By Katie Dowd
For the first time since fall camp opened last Friday, the Cal defense noticeably seized control of the day's practice. On what became an increasingly foggy Monday evening, the Bears' defense swarmed all over the offense's running game, which was the focus of much of the 11-on-11 time.
Senior defensive end Tyson Alualu set the tone with a hurry of quarterback Kevin Riley in the first session of 11-on-11's. And although they were still in shells, redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Little asserted the defense's physicality with a solid tackle of running back Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson in the backfield for a five-yard loss.
In 7-on-7's later in the day, the secondary got in on the action as safety Marcus Ezeff picked off a Riley pass intended for wide receiver Alex Lagemann. Cornerback Darian Hagan had a would-be interception thrown right at him by Riley, but he dropped the ball to the groans of his defensive teammates.
The offense clicked under freshman quarterback Beau Sweeney in 11-on-11's, however. Sweeney threw a beautiful strike right into the arms of wide receiver Charles Satchell who, without breaking stride, streaked into the back of the endzone for the score. Sweeney added another touchdown pass with a low ball thrown only where wide receiver Verran Tucker could reach it. Tucker pulled the ball in as it headed for the turf, just barely gaining possession as he went down.