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Golden Bears Wrap Up Spring Workout Sessions

Posted April 25, 2017 by in

BERKELEY – Cal concluded spring football practice Saturday at California Memorial Stadium with its annual spring game that included just under 100 plays from scrimmage during full 11-on-11 team sessions after a series of individual drills to open practice.

“It was a really good competitive day today,” head coach Justin Wilcox said. “We got a ton of work in. It was part practice and part spring game. We just felt like the value of practice for us is so big – every rep we get, every individual period we get – is so critical for us moving forward so we combined those things and finished with some scrimmage situations.”

“It was very productive,” Wilcox added. “There’s a lot to teach off us, which we will, but I was really enthused by their effort throughout the spring and again today.”

The offense scored touchdowns on seven of the 18 series contested between the offense and defense while adding field goals on five others. The defense made six stops including interceptions by Elijah Hicks and Quentin Tartabull that ended two of the final three series during the two-minute drills that concluded practice.

On the first two series of the “Play The Game” full-tackle periods that began the 11-on-11 work the offense scored touchdowns on a pair of 65-yard drives. Patrick Laird was the first player of the day in the end zone on a two-yard touchdown run that capped an 11-play drive before a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ross Bowers to Jordan Duncan finished a 10-play march on the second series. Matt Anderson’s 47-yard field goal gave the offense a third consecutive score on the next series before the defense made its first stop on the final drive of the “Play The Game” period.

The next 11-on-11 work was a red zone period with the offense scoring on four of the five series that started from the defense’s 20-yard line beginning with an eight-yard connection from Bowers to Justin Norbeck. The defense prevented the offense from getting a first down on the next three drives but Matt Anderson and Gabe Siemieniec managed to connect on field goals of 29 and 36 yards on the first and third drives, respectively. The offense came back to score touchdowns on the final two red zone drives on a one-yard touchdown run by Vic Enwere and a six-yard scoring pass from Max Gilliam to Alex Netherda.

After the red zone work completed the full-tackle portion of the practice, the Golden Bears held two final four-series team sessions with the first starting from the 40-yard line of the defense and the second two-minute drills that began at the offense’s 38-yard line.

The offense scored on its first series from the defense’s 40-yard line with Chase Forrest and Vic Wharton III hooking up for a 30-yard gain on the opening play of the series. Two plays later Duncan had his second touchdown reception of the day on an eight-yard scoring pass from Forrest. The Bears would pick up a couple of first downs on their next drive to set up a 26-yard field goal by Anderson. The defense kept the offense from scoring on the final two drives on Anderson’s missed 52-yard field goal and by forcing three consecutive incompletions.

The interceptions by Hicks and Tartabull during the final two-minute drill period that ended practice were preceded by two-minute drives that were capped by Matt Abramo’s 44-yard field goal and a one-yard touchdown pass from Bowers to Ray Hudson.

“Our offense has made a huge jump in the past couple of days,” Hudson said. “Everything has just started to click.”

Bowers (18-29, 168, 3 TD) and Forrest (15-29, 189, 1 TD, 2 INT) saw the bulk of the action at quarterback while Gilliam (2-4, 10, 1 TD) also threw a touchdown pass.

Kanawai Noa had eight receptions for 112 yards to lead 14 different receivers with at least one catch, while Wharton (4-40), Jordan Veasy (4-38) and Jordan (4-31, 2 TD) each had four.

Enwere (8-32, TD) was the leading rusher of the day.

On the defensive side of the ball, Russell Ude had a pair of sacks and a forced fumble while Cameron Saffle and Aisea Tongilava each had a single sack. Hicks had a team-high three pass breakups in addition to his interception, while Marloshawn Franklin Jr. had two pass breakups, and Camryn Bynum and Cameron Goode one each. Gerran Brown picked up a couple of quarterback hurries, while Antoine Albert had one. Bynum was the team’s leader in tackles with six during the two full-tackle periods when tackles were recorded.

Cal will opening training camp about a month before the upcoming season that features six home games including three consecutive contests in Berkeley during the first month of the campaign in September. The home schedule opens with a non-conference game against Weber State (Sept. 9) followed by a visit from Ole Miss of the Southeastern Conference (Sept. 16) and the Pac-12 opener against USC (Sept. 23). Cal will also host Pac-12 contests against Washington State (Friday, Oct. 13) and Arizona (Oct. 21) in the season’s second month before closing out its home schedule with Oregon State (Nov. 4).

The road slate includes the season-opener at North Carolina (Sept. 2) followed by Pac-12 away games at Oregon (Sept. 30), Washington (Oct. 7), Colorado (Oct. 28), Stanford (Nov. 18) and UCLA (Friday, Nov. 24).
The Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s® Stadium is scheduled to be played either Friday, Dec. 1 or Saturday, Dec. 2.

Television coverage and kickoff times of all 2017 Cal football contests will all be announced at later dates.

Fans can become season-ticket holders by placing a $100 deposit now to secure seats at California Memorial Stadium for the 2017 campaign. For more information about season tickets, visit CalBears.com/tickets or call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).

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