Sunday, May 03, 2009

BearTerritory Hot 11

Cal Finishes Spring Practice with Successful Scrimmage
Head Coach Jeff Tedford Pleased with Progress Made by the Bears
April 18, 2009

BERKELEY - With both sides of the ball creating their own set of highlights, California completed its spring 2009 practice with a final scrimmage before approximately 2,000 fans in Memorial Stadium Saturday.
Going through a series of situational opportunities, the Bears had sessions in almost all facets of the game - kickoffs, field goals, punting and short yardage, as well as late-game and full-field conditions.
"A lot of learning has gone on," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "That's what spring is all about. I was really encouraged by the attitude and work ethic. I think we are doing just fine."
The first set of plays began with the ball placed on the 30-yard-line, and quarterback Brock Mansion led the Cal offense 70 yards down the field in 11 plays. He capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Alex Lagemann. Mansion was 5-for-5 for 75 yards on the drive, with three of the completions going to Lagemann for 47 yards. Mansion ended the afternoon 8-for-11 for 90 yards with the one TD and an interception.
Quarterback Kevin Riley was next to go behind center and he completed his first five attempts for 45 yards. He finished the scrimmage going 8-for-13 for 80 yards with long plays of 23 yards to Nyan Boateng and 19 yards to Lagemann.
Quarterback Kevin Sweeney was 4-for-12 for 65 yards with an interception and a TD. The score was a 36-yard toss down the sideline to Jeremy Ross, who caught the ball over his shoulder in the end zone.
"All three will get a lot of opportunities," Tedford said of the quarterbacks. "Once we get to camp, we'll see if they separate themselves."

The running game didn't get untracked against the Cal defense, as only tailback Langston Jackson managed a rush of at least 10 yards when he burst through for a 13-yard gain. He was the day's top runner with 33 yards on six attempts.

May 3, 2009
Chris Nguon
Senior Writer

Before we begin our coverage of the summer workouts next week, we revisit Spring Ball and denote some of the standouts of the competitive four-week session for the Cal football team. There were several players that performed exceptionally well this spring year, including a handful of athletes on the defensive side of the ball. But, the No. 1 player on our list is a dynamic playmaker that could really give the Bears' offense a major boost this upcoming season if he can carry his momentum into Fall Camp and beyond. Click inside to check out BearTerritory's "Hot 11."

BearTerritory Hot 11
Marvin Jones, Tyson Alualu, Cameron Jordan, Kendrick Payne, Mychal Kendricks,
Chris Conte, Kevin Riley, Mike Mohamed, Syd Quan Thompson, Chris Guarnero, Brett Johnson, JUST MISSED
Other Notables

Solomona Aigamaua, Charles Amadi, Bryan Anger, Marc Anthony, Kevin Bemoll, Devin Bishop, Nyan Boateng, Mark Boskovich,Jesse Brooks, Keith Browner, D.J. Campbell, Sean Cattouse, Justin Cheadle, Mike Costanzo, Skylar Curran, Covaughn DeBoskie, Sam DeMartinis, Donovan Edwards, Savai'i Eselu, Marcus Ezeff, Richard Fisher, Dominic Galas, Justin Gates, Peter Geurts, Garry Graffort, Trevor Guyton,Darian Hagan,Derrick Hill,Josh Hill,Brian Holley, D.J. Holt, J.P. Hurrell,
Langston Jackson, running back, 6-foot-1, 227, Freshman
Provides depth to an insanely deep backfield

Charles Johnson, Will Kapp Spencer Ladner, Alex Lagemann, Chris Little, Brock Mansion, Anthony Miller, Robert Mullins, Bryant Nnabuife, Justin Prueitt, Tyler Rigsbee, Matt Rios,
Jeremy Ross, Matt Russi, Charles Satchell, Mitchell Schwartz, David Seawright, Tad Smith, Jarrett Sparks, Eric Stevens, Matt Summers-Gavin, Beau Sweeney, Chet Teofilo, Mike Tepper, Aaron Tipoti, Verran Tucker, John Tyndall, Shane Vereen, Eddie Young,
Simi Valley RB Jackson a Cal Bear
Chris Nguon
To put it bluntly, the Cal offense struggled in goal-line and short yardage situations last season. Sometimes, the ball carrier didn't run through the correct hole while other times, as Bears coach Jeff Tedford simply stated, "we needed to block better." For this year's corps of running backs, the name of the game is speed. And while athletes likes Jahvid Best and his compatriots can certainly lay a shoulder into a defender if needed, one player who might indeed help Cal's short yardage game down the line is walk-on Langston Jackson, a late add to the current roster.