Coleman – posed with Dykes for a pair of magazine cover shots.

There were some tricky poses the Bears had to get through but it was all in good fun.

“They wanted to get those action-motion shots and that’s hard to do,” Scarlett said. “It’s hard to do a posed action shot when you’re not playing, but it looked cool.”

The 2013 Cal squad features one of the youngest teams with regards to experience, ranking 125th out of 126 teams nationally by one magazine, but there are still a number of seniors who are starting their final collegiate training camps.

One of those seniors – placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato – said it’s a bittersweet feeling.. He’s excited to get back out on the field for a new season, but at the same time, he knows it’s his last one at Cal.

“It’s strange. It’s a different atmosphere around here with the new coaching staff, but it’s still the same feeling, same excitement for camp and the new season,” D’Amato said. “I’m trying to enjoy every little bit of it. It’s exciting to see some of the freshmen trying to push forward, make a name for themselves. I remember being that guy. Now as a senior, I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy the moments.”

Forbes, a fourth-year junior, said he saw some of the freshmen making some rookie mistakes when it came to how you prepare for the stay in Bowles Hall, one of Cal’s more famous building on campus but not one that’s known for being very luxurious.

“Going back to Bowles Hall – the good ol’ dungeon – it’s exciting because it means camp is starting and back to football life again,” Forbes said. “One thing I’ll miss is my bed. Those bunks at Bowles are rough, but it’s all part of the grind at camp.

“I’d tell the new guys to bring a pillow, a blanket, but don’t pack a lot of stuff. I see some of the new guys with suitcases and big duffel bags. I came with a backpack. I brought a book to read, phone charger, extension cord and that’s really about it.”

Starting on Monday, the Bears will get to work back on the gridiron to get ready for the opener against Northwestern.

“We want to have good, competitive practices the first couple of days.” Dykes said. “We’re going to be three days in just helmets, and we’ll get a lot of timing things done and really get our practices to where it runs efficiently and quickly. That’s going to be a big focus in the first three days. In a lot of ways the first day is really important, making sure the players have the right mindset and are focused on what really matters and what gives us a chance to be successful.”

The 2013 season, and the Sonny Dykes era, begins on Saturday, Aug. 31, when Cal faces No. 22 Northwestern in the season opener at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN 2. The Golden Bears have partnered with Accelar Transportation and the new Cal Bears Experience to bring all fans $19 game tickets in the south end zone, while supplies last. Fans can buy tickets at CalBears.com.

The Cal Bears Experience is a transportation, tailgate and ticket package created for a hassle-free gameday experience. For details, visit CalBearsExperience.com.

In addition to all of the content that can be found on CalBears.com about the 2013 season, fans will have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through The Drive, a new series that will air in 14 episodes on the Pac-12 Networks this fall.

The show will debut with an hour-long special on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT that will focus on summer training camp and the first two games of the 2013 season. For the subsequent 13 weeks, the program will be 30 minutes and air twice each Wednesday across all seven networks (7 and 9:30 p.m.). Check the Pac-12 Networks TV Schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal will host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with three in a row against non-conference opponents Northwestern (Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Portland State (Sept. 7, 2 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) and Ohio State (Sept. 14, 4 p.m., FOX). Cal will also play Pac-12 home games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).

Cal will host seven games at Memorial Stadium in 2013 beginning with three in a row against non-conference opponents Northwestern (Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Portland State (Sept. 7, 2 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) and Ohio State (Sept. 14, 4 p.m., FOX). Cal will also play Pac-12 home games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).

Fans can visit CalBears.com and various award-winning Cal Athletics social media sites for comprehensive coverage of Cal football with a wide array of engaging content.

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For 2013 ticket information, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.

2013 CAL FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DAY, DATE (GATE 1 OPENS) ... NOTES
Monday, August 5 (5 p.m.) ... Helmets
Tuesday, August 6 (5 p.m.) ... Helmets
Wednesday, August 7 (5 p.m.) ... Helmets
Thursday, August 8 (5 p.m.) ... Helmets
Friday, August 9 (5 p.m.) ... Helmets
Saturday, August 10 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Sunday, August 11 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Monday, August 12 (9:30 a.m.) ... Freshmen Developmental Practice
Monday, August 12 (4:30 p.m.) ... Pads
Tuesday, August 13 (4:30 p.m.) ... Pads
Wednesday, August 14 (9:30 a.m.) ... Freshmen Developmental Practice
Wednesday, August 14 (4:30 p.m.) ... Pads
Thursday, August 15 (9:30 a.m.) ... Freshmen Developmental Practice
Thursday, August 15 (4:30 p.m.) ... Pads
Friday, August 16 (9:30 a.m.) ... Freshman Developmental Practice
Friday, August 16 (4:30 p.m.) ... Pads
Saturday, August 17 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Sunday, August 18 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Monday, August 19 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Tuesday, August 20 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Wednesday, August 21 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Thursday, August 22 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Friday, August 23 (4 p.m.) ... Pads
Saturday, August 24 (11 a.m.) ... Pregame Simulation/Helmets
All times Pacific; Schedule and visiting policies subject to change

FAN PRACTICE INFORMATION
Fans attending Cal football practices during the team’s 2013 training camp should enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 1 at the north end of the facility, with available seating in sections EE, F, FF and G. Fans are asked to refrain from taking photos or video during practice.

LOCATION/PARKING/TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
California Memorial Stadium Location –
California Memorial Stadium is located on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley between Bancroft Way and Hearst Avenue. It is adjacent to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance at 2227 Piedmont Avenue. Parking in the vicinity of Memorial Stadium is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to read all signs at each parking location for further important information. There are also public transportation options. See below for some suggestions.

Public Transportation – Public transportation is highly recommended when visiting Berkeley. There are multiple public transportation options that lead to Memorial Stadium. BART has a station in downtown Berkeley about a half-mile west of the venue. Visit bart.gov, actransit.org or 511.org for more information.

Recreational Sports Facility Garage – Located on the north side of Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street.

Street Parking – Paid and limited street parking may be available on streets near Memorial Stadium, with most options to the east, south and west along Bancroft Way, Channing Way, Piedmont Avenue, Prospect Street, Stadium Rim Way and Warring Street.

Underhill Garage – Located on the corner of Channing Way and College Avenue.

Witter Lot – Located near the corner of Centennial Drive and Stadium Rim Way.

More Information – For more info on directions and parking options, visit berkeley.edu/map.


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