Cal Media Relations: August 2010 Archives
Cal sophomore Max Homa and incoming freshman Ben An have qualified for match play at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship being played at Chambers Bay. Homa tied for 24th during 36 holes of stroke play played on Monday and Tuesday with a two-day total of two-over par 145, while An checked in at four-over par 147 to tie for 40th.
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Cal sophomore Max Homa is tied for second place after Monday's first day of action at the 110th U.S. Amateur Championship being played August 23-29 at Chambers Bay Golf Course. Homa is one of nine golfers that finished at three-under par, shooting a 69 at the par-72 Home Course. Homa is one of nine golfers that finished at three-under par, shooting a 69 at the Home Course, which leader Jeff Wilson shot a 62 on to lead by seven strokes. For more information, visit CalBears.com.
The final double day practice of the 2010 Cal football training camp has just begun and appropriately enough one of the tunes blaring out of the speakers during the team's pre-stretching exercises was the Michael Jackson classic "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." The guys seemed to like the song, released in 1979 well before any of them were bored, if a few hoots and hollers during stretching were any indication. It could also be the theme of the training camp, which is now in its 15th day. If you're counting, today's double-day workouts are No. 18 and No. 19.
Former Cal players Brett Johnson (St. Louis Rams), Chet Teofilo (New York Jets) and Worrell Williams (Denver Broncos) have recently signed NFL contracts. Johnson and Teofilo both finished their Cal playing careers following the 2009 season, while Williams wrapped up his collegiate eligibility in 2008. Johnson had been previously been on NFL rosters with Buffalo and Philadelphia earlier this year, while Teofilo was briefly in Dallas. Williams has not been previously on an NFL roster bud did play the 2009 campaign with the San Francisco Redwoods of the United Football League. Also in recent NFL news involving former Cal players, Devin Bishop (2009) was released by the Denver Broncos. For a current listing of former Cal players in the NFL, visit ESPN.com
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and starting tailback Shane Vereen were interviewed after practice by for the Chronicle Live television show on Friday night. The program will air on CSN Bay Area live at 5 p.m. PT, and replay at 11 p.m. Check your <A HREF="http://www.csnbayarea.com/pages/channels_bayarea" TARGET="_blank">CSNBayArea.com</A> or your local listings for specific channels.
Cal starting tailback Shane Vereen participated in full team activities on Friday for the first time during the Golden Bears' 2010 training camp that began on August 7. Vereen had been limited during the club's first 13 days of camp with a tight hamstring but was part of the light contact team sessions Cal conducted Friday.
"It felt good to go out there and finally run around with the rest of the guys," said Vereen. "I'm a little sore but happy to get my feet on the ground. The last couple of weeks have gone by very slow, and I was very anxious the whole time to try to get out there as quickly as possible, but at the same time be smart."
An inspiring story on senior cornerback Darian Hagan and his toddler daughter's battle with cancer last year can be found on the front page of Friday's sports section of the Contra Costa Times. The story was written by Cal football beat writer Jonathan Okanes of the Bay Area News Group.
The family football tree of senior linebacker Keith Browner Jr. was featured in an article written by Cal football beat writer John Crumpacker that was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday. Visit SFGate.com to read the article.
Former Cal placekicker Ryan Longwell was one of three current Minnesota Vikings players that recently visited Brett Favre in Hattiesburg, Miss., and returned to Minnesota with the quarterback in a private jet. Longwell told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in a text that Favre told him and fellow Vikings teammates Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen that he would play for the Vikings in 2010.
"We simply went down there to get an answer and after talking for a while, his answer was 'yes,'" Longwell told Nichols in a the message. "He loves the guys in the locker room and is doing it for all of us.
Longwell gave Favre a ride to Vikings headquarters, with his black BMW SUV being followed by three helicopters from local television stations.
The 2010 Cal Football Preview show will debut on Comcast SportsNet California this Friday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 p.m. PT. Hosted by Damon Andrews, the show includes a sit-down interview with head coach Jeff Tedford and a candidate look at quarterback Kevin Riley. Tailback Shane Vereen will take viewers behind the scenes with his Flip Video camcorder to get the scoop on the team's offensive line. The show will also examine Cal's new-look defense headed by former NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast in his first season with the Bears, and anchored by preseason All-American linebacker Mike Mohamed and defensive lineman Cameron Jordan.
After the show's Aug. 20 debut, it will replay on CSN California on Sat., Aug. 21 (12:30 p.m. PT) and Tue., Aug. 24 (7:30 p.m. PT).
For additional air dates and times, visit CSNCalifornia.com
Former Cal and current Oakland Raider cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was featured by Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group on Sunday, August 15, about the Raiders moving the All-Pro cornerback around the field more in 2010. Check out the full article.
Fans can visit Memorial Stadium to meet the 2010 Cal football players and coaches during the team's annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 28. Gates open at 11:15 a.m. and all fans must enter the stadium through the North Tunnel. The two-hour event will include an autograph session, the opportunity to take photos and interact with players and coaches, free burritos compliments of Rubio's for the first 1,000 fans to arrive, additional food and drinks samples from Rubio's and Odwalla, and the 2010 team poster.
For more info on the event, visit CalBears.com.
While the Bears begin to wake from a little bit of a nap wherever they can kind find a spot to lay their heads between practices on their first double day of training camp, Memorial Stadium is filled with the joyful sounds of the Cal Marching Band practicing (and yelling and laughing) as they do their own preparations for the 2010 campaign. Football season is almost here. What are you doing to get ready?
