Practice 16 Recap: Drew Kobayashi Starts Double Day With Bang

BERKELEY -- Another big grab by Drew Kobayashi highlights the offense in practice 16 of Cal football fall camp.

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BERKELEY -- California's second of three double days this week featured some chippiness between the offense and defense, but in the midst of some disagreements and the return to full practice of Billy McCrary III, there was Drew Kobayashi.

After three eye-opening grabs on Wednesday, the freshman receiver had one of the first passes sent his way in seven-on-seven broken up by Chibuzo Nwokocha, but after a leaping touchdown grab in one-on-ones, he got back on the horse, with a 47-yard catch that saw him pull away from a grasping Camryn Bynum in 11-on-11 work.

The defense, though, held tough, limiting the run game to just three runs of over five yards, including two nine-yard runs by Tre Watson on the first 11-on-11 drive.

Nwokocha turned in an interception on quarterback Davis Webb during screen drills early in practice, thanks to a bad route by Demetris Robertson, who was promptly scolded by head coach Sonny Dykes. Robertson came back to haul in a 25-yard pass, finding the hole in coverage, against cornerback Darius Allensworth, who, visibly upset that he gave up the play, had one of his thighs taped up.

Robertson later ran arguably his best route of camp, again finding the soft spot in the middle of coverage for a 20-yard laser from Ross Bowers, who took the bulk of No. 2 reps behind Davis Webb. Bowers later hit a leaping Bug Rivera.

Freshman corner Traveon Beck added his fourth pick of camp in seven-on-seven, catching a rebound off the chest of Rivera, following a touch ball frozen rope from Chase Forrest to Ray Hudson in seven-on-seven, which humped over the linebackers for a 20-yard gain. 

Hudson would have had two big seven-on grabs, were it not for the physical Quentin Tartabull, who ripped a would-be catch out of Hudson's hands.

Beck also got a hand in on Jordan Veasy, as part of a double-coverage try against the sticky-handed JuCo transfer, and Veasy dropped arguably his first catchable ball of camp, though Beck did appear to have one of his arms pinned.

The 11-on-11 work continued the trend towards real-game scenarios, with the offense given one minute on the clock and on time out. After a quick out to Chad Hansen for nine, a false start pulled the first-team offense back, and the drive eventually stalled with a stop by Tony Mekari on Tre Watson.

The next drive saw the No. 1 offense, led by Watson, gain 20 yards before being stopped by the defense as time expired. Bowers then stepped up behind a line of Dominic Granado at center, Kamryn Bennett at right tackle, Jeremiah Stuckey at right guard, left tackle Vince Johnson and left guard Chris Palmer, rolling right and picking up a block from Kennedy Emesibe to find Jack Austin for 19 yards. Austin would grab another four-yarder before Zeandae Johnson picked up the first of two sacks by the defense, the other coming from linebacker Devante Downs.

Before Downs got his hands on the quarterback, though, No. 2 defensive tackle Marcus Manley completely blew up the inside of the No. 2 offensive line, starting with Granado, whose snaps have been hit or miss the last several days.

James Looney also showed up several times in the middle, chasing Webb out of the pocket and forcing an emergency throw to Vic Wharton, who was ruled out of bounds with eight seconds left on the clock. Webb, running away from defensive end DeVante Wilson in hot pursuit, found Kanawai Noa for a first down, but had to throw the ball dead on the next play, as Wilson and Granado got into a scuffle after the play.

The practice concluded with two overtime drives, the first led by Webb, ending in a jump pass to a diving Melquise Stovall in the back of the end zone. The second drive was just one play -- a 25-yard bomb from Bowers to Matthew Rockett for a touchdown.

On the one field goal attempted during the day, Matt Anderson mis-hit a 43-yard attempt wide left.

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