BERKELEY – There were several shining moments during the 2014 Cal Spring Football Experience presented by Shaw Management that wrapped up the Golden Bears’ spring practice sessions on a beautiful Saturday at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. An estimated crowd of 2,500 enjoyed the free event that included a wide array of fan participation activities highlighted by touchdown dance and Bear growl competitions.
“I thought it was a little bit of a mixed bag,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “I thought defensively it was really good and then I thought the offense settled in a little bit in the second half. There wasn’t a ton of big plays, but I thought it was pretty clean. There weren’t a lot of penalties.”
“The fact that we were able to have eight physical, tough practices and do a lot of live tackling while staying relatively healthy was incredibly encouraging,” Dykes added about the team’s entire spring practice sessions. “It shows the progress that we’re making as a football team in strength and conditioning and the overall toughness of the kids in our program and our mentality.”
The action on offense Saturday was highlighted by an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Kenny Lawler for the first score of the contest, while Daniel Lasco and Jeffrey Coprich later added one-yard touchdown runs.
“We’re done with last year,” Goff said. “We’re done with everything that had to do with last year. We’re a brand new team now and we’re ready to go.”
Goff finished the afternoon 14-of-23 for 170 yards and one touchdown, while Lawler had a game-high four catches for 30 yards and his score. Bryce Treggs recorded his game-high 47 receiving yards on a pair of receptions and was one of 12 players to make at least one catch during the game. Treggs picked up 37 yards on the gam’s longest offensive play on his second and final catch to the two-yard line that set up Coprich’s score.
“We’re two or three deep at every [wide receiver] position that I think honestly have NFL potential,” Goff said. “I’m just so fortunate to have that receiving core out there willing to make plays. They all want all the ball and they all want to make plays. It’s really, really lucky for me.”
“Today was one of the best days I’ve seen them so far since I’ve been here,” Goff added about the offensive line. “They did great. I had almost no pressure on me at all times. It was just fantastic how well they did today.”
Lasco picked up his game-high 35 rushing yards on six carries, while Coprich had 32 on 11 rushes.
Ray Davison registered a game-high seven tackles, while Damariay Drew and Jalen Jefferson picked up six each. Jefferson also picked off Austin Hinder in the defensive end zone for the game’s lone interception, while Kyle Kragen and Bradley Northnagel had fumble recoveries.
“You can see a lot of improvement [out of the defensive unit],” Brennan Scarlett said. “Today I would say we we’re out there dominating in my opinion. We were doing pretty well all spring.”
UNOFFICIAL GAME STATS
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD): Lasco 6-35-1, Coprich 11-32-1, Portera 6-18, A. Harper 8-15, Hinder 4-13, Boehm 5-4, Mahalic 2-4, Goff 3-(-5)
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-INT-TD): Goff 14-23-170-0-1, Hinder 6-12-46-1-0, Boehm 1-2-3-0-0, Mahalic 0-2-0-0-0
Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD): Lawler 4-30-1, Treggs 2-47, Anderson 2-38, Austin 2-15, Harris 2-15, Grisom 2-6, Lasco 2-(-2), Powe 1-27, Coprich 1-18, McGovern 1-15, Gingold 1-5, Hudson 1-5
Field Goals (Made-Att, Yardage-Made/Missed): Langford 2-3, 51-Missed, 36-Good, 41-Good; Anderson 3-3, 36-Good, 39-Good, 41-Good; Beito 2-4, 36-Missed, 26-Good, 54-Missed, 41-Good; McInerny 1-2, 36-Missed, 41-Good
PAT (Made-Att): Anderson 1-1, McInerny 1-1, Langford 1-1
Defense (Tackles; Big Plays): Davison 7, Drew 6 (1.0 TFL, -4), Jefferson 6 (1 INT), Manley 5 (1.0 TFL, -11; 1.0 SK, -11), Espitia 4, Sebastian 4, Tandy 4 (1.0 TFL, -3), Barr 3 (1.0 TFL, -1), Coleman 3 (1.0 TFL, -1; 1 PBU), Dozier 3, Walker 3 (1.0 TFL, -4), Bryant 2, Mekari 2 (2.0 TFL, -5; 2.0 SK, -5), Samuels 2 (1 PBU), Wilfley 2, Cheek 1 (2 PBU), A. Davis 1, Garner 1, Johnson 1, Kelly 1, Kragen 1 (1 FR), Lowe 1, Northnagel 1 (1 FR), Scarlett 1 (1.0 TFL, -3; 1.0 SK, -3), Allensworth (1 PBU)
Cal’s 2014 regular-season schedule features six games at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium and a Friday match-up against Oregon that will be the first collegiate football game at the new Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara on Oct. 24. Cal will host Sacramento State (Sept. 6), Colorado (Sept. 27), Washington (Oct. 11, Alumni & Family Weekend/Homecoming), UCLA (Oct. 18, Joe Roth Game), Stanford (Nov. 22) and BYU (Nov. 29, Senior Day) in Berkeley.
The Bears visit Northwestern to open the season (Aug. 30), Arizona (Sept. 20), Washington State (Oct. 4), Oregon State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 13), with the tilt against the Trojans on a Thursday night.
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