August 8, 2012
BERKELEY - The 2012 Cal football training camp intensified a notch Wednesday when the Golden Bears practiced in full pads for the first time, which they will repeat again on Thurdsay. The squad spent much of Wednesday workout in team sessions, going through a pair with full 11-on-11 work and another of 7-on-7.
Head coach Jeff Tedford addressed the intensity of the workout during his post-game session with reporters.
"We got a little banged up today," Tedford said. "But we'll get through it, nothing major."
Some of the highlights from the workout included ...
Nine different players - Ross Bostock, Maurice Harris, Spencer Hagan, Lawler, Bryce McGovern, Darius Powe, Richard Rodgers, Bryce Treggs, and Patrick Worstell - on the receiving end of a combined 10 touchdowns passes, highlighted by diving catches in the end zone from Bostock and Treggs
Tedford addressed Kline's throw during the post-practice session with reporters. "He threw a nice post to Lawler today," Tedford said. "It was nice, he looked it off left and came back and threw a perfect ball right on stride to Lawler."
The talk later turned to the team's tight ends and Tedford expressed his confidence in the squad's personnel at the position, in particular projected starter Richard Rodgers, who is one of three Bears expected to primarily man the position along with Spencer Hagan and Jacob Wark.
"If you can play every day against Richard Rodgers, you can play against any tight end in the country," Tedford said when asked about how the defense covers the group in practice. "Richard Rodgers, in my opinion, is as good as any tight end in the country. I know he's young and he's unproven, but you have a guy who's 270 pounds and runs, catches the ball well and can block. I think he's got a really bright future."
"He's a very good blocker and that's where he's improved the most," Tedford added. "I think the passing game, releasing and catching balls, is a natural for him, but his line of scrimmage play is where he has really developed."
Hagan also spoke about the position.
"We have a lot of good tight ends and I'm looking forward to it," Hagan said. "It's competitive every day, but we help each other out. We encourage each other, but there's definitely a rivalry every day."
Cal will open the 2012 season against Nevada at a renovated Memorial Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 (Noon PT). The contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, and the radio broadcast will be available on the Cal IMG Sports Radio Network with KGO 810 in San Francisco serving as the flagship station.
Tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at CalBears.com, or in person at the Sales and Service Center located in the Haas Pavilion Club Room Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. More season-ticket information is available at CalBears.com. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium, visit californiamemorialstadium.com.
In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.