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Khalfani Muhammad gashes several runs, but defense gets better of the offense

BERKELEY -- Khalfani Muhammad tears off several big runs and Matt Laris hauls in a 52-yarder, but the defense rules the day again.


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BERKELEY -- California running back Khalfani Muhammad was the only member of the Bears offense to really get any traction on Wednesday, as drops from the receivers limited the three Cal quarterbacks to a combined 9-of-12 day in full 11-on-11 game situations, and 9-for-15 with one interception in third-down scenarios.

Muhammad converted on third-and-seven with a seven-yard catch, and then tore off a 23-yard run to get across the 50 and a 14-yard run off of right tackle during 11-on-11 work. He also hauled in a nine-yard catch in an earlier drive. "It's just about getting in a rhythm," Muhammad said. "This past week and a half, we've been trying to get a feel for it. Today, it's starting to show. That's a good sign. We've just got to keep it going."

Safety Evan Rambo brought down Melquise Stovall for a loss, while Chinedu Udeogu and Tony Mekari also tallied a TFL apiece. 

Starting quarterback Davis Webb was sacked by linebacker Ray Davison (with an assist from James Looney) during third-down work, while Antoine Albert scored a breakup both in third-down and seven-on-seven. Davison also stoned running back Tre Watson for no gain in third-down 11-on-11, while Jordan Kunaszyk did th same to Muhammad.

The defense got an interception in third-down work from Nevada transfer Kaodi Dike (following a breakup on a pass intended for Kanawai Noa), and two fumbles, one by Muhammad on an exchange with Ross Bowers, and one on an exchange from Chase Forrest to Derrick Clark. Clark, though, did have a 12-yard run in third-down 11-on-11 to erase a false start by Jake Curhan.

After four breakups on Tuesday, freshman cornerback Traveon Beck came up with an interception in seven-on-seven, jumping a route against Forrest. Beck added two breakups -- one in the end zone -- during one-on-one work.

Aisea Tongilava got a big goal-line stop in 11-on-11, but Forrest -- who had earlier scrambled for 12 yards himself when he found no one open down field -- found a sliding Demetris Robertson scraping the front of the end zone for a touchdown to end the drive.

Other defensive highlights in one-on-ones included a strip by Luke Rubenzer, an end zone breakup by Josh Drayden, a Malik Psalms breakup and two picks -- one apiece from Darius Allensworth (who now has six so far in camp) and Jaylinn Hawkins, during his first one-on-one action in camp, as he returns from a shoulder injury.


Other offensive highlights included the performance of Patrick Mekari at left tackle. During pass rush one-on-ones, Mekari didn't lose a rep. Freshman receiver Matt Laris caught an eight-yard screen (with a block from Matthew Rockett) and then found himself all alone up the seam on the next play for a 52-yard grab from Forrest, juking Quentin Tartabull. Tartabull, though, did have some quality plays, getting inside leverage on Jordan Duncan and changing his route just enough to force an incomplete in 11-on-11.

Fullback Malik McMorris picked up a block on Marloshawn Franklin (who also had a sack on the day) to free up a slant pass to Kanawai Noa in third-down work.

Freshman wide receivers Drew Kobayashi and Logan Gamble ran with a group of 14 receivers during the installation period, and it looks like they may be in the mix. Kobayashi, though, looks like he may have the edge. He caught a nine-yard pass in seven-on-seven, while Gamble picked up catches of eight and seven yards.

Also during seven-on-seven, Chad Hansen turned in a highlight-reel grab, one-handing a fade from Webb, behind the back of Albert for a touchdown. Several plays later, Hansen caught a ball that looked to be broken up by Franklin, pulling a rabbit out of his hat for another touchdown. After that, Webb hit Vic Wharton for a drag across the back of the end zone.

Franklin and Ricky Sewell then broke up Webb's next two passes.


Fred Tate was displeased with the performance of Russell Ude during one-on-ones. Ude beat right tackle Steven Moore (the two have a bit of history this camp), but was stoned twice by Mekari. In 11-on-11, Ude wasn't able to corral Patrick Laird, who pun away for a gain of three before being tagged down by David Garner (there were no take-downs due to the practice being uppers-only).

Read more on Mekari and the left tackle situation HERE (members).


Place kicker Matt Anderson was tasked with a 56-yard field goal during third-down work, and while on line, he came up a yard short.


Running back Zion Echols, who had a big day on Monday, was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Tailback Vic Enwere was held out to give him rest. Derron Brown also did not practice.

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