Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Kline threw a deep pass down the middle of the field that connected perfectly in stride with sophomore wide receiver Bryce Treggs.
A crowd of a few hundred fans voiced their approval.
A fresh dynamic under new head football coach Sonny Dykes is that spring workouts are open to the public. Passionate Cal fans came to Memorial Stadium on Monday evening to watch the first spring practice of 2013, and were treated to an action-packed, enthusiastic practice.
"I thought the turnout was good," Dykes said after completing his first practice as Cal's coach. "I think our players are energized when people come out and watch practice. Hopefully, everybody liked what they saw."
Moments later, junior quarterback Austin Hinder delivered a touchdown pass to wide receiver Drake Whitehurst, drawing another positive reaction from the crowd.
"It made it more fun," Hinder said. "I thought it was more live. You look up there and you have the fans getting into your throws. It makes it fun. That makes you want to do it again. Now people can come and have fun."
Fans, players and coaches braved a chilly evening at the end of February, one that Dykes was pleased with afterward. Cal's players are learning an entirely new system, so Dykes acknowledged there will be some mistakes. But for a first practice, it was encouraging.
"I was pleasantly surprised," Dykes said. "I thought the energy was good. The attitude was good. There are going to be a million mistakes, but for the first day, I thought it was good. I was really pleased."
There will be a new starting quarterback behind center for the Bears in 2013 after the departure of two-year starter Zach Maynard. Monday, Kline, Hinder and senior Allan Bridgford took all of the reps, but Dykes said others, such as sophomore Kyle Boehm and true freshman Jared Goff, will get reps during Cal's next practice session on Wednesday.
"All I know is all these guys are studs," Kline said. "I'm just trying to compete and do my best. It's going to be a huge battle, that's for sure. It's going to be an interesting spring."