FORT WORTH, Tex. -- After a drop-in visit by commit Josh Drayden on Saturday, the Bears returned to Burleson (Tex.) Centennial to take advantage of the Spartans' indoor practice and weight lifting facility on Sunday, braving the storm that just 12 hours prior, had spawned a deadly tornado.
"We split it up, the defense came in and did their walkthrough, then we did the special teams together, and then the offense came afterwards, so that was good, we got a lot of work done," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "Tomorrow, we'll get over to TCU and go through our pregame stuff like we normally do on Friday."
Of his defense against the triple option, Dykes said that no one ever truly gets comfortable defending the veer (ask any team that plays De La Salle every year), but "they've seen it enough where I think they know what to do," Dykes said. "Now, it's a matter of going out and doing it."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1626027-cal-armed-forces-b... FreshmanRoss Bowers has been running the scout team on offense, and while the scout offensive linemen aren't cut blocking their defenders like Cal will be cut in the game, Dykes believes they've simulated it as best they can.
"They're going to get cut a bunch Tuesday," Dykes said. "It's just so different. Their linemen are going to be quicker than what the guys have seen. They play with great leverage. They play really low to the ground, and the quarterback read point and the mesh are going to happen a lot faster, and they're going to have good quickness with their backs and quarterbacks. The thing that makes them a little bit different than a lot of option teams is that they throw the ball well. They've got two good-sized receivers who both run good and can make plays."
The Falcons do have some very solid pass catchers in 5-foot-9, 180-pound Garrett Brown and 6-foot-4, 215-pound Jalen Robinette, who have combined for 47 catches for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. Senior tight end Garrett Griffin, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, has hauled in 12 catches for 208 yards and is the third-leading receiver.
Armed Forces Bowl Gift Bag
BearTerritory got a final word in with wide receiver Bryce Treggs, who shared just what the Bears got in their swag bags for the bowl game, and no, it wasn't a hairdryer.
"The whole team got the gold ones," Treggs said, of the gilded headphones each Bear was sporting as the team walked into the facility. "We got the gold headphones that everybody's rocking. Those are amazing. Shout out to Marshawn [Lynch] for those. He came through. We got a nice NIKE suitcase, with a bunch of sweatshirts, a bunch of shirts, shorts and hats in there, so that was good. We got a football that has an American flag on it as a symbol of the Armed Forces Bowl. What else did we get? We got this backpack that has a little hydropack, so you can stay hydrated while you're on the go, and then, we had a gift suite, also. I got a Fossil watch, that's worth like, $200, so that's good."
Stay tuned for our special Bear Republic Podcast for our full conversation with Treggs, as well as one final pre-game chat with Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who opens up about his interview with Texas's Charlie Strong.
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