Friday, October 27, 2006

SF Chronicle: Cal's Future Gets Chance To Strut Its Stuff

If the final 30 minutes of Thursday's practice are any indication, Cal's future looks bright as the roster is loaded with talented, physical players.

The "young guys," freshmen and others who haven't seen much or any playing time, got their first extended look since training camp by fielding a spirited scrimmage, in which hard hits were the order of the day.  "The young guys had some fun," coach Jeff Tedford said. "It's always nice to let them cut it loose and do some hitting."  Skyline High-Oakland grad Shea McIntyre was the leader in that category. The freshman linebacker made two crushing hits and recorded a sack during a four-play stretch. He came back a series later and almost tallied another sack.

Linebackers Matt Russi and Michael Mohamed combined on a sack, and defensive tackle Mika Kane forced a fumble on a sack. Some offensive players caught Tedford's eye, too.  "Obviously, James Montgomery and Tracy Slocum ran really hard," he said, "and Drew Glover made some nice catches."

Montgomery, a highly-touted tailback out of Rancho Cordova, and Slocum, a freshman from Fresno, appear ready to extend the Bears' successful running attack well into the future.

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