MEMORIAL STADIUM/BERKELEY, CA -Day three of spring practice featured the first day in full pads as the action was ramped up a bit in Memorial Stadium.
Even though the receivers largely matched up against walk-ons in 1-on-1's, 7-on-7's and 11-on-11's, the were virtually unstoppable today; quick, crisp routes and sure-handed catches outside of a single Kenny Lawler drop noted by Cal head coach Sonny Dykes sandwiched between a wide variety of impressive grabs.
Long td catches by inside receivers Ray Hudson and Bryce Treggs and several good grabs by soph Jack Austin and seniors Trevor Davis, Maurice Harris and Stephen Anderson also stood out.
Quarterbacks Jared Goff, Chase Forest and Ross Bowers were also sharp, delivering most of their passes on the money and with velocity.
On the other side of those passes, defensive backs Derron Brown, Darius White and Cedric Dozier were usually the closest in coverage, though playing mostly press coverage, they were often playing the chase game, though to a lesser degree than several of their backfield mates.
On the defensive line, defensive tackles Marcus Manley and James Looney may have been the most effective putting pressure up the middle and stopping the run.
Even though the practice was full pads, there wasn't a lot of contact on the day and a limited amount of full-contact running plays so hard to get a read on running back performance.
Perhaps the best set of battles on the day came in a spirited one-on-one drill with the offensive and defensive linemen squaring off going head to head in a marked straight line.
Strongest on the o-line were junior Chris Borrayo and senior Jordan Rigsbee, with Manly and Looney potentially getting the nod on defense.
At linebacker, sophs Devante Downs and Aisea Tongilava made several strong plays along with junior Hardy Nickerson.
The team will hold two more practice seasons on Monday and Wednesday before breaking for a somewhat extended spring break, returning Monday the 31st to the field.
To hear comments from Cal head coach Sonny Dykes along with safety Derron Brown and receiver Kenny Lawler, use the embedded viewers below (disregard the incorrect cover photos in the last two videos):