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And now, some links!
Cal Olympic Roundup for Day 11. I won't post results here, for spoilers.
This weekend you can check out a volleyball scrimmage at Haas, if you so desire.
BERKELEY - The California volleyball team will host its annual Blue and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. as the Golden Bears simulate a full-match experience. Fans are invited to attend the warm-up session preceding the scrimmage.
Cal will open the season with the No. 5 ranking in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll. The fifth spot is the highest-ever season-opening ranking for the Bears and marks the eighth time in school history that Cal will open the season ranked; the sixth time since head coach Rich Feller arrived on campus.
Football held a closed scrimmage yesterday:
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears completed their 16th day of preseason training camp on Tuesday afternoon by holding a closed intrasquad scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
Head coach Jeff Tedford responded to media questions after the session, "I felt like the energy was good and the hustle was good. We weren't as sharp as we need to be offensively. We had some penalties as far as illegal procedure today that you expect in the first scrimmage, not in the second scrimmage. I'm a little disappointed with that. We had noise and we had guys flinching, so that wasn't good, but besides that, everything else was fine. Everybody stayed healthy through it and we got some situations done."
When asked about specific plays that stood out, Tedford pointed to a couple of big plays from sophomore tailback Jahvid Best, including a 58-yard screen pass for a touchdown, and a strong day from sophomore defensive back Bryant Nnabuife, including a long fumble return. He also mentioned redshirt freshman Shane Vereen scoring on a 30-yard run around the outside and catching a couple of passes.
Our women's b-ball team is going to be GOOD this year. Last year was a disappointing finish, but we retain most of the team and Stanford lost a LOT.
BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior posts Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton have been selected to the 2008-09 preseason "Wade Watch" list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year award Tuesday. The 25-member list is made up of top Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Walker earned an assortment of other honors for her play during 2007-08, including State Farm/WBCA Region 8 All-American, honorable mention Associated Press All-American (second time), first-team All-Pac-10 (second time) and first-team Pac-10 All-Defensive. The Modesto, Calif., product finished the season first on Cal in scoring (15.3 ppg, 3rd Pac-10), rebounding (9.3 rpg, 1st Pac-10), blocks (1.4 bpg, 3rd Pac-10) and free throw percentage (78.1%, 5th Pac-10) and was second in field goal percentage (51.4%, 4th Pac-10) and steals (1.2 spg). Walker topped the Pac-10 in double-doubles (14) last season, bringing her career total to 34.
Walker, a 2007-08 second-team Sports Illustrated All-American, is the only player in school history with at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocks. She is seventh all-time in Cal history in points (1,470), fifth in rebounds (824) and third in blocks (139). Walker has 200 career assists.
As a junior, Hampton was chosen a State Farm/WBCA Region 8 All-American for the second consecutive year and received her second honorable mention coaches' All-America accolade.
Hampton is the only three-time first-team All-Pac-10 choice in school history and a two-time honorable mention Associated Press All-American. In 2007-08, she was second on the Bears in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg). In Pac-10 games, the 6-3 Oakland, Calif., native was fourth in the conference in scoring (14.3 ppg) and tied for second in rebounding (8.4 rpg). Hampton has 25 career double-doubles after registering eight last season. She is ninth all-time in scoring in school history with 1,301 points.
Stefan Frei of the men's soccer team has made a very prestigious list.
BERKELEY - California keeper junior Stefan Frei has been named to the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, as announced today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the NSCAA.
Frei is one of 48 NCAA men's soccer players to make the first list. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.
Okanes has some info on the closed practice:
Those of you who were waiting for some grand revelations to come out of the scrimmage are going to be disappointed. The only real news is that coach Jeff Tedford said tight end Anthony Miller and linebacker Mychal Kendricks are going to play as true freshman. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory later said the same thing about nose tackle Kendrick Payne.
There will be others. Wide receiver Marvin Jones is a sure thing to play this season as a freshman. Tedford was coy when asked about Jones after the scrimmage. That’s probably because the coaching staff still hasn’t sorted out the depth chart at receiver, and Tedford would rather wait until those decisions have been made to comment on one player.
Maryland has settled their QB controversy. I wonder when we will settle ours?
COLLEGE PARK - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen and offensive coordinator James Franklin went around and around over who should be the Terps' No.1 quarterback, and yesterday morning Friedgen announced that senior Jordan Steffy is the man.
What it came down to was statistical performance.
"I don't know if we [all] ever settled" on the choice, Friedgen said. "We were kind of going back and forth. I was kind of listening to everybody. I gave all the coaches - even the defensive coaches - a chance to voice their opinions. ... I just kind of listened and then didn't sleep much tossing it over in my mind. But when I came in this morning, I was pretty solid with what I wanted to do."
Steffy has been the best quarterback in camp and will lead the Terps into their season opener Aug.30 against Delaware.
In an unrelated story:
Jerry Seinfeld was clearly on to something. So, anyway, if you see any Cal-related links, bring them on over so we can discuss the shit out of them. Dump away! Go Bears!