March 9, 2013
BERKELEY - Cal practiced in full pads for the first time this spring on a beautiful sun-drenched Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in front of several hundred fans at the open workout that included a 45-minute live scrimmage in which the Golden Bears ran nearly 90 plays.
"I thought it was good, I thought it was competitive," Dykes said. "All in all, for a scrimmage after six practices I thought it was good."
Four different quarterbacks saw action for the Bears with the biggest numbers belonging to mid-year enrollee Jared Goff, who completed 13-of-23 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Zach Kline completed 6-of-8 passes for 134 yards, getting 97 of them on the longest play of the day on a touchdown throw to Joel Willis. Austin Hinder completed his first six passes before finishing 6-of-10 for 83 yards and a touchdown, while Kyle Boehm was 0-for-3 with an interception in his single series.
Dykes was pleased with the play of the team's quarterbacks.
"We were trying to throw every possible scenario that we could throw at them today to see if it affected their thought process or the way they played or handled things," Dykes said. "I didn't think it affected any of them. I thought they all did a good job of just trying to go out there and execute plays and not try to do too much."
Bryce Treggs was on the receiving end of a pair of touchdown passes from Goff and finished the live scrimmage with three catches for 58 yards. Bryce McGovern had a team-high six catches for 49 yards, while Willis had a team-high 103 yards on a pair of grabs. Maurice Harris and Jackson Bouza each added a touchdown catch.
"I've been impressed with the receivers so far," Dykes said. "I think it's going to end up being a good group. The good thing is we've got a lot of different guys. They're competing for jobs, and I think it's bringing out the best in the entire group. It's kind of a fun group to work with because a lot of different guys can do a lot of different things."
The running game was split almost equally by Darren Ervin (10-30), Jonah Hodges (8-30) and Jeffrey Coprich (9-29) with the trio combining for 89 rushing yards. Mustafa Jalil (4.0 TFL, -19 yards, 2.0 sack, -15 yards) had a big day to highlight the defensive effort. Dan Camporeale (-6 yards) and Ted Agu (-5 yards) also had solo sacks, while Khairi Fortt and Kyle Kragen split an eight-yard sack. Fortt also had the lone interception of the scrimmage, while Ikem Okwudiafor forced a fumble.
The offense started the strong in the scrimmage with Goff, Kline and Hinder all throwing touchdown passes on their first drives. Goff hooked up with Treggs on a 32-yard scoring pass over the middle, Kline found Willis behind the defense down the left sideline for 97 yards and Hinder connected with Harris in the back corner of the end zone for 20.
The defense would then stop the offensive from scoring for six consecutive possessions before Goff's second touchdown throw of the day for 14 yards to Bouza. Goff and Treggs would connect for an 18-yard score on the second to last possession of the scrimmage.
"I thought the offense came out pretty hot, got a little momentum, and then the defense did a good job of getting it back," Dykes said. "The way our offense is sometimes when you get it rolling it's hard to stop, but I thought our defense did a good job of stopping them and getting the momentum back."
Cal's next spring football workout is scheduled for Monday, March 11 at Memorial Stadium from 4 - 6:30 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 and 2013 Spring Game Central pages 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.
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