March 7, 2013
BERKELEY - It's still nearly six months until the 2013 season opener against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on August 31, but as the position battles continue during spring ball two players who seem to be taking big steps towards relevance on the offensive line are redshirt freshman Matt Cochran and junior Alejandro Crosthwaite.
The Bears have three offensive linemen in spring ball with significant playing experience from a year ago in senior left tackle Bill Tyndall, sophomore left guard Jordan Rigsbee and sophomore right tackle Freddie Tagaloa.
The opportunities at center and right guard have been created this spring by the graduation of Brian Schwenke and an injury to junior Chris Adcock, the starters at those two positions last year.
Enter Cochran and Crosthwaite, a duo with a combined three games of collegiate experience between them. But during Wednesday's practice Cochran and Crosthwaite were running with the ones at center and right guard, respectively.
Although they are taking big steps, even Cochran himself warns not to read too much into it.
"The depth chart is going to change between now and the fall, so in all truth it's just us out here working," Cochran said. "Whoevers ones, whoevers twos, it doesn't matter."
"I'm excited that everybody's getting an opportunity to show what they've got and show their skills," Crosthwaite added.
Head coach Sonny Dykes also weighed in on the team's offensive line situation five practices into the team's spring workouts.
"We're still substituting guys [on the offensive line] and trying to find out who the best five are," Dykes said. "Both of them [Cochran and Crosthwaite] have gotten more reps and kind of gone with the first team more, [but] that's subject to change based on what we see on film today. We'll evaluate it, come back out on Friday and see where we are."
The team's next workout Friday at Memorial Stadium is scheduled to run from 6:30 - 9 p.m. PT. All practices are open to the public and free of charge. Fans should enter the stadium through Gate 1 on the north end, where they will be directed onto the concourse level and into available seating in the lower area of sections EE, F, FF and G. Fans are not allowed onto the field.
Cal's spring practices will conclude with the 2013 Cal Football Spring Game to be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, March 23 (4 p.m. PT).
In addition to attending practices, fans can visit the 2013 Spring Football Central Spring Football Central page on CalBears.com throughout spring ball for a complete practice schedule, fan information and a wide array of additional content including blog entries, videos, features and much more.
For 2013 ticket information, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.
DYKES COMMENTS FROM POST-GAME MEDIA SESSION
Head coach Sonny Dykes addressed the media during his post-practice media session about many topics including ...
Quarterback Allan Bridgford
"He kind of got the news from us that he was going to get some reduced reps and then decided that he wanted to take a day or two to kind of assess some things. We told him we'd love for him to do that. So he's probably going to think some things over with his family, talk about some things. I would expect to have conversation with him again at the end of the week or the weekend probably, and then we'll kind of go from there. I hope he stays. The kid's put a lot of work into our program and is somebody we think is a good player and want him to be successful, but we've got to do the best thing for Allan."
Performance of quarterback position Wednesday
"I thought it was good, I thought that it was really good. I thought it was the best performance they have had up to date. I thought they all did some good things. Here just in the last couple of practices Hinder has gotten better and done some things pretty well. He's gotten better and better every time he's come out here. I think we've all been surprised with Goff and how far along he is for a young guy. Kline's got a lot of talent and continues to do some good things. All of them are dealing with the same issues, which is a little bit of inconsistency, but I thought today was their best performance by far. I think the guys are starting to pick things up. The ball's coming out earlier, on time. The ball's coming out to spots on the field that make sense where the balls are supposed to be placed ... It's starting to look like some semblance of an offense. We've still got a long ways to go, but it's starting to get cleaner and cleaner every day."
Practice plan for this Friday and Saturday
"We'll come back on Friday and have a good practice. We may reduce the periods a little bit and cut about 20 minutes off the practice. What we'll do is reduce the reps prior to the scrimmage and basically just go a live team period [on Saturday]. It will be somewhat controlled, but we'll let them move the football and see what happens."
The team's progress
"We've still got a long way to go, but I'm liking the improvement that I'm seeing from day to day. I think it's substantial. I think it's real. I think as coaches we all talk about that, and we all want that. Sometimes it exists and sometimes it's kind of a figment of our imagination. This is real important and that's a good thing to see."
Former Cal players Marc Anthony, Hardy Nickerson and Aaron Tipoti were all spotted taking in practice Wednesday among an estimated crowd of 150 ... Adrian Lee (two interceptions), Kyle Kragen (sack) and Mustafa Jalil (sack) all had big plays for the defense ... offensive notables included a pair of nice catches by Maurice Harris, who had a spectacular one-handed grab in an early full team session and later in 7-on-7's had a leaping grab ... Stephen Anderson also had a memorable diving touchdown catch during 7-on-7's ... make sure to check out Alejandro Crosthwaite's response in Spanish to a question from CalBears.com following Wednesday's practice
2013 CAL FOOTBALL REMAINING SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
DAY, DATE (TIME, TV)
Friday, March 8 (6:30 - 9 p.m.)
Saturday, March 9 (1 - 3:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 11 (4 - 6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 13 (6 - 8:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 15 (6:30 - 9 p.m.)
Saturday, March 16 (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 18 (4 - 6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 20 (4 - 6:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 22 (6:30 - 9 p.m.)
Saturday, March 23 (4 - 6:30 p.m., Spring Game, Pac-12 Networks)
All practices scheduled to be open to the public at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.; All times Pacific; Schedule subject to change
Memorial Stadium Location - Memorial Stadium is located on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley between Bancroft Way and Hearst Avenue. It is adjacent to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance at 2227 Piedmont Avenue. Parking in the vicinity of Memorial Stadium is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to read all signs at each parking location for further important information. There are also public transportation options. See below for some suggestions.
MLK Student Union Garage - Located on the north side of Bancroft Way between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street.
Public Transportation - Public transportation is highly recommended when visiting Berkeley. There are multiple public transportation options that lead to Memorial Stadium. BART has a station in downtown Berkeley about a half-mile west of the venue. Visit bart.gov, actransit.org or 511.org for more information.
Recreational Sports Facility Garage - Located on the north side of Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street.
Street Parking - Paid and limited street parking may be available on streets near Memorial Stadium, with most options just south and east along Stadium Rimway, Piedmont Avenue, Prospect Street, Channing Way or Warring Street.
Underhill Garage - Located on the corner of Channing Way and College Avenue.
Witter Lot - Located near the corner of Centennial Drive and Stadium Rimway.
More Information - For more information on directions and parking options, visit berkeley.edu/map. A parking specific map can be located online at http://pt.berkeley.edu/sites/pt.berkeley.edu/files/content/NewPadMap2011.pdf.