Spring Ball: Thursday's Practice Notes

While it may be just three weeks into spring football practice at Memorial Stadium, Jeff Tedford already seems to be throwing a curveball into the quarterback battle between Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion. His name is Beau Sweeney. Picking up where he left off from Saturday's scrimmage, Sweeney continues to make his first team reps count...

Instead of the Kevin Riley and Brock Mansion splitting first-team reps on Thursday, it was Riley and Beau Sweeney, while Mansion found himself primarily running with the second and third teams.

And in 11-on-11's, Sweeney made the most of his opportunity, as the Fresno native hooked up with Jeremy Ross for a 68-yard touchdown heave right past cornerback Darian Hagan.

Hagan's letdown was the first on a day where Cal defensive backs really struggled, marked again just two plays later when Alex Laggeman streaked right past Bryant Nnabuife on an identical route.

In red zone situations though, Sweeney looked more fallible, throwing an interception to Mike Mohamed on the goal line as he was pressured out of the pocket.

Riley, however, looked good near the end zone.

The redshirt junior connected with sophomore wideout Marvin Jones for two scores, including a lob to one corner and a fortunate tipped reception in the other, in which Jones hauled in the touchdown while on his back.

Riley also tossed a touchdown to redshirt freshman fullback Eric Stevens. Mansion did enjoy some success inside the 20 as well, scrambling for an eight-yard score on a quarterback draw.

Aside from the troubles in the secondary, though, the Bears defense looked extremely stout.

The defensive line was making it difficult on Cal running backs all day, with the exception of one Covaughn DeBoskie touchdown late in the day.

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