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Fall Camp Day 1 - let's get the #BearRaid conversation started!


Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm

The 2013 California Golden Bears open Fall Camp today. The team reported to camp on Sunday, and Coach Sonny Dykes began the first team meeting by showing a clip of the Play:

"I thought that was a great way to start off camp," Dykes said. "I want to make sure our players are aware of it, certainly most of them are. We wanted our young guys to understand part of our history and appreciate and understand the traditions that Cal has.

"The two points of emphasis of showing that were how important it was for our players to never give up and to do a good job of executing. I want them to develop that attitude where they're never going to give up, and develop the mental toughness that goes along with that. The second [point of emphasis] was the execution on that play, how well it was executed and practiced. They were able to pull it off because guys did their job even in the direst of circumstances."

[F]reshman running back Khalfani Muhammad was inspired by the moment itself since he said he still has a lot to learn about the history of Cal football.

"That was a phenomenal play," Muhammad said. "I actually haven't seen it that much. I'm kind of new to everything about Cal, but Coach Dykes introduced it to us and elaborated it pretty well. He's getting us ready to go for this year."

After months of no football, we'll get a first glimpse at answering questions such as: How will the Bear Raid and the new defense look, after a summer full of intense S&C and player-organized workout sessions? Which young guys will step up and lock down starting spots or contributing roles? And who will be our starting QB?

Follow along with Nam, Avi, and others, who will be covering practice from the stands. Join the conversation in the comments below - especially if you're able to attend practice! We're ready for #BearRaid13 - GO BEARS!!!

Here is the Fall Camp schedule: CGB post & Cal news release (*all practices are at California Memorial Stadium and are open to the public, until otherwise noted)

And in case you missed them, check out Scott's position previews:

Quarterbacks / O-Line / Receivers / Running Backs / D-Line / Secondary / Linebackers / Special Teams

Here are some Twitter accounts to follow:

CGB Twitters

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Fall Practice Schedule Released! <a href=";src=hash">#GOBEARS</a> <a href=";src=hash">#BEARRAID13</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) <a href="">August 3, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Practice! We talkin about practice! <a href=";src=hash">#FallCamp</a></p>&mdash; Nam Le (@OneLifeOneMic) <a href="">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote>
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@GoldenBlogs: We'll try to have a live feed going from inside Memorial Stadium.

@OneLifeOneMic: Our intrepid CGB reporter Nam will provide a running play-by-play.

Official Cal Twitter feeds

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It&#39;s official, football season is here! <a href=";src=hash">#gobears</a></p>&mdash; Sonny Dykes (@CALCoachDykes) <a href="">August 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Packed house for first team meeting of <a href=";src=hash">#FallCamp13</a>. Takeaways.. 1) Don&#39;t give up! 2) Execute on and off the field. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Cal Football (@CalFootball) <a href="">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote>
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@CalFootball: Links to official recaps & post-practice videos can be found here.

@CALCoachDykes: Coach Dykes may send out a few tweets after practice.

@CalAthletics: No live tweeting probably, but expect plenty of retweets & links to post-practice news.

@CalBearBlog: Jonathan Okanes is reporting for on their official blog.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bears Report to Training Camp. <a href=""></a> <a href=";src=hash">#CalFootball</a> <a href=";src=hash">#GoBears</a> <a href=";src=hash">#TrainingCamp</a></p>&mdash; Cal Football (@CalFootball) <a href="">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@CalFootball</a>: OC/QB Coach Tony Franklin meeting with the offense on reporting day <a href=";src=hash">#calfootball</a> <a href=";src=hash">#gobears</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Cal Football (@CalFootball) <a href="">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Other reporters

@CalRivals: Grant Marek from Rivals/Golden Bear Report.

@RGBearTerritory: Ryan Gorcey from Scout/Bear Territory.

@CalBearsBANG: Jeff Faraudo from Bay Area News Group.

@HunterHewitt: Hunter Hewitt from the SF Chronicle.

@crumpackeroncal: John Crumpacker from the SF Chronicle.

@CalFootballBlog: Shawn XT from