Saturday was the third practice since the 12-day spring break layoff. It also was Cal's first of three scrimmages this spring. The offense started well, erasing Thursday's poor performance in 11-on-11 action. But the defense recorded two turnovers, including an interception by Mychal Kendricks, and three sacks. Afterward, head coach Jeff Tedford called the team's overall performance "crisp"…
"For the first scrimmage of the spring, I thought there were some really good things," Coach Jeff Tedford said. "I thought we protected the passer well, made some plays and had some good rushes from time to time. Overall, I thought it was pretty crisp - not a lot of penalties, not a lot of turnovers. It was a good first scrimmage."
On the first series, the offense moved the ball easily. The
offense opened up with a few bootlegs, and Kevin Riley connected with
Anthony Miller twice for 28 yards to continue moving the chains. The series
ended on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones. Jones recorded 47 yards on three receptions to lead the team.
Riley started 3-of-3 for 62 yards and finished 8-of-15 for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Shane Vereen had a solid day, scoring twice. The first touchdown came on a 30-yard
run as he ran over safety Bryant Nnabuife, and the other came in a goal-line
situation, in which he broke a tackle in the backfield and used his speed
to get to the left corner of the end zone.
Vereen carried the ball seven times for 46 yards. Covaughn DeBoskie rushed four times for 29 yards.
The defense forced two turnovers. Trevor Guyton on a monster hit in the
backfield that gave the defense the ball within the offense's five-yard
line. Cornerback Marc Anthony recovered it. Kendricks had an interception that was returned for 40 yards.
The defense recorded three sacks. Tyson Alualu and Cmaeron Jordan had one each.
After practice, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory brought the team
in for a huddle. "We got two turnovers today... but we need to get 3!"
Special teams did not look crisp today. On a PAT, players were missing
from the line. A couple field goal snaps were botched as well. On punt
returns, the coverage was not good, as a missed assignment allowed Jeremy Ross to return a punt for an 86-yard touchdown. Marvin Jones also returned a punt 73 yards for a
touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty.
A number of high school coaches from all over the Bay Area attended as part of the High School Coaches Clinic.