By Katie Dowd
Saturday afternoon's practice ran a bit late for the Cal football team, and the Bears' wide receiver corps packed in the action with the extra minutes on the field. It was a day for wide receivers, as the unit showed that its summer conditioning -- which included running in the sand -- was paying dividends in practice in the form of flashy plays and tidy grabs. Sophomore Marvin Jones had perhaps the catch of the day, going up sideways over two defenders to seize a 20-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brock Mansion.
Fellow sophomore Alex Lagemann -- who sat out all of 2007 with a foot injury and played on the practice squad last year -- added another solid reception with a 15-yard touchdown grab from junior Kevin Riley during red zone 11-on-11 drills. "The more repetitions you get, the more situations you're in, the more comfortable you are with them," coach Jeff Tedford said. "Guys being on the same page, those type of things. Right now we're able to practice at a speed because people know what they're doing and they're experienced. Rather than last year when people were pretty tentative trying to figure out what they were doing."
Junior tailback sensation Jahvid Best also made good use of his time lined up as a receiver. After scrambling free of the collapsing pocket, Riley found Best -- burning his defender along the sideline with his trademark speed -- and threw a 45-yard dart for a touchdown.