BERKELEY – Cal continued its emphasis on live football Wednesday when the Golden Bears conducted their 10th practice of the spring in full pads at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.
“The biggest thing was that we just had to learn how to play football – tackle, get off blocks, do all the things you have to do in a football game,” Dykes said about the team’s increased live action this spring. “According to Pac-12 rules, we’re allowed to have eight full tackle practices. We didn’t want to rely on the typical three scrimmages that people have where they’ll go with 120-play scrimmages. Our thought was to spread it out a little bit and actually get more live reps.”
“What happens lots of times during those scrimmage situations is that you get a lot of guys hurt when they start getting tired,” Dykes added. “I think it’s helped keep us more healthy this spring because we haven’t had those long team periods that drag on where guys fatigue and have a tendency to get injured. We have tried to keep the team periods relatively short, and I think it’s paid off for us.”
Wednesday’s workout included several strong plays on the defensive side of the ball as well as a few offensive highlights during a live period that concluded practice with highlights and including …
An interception and 16-yard return by Michael Lowe
Sacks by Antione Davis, Edward Tandy and Harrison Wilfley, with the final two coming on the final two plays of the period
A tackle for loss by Drew Bryant
Pass breakups by David Garner and Lowe
Jared Goff connecting with Stephen Anderson for a 34-yard completion
Jeffrey Coprich ripping off a 38-yard run
Cal’s next practice at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium will be open to the public this Friday, April 18 (3:45 p.m. PT).
The Cal Spring Football Experience presented by Shaw Management Group is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 (11 a.m. PT). The free event to be televised live by Pac-12 Networks at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium will conclude four weeks of spring workouts. Gates open one hour in advance at 10 a.m. PT, with a host of activities including …
Run On The Field With The Bears – First 100 fans in attendance receive a ticket good for the opportunity to lead the Bears onto the field through the North Tunnel
Giveaways – First 2,500 fans receive Cal-themed food, schedule posters and t-shirts
Youth Clinic – Free 30-minute clinic on the field for youth eighth grade and below (registration begins at 10 a.m. on Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza)
In-Game Events and Activities – Lucky fans will be able to win great prizes for competing in on-field promotional events