BERKELEY – Highlights and notes from Cal’s third 2014 spring practice on Friday at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium included …
A team meeting prior to practice that included the introduction of six faculty members on hand to take in the day’s activities. The faculty visiting Cal football through a program called Faculty Fellows scheduled to run for each of the first three Fridays of spring practices included Mike Botchan (Molecular & Cell Biology), John Dougherty (Native American Studies), Todd Fitch (Haas School of Business), Andrew Packard (Mechanical Engineering), Jenny Sperling (Culture of Sport in Education) and Felipe Dias (Sociology). The program consists of Cal football players inviting faculty members to take part in the team’s activities for a day and get a glimpse into their lives as football players.
Players putting on shoulder pads for the first time this spring in preparation for Saturday’s first fully padded practice and a live team session
Continued focus on 11-on-11 work that featured highlights by several players including a Jared Goff touchdown pass to Darius Powe, a Goff two-point conversion throw to Austin, several strong runs by Jeffrey Coprich and a halfback option touchdown pass to Kenny Portera on a tipped ball on offense, while defensive highlights included a Michael Barton fumble recovery and a Vachel Samuels pass breakup
QUICK QUOTES HEAD COACH SONNY DYKES On taking more 11-on-11 snaps this spring “The thing that we came out of the season saying is that we’ve got to learn how to play football. When you have as many young players as we do in our program, you’ve got to teach those young guys how to play football, so that’s why there will be more of an emphasis on 11-on-11 snaps, particularly in the full contact practices where we are tackling and working on it. Obviously, it was not a strength of ours last year. It’s something we’ve got to get better at.”
On the team’s practice schedule this spring “We like the practice schedule and the setup. We think it allows us to take care of our players physically but at the same time make sure we’re getting the work done that we need to get done.”
RUNNING BACK JEFFREY COPRICH On taking advantage of his opportunities “When I get the opportunity, every time I touch the ball I’m trying to score, trying to get the tug … “[I want to] show the coaches that I’m able to a lot of things and that will real help me a lot.”