The Bears got an early start on Saturday for their first double day of the 2010 training camp. The wake-up call was well before sunrise and the team in the midst of a practice in full pads that will include extended team sessions. After grabbing lunch (and maybe a moment or two of shuteye), they will be back in meetings and getting tape and treatment for a late afternoon workout. Position meetings follow dinner and then the Bears will finally get a little rest.
Summer school is over and the fall semester has yet to start, but the Dog Days of camp have certainly arrived.
Marvin Jones, Cameron Jordan, Mike Mohamed and Shane Vereen were all named to watch lists for national awards on Tuesday.
Check out the links below for more information.
The skies were cloudy and gray with a cool breeze that could be felt coming off the bay Sunday, but the Cal football team heated up Memorial Stadium during a spirited workout. The team's activities for the day began with an early morning photo session, continued with a two-plus hour afternoon workout and will conclude with weightlifting, dinner and a series of meetings in the evening.
Visit CalBears.com for a full report.
Cal opened its 2010 training camp on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Visit CalBears.com for a recap, while check out what head coach Jeff Tedford told reporters after the workout below.
On the wide receivers in the freshman class
"There were some good young recruits that are here for the first day. It was really nice to see those guys running around a little bit. The receiving core, for a young group, you could tell they have some ability, but it's going to be a process."
On the freshman class
"It was everything we saw on film. There's a lot of potential there, but as I said it's a long process. This was the first day and it was very basic. There's going to come a point of a little overload mentally. That's what you fight, mainly. It's not so much the physical ability; it's now the learning curve to get new guys in the loop."
On Keenan Allen
"He's a really good looking player. He can run. He's got great range. He's physical. He catches the ball very, very well. He along with Tevin [Carter], Kaelin [Clay], Coleman [Edmond], really have a lot of ability."
On Marvin Jones
"Marvin is the same old Marvin. You know what you're going to get with Marvin. He's solid. The thing about Marvin is that he's a great leader. He's taken these young guys under his wing and is spending time with those guys. Even when Marvin is going to scout team and we're walking through things, he's coaching those guys up all the time. He's a great leader."
On the team's tangible goals
"Just to focus on the process, take one day at a time and work to be our best. It's a long camp. Then, for the season it's the same thing. We'll just continue to focus on the process, what our values you are and how we work every day, how we prepare every day."
On the team's running backs
"We know what Shane [Vereen] can do so that's one of the goals of camp, to find who the backup tailback is, or who the group of backup tailbacks are going to be because we never like one guy to carry the load. You need some depth there. In camp, that's what we're really looking to do."
On what he wants to see out of Kevin Riley
"Consistency. I think he's got a pretty good grip on the offense, so to put everything together and just be consistent."
On which areas the team is looking to improve in
"All areas, every one of them. We have to get better on offense, we have to get better on defense, and we have to get better on special teams. That's why we're here. That's why we're practicing."
On if he sees anything different in Kevin Riley in training camp compared to the spring of 2010
"It's still early, after one practice. So no, I wouldn't say that there's a major difference from spring."
On the music during stretching
"When we're stretching at the end of practice and the beginning of practice, stretching can get very monotonous with the same stretches every day and things like that. So it's something to spice it up, get us enthusiastic for practice and get a little energy. That's what that's about."
On whether his players have any input on the musical choices during stretching
"I'm sure they do. The music choice? The players always have a voice. It's their team. They have a voice, but I still have all the votes [laughter]."
On the different routine in practice with much of the team's operations located in the Strawberry Canyon surge facility
"There are some things that aren't normal for us to have to go there and go back. There's a lot of back and forth with it, so our time table is very, very tight right now ... It kind of reminds me of back in the day before we had this [turf] field at Memorial Stadium when we practiced up there [at Witter Field]."
Cal received six votes in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll released Friday. Cal was ranked No. 12 in last year's preseason poll and has been in the top 25 in five of the last eight seasons.
A total of 39 former Cal players are currently on NFL rosters after recent signings of J.J. Arrington (Philadelphia), Nyan Boateng (New York Giants) and Verran Tucker (Kansas City Chiefs).
Visit ESPN.com for a full list of former Cal players in the NFL.
Cal football players arrived Friday on the eve of the Golden Bears' 2010 training camp and CalBears.com reporter Francesca Weems caught up with Keenan Allen, Derrick Hill and Marvin Jones to get their thoughts the day before the team's first workout Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Weems and Allen are pictured above along with photographer Tsubasa Onozaki.
Coverage from the Bay Area College Football Media Day on Monday is posted at CalBears.com. Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, preseason honorable mention All-American linebacker Mike Mohamed and tailback Shane Vereen represented the Golden Bears at the event, which was hosted by the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
Former Cal track & field star Alysia Johnson completed the month of July ranked No. 1 in the world in the women's 800 meters. She posted her world-leading time of 1:57.34 during a victory at a meet in Monaco July 22.
So far this summer, Johnson has run three of the top 12 800 times in the world. Her 1:57.85 during a meet in Lignano, Italy, rates fifth fastest, while her 1:58.94 run in Eugene, Ore., is No. 12 on the list.
Earlier in the year, Johnson finished third at the World Indoor Championships in March. She captured the 2007 NCAA title for the Bears as a junior and is a two-time USA champion in the 800 (2007, 2010).
For more information on Johnson's summer, click on the IAAF.org site here.
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